The emergency room drop-off at Salem Hospital (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter)
More people in the Salem area are being hospitalized with Covid, but local cases have decreased slightly over the last week.
The average number of Covid patients at Salem Hospital has climbed again, and the regional number is also increasing.
As of Friday, July 1, the hospital had 46 inpatients with Covid, five in the ICU and two on ventilators.
There were 490 of 494 licensed hospital beds in use.
Lisa Wood, Salem Health spokeswoman, said the number of hospitalized Covid patients over the past week has remained between 33 and 48. Last week, Wood said the daily number was between 16 and 36 Covid inpatients.
Region 2, which is Marion, Polk, Yamhill, Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties, had 76 people hospitalized with Covid as of June 30, compared with 50 the week prior and 40 two weeks ago.
The number of new Covid cases reported climbed in both Marion and Polk counties.
This data is for the week ending June 30.
Marion County: 127.7 new Covid cases per day on average, a rate of 257.5 cases per 100,000 residents.
That’s down slightly from 130.4 average daily cases for the week ending June 23 and 90.6 average daily cases for the week ending June 15.
15.6% of Covid tests this week were positive, down from 16.6% last week.
Polk County: 34.1 new Covid cases per day on average, a rate of 268.8 cases per 100,000 residents.
That’s down from an average of 34.9 daily cases the week ending June 23, and 31.7 daily cases the week ending June 15.
19.7% of Covid tests this week were positive, down from 23.8% last week.
Oregon: 1,562.4 new cases per day on average, up slightly from 1,540.4 average daily cases the week prior; 17% of tests positive, compared with 13.6% the week prior.
VACCINATION AND BREAKTHROUGH CASES
The Oregon Health Authority switched to a monthly report on breakthrough cases and will release its next report in early July.
Oregon’s mask mandate lifted on March 11 at 11:59 p.m.