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Corona Virus Update…January 30th

 

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January 30, 2021

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Oregon reports 707 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 19 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — There are 19 new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 1,957 the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 707 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 142,416.

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Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 25,500 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 19,867 doses were administered on Jan. 29 and 5,633 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on Jan. 29.

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 407,869 first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccines. To date, 665,325 doses of vaccine 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.

Traffic Crash on North North Bank Road

7:10pm  Report of a single vehicle traffic crash near Otis at North North Bank Road and Toad Hill Court.  No report of any injuries or what caused the vehicle to leave the road.  Reports from the scene indicate that everyone is out of the car.

Domestic stand-off up Panther Creek Road, east of Otis

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies managed to defuse what sounded like a case of domestic violence at a two story home up Panther Creek Road, east of Otis.  Deputies surrounded the home and dealt with what sounded like a husband/wife incident.  The deputies gave verbal commands for the male to exit the house.  From the sound of things the deputies ended the situation peacefully under the strict direction of the deputies. 

It was revealed that there was a court-ordered separation between the husband and wife based on their recent history.  There was no mention of any injuries as the deputies took control of the situation.

Auto Crash on Salmon River Highway at North Deer Drive

3:20pm  Report of a vehicle leaving Highway 18 at North Deer Drive.  Milepost 4.5 on Highway 18. 

3:21pm  Three occupants have managed to get out of the car which is overhanging a 45-degree drop off down to the Salmon River.  The vehicle is off the highway and down the riverbank.  Not blocking the highway although blockages will be visible when a tow truck pulls the wreck up the embankment and back onto the pavement.

3:24pm  Occupants of the car are saying they’re not injured.  Denying medics.

California “variant” of the Corona Virus emerges in Lincoln City

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As many of our readers know, there are a number of what-are-called “variant” versions of the Covid-19 Virus.  One such “variant” has surfaced in Lincoln City.  Scientists say, however, the current vaccines available in the U.S. “should” be able to handle them.  Here’s the story in The Oregonian.  Click here. 

Employers: Complete Essential Workers Assessment on Covid-19 Vaccines

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NEWPORT, Ore. – Lincoln County Public Health is asking employers in Lincoln County to complete the Lincoln County Essential Workers Assessment. This assessment will help Lincoln County plan and coordinate COVID-19 vaccination efforts for essential workers over the coming months.

This is the link to the Lincoln County Essential Workers Assessment: https://tinyurl.com/LCEssentialWorkersAssessment.    COVID-19 vaccination can reduce the risk of workplace outbreaks and keep businesses open.

This Essential Workers Assessment is for employers of essential workers who were not included in Phase 1a, such as:
Grocery stores and restaurants
Food production: farming, harvesting, fishing, and food/fish processing
Utilities/energy, water treatment, and telecommunications
Transit and public transportation systems
Mail and delivery services
Employers who were included in Phase 1a should not complete this assessment.

Through this assessment, employers of essential workers are asked to identify:
A central point of contact to help coordinate vaccination efforts
The type of essential work performed through their business/agency
The number of frontline and non-frontline essential workers employed through their business/agency
The assessment should take less than 5 minutes to fill out.
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Update on Covid-19 plague on Oregon

OHA releases new COVID-19 forecast

The Oregon Health Authority held a media briefing today to discuss the COVID-19 vaccine and the new modeling.

The latest COVID-19 model shows a decrease in daily cases. The new report estimates that, as of Jan. 13, our statewide reproductive rate was 0.81. That means that each case of COVID-19 is being spread to less than one other person.

According to the newest forecast, if we continue on our present course of wearing masks, keeping physical distance and restricting our gathering sizes, daily COVID-19 cases will decline to an average of 420 per day, and COVID-19 related hospitalizations will decrease by 13 per day.

A 30% increase in transmission would translate to roughly 720 daily cases and 24 new hospitalizations a day, as well as 240 cases per 100,000 people by mid-February.

The new modeling does not factor in the presence of the UK variant strain of COVID-19 in Oregon.

U.S. Department of Labor turning off Extended Benefits Program…switching to a different source of federal funds…

Today the U.S. Department of Labor informed the Oregon Employment Department that it is turning off Oregon’s Extended Benefits (EB) program because of Oregon’s declining unemployment rate. With this federal decision, up to 13 weeks of EB no longer will be available after Feb. 20, 2021.

“Extended Benefits has been an important safety net that has helped many Oregonians make ends meet. Fortunately, the Continued Assistance Act is providing another safety net, and EB claimants will be able to move to the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation program for an additional 11 weeks,” said David Gerstenfeld, acting director of the Oregon Employment Department.

Extended Benefits (EB) is a program that extends regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits when a state is at high unemployment. The average unemployment rate is reviewed at the federal level over a three-month period to determine if the state goes into this extension. If the average unemployment rate is below 8% but at or above 6.5%, then up to 13 weeks of additional benefits are available under EB.

The ending of EB will not happen immediately. Claimants can continue receiving EB benefits for three weeks, and should continue filing EB claims through Feb. 20, 2021. After this date, the Employment Department will move claimants to PEUC so claimants will not need to restart their claims. This switch from EB to PEUC may require manual changes, delaying some PEUC payments. All payments will be made retroactively and claimants will not lose out on any weeks of benefits they are eligible for.

In the event that this improvement to the unemployment rate is temporary and Oregon’s unemployment rate increases to 6.5% or higher, OED will not need to meet the statutory 13-week delay period to turn EB on, per a recent authorization from Governor Brown.

For more information about Extended Benefits, visit the Employment Department’s EB FAQ.

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Oregon reports 750 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 6 new deaths

There are six new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 1,930, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

OHA also reported 750 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 140,783.

Vaccinations in Oregon: Today, OHA reported that 19,010 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 12,292 doses were administered on Jan. 27 and 6,718 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on Jan. 27.

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 359,370 first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccines. To date, 606,725 doses of vaccine 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.

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Benton (15), Clackamas (62), Clatsop (6), Columbia (4), Coos (26), Crook (2), Deschutes (37), Douglas (20), Harney (2), Hood River (5), Jackson (25), Jefferson (4), Josephine (22), Klamath (16), Lake (3), Lane (72), Lincoln (6), Linn (12), Malheur (8), Marion (90), Morrow (2), Multnomah(174), Polk (12), Tillamook (1), Umatilla (24), Union (3), Wasco (12), Washington (73) and Yamhill (12).

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