The deadly coronavirus’ latest surge in Oregon continued Sunday, as the Oregon Health Authority reported 780 new cases of COVID-19 and one new death.
Even as vaccinations protect more and more Oregonians, a variety of factors -- the lifting of restrictions, virus variants, perhaps some people letting down their guard -- has led to a spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. The more contagious B.1.1.7 coronavirus variant, first detected last December in Great Britain, is now responsible for most of the infections in Oregon.
The vaccines are considered effective against this variant, especially in preventing severe disease.
Here’s where the pandemic in the state stood on Sunday:
Vaccines: Oregon reported 25,099 doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were administered on Saturday. OHS also added an additional 8,622 doses to the immunization registry from earlier days. An average of nearly 35,000 doses have been put into Oregonians’ arms per day over the past week.
Where the new cases are by county: Baker (2), Benton (8), Clackamas (89), Clatsop (1), Columbia (8), Coos (3), Crook (15), Deschutes (85), Douglas (4), Grant (27), Hood River (2), Jackson (15), Jefferson (1), Josephine (10), Klamath (37), Lake (1), Lane (36), Lincoln (6), Linn (31), Malheur (1), Marion (111), Morrow (2), Multnomah (169), Polk (8), Tillamook (2), Union (1), Wasco (3), Washington (81) and Yamhill (21).
Who died: Oregon’s 2,485th death connected to the coronavirus is a 95-year-old Josephine County man, who tested positive on April 21 and died Saturday.
Hospitalizations: 291 people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 are hospitalized in Oregon, down four from Saturday. That includes 66 people in intensive care, the same number as Saturday.
Since it began: Oregon has reported 180,700 confirmed or presumed infections and 2,485 deaths, among the lowest per capita numbers in the nation.
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-- Douglas Perry