Authorities: Omicron surge appears to have peaked in Oregon

Updated: Feb. 11, 2022 at 11:25 PM PST
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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say the surge of the omicron variant appears to have peaked in Oregon.

State Health Officer Dr. Dean Sidelinger said Friday new COVID-19 cases have fallen 71% from the peak three weeks ago. Test positivity, while still high, is declining.

The Statesman-Journal reports daily COVID-19 related hospitalizations appear to have crested in late January, at a level just below the peak of the delta variant surge.

On Friday, hospitalizations fell below 1,000 for the first time in three weeks.

“The worst of the surge appears to be behind us,” Sidelinger said.

On Monday, OHA announced the state will lift mask requirements for schools on March 31, and general indoor mask requirements for public places no later than March 31.

Those requirements need to stay in place for now, Sidelinger said, because the state’s health care system is still under strain.