The Oregon Health Authority on Thursday reported 750 new confirmed or presumptive coronavirus cases and six more deaths.
Oregon officials announced a backlog in outstanding test results that will be processed in coming days, however, suggesting the state may be behind in counting cases. They cited “unscheduled downtime” in their database.
Oregon on Monday officially began offering vaccines to teachers statewide while seniors must wait until at least Feb. 8, unless individual counties move faster.
Any Oregonians looking to get vaccinated more quickly in Washington have been told to stay home.
The Washington Department of Health warned residents of other states, including Oregon, that the mass vaccination clinics set up in our northern neighbor are only for people who either work or live in Washington. Seniors age 65 and up are already eligible in Washington.
“All of us recognize the desire to get vaccinated and know that neighboring states also are vaccinating their people,” officials said in a statement. “If you do not live or work in Washington, please do not make vaccine appointments or travel to these Washington mass vaccination sites for vaccines.”
Those who do plan to get vaccinated in Washington may be asked to provide proof that they live or work there, officials said.
Where the new cases are by county: Benton (15), Clackamas (62), Clatsop (6), Columbia (4), Coos (26), Crook (2), Deschutes (37), Douglas (20), Harney (2), Hood River (5), Jackson (25), Jefferson (4), Josephine (22), Klamath (16), Lake (3), Lane (72), Lincoln (6), Linn (12), Malheur (8), Marion (90), Morrow (2), Multnomah(174), Polk (12), Tillamook (1), Umatilla (24), Union (3), Wasco (12), Washington (73) and Yamhill (12).
New deaths: As of Wednesday, the state is no longer releasing demographic details of new reported deaths, only the age groups in which the deaths occurred. Of the six deaths reported Thursday, one was between 60 and 69, one was between 70 and 79 and four were 80 or older.
The prevalence of infections: On Thursday, the state reported 909 new positive tests out of 10,974 tests performed, equaling an 8.3% positivity rate.
Who got infected: New confirmed or presumed infections grew among the following age groups: 0-9 (25); 10-19 (111); 20-29 (150); 30-39 (100); 40-49 (111); 50-59 (74); 60-69 (68); 70-79 (41); 80 and older (39).
Who’s in the hospital: The state reported 291 Oregonians with confirmed coronavirus infections were currently in the hospital Thursday, 11 fewer than Wednesday. Of those, 72 coronavirus patients were in intensive care units, two fewer than Wednesday.
Vaccines administered: Oregon has administered 359,370 doses out of 606,725 received, just under 60% of its supply.
Since it began: Oregon has reported 140,783 confirmed or presumed infections and 1,930 deaths, among the lowest totals in the nation. To date, the state has reported 3,133,678 lab reports from tests.
— Kale Williams; email@example.com; 503-294-4048; @sfkale