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Omicron variant spreading faster than expected in Oregon, hospitals face surge of patients

Oregon Health & Science University issued a new forecast on Dec. 31, 2021, showing climbing hospitalizations for Covid. (OHSU/Christine Torres Hicks)

Oregon goes into the new year with the omicron variant of covid spreading faster than expected, setting the stage for record hospitalizations through January, according to the latest forecast from Oregon Health & Science University.

The forecast by Dr. Peter Graven, director of OHSU’s Office of Advanced Analytics, reversed course from a more hopeful report issued just last week.

He now projects the omicron . . .