PORTLAND, Ore. – The Oregon Health Authority reported the highest number of COVID-19 deaths in a single day on Tuesday.
With 82 new deaths, the toll since the start of the pandemic has risen to 4,084. This new record was set just a day after the state crossed 4,000 deaths.
Why is Oregon seeing such a high number of deaths with COVID-19 on the decline? OHA said it’s due to the time lag between when a person tests positive and when they later die of coronavirus, and we’ve come out the other side of a significant surge of cases.
Death data reconciliation is also a factor in the high number, OHA added.
OHA said they expect reported deaths to still be high even as case counts go down and said the best way to reduce COVID-19 deaths is to get vaccinated.