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Oregon COVID-19 cases down but deaths up

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Oregon Health Authority reported Wednesday, Dec. 1 that daily COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are decreasing, but the number of deaths is climbing.

Linn County on Wednesday added 72 virus cases for a total of 14,704. Benton County had nine new cases, bringing its total to 6,111. With no new local deaths, the COVID-19 death toll stands at 179 in Linn County and 38 in Benton County.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 25 new COVID-19-related deaths Wednesday, making the state’s total 5,186. OHA data showed 1,111 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, for a state total of 392,197 so far.

Hospitalizations: As of Wednesday, there were 404 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in Oregon, with 92 occupying intensive care unit beds. There were 48 patients on ventilators as of Tuesday. There are 49 available adult ICU beds in the state, a 7% availability, and 270 available adult non-ICU beds, also a 7% availability.

The six-county region that includes Linn and Benton counties has three (3%) adult ICU beds available and eight (1%) adult non-ICU beds available.

Vaccinations: OHA reported that 25,659 new doses of coronavirus vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry on Tuesday. More than 2.95 million people have had at least one dose of a vaccine and more than 2.66 million people have completed a coronavirus vaccine series. The seven-day running average is now 12,208 doses per day.

Nationally: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed 119,604 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, making the U.S. case total more than 48.4 million. There were 1,610 new deaths recorded Wednesday, bringing the country’s death total to 780,131.

Cody Mann covers the cities of Albany and Lebanon. He can be contacted at 541-812-6113 or


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