The Oregon Health Authority announced 211 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday and no new deaths.
That’s well below the daily average reported over the past seven days, though reporting delays tend to result in lower case counts on weekends. Cases have been trending downward statewide since mid-January.
The new numbers come as the vaccination effort continues and problems abound for Oregon seniors trying to snag coveted appointment slots to be inoculated against the coronavirus.
Formal and informal volunteers around the state are helping sign up seniors struggling to navigate unfamiliar and often glitchy websites or those who do not have internet access.
A new lottery-based vaccine waitlist system designed to reduce the stress of signing up for an appointment has been marred by uncertainty, poor communication and overwhelmed call lines.
At the Portland International Airport mass vaccination site, people reported wait times of several hours Saturday night to get their shot, with some rescheduling their appointments for 8 a.m. Sunday morning.
Connie Amos, site lead for the vaccination site, said Saturday was their biggest day yet at PDX, with 5,800 vaccination appointments, though that could ultimately prove to be too much to handle, she said.
Where the new cases are by county: Benton (10), Clackamas (26), Columbia (1), Coos (4), Curry (8), Deschutes (9), Douglas (12), Hood River (1), Jackson (13), Jefferson (3), Josephine (5), Klamath (1), Lake (3), Lane (16), Lincoln (1), Linn (7), Malheur (2), Marion (17), Morrow (1), Multnomah (23), Polk (8), Tillamook (4), Washington (20) and Yamhill (16).
Who died: The state did not report any deaths Sunday.
The prevalence of infections: On Sunday, the state reported 338 new positive tests out of 10,090 tests performed, equaling a 3.3% positivity rate.
Who’s in the hospital: The state reported 116 Oregonians with confirmed coronavirus infections were hospitalized Sunday, three more than Saturday. Of those, 34 coronavirus patients were in intensive care units, five more than Saturday.
Vaccines administered: Oregon has administered 1,142,035 first and second doses out of 1,362,535 received, which is about 83.8% of its supply. Oregon reported 26,235 newly administered doses, which includes 16,414 on Saturday and the remainder from previous days.
Since it began: Oregon has reported 157,285 confirmed or presumed infections and 2,296 deaths, among the lowest per capita numbers in the nation. To date, the state has reported over 3,869,695 lab reports from tests.
— Jaimie Ding
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