The Oregon Health Authority on Monday reported 248 new coronavirus cases and two deaths, with cases and hospitalizations continuing to climb.

Oregon is now averaging 423 cases a day over the past week, and hospitalizations Monday shot up to 177. Both are the highest levels in seven weeks – but substantially below their respective fall peaks.

Average daily cases are up 54% in the past two weeks while active hospitalizations have grown 53% in the same span.

Throughout the pandemic, case spikes have been followed by increased hospitalization and, ultimately, spikes in deaths. But with more Oregonians being vaccinated, particularly the most vulnerable to COVID-19, it’s not clear how deadly a potential spring surge could be.

Oregon recorded 75 deaths during the month of March, the lowest since September, although the fatality toll among people who died in March is still likely to climb a bit as the state sorts through death records.

Recent modeling by Oregon Health & Science University indicated cases could climb to about 1,000 a day and active hospitalizations to about 300 by May. Gov. Kate Brown has said the state is in a race to vaccinate more Oregonians before more contagious variants of the virus spread.

Vaccines: Oregon reported 22,131 newly administered doses, which includes 14,314 Sunday and the remainder from previous days.

Where the new cases are by county: Benton (3), Clatsop (2), Columbia (18), Crook (1), Deschutes (14), Douglas (11), Grant (1), Hood River (1), Jackson (19), Josephine (11), Lane (29), Lincoln (5), Linn (17), Marion (29), Multnomah (58), Polk (13), Tillamook (2), Wasco (1) and Yamhill (13).

Who died: Oregon’s 2,393rd COVID-19 death is a 98-year-old Jackson County man who tested positive Feb. 14 and died March 15 at his residence.

The 2,394th fatality is a 90-year-old Jackson County man who tested positive March 26 and died April 3 at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center.

Both men had underlying health conditions.

Hospitalizations: 177 people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 are hospitalized, up 27 from Sunday. That includes 42 people in intensive care, one less than Sunday.

Since it began: Oregon has reported 167,128 confirmed or presumed infections and 2,394 deaths, among the lowest per capita numbers in the nation. To date, the state has reported 1,998,429 vaccine doses administered.

To see more coronavirus data and trends, visit projects.oregonlive.com/coronavirus/

— Brad Schmidt; [email protected]; 503-294-7628; @_brad_schmidt


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