Covid weekly report for Oct. 28: New cases decrease across state, Salem area 

This week, there was a decrease in new Covid cases across the state and Salem area, compared to weeks prior. 


As of Friday, Oct. 28, Salem Hospital had 16 inpatients with Covid. Of those, two were in the ICU and one was on a ventilator.

347 of the 415 adult acute and critical care beds were in use, or 84%.

410 total hospital beds were in use on Friday. 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.

The daily number of hospitalized Covid patients has ranged between 12 and 16 patients over the past week, according to Lisa Wood, Salem Health spokeswoman. Last week, she said the number ranged between 12 and 21. 

Region 2, which is Marion, Polk, Yamhill, Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties, had 29 people hospitalized with Covid as of Oct. 26, compared with 24 the week prior and 23 two weeks ago.


In the week ending Oct. 26, the number of new Covid cases reported decreased statewide, in Marion County and in Polk County compared to the week prior.

Marion County: 23 new Covid cases per day on average, a rate of 46.1 cases per 100,000 residents.
That’s down from 50 average daily cases last week and 31 the week before.

5.2% of Covid tests this week were positive, down from 6.2% last week.

The Oregon Health Authority reported four newly identified deaths of county residents with Covid in the past week.

Polk County: Seven new Covid cases per day on average, a rate of 58.5 cases per 100,000 residents. 

That’s down from an average of 9 daily cases last week.

7.9% of Covid tests this week were positive, a slight increase from 7.7% last week.

The Oregon Health Authority reported no deaths of county residents with Covid in the past week.

Oregon: 398 new cases per day on average, down from 543 average daily cases last week; 6.6% of tests were positive, compared with 7.2% last week.


The Oregon Health Authority switched to a new data dashboard showing trends in cases, hospitalizations and deaths by vaccination status, updated on the second Wednesday of each month. The data will next be updated in November.


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

Contact reporter Abbey McDonald: [email protected] or 503-704-0355.

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Abbey McDonald joined the Salem Reporter in 2022. She previously worked as the business reporter at The Astorian, where she covered labor issues, health care and social services. A University of Oregon grad, she has also reported for the Malheur Enterprise, The News-Review and Willamette Week.