The Oregon Health Authority on Wednesday reported 704 new confirmed or presumptive coronavirus cases and 24 more fatalities, marking the fourth consecutive day with fewer than 800 cases.
Spread appears to be waning, with testing numbers holding relatively steady over the past week and test positivity rates dropping to levels not seen since early November. Oregon has averaged 862 cases a day over the past week, the state’s lowest average since Nov. 11.
Active hospitalizations also have been trending down for more than a month, equaling counts from mid-November.
Deaths, which follow cases and hospitalizations, are also down from December’s records — but remain far higher than nearly all other months. The reported death count Wednesday ended a three-day run of fatalities in the single digits.
Where the new cases are by county: Baker (3), Benton (21), Clackamas (36), Clatsop (6), Coos (12), Crook (7), Deschutes (38), Douglas (17), Harney (3), Hood River (6), Jackson (38), Jefferson (7), Josephine (15), Klamath (16), Lake (4), Lane (53), Lincoln (4), Linn (26), Malheur (29), Marion (83), Morrow (4), Multnomah (99), Polk (22), Tillamook (2), Umatilla (53), Union (7), Wallowa (1), Wasco (6), Washington (60) and Yamhill (26).
New deaths: The health authority did not release the demographic details of the 24 new deaths reported Wednesday, but said it would provide an update later in the day.
The prevalence of infections: The state reported 809 new positive tests out of 15,950 tests performed, equaling a 5.1% positivity rate.
Who got infected: New confirmed or presumed infections grew among the following age groups: 0-9 (14); 10-19 (82); 20-29 (134); 30-39 (98); 40-49 (108); 50-59 (82); 60-69 (79); 70-79 (35); 80 and older (44).
Who’s in the hospital: The state reported 336 Oregonians with confirmed coronavirus infections were currently in the hospital Wednesday, eight more than Tuesday. Of those, 90 coronavirus patients were in intensive care units, two fewer than Tuesday.
Vaccines administered: Oregon has administered 238,760 doses out of 436,250 received, just under 55% of its supply.
Since it began: Oregon has reported 135,142 confirmed or presumed infections and 1,832 deaths, among the lowest totals in the nation. To date, the state has reported 3,003,213 lab reports from tests.
— Kale Williams; email@example.com; 503-294-4048; @sfkale