OHSU released a new COVID-19 forecast on Thursday showing a rise in COVID-19 cases and related hospitalizations and deaths in the next few weeks due to the spread of Omicron variants BA.4 and BA.5.
By mid-July, at the expected peak, infection rates may be similar to the Omicron wave last winter.
The model shows BA.4 and BA.5 began growing in predominance in early May. The two Omicron subvariants are the most transmissible of the COVID-19 variants so far.
At this time, 423 people in Oregon are hospitalized with COVID-19. The report indicates that number may rise to 479 by mid-July. Deaths are also expected to rise.
To keep yourself safe from COVID-19, wear a mask in crowded indoor places and stay up to date with all your vaccinations and boosters. Everyone 6 months and older is eligible for an initial series of COVID-19 vaccinations, and everyone 5 and older is eligible for one booster. For more information about second boosters and recommendations for immunocompromised people, check out the Oregon Health Authority’s website. If you need help finding a vaccine or booster, see OHA vaccination site blog.