Oregon reports 211 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 0 new deaths
PORTLAND, Ore. — There are no new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, the state’s death toll remains at 2,296 the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.
Oregon Health Authority reported 211 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 157,285.
The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Benton (10), Clackamas (26), Columbia (1), Coos (4), Curry (8), Deschutes (9), Douglas (12), Hood River (1), Jackson (13), Jefferson (3), Josephine (5), Klamath (1), Lake (3), Lane (16), Lincoln (1), Linn (7), Malheur (2), Marion (17), Morrow (1), Multnomah (23), Polk (8), Tillamook (4), Washington (20), Yamhill (16).
Vaccinations in Oregon
Today, OHA reported that 26,235 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 16,414 doses were administered on March 6 and 9,821 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on March 6.
Cumulative daily totals can take several days to finalize because providers have 72 hours to report doses administered and technical challenges have caused many providers to lag in their reporting. OHA has been providing technical support to vaccination sites to improve the timeliness of their data entry into the state’s ALERT Immunization Information System (IIS).
Oregon has now administered a cumulative total of 1,142,035 first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccines. To date, 1,362,535 doses of vaccine have been delivered to sites across Oregon.
These data are preliminary and subject to change. OHA’sdashboards provide regularly updated vaccination data, and Oregon’s dashboard has been updated today.
The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 116, which is three more than yesterday. There are 34 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is five 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.
1This includes cases confirmed by diagnostic testing and presumptive cases. Presumptive cases are those without a positive diagnostic test who present COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. County of residence for cases may change as new information becomes available. If changes occur, we will update our counts accordingly.
For decades, the logging industry has held an incredibly disproportionate amount of political power in Oregon. Using our lax campaign finance rules, they’ve been able to easily bend the state’s environmental protection rules and tax policies to their will, gutting funding for rural community services while polluting our rivers and endangering clean drinking water, salmon, and wildlife. They even have their own public relations firm embedded in the state government to tell Oregonians everything is fine.
However, the logging industry’s influence looks to be on the downswing. This week saw the first legislative hearing to dismantle that in-house propaganda firm, the Oregon Forest Resources Institute. At the same time, a working group formed to reexamine the industry’s sweetheart tax deals that have brutally shortchanged rural Oregon communities.
Most importantly, this week also saw new Members approved to the Board of Forestry. The Board has been steeped in conflicts of interest that have essentially allowed the logging industry veto power over any new state protections for fish, wildlife, or clean water. The new Board Members seem poised to tilt toward a more balanced approach. (You can watch our webcast with one of the new Board Members Ben Deumling here) One more seat on that Board remains to be filled, and we’re hopeful it will be given to a scientist who will be able to guide forward new climate-smart forestry proposals.
There is still a lot of work to be done, but the winds are changing, and there is the possibility of a better future for Oregon’s forests, as well as the fish, wildlife, and communities that depend on them.
Working families have gone through a lot over the last year. Many have had to deal with job loss, losing a loved one to COVID-19 and learning how to become a teacher for their kids or even grandkids like my wife Sue and I have had to do. The last thing we should be doing is adding to this uncertainty by allowing the state to tax the federal stimulus checks that a lot of people in Oregon received last year. I could not believe that the federal government would send a check meant to pay rent and/or mortgage, put food on the table or pay for babysitters; just to have the State of Oregon take some of it back in taxes.
Back in May of last year, the Legislative Revenue Office issued a report that estimated that 870,000 middle-class families could be sending around $300 from their stimulus check to the state government. I was shocked that the issue had not yet been corrected. This is why I introduced the Stimulus Check Protection Act, also known as Senate Bill 842.
To me, it’s common sense that relief money, regardless of whether it was state or federal relief, is meant to help Oregonians – not to be taxed again. Oregonians deserve to keep all of this money in their respective communities, so they can support the local community.
In a time when Oregon is seeing better than expected revenue because of federal bailouts, there is no need to nickel-and-dime Oregonians. The loophole in the tax code that taxed stimulus checks is expected to raise over $110 million. Massive federal packages have been sending billions to the State of Oregon. To turn around and tax Oregonians on top of that is just flat-out wrong.
It is no secret that our politics are more polarized than ever and bipartisanship is increasingly difficult. Yet, I have been encouraged by the amount of support this idea has received from other state and federal legislators. Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-Springfield) has expressed support for the concept of ensuring stimulus check dollars stay in the pockets of Oregonians.
Some will ask, why send me a reimbursement check when we could just exempt the stimulus money from taxation?”
That is what I, along with a number of my other colleagues in the Legislature, would have preferred. But because of procedural rules, if passed, SB 842 will not go into effect until September. So, yes, when you file your taxes in the coming weeks, you will be sending part of your stimulus check to the state, unfortunately.
But only when SB 842 is passed, you will get a check in the mail around the end of September or October to make up the difference.
I urge my Republican and Democrat colleagues alike to support this bill and show Oregonians that bipartisanship isn’t dead. We can work together and show our commitment to Oregonians.
Senator Dick Anderson
Senate District 5 is 7 counties along the coast from Tillamook to Coos Bay.
Senate Anderson’s legislative website is www.oregonlegislature.gov/anderson.
Samaritan House Homeless Family Shelter will celebrate springtime with a high tea, boxed and ready to go, on Saturday, April 10. The event will take the place of the usual high tea fundraiser. The tea will include a selection of high tea goodies, including a cranberry orange scone with marmalade and clotted cream, three sandwiches, three savories, and four desserts. A smaller box geared for children will have a sandwich, fruit, and two desserts.
A quotation from Helen Keller is the theme for the tea: “Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.”
The $25 tickets are available online at www.samaritanhouse.bpt.me; only 200 will be sold. (The children’s box will be $10.) The to-go boxes can be picked up at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 927 North Coast Highway, from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. the day of the tea. A Zoom program available to all tea participants will begin at 2 p.m.
Another feature of the tea will be a raffle drawing for a quilt made by Jean Amundson of Newport. “Blossoms and Ribbons” is 79” square, in shades of delicate lilac, lavender, and cream. It is machine pieced and quilted. Tickets are $5 for ten tickets; they can be purchased online at the same time as the tea tickets.
Sponsors for the event are Susan Painter, Advantage Real Estate, Oregon Coast Bank, Thrivent Financial, and Western Title and Escrow.
Samaritan House Homeless Family Shelter is an independent 501c(3) charitable organization based in Lincoln County. The programs of Samaritan House have developed from an emergency overnight shelter to a full program of shelter and transitional housing with classes on parenting and nutrition, employment guidance, budgeting and renter education, and general counseling.
Further information about Samaritan House programs and additional donation opportunities is available on its website, www.samfamshelter.org.