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Another Covid-19 Update

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July 22, 2021

Vaccine Voices: Salem mom says getting COVID-19 was not an option

Girl wearing sunglasses, tank top, striped shorts and sandals poses with arms crossed and smiles.Mary Hoeft, from Salem, says in all honesty, she was slightly hesitant about getting the second COVID-19 vaccine because she had heard of side effects such as fever, chills and low energy. Being low on energy is not an option for Hoeft, 42, who is a single mother of a 9-year-old child with special needs. Staying home to care for her daughter, Tamara, is a full-time job.

“In the end, I got the second dose because I wanted to show my daughter that it’s okay to get vaccinated and there is nothing to it. I wanted her to see that the side effects are not permanent,” said Hoeft.

Though most people she has spoken to have already been vaccinated, some are still on the fence, “They don’t want to get vaccinated because they believe the narrative that is going around about vaccines causing severe adverse side effects including developmental ones. That is just not true.

Woman wearing glasses smiles at camera. In the background are walls painted with flowers and photos hanging on them.]“I’ve had to remind several people that rumors are just that, rumors. They have no scientific basis or fact.”

Read the full story on the OHA blog.

If you’re concerned about getting the COVID-19 vaccine, your health care provider can answer your questions.

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OHA leadership discuss increase in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations

“New COVID-19 cases are surging for people who are unvaccinated,” said OHA Director Patrick Allen today. “The number of new cases we’re reporting each day has doubled since last week.” 

Director Allen made the following points:

  • Fully vaccinated people remain well-protected against COVID-19 and its variants.
  • People who are partially vaccinated or unvaccinated now make up more than 9 in 10 of all new infections, hospitalizations and deaths.
  • Counties with low vaccination rates are seeing the highest COVID-19 infection rates, while counties with high vaccination rates constitute almost all the counties with the lowest infection rates.

Dr. Sidelinger pointed out that the spread of COVID-19 among unvaccinated people has only worsened with the highly contagious Delta variant becoming the most dominant variant in Oregon.

“One pandemic is subsiding for more than 2.4 million Oregonians who have received a COVID-19 vaccine,” said Dr. Sidelinger. “But for the remaining Oregonians — especially those in communities where vaccinations are lagging — the resurging virus still looms large.” 

Read more about the press conference at the Oregon Vaccine News blog.

Visit OHA’sFind a COVID-19 Vaccine in Oregonwebpage to schedule your vaccine appointment today. 

Take care of your mental health during stressful times

With wildfires across Oregon, we want to acknowledge the importance of taking care of your mental health in stressful situations like these. This is especially important if you’re still recovering from last year’s wildfires. Taking care of your mental health could include making a self-care plan, getting support in your community or talking with people who care about you. For more mental health resources, visit our Safe+Strong website at safestrongoregon.org.

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Oregon reports 539 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 1 new death

We want to keep you informed about COVID-19 in Oregon. Data are provisional and change frequently.

  • Samples for 309,949 tests have been reported positive.
  • Samples for 5,297,342 tests have been reported negative.

Today we’re reporting 539 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 214,263. The new cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (1), Benton (7), Clackamas (44), Columbia ( 8 ), Coos (6), Crook (3), Curry (3), Deschutes (28), Douglas (19), Grant (1), Hood River (1), Jackson (63), Jefferson (6), Josephine (27), Klamath (3), Lane (50), Lincoln (2), Linn (24), Malheur (4), Marion (36), Morrow (3), Multnomah (54), Polk ( 8 ), Tillamook (1), Umatilla (70), Union (3), Wallowa (5), Wasco (4), Washington (43) and Yamhill (12).

There is one new COVID-19 related death in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 2,834. More information on COVID-19 related deaths are available here: oregon.gov/oha/erd/pages/covid-19-news.aspx

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 169, which is 18 more than yesterday. There are 39 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is two 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.

For more information, visit healthoregon.org/coronavirus  

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