MEDFORD, Ore. -- Despite a rise of COVID-19 cases and hospitilzations in Oregon, deaths have declined over the previous week, according to the Oregon Health Authority.
The OHA reported 1,318 new daily cases of COVID-19 during the week of Monday, July 5, through Sunday, July 11 — an 11 percent rise from the week prior. New COVID-19 related hospitalizations rose to 104, up from 66 the previous week.
Governor Kate Brown lifted the vast majority of Oregon's COVID-19 restrictions on June 30, just a few days before the state hit its intended vaccination rate target of 70 percent. Despite that milestone, the rate of daily vaccinations has been dropping gradually for months, and vaccination rates remain exceedingly low in many areas of the state.
New cases of coronavirus have been rising gradually in Oregon since the beginning of July. On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, Jackson County had the highest daily case counts of any county in the state.
Though cases and hospitalizations have been rising, the OHA reported 15 COVID-19 related deaths last week, down from 19 reported the week prior.
People 70 years of age and older have accounted for 38% of COVID-19 related hospitalizations and 74% of COVID-19 related deaths.
According to OHA's COVID-19 Weekly Outbreak Report, there are currently 21 active COVID-19 outbreaks in senior living communities, with three or more confirmed cases and one or more COVID-19 related deaths.