Covid weekly report for Aug. 26: Salem-area cases falling, hospitalizations mostly flat

The number of Salem-area Covid cases continued to fall this past week, while local hospitalizations remained mostly flat.


The average number of Covid patients at Salem Hospital and in the mid-Willamette region stayed mostly flat this past week.

As of Friday, Aug. 26, the hospital had 18 inpatients with Covid, three in the ICU and one on a ventilator. 

There were 362 of 415 adult acute and critical care beds in use, and 440 total hospital beds in use.

The hospital recently expanded its licensed bed capacity from 494 to 644 with the addition of a new tower, but that total includes every potential licensed bed at Salem Hospital including those dedicated to specific uses, like pediatrics, inpatient psychiatry, and labor and delivery.

Lisa Wood, Salem Health spokeswoman, said the number of hospitalized Covid patients over the past week has ranged between 15 and 19. Last week, Wood said the daily number was between 15 and 33 Covid inpatients.

Region 2, which is Marion, Polk, Yamhill, Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties, had 40 people hospitalized with Covid as of Aug. 24, compared with 41 the week prior and 53 two weeks ago.


The number of new Covid cases reported decreased both statewide and in Marion and Polk counties. This data is for the week ending Aug. 24. 

Marion County: 62.1 new Covid cases per day on average, a rate of 125.3 cases per 100,000 residents.

That’s down from 74.9 average daily cases for the week ending Aug. 17 and 86.9 average daily cases for the week ending Aug. 10. 

14.4% of Covid tests this week were positive, down from 15.1% last week.

Polk County: 11.9 new Covid cases per day on average, a rate of 93.4 cases per 100,000 residents. 

That’s down from an average of 13.4 daily cases the week ending Aug. 17 and 18.6 daily cases the week ending Aug. 10.

9.7% of Covid tests this week were positive, down from 14% last week.

Oregon: 706.1 new cases per day on average, down from 819 average daily cases the week prior; 10.5% of tests positive, compared with 11% the week prior.


The Oregon Health Authority switched to a monthly report on breakthrough cases and will release its next report in early September.


Oregon’s mask mandate lifted on March 11 at 11:59 p.m. 

Contact reporter Ardeshir Tabrizian: [email protected] or 503-929-3053.

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Ardeshir Tabrizian has covered criminal justice and housing for Salem Reporter since September 2021. As an Oregon native, his award-winning watchdog journalism has traversed the state. He has done reporting for The Oregonian, Eugene Weekly and Malheur Enterprise.