Jackson County logs 375 new COVID-19 cases
Oregon reported 8,760 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday and 31 COVID-19-related deaths, while Jackson County saw 375 new cases and one death.
The 8,760 figure is the second-highest daily count of COVID-19 cases during the pandemic, behind 10,429 cases recorded Jan. 6. However, state officials believe the Jan. 6 count may have been elevated by a backlog of tests that were processed.
Since Jan. 2, 100% of samples tested in Oregon have shown that new COVID-19 cases are being caused by the highly contagious omicron variant of the virus. Omicron made up just 2.6% of samples at the beginning of December.
Josephine County reported 158 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday and two more COVID-19 deaths.
The number of hospital patients with COVID-19 in Jackson and Josephine counties continues to climb, reaching 88 Wednesday, according to state data.
Numbers are now higher than during last winter’s COVID-19 surge, but below the Rogue Valley’s peak of 223 hospitalized COVID-19 patients during the area’s worst surge that occurred in the summer and fall of 2021.
The number of patients with COVID-19 in Portland area hospitals continues to skyrocket, hitting 415 Wednesday. That number is near the Portland area’s record of 456 hospitalized COVID-19 patients set Sept. 8 during the summer and fall surge.
However, on a per capita basis, Portland’s summer and fall surge was not nearly as high as the surge experienced in the Rogue Valley, which was the hardest hit area in the state at that time.
At 98% full Wednesday, hospitals in the Portland and Salem areas remained the most crowded.
Hospitals in the Rogue Valley were 93% full Wednesday.