The Oregon Health Authority on Thursday reported one COVID-19 death and 928 new coronavirus cases.
Gov. Kate Brown also extended a long-standing state of emergency to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic while hinting that similar orders may not be necessary this summer.
Brown extended by 60 days her authority to issue restrictions on business operations, among other things. Fifteen counties with high coronavirus case rates will face the strictest of those limits beginning Friday, when in-person dining will be prohibited as part of an effort to slow Oregon’s fourth surge.
“I intend to fully reopen our economy by the end of June, and the day is approaching when my emergency orders can eventually be lifted,” Brown said in a statement. “How quickly we get there is up to each and every one of us doing our part. Over 1.7 million Oregonians have received at least one dose of vaccine, and over 1.2 million are fully vaccinated against this deadly disease.”
Vaccines: Oregon reported 39,560 newly administered doses, which includes 26,858 Wednesday and the remainder from previous days.
Where the new cases are by county: Baker (4), Benton (8), Clackamas (93), Clatsop (13), Columbia (9), Coos (3), Crook (10), Curry (3), Deschutes (125), Douglas (17), Harney (2), Hood River (5), Jackson (32), Jefferson (15), Josephine (23), Klamath (24), Lake (4), Lane (60), Lincoln (2), Linn (44), Malheur (3), Marion (81), Morrow (2), Multnomah (177), Polk (14), Tillamook (5), Umatilla (10), Union (5), Wallowa (3), Wasco (6), Washington (109) and Yamhill (17).
Who died: Oregon’s 2,491st death linked to COVID-19 is an 88-year-old Josephine County man who tested positive April 9 and died April 27 at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center. He had underlying health conditions.
Hospitalizations: 339 people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 are hospitalized, up 13 from Wednesday. That includes 71 people in intensive care, up seven from Wednesday.
Since it began: Oregon has reported 183,830 confirmed or presumed infections and 2,491 deaths, among the lowest per capita numbers in the nation. To date, the state has reported 2,934,377 vaccine doses administered, fully vaccinating 1,229,497 people and partially vaccinating 564,615 people.
To see more data and trends, visit https://projects.oregonlive.com/coronavirus/
— Brad Schmidt; firstname.lastname@example.org; 503-294-7628; @_brad_schmidt