Oregon officially surpassed the numerical stage on Wednesday, as health officials introduced 1 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, less than three months after the first dose was injected in December.
As of Wednesday, about 1,019,767 doses of vaccine had been administered in the state. More than 636,000 of the state’s 4.2 million people have received at least one dose since Tuesday.
Oregon announced the news as it reported another 27 deaths due to COVID-1
Patrick Allen, director of the state health authority, said the vaccine on Wednesday would not have been possible without local partnerships. “Every day we deliver more than 22,000 doses of vaccine, which will bring us to the end of this difficult journey for so many,” he said in a statement.
Overall, cases continue to decline, with Jackson County registering almost twice (47) of the total number of cases on Wednesday as Multnoma County, 26, which has more than three times the population.
The state is expected to announce new levels of risk next week after the last two months of data on the positivity of the case, which could lead to further loosened guidelines for Multnoma County.
When the new cases are in the county: Baker (2), Benton (3), Clackamas (20), Clatsop (2), Columbia (3), Coos (24), Deschutes (10), Douglas (22), Grant (2), Harney (2), Jackson (47), Jefferson (5), Josephine (5), Klamath (2), Lane (15), Lynn (4), Mulcher (2), Marion (28), Multnoma (26), Regiment (4), Tillamook (4), Umatilla (7), Union (10), Washington (25) and Yamhill (2).
Who died: Government officials said they would release more information about the 27 people who died later.
The spread of infections: On Wednesday, the state reported 601 new positive tests out of 27,038 tests, equivalent to a 2.2% degree of positivity. But government officials said the percentage was artificially low, as they had received a “large volume” of overdue test data from the past two months, with about 99% of those results negative.
Who got infected: New confirmed or suspected infections increase among the following age groups: 0-9 (6); 10-19 (40); 20-29 (46); 30-39 (36); 40-49 (27); 50-59 (35); 60-69 (23); 70-79 (13); 80 and more (20).
Who is in the hospital: The state said 140 people were hospitalized for COVID-19 in Oregon, nine fewer than yesterday. There were 31 patients with COVID-19 in intensive care beds (ICUs), two more than were in similar care on Tuesday.
Vaccines administered: As of Wednesday, Oregon had administered 1,019,767 first and second doses. The state announced 22,346 new doses, although no breakdown was provided between those administered Tuesday compared to previous days.
Since it started: Oregon reported 156,287 confirmed or suspected infections and 2,252 deaths, among the lowest per capita numbers in the country. To date, the state has reported more than 3,787,438 laboratory test reports.
– Andrew Teen; firstname.lastname@example.org; 503-294-4026; @andrewtheen