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COVID-19 figures fluctuate on Saturday
Four days after Gov. Kate Brown said she does not believe any Oregon counties will ever again return to the most restrictive "extreme risk" category for COVID-19, reported new cases and hospitalizations for the virus increased.
The number of new deaths and patients in intensive care units dropped in the report released by the Oregon Health Authority on Saturday, May 8, however.
Brown unexpectedly moved all 15 counties in the "extreme risk" category to less restrictive categories Tuesday, May 4. At the time, Brown's office said the seven-day average increase for hospitalized COVID-19 patients dropped below 15%, putting the state below the threshold outlined in early April.
The office also said Brown does not anticipate that any counties will return to the state's highest level of restrictions "for the duration of this pandemic."
On Saturday, the health authority reported 833 new cases of COVID-19, increasing the total to 190,804. That compares to 611 new cases announced Friday, May 7.
State health officials also announced 329 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, an increase of five from Friday.
But the health authority also report one fewer new death Saturday. The seven fatalities increased the death toll to 2,528.
The officials also said 84 COVID-19 patients were in ICUs, five fewer than Friday.
And the health authority reported that 63,868 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Oregon has now administered a total of 1,788,239 first and second doses of Pfizer, 1,382,574 first and second doses of Moderna and 105,458 single doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.
The new cases reported Saturday were in the following counties: Baker (7), Benton (11), Clackamas (92), Clatsop (4), Columbia (10), Crook (8), Curry (5), Deschutes (115), Douglas (4), Gilliam (4), Harney (1), Hood River (2), Jackson (35), Jefferson (5), Josephine (6), KIamath (49), Lane (55), Lincoln (3), Linn (26), Malheur (7), Marion (75), Morrow (1), Multnomah (156), Polk (8), Tillamook (4), Umatilla (9), Union (2), Wallowa (2), Wasco (4), Washington (94) and Yamhill (29).
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