The number of COVID-19 cases in Oregon appears to have increased over the past few weeks. But state health experts have said they expected it and there is no need to worry.
The seven-day moving average of COVID cases has risen from about 230 a few weeks ago to 421 this week. On Wednesday alone, 605 cases were reported to the Oregon Health Authority.
Peter Graven of Oregon Health and Science University said the increase comes as Oregonians no longer have to wear masks in most public places and as children return to school. He said the recent increase is caused by the same variant of COVID that caused an increase in cases this winter.
“The good news is that it’s the same Omicron, and we know it has a much lower risk of hospitalization, certainly than Delta did, especially if you’ve been vaccinated,” Graven said.
According to Graven, while the number of people receiving COVID is rising, these people do not suffer from such severe symptoms and do not end up in the hospital.
About 100 Oregonians are hospitalized with the virus right now, and that number has remained around the same since the beginning of April. The month before, the average number of patients admitted with COVID was around 400.