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It Takes a village to save a community

Volunteers help to make vaccination clinics run smoothly

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National Volunteer Week is April 18-24 this year and what better way to celebrate than to highlight the incredible work volunteers are doing to vaccinate folks against COVID-19 right here in Oregon. 

At vaccination sites of all sizes, volunteers are showing their dedication to their communities.  

Sue Moerer enjoyed a career as a registered nurse and felt it was her duty as a retired healthcare worker to volunteer. She recently participated at a drive-through clinic in Washington County where hundreds of people were vaccinated and plans to help at the Portland International Airport vaccine clinic soon.  

Moerer said, “It is an honor to meet people from all walks of life, the appreciation I get from underserved populations is especially rewarding.” She really enjoys meeting people from diverse backgrounds. Not only does Moerer volunteer with the Medical Reserve Corps of Washington County to assist in COVID-19 vaccine clinics, she also delivers food through Meals 4 Kids, a service in the city of Portland.

Volunteers prepares syringes at vaccination clinic.

Tim Larson is the volunteer coordinator for Providence Health & Services. Larson says there are hundreds of volunteers throughout the state involved in the vaccination effort and without them, clinics such as the All4Oregon COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Site at the Oregon Convention Center would not be possible. Larson has heard from scores of people that they want to be part of the solution to end the pandemic and said, “This massive response is an inspiration. You can feel that people are dedicated to their communities and it’s a great thing to witness.”

Governor Kate Brown, pictured below, recently visited the drive-through vaccine clinic at Portland International Airport to see airport employees get their shots. Volunteers there were commended for their caring and professional service. 

Weekly COVID-19 report, continued…

The Oregon Health Authority’s COVID-19 Weekly Report, released today, shows a third consecutive week of surging daily cases, higher hospitalizations and higher deaths than the previous week.

  • OHA reported 3,722 new daily cases of COVID-19 during the week of Monday, April 5 through Sunday, April 11. That represents a 26% increase from the previous week.
  • New COVID-19 related hospitalizations rose to 156, up from 150 last week.
  • There were 47 reported COVID-19 related deaths, which is the highest weekly total in five weeks.
  • There were 103,928 tests for COVID-19 for the week of April 4 through April 10. The percentage of positive tests was 4.4%.
  • People 70 years of age and older have accounted for 40% of COVID-19 related hospitalizations and 76% of COVID-19 related deaths.

Today’s COVID-19 Weekly Outbreak Report shows 24 active COVID-19 outbreaks in senior living communities and congregate living settings, with three or more confirmed cases and one or more COVID-19 related deaths.

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Dashboard displaying COVID-19 information for April 14

Oregon reports 816 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 3 new deaths

There are three new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 2,449, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 816 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 172,206.

Vaccinations in Oregon 

Today, OHA reported that 39,326 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 24,097 doses were administered on April 13 and 15,229 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on April 13. Cumulative daily totals can take several days to finalize.

The 7-day running average is now 38,392 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered a total of 1,215,804 doses of Pfizer, 1,052,206 doses of Moderna and 86,624 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. As of today, 945, 453 people have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series. There are 1,492,658 who have had at least one dose.

To date,1,499,355 doses of Pfizer,1,289,900 doses of Moderna and 215,500 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines have been delivered to sites across Oregon.

These data are preliminary and subject to change.

OHA’s dashboards provide regularly updated vaccination data, and Oregon’s dashboard has been updated today.

Cases and deaths 

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (14), Benton (25), Clackamas (97), Clatsop (2), Columbia (13), Coos (4), Crook (2), Curry (3), Deschutes (84), Douglas (8), Grant (32), Harney (1), Hood River (8), Jackson (50), Jefferson (3), Josephine (19), Klamath (27), Lane (49), Lincoln (6), Linn (23), Malheur (2), Marion (83), Morrow (1), Multnomah (126), Polk (18), Sherman (1), Tillamook (1), Umatilla (9), Union (2), Wasco (8), Washington (86) and Yamhill (9).

Oregon’s 2,447th COVID-19 death is a 66-year-old woman in Tillamook County who tested positive on March 17 and died on April 13 at Oregon Health & Science University Hospital. She had no underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,448th COVID-19 death is an 88-year-old woman in Union County who tested positive on February 22 and died on March 15. Location of death is being confirmed. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,449th COVID-19 death is a 56-year-old man in Klamath County who tested positive on March 1 and died on April 7 at Sky Lakes Medical Center. He had no underlying conditions.

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