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Oregon health officials reported 27 new deaths and 276 new cases on Wednesday, March 3.

PMG FILE PHOTO - A Multnomah County health worker receives the COVID-19 vaccine in January. Oregon health officials said Wednesday, March 3, that the state reached a milestone in its COVID-19 vaccination efforts, surpassing 1 million doses administered in less than three months.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 27 new deaths in the state related to COVID-19, raising Oregon's death toll to 2,252. Oregon also recorded 276 new confirmed and presumptive cases, bringing the state total to 156,287.

OHA said it received a large number of backlogged electronic laboratory reports on Tuesday, which led to a higher number of test counts than expected. The results were from Jan. 1 to March 1 and roughly 99% of them were negative for COVID-19, leading to a positivity rate that was lower than officials expected.

As of Wednesday, Oregon had administered 1,019,767 first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccines since the first vaccine was given on Dec. 14, the agency said. Roughly one in five Oregonians who are eligible have received at least one dose. A total of 1,310,175 doses have been delivered to sites across the state.

There were 140 people being treated for COVID-19 at Oregon hospitals on Wednesday, including 31 patients in ICU beds, OHA said.

Details about the 27 new deaths reports Wednesday weren't immediately available.

As for cases, the 276 reported Wednesday were in the following counties: Baker (2), Benton (3), Clackamas (20), Clatsop (2), Columbia (3), Coos (24), Deschutes (10), Douglas (22), Grant (2), Harney (2), Jackson (47), Jefferson (5), Josephine (5), Klamath (2), Lane (15), Linn (4), Malheur (2), Marion (28), Multnomah (26), Polk (4), Tillamook (4), Umatilla (7), Union (10), Washington (25) and Yamhill (2).

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