In recent weeks, the number of coronavirus tests in Oregon has plummeted, returning to the lowest level since November, far exceeding the rate of decline in new diagnoses.
Since December 1
In the fall, the Oregon Health Authority was under scrutiny of what seemed to be a lackluster test schedule, prompting the agency to change its way of reporting test volumes to prove results. But a new analysis conducted by Oregonian/OregonLive found that the test numbers subsequently collapsed during the holidays, but have not recovered.
State officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Oregon Department of Health reported on Monday that there were 10 deaths and 939 new coronavirus cases, the third time in the past week that the number of cases fell below 1,000.
It is not clear what caused the decline in exams-fewer sick Oregonians, insufficient exam visits, fewer vacation screenings, some combination of these three or other reasons. Since December 17, active hospitalization (a consistent measure of severe cases in the community) has fallen by about a quarter.
Oregon tracks test volume by disclosing the number of electronic laboratory reports received. The test peaked on December 17, with a seven-day average of 25,184, but it has now fallen to 16,723, roughly equal to the test level on November 15.
At the same time, the number of confirmed or speculated infections has been on the rise in the past week. The average test positive rate in Oregon is 7.5%, which is an entire point higher than December 17.
State officials are on the fringe. Recent models suggest that Oregon may see more cases in the coming weeks, and Governor Kate Brown said the potential winter wave is likely to exceed the record set this fall.
New cases are divided by county: Baker (1), Benton (13), Clarkmas (87), Krathorpe (1), Columbia (14), Coos (15), Crook (1), Deschutes (38), Douglas (16), Hood River (3), Jackson (40), Jefferson (5), Josephine (38), Lane (61), Lincoln (8), Lynn (13), Marler (2), Mali En (110), Moreau (8), Multnomah (16), Polk (40), Tillamook (2), Umatilla (63), Union (5), Vasco ( 7), Washington (314) and Yamhill (18).
death toll: The coronavirus-related death toll in Oregon is 1,604. It was a 73-year-old Jefferson County woman who tested positive on December 25 and died at Bend St. Charles Medical Center on January 9.
The death toll is 1,605. It was a 57-year-old Lane County woman who tested positive on December 18 and died at Oregon Health Sciences University on January 9.
The 1,606th death in Oregon was an 88-year-old Lane County man who tested positive on December 23 and died at the PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center in Riverbend on January 7.
The death toll is 1,607, a 53-year-old Lane County man who tested positive on December 28 and died at the PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center in Riverbend on January 8.
The 1,608th death in Oregon was a 91-year-old Multnomah County man who tested positive on December 13 and died at his residence on December 21.
The death toll is 1,609. It was a 91-year-old Multnomah County woman who tested positive on December 3 and died in her residence on December 11.
The 1,610 deaths in Oregon were a 74-year-old Multnomah County woman who tested positive on December 18 and died at Caesars Sunnyside Medical Center on December 30.
The death toll is 1,611. It was a 95-year-old Multnomah County woman who tested positive on January 1 and died in Adventist Health Portland on January 8.
The 1,612 death in Oregon was a 93-year-old Multnomah County woman who tested positive on December 15 and died at her residence on January 2.
The death toll was 1,613. It was a 98-year-old Washington County woman who tested positive on December 29 and died at her residence on January 4.
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According to the Oregon Department of Corrections, the one who has not been included in the state’s official statistics is a prisoner from the Two Rivers Correctional Institution who died on January 10 after testing positive for the coronavirus. He is between 70 and 80 years old.
The Oregon Department of Health also deleted two deaths from official statistics, and two deaths were reported.
Infection rate: The state reported 923 new positive tests out of the 12,934 tests performed, with a positive rate of 7.1%.
Who is infected: Since Friday, state officials have not provided a detailed age breakdown. Since then, new confirmed or speculated cases of infection have appeared in the following age groups: 0-9 years old (147 years old); 10-19 (442); 20-29 (897); 30-39 (682); 40- 49 (559); 50-59 (444); 60-69 (295); 70-79 (175); over 80 years old (102).
Who is in the hospital: The state reported that 409 Oregonians with confirmed coronavirus infection were in the hospital on Monday, an increase of 6 from Sunday. Of these, 84 were in the intensive care unit, the same as Sunday.
vaccination: Oregon has received 104,595 doses out of 270,800, accounting for 39% of its supply.
Since the beginning: Oregon reported 126,607 confirmed or speculated infections and 1,613 deaths, the lowest in the United States. To date, the state has reported 2,839,839 laboratory reports from testing.
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