CORONAVIRUS, Health, Oregon

Oregon soon could be on the mend from the pandemic with an expected drop in cases, officials say

Oregon’s short-term Covid-19 outlook remains bleak, Oregon’s lead epidemiologist said Friday, with hospitals nearing a peak in the demand for hospital beds and case counts skyrocketing.

But after that, the situation could improve, according to Dr. Dean Sidelinger, the state epidemiologist.

“The omicron variant continues to cut a destructive swath through Oregon, fueling steadily rising hospitalizations, record-shattering daily cases and a staggering test positivity rate,” Sidelinger said in an online news conference. “There is some light at the end of this very dark tunnel. The recent modeling suggests that cases could peak within the next week or so and hospitalizations, a lagging indicator, peaking in the following week.”

Sidelinger is basing his outlook on projections by Peter Graven, assistant professor at Oregon Health & Science University, who released his 

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