Douglas County reported a total 487 new positive and presumptive COVID-19 cases between Aug. 1-7, shattering a record that had been set in late July.
The cases from the past week were 160 more than the previous high in a single week, when the county reported 327 new cases from July 25-31.
The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team also reported its 95th death related to the coronavirus, a 69-year-old woman who was diagnosed with the illness Aug. 1 and died Friday.
Over the weekend, the team reported 109 new positive and presumptive cases of COVID-19 Saturday, 63 on Sunday and 71 on Monday, a total of 242 over the three-day stretch. As of Monday, 38 county residents were hospitalized with the coronavirus, 34 locally and four out of the area.
Additionally, the Douglas Public Health Network is monitoring 786 patients who have tested positive and are in isolation, as well as 435 potential contacts in quarantine.
The Oregon Health Authority posted its report of breakthrough COVID-19 cases, meaning positive test results of people who had completed their two-dose series of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Of the 12,514 cases reported statewide in July, 81% of those cases were among patients who had not yet been vaccinated.
While the median age of breakthrough cases was 51 years, the health authority estimates that 7% (roughly 300) of those were patients living in long-term care facilities or other congregate care settings. While the SARS-CoV-2 virus has spun off into a variety of variants, the two most concerning remain the original B.1.1.7 (alpha) variant and the newer, more disruptive B.1.617.2/AY.2 (delta) variant.
The delta variant is widely believed to be the cause of a nationwide spike in positive tests. First discovered in India, the delta variant has been shown to spread with a higher rate of transmission and can infect those who have already been vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Symptoms from the delta variant mirror that of the original COVID-19 virus (fever, cough, aches, loss of taste/smell). While the symptoms may be more intense, they also are reported to have a shorter life span among vaccinated individuals.
Of the 55 COVID-19-related deaths in Oregon during the month of July, 91% of those were unvaccinated.