COVID Hospitalizations Surge

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The Oregon Health Authority’s COVID-19 Weekly Report, released Wednesday, shows a fifth consecutive week of surging daily cases and surging hospitalizations from the previous week. OHA reported 5,729 new daily cases of COVID-19 during the week of Monday, April 19 through Sunday, April 27. That represents a 21% increase from the previous week and marks the fifth consecutive week of 20% or higher increases in daily cases.

New COVID-19 related hospitalizations nearly doubled from 171 to 333. St. Charles hospitals in Bend and Redmond report 34 COVID-19 patients Wednesday, four of whom are in the ICU, with two on ventilators.

OHA also reported 26 COVID-19 related deaths. There were 133,563 tests for COVID-19 for the week of April 18 through April 24. The percentage of positive tests was 6%. People 70 years of age and older have accounted for 39% of COVID-19 related hospitalizations and 76% of COVID-19 related deaths.

Today’s COVID-19 Weekly Outbreak Report shows 34 active COVID-19 outbreaks in senior living communities and congregate living settings, with three or more confirmed cases and one or more COVID-19 related deaths.

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Older Americans Month Is About Connection

Established in 1963, Older Americans Month is celebrated every May and is an opportunity to recognize the contributions of older Americans and reaffirm commitments to serving the older adults in our communities. The 2024 Older Americans Month