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Used face masks fill a trash can at Salem Hospital on Friday, Aug. 20, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Covid cases have remained roughly stable in Oregon and the Salem area, while hospitalizations continue to decline. Here is our report for April 1, 2022.

HOSPITAL CAPACITY

Salem Hospital and the central Willamette area reported a drop in both the number of Covid-positive hospital patients and the total number of hospitalized patients over the past week.

Salem Health stopped publishing weekly reports of hospitalized Covid patients last week as the number continued to decline. As of Thursday March 31, the hospital had four patients hospitalized with Covid, none of them in intensive care or on ventilators.

There were 466 of the 494 licensed hospital beds in use.

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 nine people hospitalized with Covid as of March 31, up from 22 the previous week.

VACCINATION AND BREAKING CASES

For the week ending March 26, 46.8% of all Covid cases were in people vaccinated against Covid, according to the state’s latest groundbreaking case report. About 75% of adults in Oregon are vaccinated against Covid.

Among the vaccinated people who contracted Covid, 57.9% had received a booster shot.

The Covid infection rate among unvaccinated Oregonians was three times higher than vaccinated Oregonians.

MANDATES

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

CASE

The number of new locally reported Covid cases continued to decline over the past week. This data is for the week ending March 30.

Marion County: 17 new cases of Covid per day on average, a rate of 33.2 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

This is a slight increase from the 15 average daily cases for the week ending March 23.

2.6% of Covid tests this week were positive.

Polk County: Three new cases of Covid per day on average, a rate of 28.6 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

That’s down from an average of four daily cases the previous week.

2% of Covid tests this week were positive.

Oregon: 254.7 new cases per day on average, a rate of 41.78 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, with 2.5% of positive tests.

-Rachel Alexander

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