PORTLAND, Ore. —With the coronavirus Delta variant continuing to cause a sustained surge in hospitalizations across the state of Oregon, deaths attributed to the virus have also jumped significantly.
Despite hospitalization numbers that dwarf any of the prior pandemic peaks, fatalities from the virus have thus far remained somewhat lower than those seen at the end of November and through December. However, they have been rising steadily since the beginning of August.
The Oregon Health Authority logged 40 new COVID-19 fatalities on Monday, followed by 43 on Tuesday, bringing the state's death toll to 3,198.
Josephine County alone reported eight more deaths on Tuesday, raising the county death toll to 131 since the beginning of the pandemic. All of the individuals had underlying conditions, and none had been vaccinated against COVID-19. The youngest was a 35-year-old woman who died at her home on August 19, according to Josephine County Public Health.
Hospitalizations in Oregon saw a now-rare drop on Monday, but spiked back up on Tuesday. OHA reported 1,162 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 throughout the state on Tuesday, 42 more than on Monday. There were 322 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, six more than on Monday.
Statewide, there are currently 43 available adult ICU beds out of 674 total, an availability of 6 percent. There are 298 available adult non-ICU beds out of 4,288 total, or 7 percent availability.