Oregon experienced more deaths than births last year for the first time, in part because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"As the pandemic wanes, the number of deaths should fall as well, meaning Oregon's natural increase in the population is not yet turning into a natural decrease on a sustained basis," Josh Lehner of the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis wrote on his blog Wednesday, Feb. 3.
Lehner's comment was in response to the updated monthly vital statistics — births and deaths — released by the Oregon Health Authority through December 2020. In the past 12 months, deaths outnumbered births by just over 200, at least in the preliminary numbers, which will change some when all the records are complete, Lehner wrote.
Lehner's comments were posted the day before the OHA reported seven additional COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state's death toll to 1,998. The deaths occurred between Jan. 30 and Feb. 3.
State health officials also reported 730 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 145,320.
The OHA also reported that a cumulative total of 486,861 first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered. That is 69% of the 706,575 doses of vaccine that have been delivered to sites across Oregon.
And state health officials reported the number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 261, which is five fewer than Jan. 3. There are 58 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is five fewer than Jan. 3.
The new cases were reported in the following counties: Baker (3), Benton (32), Clackamas (48), Columbia (6), Coos (16), Curry (1), Deschutes (17), Douglas (23), Harney (4), Hood River (2), Jackson (47), Jefferson (13), Josephine (19), Klamath (7), Lake (7), Lane (67), Lincoln (6), Linn (14), Malheur (1), Marion (75), Multnomah (141), Polk (7), Tillamook (2), Umatilla (55), Union (6), Wallowa (5), Wasco (4), Washington (85) and Yamhill (17).
Oregon's 1,992nd COVID-19 death is an 86-year-old man in Baker County who became symptomatic Jan. 20 after contact with a confirmed case and died Jan. 30 at St. Alphonsus Medical Center. He had no underlying conditions.
Oregon's 1,993rd COVID-19 death is a 78-year-old man in Deschutes County who tested positive Jan. 14 and died Jan. 31 at St. Charles Bend Hospital. He had underlying conditions.
Oregon's 1,994th COVID-19 death is a 77-year-old man in Jackson County who tested positive Jan. 25 and died Feb. 2 at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.
Oregon's 1,995th COVID-19 death is a 77-year-old woman in Marion County who tested positive Dec. 31 and died Feb. 2 at Salem Hospital. She had underlying conditions.
Jan. 30 and died Feb. 2 at Salem Hospital. She had underlying conditions.
Oregon's 1,997th COVID-19 death is a 99-year-old woman in Wasco County who tested positive Jan. 30 and died Feb. 1 at St. Charles Bend Hospital. She had underlying conditions.
Oregon's 1,998th COVID-19 death is a 66-year-old man in Coos County who tested positive Jan. 28 and died Feb. 3 at Bay Area Hospital. He had underlying conditions.
Josh Lehner's blog column can be found here.
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