COVID-19 cases, deaths and ICU hospitalizations continue trending down as most public schools prepare to reopen for in-class learning.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced an executive order Friday, March 5, requiring all school sites to offer in-person instruction by March 29 for K-5 students and April 19 for students in grades 6-12.
The Oregon Health Authority reported 224 cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. Sunday, March 21, bringing the state total to 161,531. That compares to 339 cases reported a day earlier.
The health authority also reported one new COVID-19 related death, raising the state's death toll to 2,363. That compares to five deaths reported on March 20.
State health officials also reported the number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 is 112, which is six more than March 20. But there are 22 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit beds, which is four fewer than Saturday.
The number of vaccination also continues to increase. The health authority reported a cumulative total of 1,509,386 first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered. To date, 1,858,385 doses of vaccine have been delivered to sites across Oregon.
The new cases were reported in the following counties: Baker (1), Benton (8), Clackamas (21), Columbia (6), Coos (6), Deschutes (11), Douglas (8), Grant (3), Jackson (12), Jefferson (1), Josephine (13), Lake (1), Lane (8), Linn (12), Marion (38), Multnomah (28), Polk (4), Union (2), Washington (40) and Yamhill (1).
Oregon's 2,363rd COVID-19 death is an 80-year-old woman in Grant County who tested positive on March 12 and died March 19 at St. Charles Bend Hospital. She had underlying conditions.
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