Varieties growing in Oregon, breakthrough cases are a very small proportion
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – “Variants” and “breakthroughs” are new terms in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Both require attention.
The Oregon Health Authority is now posting the number of COVID cases caused by variants of the new coronavirus on their website. Recent figures show nearly 300 cases in Oregon are caused by variants of concern, and most are cases of B-1
Researchers said the concern is that the variants could spread more easily and could make unvaccinated people sicker. Researchers say the public needs to pay attention as cases grow.
“It means something to know about them, even though they are rare in this condition, because when these viruses appear in our condition, we can still stop their ongoing transmission and prevent them from spreading if we continue to practice measures to control these viruses, ”said Dr. William Messer, a specialist in infectious diseases at OHSU.
This means you continue to wear masks and maintain social distance.
That data published on the OHA website is weeks after people get the variants – which then need to be identified. The feeling is that the number of those infected with variants is actually greater.
Through April 2, the OHA said it identified 168 breakthrough cases – that is, when people vaccinated get COVID-19. Of these cases, 3 people died.
The cases have been reported in 25 of Oregon’s 36 counties.
OHA officials said these breakthrough cases are “a very small portion of the more than 700,000 people in Oregon who have been fully vaccinated” in the state.
Many of the cases were asymptomatic and were tested for other reasons. Less than two dozen of the breakthrough cases were hospitalized, and most were in people older than 65 who had underlying conditions.
None of the breakthrough cases were linked to a variant, OHA officials said.
State and local health officials are working with the CDC on the whole issue of breakthrough cases.
A further 678 new confirmed / suspected cases of COVID-19 were reported Thursday in 31 of Oregon’s 36 counties. Since the pandemic began, Oregon has recorded 168,795 cases.
Three more people died, bringing the number of coronavirus deaths to 2,439 since tracking began in March 2020.
Admissions are slightly down, with 168 people in a hospital for treatment and 38 in the ICU.