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Coronavirus Watch: Pandemic far worse across Oregon in 2021 than in 2020

According to the Oregon Health Authority and the CDC, in every major statically category the 2021 COVID-19 Pandemic has been far worse than that of 2020.

Posted: Aug 26, 2021 9:26 AM
Updated: Aug 26, 2021 10:10 AM

MEDFORD, Ore-- The 2020 Pandemic was an event that many people across the country and Oregon will never forget. During 2020, more than nineteen million people were infected with coronavirus and more than 343,000 people died as a result. But in almost 9 months into the second year of the pandemic has the situation become more dire? The answer, is yes.

According to the CDC, roughly 630,000 thousand people have died in total since the pandemic started. That means in 2021, more than 290,000 people have already died and there are still four more months in the year. On average that means in 2020, roughly 28,000 people were dying every month while in 2021 that number has jumped to more than 36,000. Data also shows that recently, the U.S. has begun to report about 1,000 deaths per day from COVID-19, due to the recent surge. 

In Oregon new COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalizations have increased to levels never experienced before. In the last couple of weeks, the state has been averaging roughly 2,500 cases per day. Hospitalizations just recently eclipsed the 1,000 mark and deaths also surpassed the 3,000 mark in just the last couple of days.

Data from 2020 from the Oregon Health Authority and reports from Jackson County Public Health also show that statically, the pandemic in 2021 has been far worse than that of 2020. This includes deaths, hospitalizations and new COVID-19 cases.

A report from Jackson County Public Health from December 31, 2020 shows that by the end of the first year of the pandemic, Oregon had more than 112,000 people get infected with Covid-19 and more than 1,400 people died. But in the first nine months of the 2021 Pandemic, the state has already surpassed those margins. 

Data from OHA shows that as of August 25, 2021, Oregon has reported  more than 150,000 cases, about 38,000 more cases compared to 2020, along with 1,600 new deaths, about 200 more deaths compared to last year.

It's a similar situation in Jackson County. 

According to JCPH, the county reported almost 6,000 cases before the end of 2020 and 72 deaths. But since Jan 1, 2021, the County has reported an additional 120 deaths and 11,000 cases. 

Hospitalizations are also at record numbers this year. OHA is reporting that across the state, more than a thousand people are currently in the hospital with COVID-19. In Jackson County, or Region 5 which includes Jackson and Josephine Counties, hospitalizations have surpassed more than 220 people. The previous record in 2020 was 69.

The most recent report from the CDC also shows that COVID-19 was the third leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2020 with only cancer and heart disease taking the top two spots. Studies show that during the pandemic, cancer deaths dropped very slightly while new cancer deaths increased dramatically compared to 2019. 

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 352026

Reported Deaths: 4185
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah55306692
Washington38321316
Marion36352445
Clackamas29350304
Lane27309299
Jackson22783304
Deschutes19886124
Umatilla14286144
Linn12617120
Douglas11918241
Josephine9292195
Yamhill8584111
Klamath7765111
Polk719680
Malheur552774
Benton537630
Coos492593
Columbia375743
Jefferson366351
Union316247
Lincoln313338
Wasco282640
Crook277646
Clatsop240729
Baker199228
Tillamook194929
Hood River190137
Morrow183023
Curry178723
Harney110225
Grant98012
Lake89711
Wallowa67312
Gilliam1494
Sherman1463
Wheeler1031
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 4825708

Reported Deaths: 70829
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles147768626443
Riverside3704095008
San Diego3649124169
San Bernardino3574215597
Orange3234075528
Sacramento1584372283
Fresno1451192063
Santa Clara1450041895
Kern1449141615
Alameda1202831381
San Joaquin1022501721
Ventura1008011165
Contra Costa99612995
Stanislaus856421319
Tulare79513958
San Francisco54220644
San Mateo53970622
Monterey50772583
Solano45898340
Santa Barbara45005522
Merced42047579
Sonoma40822402
Placer39118420
Imperial35794764
Kings32587315
San Luis Obispo29797331
Madera23680281
Butte23649265
Shasta23544341
Santa Cruz20928218
Yolo20240248
Marin17644243
El Dorado17083149
Sutter13847172
Napa12855100
Yuba1000882
Tehama9406107
Humboldt9171108
Nevada909490
Mendocino757686
Lassen749946
San Benito741372
Tuolumne680893
Lake6565104
Amador540364
Siskiyou445842
Glenn433632
Calaveras385180
Del Norte357141
Colusa302818
Inyo203540
Mono16565
Plumas16046
Mariposa130815
Trinity86711
Modoc6758
Unassigned1820
Sierra1810
Alpine1030
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