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Dec. 10, 2021

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Vaccine Voices: ‘I plan to be with my family more during the holidays.’

Carolyn Smith of Park Rose was finding it difficult to schedule an appointment for a booster, until she discovered the Gresham high-volume vaccination clinic on a social media post. “I have been trying to find a place to get a booster, but there has always been a long wait,” she said, adding, “This is great. There wasn’t a wait and it’s so wide open!”

A certified geriatric nurse for 40 years, Carolyn didn’t hesitate to get vaccinated or boosted once she was eligible. She has five daughters – a few who followed in her professional footsteps and are nurses – 19 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren and said that most of her family members are vaccinated, but not all.

Grateful that no one in her family was lost to COVID-19, Carolyn thought it was important to share her family’s experiences with the virus. Her step-grandson, who is in his forties, became severely ill from the virus, was hospitalized and put on a ventilator. He was not vaccinated.

Conversely, one of her granddaughters, tested positive for COVID-19 but experienced mild symptoms and rested at home. She was vaccinated.

Visit our blog for Carolyn’s full story and our list of high-volume vaccination sites.

Plan ahead for safe holiday travels during COVID-19

Are you considering travels during the winter break? If so, consider these five tips to make your travels safer:

  1. Take more precautions before visiting people at higher risk of infection or severe disease.
  2. Get vaccinated. Get boosted.
  3. Not vaccinated? Get tested before you go.
  4. Wear a well-fitting face covering in crowded areas.
  5. After travel, self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.

Read our full story to learn more. 

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PSA: Local doctor talks about COVID hospitalizations

Oregon’s local public health authorities work to protect and improve the health of people living in Oregon. The value of the education, information and resources they provide to support healthy communities across the state is even more evident during COVID-19. Today we share a story from North Central Public Health District, Oregon’s only local public health authority serving three counties (Wasco, Sherman and Gilliam).

Their public service announcement shares Dr. Tom Nicol’s experience working with hospitalized patients during COVID-19. “These are people who elect not to get the vaccine,” he said, “so that was a really hard thing for me to see people marching on to die from this who would have survived if they’d had a vaccine.”

Read the full story on the district’s website.

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Daily Data Update

Oregon reports 834 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 25 new deaths

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

  • Samples for 543,875 tests have been reported positive.
  • Samples for 7,733,929 tests have been reported negative.

Note: From 5 to 11:59 p.m. tonight, the summary tables for some of the OHA COVID-19 dashboards listed below will be temporarily unavailable while Tableau engineers perform routine maintenance. OHA appreciates your patience.

COVID-19 hospitalizations

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 392, which is 12 fewer than yesterday. There are 96 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is two more than yesterday.

There are 57 available adult ICU beds out of 681 total (8% availability) and 291 available adult non-ICU beds out of 4,168 (7% availability).

Note: Please do not visit an emergency department for COVID-19 testing, unless you require emergency care for your symptoms.

Emergency departments in Oregon are under significant strain. You can find a test here.

If you have a medical condition that doesn’t require emergency care, contact your provider. An urgent care center may also help you get the care you need and will save emergency departments from added strain.

More information about hospital capacity can be found here.

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 30,482 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry Dec. 9. Of that total, 2,181 were initial doses, 2,444 were second doses and 11,096 were third doses and booster doses. The remaining 14,662 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry Dec. 9.

The seven-day running average is now 23,919 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered 3,614,066 doses of Pfizer Comirnaty, 116,374 doses of Pfizer pediatric, 2,353,104 doses of Moderna and 248,635 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

As of today, 2,985,954 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,711,248 people have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series.

These data are preliminary and subject to change.

Updated vaccination data are provided on Oregon’s COVID-19 data dashboardsand have been updated today.

COVID-19 cases and deaths

There are 25 new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 5,381, OHA reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

OHA reported 834 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 400,188.

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (3), Benton (21), Clackamas (95), Clatsop (7), Columbia (21), Coos (40), Crook (45), Curry (8), Deschutes (74), Douglas (45), Grant (6), Harney (8), Hood River (14), Jackson (63), Jefferson (19), Josephine (35), Klamath (22), Lane (181), Lincoln (16), Linn (92), Malheur (2), Marion (105), Multnomah (150), Polk (55), Sherman (2), Tillamook (4), Umatilla (3), Union (12), Wallowa (1), Wasco (9), Washington (159) and Yamhill (35).

In the nearly 22 months since the first case of COVID-19 was identified in Oregon, the state has crossed another milestone, recording more than 400,000 confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases yesterday.

“COVID-19 has impacted every community in our state from the most rural counties to our largest city, and today we are reminded again of just how many persons have been touched personally by the pandemic,” said Rachael Banks, Public Health Director. To learn more, read the full news release.

For all the latest data on COVID-19 in Oregon, visit OHA’s data dashboards.

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