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Coronavirus in Oregon: 8,538 new cases and 15 deaths

OregonLive.com logo OregonLive.com 1/21/2022 Fedor Zarkhin, oregonlive.com
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Oregon health officials reported 8,538 new coronavirus cases Wednesday and 15 deaths connected to COVID-19.

While average case counts have maintained a relative plateau in recent days, that does not necessarily mean Oregon has reached its peak of the omicron wave.

In fact, nearly 26% of all coronavirus tests reported Wednesday were positive, the highest rate on any single day since the pandemic began. Accessing quick testing remains challenging and the sky-high positivity rates indicate not enough Oregonians are being screened for the highly contagious variant.

The Oregon Health Authority said that while cases are plateauing in some urban parts of the state, rural counties with low vaccination rates might not yet be at their peak. The agency also pointed out that people are testing themselves for the coronavirus at home and not reporting those results back to health officials, resulting in an overall undercount of infections.

“The true number of cases is higher than what we report in our counts,” spokesperson Rudy Owens said in an email.

Where the new cases are by county: Baker (57), Benton (214), Clackamas (672), Clatsop (25), Columbia (105), Coos (115), Crook (93), Curry (46), Deschutes (675), Douglas (160), Grant (3), Harney (2), Hood River (109), Jackson (551), Jefferson (49), Josephine (183), Klamath (106), Lake (6), Lane (586), Lincoln (135), Linn (402), Malheur (124), Marion (1,031), Morrow (56), Multnomah (1,120), Polk (268), Tillamook (51), Umatilla (301), Union (52), Wallowa (22), Wasco (57), Washington (959) and Yamhill (203).

Mark Graves/The Oregonian © Mark Graves/oregonlive.com/TNS Mark Graves/The Oregonian

Who died: Oregon’s 5,894th death connected to the coronavirus is an 87-year-old Marion County man who tested positive Jan. 9 and died Jan. 14 at Salem Hospital.

The 5,895th death is a 92-year-old Marion County man who tested positive Jan. 7 and died Jan. 12 at Salem Hospital.

Oregon’s 5,896th death is a 55-year-old Marion County man who tested positive Jan. 5 and died Jan. 13 at Salem Hospital.

The 5,897th death is an 87-year-old Marion County man who tested positive Jan. 3 and died Jan. 12 at Salem Hospital.

Oregon’s 5,898th death is an 86-year-old Linn County man who tested positive Jan. 16 and died Jan. 16 at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center.


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The 5,899th death is a 91-year-old Linn County woman who tested positive Jan. 11 and died Jan. 18 at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center.

Oregon’s 5,900th death is a 37-year-old Linn County man who tested positive Dec. 29 and died Jan. 17 at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center.

The 5,901st death is a 56-year-old Linn County man who tested positive Dec. 28 and died Jan. 16 at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center.

Oregon’s 5,902nd death is a 72-year-old Lincoln County woman who died Dec. 5 at her residence.

The 5,903rd death is a 52-year-old Lincoln County woman who tested positive Jan. 4 and died Jan. 16 at Providence Medford Medical Center.

Oregon’s 5,904th death is a 62-year-old Josephine County woman who tested positive Jan. 12 and died at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center. The state is still determining when the woman died.

The 5,905th death is a 67-year-old Jackson County man who tested positive Dec. 29 and died Jan. 16 at Providence Medford Medical Center.

Oregon’s 5,906th death is a 75-year-old Douglas County woman who tested positive Jan. 12 and died Jan. 18 at Mercy Medical Center.

The 5,907th death is a 78-year-old Washington County woman who tested positive Jan. 5 and died Jan. 15 at OHSU Hillsboro Medical Center.

Oregon’s 5,908th death is a 64-year-old Marion County man who tested positive Jan. 12 and died Jan. 13 at Salem Hospital.

Unless otherwise noted, all had underlying conditions or the state was confirming whether they did.

Hospitalizations: 921 people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 are hospitalized, up 10 from Tuesday. That includes 134 people in intensive care, down 18 from Tuesday.

Vaccines: 3,131 people have been reported newly vaccinated since Tuesday.

Since it began: Oregon has reported 549,942 confirmed or presumed infections and 5,908 deaths, among the lowest per capita numbers in the nation. To date, the state has reported 7,045,638 vaccine doses administered, fully vaccinating 2,806,938 people and partially vaccinating 293,628.

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

— Fedor Zarkhin

fzarkhin@oregonian.com; 503-294-7674

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