COVID cases fall 25% as Multnomah County risk to be lowered
The day before COVID-19 restrictions were scheduled to ease in Multnomah County, the Oregon Health Authority reported that new cases dropped by 25% from the previous week.
During the week of May 17- 23, just 3,090 new daily cases were reported, the health authority said on Wednesday, May 26. Of those 339 were reported on Wednesday.
Hospitalizations for COVID-19 also fell to 224, the lowest level in the past five weeks. Week-to-week deaths were 37, down from 57 the week before.
The most recent statistics were released the day before Multnomah County was set to be reclassified from the High Risk to the Lower Risk category for virus transmission. The reclassification will happen after the county met the new state standard of at least 65% of residents 16 years and older receiving at least one vaccination and submitting a plan for closing equity vaccination gaps.
Other counties to be moved on Thursday, May 27, include: Baker County, from High Risk to Lower Risk; Clatsop County from High Risk to Moderate Risk; Curry County from Moderate Risk to Lower Risk; and Tillamook County from Moderate Risk to Lower Risk.
Another 11 deaths were reported Wednesday, bringing the Oregon toll to 2,639 since the pandemic began. In addition, another 399 new cases in 29 counties were reported, leaving the state on the brink of 200,000 cases — 199,784.
The seven-day average of vaccinations per day in the state is just under 30,000, health officials said. Oregon has now administered 2,138,051 first and second doses of Pfizer, 1,561,198 first and second doses of Moderna and 136,795 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.
A total of 273 people are hospitalized with COVID in the state, with 77 in the ICU.
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