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Benton, Lincoln and Linn County residents can get vaccinations for category Phase 1a

Moderna vaccines have arrived in Lincoln Co.

Samaritan and Benton County plan COVID-19 mass vaccination at Reser Stadium

(Corvallis, Ore. – Jan. 22, 2021) Mass COVID-19 vaccination clinics will be offered next week by Samaritan Health Services and the Benton County Health Department at Reser Stadium in collaboration with Oregon State University.

Vaccinations will be available on Tuesday, Jan. 26, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Wednesday Jan. 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for limited individuals from Benton, Lincoln and Linn counties in the state of Oregon’s Phase 1a groups, as required by the Oregon Health Authority.

Interested individuals must complete a short needs-assessment survey prior to scheduling vaccine appointments. The survey is available online in English at bit.ly/BentonCoGov-Vaccine1a and in Spanish at bit.ly/BentonCoGov-Vacunas1a.

Vaccinations will take place on the stadium’s east concourse adjacent to gates A, B and C on Parker Plaza. The schedule is as follows:

Free parking will be available for vaccination clinic patients only in clearly marked areas of the Reser Stadium parking lot located at Southwest Western Boulevard and Southwest 26th Street across from the LaSells Stewart Center on the OSU campus. During the vaccination clinic, this parking area will be closed to OSU commuter parking. OSU permit holders may park in any open lot within their permitted zone, including C zone spaces located to the west of Reser Stadium, which can be accessed from the entrance on Southwest 30th Street.

Studies have shown the vaccine is up to 95% effective at preventing illness with COVID-19. Samaritan infectious disease specialists, as well as leadership from Samaritan and county health departments, highly recommend everyone receives the vaccination when it is available to them.

Samaritan will continue to communicate with patients and the general public when vaccines are more widely available. At this time, Samaritan hospitals and clinics do not have additional information to share. Up-to-date information may be found at samhealth.org/COVIDVaccine. 

In addition, Benton County provides current information about the COVID-19 and eligible vaccine groups at co.benton.or.us/covid-19-vaccine.

The best resource for coronavirus vaccine distribution phases, frequently asked questions and more may be found at the Oregon Health Authority website at https://covidvaccine.oregon.gov/.

Covid-19 Update 1.22.21

Oregon reports 877 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 22 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — There are 22 new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 1,865, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 877 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 136,839.

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 16,763 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 12,341 vaccine doses were administered on Jan. 21 and 4,422 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on Jan. 21.

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 270,453 first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccines. All vaccinations were administered by Oregon hospitals, long-term care facilities, emergency medical service (EMS) agencies, urgent care facilities and Local Public Health Authorities (LPHAs).

To date, 487,700 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.

New quarantine guidelines for fully immunized people

People who have been fully immunized and have let at least 14 days pass following their last dose of the vaccine are no longer required to quarantine if they have had close contact with someone with COVID-19. Those who are fully immunized should still monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 during the 14 days after exposure, and if symptoms develop, they should isolate and seek testing. Persons who have been fully vaccinated should continue to follow measures to protect themselves and others, including maintaining six feet of physical distance, avoiding crowds, washing hands often and wearing a mask. Please see OHA’s updated COVID-19 Investigative Guidelines.

Cases and deaths

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (1), Benton (24), Clackamas (71), Clatsop (8), Columbia (15), Coos (10), Crook (14), Curry (1), Deschutes (28), Douglas (18), Grant (4), Hood River (5), Jackson (33), Jefferson (9), Josephine (15), Klamath (17), Lake (3), Lane (90), Lincoln (5), Linn (9), Malheur (11), Marion (101), Morrow (7), Multnomah (136), Polk (24), Umatilla (52), Union (9), Wallowa (1), Wasco (3), Washington (138) and Yamhill (15). (more…)

Bumpy road for vaccines in certain areas of Oregon

The following is a statement from Becky Hultberg, President and CEO of the Oregon Association of Hospitals & Health Systems:

“We are deeply concerned that the Governor, by expanding eligibility to teachers and other school employees in addition to seniors aged 65 and older, is increasing demand for the vaccine far beyond available supply in some regions. Since the state does not control the vaccine supply, Oregonians are being asked to take it on faith that the state can keep to the Governor’s timeline.

In some regions of the state, supply can meet the demand. It is important that these areas are free to move ahead with their vaccination efforts. However, it is critical that all Oregonians understand that given current supply, some hospitals will be unable to meet the demand for vaccinations. Hospitals are constrained by the available supply and are obligated to focus on the Governor’s prioritized eligibility list.

Some regions of the state have not completed vaccinating the Phase 1(a) population, but beginning next week the majority of supply will go to teachers. It will take several weeks to get through teachers in the Portland metro area based on current supply, and that does not include vaccinating the remainder of Phase 1(a). Adding 80-year-olds on Feb. 8 and then other age bands in the weeks after that will compound this problem.

At 15,000 doses a week in the Portland metro area, we should all be honest about the fact that there will be significant wait times for vaccines and that completing our efforts will take many, many months unless supply increases.

Setting unreasonable expectations will not speed up vaccinations but will lead to confusion on the part of Oregon seniors, and will increase the operational burden borne by hospitals tasked with explaining to those who believe they have a place in line that they will have to wait even longer.

If you are in a prioritized population in February in the Portland metro area, it is likely you will not get a vaccination for weeks, or maybe even months, after the date you are prioritized. If you have concerns or challenges in scheduling, please do not call hospitals. We are doing the best we can with the supply we have and following the directives from the Oregon Health Authority and the Governor’s Office.

Our hospitals and community partners have made great strides in creating vaccine programs from scratch with virtually no state or federal help, including funding. We are concerned that the current plans will add stress and potential chaos to these efforts as facilities are inundated with anxious residents seeking the vaccine.”

Flushin’ it for the next three weeks in Northeast Newport

For residents in the NE quadrant area bordered by NE 8th to NE 3rd, and NE Harney to US 101, be advised City of Newport Public Works will continue water line flushing beginning Tuesday, Jan. 26th, from early morning until 2 PM in your area. This project will continue in this area every Tuesday for the next three weeks. Residents may temporarily have dirty tap water from harmless sediment. This can be cleared by running your taps for 10-15 minutes. We suggest you avoid doing laundry on these flushing days.

For questions, please call Public Works Operations at 541-574-5874. Thank you for your patience.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s latest K-9 proves training works…

NEWLY MINTED K9 GHOST GETS FIRST CAPTURE

K9 Team

On December 30th, 2020 K9 Handler Deputy Zach Akin and K9 Ghost completed six weeks of training. During this time, they trained on Handler Protection, Tracking, Suspect Apprehension and Evidence Collection. This training also enhanced the important bond and trust between both Deputy Akin and Ghost. The team demonstrated these learned skills and became certified through the Oregon Police Canine Association Patrol Standards. The newly minted team began patrolling the streets shortly after.

On January 20, 2021 at approximately 1:00 PM Deputy Akin and K9 Ghost answered a request for assistance from the Lincoln City Police Department near the 2600 block of NW Lincoln City. When Deputy Akin arrived, he learned a male identified as Nicholas A. Ballentine age 32 of Lincoln City was seen by LCPD Officers. Mr. Ballentine had felony warrants for his arrest and fled from the Lincoln City Officers.

Deputy Akin and K9 Ghost immediately went to work tracking. K9 Ghost gave positive indicators he was hot on the trail of Mr. Ballentine. After a short time tracking, Mr. Ballentine was spotted and began to run from the team. The team announced the presence and use of K9 Ghost and Mr. Ballentine surrendered without further incident.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the citizens of Lincoln County for their continued support of the K9 program.

Progress doesn’t whine – it rumbles!!

This photo show one of two mitigation projects associated with the marina improvement project underway yesterday. This mitigation project is removing wooden pilings from the very project that dammed off one of the tidal sloughs up the bay.
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Samaritan Health Services gets high praise for its work…

Samaritan receives numerous national awards for marketing efforts

Samaritan Health Services’ Marketing and Communications Department garnered numerous national awards in 2020 for exceptional work in health care communication.

Each year the department submits campaigns and materials for award consideration and as a way to gauge the quality of work being developed by health care organizations nationwide.

Samaritan’s community magazine, Heart to Heart, continues to receive top-level recognition as well as consistent feedback from community members on how much they appreciate the locally produced health content. 

“We are fortunate to have such a talented group of creative professionals in our organization,” said Julie Manning, vice president of marketing, public relations and community health promotion at Samaritan. “We are pleased to be recognized for public health messages that are important to fostering a healthy and thriving community.”

The awards received are:

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  • Bronze, Heart to Heart, Winter/Spring 2020 (magazine publication)
  • Silver, Narcan Save Lives (billboard design)
  • Silver, Building Healthier Communities Together (billboard series)
  • Silver, Samaritan Health Plans sales folder (pocket folder) (more…)

Corona Virus Update…it’s still treacherously with us…

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January 21, 2021

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Vaccine Voices: ‘I trust the science, and the data is phenomenal’

Anna Antonopulos, a pediatric hospitalist in Medford, shares her vaccination story: “I got my COVID-19 vaccine to protect my patients, my friends, my family and myself. I have dedicated my life to helping others around me, whether that is treating patients in the hospital, teaching Sunday school at church, being a super aunt to my five nieces and two nephews, and just being a good neighbor and friend. Getting my vaccine is an extension of this. I want to be an example. I trust the science, and the data is phenomenal. I was so excited to get my vaccine.”

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Vaccine Advisory Committee narrows recommendation, plans further discussion

Oregon’s 27-member COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Committee (VAC) met for its third official business meeting on Jan. 21. The committee met and discussed how to best sequence populations to center those most likely to experience both health inequities and the worst effects of COVID-19.

The VAC is expected to make a final recommendation on implementation and allocation scenarios at its next formal meeting on Jan. 28. More details from today’s meeting are available.

Weekly COVID-19 cases decline, deaths surge

OHA’s COVID-19 Weekly Report was released today and showed a slight decline in daily cases and a sharp decline in positive tests. Here are some findings:

  • OHA reported 7,860 new daily cases during the week of Monday, Jan. 11 through Sunday, Jan. 17, a 4% decrease from the previous week.
  • There were 332 people hospitalized for COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 related deaths surged to 195, the highest weekly toll to date, following a previous pandemic high the prior week as well.
  • There were 129,723 tests for COVID-19 for the week of Jan. 10 through Jan. 16. The percentage of positive tests dropped to 5.9%.
  • People age 20 to 49 have accounted for 54% of COVID-19 cases, while people 70 and older have accounted for 77% of deaths associated with the virus.

Today’s COVID-19 outbreak report shows 208 active COVID-19 outbreaks in senior living communities and congregate living settings, with three or more confirmed cases and one or more COVID-19 related deaths.

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OHA releases updated pediatric report

Today, OHA issued a report analyzing the case data of pediatric COVID-19 cases in Oregon since the beginning of the pandemic. Here are some key findings:

  • As of Jan. 5, there had been 119,488 confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 in Oregon. Pediatric patients — defined as people under 18 years old — accounted for 13,328, or 11.2%, of the total cases. There had been seven cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C).
  • There was a dramatic rise in daily COVID-19 pediatric cases in late October and mid-November with cases levelling out somewhat by the end of 2020.
  • The report indicates that while pediatric case counts have increased, pediatric patients remain far less likely than adults to develop severe cases of COVID-19.
  • Only 0.9% of pediatric patients have been hospitalized at some point during their COVID-19 illness. Comparatively, 6.2% of adults with COVID-19 have been hospitalized.

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Oregon reports 849 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 11 new deaths

There are 11 new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 1,843 the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

OHA also reported 849 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 135,973.

Vaccinations in Oregon: Today, OHA reported that 14,951 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 8,699 vaccine doses were administered on Jan. 20 and 6,252 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on Jan. 20.

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 253,711 first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccines. All vaccinations were administered by Oregon hospitals, long-term care facilities, emergency medical service (EMS) agencies, urgent care facilities and Local Public Health Authorities (LPHAs).

To date, 479,325 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.

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (4), Benton (24), Clackamas (71), Clatsop (7), Columbia (1), Coos (10), Crook (2), Deschutes (32), Douglas (22), Gilliam (1), Harney (1), Hood River (8), Jackson (42), Jefferson (6), Josephine (21), Klamath (18), Lake (1), Lane (97), Lincoln (11), Linn (23), Malheur (18), Marion (87), Morrow (11), Multnomah (123), Polk (18), Tillamook (1), Umatilla (35), Union (6), Wallowa (1), Wasco (11), Washington (110) and Yamhill (26).

Oregon’s 1,833 COVID-19 death is a 78-year-old woman in Clackamas County who tested positive on Jan. 6 and died on Jan. 14 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 1,834 COVID-19 death is a 94-year-old woman in Jackson County who died on Dec. 28 at her residence. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 1,835 COVID-19 death is a 90-year-old man in Jackson County who died on Jan. 3 at his residence. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 1,836 COVID-19 death is a 79-year-old woman in Jackson County who tested positive on Dec. 26 and died on Jan. 17 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 1,837 COVID-19 death is a 77-year-old man in Jackson County who tested positive on Dec. 28 and died on Dec. 31 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 1,838 COVID-19 death is a 100-year-old woman in Jackson County who tested positive on Dec. 22 and died on Jan. 10 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 1,839 COVID-19 death is a 90-year-old woman in Lane County who tested positive on Dec. 21 and died on Jan. 17 at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 1,840 COVID-19 death is a 69-year-old man in Lane County who tested positive on Dec. 9 and died on Jan. 17 at McKenzie Willamette Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 1,841 COVID-19 death is a 65-year-old man in Lane County who tested positive on Dec. 6 and died on Jan. 20 at Oregon Health & Science University. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 1,842 COVID-19 death is a 52-year-old woman in Washington County who tested positive on Jan. 3 and died on Jan. 6 at Hillsboro Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 1,843 COVID-19 death is a 66-year-old woman in Yamhill County who tested positive on Jan. 6 and died on Jan. 17 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

COVID-19 hospitalizations: The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 329, which is seven fewer than yesterday. There are 87 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is three fewer 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. More information about hospital capacity can be found here.

Letter to the Editor: Bill Dalby

Observations by Bill Dalby:

I believe that to understand the events of Jan 6th, 2021, you have to recognize the role white supremacy has played in the history of the United States. This country was literally built on slavery. To justify the horrific enslavement of an entire race of people, our forebears invented the simple proposition that blacks were inferior, only barely human, which justified treating them like animals.  This has been the big lie in America for 400 years. It was similarly expanded to justify the mass genocide of indigenous people, and the oppression and inhumane treatment of Latinos and others.

As white Americans, we are so steeped in this monstrous lie it’s difficult for many of us to recognize the deep, pervasive systemic racism that

permeates every American institution as a result of it, or indeed even our own knee-jerk racist responses.  Now comes an angry mob of

insurrectionists to the Capitol, the seat of our first branch of government, encouraged by a man who is expert on engendering hate and fear in his

followers, a man who has embraced the ideals of white supremacy to the core.  He exploits the deepest fear of his  followers: that people of color will

“take away” their country.          

It’s no coincidence that he and his allies sought to discount the votes from states with a high proportion of people of color.  We’re now engaged in a

literal war for the soul of our nation. You must declare for one side or the other. No reconciliation or “unity” is possible until  we address the issue of

rampant white supremacy in America.

Signing petitions and making Facebook posts won’t do it. Each one of us must look around at our sphere of influence and identify concrete actions we

 can take. When I look around at Toledo, my hometown, I see many visible symbols of a group that has welcomed white supremacists and members

 of paramilitary organizations to its ranks.  Whatever other good works Timber Unity may have done is far outweighed by their continued tolerance

for white supremacists. They recently released a statement that said this, in part:     

“We realize people in TU belong to other groups whose purpose is different than ours. We hope people who choose to attend the events of other

organizations are mindful of personal safety and the safety of others, follow the laws, and are respectful of law enforcement.”  

This falls far short of what they should be saying, which is that they will no longer tolerate white supremacists, white nationalists,  and domestic  terrorists as members of their group, or at their rallies.   I will continue to work to rid my town of the symbols of this duplicitous organization.

Bill Dalbey

Toledo

Update on First Presbyterian Church fire….

UPDATE – UPDATE – UPDATE….Fire reported at the First Presbyterian Church, on NE 12th.Location: 227 NE 12th Street, First Presbyterian Church, Newport

Details: On Thursday, January 21st, 2021 at 6:39 pm, the Newport Fire Department responded to a smoke alarm at the First Presbyterian Church in Newport. When firefighters arrived, they found an active fire on the exterior of the building.

The fire was suspicious and is believed to have been purposely set by an unknown person(s). Potential evidence from the location was collected to be analyzed. The Arson investigation is ongoing. Members of the Lincoln County Fire Investigation Team responded and began investigating the cause of the fire. The team consist of members from Newport Fire, Newport Police and the Oregon State Fire Marshalls office.

The Newport Police Department encourages citizens to report any suspicious activity they witness, as it may assist law enforcement. The Newport Police Tip Line is available at 541-574-5455, or Text-a-Tip at 541-270-1856 or tipline@newportpolice.net.

If you have any information regarding this case, contact Detective Mitchell of the Newport Police Department at 541-574-3348.

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6:40pm  Newport Firefighters and others have responded to a report of a fire at the 1st Presbyterian Church at 227 NE 12.

Firefighters say the relatively small fire, burning outside the church, is under investigation.  Firefighters say they got there in time to prevent a very serious fire.  

Oregon chalks up nearly 8,000 new cases this week…

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Weekly COVID-19 cases decline, deaths surge

OHA’s COVID-19 Weekly Report was released today and showed a slight decline in daily cases and a sharp decline in positive tests.

OHA reported 7,860 new daily cases during the week of Monday, Jan. 11 through Sunday, Jan. 17, a 4% decrease from the previous week.

There were 332 persons hospitalized for COVID-19.

COVID-19 related deaths surged to 195, the highest weekly toll to date, following a previous pandemic high from the prior week.

There were 129,723 tests for COVID-19 for the week of Jan. 10 through Jan. 16. The percentage of positive tests dropped to 5.9%.

People age 20 to 49 have accounted for 54% of COVID-19 cases, while people 70 and older have accounted for 77% of deaths associated with the virus.

Today’s COVID-19 outbreak report shows 208 active COVID-19 outbreaks in senior living communities and congregate living settings, with three or more confirmed cases and one or more COVID-19 related deaths.

Gray Whale populations off California shrunk fast, but then turned around as quickly…

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Big die off, then a quick rebound….

Oceanographic scientists appeared to have the be-jesus scared out of then when recent Gray Whale populations off the California Coast dropped dramatically. About a quarter of the migrating whale population working its way up and down the coast suddenly appeared to have a massive die-off. For what reasons no one could say for sure. But then something wonderful happened. Here’s the story. Click Here.

The daily toll by the Covid-19 Pandemic

Oregon reports 704 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 24 new deaths

There are 24 new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 1,832, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today. 

Oregon Health Authority reported 704 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 135,142. 

Vaccinations in Oregon: Today, OHA reported that 13,694 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 8,570 vaccine doses were administered on Jan. 19 and 5,124 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on Jan. 19. 

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 238,760 first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccines. All vaccinations were administered by Oregon hospitals, long-term care facilities, emergency medical service (EMS) agencies, urgent care facilities and Local Public Health Authorities (LPHAs). 

To date, 436,250 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. 

COVID-19 hospitalizations: The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 336, which is eight more than yesterday. There are 90 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is two fewer 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. 

More information about hospital capacity can be found here. 

NOTE: Death details are being reviewed and will be posted in an updated version of this press release. 

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (3), Benton (21), Clackamas (36), Clatsop (6), Coos (12), Crook (7), Deschutes (38), Douglas (17), Harney (3), Hood River (6), Jackson (38), Jefferson (7), Josephine (15), Klamath (16), Lake (4), Lane (53), Lincoln (4), Linn (26), Malheur (29), Marion (83), Morrow (4), Multnomah (99), Polk (22), Tillamook (2), Umatilla (53), Union (7), Wallowa (1), Wasco (6), Washington (60) and Yamhill (26). 

Traffic Crash on Sam’s Creek Road, just east of Siletz

11:11pm     Report of a bad auto crash west of Siletz near Sams Creek Road.  Driver hit a tree.  Driver wound up in a driveway, lying on the ground.

11:20pm     Firefighters are calling for mutual aid from surrounding fire agencies.

11:25pm      Mutual aid firefighters are nearly on scene.

11:28pm     One arriving medical units asked 9-1-1 dispatch to summon Life Flight to the scene.

11;30pm      Life Flight is checking weather conditions to determine whether it’s safe to fly in or around the crash site.

11:37pm      Rescuers are on scene.  They want Life Flight.  Appears the driver was ejected from the car during the crash.

11:41pm     Life Flight crew preparing to land in Siletz to meet up with Life Flight.

12:01am     Life Flight crew has been re-directed to the Toledo Airport to load crash victim into the air ambulance.

12:10am    Life Flight crew just landeded at Toledo Airport.  Waiting for the crash victim to arrive.

 

Covid-19 Update in Oregon

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Oregon reports 637 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 5 new deaths

COVID-19 has claimed five more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 1,808, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

OHA also reported 637 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 134,468.

Vaccinations in Oregon: Today, OHA reported that 8,141 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 5,511 vaccine doses were administered on Jan. 18 and 2,630 were administered on previous days but entered into the vaccine registry on Jan. 18.

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 225,066 first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccines. All vaccinations were administered by Oregon hospitals, long-term care facilities, emergency medical service (EMS) agencies, urgent care facilities and Local Public Health Authorities (LPHAs).

To date, 339,950 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.

COVID-19 hospitalizations: The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 328, which is 14 fewer than yesterday. There are 92 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is two fewer 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. More information about hospital capacity can be found here.

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (5), Benton (16), Clackamas (63), Clatsop (1), Columbia (5), Coos (3), Crook (2), Deschutes (37), Douglas (5), Hood River (1), Jackson (41), Jefferson (2), Josephine (27), Klamath (25), Lake (3), Lane (71), Lincoln (5), Linn (7), Marion (67), Morrow (2), Multnomah (125), Polk (14), Tillamook (1), Umatilla (13), Union (4), Wasco (4), Washington (76) and Yamhill (12).

Oregon’s 1,804 COVID-19 death is a 78-year-old man in Deschutes County who tested positive on Jan. 5 and died on Jan. 15 at St. Charles Bend hospital. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 1,805 COVID-19 death is a 78-year-old woman in Josephine County who tested positive on Dec. 28 and died on Jan. 18 at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 1,806 COVID-19 death is an 81-year-old woman in Lane County who tested positive on Nov. 25 and died on Dec. 15 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 1,807 COVID-19 death is a 91-year-old man in Washington County who tested positive on Dec. 11 and died on Jan. 15 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 1,808 COVID-19 death is a 65-year-old woman in Washington County who tested positive on Jan. 4 and died on Jan. 17 at Oregon Health & Science University Hospital. She had underlying conditions.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccinations

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine situation in Oregon, visit our webpage (English or Spanish), which has a breakdown of distribution and other information.

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