Health care workers work in the intensive care unit at Salem Hospital on Friday, Aug. 20, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)
New Covid cases reported locally continued to fall this week but climbed statewide. Hospitalizations are holding about flat locally and regionally.
The average number of Covid patients at Salem Hospital is about the same as last week, and the hospital remains full.
As of Friday, June 10, the hospital had 23 inpatients with Covid and none in the ICU or on a ventilator.
There were 494 of 494 licensed hospital beds in use. The hospital is able to care for more patients than it’s licensed for because of ongoing emergency declarations related to the pandemic.
Lisa Wood, Salem Health spokeswoman, said the number of hospitalized Covid patients over the past week has remained between 23 and 28. Last week, Wood said the daily number was between 24 and 32 Covid inpatients.
Region 2, which is Marion, Polk, Yamhill, Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties, had 53 people hospitalized with Covid as of June 9, compared with 48 the week prior and 58 two weeks ago.
The number of new Covid cases reported fell in Marion County but climbed statewide and in Polk County. This data is for the week ending June 8.
Marion County: 100.4 new Covid cases per day on average, a rate of 201.4 cases per 100,000 residents.
That’s down from 103.7 average daily cases for the week ending June 2 and 108.7 average daily cases the week ending May 25.
12.1% of Covid tests this week were positive, up from 12% last week.
Polk County: 29.3 new Covid cases per day on average, a rate of 244.6 cases per 100,000 residents.
That’s up from an average of 28.6 daily cases the week ending June 2, but below 31.3 daily cases the week ending May 25.
10.4% of Covid tests this week were positive, down from 16.1% last week.
Oregon: 1,564.6 new cases per day on average, up from 1,462.6 average daily cases the week prior; 11.5% of tests positive, compared with 10.6% the week prior.
VACCINATION AND BREAKTHROUGH CASES
In May, the Oregon Health Authority had 44,363 Covid cases reported to the agency, according to a breakthrough case report released June 9. Of those, 21,100 (47.6%) were in people not vaccinated against Covid, and 23,246 (52.4%) were in people vaccinated. Some 14,506 cases, or 62.4%, were in people vaccinated and boosted against Covid. About 76% of Oregon adults are fully vaccinated against Covid, and 46% are boosted.
The rate of Covid infection in unvaccinated Oregonians in May was double the rate in vaccinated Oregonians, the report said. The Oregon Health Authority will release its next breakthrough case report in early July.
Oregon’s mask mandate lifted on March 11 at 11:59 p.m.
Correction: This post was updated to reflect that Region 2 had 53 people hospitalized with Covid as of June 9, not June 2. Salem Reporter apologizes for the error.