October 23, 2021

Nutra Health

The Ideal Health

Oregon surpasses 3,000 COVID-19 deaths as cases continue to climb

The Oregon Health Authority on Friday reported 2,187 new coronavirus cases and 19 new deaths, pushing the number of COVID-19 related deaths past 3,000.

“We grieve for every person lost to the virus,” said Oregon Health Authority director Pat Allen in a statement Friday. “Our sadness is deepened by the realization that these deaths are increasingly preventable.”

The grim milestone came as the state reported 94% of its intensive care unit beds filled, with a record 241 coronavirus patients hospitalized in the ICU Friday. Oregon also set a new record with 866 people hospitalized with COVID-19.

The summer surge of COVID-19 in Oregon, mostly caused by the coronavirus’s highly contagious delta variant, has prompted a slew of actions by county and state officials this week, including a mandate issued Friday in Multnomah County requiring county employees receive a COVID-19 vaccine or face being laid off.

Oregon on Friday again reported another day with test positivity rates in double digits, this time at 12.2%, indicating unchecked levels of virus circulating across the state. The 2,187 cases reported Friday, while lower than the previous day’s record-breaking number, is still 23% higher than the case counts reported one week earlier.

Where the new cases are by county: Baker (7), Benton (19), Clackamas (74), Clatsop (35), Columbia (32), Coos (47), Crook (13), Curry (28), Deschutes (147), Douglas (168), Gilliam (2), Grant (4), Harney (19), Hood River (12), Jackson (148), Jefferson (13), Josephine (125), Klamath (40), Lane (240), Lincoln (32), Linn (108), Malheur (15), Marion (164), Morrow (12), Multnomah (235), Polk (34), Sherman (2), Tillamook (36), Umatilla (94), Union (17), Wallowa (5), Wasco (39), Washington (176) and Yamhill (45).

Who died: The state on Friday reported 19 new COVID-19 deaths linked to COVID-19:

An 87-year-old Deschutes County man who tested positive Aug. 11 and died Aug. 19 at his residence.

An 87-year-old Clackamas County man who tested positive Aug. 16 and died Aug. 19 at his residence.

A 70-year-old Clackamas County man who tested positive Aug. 4 and died Aug. 15 at his residence.

An 86-year-old Clackamas County man who tested positive Aug. 2 and died Aug. 13 at Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center.

A 74-year-old Clackamas County man who tested positive July 25 and died July 31 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center.

An 87-year-old Douglas County woman who tested positive Aug. 10 and died Aug. 19 at Mercy Medical Center.

A 79-year-old Klamath County man who tested positive Aug. 13 and died Aug. 19 at Sky Lakes Medical Center.

A 62-year-old Klamath County man who tested positive July 26 and died Aug. 12 at Sky Lakes Medical Center.

A 62-year-old Josephine County woman who tested positive Aug. 19 and died Aug. 19 at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center.

An 81-year-old Josephine County man who tested positive Aug. 12 and died Aug. 19 at his residence.

A 64-year-old Josephine County woman who tested positive Aug. 8 and died Aug. 18 at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center.

A 95-year-old Josephine County man who tested positive Aug. 3 and died Aug. 19 at his residence.

A 65-year-old Josephine County man who tested positive Aug. 4 and died Aug. 18 at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center. He had no underlying conditions.

A 100-year-old Josephine County man who tested positive July 31 and died Aug. 16 at his residence.

An 80-year-old Umatilla County man who tested positive Aug. 3 and died Aug. 5 at Oregon Health and Science University Hospital.

A 67-year-old Multnomah County man who tested positive July 5 and died Aug. 19 at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.

A 62-year-old Union County man who tested positive Aug. 10 and died Aug. 17 at his residence.

A 96-year-old Polk County man who tested positive Aug. 1 and died Aug. 18 at Salem Hospital.

A 95-year-old Wasco County woman who tested positive Aug. 5 and died Aug. 14 at her residence.

Unless noted above, each person had underlying health conditions or officials were determining the presence of conditions.

Hospitalizations: 866 people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 are hospitalized, up 21 from Thursday. That includes 241 people in intensive care, up 15 from Thursday.

Vaccines: Oregon reported 9,559 newly administered COVID-19 vaccine doses, including 4,051 on Thursday and the remainder from previous days.

Since it began: Oregon has reported 252,977 confirmed or presumptive coronavirus infections and 3,012 deaths, still among the lowest per capita numbers in the nation. To date, 2,574,229 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,365,495 people are fully vaccinated.

To see more data and trends, visit https://projects.oregonlive.com/coronavirus/

— Catalina Gaitán; @catalinagaitan_