SALEM, Ore. — Over the first week of December, Oregon saw new weekly highs for coronavirus cases, hospitalizations, and deaths — the third consecutive week to hit record levels.
The Oregon Health Authority released its weekly report on Wednesday. Between Monday, November 30 and Sunday, December 6, state officials recorded 10,355 new cases of the virus — a 14 percent increase over the week prior, and the seventh week in a row to set a new weekly high.
During the same period, hospitalized cases of coronavirus reached 494, a 24 percent increase over the week before. New hospitalizations averaged 70 per day.
State officials also recorded 133 deaths attributed to COVID-19 last week, up from 86 the week prior. The average of 19 new deaths per day also marked a record since the pandemic began.
Among total cases, 55 percent were among people between the ages of 20 and 49. However, fatalities continue to disproportionately affect the elderly, with 76 percent of deaths among people age 70 and older.
OHA did mark an increase in tests administered over the week, rising "significantly" to 170,964. It's unknown if this increase is due to the recent change in how the agency tracks and records testing. Test positivity was at 8.1 percent statewide.
In its daily updates this week, OHA has continued to report high case rates, hospitalizations, and deaths. On Wednesday, the agency reported 1,243 new confirmed and presumptive cases, 30 more fatalities, and increases in both hospitalized COVID-19 patients and those dedicated to ICU beds.