Oregon COVID-19 Update: No New Deaths, 492 New Cases

There are zero new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, keeping the state’s death toll at 2,149, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 492 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 152,190.

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 176, which is six more than yesterday. There are 49 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is three fewer than yesterday.

OHA released the latest COVID-19 model that shows a slight increase in transmission. The new report estimates that, as of Feb. 3, the statewide reproductive rate was 0.88.

According to the newest forecast, if we continue along our present course of wearing masks, keeping physical distance and restricting our gatherings, daily cases will decline to an average of 320, with 10 fewer COVID-19 hospitalizations and 107 per 140,000 people between Feb. 25 and March 9.

A 30% increase in transmission projects to roughly 510 daily cases and 17 new hospitalizations per day, as well as 170 cases per 100,000 people by mid-March.

The new modeling warns that more Oregonians may be open to resuming activities that pose a higher risk of spread, especially as risk levels change for Oregon counties. That and the potential of a COVID-19 variant that becomes dominant could contribute to greater spread.

The report indicates that 78% of Oregonians regularly wear face coverings and that most Oregonians believe the existing vaccines are safe and effective.

Today, OHA reported that 25,866 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 18,710 doses were administered on Feb. 18 and 7,156 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on Feb. 18.

Oregon has now administered a cumulative total of 755,657 first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccines. To date, 922,300 doses of vaccine have been delivered to sites across Oregon.