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Oregon counts more than 1,000 daily COVID-19 cases for the first time since April

The high count was accompanied by a sharp rise in hospitalizations from the virus, both generally and for intensive care unit beds.

Posted: Jul 27, 2021 3:01 PM
Updated: Jul 27, 2021 3:53 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. — For the first time since April, the Oregon Health Authority reported more than 1,000 coronavirus cases in its daily tally, which state officials attributed to the increasing spread of the Delta variant across the state.

“Today’s reported sharp rise in confirmed and presumptive cases and in hospitalizations in Oregon are sobering reminders that the pandemic is not over, especially for Oregonians who remain unvaccinated,” said Dr. Dean Sidelinger, state epidemiologist and health officer.

OHA reported 1,032 new confirmed or presumptive cases as of Tuesday morning. The high count was accompanied by a sharp rise in hospitalizations from the virus, both generally and for intensive care unit beds. The state also reported five more deaths attributed to the virus, including a 90-year-old Josephine County man who passed away at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center on July 25.

“The highly contagious Delta variant has increased tenfold in the past two weeks in Oregon, and it is now estimated to be associated with 80% of the new cases in Oregon," Sidelinger continued. "OHA continues to encourage all Oregonians who are eligible to make a plan to get vaccinated as soon as possible. We are also reviewing updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to assess opportunities for alignment in Oregon based on the increased cases and hospitalizations we are facing here in Oregon.”

The sudden resurgence of COVID-19 has not been limited to Oregon. The CDC on Tuesday updated its mask guidance, urging everyone — even those vaccinated against the virus — to resume wearing masks indoors in areas with substantial or high transmission of COVID-19, which currently applies to almost two-thirds of US counties.

In a statement to NewsWatch 12, the OHA said that it is reviewing the updated CDC guidance to "assess opportunities for alignment in Oregon based on the increased cases and hospitalizations we are facing here in our state." The agency said that it continues to urge all eligible Oregonians to make a plan for getting vaccinated.

According to OHA data, about 58 percent of all Oregonians have received at least one dose of a vaccine. When looking expressly at Oregonians 18 or older, 68.5 percent have received at least one dose.

Broadly speaking, vaccination rates are highest in the northwestern areas of Oregon, particularly in the greater Portland, Bend, Salem, and Eugene areas. They are lowest in the eastern Oregon counties, with the absolute lowest vaccination rate in the state falling to rural Lake County.

While southwest Oregon can boast higher vaccination rates than the eastern Oregon counties, there are problems unique to the region when it comes to battling COVID-19. Due to its relatively high population and low vaccination rate, Jackson County has the farthest to go in the state in order to reach 80 percent of adults with the vaccine. In order to hit that goal, more than 45,000 people in Jackson County would need to receive their first dose.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 357526

Reported Deaths: 4284
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah55810707
Washington38782324
Marion36837455
Clackamas29779309
Lane27744302
Jackson23059310
Deschutes20336125
Umatilla14492150
Linn12911131
Douglas12118243
Josephine9384196
Yamhill8715113
Klamath8020119
Polk737381
Malheur563677
Benton549431
Coos503794
Columbia382644
Jefferson376052
Lincoln319939
Union319549
Crook291846
Wasco288841
Clatsop244328
Baker203529
Tillamook196932
Hood River192837
Morrow185023
Curry180625
Harney113927
Grant100013
Lake93912
Wallowa68612
Gilliam1544
Sherman1523
Wheeler1121
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California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 4848946

Reported Deaths: 71328
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles148303126527
Riverside3716705041
San Diego3666614183
San Bernardino3586775692
Orange3242885562
Sacramento1596362309
Kern1463481648
Fresno1463182094
Santa Clara1455431897
Alameda1206921400
San Joaquin1027761721
Ventura1010381167
Contra Costa1000181008
Stanislaus862991335
Tulare80375978
San Francisco54440649
San Mateo54168623
Monterey50911586
Solano46063341
Santa Barbara45223523
Merced42422581
Sonoma40997404
Placer39435429
Imperial36071766
Kings32938325
San Luis Obispo29973333
Madera23955285
Shasta23924352
Butte23818273
Santa Cruz21034221
Yolo20397248
Marin17706244
El Dorado17207149
Sutter13937175
Napa12898100
Yuba1011582
Tehama9534110
Humboldt9269109
Nevada916790
Mendocino766787
Lassen754347
San Benito744972
Tuolumne691790
Lake6631105
Amador547364
Siskiyou451246
Glenn438433
Calaveras391481
Del Norte358742
Colusa307618
Inyo214241
Mono16723
Plumas16607
Mariposa133916
Trinity88011
Modoc6895
Sierra1880
Unassigned1460
Alpine1050
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