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Corona Virus Update – January 7th

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Jan. 7, 2021

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Should people who have recovered from COVID-19 get vaccinated?

We’ve received questions from people who have had COVID-19 and recovered, wondering whether they should still get the vaccine. 

Unfortunately, re-infection is possible with COVID-19. Therefore, even if you have already had the virus and recovered, you may still be advised to get a COVID-19 vaccine. According to the CDC, COVID-19 vaccination should be offered to persons regardless of a history of COVID-19 infection, with or without symptoms. They don’t recommend testing to check for prior infection when deciding to get the vaccine. Natural immunity, which is gained from having the infection, varies from person to person. It is still unknown how long natural immunity lasts, though some evidence already indicates that it is not for an extensive period of time.  

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines, visit OHA’s COVID-19 webpage (English and Spanish). 

Due to the severe health risks from COVID-19 and the fact that reinfection is still possible, you mays still be advised to get the vaccine. #MyORHealth horizontal rule

The hazards of the home office

Last spring, lots of office workers packed up what we could from our cubes and set up shop at home. Many of us have been making use of armchairs, couches and  beds to support our new work-from-home lifestyle.   

According toSAIF, no matter how comfortable these solutions might seem, these “non-office environments” have the potential to put stress on various parts of the body, which can lead to discomfort, fatigue and soreness. To help keep these ergonomic issues at bay, SAIF shared these recommendations to keep your computer workstation hazard-free:   

  • Assume a relaxed, tension-free posture in your neck and shoulders.  
  • Place your elbows at a 90-degree angle.  
  • Keep your wrists protected from sharp or hard edges, and in a neutral position.  
  • Make sure the mouse is at the same height and distance from the screen as the keyboard.  
  • Ensure adequate lower back support.  
  • Keep your knees at a 90-degree angle.   
  • Keep your hips at a 90-degree angle.   
  • Position your feet flat on the floor or supported by a footrest.   
  • Make sure the height of your work surface is appropriate.   
  • Sit at the correct distance from the monitor: about 25”.   
  • Keep computer monitor at, or slightly below, eye level.  

To learn more about how to get the most out of your office setup, how to maintain perfect posture and what office stretches you can incorporate into your daily routine to prevent fatigue, visit SAIF’s full page of home office resourceshere. 

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Facebook Live on questions about COVID-19 data

We know a lot you are interested in Oregon’s COVID-19 data On Wednesday, Jan. 6, we held a Facebook Live Q&A on COVID-19 data. The recording is available in English or Spanish. Here are time stamps for the questions: 

7:44 – Why don’t you report data on how many people have recovered from COVID-19? 

9:06 – Why aren’t we seeing data being reported for flu? 

9:37 – Why do you focus on cumulative cases instead of active cases? 

10:41 – Why not open gyms? What data supports keeping gyms closed? 

12:49 – Why don’t we know where the sporadic cases are coming from? Are they really untraceable? 

13:56 – Do you release the results of contact tracing? 

15:43 – I heard that data is behind a week. Is that true? 

17:15 – Is Oregon testing for SARS-CoV-2 variants like those found in the United Kingdom or South Africa? If so, have those variants been seen in Oregon? 

18:53 – What are the most effective counties in Oregon, and where can I find that information in Spanish? 

19:48 – Are positive tests for one individual reported multiple times? 

21:40 – Is there a data page on the OHA site that shows how far away any given county is to meeting the criteria for the next level of allowable commerce? 

24:50 – Why does the map of cases by zip code omit Warm Springs? 

25:34 – Do you have any data on the false positive rate for the PCR testing done in the state? 

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Oregon reports 867 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 10 new deaths

COVID-19 has claimed 10 more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 1,568, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today. 

Oregon Health Authority reported 867 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 121,085. 

Today’s case count is lower than anticipated because of technical issues. 

Vaccinations in Oregon: Today, OHA recorded 5,249 doses of vaccine administered — including 995 second doses — raising the state’s total number of doses administered to 66,920. This figure is based on preliminary reports of 3,429 doses administered yesterday, as well as 1,820 doses administered on prior days that had not been recorded. OHA’s daily media updates provide information that is preliminary and subject to change. The OHA’s dashboards provide more updated vaccination data. 

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, 250,100 doses of vaccine have been delivered to sites across Oregon. 

COVID-19 hospitalizationsThe number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 462, which is 18 fewer than yesterday. There are 91 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is 29 fewer 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. More information about hospital capacity can be found here. 

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (3), Benton (30), Clackamas (44), Clatsop (1), Columbia (1), Coos (7), Crook (15), Curry (1), Deschutes (44), Douglas (14), Grant (3), Harney (3), Hood River (10), Jackson (71), Jefferson (20), Josephine (5), Klamath (3), Lake (10), Lane (76), Lincoln (7), Linn (33), Malheur (17), Marion (134), Morrow (3), Multnomah (17), Polk (27), Sherman (10), Tillamook (7), Umatilla (159), Union (14), Wallowa (2), Wasco (9), Washington (33) and Yamhill (34). 

Here is more information on the deaths reported today:     

Oregon’s 1,559th COVID-19 death is an 88-year-old woman in Marion County who tested positive on Dec. 3 and died on Jan. 3 at her residence. She had underlying conditions. 

Oregon’s 1,560th COVID-19 death is a 74-year-old man in Clackamas County who tested positive on Dec. 22 and died on Jan. 2 at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed. 

Oregon’s 1,561st COVID-19 death is an 85-year-old woman in Tillamook County who tested positive on Dec. 29 and died on Jan. 5 at her residence. She had underlying conditions. 

Oregon’s 1,562nd COVID-19 death is a 56-year-old man in Umatilla County who tested positive on Dec. 30 and died on Jan. 2 at his residence. He had underlying conditions. 

Oregon’s 1,563rd COVID-19 death is an 87-year-old man in Washington County who tested positive on Dec. 14 and died on Dec. 20 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. He had underlying conditions. 

Oregon’s 1,564th COVID-19 death is an 88-year-old man in Washington County who tested positive on Dec. 21 and died on Jan. 1 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. He had underlying conditions. 

Oregon’s 1,565th COVID-19 death is a 72-year-old woman in Yamhill County who tested positive on Dec. 4 and died on Dec. 24 at her residence. She had underlying conditions. 

Oregon’s 1,566th COVID-19 death is a 73-year-old man in Linn County who tested positive on Dec. 31 and died on Dec. 31; location of death is being confirmed. He had underlying conditions. 

Oregon’s 1,567th COVID-19 death is an 88-year-old man in Josephine County who tested positive on Dec. 3 and died on Jan. 5 at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed. 

Oregon’s 1,568th COVID-19 death is an 81-year-old man in Josephine County who tested positive on Dec. 15 and died on Dec. 26 at his residence. He had underlying conditions. 

Note: Updated information is available for Oregon’s 1,281st death, reported on Dec. 17, 2020. She is a 78-year-old woman in Clackamas County. She was originally reported as a Washington County resident. 

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