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Oregon sees second highest daily COVID-19 case count since the pandemic began

Rachael McDonald
A sign points the way to a Lane County Public Health COVID-10 vaccine clinic at the Lane Events Center in Eugene on Dec. 22, 2021.

Oregon has recorded its second-highest single day of coronavirus cases-- fueled by the highly contagious omicron variant

The Oregon Health Authority reported 2,948 cases on Thursday.

The current record number of daily cases in the state is 3,207 on Aug. 27.

Prior to this week the average number of daily cases in December was 854. New projections from the Oregon Health and Science University show that the state is expected to see far fewer omicron-linked COVID hospitalizations than originally feared.

Lane County Public Health Thursday reported 272 new cases of COVID-19. And Friday’s total was up from that with 279 new cases. There were 32 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Lane County Friday, up from 30 on Thursday.

Lincoln County says it’s seen daily cases double in as many days. It went from 23 new cases on Tuesday to 45 on Thursday. Public health officials urge people to take precautions by avoiding crowds, wearing masks, and getting a booster or first dose of vaccine against the coronavirus.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.