Getting vaccinated

Dorothy Schreiber receives her first COVID vaccine.

New COVID cases in Curry County remain low, but the impact of the virus continues to have a deadly toll.

On Thursday, the Oregon Health Authority reported six new COVID cases in the county, continuing a trend of single-digit cases being reported.

But in the same report, OHA reported two new deaths from county residents who died and had COVID as the cause or a contributing factor. Both deaths were months old, but were just added to the state's total after death certificates were released.

The OHA reported a 64-year-old man died August 13 at Curry Medical Center, with COVID listed as the cause or a contributing factor in the death. The presence of underlying conditions in being confirmed.

The OHA also reported a 66-year-ol woman died August 5, and the death certificate listed COVID as the cause of death or a contributing factor in the death. She had underlying conditions.

Across Oregon, the number of cases and deaths continues to fall as the impact of the Delta variant eases across the state. Oregon reported 1,160 new cases Thursday and 13 new deaths.

Curry County has moved up the state in terms of vaccinations, with 63.9% of adults vaccinated. That was an increase of 0.4% in the last week, and puts the county near the middle of the state rates. Hood River County leads the state with 83.6% of adults vaccinated. Lake County is last in the state with a 44% rate.

Across Oregon, 78.2% of all adults have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

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