Counties with the highest COVID-19 death rate in Oregon

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January 20, 2022
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Counties with the highest COVID-19 death rate in Oregon

The vaccine deployment in December 2020 signaled a turning point in the COVID-19 pandemic. By the end of May 2021, 40% of the U.S. population was fully vaccinated. But as vaccination rates lagged over the summer, new surges of COVID-19 came, including Delta in the summer of 2021, and now the Omicron variant, which comprises the majority of cases in the U.S.

Researchers around the world have reported that Omicron is more transmissible than Delta, making breakthrough and repeat infections more likely. Early research suggests this strain may cause less severe illness than Delta and the original virus, however, health officials have warned an Omicron-driven surge could still increase hospitalization and death rates—especially in areas with less vaccinated populations.

The United States as of Jan. 19 reached 854,292 COVID-19-related deaths and 67.6 million COVID-19 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. Currently, 63% of the population is fully vaccinated, and 38.7% have received booster doses.

Stacker compiled a list of the counties with highest cumulative COVID-19 death rates in Oregon using data from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Counties are ranked by the highest death rate per 100,000 residents as of Jan. 18, 2021.

Keep reading to see whether your county ranks among the highest COVID-19 death rates in your state.

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#36. Benton County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 49 (46 total deaths)
--- 64.7% less deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #3,094 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 2.1 (2 new deaths, +100% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 10,440 (9,715 total cases)
--- 14.2% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,176 (1,094 new cases, -32% change from previous week)
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#35. Washington County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 76 (460 total deaths)
--- 45.3% less deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #3,053 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 1.2 (7 new deaths, -30% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 10,171 (61,187 total cases)
--- 16.4% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 824 (4,959 new cases, -42% change from previous week)
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#34. Clatsop County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 92 (37 total deaths)
--- 33.8% less deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #3,005 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, -100% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 8,403 (3,380 total cases)
--- 31.0% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 554 (223 new cases, -19% change from previous week)
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#33. Lane County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 104 (396 total deaths)
--- 25.2% less deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #2,961 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 1.6 (6 new deaths, -14% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 10,205 (38,991 total cases)
--- 16.2% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 656 (2,507 new cases, -29% change from previous week)
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#32. Clackamas County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 109 (456 total deaths)
--- 21.6% less deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #2,947 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 3.8 (16 new deaths, +45% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 10,742 (44,922 total cases)
--- 11.7% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 796 (3,329 new cases, -34% change from previous week)
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#31. Deschutes County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 114 (225 total deaths)
--- 18.0% less deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #2,931 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 2.0 (4 new deaths, -33% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 16,915 (33,440 total cases)
--- 39.0% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,553 (3,071 new cases, -10% change from previous week)
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#30. Multnomah County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 115 (935 total deaths)
--- 17.3% less deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #2,924 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 1.7 (14 new deaths, -12% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 10,473 (85,131 total cases)
--- 14.0% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 779 (6,334 new cases, -39% change from previous week)
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#29. Lincoln County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 120 (60 total deaths)
--- 13.7% less deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #2,902 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 2.0 (1 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 9,425 (4,709 total cases)
--- 22.6% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 911 (455 new cases, +85% change from previous week)
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#28. Columbia County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 126 (66 total deaths)
--- 9.4% less deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #2,873 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 1.9 (1 new deaths, -75% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 10,297 (5,391 total cases)
--- 15.4% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 466 (244 new cases, -28% change from previous week)
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#27. Polk County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 130 (112 total deaths)
--- 6.5% less deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #2,850 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, -100% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 12,373 (10,651 total cases)
--- 1.7% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 911 (784 new cases, -17% change from previous week)
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#26. Wheeler County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 150 (2 total deaths)
--- 7.9% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #2,762 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 12,387 (165 total cases)
--- 1.8% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,426 (19 new cases, +280% change from previous week)
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#25. Yamhill County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 157 (168 total deaths)
--- 12.9% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #2,719 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 2.8 (3 new deaths, -50% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 11,591 (12,414 total cases)
--- 4.8% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 950 (1,017 new cases, +27% change from previous week)
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#24. Marion County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 162 (563 total deaths)
--- 16.5% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #2,690 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 2.0 (7 new deaths, -22% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 14,199 (49,387 total cases)
--- 16.7% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 867 (3,014 new cases, -25% change from previous week)
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#23. Hood River County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 163 (38 total deaths)
--- 17.3% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #2,687 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 11,209 (2,621 total cases)
--- 7.9% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 680 (159 new cases, +5% change from previous week)
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#22. Linn County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 167 (217 total deaths)
--- 20.1% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #2,658 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 5.4 (7 new deaths, +75% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 14,103 (18,298 total cases)
--- 15.9% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 722 (937 new cases, -17% change from previous week)
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#21. Sherman County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 169 (3 total deaths)
--- 21.6% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #2,648 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 12,809 (228 total cases)
--- 5.2% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 843 (15 new cases, +25% change from previous week)
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#20. Curry County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 174 (40 total deaths)
--- 25.2% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #2,623 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 10,338 (2,370 total cases)
--- 15.1% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 755 (173 new cases, +5% change from previous week)
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#19. Wallowa County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 180 (13 total deaths)
--- 29.5% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #2,597 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 12,195 (879 total cases)
--- 0.2% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 694 (50 new cases, +43% change from previous week)
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#18. Jackson County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 185 (408 total deaths)
--- 33.1% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #2,559 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 3.2 (7 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 13,999 (30,929 total cases)
--- 15.0% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 766 (1,693 new cases, -16% change from previous week)
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#17. Wasco County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 187 (50 total deaths)
--- 34.5% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #2,549 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 3.7 (1 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 13,845 (3,694 total cases)
--- 13.7% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 847 (226 new cases, +81% change from previous week)
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#16. Coos County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 198 (128 total deaths)
--- 42.4% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #2,459 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 4.7 (3 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 12,052 (7,772 total cases)
--- 1.0% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 991 (639 new cases, -8% change from previous week)
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#15. Tillamook County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 200 (54 total deaths)
--- 43.9% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #2,450 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 11.1 (3 new deaths, +50% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 10,027 (2,711 total cases)
--- 17.6% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 455 (123 new cases, -10% change from previous week)
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#14. Gilliam County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 209 (4 total deaths)
--- 50.4% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #2,399 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 11,611 (222 total cases)
--- 4.6% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 418 (8 new cases, -33% change from previous week)
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#13. Morrow County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 224 (26 total deaths)
--- 61.2% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #2,285 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, -100% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 20,271 (2,352 total cases)
--- 66.5% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,250 (145 new cases, +2% change from previous week)
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#12. Grant County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 236 (17 total deaths)
--- 69.8% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #2,190 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 17,850 (1,285 total cases)
--- 46.6% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 639 (46 new cases, -26% change from previous week)
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#11. Baker County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 236 (38 total deaths)
--- 69.8% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #2,187 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 6.2 (1 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 15,747 (2,539 total cases)
--- 29.4% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 719 (116 new cases, +20% change from previous week)
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#10. Union County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 242 (65 total deaths)
--- 74.1% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #2,141 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 3.7 (1 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 14,421 (3,870 total cases)
--- 18.5% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 455 (122 new cases, -32% change from previous week)
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#9. Umatilla County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 244 (190 total deaths)
--- 75.5% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #2,118 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 2.6 (2 new deaths, +100% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 22,952 (17,891 total cases)
--- 88.6% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,479 (1,153 new cases, +14% change from previous week)
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#8. Crook County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 254 (62 total deaths)
--- 82.7% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #2,044 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 4.1 (1 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 17,178 (4,192 total cases)
--- 41.1% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,131 (276 new cases, +13% change from previous week)
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#7. Klamath County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 261 (178 total deaths)
--- 87.8% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #1,978 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 5.9 (4 new deaths, -20% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 15,046 (10,267 total cases)
--- 23.6% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 761 (519 new cases, +59% change from previous week)
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#6. Jefferson County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 284 (70 total deaths)
--- 104.3% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #1,765 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 4.1 (1 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 21,303 (5,253 total cases)
--- 75.0% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,395 (344 new cases, -14% change from previous week)
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#5. Douglas County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 288 (320 total deaths)
--- 107.2% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #1,721 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 2.7 (3 new deaths, +50% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 13,883 (15,407 total cases)
--- 14.1% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 487 (541 new cases, +13% change from previous week)
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#4. Lake County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 292 (23 total deaths)
--- 110.1% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #1,689 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, -100% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 14,170 (1,115 total cases)
--- 16.4% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 216 (17 new cases, 0% change from previous week)
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#3. Malheur County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 311 (95 total deaths)
--- 123.7% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #1,506 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 3.3 (1 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 21,357 (6,529 total cases)
--- 75.5% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,053 (322 new cases, +106% change from previous week)
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#2. Josephine County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 325 (284 total deaths)
--- 133.8% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #1,371 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 9.1 (8 new deaths, -11% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 13,946 (12,201 total cases)
--- 14.6% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 577 (505 new cases, -7% change from previous week)
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#1. Harney County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 460 (34 total deaths)
--- 230.9% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #450 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.0 (0 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 17,354 (1,283 total cases)
--- 42.6% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 122 (9 new cases, -31% change from previous week)

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