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Oregon reports 1 more COVID-19 related death, 993 new cases

Four more cases than Wednesday; highest count in 3 months

PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- There is one new COVID-19 related death in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 2,467, the Oregon Health Authority reported Thursday.

OHA also reported 993 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. Thursday, bringing the state total to 178,110. That's four more cases than Wednesday's report, and once again the highest total since mid-January.

Vaccinations in Oregon

OHA reported that 48,387 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added Thursday to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 28,535 doses were administered on Wednesday and 19,852 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on Wednesday.

The seven-day running average is now 34,328 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered a total of 1,398,442 doses of Pfizer, 1,172,051 doses of Moderna and 91,160 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. As of Thursday, 1,091,777 people have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series. There are 1,658,130 who have had at least one dose.

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).

To date, 1,683,045 doses of Pfizer, 1,432,000 doses of Moderna and 215,000 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 Thursday.

OHA finds small number of data entry errors in reported vaccine doses

Oregon Health Authority has identified that a small number of Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses were recorded in the ALERT IIS System on and after April 13. OHA conducted an investigation and contacted all of the sites that reported submitting three or more doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine since the pause was issued April 13. All the sites that OHA contacted reported that these reports were data entry errors, and none of the sites had administered the vaccine. All told, OHA has determined that data entry errors were a factor at eight sites, accounting for 121 of the 159 total doses recorded.

As we continue to receive additional reports of Johnson and Johnson doses administered while the pause is in effect, we will clarify with vaccine providers whether or not these are data entry errors and will continue to ask providers to clarify these reports.

OHA is currently working with sites that have continued to report administering Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses during the pause to investigate why these doses have been reported. Consequently, the vaccine administration numbers for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will change as this work continues. OHA is reiterating to partners that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Food and Drug Administration have recommended a pause on Johnson & Johnson vaccine administrations as they conduct a federal review of the vaccine.

COVID-19 hospitalizations

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 283, which is 11 more than Wednesday. There are 69 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is four more 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.

More information about hospital capacity can be found here.

St. Charles Bend reported 17 COVID-19 patients as of 4 a.m. Thursday, five of whom were in the ICU, three on ventilators.

Cases and deaths

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported Thursday are in the following counties: Baker (14), Benton (24), Clackamas (116), Clatsop (4), Columbia (14), Coos (6), Crook (12), Curry (2), Deschutes (57), Douglas (5), Grant (1), Hood River (5), Jackson (46), Jefferson (6), Josephine (17), Klamath (54), Lake (2), Lane (54), Lincoln (7), Linn (34), Malheur (2), Marion (109), Morrow (1), Multnomah (206), Polk (20), Tillamook (1), Umatilla (8), Union (2), Wasco (16), Washington (128) and Yamhill (20).

Oregon’s 2,467th COVID-19 death is a 67-year-old man from Linn County who tested positive on April 21 and died on April 21 at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Note: Updated information is available for Oregon's 2,461st death, which was originally reported as an 82-year-old man from Douglas County. The man was actually 61 years old.  OHA regrets the error.

Note: Due to a delay in laboratory reporting, OHA received a large quantity of ~13,800 negative electronic laboratory reports (ELRs) on April 21. The reports are from March 7 to April 20. As a result, daily ELR totals are higher and percent positivity is lower for April 21 than anticipated.

Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center brings equity and fair access to the COVID-19 vaccine

Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that serves the members of Washington and Yamhill counties through access to high quality, culturally appropriate health care. For more than 46 years, Virginia Garcia has offered care to those most vulnerable in their communities. 

When COVID-19 began to affect people in Oregon, Virginia Garcia immediately began to see the impact it was having on the communities they served. In addition to providing testing in the clinics, they began taking services into the community, eventually creating a response team dedicated solely to outreach events. Virginia Garcia was the first community health center in the state to begin offering drive-through testing services at the Hillsboro Stadium — increasing accessibility for their patients and the community at large. 

Over the summer, with an awareness that Black, Indigenous and People of Color communities were impacted by COVID-19 at a higher rate than others, the newly formed Covid Response (CoRe) Team began partnering with other community-based organizations that served these groups to hold 15 different community events between June and November. Ultimately, more than 2,000 people were screened at these events.  

Virginia Garcia also provided testing resources like educational handouts, informational videos and television commercials about how to stay safe during the holiday season, focused on the communities they serve.  

Once the vaccine became available, the CoRe Team added vaccination events to their toolkit. Currently the team splits their time focusing on ensuring equitable access of testing and vaccinations by providing both free testing services at the Hillsboro Clinic location to anyone in the community and vaccine events targeted at providing the vaccine to individuals who would otherwise not have access. 

"Our patients were the hardest hit by the pandemic," said Misty Downey, CoRe Team program manager. "The work that the CoRe Team does each week is critical to ensuring the most vulnerable populations have access to the vaccine."?  

Last Tuesday, Virginia Garcia had their first mobile clinic vaccination event of the season where, with the help of volunteers, almost 300 people were able to get vaccinated. These mobile vaccination clinics will be offered every Tuesday to vulnerable populations like migrant and seasonal farmworkers who would otherwise have difficulty getting to a vaccination clinic. Virginia Garcia’s goal is to provide 30,000 vaccinations in 12 weeks. 

On April 13, they vaccinated another 104 individuals, even after having to change out their vaccine from Johnson & Johnson to Moderna at the last minute. The need to schedule and provide second shots will be an added challenge, but they are actively working to make arrangements with the camps and nurseries to get those second clinics scheduled.  

Staying true to their commitment to the community, Virginia Garcia is working to bring equity and fair access to the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccinations? 

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

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36 Comments

  1. We should be shut down but our governor is listening to everyone. It’s ironic that we have so much hate against her, it shows the true selfishness of human beings that have can’t make simple sacrifices. Making simple sacrifices is going to be the key in allowing our children to live similar lives to the ones we have been able to enjoy. It’s insane to me how a virus became political!

    1. All three CO counties are level “High Risk”… So what exactly is open ? The Wuhan virus from China became political the day the three west coast demokrat governors colluded to shut down the nation… pretty simple- time lines don’t lie !

    2. How nice for you living on Snob Knob to make such judgments. Some people have to eat, care for others, and do not have the luxury of a fat government pension to rely on! You are a racist bigot and need to find some other way to assuage your white elitist guilt than on the backs of the working poor!

  2. For the next year why don’t you donate all of your paychecks to someone who couldn’t open their business because Kate shut ’em down. Or are you that selfish? It’s a simple sacrifice. BTW you are making it political and you are insane.

    1. Doctors visits cost money. All I said was that we should be closed down. She changed the metrics and you still have a hard time understanding. Businesses are open, people are getting sick.

      1. All I am saying is that business owners have not and are not fully open. It’s been over a year, the percentage of positive cases and deaths in Oregon are very small and you still have a hard time understanding. Deschutes County 3.5% of the population has ever tested positive. 0.03% have died, yet people like you make it seem like if you walk outside, open a business, or don’t triple mask you have a death sentence. That my friend is true insanity.

        1. 800 positive cases in the last 2 weeks is not something to mess with. I am not scared at all but the more we open, the more hospitalizations and it’s happening in Deschutes county. The reason why so few have tested positive is because of health protocols 100%. The anti vaccers are going to pay for not getting a simple stab in the arm

          1. Well active cases account for about 0.66% of Deschutes County. Less than 1%. When you add in the vaccinated and people with anitbodies from having it, we should be fully open.

            1. And most of the cases are presumptive which I don’t have any trust in. Also if you do like this guy says and add the number of vaccinated people, plus positive people and you should also add in a lot of people that had it and were never tested. With all those numbers it’s hard for me to believe the sudden uptake In cases. Has anyone else noticed that Kate is trying to put in permanent mask law and getting a shit ton of back lash. Then “omg look at all these sudden cases we are not safe “this is why we need this law. Except again we have been locked for a year with all these precautions, and yet nothing has changed. I did notice when we had no precautions are numbers were low. Also we can’t forget we have to get as much bonus money as possible. because when people start actually adding numbers then they can’t continue to lie to fear people into getting a shot

            1. Maybe you should explain short term versus long term effect since you seem to be the expert in data interpretation. And then maybe you can enlighten us with your interpretation of what has happened in Sweden since that seems to be another example you have frequently referenced as an example of how smart they have been to be open with no restrictions:

              “As of April 16, 2021, more than 13 700 people have died from COVID-19 in Sweden. The country has one of the highest infection rates in western Europe according to Our World in Data COVID-19 statistics, with 606 new infections per million per day, while its neighbours Denmark, Finland, and Norway reported 115, 62, and 112 new infections per million per day, respectively (April 15, 2021). New and more infective and deadly variants have taken over, and by April 15, 2021, the UK SARS-Cov-2 variant was supected to have caused 75–100% of all new cases in all regions. This indicates more rapid spread, more deaths, and that more young people will be affected, with intensive care units already at full capacity in some regions.” BBC

              1. Sweden has 10.38 million people as 2020. 13,868 people total have died since the start of Covid not just in the past month. And if you look at Denmark and Finland and Norway all half the size of Sweden so if you take their populations and their death rates and double it to match the population Sweden has. they actually have a higher death rate and that’s with precautions. Also the variants not killing people cdc has put out all sorts of articles talking about yes spreading fast but not really affecting people. They also put a article out saying that you can’t get Covid off surfaces only air borne

                1. No… this is not what’s been said… “you can’t get Covid off surfaces only air borne” ! Here is what was said- and continues to be a fact as os April 20th… “Coronavirus on Surfaces. Researchers have found that the coronavirus can stay alive on surfaces. A New England Journal of Medicine study confirms (NEJM)”… “The virus may stay on surfaces from hours to days- The Mayo Clinic”… “The CDC noted in the statement that people can be infected with the virus through contact with surfaces.”… Let me help you here… that’s from a scientific journal- a well respected medical clinic- and the CDC ! Why are you promoting such dangerous misinformation here ? What is your personal goal and intent ?? What pleasure do you derive from scaring people unnecessarily- Fakebook would have removed your garbage- but it seems it’s found a home here at Z21.

                2. Check your math. Denmark, Finland and Norway have a combined population of a little over 16.9 million and have had a total of 4110 (2,472, 903, 735) deaths. Sweden with a population of 10.4 million has had 13,923 or almost 10,000 more deaths with a smaller population.

                3. Ummm, nothing you said makes sense. Where does the article say that death total was for one month? And it’s been said over and over that to show an accurate comparable, you check deaths per million. Sweden’s currently is 1372, Norway is 135, Denmark is 426, Finland is 163. And this is about countries in Europe. The CDC is the US.

            2. Texas confirmed and suspected positives have remained relatively stable for the last month according to their own data. 2,195 confirmed new cases today, 795 probable cases.

              1. Texans take off their boots when they need to count past ten. I’d eye any “numbers” coming out of Texas with a healthy dose of skepticism.

            1. I will tell you one reason. Conservative states are restricting access to tests. For example, New York tested 1100 per 100,000 residents, Oregon 475, Florida 291, and Texas 204. It’s a genius way to skew the numbers in their favor. When this is all over and we calculate deaths above average, the highest numbers will be in conservative states. You should move to one.

      2. Now “all yer sayin'” is that you ain’t willing to put your money where your Jonasty mouth is… no different than Kovid Kate- who hasn’t missed a paycheck in a year !

          1. You are wasting your time with the half-wits here. “ Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.”
            Mark Twain

  3. if it bothers you why we’re not locked down jonasty write a letter to her pleading your case who knows she probably preparing to institute permanent masks and a elite task force to seit at every business to enforce it. Ugh next assessment starts a day before restrictions end and we usually hear of her extrending it another 60 days 3 weeks before they expire.

    1. It doesn’t bother me at all. I just don’t think you are comprehending what is going on with the virus and how dangerous it has become for the younger folk

      1. Please give us the dechutes county percentages of positive cases and deaths. Tell us how dangerous it is for younger folk with medical literature. Because it seems like you just copy paste cnn.

        1. We “copy and paste” the Oregon Health Authority daily releases, as we have since the pandemic began. Which always has links to the data you are seeking. (This is not a national story, so it’s not a CNN story, but we do have an automated feed from their wire, which we don’t write or edit.)

          1. My comment was made for jonasty, some posters only can regurgitate what cnn has said without looking at actual numbers/percentages locally. ie….this person wants our economy shut down forever when we really have very few cases/deaths.

            1. I don’t want anything shut down and have fought hard to keep my place of business open. I have worked full time the entire time other than 7 days where I had to quarantine because I was exposed.

              1. Does your business abide by the OHA- Kate Brown-OSHA temporary covid19 mandates ? You all wear masks all day- social distance- wipe and clean- have protocols in place ?… If so- what do you think about KTVZ- who doesn’t ! Why don’t you start your objections there ???

        2. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association, in the U.S. children represent about 13% of all COVID-19 cases. Research suggests that children younger than ages 10 to 14 are less likely to become infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 compared to people age 20 and older.

          However, some children become severely ill with COVID-19. They might need to be hospitalized, treated in the intensive care unit or placed on a ventilator to help them breathe, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Mayo Clinic

  4. We barely skinned by last time without having to be locked down again jonasty and already at almost 200 after 3 days. Hope if the z does another interview with the public before the restrictions run out they get the opinions of people who don’t sing kumbaya and try to wish this away saying its the least we can do for our fellow man. Makes as much sense as cops having a mime with them on every stop and having him read people their rights.

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