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Oregon reports 21 more COVID-19 related deaths, 2,113 new cases, 855 hospitalizations

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BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- There are 21 new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 3,682, the Oregon Health Authority reported Friday.

OHA also reported 2,113 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. Friday, bringing the state total to 320,990.

Western States scientific safety review workgroup recommends Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine booster shot after six months for certain groups

The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup on Friday completed its review of the federal process and has recommended a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at least six months after their primary vaccination series for people older than 65 and people at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

“Everyone eligible who wants a booster will get one, and I'm committed to ensuring our most vulnerable Oregonians are protected from COVID-19, including those who are at higher risk due to systemic health and social inequities. I’d like to thank Oregonians for their patience as boosters become available while our hospitals and health care workers continue to respond to the ongoing Delta surge,” said Governor Kate Brown.

The workgroup provided its confirmation to the governors of California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington today. Click here to view the news release from Governor Kate Brown’s office.

Newest COVID-19 modeling report projects decrease in daily cases and hospitalizations

The Oregon Health Authority released Friday its latest COVID-19 forecast, which shows a slowing in the decline in daily cases and hospitalizations through mid-October.

According to the report, the effective reproduction rate – the expected number of secondary cases that a single case generates – was estimated at .91 on Sept. 8, which is higher than last week’s projection. But the model still projects a decline in the estimated growth of new cases and hospitalizations over last week’s modeling scenario.

At that level of transmission, the report estimates 495 cases per 100,000 people, or an average of 1,480 daily cases and 81 hospitalizations for the two-week period between Sept. 29 and Oct. 12.

The modeling report also estimated the potential impact of a 20% increase in transmission.

Under that scenario, there would be an increase in newly diagnosed cases and hospitalizations, with an estimated average of 685 per 100,000 people, projecting an estimated average of 2,050 new cases and 118 hospitalizations over the same period.

The report also indicates that hospitals across the state are seeing declines in COVID-19 hospitalizations. However, COVID-19 bed occupancy levels remain higher than during previous surges.

The report also noted a slow increase in high-risk behaviors and protocol fatigue.

Vaccinations remain the most effective tool for slowing the spread of COVID-19, OHA said. Oregonians should wear masks when in indoor public spaces and when outdoors among crowds.

To date more than 2.71 million Oregonians have received at least one dose of the safe and highly effective vaccine and 2.48 million people have completed a vaccine series.

Oregon launches self-administered case questionnaire

This week, Oregon launched a new self-administered COVID-19 case questionnaire. During times of surge, the number of cases outweighs public health’s capacity to complete a phone interview with all new cases. The new case questionnaire will shorten the phone call and enable cases to respond to most of the questions later. Local public health authorities will continue to call cases.

The local public health authorities that are offering the self-administered questionnaire will talk with the case, ask some demographic questions, refer them to essential support services for isolation if needed, determine if they are associated with any high-risk settings, and ask them to complete a self-administered case questionnaire.

Individuals will be given a link to the questionnaire to answer non-time sensitive questions. The survey is currently available in English and Spanish. Individuals who test positive should isolate in a safe place. If you need assistance, call 211.

New graph shows running averages since beginning of vaccination effort

The overview tab of the Oregon COVID-19 Vaccine Daily Update dashboard includes tables which show the current 7-day running averages for total doses administered and people initiated. A new graph has been added to show these running averages over time since the beginning of the vaccination effort.

The running average for total doses administered accounts for all doses administered in Oregon, regardless of dose number (dose one versus dose two versus dose three, etc.). The running average for “people initiated” accounts for any person who received at least one shot of any COVID-19 vaccine.

The new graph will look like this example below:

Day Running Average

COVID-19 hospitalizations

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 855, which is 30 fewer than Thursday. There are 268 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is five more than Thursday.

9/24/2021 Available Beds (and Percentage of Staffed Beds Available)
 StatewideRegion 1Region 2Region 3Region 5Region 6Region 7Region 9
Adult ICU beds available60 (9%)24 (7%)9 (9%)10 (24%)7 (12%)2 (20%)2 (4%)6 (24%)
Adult non-ICU beds available373 (9%)60 (3%)62 (9%)89 (14%)45 (10%)8 (16%)63 (16%)46 (40%)

There are 60 available adult ICU beds out of 645 total (9% availability) and 373 available adult non-ICU beds out of 4,198 (9% availability).

St. Charles Bend reported 80 COVID-19 patients as of early Friday, 18 of whom were in the ICU, 16 of them on ventilators. Fifteen of the 18 ICU patients were not fully vaccinated and 65 of the 80 total patients were not fully vaccinated, officials said.

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.

Note: Please do not visit an emergency department for COVID-19 testing, unless you require emergency care for your symptoms.

Emergency departments in Oregon are under significant strain responding to the current surge in COVID-19. You can find a test here.  

If you have a medical condition that doesn’t require emergency care, contact your provider. An urgent care center may also help you get the care you need and will save emergency departments from added strain.  

More information about hospital capacity can be found here.

Vaccinations in Oregon

OHA reported Friday that 9,167 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry on Thursday. Of this total, 3,810 were administered on Thursday: 1,538 were initial doses, 1,736 were second doses and 491 were third doses. The remaining 5,357 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on Thursday.

The seven-day running average is now 7,502 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered 2,943,192 doses of Pfizer Comirnaty, 1,896,037 doses of Moderna and 212,735 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

As of Friday, 2,721,546 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,488,494 people have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series.

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.

Cases and COVID-19 related deaths

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported Friday are in the following counties: Baker (15), Benton (38), Clackamas (153), Clatsop (10), Columbia (32), Coos (48), Crook (38), Curry (2), Deschutes (162), Douglas (53), Grant (11), Harney (24), Hood River (6), Jackson (90), Jefferson (42), Josephine (22), Klamath (58), Lake (24), Lane (171), Lincoln (18), Linn (148), Malheur (28), Marion (193), Morrow (8), Multnomah (275), Polk (33), Tillamook (17), Umatilla (93), Union (32), Wallowa (8), Wasco (24), Washington (161) and Yamhill (76).

Oregon’s 3,662nd COVID-19 related death is a 67-year-old man from Douglas County who tested positive on Sept. 18 and died on Sept. 21 at his residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 3,663rd COVID-19 related death is a 45-year-old woman from Douglas County who tested positive on Sept.12 and died on Sept. 23 at Oregon Health and Science University Hospital. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 3,664th COVID-19 related death is a 94-year-old woman from Douglas County who tested positive on Sept. 1 and died on Sept. 9 at her residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 3,665th COVID-19 related death is an 86-year-old woman from Douglas County who tested positive on Aug. 30 and died on Sept. 17 at her residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 3,666th COVID-19 related death is an 89-year-old man from Douglas County who tested positive on Aug. 2 and died on Sept. 4 at his residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 3,667th COVID-19 related death is a 45-year-old man from Douglas County who tested positive on Aug. 21 and died on Sept. 22 at Mercy Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 3,668th COVID-19 related death is a 67-year-old woman from Douglas County who tested positive on Aug. 20 and died on Sept. 1 at her residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 3,669th COVID-19 related death is a 62-year-old woman from Wallowa County who tested positive on Sept. 21 and died on Sept. 20 her residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 3,670th COVID-19 related death is a 71-year-old woman from Umatilla County who tested positive on Sept. 14 and died on Sept.16 at Good Shepherd Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 3,671st COVID-19 related death is an 86-year-old man from Umatilla County who tested positive on Sept. 13 and died on Sept. 16 at Good Shepherd Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 3,672nd COVID-19 related death is a 63-year-old woman from Multnomah County who tested positive on Sept. 14 and died on Sept. 18 at Adventist Health Portland. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 3,673rd COVID-19 related death is a 63-year-old woman from Lane County who tested positive on Sept. 14 and died on Sept. 22 PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 3,674th COVID-19 related death is a 60-year-old man from Lane County who tested positive on Sept. 12 and died on Sept. 11 at McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 3,675th COVID-19 related death is a 73-year-old woman from Josephine County who tested positive on Sept. 15 and died on Sept. 22 at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 3,676th COVID-19 related death is a 67-year-old woman from Josephine County who tested positive on Aug. 13 and died on Sept. 18 at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 3,677th COVID-19 related death is a 58-year-old man from Jackson County who tested positive on Aug. 22 and died on Sept. 17 at Providence Medford Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 3,678th COVID-19 related death is a 58-year-old man from Jackson County who tested positive on Aug. 17 and died on Sept. 22 at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 3,679th COVID-19 related death is an 85-year-old man from Yamhill County who tested positive on Sept. 9 and died on Sept. 22 at Willamette Valley Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 3,680th COVID-19 related death is a 46-year-old woman from Yamhill County who tested positive on Aug. 26 and died on Sept. 22 at Willamette Valley Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 3,681st COVID-19 related death is a 30-year-old man from Washington County who tested positive on Sept. 10 and died on Sept. 22 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 3,682nd COVID-19 related death is a 50-year-old woman from Washington County who tested positive on Aug. 30 and died on Sept. 22 at McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center. She 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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48 Comments

  1. More lies from Biden today! To blame the pandemic on populations of color is just what one should expect from the leader of the party of SLAVERY! Why do democrats hate Populations of Color?

    Why aren’t Brown and the OHA providing us working Eqyuity plans? The OHA Data tells the truth! Democrats are racist by nature!

        1. The only thing that scares me is that people like you embrace someone like the orange pumpkin. No one cares about the constitution unless they can cherry pick it when it applies to them. Kind of like the Bible. Worst book ever written, full of fairy tails meant to scare you straight. It’s killed more people than all wars combined.

          1. TCB…I can respect the opinions you have. But, do you feel Biden is doing a good job about anything? Also, why would you slam religion for no reason. This proves that you are a very, very sad and lonely man that probably does not even have a true friend in this world. I thought you were abandoning us all, stopping the life of the healthcare super hero…to go fishing. I hear the fishing is great in China, you would probable LOVE their president too.

            1. Everyone needs a trophy! Regardless I’ll take a sad and lonely man over being guided by some fictional omnipresent being guiding us all to a salvation that doesn’t exist. Last time I checked I still have my first amendment right to express myself freely. Feel free to think you know me and my personal well being.

    1. Please get your shot and wear a mask. Please encourage your friends and family to get the vaccine and wear their masks. Please encourage your fellow Cult45 cult members to get the vaccine and to wear their masks… then this whole thing will be over and we can move on with our lives.

      1. I am Vaxed. And thanks for proving my point! The Whiteman spreads the lie that its Trump supporters that aren’t vaxed and thats just not true! Its Populations of color. These are the facts! Why aren’t we vaxed? Its because the Democrats hate POCs! They want us to kill our unborn babies and will literally send a cab to come pick us up for an abortion but we can’t even get a vax clinic in our beighborhoods. Instead, they supply useless Equity plans and refuse to revise them as our vax rate is going the wrong way! Or is it going the way the Dems want it to go? They are afterall, The Party of Slavery!!

        1. If they are not born they are not babies. So if they’re born and you kill them it’s murder. Otherwise it is a non viable fetus when someone gets an abortion. No such thing as partial birth abortion. Just doesn’t happen. As much as the GOP wants you to believe it, it’s not true. And they don’t care one way or another! They just want your stupid vote. True story! If you care to read “ don’t think of an elephant “ you might understand the GOP a little better.

          1. I have no love for either party of the Colonizers! Its like asking whats the difference between Bloods & Crips! Dms & Repubs are 2 sides of the same coin. If you paid attention you would know I have no repsect for either. White people, sheesh!

        2. H69 ~ interesting…not sure where you come up with your data/ information but I think you’re very confused (Democrats hate POC’s).

          That said ~ it’s hardly worth the energy to even engage in this dialogue.

  2. The OHA data is clear- this massive surge and divisive talk all started after Kalamity Kate opened the state after she said that 70% of Oregonians had been vaccinated. She ignored the warnings from Europe about the Delta- and now Oregon is suffering- that’s a fact ! Here’s your link to time lines and case counts- they are proof of correlation ! https://public.tableau.com/app/profile/oregon.health.authority.covid.19/viz/OregonHealthAuthorityCOVID-19DataDashboard/COVID-19EPICases

      1. How would one explain a massive surge- increase in new cases well above 2000/day- 1000 points higher than the previous record set back in November of 2020… I wonder… Oh wait- I got it- it’s either sheer coincidence… or just darned bad luck ! Yeh- that’s it- darned ol bad luck… “science” has spoken ! https://public.tableau.com/app/profile/oregon.health.authority.covid.19/viz/OregonHealthAuthorityCOVID-19DataDashboard/COVID-19EPICases

  3. Anyone else notice that Oregon’s total deaths has now surpassed Idaho- by almost 1000 ! Oregon is going crazy with tests- 7 Mill to Idaho’s 2 Mill- yet the deaths keep mounting. All awhile Idaho has 35000 more cases ! Idaho seems to have the Wuhan Bat licked- while Demokants in Oregon’s nanny state struggle with their big voices- false information and finger pointing accusations. So sad !

    1. Hmm must be something in the trailers they live in. Or maybe it has something to do with the fact that Oregon has over 2 1/2 times the population of Idaho. What’s next? Compare Montana with Oregon?

      1. “Oregon has over 2 1/2 times the population of Idaho.” ? But it doesn’t have 2.1/2 times the space… Oregon 95,997 sq. miles- Idaho 82,747 sq. miles. According to the CDC-OHA- Dr Fauci.. This virus is all about close contact… Oregon’s fatality numbers are all on Brown who ignored the warnings surrounding the Delta variant- and opened the state in early July… we now have to suffer through the horrible mistake she has unilaterally made… like a dictator ! People have lost their lives because of her politics – so sad !

        1. Now you complain that Kate didnt do enough. When she did require mask and shut downs you complained. Which is it. Do you support mask, business restrictions and vaccines or not?

      1. Well, the numbers would be different if we didn’t use PCR tests that have high rates of false positives and false negatives that the cdc got Emergency Use for and is abandoning in December. You should know that smart healthcare superhero. Still haven’t seen you in the Hospital, must work different shifts…or you work in the incident command?

    2. I don’t think your math is adding up? It would make sense to me if you have a state with 2 1/2 times the population that they would have roughly 2 1/2 times more tests. Correct me if I’m wrong

    1. Seems like you’re a math magician. Let’s try this exercise. Oregon: 4.7 million residents. 3600 COVID deaths. Idaho: 1.8 million residents. 2800 COVID deaths. Now what would be the death rate per capita of each state? Who’s doing a better job? Sorry to burst your bubble

      1. You seem to be having a hard time accepting the fact that Oregon is suffering more deaths- more misery- more kalamity- under Kovid Kate- then other states. More deaths do not equate- “doing a better job” !

        1. Then please ask your fellow cult45 members to please stop dying from a completely avoidable pandemic. Get the shot. Wear your masks. Keep a respectful distance. Wash those hands. Please do a better job.

  4. Always check on CDC, they love to change stuff around to protect themselves not the people. Censored because of speaking the truth. All from the CDC!

    CDC Removes Critical Words From Vaccine Definition
    To fully understand the importance of the change, it’s crucial to note that, before the COVID pandemic, the definition of a vaccine had been relatively stable for nearly a couple decades with minor word changes occurring every few years. All through that time the intent of a vaccine — to give you immunity by protecting you from a specific disease — had remained basically the same.

    For example, according to an archived snapshot of the CDC’s website, the definition of a vaccine February 24, 2011, was:7

    “A product that produces immunity therefore protecting the body from the disease. Vaccines are administered through needle injections, by mouth and by aerosol.”

    By July 2015, the wording had changed to:8

    “A product that stimulates a person’s immune system to a specific disease, protecting the person from that disease. Vaccines are usually administered through needle injections, but can also be administered by mouth or sprayed in the nose.”

    The wording was the same in June 20179 and likewise in June 201910 and June 2020.11 By August 26, 2021,12 however, the definition had changed slightly to add the words “to produce immunity”:13

    “A product that stimulates a person’s immune system to produce immunity to a specific disease, protecting the person from that disease. Vaccines are usually administered through needle injections but can also be administered by mouth or sprayed into the nose.”

    Then, less than a week later, just days after the FDA gave final approval to Pfizer’s mRNA jab, the definition changed again, September 1, 2021 — this time, significantly. The definition of a vaccine now reads:14

    “A preparation that is used to stimulate the body’s immune response against diseases. Vaccines are usually administered through needle injections, but some can be administered by mouth or sprayed into the nose.”

    As you’ll note, the second sentence remains the same. It is the first part of the definition that has dramatically changed. In the latest definition, a vaccine:

    Is no longer a “product” but instead is a “preparation”
    No longer directly stimulates the immune response, but is used to stimulate the system
    Does not produce immunity
    Stimulates the immune response against diseases, not against a specific disease
    No longer protects a person from the disease
    These dramatic changes were likely created to allow the CDC, FDA and other governmental agencies to call the genetic therapy experiment being administered worldwide a “vaccine” — while they knew full well the so-called “vaccine” was not created to either produce immunity or prevent transmission of disease. In fact, by any definition of a vaccine in use before 2021, this jab is not a vaccine.

    https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2021/09/25/cdc-changes-the-definition-of-vaccines.aspx?ui=b9eac11de86a29d03ea9da351e1bdbea03094c15e5b6f918316631152f673810&sd=20210805&cid_source=dnl&cid_medium=email&cid_content=art2HL&cid=20210925&mid=DM1002260&rid=1274701251

    1. Excellent post that everyone should read and absorb. We saw the same shenanigans when the OHA changed the definition of ER visits from Influenza Like Illness (ILI) to Covid Like Illness (CLI) even though we later learned that there was no test available (still isn’t) that differentiates between the flu- the common cold- or the corona sar2 virus. This has gone on to explain why the flu virus disappeared- it was being called covid instead- inflating the numbers early on in the scamdemic which led to unnecessary panic and hysteria! This is shameful !

    2. Most of the garbage this lady just posted is from Dr. Joseph Mercola, a well known spreader if Covid disinformation. He posted this trash on ‘The Paradise’, a Nigerian site, because he’s been called out here in America. I love how bendkaren and the rest of these cult45 members have to google some osteopath from florida to finally find a quack that says what they want to hear. Please don’t listen to what these boomers are posting here. Please ask your local Doctor, at a local hospital, what the actual truth is. Asking your personal Doctor is ‘Doing Your Research’, so please do your own research.

      https://www.fox4now.com/news/coronavirus/local-doctor-removing-health-articles-after-claims-of-misinformation

    3. Lol, don’t go around posting Mercola’s nonsense. That guy is a quack who’d sell bottles of cat pee as cures if he thought he could make a buck off it.

      Literally none of the changes you listed actually change the overall meaning of what was being said. Nobody at the CDC is trying to trick anyone, but you’re doing a pretty good job of tricking yourself.

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