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On Thursday, January 13, we will update this story with the latest news about the coronavirus and its effects in Oregon.
State passes 500,000 COVID-19 cases
Oregon has recorded more than half a million cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began nearly two years ago.
On Thursday, the Oregon Health Authority reported 9,796 new cases, bringing the total number to 504,731. Marion County had 862 cases on Thursday; Polk County had 220.
Another 25 deaths were reported on Thursday. Oregon’s death toll stands at 5,870 people.
Of those reported dead, one was from Marion County: a 52-year-old man who died at his home on Jan. 7.
While the daily number of cases remains near all-time highs, OHA Director Pat Allen said on Thursday the state is approaching maximum testing capacity. In addition, home testing will not be included in state data at the same rate as individuals who feel symptomatic have access to home testing at all.
So the number of cases is likely to continue to increase, but that increase may not be reflected in the daily data from the state’s public health authority.
This week OHA also released a online portal and hotline for people to self-report their COVID-19 test results. The hotline number is 866-917-8881.
Individuals are not required to report positive cases, but the state encourages Oregonians to do so.
The portal’s release coincides with a decision by public health officials to focus contact tracing efforts on significant outbreaks among vulnerable populations, Allen said.
Peter Graven, chief data scientist at OHSU’s Business Intelligence unit, said cases could peak in about a week and a half based on trends in states that experienced the omicron wave before Oregon.
However, hospital admissions are the key metric as public health officials said their priority is to ensure hospitals and health systems don’t become overwhelmed.
Hospitals across the state treated 777 patients with COVID-19 on Thursday, 144 of whom were in intensive care beds.
The capacity of the adult IC beds in the state is 95% and the capacity of the non-IC beds is 94%.
Hospital admissions are about a week behind cases, so the hospitalization peak in Oregon is still expected in late January.
Omicron patients do not require treatment in the ICU as often as patients with a delta variant, nor do they experience as long hospital stays, so hospital admissions are expected to decline more quickly after reaching a peak.
Public health officials are encouraging Oregonians to get vaccinated and boosted, wear masks, avoid large gatherings and maintain social distancing. They say that using these techniques has a demonstrable impact on the number of cases and hospitalizations.
In its weekly report, OHA reported a six-fold increase in cases in the week of January 3-9 compared to the previous week.
The number of hospital admissions increased by 68% and the percentage of positive tests increased from 15.7% to 21%.
COVID-19 Patients at Salem Health
Coronavirus patient numbers at Salem Health on Thursday, January 13:
- 76: Total number of COVID-19 patients admitted, 55% unvaccinated.
- 7: COVID-19 patients in the ICU.
- 4: COVID-19 patients on a ventilator.
COVID-19 by statewide numbers
Here is the most recent data from the Oregon Health Authority, as of Thursday, January 13:
- 5,870: people who have died from COVID-19.
- 504,731: Total number of cases of COVID-19.
- 777: COVID-19 patients in hospitals.
Oregon COVID-19 Cases by Province
Here are the numbers of cases, both positive and suspected, and deaths as of Thursday, January 13.
- Baker: 2,503 cases, 38 deaths.
- Benton: 9,501 cases, 46 deaths.
- Clackamas: 44,108 cases, 453 deaths.
- Clatsop: 3,340 cases, 37 deaths.
- Columbia: 5,333 cases, 66 deaths.
- Coos: 7,596 cases, 127 deaths.
- Crook: 4,096 cases, 62 deaths.
- Curry: 2,314 cases, 40 deaths.
- Deschutes: 32,697 fallen, 225 killed.
- Douglas: 15,329 cases, 320 deaths.
- Gilliam: 221 cases, 4 deaths.
- Grant: 1,280 cases, 17 deaths.
- Harney: 1,283 cases, 34 deaths.
- Hood River: 2,571 cases, 38 deaths.
- Jackson: 30,502 cases, 406 deaths.
- Jefferson: 5,154 cases, 70 deaths.
- Josephine: 12,052 cases, 281 deaths.
- Klamath: 10,146 cases, 178 deaths.
- More: 1,105 cases, 23 deaths.
- Lane: 38,400 cases, 394 deaths.
- Lincoln: 4,594 fallen, 60 killed.
- Linn: 18,073 cases, 217 deaths.
- Malheur: 6,376 cases, 95 deaths.
- Marion: 48,614 cases, 562 deaths.
- Tomorrow: 2,314 cases, 26 deaths.
- Multnomah: 83,473 cases, 934 deaths.
- Polk: 10,443 cases, 112 deaths.
- Sherman: 224 cases, 3 deaths.
- Tillamook: 2,684 cases, 54 deaths.
- Umatilla: 17,642 cases, 190 deaths.
- Union: 3,828 cases, 65 deaths.
- Wallowa: 876 cases, 13 deaths.
- Wasco: 3,646 cases, 50 deaths.
- Washington: 60,003 cases, 460 deaths.
- Wheeler: 165 cases, 2 deaths.
- Yamhill: 12,245 cases, 168 deaths.
Source: Oregon Health Authority