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More Oregonians died from COVID-19 in September than in any other month of epidemic, according to WHO

More Oregonians died from COVID-19 in September than in any other month of epidemic, according to WHO

In September, 610 Oregonians died from COVID-19 complications, the largest total of any month of the epidemic.

The death tally soared Wednesday as the Oregon Health Authority announced 1,278 cases and 33 new deaths related to COVID-19, including 15 deaths that occurred in September. According to state data, that has pushed the months total past the December record of 606 deaths.

The latest fatality record underscores the severity of a summer coronavirus epidemic driven by the highly transmissible delta variant. Oregons deadliest span from 2020, the longest in Oregon history, occurred before vaccines were widely available.

But the state set new highs for cases and hospitalizations this summer. The virus ravaged parts of the state with low vaccination rates, costing more Oregonians their lives.

Deaths have slowed in October, but are still on track to be at least the sixth highest of the epidemic.

Where the new cases are by county: Baker (7), Benton (25), Clackamas (106), Cltsop (3), Columbia (8), Coos (27), Crook (31), Curry (6), Deschutes (105), Douglas (50), Harney (5), Hood River (9), Jackson (66), Jefferson (20), Josephine (19), Klamath (33), Lake 8), Lane (130), Lincoln (20) Linn (73), Malheur (30), Marion (139), Morrow (3). Multnomah

Who was the cause of death? The state did not immediately release death information.

Hospitalizations: 595 people with confirmed COVID-19 infections are hospitalized, up 10 from Tuesday. That includes 145 people in intensive care, down four from Tuesday.

Vaccines: Since Tuesday, 2,793 people have been reported to have recently been vaccinated.

Since its inception: Oregon has reported 346,480 confirmed or presumed infections and 4,117 deaths, ranked among the nation's lowest per capita numbers. To date, the state has reported 5283,388 vaccine doses administered, fully vaccinating 2,560,340 people and partially educating 216,207 people.

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Fedor Zarkhin is a Fedori Zarkahin; 503-294-7674; fax: 503-594-774

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