Oregon coronavirus tests have plummeted in recent weeks, returning to levels not seen since November and far outpacing the decline in diagnosed new cases.
The average number of daily tests in Oregon has decreased by 34% since December 1
In the fall, the Oregon Health Department was under tight scrutiny of what appeared to be vague advances in testing, prompting the agency to change the way it reports the volume of tests to show profits. But a new analysis by The Oregonian / OregonLive found that test numbers subsequently crashed during the holidays and have not yet been restored.
Government officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
On Monday, the Oregon Health Authority reported another 10 deaths and 939 new coronavirus cases, marking the third time in less than 1,000 last week.
It’s not immediately clear what drives the drop in tests – fewer sick Oregons, inadequate access to testing, fewer screenings over the holidays, a combination of the three, or something else. Active hospitalization – a permanent measure for severe cases in the community – has dropped by about a quarter since December 17.
Oregon tracks the volume of testing by revealing the number of electronic lab reports received. The tests peaked on December 17 with a seven-day average of 25,184, but are now up to 16,723, roughly equal to the November 15 test levels.
Meanwhile, confirmed or suspected infections have increased in the last week. The average Oregon positive, 7.5%, is a whole point higher than on Dec. 17.
Civil servants are on the brink. Recent models suggest Oregon may see more cases in the coming weeks, and Gov. Kate Brown said the potential winter wave has the potential to surpass the records set this fall.
When the new cases are in the county: Baker (1), Benton (13), Clackamas (87), Clatsop (1), Columbia (14), Coos (15), Crook (1), Deschutes (38), Douglas (16), Hood River (3) , Jackson (40), Jefferson (5), Josephine (38), Lane (61), Lincoln (8), Lynn (13), Mulcher (2), Marion (110), Morrow (8), Multnoma (16) , Polk (40), Tillamook (2), Umatilla (63), Union (5), Wasco (7), Washington (314) and Yamhill (18).
Death cases: Oregon’s 1,604 coronavirus-related death was a 73-year-old woman from Jefferson County who tested positive on Dec. 25 and died Jan. 9 at St Charles Band Medical Center.
The 1,605th fatal death was a 57-year-old woman from Lane County who tested positive on Dec. 18 and died Jan. 9 at the University of Oregon Health and Science.
Oregon’s 606th death was an 88-year-old man from Lane County who tested positive on Dec. 23 and died Jan. 7 at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center in Riverband.
The 1,607 deaths were of a 53-year-old man from Lane County who tested positive on Dec. 28 and died Jan. 8 at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center in Riverband.
Oregon’s 1,608 death was a 91-year-old man from Multnoma County who tested positive on December 13 and died on December 21 at his residence.
The 1,609th fatal death was of a 91-year-old woman from Multnoma County who received positive results on December 3 and died on December 11 at her residence.
Oregon’s 1610th death was a 74-year-old Multnoma County woman who tested positive on Dec. 18 and died Dec. 30 at Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center.
The 1611th death was committed by a 95-year-old woman from Multnoma County who tested positive on January 1 and died on January 8 at Advent Health in Portland.
Oregon’s 1612th death was a 93-year-old woman from Multnoma County who tested positive on Dec. 15 and died Jan. 2 at her residence.
The 1,613 death was a 98-year-old woman from Washington County who had positive results on December 29 and died on January 4 at her residence.
Everyone has had basic health conditions.
Not yet included in the state’s official census is a Two Rivers Correctional Institution prisoner who died Jan. 10 after passing a coronavirus test, according to the Oregon Department of Corrections. He is between 70 and 80 years old.
The Oregon Health Authority also removed two deaths from their official counts of twice-reported deaths.
The spread of infections: The state reported 923 new positive tests out of 12,934 tests performed, equivalent to a 7.1% degree of positivity.
Who got infected: Civil servants had not provided detailed age breakdowns since Friday. Since then, new confirmed or suspected infections have increased among the following age groups: 0-9 (147); 10-19 (442); 20-29 (897); 30-39 (682); 40-49 (559); 50-59 (444); 60-69 (295); 70-79 (175); 80 and more (102).
Who is in the hospital: The state said 409 Oregonians with confirmed coronavirus infections were in the hospital on Monday, six from Sunday. Of these, 84 were in the intensive care units as on Sunday.
Vaccines administered: Oregon administered 104,595 doses of 270,800 received, or 39% of its supply.
Since it started: Oregon reported 126,607 confirmed or suspected infections and 1,613 deaths, among the lowest in the country. To date, the state has reported 2,839,839 laboratory test reports.
– Brad Schmid; firstname.lastname@example.org; 503-294-7628; @_brad_schmidt