Oregon reports 31 other COVID-19-related deaths, 3 in C. Oregon; 8,760 new cases

Oregon reports 31 other COVID-19-related deaths, 3 in C. Oregon;  8,760 new cases

Wednesday’s reported deaths include two residents of Deschutes County and one in Jefferson County. Wednesday’s weekly update also showed that all of Oregon’s cases for the week ended Jan. 9 were the more contagious Omicron variant.

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  • OHA also reported 8,760 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, bringing the state total to 494,945.

  • OHA news conference scheduled Thursday

OHA will host a press conference at 2 p.m. Thursday about the status of COVID-19 in Oregon. Speakers will include Oregon Health Director Patrick Allen, Oregon Department of Education Director Colt Gill and Dr. Dean Sidelinger, state health officer and state epidemiologist. The public is invited to watch the press conference on YouTube. 

Oregon continues to move closer to meeting Gov. Kate Brown’s goal, announced Dec. 17, of getting 1 million more people in the state a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of January.

More Oregonians receive COVID-19 booster doses

When the challenge began, 949,749 people had received a booster dose. Since then, 323,130 Oregonians have received a booster.

As of Wednesday, Oregon needs 676,870 people to get a booster to reach the goal and make our state safer from the Omicron variant. Find a booster here.

Consider alternatives for non-urgent health issues With a record number of cases recorded and the spread of the Omicron variant statewide, Oregonians are being asked to ease the burden on health systems and emergency rooms. If you are looking for non-emergency COVID-19 treatment, please call your doctor or an urgent care clinic. Not sure who to call? Start with 211. You can find a test here.

COVID-19 hospitalizations The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 756, which is 29 more than Tuesday. There are 146 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is eight more than Tuesday.

There are 34 available adult ICU beds out of 653 total (5% availability) and 262 available adult non-ICU beds out of 4,135 (6% availability). 1/12/2022 Available Beds (and Percentage of Staffed Beds Available) StatewideRegion 1Region 2Region 3Region 5Region 6Region 7Region 9Adult ICU beds available34(5%)18(5%)3(3%)3(3%)2(3%)2(20%)3(7%)3(12%)Adult non-ICU beds available262(6%)33(2%)12(2%)58(10%)32(7%)5(10%)64(15%)58(49%)

Region 1: Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Multnomah, Tillamook and Washington counties Region 2: Benton, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties

Statewide regions are as follows: St. Charles Bend reported 43 COVID-19-positive patients as of early Wednesday, five of whom were in the ICU, with three on ventilators. None of the patients in the ICU were fully vaccinated, the hospital said, while 31 of the 43 COVID-positive patients were not fully vaccinated.

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