OHSU forecast: Hospitalizations peak, but COVID surge far from over

Nurses at OHSU care for COVID-19 patients

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A new projection from OHSU shows that while hospitalizations have peaked, the current COVID-19 surge is far from over.

The forecast shows patients suffering from COVID-19 will still continue to clog the medical system as the Oregon Health Authority reported on Thursday nearly 2,500 new confirmed and presumptive cases of the virus.

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The new forecast reveals hospitals across Oregon will remain under severe strain for the next two to three months, with a gradual decline in COVID-19 hospitalizations.

Hospitalizations amid the ongoing delta variant surge peaked on Sept. 1 with just under 1,200 patients in hospitals, according to the forecast. As of Thursday, there are only slightly fewer in hospitals, with 1,150 COVID patients as of Thursday.

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Of those, roughly half of all intensive care units in the state are filled with COVID-19 patients, the majority of whom are unvaccinated.

However, the lead scientist responsible for the report said there isn’t all bad news.

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“It looks like we are seeing the flattening of cases that we had hoped for,” he wrote, adding, “It’s certainly still possible to generate a new surge in severe illness.”

Researchers are also keeping tabs on pediatric cases as schools reopen across Oregon.

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