Oregon seeing few ’vaccine breakthrough’ COVID-19 cases
Through May 3, 611 Oregonians considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 had tested positive for the illness, according to the Oregon Health Authority.
Health officials say it is a small percentage of the 1.3 million Oregonians who have been fully vaccinated.
Such cases, called “vaccine breakthrough cases,” happen when someone receives a positive COVID-19 test result at least 14 days after their final vaccination. Vaccine recipients are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after receiving their second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
“The number of vaccine breakthrough cases identified in Oregon remains very small,“ an OHA news release said.
Of the 611 breakthrough cases, 89 cases were in residents of long-term care facilities or congregate care settings. Eight of the 611 cases resulted in death, about 1% of the total. All of the deaths occurred in people older than 70. About half of the breakthrough cases reported having at least one symptom, and fewer than 10% were hospitalized within two weeks of testing positive.
Of the 611 breakthrough cases, 40 came out of Jackson and Josephine counties, according to a state report. OHA did not report where the vaccine breakthrough case deaths occurred.
The median age for breakthrough cases is 51, with 31% of cases occurring in people older than 65, the report states.
Previous vaccine breakthrough case data, released April 2, reported that 168 fully vaccinated individuals had tested positive for the disease. More than 720,000 Oregonians had completed their vaccine series as of that date.
On Friday, 1,385,116 Oregonians had completed their vaccine series, and 541,905 others had received one shot in a two-dose regimen, according to OHA.
In Jackson County, 59,308 residents had completed their series, while 23,507 others had received one of two doses.
In Josephine County, 23,592 residents had completed their series, while 5,393 others had received one of two doses.
OHA reported eight more deaths from COVID-19 Friday, raising Oregon’s COVID-19 death toll to 2,522. The deaths included a 60-year-old man from Jackson County who tested positive April 10 and died May 5 at Rogue Regional Medical Center, raising Jackson County’s COVID-19 death toll to 133.
The state reported 844 new cases of the disease Friday, raising the cumulative total to 189,986.
Jackson County reported 36 new cases Friday, raising the county’s cumulative total to 10,681.
Josephine County saw seven new cases Friday, raising the county’s cumulative total to 3,297.
OHA reported 324 Oregonians were hospitalized with COVID-19 Friday, four fewer than Thursday, with 90 people in intensive care, unchanged from Thursday.
Twenty-six people were hospitalized in Jackson and Josephine counties, two fewer than Thursday, with 10 people in ICU beds, one more than Thursday.