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Rising COVID-19 hospitalizations highlight need for vaccinations

(LINCOLN COUNTY, Oregon – April 23rd) – As of the writing of this release on April 23, Samaritan Health Services was caring for 19 patients with COVID-19 in its five hospitals in Albany, Corvallis, Lebanon, Lincoln City and Newport.

This is the highest number of coronavirus inpatients in Samaritan facilities since mid-January, and the most coronavirus patients between the ages of 40 and 59 since November 2020.

“Though the numbers of new cases had decreased in an encouraging way, for the last four days, Oregon has seen 1,000 or more new coronavirus cases per day,” said Infectious Disease Specialist Adam Brady, MD, of the Samaritan Coronavirus Task Force. “This underscores the importance of vaccinating as many people as possible as soon as possible.”

If you have not yet been vaccinated for COVID-19, please make an appointment as soon as you can. If you have been vaccinated, thanks for doing everything you can to help end this pandemic. Please encourage your family and friends to get vaccinated as soon as possible as well. It is 100% free of charge to all people.

To schedule an appointment for COVID-19 vaccination:

Visit samhealth.org/GetTheVaccine, where you will find scheduling links for county vaccination events when appointments are available. There are also some clinics with walk-in availability. If no appointments are currently available, you are encouraged to check back often as appointments are added regularly when supply is available.
If you or someone you know does not have internet access through a computer or smart phone, the Samaritan COVID-19 vaccine scheduling hotline is available at 855-441-2311.

Another option is to visit local pharmacy websites. Helpful websites for finding pharmacies with appointments include vaccinefinder.org and vaccinespotter.org/OR.

For more information about Samaritan Health Services’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit samhealth.org/Coronavirus.

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