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Oregon reports 5 more COVID-19 related deaths, 603 new cases


New pediatric report shows about 12% of state's cases under 18 years old

PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- There are five new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 2,606, the Oregon Health Authority reported Thursday.

OHA also reported 603 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. Thursday, bringing the state total to 197,356.

Vaccinations in Oregon

OHA reported Thursday that 37,228 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 20,028 doses were administered on Wednesday and 17,200 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on Wednesday.

The 7-day running average is now 29,005 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered a total of 2,019,003 first and second doses of Pfizer, 1,502,574 first and second doses of Moderna and 127,500 single doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. As of Thursday, 1,656,783 people have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series. There are 2,114,580 people 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, 2,442,375 doses of Pfizer, 1,988,260 doses of Moderna and 281,700 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.

COVID-19 hospitalizations

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 301, which is five fewer than Wednesday. There are 77 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is one fewer than Wednesday.

The total number of COVID-19 positive patient bed-days in the most recent seven days is 2,288, which is a 2.2% decrease from the previous seven days. The peak daily number of beds occupied by COVID-19 positive patients in the most recent seven days is 342.

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 47 COVID-19 patients as of 4 a.m. Thursday, seven of whom were in the ICU, all on ventilators.

OHA Pediatric COVID-19 Report

As of 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, May 12, there have been 193,014 COVID-19 cases reported in Oregon. Pediatric cases, as defined as people under 18 years old, accounted for 23,161, or 11.9%, of the total cases. There have been 35 cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) reported in Oregon. Oregon witnessed two surges in pediatric COVID-19 cases in 2020 and is currently experiencing a third in 2021. Similar to cases in adults, pediatric cases began to rise again at the beginning of April.

The full 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 1.0% of pediatric patients have been hospitalized at some point during their COVID-19 illness. Comparatively, 6.1% of adults with COVID-19 have been hospitalized.

COVID-19 vaccine a game changer for one 12-year-old

OHA has been collecting and sharing stories about what the COVID-19 vaccine means to Oregon families. Today, we introduce you to Paul Carson. Paul’s 12-year-old son, Anthony, has Down syndrome, which puts him at much higher risk for severe complications from COVID-19.

Because the Pfizer vaccine was authorized for emergency use in individuals ages 12–15, Anthony was able to get vaccinated last week at the Oregon Health & Science University-run drive-through vaccination site at the Portland International Airport (PDX).

Paul and his wife Susan are beyond thrilled. Both described their son’s vaccination at PDX as a great experience and called the vaccine a “game-changer” for their family — especially for their son. They didn’t know if they were going to be able to send Anthony back to school in the fall because of the risk, and now they can.

Take a listen to Paul talk about the experience here.

Cases and deaths

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported Thursday are in the following counties: Baker (1), Benton (6), Clackamas (73), Clatsop (3), Columbia (7), Coos (10), Crook (8), Curry (1), Deschutes (42), Douglas (25), Harney (7), Hood River (1), Jackson (19), Jefferson (5), Josephine (18), Klamath (15), Lane (36), Lincoln (2), Linn (46), Malheur (4), Marion (51), Morrow (3), Multnomah (90), Polk (9), Umatilla (24), Union (1), Wasco (5), Washington (74) and Yamhill (17).

Oregon’s 2,602nd COVID-19 death is an 88-year-old woman from Benton County who tested positive on May 4 and died on May 15 at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,603rd COVID-19 death is a 64-year-old man from Klamath County who tested positive on April 22 and died on May 18 at Sky Lakes Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 2,604th COVID-19 death is a 66-year-old woman from Douglas County who tested positive on April 20 and died on May 18 at Mercy Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,605th COVID-19 death is a 74-year-old man from Baker County who tested positive on May 3 and died on May 15 at St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center in Boise, ID. He had underlying conditions.

Orgon’s 2,606th COVID-19 death is a 74-year-old man from Klamath County who tested positive on May 8 and died on May 17 at Sky Lakes 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 webpage (English or Spanish), which has a breakdown of distribution and other information.

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  1. Almost every time the COVID death toll is reported on, you use the term, “(S)He had underlying conditions.” Did these “underlying conditions” contributed to the death? For example, if a person with diabetes is hit by a truck, did the diabetes cause the death (rhetorical question)? I wonder if this description, which I realize comes from the state, doesn’t give some people a false sense of security. (i.e. “I’m healthy, why should I be vaccinated?”)

    1. I think this helps explain how they count Covid19 deaths.

      NBC affiliate in IL.

      Based on the following statement, 94% of the death count had serious issues to begin with.

      “For over 5% of these deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned on the death certificate. For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average, there were 4.0 additional conditions or causes per death.”

      1. That link is from over a year ago. I think a better explanation would be a more current description from the AAMC……. “While he was very weak and frail from his underlying cancer, his death was undoubtedly accelerated and precipitated by COVID-19.” And COVID was listed on his death certificate as a contributing factor.

    2. The virus from China has about a 2% fatality rate- while the vaccine has a 6% failure rate… your question about a false sense of security is valid. In either case the damage is done as nobody will ever trust the mainstream media again- it’s why Fakebook and Twitter are battling over their scraps- and local stations like the Z are now spending thousands on public service announcements trying to regain their trust… Fool me once !

      1. Nice try trying to confuse the facts. Fatality and failure are too different things completely! But nice try to confuse the stupid and uninformed other conservatives.

    3. No, it is a real sense of security. If you are under 65 with a healthy immune system, chances are very high you will be just fine. Remember, most of the time you need to get tested to even know if you are positive.

      1. Sorry Clown but according to the the CDC 60% of Americans have a chronic disease. Chances are those people would not be just fine and why we have lost almost 600,000 lives so far.

          1. Are you trying to say that obesity and high blood pressure aren’t chronic diseases? Because there are quite a few highly educated medical professionals that would disagree with that.

  2. It’s amazing how much better data, how much smarter and informed all the trolls on ktvz forum are than all the data gatherers in the medical community, CDC, and various Health organizations across the country. That’s why I come here for my advice! When you got H8 clown and Wishy Washy here to tell you the truth why would you go anywhere else?

  3. Trump had the normal rules changed so that the vaccines could be used well ahead of when they normally have otherwise. It takes years to determine if a vaccine is truly safe and effective. The FDA has said it is going to be two years before any true approval will be given on the vaccines. Even the corrupt FDA knows that the vaccine cannot be said to be truly safe and effective at this time. According to Fauci only 50% of those at the CDC have received the vaccine to date. Why is this if the vaccine is so safe? Do those at the CDC know something the general public does not?

    So go ahead and get the Trump-rushed vaccines. I will wait a few years. Once the proper “experimental” test period is over then I may consider it. Until then, my body my choice and yes I am pro-choice even though I do not care for abortion.

    1. “Contrary to claims by social media users, two top U.S. officials involved in the COVID-19 vaccination rollout in the country did not say that 40% to 50% of CDC and FDA employees are refusing to get immunized.” Reuters 5/20

      “Dr. Anthony Fauci and top officials from the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were asked at a Senate committee hearing what percentage of their employees have received COVID-19 vaccinations.

      In their responses, none of the three officials said anything about employees who refused to be vaccinated.” PoliticalFact

      But you just keep spreading misinformation and alternate facts. Shame on you!

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