Oregon Health Authorities reported 82 new COVID-related deaths in Oregon on Tuesday, the state’s highest number ever reported in a single day. The latest jump in coronavirus deaths pushes the state’s pandemic death toll to 4,084.
Oregon health authorities said the record number of reported deaths is in part due to making up for a lag in reporting as our epidemiologists review death certificates. The health authorities expect that reported deaths may continue to be high even as daily case counts decrease. This is due to the time lag between when a person tests positive for a case of COVID-19 and when they die with COVID-19.
Oregon health authorities also reported 1,413 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, pushing the state’s total to 345,344 confirmed and presumptive cases since the pandemic began. The state’s vaccination rates continue to climb as Oregon nears its vaccination deadline for state employees and healthcare workers – October 18.
There are 2,773,754 people with at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and there are 2,556,839 Oregonians who have completed a vaccine series. Nearly 2,224 people have been reported newly vaccinated since Monday.Oregon has reported 345,344 confirmed or presumed infections and 4,084 deaths, among the lowest per capita numbers in the nation. The state has reported 5,269,752 vaccine doses administered, fully vaccinating 2,556,839 people and partially vaccinating 216,915 people.