Counties with the highest COVID-19 death rate in Oregon

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February 17, 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 Feb. 16 reached 926,680 COVID-19-related deaths and nearly 78.1 million COVID-19 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. Currently, 64.5% of the population is fully vaccinated, and 43% 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 Feb. 15, 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: 63 (59 total deaths)
--- 58.3% less deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #3,085 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 4.3 (4 new deaths, +33% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 15,450 (14,377 total cases)
--- 4.1% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 589 (548 new cases, -39% change from previous week)
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#35. Washington County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 81 (486 total deaths)
--- 46.4% less deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #3,054 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 0.5 (3 new deaths, -67% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 13,688 (82,348 total cases)
--- 15.0% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 344 (2,071 new cases, -39% change from previous week)
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#34. Clatsop County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 94 (38 total deaths)
--- 37.7% less deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #3,023 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: 10,961 (4,409 total cases)
--- 31.9% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 288 (116 new cases, -44% change from previous week)
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#33. Lane County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 114 (435 total deaths)
--- 24.5% less deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #2,961 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 2.9 (11 new deaths, -27% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 14,320 (54,711 total cases)
--- 11.1% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 473 (1,806 new cases, -34% change from previous week)
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#32. Clackamas County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 121 (507 total deaths)
--- 19.9% less deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #2,935 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 4.1 (17 new deaths, +112% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 13,867 (57,988 total cases)
--- 13.9% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 316 (1,323 new cases, -36% change from previous week)
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#31. Deschutes County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 122 (241 total deaths)
--- 19.2% less deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #2,932 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 3.5 (7 new deaths, +133% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 22,461 (44,403 total cases)
--- 39.5% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 485 (958 new cases, -44% change from previous week)
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#30. Multnomah County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 125 (1,013 total deaths)
--- 17.2% less deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #2,925 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 2.7 (22 new deaths, -21% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 13,348 (108,500 total cases)
--- 17.1% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 279 (2,269 new cases, -37% change from previous week)
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#29. Lincoln County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 132 (66 total deaths)
--- 12.6% 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: 13,376 (6,683 total cases)
--- 16.9% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 500 (250 new cases, -47% change from previous week)
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#28. Polk County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 137 (118 total deaths)
--- 9.3% less deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #2,877 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 1.2 (1 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 17,089 (14,711 total cases)
--- 6.1% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 510 (439 new cases, -44% change from previous week)
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#27. Columbia County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 141 (74 total deaths)
--- 6.6% less deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #2,852 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 3.8 (2 new deaths, -33% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 13,819 (7,235 total cases)
--- 14.2% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 457 (239 new cases, -30% change from previous week)
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#26. Sherman County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 169 (3 total deaths)
--- 11.9% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #2,742 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: 17,022 (303 total cases)
--- 5.7% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 393 (7 new cases, +17% change from previous week)
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#25. Linn County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 173 (225 total deaths)
--- 14.6% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #2,719 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 2.3 (3 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 19,535 (25,347 total cases)
--- 21.3% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 600 (778 new cases, -44% change from previous week)
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#24. Yamhill County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 174 (186 total deaths)
--- 15.2% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #2,708 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 1.9 (2 new deaths, -71% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 16,039 (17,178 total cases)
--- 0.4% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 383 (410 new cases, -61% change from previous week)
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#23. Hood River County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 175 (41 total deaths)
--- 15.9% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #2,702 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: 14,498 (3,390 total cases)
--- 10.0% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 376 (88 new cases, -35% change from previous week)
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#22. Marion County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 179 (621 total deaths)
--- 18.5% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #2,673 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 5.5 (19 new deaths, -10% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 19,267 (67,013 total cases)
--- 19.6% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 435 (1,514 new cases, -50% change from previous week)
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#21. Curry County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 188 (43 total deaths)
--- 24.5% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #2,624 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: 13,697 (3,140 total cases)
--- 14.9% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 571 (131 new cases, -11% change from previous week)
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#20. Wallowa County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 194 (14 total deaths)
--- 28.5% 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: 16,648 (1,200 total cases)
--- 3.4% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 333 (24 new cases, -65% change from previous week)
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#19. Wasco County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 199 (53 total deaths)
--- 31.8% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #2,572 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: 18,391 (4,907 total cases)
--- 14.2% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 409 (109 new cases, -48% change from previous week)
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#18. Jackson County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 203 (449 total deaths)
--- 34.4% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #2,550 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 2.7 (6 new deaths, -40% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 18,491 (40,854 total cases)
--- 14.8% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 463 (1,023 new cases, -36% change from previous week)
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#17. Coos County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 206 (133 total deaths)
--- 36.4% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #2,529 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 1.6 (1 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 15,816 (10,199 total cases)
--- 1.8% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 459 (296 new cases, -38% change from previous week)
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#16. Gilliam County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 209 (4 total deaths)
--- 38.4% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #2,520 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: 14,121 (270 total cases)
--- 12.3% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 262 (5 new cases, -64% change from previous week)
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#15. Tillamook County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 211 (57 total deaths)
--- 39.7% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #2,505 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 7.4 (2 new deaths, +100% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 12,972 (3,507 total cases)
--- 19.4% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 392 (106 new cases, -43% change from previous week)
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#14. Wheeler County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 225 (3 total deaths)
--- 49.0% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #2,415 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: 17,793 (237 total cases)
--- 10.5% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 2,252 (30 new cases, 0% change from previous week)
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#13. Morrow County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 233 (27 total deaths)
--- 54.3% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #2,359 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 8.6 (1 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 25,140 (2,917 total cases)
--- 56.1% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 267 (31 new cases, -48% change from previous week)
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#12. Grant County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 250 (18 total deaths)
--- 65.6% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #2,245 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: 21,225 (1,528 total cases)
--- 31.8% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 306 (22 new cases, -41% change from previous week)
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#11. Umatilla County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 254 (198 total deaths)
--- 68.2% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #2,208 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 5.1 (4 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 28,153 (21,945 total cases)
--- 74.8% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 350 (273 new cases, -55% change from previous week)
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#10. Union County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 265 (71 total deaths)
--- 75.5% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #2,131 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 3.7 (1 new deaths, -75% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 18,316 (4,915 total cases)
--- 13.7% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 462 (124 new cases, -13% change from previous week)
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#9. Klamath County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 271 (185 total deaths)
--- 79.5% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #2,079 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 2.9 (2 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 20,037 (13,673 total cases)
--- 24.4% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 530 (362 new cases, -39% change from previous week)
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#8. Baker County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 273 (44 total deaths)
--- 80.8% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #2,062 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 12.4 (2 new deaths, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 19,387 (3,126 total cases)
--- 20.4% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 403 (65 new cases, -40% change from previous week)
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#7. Crook County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 279 (68 total deaths)
--- 84.8% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #2,004 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 16.4 (4 new deaths, +300% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 23,967 (5,849 total cases)
--- 48.8% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 783 (191 new cases, -39% change from previous week)
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#6. Lake County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 292 (23 total deaths)
--- 93.4% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #1,911 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: 16,749 (1,318 total cases)
--- 4.0% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 394 (31 new cases, -37% change from previous week)
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#5. Jefferson County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 308 (76 total deaths)
--- 104.0% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #1,761 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 12.2 (3 new deaths, +50% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 28,478 (7,022 total cases)
--- 76.8% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 689 (170 new cases, -36% change from previous week)
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#4. Douglas County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 315 (350 total deaths)
--- 108.6% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #1,694 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 7.2 (8 new deaths, -20% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 17,023 (18,892 total cases)
--- 5.7% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 442 (491 new cases, -34% change from previous week)
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#3. Malheur County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 327 (100 total deaths)
--- 116.6% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #1,584 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: 26,313 (8,044 total cases)
--- 63.4% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 379 (116 new cases, -58% change from previous week)
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#2. Josephine County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 352 (308 total deaths)
--- 133.1% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #1,365 highest rate among all counties nationwide
- New deaths per 100k in the past week: 3.4 (3 new deaths, -67% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 17,798 (15,571 total cases)
--- 10.5% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 620 (542 new cases, -6% change from previous week)
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#1. Harney County

- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 487 (36 total deaths)
--- 222.5% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
--- #462 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: 20,709 (1,531 total cases)
--- 28.6% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- New cases per 100k in the past week: 446 (33 new cases, -48% change from previous week)

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