Oregon Health Authorities reported five deaths in Lane county besides 300 more new cases on Monday as new cases got reported amidst Covid-19 flare-up. The death toll in Lane County currently reached 186. Statewide, over 3,0000 people have died as of August 23. There are 116 people hospitalized in the County as of Monday with COVID-19.
Out of those times, 43 are in the ICU; 22 are on ventilators. Only 52 of the 116 people receiving hospital care in the County are from here. The others are from outside of the County. Lane County is considered part of Region 3 in Oregon, which also includes Douglas, Coos, and Curry counties. As of Monday, Oregon Health authorities say there are only seven more adult ICU beds available across those four counties – 7% of the total beds. There are 85 non-ICU beds available, roughly 13% of the total beds.
Hospitals have already postponed elective surgeries to maintain or create space to care for emergency patients. Doctors and public health officials note that delaying elective surgeries will have impacts on people awaiting heart valve replacement or the removal of a cancerous tumor.