The Oregon Health Authority reported 392 coronavirus cases and 32 more deaths Thursday, marking the second day in a row with a surprisingly high death count.
State officials did not immediately release details of the deaths. But more than half of the 27 deaths announced Wednesday were in mid-February or earlier, indicating that Oregon is not experiencing a sudden resurgence in daily deaths.
February saw the fourth-highest death toll of any month in the pandemic, but the death count is significantly lower than the November, January and December record of nearly 600.
Meanwhile, cases in Oregon average just over 300 a day. Cases haven’t been this low since early October, and the daily average is now lower than the summer peak.
Encouraged by the progress, Gov. Kate Brown announced Thursday that she would not immediately reinstate indoor eating bans next week for backing counties. Instead, it will offer a two-week clemency to improve case rates before the bans go into effect.
Where the new cases are by county: Baker (3), Benton (8), Clackamas (24), Clatsop (1), Columbia (3), Coos (21), Crook (4), Curry (2), Deschutes (26), Douglas (23), Grant (2), Hood River (1), Jackson (37), Jefferson (10), Josephine (23), Klamath (7), Lake (4), Lane (18), Lincoln (1), Linn (8) , Malheur (1), Marion (38), Morrow (1), Multnomah (52), Polk (6), Tillamook (1), Umatilla (18), Union (8), Wallowa (1), Washington (34) and Yamhill (6).
Who died: State officials did not immediately release details of the 32 COVID-19-related deaths.
The prevalence of infections: The state reported 847 new positive tests out of 10,629 tests performed, which equates to a positivity rate of 8%.
Who got infected: New confirmed or suspected infections increased among the following age groups: 0-9 (14); 10-19 (41); 20 to 29 (73); 30-39 (66); 40-49 (65); 50-59 (49); 60-69 (35); 70-79 (24); 80 and over (13).
Who’s in the hospital: The state reported 140 people with confirmed coronavirus infections in the hospital, unchanged from Wednesday. Of them, 29 coronavirus patients are in intensive care units, two less than on Wednesday.
Vaccines: Oregon reported that 1,043,609 doses of vaccine have been administered, or approximately 78% of the doses received. Oregon reported 24,014 newly administered doses, including 16,376 on Wednesday and the rest of the days before.
Since it started: Oregon has reported 156,673 suspected or confirmed infections and 2,284 deaths, among the lowest per capita figures in the nation. To date, the state has reported 3,798,067 test lab reports.
– Brad Schmidt; [email protected]; 503-294-7628; @_brad_schmidt