Snow and icy conditions across parts of Oregon sent the state’s coronavirus test and case numbers crashed Monday, with fewer than 200 daily new cases reported for the first time since Sept. 28.
The marked decline in new cases is the direct result of a dramatic reduction in testing. Government officials reported results for fewer than 5,000 tests, which is about a third of the typical daily amount in recent weeks.
In all, government officials reported only 184 new cases and zero deaths Monday.
The number of newly administered vaccines is also falling sharply with large vaccination sites in Portland closed over the weekend due to slippery roads. Government officials said fewer than 6,700 new doses had been given in recent days, up from the figures reported about a month ago.
Although conditions in the Portland area are improving rapidly as temperatures get hot on Monday, state officials warned that transfers of new vaccine doses from the federal government could be delayed.
“Weather and poor travel conditions are expected to delay vaccinations this week,” the Oregon Health Authority said in a tweet. “OHA will provide updates on the delays as the situation develops.”
Where the new cases are by county: Benton (7), Clackamas (7), Columbia (1), Crook (1), Curry (3), Deschutes (24), Douglas (13), Harney (4), Jackson (6), Jefferson (4), Josephine (4), Klamath (1), Lake (5), Lane (26), Linn (1), Malheur (1), Marion (6), Multnomah (23), Polk (3), Umatilla (3), Union (5), Washington (30), Yamhill (6).
Deaths: Deaths: State officials did not report any new deaths.
Incidence of infections: The state reported 185 new positive tests out of 4,926 tests, corresponding to a 3.8% positivity rate.
Who was infected: Information on confirmed or suspected infections by age group is not available because Monday is a holiday.
Who is in the hospital: The state reported 210 Oregonians with confirmed coronavirus infections in the hospital Monday, three less than Sunday. Of these, 53 coronavirus patients were in intensive care units, one up from Sunday.
Vaccines: Oregon reported 683,887 doses of vaccine have been administered, or approx. 77% of the doses received. Oregon reported 6,693 newly administered doses, which include 3,650 Sunday and the rest from previous days.
Since it began: Oregon has reported 150,464 confirmed or suspected infections and 2,137 deaths among the lowest numbers per year. Inhabitant of the country. To date, the state has reported 3,411,860 laboratory reports from tests.
– Brad Schmidt; [email protected]m; 503-294-7628; @_brad_schmidt
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