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OHA reports drops in COVID-related deaths, hospitalizations, and cases

The Oregon Health Authority reported notable decreases in COVID-19 deaths, hospitalizations and new cases for the week of Monday, May 17, through Sunday, May 23.

The agency reported 34 new deaths that week, a 40% drop from the 57 reported between Monday, May 10 and Sunday, May 16, according to a report.

New hospitalizations from the illness fell from 265 the previous week to 224, a 15% decrease and “the lowest figure in five weeks,” the report states.

New recorded cases fell 25% from 4,108 to 3,090. That’s in spite of a 4% increase in testing, with 103,155 tests run May 9-15, and 107,233 from May 16-22.

OHA officials reported 11 new deaths Wednesday from COVID-19, raising the statewide death toll to 2,639. Jackson County’s COVID-19 death toll remained at 143, Josephine County’s at 71, according to state data.

State health officials also reported 399 new cases of COVID-19, increasing Oregon’s caseload to 199,784. Jackson County reported 29 cases, bring the county’s caseload to 11,172. Josephine County reported 13 new cases, raising the county’s cumulative caseload to 3,447.

There were 273 Oregonians hospitalized Wednesday with COVID-19 , one fewer than Tuesday, with 77 of those patients in intensive care unit beds, two more than Tuesday. There were 19 patients hospitalized with the illness in Jackson and Josephine counties, unchanged for the third straight day, with five of those patients hospitalized in ICU beds, four fewer than Tuesday, according to data.

There were 1,771,880 Oregonians who had completed their vaccine series Wednesday, with 422,471 others who had received one shot in a two-dose series. In Jackson County, 77,124 residents had completed their series, and 15,972 others had received one of two doses. in Josephine County, 27,437 residents had completed their series, and 4,436 others had received one of two doses.