The state is now averaging more than 7,600 cases a day.
While omicron has been considered prevalent in Oregon for weeks, state data, however limited due to a lag in reporting, indicate the variant is dominant.
All samples collected the week of Jan. 2 and sequenced came back positive for omicron. At 30 samples, the number is low compared to prior weeks. But it fits a pattern: The previous week, 82% of sequenced specimens were positive for omicron, and the week before, 63% were omicron. This means the era of delta dominance, which lasted July through mid-December, is effectively over.
The omicron variant causes less severe disease, possibly explaining the relatively low number of hospitalizations compared to cases. The number of patients occupying intensive care unit beds has not grown as rapidly as hospitalizations overall.
Oregon has not yet seen the peak of the omicron surge, per Oregon Health & Science University projections. The state is projected to max out at about 1,650 omicron hospitalizations in the last week of the month, before rapidly falling to pre-omicron levels.
Of the approximately 50,000 COVID-19 test results reported Tuesday, nearly 23% came back positive.
Where the new cases are by county: Baker (30), Benton (321), Clackamas (820), Clatsop (45), Columbia (50), Coos (244), Crook (53), Curry (31), Deschutes (737), Douglas (155), Gilliam (6), Harney (2), Hood River (39), Jackson (375), Jefferson (110), Josephine (158), Klamath (70), Lake (3), Lane (678), Lincoln (209), Linn (313), Malheur (45), Marion (801), Morrow (21), Multnomah (1,454), Polk (213), Sherman (7), Tillamook (33), Umatilla (325), Union (38), Wallowa (13), Wasco (37), Washington (1,158), Wheeler (12) and Yamhill (154).
Who died: The state did not immediately release details about those who died.
Hospitalizations: 756 people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 are hospitalized, up 29 from Tuesday. That includes 146 people in intensive care, up eight from Tuesday.
Vaccines: 3,435 people have been reported newly vaccinated since Tuesday.
Since it began: Oregon has reported 494,945 confirmed or presumed infections and 5,845 deaths, among the lowest per capita numbers in the nation. To date, the state has reported 6,932,049 vaccine doses administered, fully vaccinating 2,793,941 people and partially vaccinating 286,798 people.
To see more data and trends, visit https://projects.oregonlive.com/coronavirus/
— Fedor Zarkhin