Meanwhile, back at the hospital
The federal occupation of Portland has created quite a distraction from the news concerning the coronavirus pandemic. But I have been watching the numbers put out by the Oregon health department, and they continue to worsen.
As of last night, there were 70 Covid patients in the intensive care units of hospitals in Oregon. That is the most it's been since April 26. Over the last 10 days, an average of three people a day have died of Covid in Oregon.
The folks at Willamette Week took a short break from reviewing marijuana strains to report on Oregon's Covid readiness last week. Compared to our population, we are pretty thin on intensive care unit capacity, and so the high number of patients in intensive care is troublesome.
The new case numbers in Portland have gotten truly alarming, with Multnomah County now doing worse than even Washington County. Here are my latest graphs on new cases reported:
Interestingly, Clackamas County seems to have flattened its curve. Is it because they do less testing? In any event, if you Portland readers were staying home and wearing a mask in April, you really shouldn't be gallivanting around without a mask now.