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Oregon coronavirus updates: COVID-19 cases in Marion County, statewide continue to fall

Oregon coronavirus updates: COVID-19 cases in Marion County, statewide continue to fall

Oregon reported far fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, adding 2,645 new cases. That’s down 40.6% from the previous week’s tally of 4,456 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Oregon ranked 25th 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 decreased 28.3% from the week before, with 239,094 cases reported. With 1.27% of the country’s population, Oregon had 1.11% of the country’s cases in the last week. Across the country, seven states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Marion County reported 189 cases and 13 deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 301 cases and 11 deaths. Throughout the pandemic, it has reported 68,578 cases and 673 deaths.

Polk County reported 47 cases and zero deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 82 cases and five deaths. Throughout the pandemic, it has reported 15,164 cases and 127 deaths.

Across Oregon, cases fell in 32 counties, with the best declines in Multnomah County, with 524 cases from 855 a week earlier; in Washington County, with 250 cases from 542; and in Clackamas County, with 190 cases from 344.

Oregon ranked 20th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 77.2% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 76.7%, a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data shows.

In the week ending Sunday, Oregon reported administering another 15,047 vaccine doses, including 3,289 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 36,130 vaccine doses, including 7,423 first doses. In all, Oregon reported it has administered 7,486,705 total doses.

Within Oregon, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Grant County with 514 cases per 100,000 per week; Sherman County with 169; and Linn County with 113. 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 524 cases; Washington County, with 250 cases; and Lane County, with 241. Weekly case counts rose in three counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week’s pace were in Grant, Coos and Sherman counties.

In Oregon, 160 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 127 people were reported dead.

A total of 699,362 people in Oregon have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 6,869 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States, 79,523,228 people have tested positive and 967,720 people have died.

Oregon’s COVID-19 hospital admissions falling

USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, March 13.

  • Last week: 736
  • The week before that: 845
  • Four weeks ago: 1,293

Likely COVID-19 patients admitted in the nation:

  • Last week: 50,226
  • The week before that: 56,780
  • Four weeks ago: 105,668

Hospitals in one state reported more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier, while hospitals in two states had more COVID-19 patients in intensive-care beds. Hospitals in six 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.

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