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1,009 COVID-19 'breakthrough cases’ reported in Oregon

The Oregon Health Authority has identified 1,009 COVID-19 “breakthrough cases” in which fully vaccinated individuals have tested positive for the illness, through May 31, according to a report.

Sixty-eight of those cases were in Jackson and Josephine counties, the report said.

The cases represent a small percentage of fully vaccinated Oregonians. As of Thursday, 1,877,344 Oregon residents had completed their vaccine series, and 377,930 people had received one shot in a two-dose regimen, according to OHA. An individual is considered fully vaccinated against the illness two weeks after receiving the final shot.

“The majority of vaccine breakthrough infections are asymptomatic, mild or moderate, and do not require hospitalization or result in death,” the report said.

Ninety-five of the breakthrough cases — fewer than 10% — were hospitalized within two weeks of a positive test result, and 20, about 2%, have resulted in death, the report said. The majority of vaccine breakthrough cases have occurred among the elderly population. OHA did not report where in Oregon the deaths occurred.

Of the 126 COVID-19 deaths in May, 91% were among those who had not been vaccinated.

Tracking regional vaccinations

In Jackson County, 81,015 residents had completed their series as of Thursday, and 14,118 had received at least one dose, data show. About 51% of the county’s population, ages 16 and older, had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine Thursday — 43.8% had completed their series, and 6.7% had received one dose.

In Josephine County, 28,363 residents had completed their series, and 4,227 had received at least one dose. About 44% of the county’s population, ages 16 and older, had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine — 38.9% had completed their series, and 5.2% had received one dose.

Deaths, hospitalizations and cases

OHA reported seven new deaths from COVID-19 Thursday, raising the state’s death toll from the illness to 2,683.

Jackson County’s death toll remained at 145, and Josephine County stayed at 72.

State health officials reported 228 Oregonians were hospitalized with COVID-19 Thursday, one more than Wednesday, with 63 patients in intensive care, two fewer than Wednesday.

Thirteen people were hospitalized in Jackson and Josephine counties Thursday, five more than Wednesday, with four people in ICU, unchanged from Wednesday.

OHA reported 267 new cases of the illness Thursday, raising the state’s cumulative total to 202,247.

Nineteen new cases were reported in Jackson County Thursday, raising the county’s total to 11,301.

Three new cases were reported in Josephine County, raising its caseload to 3,491.