Weekly COVID-19 case counts and hospitalizations in Clackamas County continue on a downward trajectory in October as over 6,500 vaccinations were administered for a second straight week, a near 50% increase from the final two weeks of September.
In the week between Oct. 7 and Oct. 13, 580 new COVID-19 cases and 13 deaths were reported in the county, with the weekly total case count declining approximately 14% to 597 between Oct. 3 and Oct. 9.
Hospitalizations of COVID-19 positive patients in Clackamas County took a drastic dive from 696 as of Oct. 5 to 221 as of Oct. 12, a near 68% decrease, which Public Health Director Philip Mason-Joyner on Oct. 14 called "great news" for health care workers and hospitals.
Intensive-care-unit beds remain available for 26 adults out of 362 in total throughout Oregon Region 1 (Clackamas, Multnomah, Washington, Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook counties).
Pediatric hospitalizations, meaning individuals between the ages of zero and 18, have increased slightly in October with 10 young people currently hospitalized across the state of Oregon overall, Mason-Joyner reported to commissioners during a business meeting Thursday evening.
As of Oct. 15, Clackamas County's vaccination rate sits at 74.5% of adults aged 18 and older per Oregon Health Authority data, slightly lower than the state average of approximately 76%, yet still an increase from 73.7% reported countywide the week prior as the county continues to see an increase in residents seeking COVID-19 vaccinations in the month of October.
"Here in our community, we have provided over 6,500 doses of the vaccine," Mason-Joyner said referring to the week between Oct. 5 and Oct. 11, extending the county's streak to a second straight week.
"This includes first dose, second dose, third dose and boosters, so it's been busy at the pharmacies and it's been busy at our community clinics across the county the past week," Mason-Joyner added.
Vaccine clinics continue to be available across the county, with residents able to schedule appointments online using the county's registration portal here. Click here for a full list of ongoing and pop-up clinics in the county.
Health care workers and all teachers, educators, support staff and volunteers in K-12 schools across the state of Oregon are required to be fully vaccinated by Monday, Oct. 18.
Mason-Joyner said that public health officials are continuing to encourage booster shots for adults aged 65 and older as the vast majority of COVID-19-related deaths among vaccinated residents occurred among adults above the age of 70.
COVID-19 tests remain in "significant demand" countywide according to Mason-Joyner, who encouraged residents to view the county's latest online report in which staff has included links to more detailed information regarding testing methods and their overall effectiveness.
Mason-Joyner concluded his presentation by highlighting the "amazing" work of Clackamas County's mental and behavioral health team including the Safe+Strong program, a free service for county residents whose mental and emotional health has been impacted or worsened by the pandemic.
For more information on the COVID-19 pandemic in Clackamas County, click here.
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