Benton County COVID Risk Increases Despite Vaccine

As of January 24, Oregon has administered over 300,000 vaccines, which includes first and second doses, according to the Oregon Health Authority. There were also 582 new cases of COVID-19 and three more deaths.  

Benton County is still categorized as being at a very high-risk level. This means it has reported over 160 cases per 100,000 people in the last two weeks. The county has an average of 22 cases per day, which is 51% more than the average two weeks ago.  

The test positivity rate as of Jan. 24 was about 3% which is relatively low. This suggests the amount of testing being done is sufficient to identify most cases. 

The number of people hospitalized for COVID has risen in the county, but the number of deaths has stayed at about the same level. 

Benton County has identified 1,820 total cases and 14 people have died. 

The three deaths reported on Sunday included a 66 year-old man in Douglas County, a 90 year-old women in Jackson County, and a 58 year-old man at Salem Hospital. 

The state of Oregon has had 138,168 cases of the virus since the beginning of the pandemic and 1,880 people have died. 

The Advocate strongly encourages residents of Benton County to stay home when possible, socially distance, wear masks, and wash their hands frequently. If you or a house member is exposed to COVID-19, contact your primary care physician about getting tested or reach out to get tested through Project Baseline 

By: Hannah Ramsey