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Editor’s note: Due to a calculation error, local communities’ death records from the latest week were repeated as the previous week in these reports between July 26 and Aug. 30.

Oregon reported 15,472 new cases of coronavirus in the week ending Sunday, from 15,424 the week before.

Oregon ranked 20th among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows.

In the latest week, coronavirus cases in the United States increased 5.2% from the week before, with 1,146,098 cases reported. With 1.27% of the country’s population, Oregon had 1.35% of the country’s cases in the past week. Across the country, 44 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

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Marion County reported 1,463 cases and eight deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 1,345 cases and 11 deaths. Throughout the pandemic, it has reported 29,703 cases and 361 deaths.

Polk County reported 308 cases and two deaths in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 369 cases and one death. Throughout the pandemic, it has reported 5,598 cases and 64 deaths.

Within Oregon, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Wallowa County with 999 cases per 100,000 per week; Douglas County with 955; and Harney County with 906. The Centers for Disease Control says high levels of community transmission begin at 100 cases per 100,000 per week.

Adding the most new cases overall were Multnomah County, with 1,568 cases; Marion County; and Lane County, with 1,291. Weekly case counts rose in 20 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week’s pace were in Linn, Clackamas and Multnomah counties.

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Oregon ranked 17th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 64.5% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 62.3%, a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data shows. 

In the week ending Saturday, Oregon reported administering another 67,164 vaccine doses, including 35,434 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 64,739 vaccine doses, including 36,199 first doses. In all, Oregon reported it has administered 5,015,595 total doses.

Across Oregon, cases fell in 16 counties, with the best declines in Jackson County, with 1,227 cases from 1,673 a week earlier; in Lane County, with 1,291 cases from 1,512; and in Douglas County, with 1,060 cases from 1,153.

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In Oregon, 157 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 103 people were reported dead.

A total of 283,873 people in Oregon have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 3,272 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States, 39,944,987 people have tested positive and 648,468 people have died.

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USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Thursday, Sept. 2.

Likely COVID-19 patients admitted in the state:

  • Last week: 1,386
  • The week before that: 1,413
  • Four weeks ago: 756

Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:

  • Last week: 128,205
  • The week before that: 128,869
  • Four weeks ago: 95,496

The USA TODAY Network is publishing localized versions of this story on its news sites across the country, generated with data from Johns Hopkins University and the Centers for Disease Control. If you have questions about the data or the story, contact Mike Stucka at [email protected]

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