Oregon reports 1,000 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 21 new deaths; Tillamook County adds 4 more cases, total cases at 271

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed 21 more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 1,403, the Oregon Health Authority reported at today December 23rd.
Oregon Health Authority reported 1,000 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 105,970.

The new cases are in the following counties: Baker (5), Benton (16), Clackamas (64), Clatsop (18), Columbia (10), Coos (7), Crook (3), Deschutes (41), Douglas (10), Grant (1), Hood River (5), Jackson (48), Jefferson (8), Josephine (17), Klamath (30), Lane (73), Lincoln (5), Linn (48), Malheur (20), Marion (127), Morrow (1), Multnomah (209), Polk (28), Sherman (1), Tillamook (4), Umatilla (33), Union (2), Wasco (14), Washington (117), Wheeler (3) and Yamhill (32).

Vaccinations in Oregon
OHA is providing daily updates on administered doses of COVID-19 vaccines in Oregon on its vaccination data dashboard.

Yesterday, 2,449 doses of vaccine were administered, raising the state’s total number of first vaccine doses to 10,407. All vaccinations occurred at Oregon hospitals and long-term care facilities.

The dashboard provides weekday updates on the number of people vaccinated, both by state and by county, along with key demographic information showing the race, ethnicity, sex and age of everyone who has been vaccinated.

COVID-19 hospitalizations
The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 527, which is three more than yesterday. There are 109 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is 10 fewer than yesterday.

The total number of patients in hospital beds may fluctuate between report times. The numbers do not reflect admissions per day, nor the length of hospital stay. Staffing limitations are not captured in this data and may further limit bed capacity.

>More information about hospital capacity can be found here.

COVID-19 Weekly Report
OHA’s COVID-19 weekly report was released today and showed a drop in weekly cases and hospitalizations, but a record high in weekly deaths.

OHA reported 8,745 new daily cases during the week of Monday, Dec. 14 through Sunday, Dec. 20, which represented both a 5% decrease over the previous week and a second straight week of declining cases.

There were 437 persons hospitalized for COVID-19, an 11% decline from the previous week. There were 186 COVID-19 associated deaths, a pandemic high.

There were 167,335 tests for COVID-19 for the week of Dec. 13 through Dec. 19. The percentage of positive tests dipped to 6.3%.

People age 20 to 49 have accounted for 55% of the cases, while people 70 and older have accounted for 76% of the deaths.

The weekly report features a new format and includes additional information on new cases and data spanning the entire pandemic.

Today’s COVID-19 Outbreak Report shows 4,567 active COVID-19 outbreaks in care facilities, living communities and long-term care facilities with 296 deaths.

Mental and emotional resources for difficult times:

Mental and emotional health resources are available on OHA’s Safe + Strong website.
Or call the Safe + Strong Helpline at 800-923-4357 (800-923-HELP). The line offers free, 24-7 emotional support and resource referral to anyone who needs it — not only those experiencing a mental health crisis.