Reported new cases, deaths and hospitalizations drop as more residents become vaccinated.

COURTESY GRAPHIC: OHA - The most recent chart from the Oregon Health Authority.Reported new COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalizations continued trending downward Sunday as more Oregonians are getting vaccinated, even though restrictions are being loosened in additional counties.

National health experts warn cases could spike after the Memorial Day holiday, but on May 30, the Oregon Health Authority reported just 257 new cases and two additional deaths in the state. The health authority also reported seven fewer hospitalizations, although the number of ICU patients increased by four.

As of Sunday, there have been 201,260 reported cases of COVID-19 in Oregon and 2,668 deaths.

State health officials also reported that 1,843,416 people have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series. There are 2,237,342 people who have had at least one dose.

When 70% of Oregonians 16 and older receive at least one shot, the risk level categories for counties will be eliminated. In the meantime, counties can still move into the least restrictive lower-risk category when 65% have been vaccinated and they have submitted a state-approved plan for closing ethnicity gaps.

On Thursday, May 27, Multnomah joined Benton, Deschutes, Hood River, Lincoln and Washington counties in moving to the lower-risk category. Polk County also has submitted an equity plan to OHA, but will not move to lower risk until it vaccinates at least 65% of all its residents ages 16 and older.

The new cases were reported in the following counties: Baker (1), Benton (2), Clackamas (29), Columbia (6), Coos (2), Curry (1), Deschutes (15), Douglas (12), Harney (1), Jackson (7), Jefferson (8), Josephine (2), Klamath (6), Lane (11), Linn (16), Marion (30), Morrow (3), Multnomah (65), Polk (1), Sherman (1), Tillamook (1), Union (1), Washington (26), Yamhill (10).

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