There are 13 new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 2,044, the Oregon Health Authority reported today, February 10, 2021.
OHA also reported 555 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 148,475.
The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported are in the following counties: Baker (2), Benton (15), Clackamas (41), Clatsop (2), Columbia (5), Coos (15), Crook (3), Deschutes (39), Douglas (53), Grant (1), Hood River (3), Jackson (25), Jefferson (13), Josephine (18), Klamath (6), Lake (6), Lane (40), Linn (9), Marion (44), Morrow (1), Multnomah (116), Polk (16), Tillamook (2), Umatilla (9), Union (5), Wasco (3), Washington (53) and Yamhill (10).
Masks Save Lives
We’re talking a lot about COVID-19 vaccines these days, but masks will continue to be part of our lives for some time.
You may have noticed some new billboards around the state reminding you that “Masks Save Lives.” The billboards from the #MasksSaveLives campaign feature powerful images of Oregonians from across the state proudly wearing masks as they protect their loved ones, and do their part to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
Cindy is a wildland firefighter from Southern Oregon. She wears a mask to protect her crew from COVID-19, just like she protects Oregonians from fires.
Ethan is a rancher and pro bull rider from Eastern Oregon who wears his mask so that we can return to normal life as soon as possible.
Sharing stories of your loved ones
As we near the end of February, we are coming up on the anniversary of the first case of COVID-19 in Oregon. We plan to put out a special edition of Oregon Coronavirus Update on that anniversary, Sunday, Feb. 28. We want to take some time to acknowledge how this pandemic has touched all our lives, including those of us who have lost loved ones.
If you’ve experienced loss during the pandemic, please know that we never forget what real pain and grief are experienced by so many people in Oregon. Our hearts go out to you.
If you would like to share a story about a loved one you have lost to COVID-19, you are invited to do so here. We will publish some of them in Coronavirus Update on Feb. 28.
Weekly COVID-19 data and outbreak reports
The Oregon Health Authority’s COVID-19 Weekly Data report, released today, shows sharp decreases in daily cases, hospitalizations and deaths from the previous week.
OHA reported 4,049 new daily cases of COVID-19 during the week of Monday, Feb. 1 through Sunday, Feb. 6 — a 15% decrease from last week and the lowest weekly total in three months.
- New COVID-19 related hospitalizations similarly fell sharply from 251 to 230 — an 8% decline from the previous week.
- COVID-19 related deaths also decreased to 66 — the lowest weekly total since mid-November.
- There were 112,226 tests for COVID-19 for the week of Jan. 31 through Feb. 6, which represents a 6% drop from the previous week. The percentage of positive tests was 4.2%, down from 5.4% the previous week. That’s the lowest percentage of weekly positive tests since Oregon implemented its test-based method in mid-November.
- People age 20 to 49 still account for more than half of COVID-19 cases, while people 70 and older have accounted for 76% of deaths associated with the virus.
Today’s COVID-19 Weekly Outbreak report shows 116 active COVID-19 outbreaks in senior living communities and congregate living settings, with three or more confirmed cases and one or more COVID-19 related deaths.
Vaccinations in Oregon
Today, OHA reported that 16,427 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 9,686 doses were administered on Feb. 9 and 6,741 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on Feb. 9.
Cumulative daily totals can take several days to finalize because providers have 72 hours to report doses administered and technical challenges have caused many providers to lag in their reporting. OHA has been providing technical support to vaccination sites to improve the timeliness of their data entry into the state’s ALERT Immunization Information System (IIS).
Oregon has now administered a cumulative total of 604,215 first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccines. To date, 821,150 doses of vaccine have been delivered to sites across Oregon.
These data are preliminary and subject to change. OHA’s dashboards provide regularly updated vaccination data, and Oregon’s dashboard has been updated today.
The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 211, which is 15 fewer than yesterday. There are 53 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is unchanged from 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.