COVID Still Here, Forecast Better

On Friday, July 2, the Oregon Health Authority reported 209 coronavirus cases, including two from Benton County, and three additional deaths. 

Including the new cases, Oregon’s total number of cases is at 209,035, and the total number of deaths is at 2,781. Hospitals throughout the state have a combined 132 patients with COVID, and 28 of those are in the intensive care unit, the OHA reported. 

The virus is still very much present, but two days after the governor lifted virus restrictions, the state reached its benchmark; as of July 2, 70% of adults are now vaccinated with at least one dose. In fact, over 2.4 million Oregonians have received their first dose and 2.1 million have completed the full series of vaccinations. 

Due to the progress in the vaccination rate, the state is more focused on support, with the local health agencies dealing more with the management of outbreaks in their area. OHA will continue to deliver the daily case numbers but will pause for weekends and holidays. 

Additionally, on July 2 the OHA released a COVID-19 Forecast, which projects that hospitalizations and cases will drop through July 20. 

“According to the model,” an OHA report says, “the effective reproduction rate — the expected number of secondary cases that a single case generates — was estimated at 0.74 through June 16. If that level of transmission continues over the next three weeks, daily cases would decline to 40 cases per 100,000 people (approximately 115 cases per day) and new hospitalizations would drop to seven per day.”