The Oregon Health Department announced 10,034 new confirmed and suspected cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in Oregon to 559,960, the state agency reported Thursday, Jan. 20.
The latest figures show that deaths and hospitalizations are falling while cases are rising, according to the OHA. There were eight new deaths, bringing the state’s total death toll to 5,916.
The trend in cases was evident in Linn County, where 575 new cases pushed that county past the 20,000 mark on Thursday with 20,085. No new deaths were reported, leaving the total number of deaths in Linn County at 221.
Benton County reported 278 new cases, bringing the total number of cases in that county to 11,068. No new deaths were reported in Benton County, with the total number of deaths remaining at 46.
breakthrough cases: Thursday’s report included the weekly update on infections among vaccinated people. The agency reported 55,612 cases of COVID-19 in the week of January 9-15. Of these cases, 45,042 or 81% were unvaccinated individuals; and 10,570 or 19% were vaccine breakthrough cases.
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According to the state, the median age of breakthrough cases in the past week was 38. 53 breakthrough cases involved residents of care facilities, senior living communities or other care facilities. There were 958 cases in people aged 12 to 17 years.
To date, 3.2% of all vaccine breakthrough cases have been hospitalized and 0.8% have died. The average age of those vaccinated who died was 81 years.
Health officials continue to emphasize the importance of vaccination as the best tool to stem the tide of COVID-19.
Hospitalizations: There are currently 981 Oregon residents hospitalized with COVID-19, including 142 in intensive care units. Of 648 ICU beds, 45 are vacant, giving an availability rate of 7%. There are 251 of 4,146 beds available for adults outside the ICU, or 6%.
Vaccinations: OHA reported that as of Jan. 19, 18,244 doses of vaccine were added to the state immunization registry. Meanwhile, nearly 2.8 million Oregon residents have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, and more than 2.5 million who have completed a vaccine series. More than 1.3 million Oregon residents have received a booster dose.
National: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 768,190 new confirmed and suspected cases of the virus, bringing the nationwide total to nearly 68.7 million. There were 2,542 new deaths, bringing the total number of U.S. deaths to 856,288.
Joanna Mann covers training for Mid-Valley Media. She can be contacted at 541-812-6076 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at @joanna_mann_.