Used masks fill a trash can at Salem Hospital (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Covid cases are increasing in Marion County and statewide, while hospitalizations remain low and stable both locally and regionally. Here is our report from April 29, 2022.

HOSPITAL CAPACITY

The number of hospitalizations at the Salem hospital is still near its low point for the entire pandemic, and the region’s number has remained roughly stable over the past week.

Salem Health stopped publishing weekly reports of hospitalized Covid patients on March 25 as the number continued to decline. As of Friday April 29, the hospital had 10 hospitalized patients with Covid, including two in intensive care and one on a ventilator.

There were 456 of the 494 licensed hospital beds in use.

Lisa Wood, spokeswoman for Salem Health, said the number of Covid patients hospitalized over the past week remained between six and 10.

The graph below shows the hospital’s trends from the start of the delta surge until March 25, when weekly reporting ceased.

(Graphic by Saphara Harrell/Salem Reporter)

Region 2, which includes Marion, Polk, Yamhill, Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties, had 20 people hospitalized with Covid as of April 28, up from 21 the week before and 14 two weeks ago.

CASE

The number of new reported Covid cases has climbed statewide and in Marion and Polk counties. This data is for the week ending April 27.

Marion County: 51.9 new cases of Covid per day on average, a rate of 104 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

This represents an increase of 35 average daily cases for the week ending April 20 and 21.1 average daily cases for the week ending April 14.

6.4% of Covid tests this week were positive.

Polk County: 12.7 new cases of Covid per day on average, a rate of 106.2 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

That’s a slight increase from an average of 12.4 daily cases the week ending April 20 and 5.9 daily cases the week ending April 14.

4.3% of Covid tests this week were positive.

Oregon: 896 new cases per day on average, compared to 648 average daily cases the previous week; 7.6% positive tests, compared to 6.3% the previous week.

VACCINATION AND BREAKING CASES

In early April, the Oregon Health Authority announced that it would reduce the frequency of its breakthrough case reports to monthly. The next report will be released on May 5.

MANDATES

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

-Rachel Alexander