The Oregon Health Authority on Saturday reported three COVID-19 deaths and 888 new cases, continuing an ongoing trend of growing case numbers that is forecast to continue into May.
The state recorded 3,722 confirmed or presumed infections for the week ending Sunday, April 11, up 26% from the previous week. New cases again outpaced the increase in week-to-week testing, which stood at 11%. ZIP codes outside the Portland area saw the most new cases last week while several rural areas saw the highest rates of spread.
On Monday, the state will open vaccinations to Oregonians age 16 and older, a group that originally were slated to wait longer for their shot. It appears Oregon isn’t expected to receive an increase of vaccine supplies, so it’s likely that only those who are quick to act and well connected will find appointments.
Vaccines: Oregon reported 44,308 newly administered doses, which includes 27,728 given on Friday and the remainder administered on previous days.
Where the new cases are by county: Baker (6), Benton (7), Clackamas (96), Clatsop (8), Columbia (7), Coos (2), Crook (10), Curry (2), Deschutes (94), Douglas (16), Gilliam (1), Grant (2), Harney (1), Jackson (58), Jefferson (6), Josephine (13), Klamath (45), Lane (75), Lincoln (5), Linn (37), Malheur (2), Marion (79), Morrow (1), Multnomah (161), Polk (12), Tillamook (4), Umatilla (15), Wasco (3), Washington (103), Yamhill (17).
Who died: Oregon’s 2458th COVID-19 death is a 66-year-old Multnomah County man who tested positive March 26 and died April 15 at Legacy Mt Hood Medical Center.
Oregon’s 2459th COVID-19 death is a 68-year-old man Multnomah County man who tested positive April 13 and died April 15 at Legacy Mt Hood Medical Center.
Oregon’s 2460th COVID-19 death is a 58-year-old Yamhill County man who tested positive Feb. 19 and died on April 7 at his home.
Each person had underlying health conditions or state officials were working to determine if the person had underlying medical conditions.
Hospitalizations: 200 people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 are hospitalized, up one from Friday. That includes 47 people in intensive care, down five from Friday.
Since it began: Oregon has reported 174,501 confirmed or presumed infections and 2,460 deaths, among the lowest per capita numbers in the nation. To date, the state has reported 2,491,449 vaccine doses administered.
— The Oregonian/OregonLive