Counties with highest COVID-19 infection rates in Oregon

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November 17, 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.

The United States as of Nov. 16 reached over 1 million COVID-19-related deaths and 98.1 million COVID-19 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. Currently, 68.6% of the population is fully vaccinated, and 10.1% of vaccinated people have received the most recently available bivalent 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 Nov. 10, 2022. 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: 0 (0 new cases, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 16,318 (312 total cases)
--- 24.7% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 314 (6 total deaths)
--- 51.7% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 46.3% (886 fully vaccinated)
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#35. Wheeler County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 0 (0 new cases, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 20,721 (276 total cases)
--- 4.4% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 225 (3 total deaths)
--- 8.7% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 55.3% (737 fully vaccinated)
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#34. Wallowa County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 14 (1 new cases, -67% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 21,074 (1,519 total cases)
--- 2.7% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 305 (22 total deaths)
--- 47.3% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 61.0% (4,399 fully vaccinated)
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#33. Morrow County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 17 (2 new cases, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 28,337 (3,288 total cases)
--- 30.8% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 319 (37 total deaths)
--- 54.1% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 57.6% (6,687 fully vaccinated)
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#32. Curry County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 22 (5 new cases, -50% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 19,206 (4,403 total cases)
--- 11.4% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 284 (65 total deaths)
--- 37.2% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 57.5% (13,186 fully vaccinated)
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#31. Clatsop County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 30 (12 new cases, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 14,849 (5,973 total cases)
--- 31.5% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 147 (59 total deaths)
--- 29.0% less deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 68.9% (27,706 fully vaccinated)
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#30. Wasco County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 30 (8 new cases, -70% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 24,200 (6,457 total cases)
--- 11.7% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 274 (73 total deaths)
--- 32.4% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 67.8% (18,089 fully vaccinated)
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#29. Umatilla County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 33 (26 new cases, -41% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 32,745 (25,525 total cases)
--- 51.1% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 316 (246 total deaths)
--- 52.7% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 57.3% (44,677 fully vaccinated)
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#28. Lake County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 38 (3 new cases, +50% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 20,790 (1,636 total cases)
--- 4.0% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 407 (32 total deaths)
--- 96.6% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 40.2% (3,166 fully vaccinated)
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#27. Grant County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 42 (3 new cases, -40% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 30,338 (2,184 total cases)
--- 40.0% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 361 (26 total deaths)
--- 74.4% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 46.1% (3,316 fully vaccinated)
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#26. Hood River County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 43 (10 new cases, +43% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 18,968 (4,435 total cases)
--- 12.5% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 205 (48 total deaths)
--- 1.0% less deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 87.7% (20,502 fully vaccinated)
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#25. Baker County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 43 (7 new cases, +17% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 22,898 (3,692 total cases)
--- 5.7% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 378 (61 total deaths)
--- 82.6% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 71.4% (11,508 fully vaccinated)
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#24. Yamhill County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 44 (47 new cases, -11% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 20,184 (21,617 total cases)
--- 6.8% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 228 (244 total deaths)
--- 10.1% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 64.8% (69,430 fully vaccinated)
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#23. Lincoln County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 46 (23 new cases, +109% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 17,577 (8,782 total cases)
--- 18.9% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 212 (106 total deaths)
--- 2.4% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 73.1% (36,510 fully vaccinated)
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#22. Linn County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 46 (60 new cases, +150% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 24,379 (31,631 total cases)
--- 12.5% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 240 (311 total deaths)
--- 15.9% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 56.8% (73,639 fully vaccinated)
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#21. Columbia County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 48 (25 new cases, -17% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 18,627 (9,752 total cases)
--- 14.0% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 212 (111 total deaths)
--- 2.4% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 62.9% (32,914 fully vaccinated)
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#20. Union County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 52 (14 new cases, +17% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 21,125 (5,669 total cases)
--- 2.5% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 335 (90 total deaths)
--- 61.8% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 50.7% (13,618 fully vaccinated)
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#19. Marion County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 53 (185 new cases, +20% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 24,167 (84,057 total cases)
--- 11.5% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 229 (796 total deaths)
--- 10.6% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 64.8% (225,346 fully vaccinated)
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#18. Sherman County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 56 (1 new cases, 0% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 21,124 (376 total cases)
--- 2.5% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 337 (6 total deaths)
--- 62.8% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 59.3% (1,056 fully vaccinated)
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#17. Polk County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 58 (50 new cases, -6% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 22,502 (19,371 total cases)
--- 3.9% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 181 (156 total deaths)
--- 12.6% less deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 65.0% (55,915 fully vaccinated)
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#16. Douglas County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 60 (67 new cases, -7% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 22,404 (24,864 total cases)
--- 3.4% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 396 (439 total deaths)
--- 91.3% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 54.0% (59,971 fully vaccinated)
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#15. Tillamook County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 67 (18 new cases, +157% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 17,606 (4,760 total cases)
--- 18.7% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 277 (75 total deaths)
--- 33.8% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 66.4% (17,948 fully vaccinated)
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#14. Josephine County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 67 (59 new cases, +84% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 22,551 (19,729 total cases)
--- 4.1% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 438 (383 total deaths)
--- 111.6% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 51.3% (44,902 fully vaccinated)
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#13. Washington County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 70 (421 new cases, +31% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 19,326 (116,265 total cases)
--- 10.8% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 120 (722 total deaths)
--- 42.0% less deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 78.5% (472,367 fully vaccinated)
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#12. Lane County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 70 (267 new cases, +20% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 19,549 (74,691 total cases)
--- 9.8% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 171 (653 total deaths)
--- 17.4% less deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 69.4% (265,068 fully vaccinated)
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#11. Klamath County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 73 (50 new cases, +43% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 25,158 (17,167 total cases)
--- 16.1% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 365 (249 total deaths)
--- 76.3% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 52.0% (35,483 fully vaccinated)
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#10. Jackson County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 79 (174 new cases, +37% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 23,444 (51,798 total cases)
--- 8.2% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 272 (600 total deaths)
--- 31.4% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 59.6% (131,731 fully vaccinated)
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#9. Deschutes County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 80 (158 new cases, +14% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 30,027 (59,360 total cases)
--- 38.6% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 184 (363 total deaths)
--- 11.1% less deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 71.3% (140,883 fully vaccinated)
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#8. Clackamas County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 85 (356 new cases, +63% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 19,118 (79,949 total cases)
--- 11.8% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 179 (748 total deaths)
--- 13.5% less deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 70.9% (296,492 fully vaccinated)
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#7. Malheur County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 85 (26 new cases, +30% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 30,408 (9,296 total cases)
--- 40.3% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 386 (118 total deaths)
--- 86.5% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 49.8% (15,223 fully vaccinated)
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#6. Benton County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 90 (84 new cases, +38% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 22,424 (20,866 total cases)
--- 3.5% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 93 (87 total deaths)
--- 55.1% less deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 76.9% (71,550 fully vaccinated)
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#5. Multnomah County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 96 (781 new cases, +16% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 19,949 (162,160 total cases)
--- 7.9% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 172 (1,399 total deaths)
--- 16.9% less deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 81.9% (665,645 fully vaccinated)
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#4. Jefferson County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 97 (24 new cases, -4% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 34,999 (8,630 total cases)
--- 61.5% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 410 (101 total deaths)
--- 98.1% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 65.2% (16,080 fully vaccinated)
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#3. Crook County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 139 (34 new cases, +183% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 30,851 (7,529 total cases)
--- 42.4% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 373 (91 total deaths)
--- 80.2% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 52.5% (12,816 fully vaccinated)
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#2. Harney County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 149 (11 new cases, +120% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 25,511 (1,886 total cases)
--- 17.7% more cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 555 (41 total deaths)
--- 168.1% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 47.0% (3,472 fully vaccinated)
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#1. Coos County, OR

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 161 (104 new cases, +8% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 21,559 (13,903 total cases)
--- 0.5% less cases per 100k residents than Oregon
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 273 (176 total deaths)
--- 31.9% more deaths per 100k residents than Oregon
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 58.7% (37,856 fully vaccinated)

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