Oregon COVID-19 numbers are rising, but hospital admissions are still low
Oregon COVID-19 numbers are rising, but hospital admissions are still low

Oregon COVID-19 numbers are rising, but hospital admissions are still low

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The number of COVID-19 cases in Oregon is on the rise as a new variant spreads and residents shed their masks, but hospitalization rates still average less than 100 patients a day nationwide – by far from previous peak virus increases of up to 1,100 patients, state health officials said Wednesday.

The seven-day average of daily cases from Tuesday has more than doubled since the beginning of April and is now at 600 new cases a day, which is likely a “significant underscore” due to unreported home tests, Tom said Jeanne, Oregon’s Deputy State Health Officer.

Studies conducted elsewhere suggest that the actual number of positive cases nationally may be between five to 10 times higher than those reported to health authorities, but officials remain focused on the hospitalization rate as a measure of the severity of the increase, he said. There were 740 new cases Monday, the latest data available and five deaths; officials expect hospital admissions to see a slight increase into May and June.

“We are missing most cases,” Jeanne said. “We can still follow the general trends, even if the scale is not quite right, and what we care about most is the hospital capacity and our ability to treat people and keep them alive if they get COVID-19.”

Forecasts made by Oregon Health and Science University expect hospital admissions to peak at 220 a day on June 10th.

Health officials said 83% of Oregonians have had at least one COVID-19 vaccine, and more than 75% have completed the two-shot series. About 44% have received a booster dose.

Those who have not been vaccinated, or who have not completed the vaccine series or received a booster, should do so because the virus is still circulating widely, said Dr. Paul Cieslak, senior health advisor for the Oregon Health Authority. He estimated that between 50% and 60% of the so-called breakthrough cases occur in people who have not been vaccinated or fully vaccinated.

“I think you take it for granted that there’s a lot of COVID-19 out there … If you’re in a crowded environment, you’ll be exposed to the virus, and what will protect you is if you’ve been vaccinated and boosted or had a previous infection, “he said.” There’s still a lot of it out there – and it’s not going away. “

People who are at high risk for serious illness, such as those with autoimmune conditions, diabetes or older adults, should check with their doctor now about how to access antiviral treatments if they become infected, he added.

Oregon receives about 1,200 cures with the drug Paxlovid a week, and clinical trials show that the drug is 89% effective in preventing hospitalization from COVID-19 if it is started shortly after symptoms appear, he said.


Oregon Health Authority Press Release:

Today, the first Oregon Health Authority (OHA) launched monthly media availability with updates on COVID-19 in Oregon.

Tom Jeanne, MD, MPH, Deputy State Health Officer and Deputy State Epidemiologist, OHA Public Health Division, and Paul Cieslak, MD, Medical Director of Communicable Diseases and Immunizations, answered journalists’ questions and provided an update on the state’s ongoing management of COVID -19.

Here is talking points from today’s media availability. You can also see it here.

The OHA publishes COVID-19 reports every two weeks

That COVID-19 2-Weekly Data Reportpublished today, shows an increase in cases and deaths and a small decrease in disease-related hospitalizations during the previous second week.

The OHA reported 5,980 new cases of COVID-19 in the weeks from April 4 to April 17, an increase of 76% over the previous weekly number.

There were 202 COVID-19 related admissions during the second week, a decrease from the 245 reported during the previous two weeks.

There were 241 COVID-19-related deaths, a slight increase from the 239 reported over the previous two weeks.

145,100 tests were administered in the weeks from 3 April to 16 April with a test positivity of 3.6%.

Today COVID-19 outbreak report every two weeks shows 31 total active outbreaks in care facilities, senior living communities, and community settings with three or more confirmed COVID-19 cases or one or more COVID-19-related deaths.

Note: this is the first time both reports are published every two weeks, in line with the new ones reporting plan shared last month.

Updating the COVID-19 Case and Vaccination Stories Control Panel

Oregon’s COVID-19 cases and vaccination histories dashboard has been updated with new data and information covering the Omicron rise of the COVID-19 pandemic. A county filter has also been added to the following visualizations: vaccination rate and case rate over time, vaccination rate and hospitalization rate over time, vaccination rate and death rate over time, vaccination rate and number of hospitalizations over time, and vaccination rate and number. of deaths over time.

The COVID-19 Case and Vaccination Stories dashboard reviews the past cases and incidents of the pandemic to analyze and provide insights for the future. The updated dashboard compares the increases in fall 2020, spring 2021, summer 2021 (Delta) and winter 2021-2022 (Omicron) by looking at the peaks of cases, hospitalization rates and death rates.

The visualizations also examine the effects of rising vaccination rates on declining cases, hospitalizations and death rates by comparing people under 65 and people 65 and older. The comparison illustrates the effects of the vaccine being available to older adults earlier than it was for most younger people – leading to higher vaccination rates among older residents.

Throughout the pandemic, higher vaccination rates have been associated with lower cases, as seen in the comparison of the case across increases between people aged 65 and over (90% vaccinated) and people under 65 (71% vaccinated).

The Omicron rise in the winter of 2021 also showed the importance of boosters. Compared to the Delta variant, fewer people infected with Omicron experienced serious illness. But because Omicron spread to more people in Oregon in less time, where boosters were not yet widely available, there was another wave of hospitalizations that strained Oregon’s health care system.

Vaccines remain the most effective tool for slowing the spread of COVID-19. For more information on where to get a vaccine or your booster dose in Oregon, click here.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccinations

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine situation in Oregon, visit our Web site (English or Spanish), which has a breakdown of distribution and other information.

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