Oregon officials announced 704 new confirmed and presumptive coronavirus cases and two new deaths Friday, continuing a multi-week trend in increasing daily case counts that is expected to continue into May.
Hospitalizations climbed to 199, the Oregon Health Authority said, though they could grow to 330 a month from now, according to Oregon Health & Science University forecasts.
The good news, however, is that every Oregonian 16 and older will be eligible for a vaccine against COVID-19 starting Monday, April 19. Officials Friday announced 1.5 million Oregonians have now been partially or fully vaccinated.
“If you haven’t already had a chance to get vaccinated, make a plan to do so now,” Gov. Kate Brown said Friday. “Tell your loved ones and neighbors you plan to get vaccinated, and share your reason why. And if you have already signed up for an appointment, help a friend sign up, too.”
Vaccines: Oregon reported 47,407 newly administered doses, which includes 28,146 Thursday and the remainder from previous days.
Where the new cases are by county: Baker (9), Benton (7), Clackamas (79), Clatsop (3), Columbia (6), Coos (6), Crook (15), Curry (3), Deschutes (59), Douglas (7), Grant (25), Hood River (3), Jackson (54), Jefferson (3), Josephine (29), Klamath (43), Lake (2), Lane (57), Lincoln (6), Linn (20), Malheur (1), Marion (63), Morrow (5), Multnomah (88), Polk (13), Tillamook (3), Umatilla (9), Union (2), Wallowa (1), Wasco (6), Washington (69) and Yamhill (8).
Deaths: Oregon’s 2,456th death connected to the coronavirus is a 45-year-old Columbia County man who tested positive April 12 and died April 15. The state is still determining where he died and whether he had underlying health conditions.
Oregon’s 2,457th death is an 80-year-old Klamath County man who tested positive April 8 and died April 12 at Sky Lakes Medical Center. He had underlying health conditions.
Hospitalizations: 199 people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 are hospitalized, four more than on Thursday. There are 52 patients with COVID-19 in intensive care, one fewer than Thursday.
Since it began: Oregon has reported 173,626 confirmed or presumed infections and 2,457 deaths, among the lowest per capita numbers in the nation. To date, the state has reported 2,446,086 vaccine doses administered.
— Fedor Zarkhin