The Oregon Health Authority on Thursday reported 871 new confirmed or presumptive coronavirus cases and 12 more deaths.
While ostensibly a continuation of Oregon’s multi-week decline in case numbers, Thursday’s low count was caused by lab delays, state officials said. The weekly average case count per day is at about 1,130 new cases per day, down from about 1,550 two weeks ago.
The state continues its vaccination drive, adding nearly 2,800 people to the roster of those who have received their first coronavirus vaccine shot, for a total of 14,524, as of midnight.
That’s a drop in the bucket next to the approximately 360,000 people slated to get immunized first, and a a drop in the ocean next to the 3 million or so Oregonians who must be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity. But tens of thousands of doses are expected to continue to arrive, a steady stream that should eventually spell the end of the pandemic.
University of Oregon researchers have concluded that many Oregonians are afraid to get the vaccine because of misconceptions about its risks and outright disinformation. They urged public health officials to take immediate action to distribute accurate information while there’s still time to change people’s minds.
Among other things, the researchers want health agencies to proactively track down and debunk conspiracy theories.
Here’s the latest on the coronavirus in Oregon:
Where the new cases are by county: Baker (8), Benton (9), Clackamas (59), Clatsop (3), Columbia (4), Coos (10), Crook (5), Curry (7), Deschutes (32), Douglas (9), Grant (2), Harney (2), Hood River (12), Jackson (29), Jefferson (11), Josephine (32), Klamath (46), Lane (67), Lincoln (16), Linn (33), Malheur (21), Marion (83), Morrow (5), Multnomah (188), Polk (13), Tillamook (9), Umatilla (32), Union (7), Wasco (11), Washington (79) and Yamhill (27).
New deaths: Oregon’s 1,404th death linked to the coronavirus is an 89-year-old Multnomah County woman who tested positive Dec. 17 and died Dec. 23 at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center. The state does not yet know if she had underlying conditions.
Oregon’s 1,405th COVID-19 death is a 90-year-old in Clackamas County. The person tested positive Dec. 16 and died Dec. 22 at their residence. The state does not yet know what gender the person was or whether they had underlying conditions.
Oregon’s 1,406th COVID-19 death is a 55-year-old Clatsop County man who tested positive Dec. 17 and died Dec. 23 at Pacific Seaside Hospital. He had no underlying conditions.
Oregon’s 1,407th COVID-19 death is a 59-year-old Hood River County man who tested positive Dec. 3 and died at his residence. The state does not yet know when he died or whether he had underlying conditions.
Oregon’s 1,408th COVID-19 death is an 85-year-old Jackson County woman with underlying conditions. She tested positive Nov. 10 and died Dec. 22 at her residence.
Oregon’s 1,409th COVID-19 death is a 58-year-old Klamath County man with underlying conditions. He tested positive Nov. 19 and died Dec. 20 at Sky Lakes Medical Center.
Oregon’s 1,410th COVID-19 death is a 66-year-old Malheur County man who tested positive Dec. 7 and died Dec. 21 at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. The state does not yet know if he had underlying conditions.
Oregon’s 1,411th COVID-19 death is an 87-year-old Marion County woman with underlying conditions. She tested positive Nov. 30 and died Dec. 20 at her residence.
Oregon’s 1,412th COVID-19 death is an 88-year-old Marion County woman with underlying conditions. She tested positive Dec. 3 and died Dec. 19 at her residence.
Oregon’s 1,413th COVID-19 death is a 92-year-old Multnomah County woman with underlying conditions. She tested positive Dec. 10 and died Dec. 10. The state does not yet know where she died.
Oregon’s 1,414th COVID-19 death is a 72-year-old Umatilla County woman who tested positive Nov. 28 and died Dec. 18 at St. Mary Medical Center. The state does not yet know if she had underlying conditions.
Oregon’s 1,415th COVID-19 death is a 62-year-old Yamhill County woman who tested positive Dec. 14 and died Dec. 18 at her residence. The state does not yet know if she had underlying conditions.
The prevalence of infections: On Thursday, the state reported 1,341 new positive tests out of 19,586 tests performed, equaling a 6.8 positivity rate.
Who got infected: New confirmed or presumed infections grew among the following age groups: 0-9 (30); 10-19 (87); 20-29 (153); 30-39 (135); 40-49 (129); 50-59 (118); 60-69 (98); 70-79 (55); 80 and older (44).
Who’s in the hospital: The state reported 495 Oregonians with confirmed coronavirus infections were in the hospital Thursday, 32 fewer than Wednesday. Of those, 101 coronavirus patients were in intensive care units, eight fewer than Wednesday.
Since it began: Oregon has reported 106,821 confirmed or presumed infections and 1,415 deaths, among the lowest totals in the nation. To date, the state has reported 2,537,482 lab reports from tests.
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