More than 4,000 Oregonians have died from COVID-19-related illnesses since the start of the pandemic, state officials announced Monday, surpassing a somber milestone even as other indicators show continued progress.
The number of newly identified coronavirus cases declined in Oregon for a sixth straight week Monday, while hospitalizations and test positivity rates also slid down.
By Wednesday, the number of deaths statewide had reached 4,117, according to the state.
Meanwhile, the state disclosed 20 more deaths, pushing the overall tally to 4,002. More than 1,150 of those people have died since July 1.
Patrick Allen, director of the Oregon Health Authority, in a statement called the latest fatality milestone “heartbreaking” because many of the deaths are preventable through vaccinations.
The delta variant moved through communities swiftly and severely, he added, saying: “My message to Oregonians today is simple: The delta variant has changed everything. Please, get vaccinated as soon as you can.”