CORONAVIRUS, Health, Oregon

Peak of omicron hospitalizations and cases in Oregon is over, forecast says

The surge of people hospitalized or infected with omicron is over, according to the latest forecast from Oregon Health & Science University.

The forecast, which influences the policy of the Oregon Health Authority, indicates that Oregon reached its peak, and the number of Oregonians infected or hospitalized has started to decline. The downward slide is expected to continue to mid-June when the state could reach pre-pandemic levels, provided another variant doesn’t emerge, the forecast shows.

In the meantime, Oregonians need to keep their masks on in public places at least until the state mandate is lifted, said Peter Graven, director of OHSU’s Office of Advanced Analytics, who prepared the forecast.

“It’s important for people to stick with masking through the next several weeks,” Graven said in a statement. “Even though our forecast projects light at the end of a very long tunnel, we can’t . . .

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