Oregon reports 3,207 new daily COVID-19 cases, as streak of grim records continues

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The latest modeling from the Oregon Health Authority projects up to 3,000 new daily cases and 165 hospitalizations per day by Sept. 7.
PORTLAND, Ore. — The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reported 3,207 new COVID-19 cases on Friday. It's the first time since the pandemic started in February 2020 that the state has reported more than 3,000 cases in a single day.

The previous record of 2,971 new daily cases was set on Aug. 19.

In its daily update, OHA said the state has 1,098 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, including 308 patients in intensive care unit beds — both all-time highs for the pandemic.

Twenty more COVID-19 deaths were reported Friday, bringing the state's death toll to 3,115 people.

Oregon has consistently broken its own records for daily cases and hospitalizations during the month of August, and the state's hospitals are overwhelmed.

Health care workers are begging Oregonians to get vaccinated, which OHA says is still the best way to slow the spread of COVID-19, as the ultra-contagious delta variant continues continues to sicken people at an unprecedented rate.

A portion of new cases are occurring in people who are fully vaccinated. Between Aug. 15-21, OHA said about 12%…
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