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Oregon reports 177 COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths as 4,000 more doses of vaccine go to waste – OregonLive

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Public health officials on Tuesday reported 177 new known cases of COVID-19, likely a reflection of less testing available over the long Memorial Day weekend.

The Oregon Health Authority also reported three new deaths.

Meanwhile, the state continues to struggle with large amounts of wasted vaccine: 4,040 doses over the past week, officials said. That’s approaching the record-setting 4,672 doses thrown out the previous week. In total, two-thirds of Oregon’s 13,130 doses wasted since December have been discarded in the past two weeks alone.

Once warmed up and punctured, vials of doses are only good for a matter of hours. Health officials say with lessening demand and a shift toward using smaller vaccination sites, providers are finding it tougher to use every last dose.

Vaccines: The state reported 4,361 new doses administered, including 3,622 doses on May 31 and 739 on previous days. Even though vaccination numbers have been dropping since mid-April, Tuesday’s number is still remarkably low. It may, in part, be a reflection of large numbers of Oregonians vacationing on Memorial Day and some vaccination sites, such as the Oregon Convention Center, closing for the three-day holiday weekend.

Where the new cases are by county: Benton (1), Clackamas (11), Columbia (3), Crook (3), Deschutes (9), Douglas (7), Jefferson (1), Josephine (2), Klamath (5), Lane (20), Linn (4), Marion (25), Multnomah (35), Wallowa (1), Wasco (1), Washington (48) and Yamhill (1).

Who died: A 59-year-old man from Lane County who tested positive for COVID-19 on May 21 died May 28 at his residence, marking Oregon’s 2,672nd death from the disease.

A 75-year-old man from Douglas County tested positive May 12 and died May 30 at Mercy Medical Center, marking the 2,673rd COVID-19 death.

A 46-year-old Lane County man tested positive May 14 and died May 30 at McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center, marking the 2,674th death from COVID-19.

Each person had underlying health conditions or state officials said they were in the process of determining if underlying conditions were present.

Hospitalizations: The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 dropped by 11 Tuesday, to 238. There were 67 COVID-19 patients in intensive care, an increase of six from the previous day.

County risk levels: Gov. Kate Brown announced Tuesday that starting Friday, Lane and Polk counties will move from a “high” risk designation to a “moderate” risk level, which comes with a new set of less restrictive COVID-19 public health measures. Clatsop County will move from “moderate” to “lower” risk. In all, 13 counties will be at “high” risk, four at “moderate” risk and 19 at “lower” risk.

Since it began: The state has reported 201,649 confirmed or presumed infections and 2,674 deaths since early 2020. That puts Oregon at the third lowest infection rate and fifth lowest death rate among the 50 states since the pandemic began. For the past week, however, Oregon has the fourth highest rate of new cases and the 22nd highest death rate.

So far, Oregon has reported 3,961,745 vaccine doses administered. That’s 1,853,468 people — nearly 44% — fully vaccinated and 389,244 people — or about 9% — partially vaccinated, according to state figures. That adds up to a total of about 53% of residents who’ve received at least one shot.

To see more data and trends, visit https://projects.oregonlive.com/coronavirus/

— Aimee Green; agreen@oregonian.com; @o_aimee

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