The Oregon Health Authority on Wednesday reported two COVID-19 deaths and 888 new coronavirus cases.

Oregon’s daily case counts, hospitalizations and test positivity rates are hovering near their highest levels in three months. Deaths, meanwhile, are at their lowest levels in about six months as many seniors -- the most vulnerable to die from COVID-19 -- are becoming vaccinated.

Concerned about the weeks-long spike in cases and now hospitalizations, Gov. Kate Brown this week said she will renew strict restrictions, set to take effect Friday, on 15 hard-hit counties.

Vaccines: Oregon reported 40,769 newly administered doses, which includes 23,214 Tuesday and the remainder from previous days.

Where the new cases are by county: Baker (4), Benton (21), Clackamas (109), Clatsop (2), Columbia (12), Coos (3), Crook (10), Curry (10), Deschutes (67), Douglas (8), Grant (5), Harney (1), Hood River (2), Jackson (58), Jefferson (6), Josephine (22), Klamath (55), Lake (4), Lane (57), Lincoln (3), Linn (45), Malheur (5), Marion (103),Morrow (2), Multnomah (153), Polk (13), Tillamook (4), Umatilla (17), Union (1), Wallowa (3), Washington (73) and Yamhill (10).

Who died: Oregon’s 2489th death linked to COVID-19 is a 78-year-old Jackson County man who tested positive April 12 and died April 27 at Providence Medford Medical Center. He had underlying health conditions.

The 2,490th fatality is a 73-year-old Linn County man who tested positive April 10 and died April 13. State officials are confirming where he died and if he had underlying conditions.

Hospitalizations: 326 people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 are hospitalized, down two from Tuesday. That includes 64 people in intensive care, down seven from Tuesday.

Since it began: Oregon has reported 182,916 confirmed or presumed infections and 2,490 deaths, among the lowest per capita numbers in the nation. To date, the state has reported 2,894,880 vaccine doses administered, fully vaccinating 1,209,607 people and partially vaccinating 564,321 people.

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

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