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Oregon posts record-breaking COVID-19 case numbers

The Oregon Health Authority reported 2,387 new cases on Thursday. Jackson County easily had the most cases of any county in the state.

Posted: Aug 12, 2021 4:31 PM
Updated: Aug 12, 2021 4:34 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Oregon Health Authority reported a record-breaking number of daily COVID-19 cases on Thursday, as both cases and hospitalizations continue their inexorable rise throughout the state. The agency recorded 2,387 new cases, the highest daily count since the pandemic began.

While case counts are high in a number of Oregon counties, Jackson County's daily total of 416 easily led the state. Multnomah and Lane counties each reported 210 cases.

OHA also reported nine new deaths attributed to the virus, bringing the death toll to 2,928 since the pandemic began. One of the deaths was a 47-year-old Josephine County woman who passed away at Asante Three River Medical Center on August 10.

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon was 670, five more than the day prior. There were 177 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, also five more than on Wednesday.

“Our hospitals are full. Patients are boarding and being cared for in emergency departments when they should be admitted to hospital beds. Our ICUs are full," said Dr. David Zonies, associate chief medical officer and professor of surgery at OHSU. "Our doctors and nurses are exhausted and rightfully frustrated because this crisis is avoidable. It is like watching a train wreck coming and knowing that there’s an opportunity to switch tracks, yet we feel helpless while we watch unnecessary loss of life. That is why it is essential that we all do our part to get vaccinated and wear a mask indoors.”


RELATED: Jackson and Josephine county hospitals sound the alarm: 'We're out of beds, our staff are stretched'


Dr. Grant Niskanen, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Sky Lakes Medical Center in Klamath Falls, recently spoke with the Oregon Health Authority about what he is seeing in his hospital:

“We had one person a couple weeks ago that got a lung transplant ... we have a second person that now is being evaluated for a lung transplant, and when I talk about the patients — like nine or 10 that are currently in our hospital, that's for an acute infection — that's not talking about the four or five that have been here for 20 plus days, who are no longer infected, but still need such amounts of high flow oxygen that we're unable to send them home.”

Dr. Niskanen says the key to combating the virus is to get vaccinated.

“If we all were vaccinated. This would shut down the spread of the virus and shut down the mutations and the variants that are occurring. We’re talking about lives here," Dr. Niskanen said. "I can't emphasize enough the importance of the vaccinations.

“As a physician, what we really do is just support you. As a patient told me yesterday, (who's on oxygen) — they said — ‘Can you give me something to make me feel better?’ Well, no we're just supporting you at this point and trying to help you breathe as best as possible. It's a very frustrating illness for both physicians and nurses to care for and to watch these people go on and get progressively sick.”

Dr. Niskanen said that almost all the patients he treats with COVID-19 ask him later if they can get the vaccine once they’re sick in the hospital.

“By the time you’re in the hospital and critically ill, no, it doesn’t work like that. And all of them say, ‘If I had known about this and how I felt and the effect on my family, I would have gotten the vaccine.’“

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 387485

Reported Deaths: 5116
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah59768836
Washington41571393
Marion39592504
Clackamas32426376
Lane29856354
Jackson24672350
Deschutes23182185
Umatilla15087180
Linn14488178
Douglas13236286
Josephine10057240
Yamhill9665142
Klamath8979145
Polk813698
Benton605137
Malheur591586
Coos5573106
Columbia423855
Jefferson416865
Lincoln357252
Union336854
Crook330156
Wasco314846
Clatsop258335
Baker217531
Tillamook214345
Hood River211337
Morrow197025
Curry190136
Harney119332
Grant108314
Lake104016
Wallowa74713
Sherman1903
Gilliam1844
Wheeler1141
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 5060666

Reported Deaths: 74152
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles152491227121
San Diego4047084319
Riverside3849455306
San Bernardino3718825944
Orange3329505675
Sacramento1674002423
Kern1565171781
Fresno1558992246
Santa Clara1511691922
Alameda1246581504
San Joaquin1070001833
Ventura1036461188
Contra Costa1032921045
Stanislaus912991413
Tulare856141082
San Francisco56614669
San Mateo56058629
Monterey52340625
Solano47422356
Santa Barbara47035548
Merced44807664
Sonoma42912412
Placer41881468
Imperial38128769
Kings35038358
San Luis Obispo31294358
Madera26005311
Shasta25917440
Butte25295309
Santa Cruz22028222
Yolo21451257
Marin18342248
El Dorado18166161
Sutter14494181
Napa13372104
Yuba1070088
Tehama10230129
Humboldt10043117
Nevada9914103
Mendocino848894
Lassen792355
San Benito775977
Tuolumne767790
Lake6990110
Amador573766
Siskiyou470954
Glenn455136
Calaveras435685
Del Norte371242
Colusa323519
Inyo254345
Plumas19127
Mono18294
Mariposa156718
Trinity98817
Modoc7475
Unassigned2430
Sierra2170
Alpine1060
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