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.