Oregon reports 20 more COVID-19 deaths, 731 new cases, but weekly nos. fall – KTVZ

Cases, deaths and hospitalizations dropped sharply last week; OHA to no longer list details of daily death reports; stats available on set of dashboards

PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) — There are 20 new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 1,924, the Oregon Health Authority reported Wednesday.

OHA also reported 731 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, bringing the state total to 140,063. But the agency’s weekly report showed a sharp drop in deaths, cases and hospitalizations last week.

Vaccinations in Oregon

On Wednesday, OHA reported that 14,896 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total,10,943 doses were administered on Tuesday and 3,953 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on Tuesday.

Cumulative daily totals can take several days to finalize because providers have 72 hours to report doses administered and technical challenges have caused many providers to lag in their reporting. OHA has been providing technical support to vaccination sites to improve the timeliness of their data entry into the state’s ALERT Immunization Information System (IIS).

Oregon has now administered a cumulative total of 340,369 first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccines. To date, 600,875 doses of vaccine have been delivered to sites across Oregon.

These data are preliminary and subject to change.

OHA’s dashboards provide regularly updated vaccination data, and Oregon’s dashboard has been updated Wednesday.

St. Charles Health System reported 13,459 COVID-19 vaccinations given as of early Wednesday.

COVID-19 hospitalizations

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 302, which is six fewer than Tuesday. There are 74 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is four more than Tuesday.

The total number of patients in hospital beds may fluctuate between report times. The numbers do not reflect admissions per day, nor the length of hospital stay. Staffing limitations are not captured in this data and may further limit bed capacity.

More information about hospital capacity can be found here.

St. Charles Bend reported 21 COVID-19 patients as of 4 a.m. Wednesday, three in the ICU and one on a ventilator.

Weekly COVID-19 reports 

OHA’s COVID-19 Weekly Report, released Tuesday, showed sharp declines in daily cases, hospitalizations and deaths over the previous week.

OHA reported 4,119 new daily cases during the week of Monday, Jan. 18 through Sunday, Jan. 24, a 48% decrease from the previous week.

There were 229 people hospitalized for COVID-19, a 33% decline from the previous week. COVID-19 deaths also fell dramatically, to 74 from last week’s pandemic high of 195.

There were 116,099 tests for COVID-19 for the week of Jan. 17 through Jan. 23. The percentage of positive tests dropped to 5.1%.

People age 20 to 49 have accounted for 54% of COVID-19 cases, while people 70 and older have accounted for 77% of deaths associated with the virus.

Wednesday’s COVID-19 Outbreak Report shows 178 active COVID-19 outbreaks in senior living communities and congregate living settings, with three or more confirmed cases and one or more COVID-19 related deaths.

Cases and deaths

Note: Starting today, OHA will no longer list individual cases of COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon in its daily media releases.

Since the first COVID-19 related death was reported in Oregon by OHA on March 14, 2020, OHA has listed each of the individuals by county of residence, date of death, date of positive test or symptom onset and if the individuals had underlying conditions. Those updates have been provided daily since March 14, 2020.

“Every death from COVID-19 represents a loss, especially for those who knew them best — families, friends and loved ones,” said OHA Director Patrick Allen. “That is why we have listed each case.

“Moving forward, we will share aggregated COVID-19 related deaths on OHA’s public dashboards, which are updated daily. As the death toll from the virus has climbed, validating and reporting each death has had an impact on our daily reporting.

“We will continue to honor the lives of each person lost to the pandemic, but in a different way. The dashboard will provide additional information on COVID-19 related deaths that have not been accessible in a visual format before — including data on trends, underlying conditions and residence setting.  This dashboard offers the public a clearer picture of the collective toll the virus has taken. But it will never detract from the importance of each Oregonian who is no longer with us.”

Oregon’s ongoing response to COVID-19 has been among the most effective nationally, as measured in preventing the loss of life through statewide measures, OHA said. Oregon has outperformed nearly all other states in containing the COVID-19 virus and preventing COVID-19 deaths.

As of Jan. 27, the state ranks fifth-lowest in deaths per 100,000 persons in the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

These outcomes follow our measures that have prevented community spread of the virus and that have encouraged Oregonians to wear masks, observe six feet of physical distance, wash hands regularly, avoid gatherings and stay home when ill.

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported Wednesday are in the following counties: Baker (4), Benton (8), Clackamas (67), Clatsop (4), Columbia (8), Coos (9), Crook (7), Deschutes (24), Douglas (9), Harney (1), Hood River (5), Jackson (35), Jefferson (7), Josephine (16), Klamath (13), Lake (2), Lane (52), Lincoln (3), Linn (21), Malheur (17), Marion (115), Morrow (5), Multnomah (118), Polk (21), Tillamook (1), Umatilla (30), Union (3), Wasco (2), Washington (106) and Yamhill (18).

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