The Oregon Health Authority tallied an additional 582 COVID-19 cases Sunday, the lowest daily total since Nov. 3, along with three more deaths.
Infection counts are often lower on weekends, with data arriving more slowly. But infection totals have been in steep decline over the past 10 days. Before that, Oregon had been averaging well over 1,000 infections a day.
The decline could indicate that infections accompanying family visits over the holidays are easing. The number of Oregonians hospitalized has fallen by nearly half since the end of November and the average number of daily deaths is down by more than half.
Oregon’s cumulative death toll climbed to 1,880 with the new deaths reported Sunday.
Additionally, the Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla reported that an elderly inmate had died after testing positive for COVID-19. The Oregon Department of Corrections said the man was between 75 and 85 years old. He is the 39th person in the Oregon prison system to die after testing positive for the disease.
Where the new cases are by county: Benton (3), Clackamas (49), Coos (26), Crook (9), Curry (1), Deschutes (31), Douglas (14), Harney (1), Hood River (9), Jackson (47), Jefferson (4), Josephine (20), Klamath (26), Lake (5), Lane (49), Lincoln (6), Linn (18), Malheur (3), Marion (72), Morrow (3), Multnomah (78), Polk (18), Tillamook (1), Umatilla (16), Union (5), Wasco (2), Washington (59) and Yamhill (7).
New deaths: Of the three deaths reported Sunday, at least two had underlying health conditions. Authorities were still investigating the health status of one death.
The three who died are:
- A 66-year-old man in Douglas County who tested positive on Jan. 21, the day after his death at home.
- A 90-year-old woman in Jackson County who tested positive on Jan. 14 and died on Jan. 22 at her home.
- A 58-year-old man in Marion County who tested positive Dec. 26 and died Jan. 22 at Salem Hospital.
The health authority did not include the prisoner’s death in Umatilla in Sunday’s official count.
The prevalence of infections: On Sunday, the state reported 710 positive lab reports out of 13,074 total reports, for a positive test rate of 5.4%.
Hospitalized patients: Across Oregon, 310 people are hospitalized for COVID-19 — the same as on Saturday. There are 80 patients in intensive care unit beds, three fewer than Saturday.
Vaccines administered: Oregon reports giving 11,243 shots and 14,755 new vaccine doses received.
Since it began: Oregon reports 138,168 confirmed and presumed infections and 1,880 deaths.
— Mike Rogoway