The Oregon Health Authority on Friday reported 976 new confirmed or presumed coronovirus cases and eight more deaths.
Officials announced that researchers at two universities have confirmed the first known cases of the so-called California strain of COVID-19 in Oregon and additional genomic sequencing showed more evidence of UK stress in many parts of the state.
Officials at Oregon State University and Oregon Health and Science University confirmed that their laboratories detected those strains through genomic sequencing in recent weeks.
Friday also brought more optimistic news, however, officials said that confirmed cases, hospitals and – at least in the last week – COVID-19 related deaths are declining. Also, the latest state modeling suggests that if the current prognosis continues, by mid-February the average case rate could be 420 diagnoses per day.
Where are the new cases by county: Baker (2), Benton (27), Clackamas (97), Clatsop (5), Columbia (10), Koss (16), Crook (5), Curry (2), Deshots (43), Douglas (10), Harney (2), Hood River (5), Jackson (125), Jefferson (16), Josephine (20), Klamath (14), Lake (1), Lane (61), Lincoln (11), Lynn (26) , Malhur (10), Marion (82), Moro (5), Multanomah (143), Polk (27), Sherman (1), Tillamook (3), Umatila (33), Union (5, Vasco (10)) , Washington (135), Wheeler (2) and Yamhill (22).
Who died Newly reported deaths increased in the following age groups: 60–69 (1); 70–79 (5); 80 and older (2).
Prevalence of infection: On Friday, the state conducted 1,770 new positive tests out of 29,072 tests, equivalent to 6,0 positivity rates.
Who got infected: New confirmed or prevalent infections increased among the following age groups: 0–9 (34); 10–19 (120); 20–29 (217); 30–39 (148); 40–49 (138); 50–59 (127); 60–69 (82); 70–79 (48); 80 and older (33).
Who is in the hospital: The state confirmed that 288 Oregonians with coronovirus infections were currently in hospital, three fewer on Thursday than Friday. Of those, 68 coronovirus patients were in intensive care units, four fewer than Thursday.
Vaccines administered: Oregon has given 382,374 doses out of the 614,525 received, more than 62% of its supply.
Since it began: Oregon has 141,729 confirmed or infection and 1,938 deaths among the lowest totals in the country. To date, the state has reported 3,162,750 labs from trials.
– Cale Williams; [email protected]; 503–294–4048; @sfkale