The Oregon Health Authority announced 536 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday along with five new deaths, raising the state’s coronavirus death toll to 2,154.
Meanwhile, the amount of new COVID-19 cases in Oregon has dropped for the second week in a row, reaching the state’s lowest numbers since late October. The state recorded 3,453 cases for the week ending Sunday, Feb. 14, marking a 15% decrease from the previous week.
Though Oregon’s rate of vaccinations per day has returned to pre-winter storm levels, a new analysis by The Oregonian/OregonLive shows the state ranks third to last for the percentage of seniors it has inoculated against COVID-19 among 31 states with comparable data.
Oregon became the very last state in the nation to start offering statewide vaccinations to seniors by age group, beginning with those 80 and older Feb. 8. Oregonians 70 to 74 won’t qualify until Monday, and those 65 to 69 must wait until March 1.
Where the new cases are by county: Baker (4), Benton (5), Clackamas (26), Clatsop (2), Columbia (10), Coos (14), Crook (5), Curry (7), Deschutes (15), Douglas (20), Hood River (2), Jackson (38), Jefferson (4), Josephine (18), Klamath (5), Lake (5), Lane (41), Lincoln (1), Linn (6), Malheur (5), Marion (55), Morrow (6), Multnomah (69), Polk (15), Tillamook (1), Umatilla (72), Union (1), Wallowa (1), Washington (66) and Yamhill (17).
Umatilla County has a higher than anticipated case count due to about 1,400 backlogged test results received Feb. 19, according to the Oregon Health authority. The backlogged test results were from June through January.
Who died: The 2,150th COVID-19 death is an 86-year-old Jackson County man who tested positive Jan. 23 and died Feb. 7 at his residence.
The 2,151st COVID-19 death is a 69-year-old Linn County man who tested positive Feb. 18 and died Feb. 18. The location of his death is being confirmed.
The 2,152nd COVID-19 death is a 66-year-old Marion County woman who tested positive Dec. 23 and died Jan. 29 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center.
The 2,153rd COVID-19 death is a 70-year-old Multnomah County man who tested positive Feb. 17 and died Feb. 18 at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center.
The 2,154th COVID-19 death is a 90-year-old Washington County man who tested positive Dec. 22 and died Feb. 7 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center.
Each person who died had underlying health conditions or state officials were working to determine if the person had underlying medical conditions.
The prevalence of infections: On Saturday, the state reported 365 new positive tests out of 10,728 tests performed, equaling a 3.4% positivity rate.
Who’s in the hospital: The state reported 163 Oregonians with confirmed coronavirus infections were hospitalized Saturday, 13 fewer than Friday. Of those, 51 coronavirus patients were in intensive care units, two more than Friday.
Vaccines administered: Oregon has administered 781,202 first and second doses out of 924,575 received, which is about 84.5% of its supply. Oregon reported 25,602 newly administered doses, which includes 20,646 on Friday and the remainder from previous days.
Since it began: Oregon has reported 152,711 confirmed or presumed infections and 2,154 deaths, among the lowest per capita numbers in the nation. To date, the state has reported over 3,476,515 lab reports from tests.
— Jaimie Ding
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