PORTLAND, Ore — The Oregon Health Authority reported zero new deaths due to the virus Friday. Our statewide death toll remains at 2,149 people.
OHA reported 492 new cases of COVID-19 in Oregon bringing our statewide total to 152,190.
The new cases are in the following counties: Baker (2), Benton (25), Clackamas (27), Columbia (12), Coos (26), Curry (8), Deschutes (11), Douglas (21), Harney (3), Hood River (2), Jackson (52), Jefferson (5), Josephine (23), Klamath (10), Lake (3), Lane (38), Lincoln (1), Linn (8), Malheur (6), Marion (42), Morrow (5), Multnomah (61), Polk (15), Tillamook (1), Umatilla (12), Union (4), Wallowa (2), Wasco (1), Washington (54) and Yamhill (12).
Health officials said there are currently 176 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Oregon, six more than Thursday. There are 49 coronavirus patients in intensive care unit beds, which is three fewer than Thursday.
OHA said as of Friday, 755,657 first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been given in Oregon. 922,300 doses of vaccine have been delivered to sites across Oregon.
Severe weather continues to delay COVID-19 vaccine shipments across the country including in Oregon, OHA said. On Friday, OHA Director Patrick Allen said the state is still on schedule with its vaccine rollout despite the weather-related delays.
OHA released its latest COVID-19 model that shows a slight increase in transmission. The new report estimates that, as of Feb. 3, the statewide reproductive rate was 0.88.
According to the OHA’s newest forecast, if Oregonians continue along their present course of wearing masks, keeping physical distance and restricting gatherings, daily cases will decline to an average of 320, with 10 fewer COVID-19 hospitalizations and 107 per 140,000 people between Feb. 25 and March 9.
“The new modeling warns that more Oregonians may be open to resuming activities that pose a higher risk of spread, especially as risk levels change for Oregon counties,” OHA said. “That and the potential of a COVID-19 variant that becomes dominant could contribute to greater spread.”
78% of Oregonians regularly wear face coverings, according to the report, and most Oregonians believe the existing vaccines are safe and effective.