New Oregon forecast dials back hospitalizations for Covid – but still sees an omicron surge

Moderna vaccine doses at a drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Centennial Park in Woodburn in April 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Oregon’s bout with the omicron variant of the coronavirus will be less severe than expected but hospitalizations are still forecast to reach a system-straining peak in February.

Oregon Health & Science University said in a statement Thursday that the forecast was modified to account for “expected booster shots and behavior modifications by Oregonians to reduce the spread of infection.”

Even the more hopeful forecast expects about 1,250 people in the hospital for treatment by mid-February, according to Dr. Peter Graven of OHSU’s Office of Advanced Analytics.

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