New coronavirus cases leaked in Oregon in the weekend Sunday, rising 33.5% as 2,899 cases were reported. The previous week had 2,172 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.
Forecasters with Oregon Health and Science University have predicted cases and hospitalizations related to COVID-19 would rise as the highly infectious omicron BA.2 subvariant spread throughout the country and pandemic-related public health restrictions were relaxed.
Hospitalizations are predicted to peak in mid-June, according to the most recently published forecast.
As of last week, the Centers for Disease Control projected that more than 85% of new coronavirus infections nationally are tied to the BA.2 subvariant.
Oregon ranked 20th among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows.
In Oregon, 147 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the weekend Sunday. In the week before that, 149 people were reported dead.
A total of 709,586 people in Oregon have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 7,443 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 80,632,301 people have tested positive and 988,618 people have died.
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COVID-19: Latest county spikes
In the latest week, coronavirus cases in the United States decreased 10% from the week before, with 225,931 cases reported. With 1.27% of the country’s population, Oregon had 1.28% of the country’s cases in the last week. Across the country, 31 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.
Marion County reported 169 cases and 11 deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 120 cases and three deaths. Throughout the pandemic, it has reported 69,082 cases and 711 deaths.
Polk County reported 47 cases and two deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 23 cases and two deaths. Throughout the pandemic, it has reported 15,313 cases and 131 deaths.
Within Oregon, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Grant County with 222 cases per 100,000 per week; Benton County with 146; and Multnomah County with 128. The Centers for Disease Control says high levels of community transmission begin at 100 cases per 100,000 per week.
Adding the most new cases overall were Multnomah County, with 1,040 cases; Washington County, with 440 squares; and Clackamas County, with 298. Weekly case counts rose in 21 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week’s space were in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties.
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Oregon ranked 20th among states in the share of people receiving at least one shot, with 77.7% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 77.3%, a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data shows.
In the weekend Sunday, Oregon reported administering another 50,651 vaccine doses, including 3,837 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 60,607 vaccine doses, including 4,305 first doses. In all, Oregon reported it has administered 7,669,911 total doses.
Oregon’s COVID-19 hospital admissions staying flat
USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, April 17.
Likely COVID-19 patients admitted in the state:
- Last week: 529
- The week before that: 539
- Four weeks ago: 577
Likely COVID-19 patients admitted in the nation:
- Last week: 38,545
- The week before that: 37,371
- Four weeks ago: 41,914
Hospitals in 22 states reported more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier, while hospitals in 15 states had more COVID-19 patients in intensive-care beds. Hospitals in 32 states admitted more COVID-19 patients in the latest week than a week prior, the USA TODAY analysis of US Health and Human Services data shows.
Statesman Journal reporter Connor Radnovich contributed to this article.