The Oregon Health Authority reported eight COVID-19 deaths and 844 coronavirus cases on Friday, with the state’s case trajectory continuing to descend slowly.
Oregon has recorded an average of 739 cases per day over the past week, down 12% from the spring peak on April 27. Active hospitalizations among people with COVID-19 also fell for a fourth consecutive day, down nearly 8% from their peak earlier this month.
Despite these signs of optimism, the spread of the coronavirus “remains a cause for concern,” said Dr Dean Sidelinger, the state’s health official and epidemiologist, in a video recorded on Friday. Oregon’s test positivity rate for the past week remains above 6% – meaning six out of 100 tests return a positive result – exceeding the state’s 5% target.
“The percentage of people who test positive for the virus is stubbornly high,” he said. “This is a hallmark of the newer, more transmissible variants that are present here in Oregon. The virus attacks younger, unvaccinated people. “
Sidelinger also spoke generally of students who tested positive, without providing statistics, and asked people to stay home if they were sick or exposed.
“We are seeing an increase in the number of people falling ill in the community and then going to school. Security measures in place in schools have limited the spread, ”he said.
“But exposed students should be quarantined in case they get sick,” he added. “And it’s disrupting their education, especially at a time when many have recently returned to in-person education. We all have a role to play in limiting the spread of COVID in our schools and communities. “
Vaccines: Oregon reported 54,747 newly administered doses, including 31,750 on Thursday and the rest of the days prior.
Where new cases are by county: Baker (2), Benton (16), Clackamas (104), Clatsop (3), Columbia (10), Coos (4), Crook (12), Deschutes (87), Douglas (11), Gilliam (1), Grant (5), Harney (3), Hood River (4), Jackson (36), Jefferson (12), Josephine (7), KIamath (42), Lake (1), Lane (71), Lincoln (2) , Linn (44), Malheur (1), Marion (80), Morrow (1), Multnomah (146), Polk (12), Tillamook (1), Umatilla (10), Union (4), Wasco (2) , Washington (94), Wheeler (2) et Yamhill (14).
Who is dead: Oregon’s 2515th COVID-19 death is a 74-year-old Coos County man who tested positive on April 11 and died on May 6. His place of death is not yet known.
The 2516th death is an 89-year-old man from Grant County who tested positive on April 12 and died on May 5 at his residence.
Oregon’s 2517th death is a 60-year-old Jackson County man who tested positive on April 10 and died May 5 at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center.
The 2518th death is a 57-year-old man from Marion County who tested positive on April 18 and died May 2 at Oregon Health & Science University Hospital.
Oregon’s 2519th death is an 84-year-old Multnomah County woman who tested positive on April 19 and died on April 26 at her home.
The 2,520th death is an 87-year-old man from Multnomah County who tested positive on April 19 and died on April 21 at his home.
Oregon’s 2521st death is a 100-year-old woman from Multnomah County who tested positive on April 30 and died on May 6 at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.
The 2522nd death is a 57-year-old man from Jefferson County who tested positive on April 9 and died on May 6 at St. Charles Madras Hospital.
Each person had underlying health issues or state officials were confirming if the person had any underlying conditions.
Hospitalizations: 324 people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 are hospitalized, down four from Thursday. This includes 90 people in intensive care, unchanged from Thursday.
Since he started: Oregon has reported 189,986 confirmed or suspected infections and 2,522 deaths, among the lowest per capita figures in the country. To date, the state has reported 3,213,945 doses of the vaccine administered, fully immunizing 1,385,116 people and partially 541,905 people.
To see more data and trends, visit https://projects.oregonlive.com/coronavirus/
– Brad Schmidt; [email protected]; 503-294-7628; @_brad_schmidt