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Oregon Health Authority reports more than 44,000 May COVID-19 cases, 52% ‘vaccine breakthroughs’


PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) – Oregon Health Authority’s most recent update on COVID-19 breakthrough cases, released Thursday, reported 44,363 cases of infection during the month of May, more than half "vaccine breakthrough" cases.  

Of those cases, 21,100, or 47.6%, were unvaccinated people, and 23,246, or 52.4%, were vaccine breakthrough cases. Among the breakthrough cases, 14,506, or 62.4%, were fully vaccinated and boosted. 

To date, there have been 233,873 COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough cases in Oregon. Of those cases, 69,105, or 29.5%, were fully vaccinated and boosted at the time of infection.  

To date, 2.6% of all vaccine breakthrough cases have been hospitalized, and 0.6% have died. The median age of vaccinated people who died is 80. 

OHA said COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective at protecting people from getting seriously ill, being hospitalized and dying. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone age 5 years and older stay up to date with their vaccines, including getting boosters when they are eligible.  

The latest breakthrough report can be found here.

Note: The next Breakthrough Report will be published Thursday, July 7.  

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