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Oregon reports 6 more COVID-19 related deaths, including infant

(Update: Weekly report shows fewer cases, more deaths, hospitalizations; Legacy Health providing 1,700 doses to Deschutes County)

Two more Deschutes County residents have died; vaccine shipments delayed

PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- There are six new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, including a northeast Oregon infant who died a month ago, raising the state’s death toll to 2,149, the Oregon Health Authority reported Thursday.

The two newly reported Deschutes County deaths bring the county's death toll to 58.

OHA also reported 466 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. Thursday, bringing the state total to 151,713.

Oregon infant death

“Today’s update on the number of COVID-19 related deaths includes an infant (from Umatilla County) who had tested positive for COVID-19 and died the same day,” said Dr. Dean Sidelinger, OHA’s health officer and state epidemiologist. “Every death from COVID-19 is a tragedy, even more so the death of a child. The death of an infant is extremely rare. This news represents a tremendous loss to the mother and family. My thoughts are with them during this difficult time.”

“We have all worked together for nearly a year in Oregon to protect the lives of those we hold most dear,” said Governor Kate Brown. “The loss of a life so young is an indescribable tragedy for a family. Dan and I send our thoughts and condolences to the mother and family of this child, whose grief must be unimaginable in this moment. The hearts of all Oregonians are with you today.”

“Children infected with COVID-19 are less likely to develop severe illnesses, compared to adults,” Dr. Sidelinger added. “Risks still remain to children of developing more severe illnesses from COVID-19, and we continue to encourage all parents to seek emergency medical care for their children, if certain symptoms are present.”

Symptoms requiring urgent medical attention for children with COVID-19 related conditions include:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Pain or pressure in the chest that doesn’t go away
  • New confusion
  • Being unable to wake up or stay awake when not tired
  • Bluish lips or face

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the hospitalization of children for COVID-19 related illnesses remains low compared to adults, and only 1.3% of all positive and presumed cases of COVID-19 have been reported among Oregonians 9 years old or younger. The CDC notes that children with certain underlying medical conditions and infants younger than 1 year old might be at increased risk for severe illness from SARS-CoV-2 infections, and among those who experienced severe illness from COVID-19, most have had underlying medical conditions.

Information and resources for families with young children can be found on OHA's webpage.

Weekly COVID-19 data and outbreak reports

The Oregon Health Authority’s COVID-19 Weekly Data report, released Thursday, shows sharp decreases in daily cases and increases in hospitalizations and deaths from the previous week.

OHA reported 3,453 new daily cases of COVID-19 during the week of Monday, Feb. 8 through Sunday, Feb. 14 — a 15% decrease from last week.

But new COVID-19 related hospitalizations increased, from 230 to 272.

COVID-19 related deaths also increased, from 66 to 114.  

There were 102,112 tests for COVID-19 for the week of Feb. 7-13, which represents a drop from the previous week. The percentage of positive tests was 3.4%, down from 4.2% the previous week. That’s the lowest percentage of weekly positive tests since Oregon implemented its test-based method in mid-November.

People age 20 to 49 still account for more than half of COVID-19 cases, while people 70 and older have accounted for 76% of deaths associated with the virus.

Thursday’s COVID-19 Weekly Outbreak report shows 96 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.

Vaccinations in Oregon

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to report COVID-19 vaccine shipments across the country, including in Oregon, are delayed due to severe weather. Winter weather has hampered shipments of Moderna vaccine out of Memphis, TN.

On Thursday, OHA reported that 22,663 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 14,414 doses were administered on Wednesday and 8,249 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on Wednesday.

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 729,823 first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccines. To date, 922,300 doses of vaccine have been delivered to sites across Oregon.

St. Charles Health System reported 23,149 COVID-19 vaccinations given as of early Thursday.

One of the stalled vaccine shipments is one Deschutes County was expecting for clinics scheduled later this weekend, according to Morgan Emerson of Deschutes County Health Services.

But Legacy Health System in Portland is providing help, transferring 1,700 doses to Deschutes County. Emerson said Life Flight Network is mobilized to transfer the doses to Redmond Thursday afternoon.

These data are preliminary and subject to change. OHA's dashboards provide regularly updated vaccination data, and Oregon’s dashboard has been updated Thursday.

In addition to delaying vaccine shipments, severe weather in Oregon has also impacted the ability for vaccine sites to actually administer vaccines. These weather-related issues may cause changes to daily number trends reported by OHA in its updates on the cumulative number of doses administered, the daily number of administered doses and the number of doses delivered to Oregon.

OHA said remains in regular contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for updates on delivery schedules and to ensure Oregon doses are safely delivered to Oregon vaccination sites.

If you are scheduled for a vaccination and have questions about potential delays or disruptions, check with your scheduled vaccine provider for the latest updates.

COVID-19 hospitalizations

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 169, which is 21 fewer than Wednesday. There are 52 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is two fewer than Wednesday.

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.

St. Charles Bend reported 12 COVID-19 patients as of 4 a.m. Thursday, two of whom were in the ICU on ventilators.

More information about hospital capacity can be found here.

Cases and deaths

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported Thursday are in the following counties: Baker (6), Benton (17), Clackamas (31), Clatsop (2), Columbia (6), Coos (8), Crook (9), Curry (4), Deschutes (19), Douglas (25), Harney (1), Hood River (2), Jackson (27), Jefferson (12), Josephine (13), Klamath (6), Lake (3), Lane (41), Lincoln (1), Linn (5), Malheur (3), Marion (46), Morrow (2), Multnomah (66), Polk (13), Tillamook (3), Umatilla (21), Union (2), Wasco (4), Washington (54) and Yamhill (14).

Oregon’s 2,144th COVID-19 death is a 76-year-old man in Deschutes County who tested positive on Feb. 10 and died on Feb. 15 at St. Charles Bend. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,145th COVID-19 death is an 84-year-old man in Deschutes County who tested positive on Feb. 8 and died on Feb. 12 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,146th COVID-19 death is a 68-year-old man in Marion County who tested positive on Nov. 18 and died on Feb. 14 at Kaiser Permanente Westside Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,147th COVID-19 death is an 84-year-old man in Josephine County who tested positive on Jan. 25 and died on Feb. 12 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,148th COVID-19 death is a 72-year-old man in Coos County who tested positive on Jan. 16 and died on Feb. 11 at Oregon Health & Science University Hospital. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,149th COVID-19 death is an infant boy in Umatilla County who tested positive on Jan. 17 and died on Jan. 17 at Kadlec Regional Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccinations

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine situation in Oregon, visit OHA's web page, which has a breakdown of distribution and other useful information.

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  1. Once again, people dying WITH covid….Not OF covid has been skewed. Hospitals get an extra $13,000 for every reported covid death. The biggest hoax on our country. Why would they pay extra for covid deaths if not to inflate the numbers.

          1. “9 months old” – Is that some a lame attempt to out-date this factual data- it has a shelf life now ? Hogwash ! 9 months ago we all knew exactly who the “at risk” population was and who wasn’t… that hasn’t changed ! 9 months ago we knew we would have a vaccine- yet Guv Brown failed to prepare a distribution network ! 9 months ago we knew that schools- gyms- hair salons- restaurants- small businesses must open because they are not the main source of wide spread public outbreaks and to protect the economy. 9 months ago we knew we had an effective President who put Americans first up against a hateful media that was colluding to oust him. 9 months ago we knew we had a failing Governor as corrupt as carni barker… So you see Mr. Lerten- many things have not changed over the past 9 months- except that now- there’s a geriatric confused old man in the WH- and numerous Demokrat Governors facing recalls and impeachments over what they have been doing the last 9 months ! You called fanbeav out to produce a link- and he did- a legitimate one too… Where’s yer humility- besides being over-run by your arrogance- typical lib !

        1. I read your link. I’m thinking you might not understand how hospitals bill. Yes, you will pay more to be on a ventilator. Just as you’ll pay more if you need physical therapy post knee surgery while in the hospital. They bill by services. Just as a restaurant will charge you more if you order a dish. That’s how services bill.
          What I don’t understand is your willingness to force your views onto other people, call us names if we disagree (I’m sure you will call me some type of ignorant after this post, complain about my grammar or judge me for something that’s made up).
          I figure you are trying to enlighten us all, what you are doing instead is causing pain and angst within a fairly small community. While I find your posts disturbing you would be surprised to know how much I worry about you as a person and the pain you must be in to lash out at those of us around you.

      1. “Proof Link” ??? Cripes people- can anyone out there identify another “news source” that spends all day demanding to be spoon fed “legitimate sources” ??? Back “in the day” it was the responsibility of the beat reporter to get off their duff and go research such info- not today ! Instead these JINO’s push-promote-and force their political ideologies on their readers day in and day out… so the topic at hand is whether or not Hospitals have received covid funding- and the answer to that is 100% true ! What we really want to know- is why the sudden and dramatic shift to reporting these deaths now as “covid related” ! That’s not the propaganda you been pushin’ for 12 months- so why the dramatic (yet sneaky) and undeclared-unexplained change ?

    1. – your fellow humans are sick, and dead – they are not faking – your need to do what you do is about you, not what is happening in our world – who is the “they” you are certain are tricking you – you do realize that “the government” until just a few short months ago was Trump and company – are you saying that they are the “they” that is hoaxing you? – do you spend any time reflecting on what you are putting out there?

      “I blame our bureaucrats in government and the CDC.” – to what end? – think about it

        1. “Scared and sad” ? Yup indeed that’s true ! Just imagine being in a New York nursing home knowing that your 87 year old Mother is about to share a room with a China Virus infected person- all because NY Governor Andrew Cuomo needs proof that President Trump’s policies are failing. Kate Brown did the same thing in Oregon- you want proof- explain this- “Oregon’s 2,147th COVID-19 death is an 84-year-old man in Josephine County who tested positive on Jan. 25 and died on Feb. 12 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.” “Died at his residence” !!! OK- where was he tested ? Then why was he allowed to walk out the door back into the community ? Who’s policy is this- and why isn’t our local media getting answers ? There’s yer scandal ! There’s yer hoax !! There’s yer crimes !!!

      1. Is that the way they taught you English in China ? That one might die “with” a heart attack ? Odd- I’ve always thought the correct US form was die “from” a heart attack. Kinda like… nobody dies “from” the China Virus- they die from a primary condition with the corona virus being secondary or as the headline screams- “related” ! DB is just another one of them dumb bunnies who sits at home all day mooching off public assistance- lecturing everyone else about how to go about their lives ! A real hypocrite- best avoided.

    1. The vaccine doesn’t stop you from spreading it or even still getting it in some cases so there’s not much of a point. The risk/benefit analysis for 30 year olds like me makes no sense. I have a tiny fractional chance of dying from covid (like the flu) and so I won’t get the vaccine just like I haven’t got the flu vaccine in over 10 years.

      1. You are clearly aware of the risks and making smart decisions. This is why there is an order to getting vaccinated. My spouse works in the prisons and they are getting all prisoners vaccinated in the same time frame to try and stop the deaths and spreading from prison to prison. One of the prisons (spouse works in 5) they’ve lost close to 1.5% of the population from Covid-19. So when people tell me it’s “fake” I have to roll my eyes, but I’m also very, very sad at all the deaths, the many people still struggling to get their physical health back in our communities. The Warm Springs community has been particularly hard hit.
        It’s taking teamwork for us to get out of this one. Teamwork, hard, conscious teamwork. I’m all for it as I want my business fully open, my community vibrant, and my family safe from this.

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