The day after Oregon Gov. Kate Brown ordered 15 counties into more restrictive extreme risk categories, state health officials reported an additional 794 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, May 1, bringing the state's total number to 185,597.
The Oregon Health Authority also reported three more deaths tied to the virus, increasing the death toll to 2,498.
Brown has been praised by health officials but criticized by business associations for her decision. She said it was necessary to save lives because COVID-19 once again is spreading rapidly in Oregon, but the associations said many restaurants are likely to go out of business because of the ban on indoor dining in those counties.
The health authority also reported 40,318 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations had been added to the state immunization registry. The seven-day running average is now 34,801 doses per day.
Hospitalizations fell by three to 331 and the number of patients in ICU beds dropped by two to 71, OHA said.
The new cases were reported in the following counties: Baker (4), Benton (10), Clackamas (96), Clatsop (7), Columbia (15), Coos (4), Crook (6), Deschutes (88), Douglas (9), Grant (2), Harney (2), Hood River (2), Jackson (33), Jefferson (5), Josephine (9), Klamath (55), Lake (2), Lane (66), Lincoln (8), Linn (38), Malheur (5), Marion (60), Multnomah (115), Polk (5), Tillamook (1), Umatilla (9), Union (3), Wallowa (3), Wasco (4), Washington (106), Yamhill (22).
The latest victims included a 70-year-old Jackson County man; a 43-year-old Linn County woman; and a 81-year-old Malheur County woman.
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