Oregon COVID cases rise, hospitalizations to peak June 9

Oregon is reporting some of the highest numbers of new COVID-19 cases since the pandemic started more than two years ago. The Oregon Health Authority reported nearly 12,000 new cases last week and the state is averaging 1,685 new cases a day. That's higher than all but 12 weeks since the start of the pandemic in 2020. Hospitalizations continue to lag behind the rising case numbers and remain far below previous pandemic highs. As of Monday, 278 people were hospitalized — up 11% from a week before — and those tallies are expected to peak at 330 occupied hospital beds on June 9.

Rate of COVID-19 cases is on the rise in Washington state

The rate of COVID-19 cases is rising in Washington. The statewide average of cases over the past seven days is 228 per 100,000 people, keeping Washington in the state Department of Health’s highest-risk category for the spread of COVID-19. The Spokesman-Review reported Saturday that epidemiological curves show the number is still climbing. Gov. Jay Inslee said Wednesday the best projections from health officials show there is likely to be a plateau in the relatively near future. Inslee on Friday issued updated guidance for vaccine requirements for state employees, lifting the requirement for outdoor volunteers and contractors whose work does not involve delivery of health care services.