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Oregon once again surpasses record COVID case numbers, hospitalizations

There is one ICU bed available in all of Jackson, Josephine, Crook, Deschutes, Grant, Harney, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake and Wheeler Counties.
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PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon has once again surpassed its own COVID-19 records as the delta variant continues to sweep across the state, largely affecting the state’s unvaccinated population.

Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reported 2,941 new COVID-19 cases in its daily report on Tuesday. This replaces Aug. 12’s all-time record-high number of one-day COVID-19 cases which was 2,387. OHA also reported 15 additional deaths, bringing the state’s total number of recorded infections since the beginning of the pandemic to 245,758 and the death toll to 2,964.

In another grim landmark, Oregon is seeing a record number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19: 838. According to OHA, that is an increase of 86 patients hospitalized. Of the 838 patients, 222 are in the ICU unit and 127 of all 128 patients on ventilators are COVID patients.

Hospitals are reaching their limits. OHA said a week ago that hospitals would not have room for the number of projected patients that would contract COVID-19 as the fifth wave of the virus continues to surge. It is projected to hit its peak in September.

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There is currently one ICU bed available in all of Jackson, Josephine, Crook, Deschutes, Grant, Harney, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake and Wheeler Counties. In the entirety of the state, there are only 66 ICU beds available (10% availability) and 275 non-ICU beds (6.6% availability).

OHSU told KGW on Monday that 100% of its ICU patients are unvaccinated. Some smaller hospitals in Southern Oregon are already overwhelmed with the influx of COVID patients weeks away from the projected peak of the current wave.

Health officials urge people to get vaccinated to once again help flatten the curve.

RELATED: Smaller hospitals in Oregon overwhelmed weeks before COVID peak

Cases and deaths

The reported cases were found in the following counties:

Baker (3), Benton (29), Clackamas (151), Clatsop (36), Columbia (71), Coos (76), Crook (27), Curry (8), Deschutes (94), Douglas (300), Gilliam (6), Harney (14), Hood River (12), Jackson (247), Jefferson (11), Josephine (110), Klamath (52), Lane (253), Lincoln (42), Linn (110), Malheur (39), Marion (363), Morrow (11), Multnomah (145), Polk (43), Tillamook (27), Umatilla (84), Union (40), Wallowa (4), Wasco (25), Washington (420) and Yamhill (88).

Oregon’s 2,950th death was a 71-year-old man from Jackson County who tested positive on July 23 and died on Aug. 14 at Ashland Community Hospital. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,951st death was a 77-year-old woman from Hood River County who tested positive on Aug. 14 and died on Aug. 14; The location of death is being confirmed. She had no underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,952nd death was a 69-year-old man from Douglas County who tested positive on July 19 and died on Aug. 14 at Mercy Medical Center. He had no underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,953rd death was a 92-year-old woman from Coos County who tested positive on Aug. 12 and died on Aug. 14 at her residence. The presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 2,954th death was a 62-year-old man from Coos County who tested positive on Aug. 1 and died on Aug. 13 at Bay Area Hospital. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,955th death was an 85-year-old man from Jackson County who tested positive on Aug. 5 and died on Aug. 13 at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,956th death was a 70-year-old woman from Jackson County who tested positive on July 30 and died on Aug. 14 at Providence Medford Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,957th death was a 63-year-old woman from Jackson County who tested positive on July 28 and died on Aug. 15 at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,958th death was a 47-year-old woman from Jackson County who tested positive on July 23 and died on Aug. 14 at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,959th death was a 94-year-old woman from Marion County who tested positive on Aug. 4 and died on Aug. 15 at Salem Hospital. The presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 2,960th death was a 67-year-old man from Josephine County who tested positive on Aug. 4 and died on Aug. 13 at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center. The presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 2,961st death is a 64-year-old woman from Washington County who tested positive on Aug. 13. The date and location of death and the presence of underlying conditions are being confirmed.

Oregon’s 2,962nd death was a 73-year-old man from Washington County who tested positive on Aug. 9 and died on Aug. 13. Location of death and presence of underlying conditions are being confirmed.

Oregon’s 2,963rd death was an 82-year-old woman from Umatilla County who tested positive on Aug. 3 and died on Aug. 14 at Good Shepherd Community Hospital. The presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 2,964th death was a 29-year-old woman from Umatilla County who tested positive on July 29 and died on Aug. 10 at Mid-Columbia Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Vaccinations

Oregon has now administered 2,727,893 doses of Pfizer, 1,812,233 doses of Moderna and 190,254 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

As of Tuesday, 2,557,489 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,354,372 people have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series.

 

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