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Oregon COVID daily case count breaks record

Oregon Health Authority yesterday reported 2,387 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19, a record number of cases per day. Nine people died.

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 670, which is five more than yesterday. There are 177 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is five more than yesterday.

Our hospitals are full. Patients are boarding and being cared for in emergency departments when they should be admitted to hospital beds. Our ICUs are full.  Our doctors and nurses are exhausted and rightfully frustrated because this crisis is avoidable. It is like watching a train wreck coming and knowing that there’s an opportunity to switch tracks, yet we feel helpless while we watch unnecessary loss of life. That is why it is essential that we all do our part to get vaccinated and wear a mask indoors,” said Dr. David Zonies, Associate Chief Medical Officer and Professor of Surgery at Oregon Health & Science University.

A reminder, you can’t get the vaccine once you’re sick with COVID. It doesn’t work that way.

There were 35 new cases in Clatsop County yesterday and 40 on Wednesday.