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Oregon again smashes COVID-19 daily record, with 6,203 more cases; 9 more deaths

Oregon Health Authority

Big uptick in testing key factor in 140% case jump in past week; hospitalizations also rise sharply, deaths decline; Deschutes County rate again tops state

PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) — There are nine new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 5,719 -- and a record 6,203 cases, in part due to a rapid rise in testing, as well as the rapid advance of the Omicron variant, the Oregon Health Authority reported Wednesday.

OHA reported 6,203 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, bringing the state total to 441,648. That's a jump of more than 2,000 cases from Tuesday's report.

Oregon receives 1 million COVID-19 tests as testing numbers soar

COVID-19 testing is in high demand, and OHA is recording a high volume of tests being performed. The number of COVID-19 tests reported Tuesday, at 34,728, is the sixth-highest single daily count reported statewide during the pandemic.

This week, the OHA warehouse will receive nearly 1.1 million test kits. Beginning next Monday, the warehouse will receive five trucks per week — for five consecutive weeks — until the order is fulfilled. Since iHealth Labs is planning to ramp up product of the test kits, Oregon’s order may be fulfilled ahead of schedule.

Click here for video of the COVID-19 tests arriving at the OHA warehouse this week in Wilsonville. The kits will be disseminated to numerous OHA partner agencies and organizations. OHA does not have the capacity to individually send out tests, so it will prioritize distribution to the following partners that can disseminate them to their communities as they see fit:

  • Local public health authorities and Tribes based on population size and some health equity metrics.
  • Migrant and seasonal farm and agriculture workers.
  • Head Start and some other high-risk early learning settings.
  • K-12 schools to support at-home test to stay.
  • Health care workers.
  • Shelters.
  • Community-based organizations.

The test kit order comes as Omicron continues its steady overtake of Delta as the state’s dominant COVID-19 variant. With its high transmissibility, Omicron is already thought to be driving a steady increase in hospitalizations over recent days. Any scarcity of tests is a function of disease in the community and not a lack of supply.

As of late last month, more than 60% of Oregon's new COVID-19 cases were the Omicron variant.

As the number of cases increase, rapid testing will be critical to efforts to encourage people to take steps that reduce transmission, including isolating and quarantining at home, wearing masks and face coverings, keeping their distance from others and getting vaccinated as soon as they’re healthy.

COVID-19 weekly cases spike, hospitalizations increase, deaths decline

OHA’s COVID-19 Weekly Report released Wednesday showed skyrocketing daily cases and a sharp increase in COVID-19 related hospitalizations, while deaths declined.

OHA reported 16,791 new cases of COVID-19 during the week of Monday, Dec. 27, through Sunday, Jan. 2 — a staggering 140% increase over the previous week.

There were 290 new COVID-19 related hospitalizations, compared to 185 last week — a 57% increase. There were 43 reported COVID-19 related deaths, down from 89 reported the previous week.

There were 136,474 tests for COVID-19 for the week of Dec. 26 through Jan. 1. with the percentage of positive tests doubling from 7.4% to 15.7%.

Wednesday’s COVID-19 Weekly Outbreak Report shows 64 active COVID-19 outbreaks in senior living communities and congregate living settings, with three or more confirmed cases and one or more COVID-19 related deaths.

State continues march toward goal of boosting a million more people in Oregon

Oregon continues to move closer to meeting Gov. Kate Brown’s goal, announced Dec. 17, of getting 1 million more people in the state a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of January.

When the challenge began, 949,749 people had received a booster dose. Since then, 229,691 Oregonians have received a booster.

As of Wednesday, Oregon needs 770,309 people to get a booster to reach the goal and make our state safer from the Omicron variant. Find a booster here.

COVID-19 hospitalizations

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 523, which is 13 more than Tuesday. There are 108 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is three fewer than Tuesday.

There are 33 available adult ICU beds out of 668 total (5% availability) and 226 available adult non-ICU beds out of 4,098 (6% availability).

1/5/2022 Available Beds (and Percentage of Staffed Beds Available)
 StatewideRegion 1Region 2Region 3Region 5Region 6Region 7Region 9
Adult ICU beds available33(5%)12(3%)2(2%)6(7%)5(8%)1(10%)2(5%)5(19%)
Adult non-ICU beds available226(6%)31(2%)6(1%)63(11%)34(8%)3(6%)46(12%)43(38%)

Statewide regions are as follows:

Region 1: Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Multnomah, Tillamook and Washington counties

Region 2: Benton, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties

Region 3: Coos, Curry, Douglas and Lane counties

Region 5: Jackson and Josephine counties

Region 6: Hood River, Gilliam, Sherman and Wasco counties

Region 7: Crook, Deschutes, Grant, Harney, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake and Wheeler counties

Region 9: Baker, Malheur, Morrow, Umatilla, Union and Wallowa counties

St. Charles Bend reported 29 COVID-19-positive patients as of early Wednesday, three of whom were in the ICU, two on ventilators. None of the ICU patients were fully vaccinated, the hospital said, while 23 of the 29 COVID-19 patients were not fully vaccinated.

The total number of patients in hospital beds may fluctuate between report times. The numbers do not reflect admissions per day, nor the length of hospital stay. Staffing limitations are not captured in this data and may further limit bed capacity.

Note: Please do not visit an emergency department for COVID-19 testing, unless you require emergency care for your symptoms.

Emergency departments in Oregon are under significant strain. You can find a test here. If you have a medical condition that doesn’t require emergency care, contact your provider. An urgent care center may also help you get the care you need and will save emergency departments from added strain.

More information about hospital capacity can be found here.

Vaccinations in Oregon

OHA reported Wednesday that 18,558 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry Tuesday. Of that total, 1,499 were initial doses, 1,342 were second doses and 7,426 were third doses and booster doses. The remaining 8,161 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry Tuesday.

The seven-day running average is now 10,435 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered 3,834,242 doses of Pfizer Comirnaty, 171,115 doses of Pfizer pediatric, 2,528,826 doses of Moderna and 257,571 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

As of Wednesday, 3,061,076 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,776,628 people have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series.

These data are preliminary and subject to change.

Updated vaccination data are provided on Oregon’s COVID-19 data dashboards and have been updated Wednesday.

Cases and deaths

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported Wednesday are in the following counties: Baker (17), Benton (214), Clackamas (594), Clatsop (46), Columbia (49), Coos (136), Crook (37), Curry (5), Deschutes (716), Douglas (93), Gilliam (1), Grant (26), Hood River (37), Jackson (264), Jefferson (77), Josephine (89), Klamath (24), Lake (2), Lane (518), Lincoln (52), Linn (206), Malheur (14), Marion (395), Morrow (29), Multnomah (1268), Polk (94), Tillamook (29), Umatilla (218), Union (10), Wallowa (9), Wasco (23), Washington (874), Wheeler (3) and Yamhill (34).

Once again, Deschutes County tops the state in cases per 100,000 in the past week, jumping to nearly 1,100 in Wednesday's report. Gilliam County is second, at about 754, followed by Jefferson at about 737.

Oregon’s 5,711th COVID-19-related death is a 47-year-old woman from Yamhill County who tested positive Dec. 27 and died Dec. 27 at Salem Hospital. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,712th COVID-19-related death is a 72-year-old woman from Yamhill County who tested positive Oct. 23 and died Nov. 28 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,713th COVID-19-related death is a 62-year-old man from Washington County who tested positive Dec. 1 and died Dec. 30 at Oregon Health & Science University Hospital. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,714th COVID-19-related death is a 93-year-old woman from Tillamook County who tested positive Dec. 27 and died Jan. 1 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,715th COVID-19-related death is a 58-year-old woman from Tillamook County who tested positive Dec. 10 and died Jan. 3 at Oregon Health & Science University Hospital. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,716th COVID-19-related death is a 69-year-old woman from Polk County who tested positive Dec. 2 and died Jan. 2 at Salem Hospital. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,717th COVID-19-related death is an 80-year-old man from Linn County who tested positive Dec. 17 and died Jan. 4 at Good Samaritan Regional Hospital. He had no underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,718th COVID-19-related death is a 76-year-old woman from Josephine County who tested positive Dec. 13 and died Jan. 4 at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,719th COVID-19-related death is a 74-year-old man from Coos County who tested positive Dec. 6 and died Dec. 20 at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Idaho. He had underlying conditions.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccinations  

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

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      1. That’s the Oregon way. Too many students were failing standardized testing. SO… Obviously, end standardized testing. Too many students weren’t passing math courses for graduation. SO… End testing mathematics to graduate. Makes one wonder why this doesn’t apply to Covid19… (not really)

  1. Got to love the Dem leaders! They are as bad if not worse than the Repubs! More Murders and violence, record numbers of COVID deaths, stigmatizing of BIPOC communities for not trusting the the vaccines, A President that lies to us about stopping the virus, state sponsored abuse of children by not letting them socialize! Vote Johnson for Governor!

    1. Don’t always agree with ya Hummmp69, but I gotta high five ya on this one! People are sick of this. they know this ship is sinking. Even Lightfoot is now calling B.S. on keeping kids outta school. The vote wave of 2021 has scared these dems in power. Oregon governor Brown is completely outta touch, and if this state doesn’t grow up fast it’s done.

  2. More jabs doled out than actual number of citizens in the state- all the while the experts claim the jabs are controlling new cases- hospitalizations- and deaths… Not According To The Data ! Pretty damn clear- the jabs wear off- the jabbed think their still protected- go out and get infected- and then infect other jabbed- who all believe they are protected. In the meantime- herd immunity is upon us-more than a million have been naturally infected and have their own immunity… the only way out ! This is why doctors refuse the jab- most have been infected and have natural immunity- and they won’t mess with Mother Nature.

    1. To be fair… “Vaccinated” requires, now, at least three ‘jabs.’ So anyone that hasn’t had 3 or 4 jabs doesn’t count. AND as Saint Fauci of Covid says there are no longer “fully vaccinated.” There are only “properly boosted.” I should have worked for the government.

  3. How is this spreading? Well I have a clue after calling my Dr for a Rx for Cough Syrup. I was told I cannot be prescribed cough syrup without coming in for a appointment (even though I’m a current patient of record). But there are no appointments, so they said I needed to go to Urgent Care. Aren’t we supposed to stay home and quarantine? Then I found the local Urgent Care will not let you in with Covid Symptoms. To which my Dr replied, you can go to the Urgent Care by Walmart. Which is in Bend and I dont live in Bend. So now you have sick people being forced to go into the public into offices 45 minutes away from where they live and hope everything I touch along the way doesn’t pass on to the next person. BRAVO. Way to flatten the curve.

    1. Yep…. Gotta stop those “smurfs” from buying up all the cold medicines to cook up their “shake and bake” meth. It made Oregon so much safer by forcing anyone that needs real decongestants spend $100 to visit a doctor to write a prescription for a, once, OTC cheap drug.

  4. We’re all doomed. Only the government can save us. Lock down, wear masks, hide. Only two weeks to go. Because EVERYTHING they have done has worked so well.

    1. That won’t fly as Barney believes government has done a stellar job and fault lies with the unvaxxed. Some others will sing Brown’s praisesv😕🦃

      1. Oh come on man!!!. I have my issues with BL’s actions since he got with KTVZ,,, especially. I have known Barney for nearly 30 years now. (when did you move here Barney? 92 or so? Late 90s was when you interviewed me fishing outside the “old mill” for the Bugle. Can’t remember) He sticks to his guns and you won’t find a progressive reporter that responds to we angry conservatives like Barney. And yeah. Don’t put words in Barney’s mouth.

      1. Do us a favor. Enter ANYTHING related to Hunter Biden. Vuukle shadow bans any posts with “Hunter Biden” That’s my experience. And we all know why.

        1. And yet you mentioned Lord Voldemort twice in your post and there it is for everyone to read. Pull that tin foil cap,a little tighter around the ears.

  5. 6th highest day of testing numbers…34,000+/- tests in one day and 6,000 +/- positives.Most people only get tested when they are sick…but now the governments “illegal” mandate of forcing employers to start testing unvaccinated people is going to lead to MUCH MORE testing. Problem with the test is it only checks for Coronavirus. Its not specific to covid 19. Coronavirus is behind most major colds and even some flu strains. So we are finding out in what used to be “flu” season that people have “A” coronavirus strain. Wow, big news!!!
    What no one is talking about is we are bringing back segregation. The elephant in the room is how horrible unvaccinated workers are being treated, the costs they are incurring that vaccinated aren’t. I think right now St Charles, if they would be honest, would let us know that the vaccinated staff are getting sick and missing work, making an already horribly short staffed hospital, worse. But the Vaxx works right?
    Again, everyone I know of who is sick right now is VACCINATED. Funny even in the same household, the only ones with symptoms are VACCINATED.

      1. Reading comprehension problems, Barney??? He said, “Its not specific to covid 19. Coronavirus is behind most major colds and even some flu strains. So we are finding out in what used to be “flu” season that people have “A” coronavirus strain.” That means it will show positive for COVID-19, but will also show positive for other SARS based illness. It’s not specific to COVID-19.

        1. I did some checking. Both the PCR and antigen tests are covid specific. They will not indicate the presence of other coronavirus, and I suspect will have to be “reprogrammed” to keep up as sars-cov-2 mutates. I’m frankly amazed such tech exists.

          1. According to many doctors at St Charles, it is NOT specific and the “antibodies test” doesn’t exist. So, talk to St Charles providers. I was honestly shocked to hear that.

            1. This topic is beyond my knowledge base but it’s possible the information you received from HCPs is accurate, just misapplied. There are tests for general viral groups. An influenza test for example is designed to detect that family of virus, not just a specific strain (which is largely unknown until it breaks out and is sequenced). Rhinovirus has something like 160 strains that can be detected. I would think group tests also exist for the family of coronavirus, as it is a common disease pathogen predating covid 19. It’s safe to assume if such tests exist, then they are also being used. They are probably using whatever they can get.

  6. With the lack of details on the variant ‘type’, Delta, Omicron, or ?? how do we know what is hitting us and what we might be looking at going forward.

    The newest IHU variant found in France might be of an interest and could last a few weeks…. At least we can look forward to the Pi variant due out March 14th.

  7. “Oregon receives 1 million COVID-19 tests as testing numbers soar

    COVID-19 testing is in high demand, and OHA is recording a high volume of tests being performed.”

    ….and that ‘splains the smashing for those of y’all with critical thinking skillz

  8. The only thing Oregon has smashed is a new record of stupidity and fear.Everything that Biden and this state have done is wrong and reckless and a flat out crime against our youth, I am convinced the dumbest people live here, time to leave this craziness and lies, the great Fauci already admitted that the numbers are not factual for all the kids they said had covid, liars.

  9. So do y’all know anyone who has recently tested positive? Ask them how they feel

    Fact: It affects each individual different. One person might feel slightly sick and another will feel like death warmed over.

    Additionally ~ the repercussions (long-term) are somewhat unknown. A friend (very healthy) had it ~ and is now struggling with breathing / other issues.

    And if you think the government has failed…go back to 2020 when Donny Boy took the path of least resistance (for his personal benefit) and denied it’s existence. Oh sure, he pushed the vaxx ~ but only because he feared the consequences. And he still lost. And is unable to accept it. Such a whiney little man … your hero.

  10. how long will people choose to live in fear? My answer is as long as the MSM pushes it in their face. They are the virus. KTVZ places into this for clicks. This ends when we say it ends. Your obedience enables their tyranny.

  11. nothing says blind hypnotic control and brainwashing like people waiting in line to be told if they have an illness and by using a test with up to a 97% false positive rate only recently admitted that it cannot differentiate between the flu and kovid. This is just the beginning. Wait for the next big thing. They’ve learned you will crawl on your knees and do whatever they tell you while at the same time admitting you have a 99.7% survival rate.

  12. Everyone here, including Barney, really needs to listen to these recent Joe Rogan podcasts with Peter McCullough MD and the inventor of the jab Robert Malone MD. They are full of facts and data and insights and can calm any fears you have, but also wake you up to see what big pharma and politicians are colluding to keep you in fear of. Don’t argue, just listen and THINK for YOURSELF.

      1. Barney, didn’t like the definition of Mass Formation Psychosis? He deleted my last post. The deletion of the post reinforced the definition in that anybody who questions the narrative is attacked or censored. This is what we are witnessing. People will fight for toilet paper for a respiratory, not GI virus, but not for their freedoms. All while big tech censors the freedom of speech even when they are facts shared from websites/organizations they support if it does not fit the narrative they are told to push. The good thing in all of this is we believe this is ushering in a great awakening.

        1. You threw out so much stuff I don’t have time to check, much of it from past experience easily disputed, refuted and proven wrong. If in doubt, yes I delete as dangerous misinformation. As many have urged, even begged us to do.
          Seems there’s a narrative in your views, too.

    1. That interview has been deemed misinformation and scrubbed from social media. I haven’t seen it but YouTube’s decision to remove the episode after accruing more than 40 million views shows that somebody with considerable influence made a call. Of course who that somebody is or what information was deemed amiss has not been disclosed.

      1. haven’t you learned by now that anything that goes against the narrative, often democrats are behind, they dub “misinformation”? Last year the term they used was “controversial”, now its “misinformation”. These guys present facts that destroy the narrative. Listen for yourself. Heck, Robert Malone invented the technology for the mRNA jab. Also, the person who invented the PCR test admits it shouldn’t be used for what its being used for. We also have teams of doctors who have investigated the reported death toll and found it to be 88.9%-96% inflated primarily by the CDC who changed the rules for reporting deaths by calling any death “covid” if and only if the test showed they had it in their system. That was the rule. Hospitals were literally incentivized by reporting positives even when the person wasn’t there for anything related to covid. Again, when people are presented with facts that disrupt the narrative they’ve been brainwashed with for the last 2yrs they become defensive. Its a condition. Thats where we are at.

        1. Yep, I’m well aware of the evolution of what now constitutes misinformation. It is often cited as justification for silencing opposing views, almost entirely from one side. ZDoggMD has an interesting take on the interview from an alt-middle perspective. And he’s catching heat for it, which is unusual for his audience. Like I said, I haven’t seen the interview but Zdogg does present points worthy of consideration.

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