The Oregon Health Authority on Friday reported 1,610 new confirmed or presumptive coronavirus cases and 16 more deaths.

Gov. Kate Brown expressed optimism as several vaccines appear to be on the verge of approval by the federal government, though she cautioned that widespread distribution of the vaccines was likely still months away.

Brown said the state expected to have 147,000 doses of the vaccine by the end of the month, but that the first round would go to healthcare providers and those at highest risk for the virus. The state would need to see roughly 10,000 vaccinations per day to reach an acceptable level of immunity to the virus, which would require vaccinating 70% of adults.

“We have a proven, efficient and reliable system for distributing vaccines through a broad network of healthcare providers, health systems, local public health programs, tribes and community non-profits,” she said. “Until we can achieve community levels of immunity, we all must stay the course and continue to practice the safety measures we know can make an impact and stop the spread of this virus.”

Where the new cases are by county: Baker (6), Benton (34), Clackamas (185), Clatsop (2), Columbia (8), Coos (6), Crook (19), Curry (7), Deschutes (108), Douglas (18), Grant (4), Hood River (21), Jackson (82), Jefferson (21), Josephine (36), Klamath (40), Lake (7), Lane (85), Lincoln (11), Linn (63), Malheur (23), Marion (175), Morrow (14), Multnomah (289), Polk (25), Sherman (1), Tillamook (5), Umatilla (38), Union (10), Wasco (17), Washington (198) and Yamhill (52).

New deaths: The 1,123rd fatality is a 66-year-old Deschutes County man with underlying medical conditions. He tested positive Nov. 8 and died Dec. 9 at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.

The 1,124th fatality is a 70-year-old Douglas County man with underlying medical conditions. He tested positive Nov. 9 and died Dec. 9 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center.

The 1,125th fatality is a 75-year-old Hood River County woman with underlying medical conditions. She tested positive Nov. 15 and died Dec. 9 at Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center.

The 1,126th fatality is an 87-year-old Jackson County man with underlying medical conditions. He tested positive Nov. 17 and died Dec. 3 at his residence.

The 1,127th fatality is a 76-year-old Jackson County man with underlying medical conditions. He tested positive Nov. 21 and died Nov. 29 at Rogue Valley Medical Center.

The 1,128th fatality is a 55-year-old Jackson County woman with underlying medical conditions. She became symptomatic Dec. 3 after contact with a confirmed case and died Dec. 6 at her residence.

The 1,129th fatality is a 76-year-old Jefferson County man with underlying medical conditions. He tested positive Nov. 30 and died Dec. 9 at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.

The 1,130th fatality is a 68-year-old Josephine County man. He tested positive Nov. 18 and died Dec. 9 at Asante Rogue Valley Medical Center in Medford. Officials were working to confirm whether he had underlying medical conditions.

The 1,131st fatality is a 69-year-old Lane County man with underlying medical conditions. He tested positive Nov. 28 and died Dec. 9 at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend.

The 1,132nd fatality is a 65-year-old Marion County man with no underlying medical conditions. He tested positive Nov. 19 and died Dec. 2 at his residence.

The 1,133rd fatality is a 76-year-old Marion County woman with underlying medical conditions. She tested positive Nov. 30 and died Dec. 9 at her residence.

The 1,134th fatality is a 52-year-old Multnomah County man with underlying medical conditions. He tested positive Nov. 20 and died Dec. 9 at Kaiser Permanente Sunnyside Medical Center.

The 1,135th fatality is a 52-year-old Multnomah County man with underlying medical conditions. He tested positive Nov. 29 and died Dec. 9 at Legacy Mt. Hood Medical Center.

The 1,136th fatality is a 53-year-old Multnomah County man with underlying medical conditions. He tested positive Nov. 30 and died Dec. 9 at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.

The 1,137th fatality is a 78-year-old Multnomah County man. He tested positive Nov. 13 and died Dec. 1 at his residence. Officials were working to confirm whether he had underlying medical conditions.

The 1,138th fatality is an 81-year-old Multnomah County woman. She tested positive Dec. 4 and died Dec. 9 at Legacy Mt. Hood Medical Center. Officials were working to confirm whether she had underlying medical conditions.

The prevalence of infections: On Tuesday, the state reported 1,814 new positive tests out of 26,244 tests performed, equaling a 6.9% positivity rate.

Who got infected: New confirmed or presumed infections grew among the following age groups: 0-9 (57); 10-19 (175); 20-29 (326); 30-39 (269); 40-49 (258); 50-59 (213); 60-69 (139); 70-79 (79); 80 and older (63).

Who’s in the hospital: The state reported 576 Oregonians with confirmed coronavirus infections were currently in the hospital Friday, the same number as Thursday. Of those, 128 coronavirus patients were in intensive care units, one more than Thursday.

Since it began: Oregon has reported 91,420 confirmed or presumed infections and 1,138 deaths, among the lowest totals in the nation. To date, the state has reported 2,242,771 lab reports from tests.

— Kale Williams; kwilliams@oregonian.com; 503-294-4048; @sfkale



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