PORTLAND, OR — On Tuesday, Oregon reached several milestones, none of which they wanted to achieve. The Oregon Health Authority released numbers showing that while the state's expected to reach peak cases and peak hospitalizations in the next few weeks, it's not there yet.
Oregon passed 6,000 total deaths and 600,000 total cases since the COVID-19 pandemic started.
On Tuesday, there were 54 more deaths reported, bringing the total to 6,048 and 8,207 new cases reported, bringing the total to 605,363. Meanwhile, on Wednesday, 1,061 Oregonians woke up in the hospital, also a record over the 1,036 reached during the delta surge.
"We've lost mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, coworkers and neighbors. State Health Officer and Epidemiologist Dr. Dean Sidelinger said. "These losses pain all of us.
"What makes these losses more painful is that nearly all our most recent deaths could have been prevented by COVID-19 vaccines, which remain the best protection against serious illness and death."
OHA also said that the numbers have been increasing week over week: positivity went to 25 percent from 22.5 percent and hospitalizations rose 45 percent over the previous week.
The 8,207 cases reported on Tuesday were reported across all of Oregon's 36 counties.
Here's the county by county breakdown:
Baker (45), Benton (289), Clackamas (551), Clatsop (46), Columbia (92), Coos (158), Crook (110), Curry (33), Deschutes (541), Douglas (188), Gilliam (2), Grant (41), Harney (9), Hood River (51), Jackson (558), Jefferson (104), Josephine (224), Klamath (155), Lake (20), Lane (692), Lincoln (69), Linn (398), Malheur (78), Marion (910), Morrow (55), Multnomah (931), Polk (238), Sherman (6), Tillamook (48), Umatilla (198), Union (55), Wallowa (26), Wasco (82), Washington (911), Wheeler (14) and Yamhill (279).