Oregon coronavirus update, Jan 19: 8,538 new cases, 15 deaths

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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 Wednesday, Jan. 19.

8,538 new cases, 15 deaths

The Oregon Health Authority reported an additional 8,538 cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, along with 15 deaths.

Marion County accounted for 1,031 cases, while Polk County had 268.

Of those whose deaths were reported, five were from Marion County:

  • A 92-year-old man who died Jan. 12 at Salem Hospital.

  • An 87-year-old man who died Jan. 12 at Salem Hospital.

  • A 55-year-old man who died Jan. 13 at Salem Hospital.

  • A 64-year-old man who died Jan. 13 at Salem Hospital.

  • An 87-year-old man who died Jan. 14 at Salem Hospital.

Hospitals statewide are treating 921 patients with COVID-19, including 134 in intensive care unit beds.

The state's adult ICU bed capacity is at 93% 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.

National Guard back in hospitals

Hospital Facilities Operations Manager Don Wilder gives Oregon Army National Gaurd hospital relief mission members a tour of West Valley Hospital in Dallas, Oregon on Jan. 18.
Hospital Facilities Operations Manager Don Wilder gives Oregon Army National Gaurd hospital relief mission members a tour of West Valley Hospital in Dallas, Oregon on Jan. 18.

Oregon National Guard members started their second hospital relief mission on Tuesday with approximately 500 soldiers and airmen supporting 40 hospitals throughout the state.

The number of service members will increase to 1,200 by the end of January. They will be responsible for supporting non-clinical hospital roles for about a month.

“We will continue to work together, and in alignment with our core values, remain confident that the Oregon National Guard will ‘Always be Ready, Always There,’” Lt. Col. Brian J. Kroeller, Oregon National Guard Hospital Relief Joint Task Force Deputy Commander, said in a statement.

The National Guard was previously deployed in Oregon hospitals during the delta variant surge, from August to late December.

COVID-19 patients at Salem Health

Coronavirus patient numbers at Salem Health on Wednesday, Jan. 19:

  • 87: Total COVID-19 inpatients, 52% unvaccinated.

  • 7: COVID-19 patients in the ICU.

  • 1: 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 Wednesday, Jan. 19:

  • 5,908: People who have died from COVID-19.

  • 549,942: Total cases of COVID-19.

  • 921: COVID-19 patients in hospitals.

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Oregon COVID-19 cases by county

Here are the number of cases, both tested positive and presumptive, and deaths as of Wednesday, Jan. 19:

  • Baker: 2,679 cases, 40 deaths.

  • Benton: 10,761 cases, 46 deaths.

  • Clackamas: 48,202 cases, 458 deaths.

  • Clatsop: 3,539 cases, 37 deaths.

  • Columbia: 5,690 cases, 66 deaths.

  • Coos: 8,224 cases, 128 deaths.

  • Crook: 4,516 cases, 62 deaths.

  • Curry: 2,536 cases, 40 deaths.

  • Deschutes: 36,193 cases, 225 deaths.

  • Douglas: 15,964 cases, 322 deaths.

  • Gilliam: 224 cases, 4 deaths.

  • Grant: 1,309 cases, 17 deaths.

  • Harney: 1,300 cases, 34 deaths.

  • Hood River: 2,771 cases, 38 deaths.

  • Jackson: 33,315 cases, 409 deaths.

  • Jefferson: 5,540 cases, 70 deaths.

  • Josephine: 12,835 cases, 290 deaths.

  • Klamath: 10,887 cases, 178 deaths.

  • Lake: 1,153 cases, 23 deaths.

  • Lane: 42,140 cases, 396 deaths.

  • Lincoln: 5,027 cases, 62 deaths.

  • Linn: 19,533 cases, 221 deaths.

  • Malheur: 6,728 cases, 95 deaths.

  • Marion: 53,184 cases, 568 deaths.

  • Morrow: 2,475 cases, 26 deaths.

  • Multnomah: 91,246 cases, 935 deaths.

  • Polk: 11,462 cases, 112 deaths.

  • Sherman: 230 cases, 3 deaths.

  • Tillamook: 2,843 cases, 54 deaths.

  • Umatilla: 18,893 cases, 190 deaths.

  • Union: 4,027 cases, 65 deaths.

  • Wallowa: 959 cases, 13 deaths.

  • Wasco: 3,782 cases, 50 deaths.

  • Washington: 66,239 cases, 461 deaths.

  • Wheeler: 165 cases, 2 death.

  • Yamhill: 13,371 cases, 168 deaths.

Source: Oregon Health Authority

This article originally appeared on Salem Statesman Journal: Oregon COVID-19: 8,538 new cases, 15 deaths

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