While Curry County remains at a record pace for COVID cases, there are signs the worst of the Delta variant may have passed.
Over the four-day holiday weekend, Curry County reported 19 new cases, an average of just under five a day. Over the last several weeks, the county has averaged well above 10 new cases a day.
There were also no new deaths reported in the last week after Curry County had three new deaths linked to COVID the week before.
Across Oregon, the numbers are also starting to decline, but the devastation is far from over. Over the weekend, there were 5,821 new COVID cases reported with 54 new deaths. On Tuesday, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said modeling does show a decrease in numbers, but she said the danger is far from over.
Along the Southern Oregon Coast, COVID continues to be a major problem as Coos County reported five new deaths over the weekend, and Douglas County remained one of the hot spots in the state with 421 new cases and more than 10 deaths.
State Epidemiologist Dr. Dean Sidelinger said Tuesday the key to beating COVID remains getting enough people vaccinated. Across Oregon, approximately 87 percent of new cases are among those not vaccinated and more than 95 percent of hospitalizations and deaths are among the unvaccinated.
As of Tuesday, Oregon reported 1,140 people in the hospital with COVID. More than 90 percent of ICU beds remain full at hospitals across the state.