Nasty allergic reactions are not that common – but when they happen….get ’em to the Emergency Room!!
January 1, 2021
Case of severe allergic reaction to COVID-19 reported in Wallowa
Individual is employed at Wallowa Memorial Hospital and recovering
As the public health authority for Wallowa County, Oregon Health Authority is reporting that a health care worker in the county has had a severe allergic reaction to the Moderna vaccine that required hospitalization.
OHA is closely monitoring the case, which involves an employee at Wallowa Memorial Hospital who experienced anaphylaxis after receiving a first dose of the Moderna vaccine this week. The individual is recovering at a hospital.
Those who have had an immediate allergic reaction—even if it was not severe—to a vaccine or injectable therapy for any disease should ask their health care provider if they should get a COVID-19 vaccine. Your provider will help you decide if it is safe for you to get vaccinated.
OHA has been responsible for providing limited public health services in Wallowa County since April 2018, when the Wallowa County Board of Commissioners voted to transfer its local public health authority to the state agency. During the COVID-19 pandemic, OHA is working closely with Wallowa County partners on COVID-19 case investigation, contact tracing and vaccination.
New vaccines for COVID-19 can cause mild to moderate side effects in some people, including pain and swelling on the arm, and sometimes fever, chills, tiredness and headache. These are normal signs that your body is building an immune response against the virus, and while they may affect your ability to do daily activities, they should go away in a few days.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that in rare cases, some people have experienced severe allergic reactions after getting a COVID-19 vaccine. An allergic reaction is considered severe when a person needs to be treated with epinephrine or EpiPen, or if they must go to the hospital.
OHA will continue to track adverse events related to the COVID-19 vaccines through the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, which the CDC co-manages with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. VAERS accepts and analyzes reports of adverse events after a person has received a vaccination. Anyone can report an adverse event to VAERS. Health care professionals are required to report certain adverse events and vaccine manufacturers are required to report all adverse events that come to their attention. For more information, visit the VAERS website.
So far, a total of 44,415 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Oregon since the week of Dec. 13.
Oregon reports 1,446 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 13 new deaths
COVID-19 has claimed 13 more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 1,490 the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.
Oregon Health Authority reported 1,446 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 115,339.
Vaccinations in Oregon
OHA is providing weekday updates on administered doses of COVID-19 vaccines in Oregon on its vaccination data dashboard.
Today OHA recorded 5,717 doses of vaccine, raising the state’s total number of first vaccine doses to 44,415. This figure is based on preliminary reports of 3,385 doses administered yesterday, as well as 2,332 administered on prior days that had not been recorded. All vaccinations occurred at Oregon hospitals, long-term care facilities, emergency medical service (EMS) agencies, urgent care facilities and Local Public Health Authorities (LPHAs).
To date, 190,500 doses of vaccine have been delivered to sites across Oregon.
The dashboard provides weekday updates on the number of people vaccinated, both by state and by county, along with key demographic information showing the race, ethnicity, sex and age of everyone who has been vaccinated. OHA will begin publishing this data during weekends starting Saturday, Jan 2.
The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 466, 22 fewer than yesterday. There are 109 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, three more than yesterday.
The total number of patients in hospital beds may fluctuate between report times. The numbers do not reflect admissions per day, nor the length of hospital stay. Staffing limitations are not captured in this data and may further limit bed capacity.
Cases and deaths
The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (10), Benton (20), Clackamas (90), Clatsop (27), Columbia (6), Coos (13), Crook (9), Curry (8), Deschutes (108), Douglas (39), Harney (3), Hood River (12), Jackson (50), Jefferson (15), Josephine (41), Klamath (2), Lake (3), Lane (88), Lincoln (10), Linn (39), Malheur (17), Marion (205), Morrow (10), Multnomah (265), Polk (21), Tillamook (5), Umatilla (57), Union (3), Wallowa (1), Wasco (11), Washington (220), and Yamhill (38).
NOTE: Due to a laboratory reporting error, OHA received a large volume of Electronic Laboratory Results (ELRs) dating from June through December. As a result, daily ELR totals are significantly higher today than usual; however, percent positivity remains stable.
Additionally, Willamette Manor Assisted Living in Lebanon has an active outbreak with two cases. We mistakenly reported three instead of two cases in our weekly outbreak report. OHA regrets the error.
Oregon’s 1,478th COVID-19 death is a 70-year-old woman in Washington County who tested positive on Nov. 10 and died on Dec. 26 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.
Oregon’s 1,479th COVID-19 death is a 55-year-old man in Multnomah County who tested positive on Dec. 22 and died on Dec. 24 at Providence Portland Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.
Oregon’s 1,480th COVID-19 death is a 70-year-old woman in Multnomah County who tested positive on Dec. 14 and died on Dec. 26. She had underlying conditions. Location of death is being confirmed.
Oregon’s 1,481st COVID-19 death is a 99-year-old woman in Multnomah County who tested positive on Dec. 4 and died on Dec. 30. Presence of underlying conditions and location of death are being confirmed.
Oregon’s 1,482nd COVID-19 death is a 74-year-old man in Marion County who tested positive on Dec. 8 and died on Dec. 30 at Salem Hospital. He had underlying conditions.
Oregon’s 1,483rd COVID-19 death is a 74-year-old man in Marion County who tested positive on Nov. 22 and died on Dec. 30 at Salem Hospital. He had underlying conditions.
Oregon’s 1,484th COVID-19 death is an 86-year-old woman in Marion County who tested positive on Dec. 1 and died on Dec. 15 at her residence. She had no known underlying conditions.
Oregon’s 1,485th COVID-19 death is an 84-year-old woman in Lane County who tested positive on Dec. 14 and died on Dec. 29 at Peace Health Sacred Heart Riverbend Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.
Oregon’s 1,486th COVID-19 death is a 70-year-old woman in Jefferson County who tested positive on Dec. 24 and died on Dec. 30 at St. Charles Bend Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.
Oregon’s 1,487th COVID-19 death is an 85-year-old woman in Hood River County who tested positive on Dec. 13 and died on Dec. 31 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.
Oregon’s 1,488th COVID-19 death is an 88-year-old man in Hood River County who tested positive on Dec. 4 and died on Dec. 31 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.
Oregon’s 1,489th COVID-19 death is an 89-year-old woman in Coos County who tested positive on Dec. 15 and died on Dec. 30 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.
Oregon’s 1,490th COVID-19 death is a 63-year-old woman in Columbia County who tested positive on Dec. 19 and died on Dec. 19. Presence of underlying conditions and location of death are being confirmed.