Oregon misses recall goal, but new cases drop

Oregon health officials are far from meeting the goal of getting COVID-19 booster shots into the arms of one million more Oregonians by the end of January, health officials showed Tuesday. state health data.

Governor Kate Brown announced the goal in mid-December as Oregon braced for an increase in cases and hospitalizations following the arrival of the highly contagious omicron variant.

But the state only received reminders in the arms of 504,081 additional residents, just over half of the goal, according to data released by the Oregon Health Authority.

Oregon‘s booster rates are higher than most states, however, with 48% of fully vaccinated people receiving a booster this week, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.

State health officials say Oregonians are also more adept at following COVID-19 protective measures, such as wearing masks and limiting social gatherings indoors.

This has helped “sharply reduce” the number of projected COVID-19 hospitalizations from the latest surge to around 1,200. Just a week ago, forecast models showed the peak could be around 1 500 hospitalizations and health officials had originally warned of a spike that could have reached 1,900 hospitalizations.

The number of new COVID-19 cases statewide fell more than 20% week-over-week, figures released Monday showed, indicating that Oregon’s omicron surge may have be climaxing and now receding.

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