Oregon coronavirus update, Jan 18: Free home COVID-19 tests now available for order

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To provide our community with important public safety information, the Statesman Journal is making this daily update related to the coronavirus free to read.

We'll update this story with the latest news about coronavirus and its effects in Oregon on Tuesday, Jan. 18.

Tests available at covidtests.gov

The federal government's website www.covidtests.gov went live Tuesday, allowing residents of the United States to order free rapid COVID-19 tests for at-home use.

Each household can order four rapid tests, which will ship via the United States Postal Service in 7-12 days.

To order, individuals need to enter their contact information and a shipping address. Placing an order takes as little as one minute.

Federal officials are encouraging Americans to order tests right away so they are on-hand when needed. Tests have become scarce in Oregon and nationwide during the omicron surge.

The Oregon Health Authority recommends the following individuals get tested for COVID-19:

  • People experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus.

  • People who came into close contact with someone with COVID-19, both when the exposure is known and 5-7 days after the date of close contact.

The Oregon Health Authority has an online portal and hotline (866-917-8881) where Oregonians can report positive cases identified through at-home tests.

28,037 new cases over long weekend

An additional 28,037 cases of COVID-19 were recorded over the holiday weekend, the Oregon Health Authority reported Tuesday, along with 10 deaths.

There were 10,232 new cases on Friday, 6,062 cases on Saturday, 4,558 cases on Sunday and 7,185 cases on Monday. None of these tallies set a new record for daily reported cases, though Friday's case count is the second-highest since the pandemic began.

Marion County accounted for 2,764 cases over the weekend, while Polk County had 542.

Of those whose deaths were reported, none were from Marion or Polk counties.

Hospitals statewide were treating 911 patients with COVID-19, including 152 in intensive care unit beds.

The state's adult ICU bed capacity is at 91% and non-ICU bed capacity is at 94%.

Modeling from Oregon Health and Science University suggests Oregon's case peak could arrive later this week. Hospitalizations are expected to peak at the end of January.

COVID-19 patients at Salem Health

Coronavirus patient numbers at Salem Health on Tuesday, Jan. 18:

  • 94: Total COVID-19 inpatients, 59% unvaccinated.

  • 10: COVID-19 patients in the ICU.

  • 3: COVID-19 patients on a ventilator.

COVID-19 by the numbers statewide

Here's the most recent data from the Oregon Health Authority, as of Tuesday, Jan. 18:

  • 5,893: People who have died from COVID-19.

  • 541,415: Total cases of COVID-19.

  • 911: COVID-19 patients in hospitals.

Oregon COVID-19 cases by county

Here are the number of cases, both tested positive and presumptive, and deaths as of Tuesday, Jan. 18:

  • Baker: 2,622 cases, 40 deaths.

  • Benton: 10,528 cases, 46 deaths.

  • Clackamas: 47,536 cases, 458 deaths.

  • Clatsop: 3,514 cases, 37 deaths.

  • Columbia: 5,585 cases, 66 deaths.

  • Coos: 8,111 cases, 128 deaths.

  • Crook: 4,423 cases, 62 deaths.

  • Curry: 2,490 cases, 40 deaths.

  • Deschutes: 35,519 cases, 225 deaths.

  • Douglas: 15,805 cases, 321 deaths.

  • Gilliam: 224 cases, 4 deaths.

  • Grant: 1,306 cases, 17 deaths.

  • Harney: 1,298 cases, 34 deaths.

  • Hood River: 2,663 cases, 38 deaths.

  • Jackson: 32,764 cases, 408 deaths.

  • Jefferson: 5,492 cases, 70 deaths.

  • Josephine: 12,651 cases, 289 deaths.

  • Klamath: 10,781 cases, 178 deaths.

  • Lake: 1,147 cases, 23 deaths.

  • Lane: 41,553 cases, 396 deaths.

  • Lincoln: 4,892 cases, 60 deaths.

  • Linn: 19,153 cases, 217 deaths.

  • Malheur: 6,604 cases, 95 deaths.

  • Marion: 52,151 cases, 563 deaths.

  • Morrow: 2,419 cases, 26 deaths.

  • Multnomah: 90,126 cases, 934 deaths.

  • Polk: 11,193 cases, 112 deaths.

  • Sherman: 230 cases, 3 deaths.

  • Tillamook: 2,792 cases, 54 deaths.

  • Umatilla: 18,593 cases, 190 deaths.

  • Union: 3,975 cases, 65 deaths.

  • Wallowa: 937 cases, 13 deaths.

  • Wasco: 3,724 cases, 50 deaths.

  • Washington: 65,280 cases, 460 deaths.

  • Wheeler: 165 cases, 2 death.

  • Yamhill: 13,169 cases, 168 deaths.

Source: Oregon Health Authority

This article originally appeared on Salem Statesman Journal: Oregon COVID-19: How to order free COVID-19 tests

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