The Oregon Health Authority on Saturday reported 476 new confirmed or presumptive coronavirus cases and six more deaths.
The tally comes the day after Gov. Kate Brown announced that vaccine eligibility would be expanded Monday to include not just frontline workers, but their families as well. Brown said the expansion would help in the “race between the vaccines and the variants” as more infectious forms of the virus continue to spread throughout the state and nation.
“It’s clear that in Oregon and across the country, the fourth surge of this virus is at our doorstep,” Brown said during a live-streamed news conference on Friday.
Vaccines: Oregon reported 44,782 newly administered doses, which includes 28,479 doses administered Friday and 16,309 from previous days.
Where the new cases are by county: Baker (13), Benton (7), Clackamas (65), Columbia (10), Crook (3), Curry (3), Deschutes (30), Douglas (4), Grant (1), Hood River (1), Jackson (36), Jefferson (2), Josephine (14), Klamath (31), Lake (1), Lane (39), Lincoln (6), Linn (18), Malheur (1), Marion (37), Morrow (1), Multnomah (66), Polk (11), Tillamook (6), Umatilla (6), Union (3), Wasco (1), Washington (50) Yamhill (10).
Who died: Oregon’s 2,386th death linked to COVID-19 is a 70-year-old Multnomah County woman who tested positive March 14 and died March 26 at Providence Portland Medical Center.
The 2,387th fatality is a 90-year-old Lane County man who tested positive Feb. 17 and died March 24 at his residence.
The 2,388th fatality is an 87-year-old Curry County man who tested positive March 16 and died March 21 at his residence.
The 2,389th fatality is an 81-year-old Josephine County man who tested positive March 12 and died March 19 at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center.
The 2,390th fatality is an 85-year-old Lake County man who tested positive March 11 and died March 26 at Lake District Hospital.
The 2,391st fatality is an 89-year-old Clackamas County woman who tested positive Jan. 18 and died Feb. 19 at her residence.
Each person who died had underlying health conditions or state officials were working to determine if the person had underlying medical conditions.
The prevalence of infections: On Saturday, the state reported 621 new positive tests out of 15,316 tests performed, equaling a 4.1% positivity rate.
Who’s in the hospital: The state reported 153 Oregonians with confirmed coronavirus infections were currently in the hospital Saturday, four fewer than Friday. Of those, 44 coronavirus patients were in intensive care units, two more than Friday.
Since it began: Oregon has reported 166,480 confirmed or presumed infections and 2,391 deaths, among the lowest per capita numbers in the nation. To date, the state has reported 4,224,745 lab reports from tests.
-- Kale Williams; [email protected]; 503-294-4048; @sfkale