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Covid hospitalizations in the middle of the Willamette Valley have risen steadily over the past week, but remain well below peaks during the omicron and delta waves. (Screenshot from Oregon Health Authority website May 27, 2022)

Covid cases remain on the rise in the Salem area and across the state, and local hospitalizations have also increased. State health officials said last week they expect hospitalizations during the current wave to peak in June.

HOSPITAL CAPACITY

The average number of Covid patients at Salem Hospital has continued to rise this week.

Salem Health stopped publishing weekly Covid inpatient reports on March 25 as the omicron surge began to wane. As of Friday May 27, the hospital had 41 hospitalized patients with Covid, including one in intensive care and one on a ventilator.

There were 530 of the 494 licensed hospital beds in use. The hospital is able to treat more patients than allowed due to continued pandemic emergency rules.

Lisa Wood, spokesperson for Salem Health, said the number of Covid patients hospitalized over the past week remained between 23 and 41. Last week, Wood said the daily number was between 20 and 22 patients hospitalized Covid.

The graph below shows the hospital’s trends from the start of the delta surge until March 25, when weekly reporting ceased.

(Graphic by Saphara Harrell/Salem Reporter)

Region 2, which includes Marion, Polk, Yamhill, Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties, had 58 people hospitalized with Covid as of May 26, up from 36 the previous week and 29 two weeks ago.

CASE

The number of new reported Covid cases has climbed statewide and in Marion and Polk counties. This data is for the week ending May 25.

Marion County: 108.7 new cases of Covid per day on average, a rate of 218 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

This represents an increase from 80.6 average daily cases for the week ending May 18 and 75.3 average daily cases for the week ending May 11.

11.8% of Covid tests this week were positive, up from 9.3% last week.

Polk County: 31.3 new cases of Covid per day on average, a rate of 261.3 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

This represents an increase from an average of 27.7 daily cases in the week ending May 18 and 20 daily cases in the week ending May 11.

11.9% of Covid tests this week were positive, compared to 10.1% last week.

Oregon: 1,656.1 new cases per day on average, compared to 1,460.7 average daily cases the previous week; 10.7% positive tests, compared to 10.5% the previous week.

VACCINATION AND BREAKING CASES

The Oregon Health Authority has moved to a monthly breakthrough case report and will release its next report on June 7.

MANDATES

Oregon mask mandate lifted March 11 at 11:59 p.m.

-Rachel Alexander

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