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Coronavirus in Oregon: State reports 1 new death tied to COVID-19; computer issue delays case reports

The Oregon Health Authority on Sunday reported one more more death tied to the coronavirus, while a server error delayed the processing of COVID-19 test results on Saturday.

As a result of the delay, the state reported only 111 new confirmed or presumptive cases of COVID-19 on Sunday. Officials expected the total reported Monday would be higher than usual as a result. It was not clear how many tests were processed.

The fatal case reported Sunday brings the state’s death toll to 2,155. Nationwide, nearly 500,000 people have died of COVID-19.

The new numbers come as Oregon prepares to open COVID vaccinations to residents 70 and older. They are the third wave of Oregon seniors offered the vaccine. That group of about 212,000 Oregonians can schedule a vaccine appointment starting Monday.

Oregon ranks third to last for the percentage of seniors it has inoculated among 31 states with comparable data. Only 21% of Oregonians age 70 and older received at least one dose of vaccine as of last week.

Where the new cases are by county: Benton (3), Clackamas (4), Columbia (9), Coos (9), Curry (3), Deschutes (11), Douglas (21), Jackson (2), Jefferson (3), Josephine (1), Klamath (1), Lake (1), Lane (13), Lincoln (1), Linn (1), Marion (11), Multnomah (8), Polk (4), Umatilla (1), Washington (3), Yamhill (1).

Who died: Oregon’s 2,155th COVID-19 death is an 84-year-old Clackamas County man who tested positive on Feb. 16 and died on Feb. 20 at Kaiser Westside Medical Center Hospital. He had unspecified underlying health conditions, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

Who’s in the hospital: The state reported 166 Oregonians with confirmed coronavirus infections were hospitalized Sunday, three more than Saturday. Of those, 44 coronavirus patients were in intensive care units, seven fewer than Saturday.

Vaccines administered: Oregon has administered 802,404 first and second doses out of 924,575 received, amounting to 87% of its supply. Oregon reported 21,202 newly administered doses, which includes 17,894 on Saturday and the remainder from previous days.

Since it began: Oregon has reported 152,818 confirmed or presumed infections and 2,155 deaths, among the lowest per capita numbers in the nation. To date, the state has reported over 3,477,134 lab reports from tests.

— The Oregonian/OregonLive

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