Mike Stucka | USA TODAY NETWORK
New coronavirus cases leaped in Oregon in the week ending Sunday, rising 259% as 38,437 cases were reported. The previous week had 10,698 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.
Oregon ranked 40th among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows.
In the latest week, coronavirus cases in the United States increased 75.9% from the week before, with 4,967,431 cases reported. With 1.27% of the country’s population, Oregon had 0.77% of the country’s cases in the last week. Across the country, 49 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.
The New Year’s holiday weekend significantly disrupted who got tested, how many people got tested, what labs operated and what government agencies reported on time. Many of the New Year’s weekend reports were shifted into the latest week, and the previous week was disrupted by late reporting from the weekend of Christmas. Consequently, week-to-week comparisons will be skewed and these numbers will be unreliable even as they’re accurate to what states reported.
Marion County reported 2,873 cases and seven deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 668 cases and four deaths. Throughout the pandemic, it has reported 44,999 cases and 554 deaths.
Polk County reported 744 cases and one death in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 177 cases and one death. Throughout the pandemic, it has reported 9,601 cases and 112 deaths.
Within Oregon, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Deschutes County with 1,506 cases per 100,000 per week; Benton County with 1,325; and Jefferson County with 1,176. The Centers for Disease Control says high levels of community transmission begin at 100 cases per 100,000 per week.
Adding the most new cases overall were Multnomah County, with 8,596 cases; Washington County, with 6,769 cases; and Clackamas County, with 4,193. Weekly case counts rose in 36 counties from the previous week.
Oregon ranked 20th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 74.6% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 74.3%, a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data shows.
In the week ending Sunday, Oregon reported administering another 123,609 vaccine doses, including 23,361 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 81,258 vaccine doses, including 15,236 first doses. In all, Oregon reported it has administered 6,955,561 total doses.
In Oregon, 106 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 57 people were reported dead.
A total of 459,700 people in Oregon have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 5,761 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States, 60,074,429 people have tested positive and 837,594 people have died.
COVID-19 hospital admissions rising
USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, Jan. 9.
Likely COVID-19 patients admitted in the state:
- Last week: 1,166.
- The week before that: 922.
- Four weeks ago: 811.
Likely COVID-19 patients admitted in the nation:
- Last week: 187,807.
- The week before that: 147,897.
- Four weeks ago: 91,573.
Hospitals in 49 states reported more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier, while hospitals in 39 states had more COVID-19 patients in intensive-care beds. Hospitals in 50 states admitted more COVID-19 patients in the latest week than a week prior, the USA TODAY analysis of U.S. Health and Human Services data shows.
The USA TODAY Network is publishing localized versions of this story on its news sites across the country, generated with data from Johns Hopkins University and the Centers for Disease Control. If you have questions about the data or the story, contact Mike Stucka at [email protected].