The Oregon Health Authority on Friday reported 976 new confirmed or presumptive coronavirus cases and eight more deaths.
The tally came as officials announced researchers from two universities had confirmed the first known cases of the so-called California strain of COVID-19 in Oregon and additional genomic sequencing showed more evidence of the U.K. strain in multiple parts of the state.
Oregon State University and Oregon Health & Science University officials confirmed their labs detected those strains through genomic sequencing in recent weeks.
Friday also brought more optimistic news, however, as officials said confirmed cases, hospitalizations and – at least in the past week – COVID-19 related deaths are declining. Plus, the latest state modeling shows if current forecasts hold, the average case rate by mid-February could be 420 diagnosed cases per day.
Where the new cases are by county: Baker (2), Benton (27), Clackamas (97), Clatsop (5), Columbia (10), Coos (16), Crook (5), Curry (2), Deschutes (43), Douglas (10), Harney (2), Hood River (5), Jackson (125), Jefferson (16), Josephine (20), Klamath (14), Lake (1), Lane (61), Lincoln (11), Linn (26), Malheur (10), Marion (82), Morrow (5), Multnomah (143), Polk (27), Sherman (1), Tillamook (3), Umatilla (33), Union (5), Wasco (10), Washington (135), Wheeler (2) and Yamhill (22).
Who died: Newly reported deaths grew among the following age groups: 60-69 (1); 70-79 (5); 80 and older (2).
The prevalence of infections: On Friday, the state reported 1,770 new positive tests out of 29,072 tests performed, equaling a 6% positivity rate.
Who got infected: New confirmed or presumed infections grew among the following age groups: 0-9 (34); 10-19 (120); 20-29 (217); 30-39 (148); 40-49 (138); 50-59 (127); 60-69 (82); 70-79 (48); 80 and older (33).
Who’s in the hospital: The state reported 288 Oregonians with confirmed coronavirus infections were currently in the hospital Friday, three fewer than Thursday. Of those, 68 coronavirus patients were in intensive care units, four fewer than Thursday.
Vaccines administered: Oregon has administered 382,374 doses out of 614,525 received, more than 62% of its supply.
Since it began: Oregon has reported 141,729 confirmed or presumed infections and 1,938 deaths, among the lowest totals in the nation. To date, the state has reported 3,162,750 lab reports from tests.
— Kale Williams; firstname.lastname@example.org; 503-294-4048; @sfkale