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976 new cases, 8 deaths as officials confirm the presence of the new variant – OregonLive – Tell It Like It News

The Oregon Health Authority reported 976 new confirmed or suspected coronavirus cases and eight more deaths on Friday.

The tally came when officials announced that researchers from two universities had confirmed the first known cases of the so-called Californian strain of COVID-19 in Oregon, and further genomic sequencing showed more evidence of the UK strain in multiple parts of the state. .

Officials from Oregon State University and Oregon Health & Science University have confirmed that their labs have been detecting those strains through genomic sequencing in the past few weeks.

Friday also brought more upbeat news, however, as officials said confirmed cases, hospitalizations and, at least in the past week, COVID-19-related deaths are down. Additionally, the latest state model shows that if current predictions hold true, 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: Recently reported deaths have increased among the following age groups: 60-69 (1); 70-79 (5); 80 and above (2).

The prevalence of infections: On Friday, the state reported 1,770 new positive tests out of 29,072 tests performed, equivalent to a positive rate of 6%.

Who got infected: New confirmed or suspected 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 above (33).

Who is in the hospital: The state reported that 288 Oregonians with confirmed coronavirus infections were currently in hospital on Friday, three fewer than Thursday. Of these, 68 coronavirus patients were in intensive care units, four fewer than on Thursday.

Vaccines administered: Oregon administered 382,374 doses out of 614,525 received, more than 62% of its supply.

Since it started: Oregon reported 141,729 confirmed or suspected infections and 1,938 deaths, among the lowest totals in the nation. To date, the state has reported 3,162,750 laboratory reports from the tests.

– Kale Williams; [email protected]; 503-294-4048; @sfkale