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Oregon reports 7 more COVID-19 deaths, 267 new cases


(Update: Adding weekly report; cases, hospitalizations decline, deaths increase)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- There are seven new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 2,683, the Oregon Health Authority reported Thursday.

OHA also reported 267 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. Thursday, bringing the state total to 202,247.

OHA releases latest monthly update on breakthrough cases

Through May 31, Oregon Health Authority has identified 1,009 COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough cases. In May, there were 16,097 cases of COVID-19, and 98 percent of these cases were among people who were unvaccinated. More than 9 in 10 of the 126 COVID-19-associated deaths in May were among people who were not vaccinated. The majority of vaccine-breakthrough associated deaths have occurred in the elderly.

The number of vaccine breakthrough cases identified in Oregon remains very small, when compared to the more than 1.85 million people who have completed their COVID-19 vaccination series.

Vaccine breakthrough cases are defined as instances in which an individual received a positive COVID-19 test result at least 14 days following the completion of any COVID-19 vaccine series.

Of the 1,009 reported vaccine breakthrough cases, approximately 10% (n=101) were observed in individuals who reside in long-term care facilities or other congregate care settings.

OHA provides updates on breakthrough cases the first Thursday of each month. The current report for June 2021 can be found here.

Vaccinations in Oregon

OHA reported Thursday that 20,401 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry.

Of this total, 8,812 doses were administered on Wednesday and 11,589 were administered prior to Wednesday.

The seven-day running average is now 20,109 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered 2,232,799 first and second doses of Pfizer, 1,615,840 first and second doses of Moderna and 145,844 single doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. As of Thursday, 1,877,344 people have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series. There are 2,255,274 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, 2,830,725 doses of Pfizer, 2,156,360 doses of Moderna and 294,600 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 228, which is one more than Wednesday. There are 63 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is two fewer than Wednesday.

The total number of COVID-19 positive patient bed-days in the most recent seven days is 1,709, which is an 8.1% 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 260.

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

Weekly COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations decline

The Oregon Health Authority’s COVID-19 Weekly Report, released today, shows decreases in daily cases and hospitalizations but an increase in deaths from the previous week.

OHA reported 2,677 new daily cases of COVID-19 during the week of Monday, May 24, through Sunday, May 30. That represents a 13% decrease from the previous week.

New COVID-19 related hospitalizations fell to 190, down from 224 last week and the lowest figure in six weeks.  

Reported COVID-19 related deaths were 50, up from 34 last week.

There were 94,084 tests for COVID-19 for the week of May 23 through May 29 — a 12% decrease from last week. The percentage of positive tests fell from 5.4% to 4.5%.

People 70 years of age and older have accounted for 38% of COVID-19 related hospitalizations and 75% of COVID-19 related deaths.

Thursday’s COVID-19 Weekly Outbreak Report shows 31 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.

Peer support helps people experiencing houselessness overcome vaccine hesitancy

Chances are you will find Jennifer Coon on the sidewalk, talking with guests waiting for food in line during the Blanchet House of Hospitality’s lunch and dinner hours. Coon helps people struggling to survive in downtown Portland, and she is busy. Within one hour, Coon brings a plate of food to a man in a wheelchair, gives clothes to those without shirts and shoes, offers bandages for wounds, lends a listening ear and distributes COVID-19 vaccine information.

Because she has built such a deep trust with many, Coon has successfully signed up more than 25 shelter residents for COVID-19 vaccinations, even transporting them herself to the Oregon Convention Center.

In addition, Coon offers information and directions to other vaccination clinics, actively supporting Blanchet House’s more than 30 transitional housing residents.

“One man was so scared to get the vaccine. I was with him the whole time,” Coon recalls. “I drove him in my little car, and he is a big guy! He was so grateful that he had tears in his eyes. He said we are now bonded forever.”

Getting folks to agree to a second dose of the vaccine has been more of a challenge.

“I give them the information, let them make their decision and help coordinate,” said Coon. “It’s a good starting point; a good foundation to get them hopefully going in the right direction. I'm happy and proud to be a part of it.”

Read the full story on the Oregon Health Authority vaccine news blog. If you’re interested in volunteering at Blanchet House, find opportunities here.

Cases and deaths

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported Thursday are in the following counties: Baker (2), Benton (1), Clackamas (18), Columbia (3), Coos (1), Crook (3), Curry (1), Deschutes (19), Douglas (36), Gilliam (7), Hood River (2), Jackson (19), Josephine (3), Klamath (2), Lane (21), Linn (15), Malheur (6), Marion (25), Multnomah (48), Polk (1), Sherman (1), Tillamook (2), Umatilla (15), Union (4), Wasco (1), Washington (9) and Yamhill (2).

Oregon’s 2,677th death is a 76-year-old man from Lane County who tested positive on April 24 and died on May 27 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,678th death is a 57-year-old woman from Coos County who tested positive on April 28 and died on June 2 at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,679th death is a 70-year-old woman from Marion County who tested positive on May 13 and died on June 1 at Salem Hospital. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,680th death is an 87-year-old man from Multnomah County who tested positive on April 9 and died on May 2 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,681st death is a 70-year-old man from Polk County who tested positive on May 18 and died on June 2 at Salem Hospital. He had no underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,682nd death is a 70-year-old man from Polk County who tested positive on April 14 and died on June 1 at Salem Hospital. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,683rd death is a 61-year-old man from Washington County who tested positive on March 22 and died on May 18 at Legacy Meridian Park 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.

Barney Lerten

Barney is the digital content director for NewsChannel 21. Learn more about Barney here.



  1. How many of you have been reading Fauci’s leaked e-mail’s? How does it feel to learn you’ve been duped? How do you feel knowing that the mask you’ve been wearing is literally useless? Your God Fauci lied and people died!

        1. Like most memes, this one doesn’t hold up as deep, critical analysis. It does, however, perform its role as propaganda admirably.

          There are two kinds of people who like to wear masks:

          1) Elderly folks with preexisting conditions. The ones playing Russian roulette by the numbers. They’re the ones you think are afraid. And they are certainly concerned and don’t wish to die.

          2) People who don’t want to kill elderly folks with preexisting conditions. That’s the rest of us.

          Probably due to our lack of proper schooling in the US, most people don’t understand how basic science works. For those of you who are wary of science because you’ve seen it produce incorrect or misleading results, I encourage you to go a day without using anything produced with science and then decide whether or not the scientific method is effective.

          As for being duped, there’s subsequent information to the contrary that was omitted from the meme because it would undermine its propaganda value. From the news:

          Berman also brought up a February 5, 2020, email Fauci sent to Sylvia Burwell, former secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services, in which he did not recommend wearing a mask since she was traveling to a low-risk location. The email was sent at a time before coronavirus was declared a pandemic and before the CDC advised the public to wear masks for protection.

          “A lot has transpired since then. If you had to go back and do it all over again, would you tell her something different? Do you regret that?” Berman asked Fauci.

          “Let’s get real here — if you look at scientific information as it accumulates, what is going on in January and February, what you know as a fact, as data, guides what you tell people and your policies. If March, April, May occur, you accumulate a lot more information and you modify and adjust your opinion and your recommendation based on the current science and current data,” Fauci told Berman.

          “So of course, if we knew back then that a substantial amount of transmission was asymptomatic people. If we knew that the data show that masks outside of a hospital setting actually do work when we didn’t know it then. If we realize all of those things back then, of course,” he said. “You’re asking a question, ‘Would you do something different if you know what you know now?’ Of course people would have done that. That’s so obvious.”

      1. Really? Who sent the infected to nursing homes? Democrats! Who demonized HCQ? Democrats! Who told people to go out an party when Trump shut the borders? Democrats!
        Who provided hospitals and staffs? Trump! Who provided PPE production in fast relief? Trump! Who had production of ventilators in short? Trump! Who got the vaccine developed is historically short time? Trump! Who has continued the lock downs, resulting in large increase of suicides? Democrats! Who has forced people home when they initially test positive . . . without known cures . . . to die at home? Democrats! Who is letting hundreds to thousands of COVID positive cases to cross the southern border unchecked? Democrats! Who has lied from the beginning? Democrats, MSM, and Fauci!

    1. Fauci’s Gof programs began during the Obama Administration while Biden was VP- So yeah… China Joe has a lot of ‘splainin to do… More American deaths from the China Wuhan Virus since Biden was elected… this is a national disgrace an an historic catastrophe- far worse than anything 9/11 produced- and the aftermath while last decades.

      1. Can we get Purple on Thursdays? Thursday sucks! It’s already been a long week and it’s still not Friday. We should get a happy color on Thursdays, with a disco ball.

      2. Not true ! Please stop lying. You used “only” a red photo of death (always the lead the story) throughout 2020… Internet archives don’t lie.

              1. You “chose” the automated feed- it was never forced upon you. It probably still shocks many of your readers to know- that you are also a FOX affiliate- with access to their news stories anytime you want them.

          1. Just went through the whole month of March-August 2020 in your Covid19 Archive… looking back at your angry- over-the-top coverage and blatant attempts to misinform the public to drive this pandemic into hysterics… is a permanent scar on your record. For those of you who want proof of how the Z colluded with the Governor’s office- the OHA- and the Demokrat party in Oregon… 129 pages of “guilty as charged” ! Enjoy your look back- and try to avoid the first year’s photos of all them Blood Red Virus Photos… at least up till January of 2021- they were the norm… no matter what the Z21 Cheerleading moderator may say… your link…

  2. the red one is supposed to drive the fear more as the green one is more of a calmer one as red has been associated with danger for eons. We’ll see if in a week or 2 the memorial day surge is gonna be better than they were expecting

    1. The Memorial day surge has already produced 600+ new cases and a tripling of number of deaths in just two days… but I’m sure the Z will assure you- the curve has been flattened. At this point it doesn’t matter what the numbers look like- Brown has lost momentum and control. This will be reported like any ol seasonal virus from here on out- it’s already been relegated off the top stories list for more than a week by KTVZ- but let’s make no mistake- this virus from China is with us forever- a vaccine will never cure it- we will have surges off and on for the next 20 years… and China Joe Biden and Hunter Ho will do nothing about… as China has the goods on Hunter. Quite sad that so many Americans died because of just a handful of Demonized Demokrats and a colluding media… history will not be kind !

      1. 600+ new case in two days isn’t great, but’s a darn sight better than the 1300+ in two days we were getting a couple months ago.

        And of course you know that the data is noisy and reporting isn’t regular, so it’s better to use the 7-day rolling average for deaths in order to read the trends. It looks like this for the last several days of COVID deaths Oregon:

        7 8 8 8 10 8 9 8 6 6 6 5 6 7 6 6 6 7 7 6 5 <- yesterday

        And the median incubation period is 5 days. Add a couple days for delays in testing and reporting. It's a little early to be seeing a spike in the data… but I'm sincerely hoping with more vaccinated folks and the fact that Memorial Day often happens outdoors that the spike is small.

        If you're going to cherrypick, you don't have to go back that far to find a day with a single death. And then you wait for a day with like 20 deaths reported and you can say, "Deaths are up 20 times since that date! Thanks Kate!"

        1. No need to cherry pick- the data is clear… On this date in June of 2020 there were 87 new cases- 72 not hospitalized- no deaths- this was after four months of lockdowns- shutdowns and dumbdowns… Today- 267 new cases- 7 deaths (triple the number from the day before)… Yet Kalamity Kate has declared the state is ready to open… Now if yer ready to argue “Vaccine-Vaccine-Vaccine”…. It’s been out there since December of 2020… 6 months and rollin’… Yet the surges keep coming. The facts are clear- the initial girly hysterics were all man made- the fact that Brown forced everybody inside- into closed quarters- out of the sun last summer- was catastrophic ! Now everyone has the green light to go back outside- let mother nature’s sunshine filled radiation kill this virus (like we saw in Australia) and just like President Trump said ! Defenders of Kovid Kate have no argument- no basis of science- and certainly no data to back any of her failed strategies- and once the State Economist stops playing politics- and reveals the real damage to our State economy… many of you will realize how devastating her shutdowns were… Oregon will not recover for decades- I guarantee it !

  3. The data speaks! The vaccine is wildly successful in stopping and reducing breath from Covid! If you can get btge jab Doo it! Stop being a clueless trump sheep 🐑🐑🐑

    1. The vaccine has a 6% failure rate. The only success we are seeing is from Mother Nature’s Sun Rays – most notably UV- that has been used to sanitize hospital settings for decades ! President Trump was exactly right- the virus will magically disappear… unless you force everyone inside- out of the sun- and allow it to spread through contact and close proximity ! Damn people- try and understand basic science for a change !

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