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Oregon hospitals near breaking point as COVID-19 surges

Virus Outbreak-Oregon
Posted at 10:42 AM, Aug 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-19 12:42:58-04

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.