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A nurse tends to a Covid patient in the intensive care unit at Salem Hospital on August 20, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

The number of people hospitalized with Covid in the Salem area has increased over the past week, while newly reported cases have remained mostly stable in both Marion County and statewide.

HOSPITAL CAPACITY

The average number of Covid patients at Salem Hospital is up this week as the hospital remains nearly full.

As of Friday July 22, the hospital had 45 patients hospitalized with Covid, one in intensive care and none on a ventilator.

There were 492 of the 494 licensed hospital beds in use. The hospital is able to care for more patients than allowed due to ongoing pandemic waivers.

Lisa Wood, spokesperson for Salem Health, said the number of Covid patients hospitalized over the past week remained between 45 and 54. Last week, Wood said the daily number was between 38 and 49 patients hospitalized Covid.

Region 2, which includes Marion, Polk, Yamhill, Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties, had 87 people hospitalized with Covid as of July 20, up from 80 the week before and 76 two weeks ago.

CASE

The number of new reported Covid cases has remained stable both statewide and in Marion County, while declining slightly in Polk County.

This data is for the week ending July 20.

Marion County: 114.6 new cases of Covid per day on average, a rate of 231 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

This is down from 115.4 average daily cases for the week ending July 13 and 121.9 average daily cases for the week ending July 6.

10.6% of Covid tests this week were positive, compared to 12.5% ​​last week.

Polk County: 29.1 new cases of Covid per day on average, a rate of 229.4 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

This is down from an average of 34.3 daily cases the week ending July 13 and 26.3 daily cases the week ending July 6.

18.7% of Covid tests this week were positive, compared to 20.3% last week.

Oregon: 1,410.9 new cases per day on average, compared to 1,417.3 average daily cases the previous week; 14.4% positive tests, compared to 12.9% the previous week.

VACCINATION AND BREAKING CASES

The Oregon Health Authority has moved to a monthly breakthrough case report and will release its next report in early August.

MANDATES

Oregon mask mandate lifted March 11 at 11:59 p.m.

-Ardeshir Tabrizian