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Covid-19 Update

Oregon reports 473 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 0 new deaths

There are no new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, so the state’s death toll remains at 2,460, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today. 

Oregon Health Authority reported 473 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 175,592.

Today, OHA reported that 25,474 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 17,649 doses were administered on April 18 and 7,825 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on April 18. Cumulative daily totals can take several days to finalize. 

The 7-day running average is now 35,522 doses per day. 

Oregon has now administered a total of 1,333,009 doses of Pfizer, 1,126,590 doses of Moderna and 88,547 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. As of today, 1,033,175 people have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series. There are 1,600,343 who have had at least one dose. 

To date,1,535,625 doses of Pfizer,1,318,100 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 (No new deaths)

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (3), Clackamas (63), Clatsop (4), Columbia (6), Coos (3), Crook (1), Deschutes (44), Douglas (2), Hood River (2), Jackson (15), Jefferson (3), Josephine (3), Lane (65), Lincoln (3), Linn (15), Marion (65), Multnomah (135), Polk (16), Tillamook (1), Wasco (8), Washington (1) and Yamhill (15). 

COVID-19 hospitalizations 

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 243, which is 28 more than yesterday. There are 57 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is nine 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. 

Fire Alarm at Samaritan Early Learning Center in Lincoln City

7:21am  North Lincoln Firefighters are enroute to Samaritan Early Learning Center at 3070 NE 28th.  There is an alarm and sprinkler water flow reported.

7:25am  Arriving firefighters say there is no smoke showing.  They’re investigating.

7:27am  Alarm company called 911 dispatch saying it was a false alarm.  They’re working on the system.

Covid-19 Update

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April 19, 2021

Sixteen and 17-year-olds are now eligible for vaccine: What’s different for them?

Now, everyone in Oregon who is 16 and older is eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccination. If you’re 16 or 17, or the parent/guardian of someone who is, here’s what you need to know:  

  • Pfizer is the only vaccine that is authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use by people under the age of 18. 
  • Sixteen and 17-year-old people should look for appointments in locations that have access to the Pfizer vaccine.  
  • Not all vaccine websites tell you what kind of vaccine is available. Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is working to increase information about the type of vaccine that’s available. VaccineFinder.org does allow you to search for locations that provide the Pfizer vaccine.  
  • There are some areas of the state where the Pfizer vaccine is not readily available. OHA is working to expand the availability of Pfizer throughout the state.  
  • Under Oregon law, minors 15 and older may give consent to medical treatment, including vaccinations, provided by a physician, physician assistant, naturopath, nurse practitioner, dentist or optometrist, or others operating under the license of these providers, without the consent of a parent or guardian.   
  • It is OHA’s understanding that most locations where COVID-19 vaccinations are provided have oversight by a medical provider who would meet the definition of the provider types listed above, and therefore consent of a parent or guardian should not be required for a 16- or 17-year-old who wishes to get the Pfizer vaccine. Providers administering COVID-19 vaccinations to 16- or 17-year-old people should make it clear at the time a vaccine appointment is made whether consent from a parent or guardian will be required. 
  • The vaccine is free. You do not need to have insurance to use it. If you do have insurance, you may be asked for an insurance card so that an administration fee can be billed to the insurance company.  
  • You do not need to bring proof of eligibility, identification, social security number or health insurance. Vaccine providers may ask if you live in Oregon or what kind of work you do. 

For more information on vaccination for 16 and 17-year-old people, see the FAQ on OHA’s webpage

Samaritan Occupational Medicine Welcomes Family Nurse Practitioner

 Family Nurse Practitioner Michaela Best has joined Samaritan Occupational Medicine. She sees patients at the Newport and Lincoln City clinics.

Samaritan Occupational Medicine offers comprehensive programs to employers with an emphasis on improving the health and quality of life for employees. Knowledgeable staff are available to assist in all areas of occupational health, including OSHA-mandated medical surveillance requirements. Other services include treatment of injured workers, physical examinations, immunization and testing, drug and alcohol testing, and more.Best earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing at Western Governors University and a master’s degree in nursing from Simmons University. She started her career working as a nurse in a neonatal intensive care unit.  “I realized my compassion and talents could help others more if I transitioned into the role of a nurse practitioner,” she said.   She wants patients to feel valued and supported across all aspects of life. “My patients are people who have very real lives outside the clinic,” she said. “I love helping people. I love problem solving. In medicine, there is a unique opportunity to do both.”

Nurse Practitioner Michaela Best

Best was impressed with Samaritan Health Services’ focus on healthy communities, and the approach to health care appealed to her.  “It feels easier to be yourself when those around you are genuine and authentic,” she said. “I strive to stay true to myself, and value when those around me do the same.”

After living in the Utah desert, she is excited to live near the ocean, which she has fond memories of visiting.  “I am delighted to become part of these amazing communities,” she said. In her free time, Best enjoys reading, baking, traveling and spending time with her husband. Best can be reached by calling Samaritan Occupational Medicine – Newport at 541-574-4675.

Small brush fire near 820 NW Coast Street

9pm  Report of a transient lighting a brush fire near the Waves of Newport Motel and 820 NW Coast Street.  Firefighters are enroute.  Newport Police are enroute as well because it’s suspected a transient started the fire and doesn’t want to put it out.

Transient may have run away from the fireThe suspect is estimated to be 17 to 24 years of age, 5-11, wearing  a black leather jacket.  If you see the suspect, call 9-1-1 immediately and give the location of your sighting.

9:19pm  Second fire has been started nearby.  Newport Fire-Rescue is toning out for more firefighters.  There’s lots of valuable real estate in the area.

9:21pm  Second fire turns out to be unattended outside fire pit – burning brightly.  Little to no fire hazard.

Lincoln County Vaccine Update

Vaccinations:  COME AND GET’EM!!!

Public Health just posted to social media and our website  COME ON DOWN everyone, age 16 and older.  Just walk into local vaccination clinics for the shot that refreshes…which just might save your life!!!  Would you help us share this information either by sharing this post, or the detailed information below?
As of today, everyone in Oregon 16 and older can get a COVID-19 vaccine. Moderna is only approved for ages 18 and older. People 16 and 17 years old can only get the Pfizer vaccine
We are also now opening some clinics to walk-ins or standby lines.  A walk-in appointment is when someone arrives at the clinic without an appointment and they sign to get an available dose at the clinic. Walk-ins may have to wait longer to get a dose depending on how many doses are available at the time you arrive. Walk-ins are not guaranteed a dose. However there are 600 appointments still available at the clinics listed below. Scheduling is still the best way to be sure you get a vaccine.
There are three walk-in options this week. Here are the details for each (click on the sign up links below for more details: 
Tuesday, April 20 (9am-5pm): Taft Fire Station in Lincoln City:
Sign up link to see when a walk-in time might be the fastest or to schedule an appointment: https://sugeni.us/Wk49

Wednesday, April 21 (9am-2:15pm): Newport Fairgrounds (Lincoln County Commons): 

Sign up link to see when a walk-in time might be the fastest or to schedule an appointment: https://sugeni.us/Wk4l
Saturday April 24 (9am-5pm): Taft Fire Station in Lincoln City:
Sign up link to see when a walk-in time might be the fastest or to schedule an appointment: https://sugeni.us/Wk4m   

These clinics are open to anyone 18 years or older because they are using the Moderna vaccine. A second dose will be scheduled 4 weeks later.

Samaritan also has plenty of appointments available Friday and Saturday, though walk-ins are not available yet.
  • PCH Center for Health Education in Newport, 9am – 12pm each day.  Friday will be Moderna vaccine, Saturday is Pfizer vaccine (16- and 17-year olds can sign up for Saturday). Link to register: https://openscheduling.mychart.samhealth.org/MyChart/covid19/#/ 
  • Samaritan Coastal Clinic will also be hosting a clinic Saturday in Lincoln City.  Those appointments will show up on the link above sometime this week.
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