New coronavirus cases jumped in Oregon in the week ending Sunday, rising 33.5% as 2,899 cases were reported. The previous week had 2,172 new cases of the virus causing COVID-19.
Predictors from Oregon Health and Science University have predicted that cases and hospitalizations related to COVID-19 would increase as the highly infectious omicron BA.2 subvariant spread across the country and pandemic-related public health restrictions were eased.
Hospital admissions are expected to peak in mid-June, according to the most recently published forecast.
Last week, the Centers for Disease Control expected that more than 85% of new coronavirus infections nationwide are bound to the BA.2 subvariant.
Oregon ranked No. 20 among the states where coronavirus spread most rapidly on a per-person basis, according to a U.S. TODAY Network analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University.
In Oregon, 147 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 149 people were reported dead.
A total of 709,586 people in Oregon have been tested positive for coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 7,443 people have died from the disease, data from Johns Hopkins University shows. In the United States, 80,632,301 people tested positive and 988,618 people died.
COVID-19: Recent county increases
In the past week, coronavirus cases in the United States fell by 10% compared to the week before, with 225,931 reported cases. With 1.27% of the country’s population, Oregon had 1.28% of the country’s cases in the last week. Across the country, 31 states had more cases in the past week than they had in the week before.
Marion County reported 169 cases and 11 deaths in the past week. One week earlier, it had reported 120 cases and three deaths. During the entire pandemic, it has reported 69,082 cases and 711 deaths.
Polk County reported 47 cases and two deaths in the past week. One week earlier, it had reported 23 cases and two deaths. Throughout the pandemic, it has reported 15,313 cases and 131 deaths.
Within Oregon, the worst weekly outbreaks were per. person in Grant County with 222 cases per 100,000 pr. week; Benton County with 146; and Multnomah County with 128. Centers for Disease Control says high levels of community transmission begin at 100 cases per year. 100,000 a week.
Adding the most new cases overall was Multnomah County, with 1,040 cases; Washington County, with 440 cases; and Clackamas County, by 298. The weekly number of cases increased in 21 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the previous week’s pace were in the counties of Multnomah, Washington and Clackama.
Oregon ranked number 20 among states in the proportion of people who received at least one shot, with 77.7% of residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 77.3%, shows a US TODAY analysis of CDC data.
In the week ending Sunday, Oregon reported the administration of an additional 50,651 vaccine doses, including 3,837 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 60,607 vaccine doses, including 4,305 first doses. In total, Oregon reported administering 7,669,911 total doses.
Oregon’s COVID-19 hospital admissions remain flat
USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data from Sunday, April 17th.
Likely COVID-19 patients admitted to the state:
- Last week: 529
- The week before: 539
- Four weeks ago: 577
Likely COVID-19 patients admitted to the country:
- Last week: 38,545
- The week before: 37,371
- Four weeks ago: 41,914
Hospitals in 22 states reported more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier, while hospitals in 15 states had more COVID-19 patients in intensive care units. Hospitals in 32 states admitted more COVID-19 patients in the past week than a week before, the U.S. TODAY analysis of U.S. Health and Human Services data shows.
Statesman Journal reporter Connor Radnovich contributed to this article.