The Oregon Health Authority released a new dashboard this week shedding more light on the pre-existing health conditions and progress of the illness of the nearly 2,000 Oregonians who have died from COVID-19 since the outbreak began last year.
According to the newly released data, 85% of Oregonians who have died from the disease had at least one underlying condition. Only 2% verifiably had no underlying conditions while the status of 12% of those who died is unknown.
Half of the people who died with the coronavirus in Oregon had cardiovascular disease, according to the data, making it the most common underlying condition. Here is the frequency of conditions among those who died, according to the health authority:
- 50% cardiovascular disease
- 34% neurological condition
- 29% diabetes
- 28% other chronic illness
- 22% chronic lung disease
- 20% kidney disease
- 14% former smoker
- 13% obesity
- 8% immunocompromised condition
- 4% liver disease
- 3% current smoker
There is no breakdown of how these conditions are spread across age groups. Over half of people who have died in Oregon — 1,005 out of 1,924 — have been 80 years old or older.
The new table also includes more information on symptoms of people who died from the disease, though for most the data is murky, with a majority of people’s symptoms listed as “unknown.”
It also includes a graph showing how many people who died were in a “congregate living” situation, which includes long-term care facilities, prisons and shelters.
The new dashboard comes after OHA’s Wednesday announcement that it would no longer be releasing demographic information about each individual death.
OHA released the new dashboard around five months after The Oregonian asked state officials to provide similar information about underlying health conditions.
At the time spokesperson Delia Hernández said that the state “is not publishing those data because routinely available information about COVID-19 cases lacks sufficient detail to offer useful information about the specific conditions that make up the broad categories included in the underlying conditions table.”
The last time the state released this type of data was in May. At that time only 109 people in Oregon had died of COVID-19. That report said 61.4% who had died of the illness had also suffered from cardiovascular disease and 46.5% had neurological/neurodevelopmental conditions.
— Lizzy Acker