Delta variant hitting Oregon, but vaccines are working – Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon 2021-07-14 20:00:47 –

Increasing number of cases and hospitalizations in Oregon

In this March 2021 photo provided by Pfizer, a vial of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is being prepared for packaging at the company’s facility in Puurs, Belgium. Pfizer is seeking US approval for a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, July 8, 2021. Another injection within 12 months can dramatically boost your immunity and help prevent the latest anxious coronavirus variants. (Pfizer via AP)

Portland, Oregon (KOIN) — A new delta mutant that is sweeping the unvaccinated population of Oregon is increasing the number of new COVID-19 cases, and Oregon is no exception.

Since Oregon’s spring surge peaked at the end of April, the state has continued to decline to levels where cases, hospitalizations, and deaths have not been seen in almost a year. The main factor is the timing of widespread availability of vaccinations during the spring, with Oregon averaging more than 821 new cases to less than 190 cases per day.

This was the level reached last week when Oregon reported only 1,282 new cases between July 1st and July 7th.

Why is that July 1st date so important? That’s the day Governor Kate Brown completely reopened Oregon. Since then, we have seen cases and hospitalizations recur, and all patterns of state spikes throughout the pandemic indicate that death will soon continue.

It is important to note that the reopening of the state is not the only cause of this.

As people gathered to celebrate, the case rate increased after all major holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas / New Year, Easter, Anniversary), and July 4th was no exception.

It is also a time when new delta variants are becoming the most prevalent and infectious version of the virus in the United States. CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports delta variant It is 2-3 times more contagious than the original Wuhan strain.

How much of these three factors are causing the rise in Oregon? It’s too early to tell the full number, but in a short comparison from this week to last week, the number of cases increased by 18.55%.

This is the first time Oregon has risen in the incident since the peak of the spring surge. It’s also a turnaround from three weeks ago, when Oregon was down 20.21% in cases. In fact, a total of 1,527 new cases this week are higher than in any of the last two weeks. In other words, not only is the number of cases increasing, but it is at a faster level.

Oregon is also seeing hospitalizations begin to increase again. OHA officials report that the number of hospitalized patients has decreased for eight consecutive weeks due to the virus. On July 10, only 99 patients were reported. This is less than 100 people a day for the first time since the state announced daily hospital numbers in November.

However, due to its record low, hospitalizations have increased to 122 as of July 14. This is an 18% increase in less than a week.

But that’s not all the disastrous news for Oregon. The state has recently become the 18th in the country, reaching at least 70% of the population and receiving at least one virus dose. That effort shows the advantage of how limited it is to prevent new cases from becoming even higher compared to states with much less vaccination.

The latest hotspot for Delta variants in the country is Missouri, which has an adult immunization rate of only 55%. In Greene County, Missouri, less than 35% of the population is vaccinated.In Springfield, Greene County Two hospitals treating a total of about 260 patients Now for COVID. That’s twice what Oregon has at the same time.

Is a similar case of Current Arkansas State Sees 1,476 New Cases Only 24 hours of virus on Tuesday.

In contrast, Oregon had more than one case per day, despite the worst of the winter surge and nearly 33% more people living in Arkansas as a whole. ..

Unlike previous viral surges across the United States, delta variants are actually a story of vaccination and non-vaccination.

As Dr. Anthony Fauci said in “Face the Nation” on July 10, “highly vaccinated people are completely protected from delta mutants.”

Oregon is firmly established in a group of vaccinated states, but there is still a long way to go. The increase in the number of cases indicates that the delta mutant problem is much less common in Oregon thanks to the vaccine, but the unvaccinated rate is high enough to maintain virus spread and lethal status. I am.

KOIN6 News Producer Justin McWhirter has been tracking COVID statistics for several months.

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