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Curry County continues to show signs of improvement as the Delta variant appears to be releasing its grip in the county.

After several days with low single digit cases reported, the Oregon Health Authority reported 11 new cases in Curry County on Tuesday. That was the highest case count reported in the last week, but it was still significantly lower than cases coming in just a few weeks ago.

Over the weekend, just five new COVID cases were reported in Curry County after a report that showed two new cases Friday. No new COVID-related deaths have been reported in the last week.

Curry County’s number follow the trend in the state, which seems to be on the downslope after record cases for much of August and early September.

While the case count has dropped, there are still strong challenges to the healthcare system as hospitals, and intensive care units, are filled with patients.

According to data released by the Oregon Health Authority, there are only 78 non-ICU hospital beds open in Region 3, which includes Curry, Coos, Douglas and Lane counties. As of Tuesday, there were only five adult ICU beds available in the region.

While Curry County has shown improvements in recent weeks, both Coos and Douglas counties continue to see high numbers and new COVID-linked deaths. Coos County reported 86 new cases and three new deaths Tuesday while Douglas County reported 85 new cases.

With the Delta variant remaining a threat as it remains highly contagious, health experts encourage local residents to take steps to prevent getting infected. Getting vaccinated remains the best way to protect yourself, as more than 80 percent of new cases in Oregon are among the unvaccinated. Wearing masks in public, social distancing and washing hand frequently are also recommended steps.

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