The Oregon Health Authority on Thursday reported 867 new confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases and 10 more deaths, as the state said, for the second day in a row, technical issues had reduced the number of cases.
On Wednesday, the agency said the number of cases was lower than expected due to a server outage that affected the state’s database and the number is expected to return to normal soon. On Thursday, however, officials said “today’s number of cases is lower than expected due to technical issues,” but did not specify what the problem was.
The Oregon Health Authority did not immediately respond to questions about how far away the count or how long it would take to correct.
Before the artificially low numbers, Oregon’s seven-day average had been up since last week, from a low of 879 new cases per day on Dec. 29 to 1,174 on Tuesday. The positivity rate has also increased, with a weekly average going from 6.5% to 7.8% on Thursday.
These are worrying signs. The surge in cases and test positivity rates preceded the spike in the plunge that sent cases to a record daily average of around 1,500 in early December – ultimately culminating in record deaths that month.
The slow vaccine distribution also continued this week with 3,428 doses administered on Wednesday, according to preliminary figures from the state. In total, the state has distributed 66,920 of the 250,100 doses it has received, meaning that almost 75% of the state’s supply has yet to be distributed.
Governor Kate Brown has called on the state to administer at least 12,000 doses per day by the end of next week. She will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. Friday to discuss the state’s response.
Where new cases are by county: Baker (3), Benton (30), Clackamas (44), Clatsop (1), Columbia (1), Coos (7), Crook (15), Curry (1), Deschutes (44), Douglas (14), Grant (3), Harney (3), Hood River (10), Jackson (71), Jefferson (20), Josephine (5), Klamath (3), Lake (10), Lane (76), Lincoln (7) , Linn (33), Malheur (17), Marion (134), Morrow (3), Multnomah (17), Polk (27), Sherman (10), Tillamook (7), Umatilla (159), Union (14) , Wallowa (2), Wasco (9), Washington (33) and Yamhill (34).
New deaths: Oregon’s 1559th coronavirus-related death is an 88-year-old Marion County woman who tested positive on December 3 and died on January 3 at her home.
The 1,560th death is a 74-year-old man from Clackamas County who tested positive on December 22 and died on January 2 at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center.
The 1,561st Oregon death is an 85-year-old woman from Tillamook County who tested positive on December 29 and died on January 5 at her home.
The 1,562nd death is a 56-year-old man from Umatilla County who tested positive on December 30 and died on January 2 at his home.
Oregon’s 1,563rd death is an 87-year-old Washington County man who tested positive on December 14 and died on December 20 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center.
The 1,564th death is an 88-year-old Washington County man who tested positive on December 21 and died on January 1 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center.
The 1,565th death is a 72-year-old woman from Yamhill County who tested positive on December 4 and died on December 24 at her home.
The 1,566th death is a 73-year-old man from Linn County who tested positive on December 31 and died the same day. Officials were working to confirm where he died.
The 1,567th death is an 88-year-old man from Josephine County who tested positive on December 3 and died on January 5 at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center.
The 1,568th death is an 81-year-old man from Josephine County who tested positive on December 15 and died on December 26 at his residence.
Each person had underlying health issues or state officials were working to determine if the person had any underlying medical conditions.
The Oregon Corrections Department also reported two deaths among inmates diagnosed with COVID-19 – a man between the ages of 85 and 95 housed at Two Rivers Correctional Facility in Umatilla County who died in a hospital on Wednesday and a man between 70 and 80 years old housed at the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem, who died Thursday in prison. These deaths are not yet included in the official tally from the Oregon Health Authority.
The prevalence of infections: On Thursday, the state reported 1,758 new positive tests out of 21,215 tests performed, a positivity rate of 8.3%.
Who was infected: New confirmed or suspected infections increased in the following age groups: 0-9 years (39); 10-19 (84); 20-29 (183); 30-39 (149); 40-49 (131); 50-59 (131); 60-69 (75); 70-79 (46); 80 years and over (29).
Who is in the hospital: The state reported that 462 Oregonians with confirmed coronavirus infections were currently in hospital on Thursday, 18 fewer than Wednesday. Of those, 91 coronavirus patients were in intensive care units, 29 fewer than Wednesday.
Vaccines administered: Oregon administered 66,920 out of 250,100 doses received, or 27% of its supply. Almost 1000 of these doses were second injections, completing the full inoculation schedule.
Since he started: Oregon has reported 121,085 confirmed or suspected infections and 1,568 deaths, among the lowest totals in the country. To date, the state has reported 2,762,331 lab reports from testing.
– Kale Williams; [email protected]; 503-294-4048; @sfkale