Oregon Health Authority reports record number of hospitalizations from COVID-19 | Local News

Oregon Health Authority reports record number of hospitalizations from COVID-19 | Local News

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – There were more people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Oregon Tuesday than at any time since the pandemic started, according to the Oregon Health Authority. 

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 635, which is 60 more than Monday. That is the highest number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients that Oregon has recorded to date, topping the previous record of 622 in November 2020. There are 164 COVID-19 patients in ICU beds, 16 more than Monday

OHA also reported nine new deaths related to COVID-19 on Tuesday. That brings the state’s death toll to 2,912. OHA also reported 2,329 new cases of the virus, bringing that total to 232,436.

Oregon physicians and nurses say they are overwhelmed and that hospital space is severely limited as more and more people need care because of COVID-19.

New modeling from the Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Health & Science University projects that, without new health and safety interventions in place, COVID-19 hospitalizations will far exceed Oregon’s health system capacity in the next several weeks. Based on the modeling, without additional mitigation measures, Oregon could be 500 staffed hospital beds short of what will be needed to treat patients hospitalized for any reason by September.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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