Coronavirus Watch: Oregon cases, hospitalizations, deaths roughly doubled last week

While the entire state is seeing a similar trend with spiking metrics, Jackson County is continually topping the state this week with daily cases.

Posted: Aug 4, 2021 5:25 PM

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Health Authority released a grim weekly report on Wednesday, one that shows the increasingly rapid progression of new coronavirus cases throughout the state and the mounting strain on healthcare systems.

In its report, the OHA reported 5,946 new cases during the week starting July 26 and ending August 1 — a 92 percent increase over the week prior. COVID-19 hospitalizations rose to 256 from 146 the week before, an increase of 75 percent. New deaths attributed to the virus more than doubled, rising to 25 from 12 the week before.

The state's test positivity rate rose from 5 percent to 8.2 percent, reflecting an increase in spread that does not suggest a significant change in testing.

Several southern Oregon counties were in the top ten for cases by population size last week. Jackson County had 278.2 cases per 100,000 in population, followed closely by Josephine County with 266.9 per 100,000. By share of population, however, several counties in northeastern Oregon hit far higher metrics.

"Case rates have generally been higher in counties with lower COVID-19 vaccination rates," OHA noted.

On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, Jackson County distinguished itself by producing the highest number of new daily COVID-19 cases of any county in the state, beating Multnomah and other highly populated counties.  Statewide, Oregon is now regularly producing daily case numbers over 1,000 — numbers not seen since the April surge.

Hospitalizations, however, are well above the April levels, when 300 was the magic number. As of Wednesday morning, the OHA reported 422 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 across the state, 43 more people than on Tuesday. Of those patients, 133 were in an intensive care unit, 14 more than the day prior.

So far, Governor Kate Brown has said that she prefers to confront the coronavirus at this stage by avoiding statewide mandates and placing the responsibility on local officials for the response. Regardless, her office has been tinkering around the edges — requiring masks in K-12 schools and in state buildings, and by mandating that healthcare workers receive weekly COVID-19 tests if not vaccinated.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 313161

Reported Deaths: 3594
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah51245642
Washington34995276
Marion32577393
Clackamas26570271
Lane23989246
Jackson20977257
Deschutes16623102
Umatilla12602125
Douglas10712188
Linn1046886
Josephine8659165
Yamhill744999
Klamath643491
Polk623570
Malheur479467
Benton461927
Coos412069
Columbia324237
Jefferson313746
Lincoln276330
Union272737
Wasco239039
Crook212338
Clatsop211725
Tillamook181523
Baker174421
Morrow167921
Curry166817
Hood River163035
Harney78916
Grant7558
Lake6768
Wallowa50811
Gilliam1374
Sherman1283
Wheeler651
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 4644566

Reported Deaths: 68019
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles144512125852
Riverside3579884804
San Diego3495814009
San Bernardino3472035506
Orange3146225354
Sacramento1503072089
Santa Clara1405641841
Fresno1358611888
Kern1358421515
Alameda1162141329
Ventura976901120
San Joaquin973871615
Contra Costa95727924
Stanislaus806991234
Tulare72969896
San Mateo52239607
San Francisco51907605
Monterey49465565
Solano44151312
Santa Barbara43112500
Sonoma39441378
Merced39370535
Placer36487364
Imperial34261755
Kings30124284
San Luis Obispo28300313
Madera21707258
Butte21307230
Shasta20683276
Santa Cruz20151211
Yolo19143239
Marin17106242
El Dorado16004127
Sutter13094153
Napa1226895
Yuba926061
Nevada847685
Humboldt829587
Tehama823784
San Benito709067
Mendocino685575
Lassen637627
Tuolumne615393
Lake603687
Amador492259
Glenn398030
Siskiyou389541
Calaveras342266
Del Norte336034
Colusa290918
Inyo166539
Mono14935
Plumas12406
Mariposa99712
Trinity72010
Modoc6278
Sierra1980
Unassigned1650
Alpine1000
Out of CA00
Medford
Clear
52° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 52°
Brookings
Clear
62° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 62°
Crater Lake
Clear
52° wxIcon
Hi: 69° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 52°
Grants Pass
Partly Cloudy
52° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 52°
Klamath Falls
Clear
44° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 44°
Warmer temperatures with haze returning
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events