Coronavirus in Oregon: Reported cases virtually unchanged

Mark Graves/The OregonianMark Graves

By Fedor Zarkhin | The Oregonian/OregonLive

Oregon health officials reported 4,237 new coronavirus infections last week, just 32 infections short of the number they reported the previous week.

The reported cases are almost certainly a significant undercount of true infections in Oregon, given many people learn they have an infection from at-home tests that they aren’t required to report to the state.

Still, the overall trend since this summer has demonstrated a consistent decline in the virus’s prevalence in the community. Reported infections have declined, as have hospitalizations and the percent of tests that come back positive. Only Wallowa, Union and Baker counties now have “high” levels of COVID-19 in the community, according to federal health officials.

Cases and hospitalizations were expected to keep falling through November, according to a Sept. 16 Oregon Health & Science University COVID-19 forecast. An updated forecast was scheduled for Sept. 30 but as of Wednesday was not available on the university’s COVID-19 page.

Since it began: Oregon has reported 899,013 confirmed or presumed infections and 8,590 deaths. vv

Hospitalizations: 272 people with confirmed coronavirus infections are hospitalized, down four since Wednesday, Sept. 28 That includes 28 people in intensive care, down seven since Sept. 21.

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