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Amidst national COVID uptick, Oregon hospitalizations remain mostly steady

A person lies in a hospital bed. Only their right arm and right leg are visible.
Kristyna Wentz-Graff
In Oregon, there are currently 120 patients in acute care and 13 patients in intensive care for COVID, according to Dr. Paul Cieslak with the Oregon Health Authority.

Severe cases of COVID are up nationwide this summer, but officials in Oregon said they haven’t seen much of a change.

The CDC reported that COVID-related hospitalizations rose 12% in the week of July 16 through 22, but the Oregon Health Authority said the state’s increase was much smaller.

Dr. Paul Cieslak is the Medical Director for Communicable Diseases and Immunizations at the OHA’s Public Health Division.

“Our wastewater data indicate brisk transmission of the virus. It's still happening,” said Cieslak. “Fortunately, whatever immunity people have seems to be keeping most of them out of the hospital.”

Cieslak said hospitalizations could rise later if the Omicron EG.5 variant becomes more common in Oregon, and the public can get a bivalent booster to protect themselves.

Cieslak said the OHA doesn’t have a good estimate of mild COVID cases because they often go unreported.

Nathan Wilk joined the KLCC News Team in 2022. He is a graduate from the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication. Born in Portland, Wilk began working in radio at a young age, serving as a DJ and public affairs host across Oregon.
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