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Oregon has recorded more than 400,000 cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday, nearly 22 months since the first case was identified in the state.
The state’s tally rose to 400,188 after 834 new cases were reported Friday, along with 25 deaths.
While the entire state has been impacted — with every county registering at least one death related to the coronavirus — data show case rates remain higher among historically disenfranchised groups and communities of color.
Compared to white Oregonians, case rates are more than twice as high among Native Americans and Pacific Islanders, and nearly twice as high among African-American and Latino residents.
“COVID-19 has impacted every community in our state from the most rural counties to our largest city, and today we are reminded again of just how many persons have been touched personally by the pandemic,” Oregon Health Authority Public Health Director Rachael Banks said.
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Banks said OHA remains committed to addressing inequities in health care access and outcomes.
The state public health agency also encouraged those who have not yet been vaccinated to schedule an appointment. The majority of new coronavirus cases are among people who are unvaccinated.
Booster shots are also recommended for everyone eligible.
Cases are down from the delta variant surge that started in late summer, but are still at least as high as the springtime spike earlier this year. On Friday, Marion County reported 60 cases, while Polk County had 25.
None of the 25 reported deaths were of Marion or Polk county residents.
Hospitals statewide were treating 392 patients with COVID-19, including 96 in intensive care unit beds.
The state’s adult ICU bed capacity is at 92% and non-ICU bed capacity is at 93%.
Coronavirus patient numbers at Salem Health on Friday, Dec. 10:
Here’s the most recent data from the Oregon Health Authority, as of Friday, Dec. 10:
Source: Oregon Health Authority