PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon nears 2,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic, with the Health Authority reporting 10 additional people who died from COVID-19 on Wednesday.
The most recent deaths, include four men and six women, people ranging from 59 to 99 years old and residents of Clackamas, Multnomah and Umatilla.
On Wednesday the health authority reported 649 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 144,605. The death toll is 1,991.
Most of Wednesday’s cases were in Marion, Washington and Multnomah counties.
The number of people hospitalized due to the fatal virus is 266. Out of that, 63 are in intensive care unit beds.
Currently health officials are working to vaccinate the remaining Phase 1A health care workers and educators. Beginning Feb. 8, people 80 years or older will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.
The health authority reported that a cumulative total of 471,966 first and second doses of the vaccine have been administered. To date, 706,575 doses of vaccine have been delivered to sites across the state.