The Oregon Health Authority on Wednesday reported 1,346 new confirmed or presumptive coronavirus cases and 41 more fatalities.
The numbers represent the second straight day of more than 40 new fatality announcements, though the state said Tuesday that the lengthy process of confirming some deaths had delayed some announcements. More than 30 of the deaths announced Tuesday occurred in 2020.
The state did not provide details on the deaths announced Wednesday but said more information would be released later in the day.
Oregon’s death tally through Tuesday pushed COVID-19 fatalities in December to 513, surpassing deaths from March, April, May, June, July and August combined.
Meanwhile, another 9,071 doses of the coronavirus vaccine were administered Tuesday, marking the third-highest daily total since inoculations began in the state. As of Wednesday, nearly 130,000 first and second doses had been given out, around 40 percent of the 321,225 doses delivered to Oregon.
Where the new cases are by county: Baker (16), Benton (29), Clackamas (105), Clatsop (10), Columbia (13), Coos (9), Crook (19), Deschutes (89), Douglas (25), Gilliam (1), Grant (8), Harney (2), Hood river (6), Jackson (58), Jefferson (23), Josephine (64), Klamath (32), Lake (2), Lane (98), Lincoln (3), Linn (50), Malheur (24), Marion (97), Morrow (9), Multnomah (307), Polk (28), Tillamook (11), Umatilla (52), Union (7), Wasco (13), Washington (110) and Yamhill (26).
New deaths: The state did not provide information about any of the new deaths but said it would do so later on Wednesday.
The prevalence of infections: On Wednesday, the state reported 1,168 new positive tests out of 17,886 tests performed, equaling a 6.5% positivity rate.
Who got infected: New confirmed or presumed infections grew among the following age groups: 0-9 (72); 10-19 (160); 20-29 (254); 30-39 (233); 40-49 (197); 50-59 (158); 60-69 (129); 70-79 (78); 80 and older (46).
Who’s in the hospital: The state reported 434 Oregonians with confirmed coronavirus infections were currently in the hospital Wednesday, 31 more than Tuesday. Of those, 103 coronavirus patients were in intensive care units, 10 more than Tuesday.
Vaccines administered: Oregon has administered 129,782 doses out of 321,225 received, just over 40% of its supply.
Since it began: Oregon has reported 129,109 confirmed or presumed infections and 1,708 deaths, among the lowest totals in the nation. To date, the state has reported 2,874,572 lab reports from tests.
— Kale Williams; [email protected]; 503-294-4048; @sfkale
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