Counties with highest COVID-19 infection rates in Oregon

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January 26, 2022
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Counties with highest COVID-19 infection rates 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. 25 reached 870,916 COVID-19-related deaths and 72 million COVID-19 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. Currently, 63.4% of the population is fully vaccinated, and 40.1% have received booster doses.

Stacker compiled a list of the counties with highest COVID-19 infection rates in Oregon using data from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and vaccination data from Covid Act Now. Counties are ranked by the highest infection rate per 100,000 residents within the week leading up to Jan. 24, 2021. Cumulative cases per 100,000 served as a tiebreaker.

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

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#36. Gilliam County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 157 (3 new cases, -62% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 11,768 (225 total cases)
--- 13.1% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 209 (4 total deaths)
--- 48.2% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 44.1% (843 fully vaccinated)
--- 34.8% lower vaccination rate than Oregon
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#35. Sherman County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 281 (5 new cases, -69% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 13,090 (233 total cases)
--- 3.3% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 169 (3 total deaths)
--- 19.9% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 56.9% (1,012 fully vaccinated)
--- 15.8% lower vaccination rate than Oregon
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#34. Harney County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 298 (22 new cases, +69% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 17,652 (1,305 total cases)
--- 30.4% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 473 (35 total deaths)
--- 235.5% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 45.1% (3,333 fully vaccinated)
--- 33.3% lower vaccination rate than Oregon
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#33. Wheeler County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 526 (7 new cases, -63% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 12,913 (172 total cases)
--- 4.6% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 150 (2 total deaths)
--- 6.4% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 54.1% (720 fully vaccinated)
--- 20.0% lower vaccination rate than Oregon
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#32. Lake County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 674 (53 new cases, +194% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 14,843 (1,168 total cases)
--- 9.7% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 292 (23 total deaths)
--- 107.1% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 38.7% (3,048 fully vaccinated)
--- 42.8% lower vaccination rate than Oregon
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#31. Clatsop County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 788 (317 new cases, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 9,191 (3,697 total cases)
--- 32.1% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 92 (37 total deaths)
--- 34.8% less deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 64.5% (25,928 fully vaccinated)
--- 4.6% lower vaccination rate than Oregon
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#30. Tillamook County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 829 (224 new cases, +27% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 10,856 (2,935 total cases)
--- 19.8% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 200 (54 total deaths)
--- 41.8% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 63.1% (17,063 fully vaccinated)
--- 6.7% lower vaccination rate than Oregon
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#29. Wasco County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 847 (226 new cases, -10% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 14,692 (3,920 total cases)
--- 8.5% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 187 (50 total deaths)
--- 32.6% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 63.7% (16,989 fully vaccinated)
--- 5.8% lower vaccination rate than Oregon
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#28. Douglas County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 882 (979 new cases, +45% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 14,765 (16,386 total cases)
--- 9.1% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 291 (323 total deaths)
--- 106.4% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 51.5% (57,204 fully vaccinated)
--- 23.8% lower vaccination rate than Oregon
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#27. Curry County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,008 (231 new cases, -12% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 11,346 (2,601 total cases)
--- 16.2% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 179 (41 total deaths)
--- 27.0% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 54.3% (12,437 fully vaccinated)
--- 19.7% lower vaccination rate than Oregon
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#26. Hood River County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,048 (245 new cases, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 12,257 (2,866 total cases)
--- 9.4% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 163 (38 total deaths)
--- 15.6% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 82.3% (19,244 fully vaccinated)
--- 21.7% higher vaccination rate than Oregon
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#25. Union County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,066 (286 new cases, +28% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 15,487 (4,156 total cases)
--- 14.4% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 242 (65 total deaths)
--- 71.6% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 47.9% (12,861 fully vaccinated)
--- 29.1% lower vaccination rate than Oregon
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#24. Multnomah County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,111 (9,032 new cases, -16% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 11,584 (94,163 total cases)
--- 14.4% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 116 (940 total deaths)
--- 17.7% less deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 77.1% (626,328 fully vaccinated)
--- 14.1% higher vaccination rate than Oregon
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#23. Columbia County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,156 (605 new cases, +56% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 11,453 (5,996 total cases)
--- 15.4% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 128 (67 total deaths)
--- 9.2% less deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 59.2% (30,979 fully vaccinated)
--- 12.4% lower vaccination rate than Oregon
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#22. Clackamas County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,175 (4,914 new cases, -6% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 11,917 (49,836 total cases)
--- 12.0% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 110 (458 total deaths)
--- 22.0% less deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 67.0% (280,270 fully vaccinated)
--- 0.9% lower vaccination rate than Oregon
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#21. Josephine County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,180 (1,032 new cases, +46% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 15,126 (13,233 total cases)
--- 11.7% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 333 (291 total deaths)
--- 136.2% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 49.0% (42,906 fully vaccinated)
--- 27.5% lower vaccination rate than Oregon
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#20. Lincoln County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,191 (595 new cases, +14% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 10,616 (5,304 total cases)
--- 21.6% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 124 (62 total deaths)
--- 12.1% less deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 69.2% (34,567 fully vaccinated)
--- 2.4% higher vaccination rate than Oregon
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#19. Coos County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,227 (791 new cases, -7% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 13,279 (8,563 total cases)
--- 1.9% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 198 (128 total deaths)
--- 40.4% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 55.9% (36,065 fully vaccinated)
--- 17.3% lower vaccination rate than Oregon
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#18. Grant County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,236 (89 new cases, +65% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 19,086 (1,374 total cases)
--- 41.0% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 250 (18 total deaths)
--- 77.3% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 44.7% (3,218 fully vaccinated)
--- 33.9% lower vaccination rate than Oregon
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#17. Baker County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,271 (205 new cases, +42% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 17,018 (2,744 total cases)
--- 25.7% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 248 (40 total deaths)
--- 75.9% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 69.3% (11,170 fully vaccinated)
--- 2.5% higher vaccination rate than Oregon
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#16. Washington County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,285 (7,731 new cases, -12% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 11,456 (68,918 total cases)
--- 15.4% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 77 (461 total deaths)
--- 45.4% less deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 74.0% (445,205 fully vaccinated)
--- 9.5% higher vaccination rate than Oregon
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#15. Lane County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,334 (5,095 new cases, +31% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 11,539 (44,086 total cases)
--- 14.8% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 104 (397 total deaths)
--- 26.2% less deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 66.0% (252,048 fully vaccinated)
--- 2.4% lower vaccination rate than Oregon
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#14. Yamhill County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,401 (1,500 new cases, +18% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 12,992 (13,914 total cases)
--- 4.0% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 157 (168 total deaths)
--- 11.3% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 61.4% (65,758 fully vaccinated)
--- 9.2% lower vaccination rate than Oregon
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#13. Malheur County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,443 (441 new cases, +25% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 22,799 (6,970 total cases)
--- 68.4% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 314 (96 total deaths)
--- 122.7% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 46.1% (14,090 fully vaccinated)
--- 31.8% lower vaccination rate than Oregon
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#12. Klamath County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,493 (1,019 new cases, +70% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 16,539 (11,286 total cases)
--- 22.2% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 262 (179 total deaths)
--- 85.8% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 49.3% (33,652 fully vaccinated)
--- 27.1% lower vaccination rate than Oregon
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#11. Polk County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,528 (1,315 new cases, +25% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 13,900 (11,966 total cases)
--- 2.7% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 134 (115 total deaths)
--- 5.0% less deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 61.6% (53,036 fully vaccinated)
--- 8.9% lower vaccination rate than Oregon
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#10. Wallowa County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,568 (113 new cases, +88% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 13,762 (992 total cases)
--- 1.7% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 180 (13 total deaths)
--- 27.7% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 57.9% (4,171 fully vaccinated)
--- 14.3% lower vaccination rate than Oregon
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#9. Jackson County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,609 (3,555 new cases, +37% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 15,608 (34,484 total cases)
--- 15.3% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 189 (417 total deaths)
--- 34.0% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 56.7% (125,285 fully vaccinated)
--- 16.1% lower vaccination rate than Oregon
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#8. Benton County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,688 (1,571 new cases, -8% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 12,129 (11,286 total cases)
--- 10.4% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 49 (46 total deaths)
--- 65.2% less deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 73.2% (68,092 fully vaccinated)
--- 8.3% higher vaccination rate than Oregon
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#7. Linn County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,719 (2,230 new cases, +64% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 15,821 (20,528 total cases)
--- 16.9% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 170 (221 total deaths)
--- 20.6% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 54.0% (70,088 fully vaccinated)
--- 20.1% lower vaccination rate than Oregon
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#6. Marion County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,739 (6,048 new cases, +38% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 15,938 (55,435 total cases)
--- 17.7% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 164 (570 total deaths)
--- 16.3% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 60.8% (211,342 fully vaccinated)
--- 10.1% lower vaccination rate than Oregon
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#5. Morrow County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,870 (217 new cases, +13% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 22,141 (2,569 total cases)
--- 63.6% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 224 (26 total deaths)
--- 58.9% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 53.6% (6,223 fully vaccinated)
--- 20.7% lower vaccination rate than Oregon
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#4. Crook County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 1,967 (480 new cases, +38% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 19,144 (4,672 total cases)
--- 41.4% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 254 (62 total deaths)
--- 80.1% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 49.6% (12,103 fully vaccinated)
--- 26.6% lower vaccination rate than Oregon
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#3. Umatilla County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 2,064 (1,609 new cases, +18% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 25,016 (19,500 total cases)
--- 84.8% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 244 (190 total deaths)
--- 73.0% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 53.7% (41,856 fully vaccinated)
--- 20.6% lower vaccination rate than Oregon
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#2. Deschutes County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 2,069 (4,090 new cases, -7% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 18,984 (37,530 total cases)
--- 40.2% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 114 (225 total deaths)
--- 19.1% less deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 67.3% (133,037 fully vaccinated)
--- 0.4% lower vaccination rate than Oregon
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#1. Jefferson County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 2,539 (626 new cases, +19% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 23,842 (5,879 total cases)
--- 76.1% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 288 (71 total deaths)
--- 104.3% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 60.6% (14,949 fully vaccinated)
--- 10.4% lower vaccination rate than Oregon

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