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Oregon reports 3 more COVID-19 related deaths, 1,076 new cases; modeling points to sharp rise

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But vaccine immunity helping prevent further spread, officials say; masks, avoiding large gathering also curb increase

PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- There are three new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 2,858, the Oregon Health Authority reported Friday. 

OHA also reported 1,076 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. Friday, bringing the state total to 219,755.

Newest COVID-19 modeling report shows sharply higher increases in daily cases and hospitalizations

On Friday, OHA released its latest COVID-19 forecast, which projects sharply higher COVID-19 associated hospitalizations and daily cases through Aug. 17.

According to the model, the effective reproduction rate – the expected number of secondary cases that a single case generates – was estimated at 1.58 through July 14, more than double the 0.74 reported through mid-June.

At that same level of transmission, over the next two weeks, daily cases would continue to rapidly increase to 390 cases per 100,000 people, or an estimated 1,170 daily cases and 95 new hospitalizations per day. 

According to the report, “Vaccine immunity is helping prevent further spread of COVID-19.” By removing people with immunity from the model calculations, the rate of average rate of infection projects to 3.18 over the same time period. 

Also, according to the report, even if the delta variant grew to comprise 95% of new cases, the adoption of protective measures such as wearing masks and avoiding large gatherings, would curb the projected increase in hospitalizations and daily cases. 

“Today’s modeling report, although sobering, confirms the importance of protecting ourselves and others by getting vaccinated against COVID-19,” State Public Health Officer and Epidemiologist Dr. Dean Sidelinger said. 

“By vaccinating more people, we can more quickly drive down hospitalizations and new cases,” he said.

Vaccinations in Oregon

OHA reported Friday that 6,702 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 3,404 doses were administered on Thursday and 3,298 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on July 29.

The seven-day running average is now 4,697 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered 2,656,887 first and second doses of Pfizer, 1,784,178 first and second doses of Moderna and 181,017 single doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

As of Friday, 2,486,197 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,308,566 people have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series.

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, 3,019,095 doses of Pfizer, 2,299,680 doses of Moderna and 299,100 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines have been delivered to sites across Oregon.

These data are preliminary and subject to change.

Updated vaccination data are provided on Oregon’s COVID-19 data dashboards and have been updated Friday.

COVID-19 hospitalizations

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 298, which is 13 more than Thursday. There are 97 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is 13 more than Thursday.

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 22 COVID-19 patients as of early Friday, five of whom were in the ICU, with three on ventilators.

OHA working with county, state and Tribal public officials on outbreak linked to recent music festival

OHA is investigating a COVID-19 outbreak associated with the Pendleton Whisky Music Fest held in Pendleton on July 10. 

Cases have been identified among residents of Umatilla, Morrow, Union and Wallowa counties, and Washington state. 

OHA is working with local, state and Tribal public health partners to identify other cases in people who may have attended the music festival. As of Friday, OHA is aware of 58 COVID-19 cases in people who attended the event. 

This outbreak is the first one of its size and scope to be traced to an outdoor entertainment event since the lifting of statewide COVID-19 prevention measures at the end of June. 

The outbreak highlights the importance of protective actions Oregonians can take to limit the spread of and their potential exposure to COVID-19, including wearing masks and getting vaccinated with any of the authorized vaccines that are widely available in every Oregon county.

In Oregon this month, OHA has recorded a large increase in COVID-19 cases. That rise is linked to the spread of the delta variant, which now accounts for 80% of Oregon’s of new cases.

In response to the resurgence of COVID-19 in Oregon, OHA recommended this week that all persons, regardless of their vaccination status, wear a mask indoors in public spaces. OHA also encourages all Oregonians to consider masking if they plan to attend crowded outdoor events like fairs, sporting events, outdoor theater performances, rodeos or concerts, especially if they are at higher risk for complications from COVID-19 or live with individuals who are unvaccinated or at higher risk for complications from COVID-19.

To learn more about the rise of cases throughout Oregon, driven by the prevalence of the Delta variant identified among new infections, see a rebroadcast of OHA’s Facebook Live conversation Thursday with two of our senior health advisors, Drs. Paul Cieslak and Tom Jeanne.

Cases and deaths

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported Friday are in the following counties: Baker (22), Benton (21), Clackamas (77), Clatsop (13), Columbia (6), Coos (15), Crook (7), Curry (12), Deschutes (40), Douglas (57), Grant (1),  Harney (2), Hood River (9), Jackson (188), Jefferson (6), Josephine (33), Klamath (3), Lane (81), Lincoln (9), Linn (29), Malheur (5), Marion (46), Morrow (7), Multnomah (134), Polk (20), Sherman (1), Tillamook (13), Umatilla (82), Union (22), Wallowa (10), Wasco (15), Washington (76), Wheeler (2) and Yamhill (12). 

Oregon’s 2,856th COVID-19 death is a 61-year-old man from Marion County who tested positive on July 11 and died on July 21 at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center. He had underlying conditions. 

Oregon’s 2,857th COVID-19 death is an 83-year-old man from Jackson County who tested positive on July 12 and died on July 28 at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. He had underlying conditions. 

Oregon’s 2,858th COVID-19 death is an 85-year-old woman from Clackamas County who tested positive on July 19 and died on July 20 at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

OHA does not report the vaccination status of people in our daily update of COVID-19 related deaths. However, statewide data show that people who remain unvaccinated are at much greater risk of infection and severe illness.

In June, 92% of the 7,241 COVID-19 cases and 94% of the 63 COVID-19-associated deaths occurred in unvaccinated Oregonians. On the first Thursday of each month, OHA publishes an update on vaccine breakthrough cases identified in Oregon. The findings shared in our last report, from July 1, indicate that this number remains very small when compared to the more than 2.3 million people who have completed a COVID-19 vaccination series.

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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42 Comments

        1. because he believes it’s not and we don’t fact check every single post. without a link, it’s an opinion. feel free to refute it.
          I’m not going to start deleting 80 percent of comments. Why have them?

            1. Barney is now a mind readers- able to tell you all what others think… “because he believes” ??? I’ve always steered clear of this sentence- I prefer you “go ahead prove me wrong” to such nonsense… “Mind Reading”- Yeh Right !

          1. Right here on your website a CNN article cites a CDC study showing 74% of the infections of the study group were people that were akready vaccinated. ADE (Antigen-dependant enhamcement) was mentioned as a possibility in earlier studies of the vaccine. Basically, if you have already been exposed to the virus, getting the vaccine may increase your chances of getting it.

          2. Seriously though, why have them? This place has turned into a conspiracy misinformation clown fiesta. The only reason these losers post their ‘opinions’ here is because Fascistbook will delete their accounts if they do it there.

            1. Why have a comment system? Why ask IN the comment system? Oh you mean we should be heavy-handed, if in doubt delete?
              I think it’ll go away first. That’s what many seem to want. That or they just want their side in the endless debates allowed and the other side forbidden.
              Not.

              1. Keep the board. The guys on the left are just as virulent as the guys right. Free access to information is what we need to evaluate what is true. Biden wants to shut that down which seems a lot like the Soviet run media we – once upon a time – were taught was a charade.

              2. Look, if it was just normal republican talking points about crime or spending or race, then fine let’s talk about it. But this strategy by the local cult45 guys where they just flood the chat with misinformation and conspiracies in any story pandemic related just can not be justified as ‘free speech’ or in any way further a rational discussion about how serious this is, or what actual science surrounding it is, or how to move forward in a responsible way. It’s a complete crap show here, and if anyone were unlucky enough to stumble hoping to be persuaded by honest arguments by reasonable people, they would unfortunately be well on their way to the next local Q-Anon meeting. I’m here, in chat, advocating for the end of this clown fiesta. It does no one any good, and anyone exposed will leave dumber/angrier than when they got here.

                1. Feel free to post reputable links as I have numerous times. The best way to fight bad info is with good info, not send them scurrying off to Facebook or wherever. Some call it censorship, of course.

                2. We ‘censor’ people yelling fire in a movie theater. I honestly don’t see the difference here. This is too prevalent, and too serious a problem to explain away with some gobbledygook about ‘both sides’ or free speech or press freedom. There is no ‘both sides’ when arguing the benefits of racism. There is no ‘both sides’ when arguing the benefits of hate. etc. The press should strive to benefit our country, and humanity, and this disinformation campaign does neither.

                  “Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’” ― Isaac Asimov

                3. Snorze- you and your multiple handles is an absolute joke ! You spend your whole day here spouting absolute garbage- not a single supporting link to anything- just your myopic opinions and BS. Now that I’ve gone out and recruited some pals- yer getting yer lunch handed to you daily- and you suddenly can’t keep up- so you whine to Barney about censorship. You were not targeted for five months- you don’t know diddly about the subject- so sit down- stop yer belly-aching- yer a disgrace !

            2. Do you mean like all of these conspiracy theories that Fake News CNN pushed and that KTVZ trafficked? All of which turned out to be false.

              Trump ordered protesters to be tear-gassed for a photo-op

              The ‘lab leak’ theory was a conspiracy

              Trump ignored Russian bounties on US soldiers

              Trump told Georgia officials to ‘find the fraud’

              Trump said white supremacists were ‘fine people’

              Trump referred to illegal immigrants as ‘animals’

              Trump ‘flat-out lied’ when he said his campaign was wiretapped

              Trump removed MLK Jr. bust

              And who can forget the greatest conspiracy theory of them all that FAKE NEWS CNN and KTVZ trafficked. The Trump / Russia collusion hoax.

        2. How so ? The vaccinated are now being required to mask up and social distance again- that never happened with the seasonal flu- which does work. What science are you basing your opinion on- the most recent announcement from the CDC states that the vaccinated are carriers- capable of exposing anyone they come in contact with. Go ahead- prove me wrong !

            1. The Epoch Times is a far-right[12] international multi-language newspaper and media company affiliated with the Falun Gong new religious movement.[17] The newspaper, based in New York City, is part of the Epoch Media Group, which also operates New Tang Dynasty (NTD) Television.

              If its Falun Gong and New Tang, it must be pro-America. Right?

              1. And please explain what exactly is false within the story. I can only hope you want honest facts regardless of who is reporting it. It looks like you copied and pasted your statement from Wiki. The co-founder of WIKI came out last week and has expressed his displeasure and disappointment of how Wiki has turned into a propaganda outlet and it’s bias.

      1. Once they close the Southern border which has had a 900 perfect increase of the China virus among illegal aliens in the Rio Grande Valley then I will take this administration seriously. Until that happens do not attempt to take away rights and freedoms of Americans. The fact that the border is wide open without anyone being tested or vaccinated should tell you everything you need to know.

      2. Or don’t get it, and go around like it doesn’t exist. Good chance you won’t have to worry about filing your taxes next year.

  1. Nice to see some new handles representing the “right” side of the aisle… Like I said- you’ll never know where, when, or how it will happen… But it has !

    1. I have been fighting on this forum against Fake News CNN and it’s trafficking partner KTVZ for years. I just took a long break. I find this format very slow and very hard to have a substantive debate. I

  2. The anti-vaxxers remind me of the days I worked ER and people would talk about why they shouldn’t be “required” to wear seat-belts. So many excellent demonstrations on every shift of why it was a really good idea. But until it happens to “you”…it’s just not going to sink in.

    1. There’s a big difference between mandates/lockdowns for covid vs seatbelts. Mandates for covid are for simply existing on this planet while seatbelts are narrowly tailored when performing an activity. One is unethical.

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