OHA says RSV is on the rise statewide

SOUTHERN OREGON —The Oregon Health Authority held a press conference Thursday to talk about Covid and RSV in the state.

The OHA says it expects Covid transmission to increase as people gather indoors and immunity from previous vaccinations wane.

Oregon Health and Science University says there were 229 Covid hospitalizations Wednesday.

It’s anticipating those will increase and peak at 280 by December. But it doesn’t expect this wave will be as severe as last year’s Omicron wave.

Instead, the state is seeing rapidly increasing RSV activity. Symptoms of the respiratory illness include fever, runny nose, and cough.

“Giving this concerning picture, we need to work together to protect hospital capacity so that all of us have access to critical care when we need it,” said Tom Jeanne, OHA Deputy State Health Officer.

The OHA recommends getting a flu shot and staying up to date on your Covid and monkeypox vaccines.

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Jenna King is the 6pm and 11pm anchor for NBC5 News. Jenna is a Burbank, CA native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Sports Business. During her time at Oregon she was part of the student-run television station, Duck TV. She also grew her passion for sports through her internship with the PAC 12 Network. When Jenna is not in the newsroom you can find her rooting for her hometown Dodgers, exploring the outdoors or binging on the latest Netflix release.
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