Oregon COVID-19 Update: 38 New Deaths, 901 New Cases

There are 38 new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 5,356, Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

OHA reported 901 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 399,361.

OHA releases new COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough report

OHA’s most recent update on COVID-19 breakthrough cases, released today, found that 69.4% of the 6,496 reported COVID-19 cases between Nov. 28 and Dec. 4 occurred in unvaccinated people.

There were 1,989 breakthrough cases, accounting for 30.6% of all cases.

The average age of the breakthrough cases during that period was 43. Forty-four breakthrough cases involved residents of care facilities, senior living communities or other congregate care settings. There were 64 breakthrough cases in people aged 12 to 17.

To date, there have been 47,687 COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough cases in Oregon. The average age of all cases is 47. Breakthrough cases have been reported in all 36 counties.

Cases of COVID-19 are far more common in unvaccinated people. The report shows that the rate of COVID-19 in unvaccinated people is more than 3-1/2 higher than in vaccinated people.

To date, 4.4% of all vaccine breakthrough cases have been hospitalized and 1.2% have died. The average age of vaccinated people who died was 81.

Vaccination remains the most effective tool to reduce the spread of COVID-19. To date more than 2.9 million Oregonians have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 hospitalizations

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 404, which is seven more than yesterday. There are 94 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is six fewer than yesterday.

There are 56 available adult ICU beds out of 682 total (8% availability) and 247 available adult non-ICU beds out of 4,171 (6% availability).

Cases and deaths

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (2), Benton (16), Clackamas (94), Clatsop (8), Columbia (11), Coos (34), Crook (13), Deschutes (55), Douglas (43), Grant (2), Harney (4), Hood River (9), Jackson (57), Jefferson (8), Josephine (13), Klamath (13), Lane (61), Lincoln (9), Linn (69), Malheur (4), Marion (88), Morrow (2), Multnomah (127), Polk (23), Tillamook (8), Umatilla (6), Wallowa (1), Wasco (7), Washington (92), and Yamhill (22).

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 32,291 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry Dec. 8. Of that total, 2,136 were initial doses, 2,716 were second doses and 10,986 were third doses and booster doses. The remaining 16,351 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry Dec. 8.

The seven-day running average is now 23,668 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered 3,600,843 doses of Pfizer Comirnaty, 111,760 doses of Pfizer pediatric, 2,341,352 doses of Moderna and 247,962 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

As of today, 2,981,287 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,706,196 people have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series.

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