The Oregon Health Authority reported 1,413 new coronavirus cases and 82 deaths on October 12, Tuesday, the most fatalities in a single day during the pandemic, according to Oregon Live. With the latest increase in COVID-19 deaths, the state’s pandemic death toll now stands at 4,084.
Lag In Reported Deaths
Numerous reported deaths occurred in the preceding weeks or months, although details were not immediately disclosed. The Oregon Health Authority explained that the lag in reported deaths is due to a reconciliation of publicly reported data with their existing records, which was last completed on October 7, Thursday. These are deaths that COVID-19 may have caused but failed to be noticed and were not reported to the authorities until after the fact.
According to KATU, Oregon Health Authority anticipates that reported deaths will remain high even as daily case counts decline. This is because there is a time lag between when a person tests positive for COVID-19 and when they die from the infection.
The October 7 Oregon Health Authority report included deaths from May, June, and July of this year, as well as deaths from October and September, as per KDVR. On January 30, one of the women named in the report died. Only fifteen of the listed patients had died in the preceding two months.
Oregon COVID-19 Cases
According to Oregon Live, officials reported 1,413 new COVID-19 cases on October 12, Tuesday, bringing the total number of confirmed and suspected cases in the state to 345,344 since the start of the pandemic. And as the vaccination deadline for state employees and healthcare workers – back on October 18 – approached, vaccination rates in Oregon have gone on the rise.
The following are the counties’ new cases, as per Statesman Journal as of October 12: Benton (34), Clackamas (83), Clatsop (4), Columbia (14), Coos (34), Crook (63), Curry (3), Deschutes (92), Douglas (39), Gilliam (2), Grant (17), Harney (21), Hood River (9), Jackson (63), Jefferson (13), Josephine (24), Klamath (84), Lake (14), Lane (119), Lincoln (8), Linn (48), Malheur (45), Morrow (10), Multnomah (118), Sherman (2), Tillamook (3), Umatilla (96), Union (8), Wallowa (5), Wasco (28), Washington (83) and Yamhill (51).
People who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and Oregonians who have completed their vaccination series totaled 2,773,754 as of October 12, Tuesday morning. COVID-19 has sent 585 people to the hospital across Oregon, a decrease of 59 from October 11. There are 149 patients in the intensive care unit out of the total, and only 8 percent of the state’s 682 ICU beds are available, leaving a critical shortage in Oregon.