PORTLAND, Ore. — Just 41 intensive care unit beds were available in Oregon as COVID-19 cases continue to climb and hospitals near capacity in a state that was once viewed as a pandemic success story.
Oregon earlier had among the lowest cases per capita. Now, it's shattering its COVID-19 hospitalization records day after day.
As of Wednesday, 850 coronavirus patients were hospitalized in Oregon — surpassing the state’s record, which was set the previous day.
Before this month, the hospitalization record was 622 in November, during a winter surge and when vaccines were not available.