Lane County COVID-19 update, Jan. 10: Infectious count continues record pace, 232 new cases

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Lane County Public Health reported 232 confirmed or presumptive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, raising the countywide case count to 36,530. The death toll remained at 359 for a fourth consecutive day.

The infectious count continued to rise, setting another record Monday with 2,809 county residents considered infectious, an 8.8% increase over Saturday's 2,583.

There were 69 county residents hospitalized Monday, up eight from Friday, with 11 in intensive care, up one from Friday, and three on ventilators, unchanged from Friday.

Of the 69 county residents hospitalized Monday, 70.6%, or 49, were unvaccinated, Lane County Public Health reported.

As of Sunday, 269,473 people in Lane County, 70.66% of the total population, had received first or second vaccine doses with 615,100 first and second doses administered in Lane County, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

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Lane County's COVID cases up 262%; Oregon cases surge 259.3%

New coronavirus cases leaped in Oregon in the week ending Sunday, rising 259.3% as 38,437 cases were reported. The previous week had 10,698 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Oregon ranked 10th among the states where coronavirus was spreading the slowest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the latest week, coronavirus cases in the United States increased 75.9% from the week before, with 4,967,431 cases reported. With 1.27% of the country's population, Oregon had 0.77% of the country's cases in the last week. Across the country, 49 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

The New Year's holiday weekend significantly disrupted who got tested, how many people got tested, what labs operated and what government agencies reported on time. Many of the New Year's weekend reports were shifted into the latest week, and the previous week was disrupted by late reporting from the weekend of Christmas. Consequently, week-to-week comparisons will be skewed and these numbers will be unreliable even as they're accurate to what states reported.

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Oregon hospitalizations slide up, cases surge amid omicron

PORTLAND — Oregon health authorities reported Monday that 18,538 new confirmed or presumptive COVID-19 cases were identified over the weekend.

The state has a positive test rate of just over 22% as the highly contagious omicron variant spreads. The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 increased to 692, but hospitalizations were still about 40% below their peak during the summer surge of the delta variant.

Health officials diagnosed 47,272 coronavirus cases over the past week, three times as many as the previous week.

Eighteen new deaths were announced Monday.

— The Associated Press

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