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May 24, 2021

When do I need to wear a face covering this week?

Oregon has had a lot of changes in the past few weeks. When information is changing rapidly, imay be difficult to keep track. ThThings to know this week graphic below has the most up-to-date information on when you need to wear a face covering

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Transitioning back to pre-pandemic life can mean starting small

One thing is sure. The pandemic meant a time of change for everyone. Collectively we found ourselves helping our kids with virtual school, working the front lines while worrying about safety, working remotely, learning to wear masks, moving our gatherings outside, and missing our loved ones. 

Public health is also adapting, and despite best intentions, the guidance is sometimes frustrating and can be challenging to keep up with. Once again, we are facing more change, but this time the change involves reopening to life beyond COVID-19. 

The transition to post-pandemic life can be gradual. It’s okay if you prefer to stick with what’s predictable. Even though the restaurant down the street may have opened their indoor seating, it’s still fine to order takeout and eat at home. Or to wear a mask on a neighborhood walk.  

Since the pandemic began, we have had to experiment. You might ask yourself ‘what was successful for me?’ Next, you may want to think about: 

  • How can I hold onto what worked?  
  • How can I let go of what didn’t work?  
  • What do I need to thrive? 

Maybe you like being at home more and want to keep that as a practice. Or maybe you’ve found that you want to see friends more often. You can make a plan to keep the practices that you appreciate. Consider writing these down, mark your calendar, or set a reminder on your phone.

We may also feel out of step with others. While we are each impacted in unique ways, we are going through this together. Remembering that will help when we take on this new change. Working through this transition with others will take time and understanding. 

If you’re having trouble transitioning back to your pre-pandemic life, start small. If you’re fully vaccinated, you might choose to do one thing you haven’t done in long time. Maybe that’s getting a haircut, going to a park with your pet, catching up with a friend in person, or shopping at a bookstore. Any of these can be your first step.

It’s okay to take the time you need.

If you feel like you want support, Safe + Strong can help.

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Live Q and A session on revised face covering guidance on Wednesday, May 26

Governor Kate Brown recently issued revised guidance on face coverings. Join Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for a Facebook Live at noon on Wednesday, May 26 to get answers from our experts. 

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Oregon reports 284 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 2 new deaths

There are two new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 2,624, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today. 

Oregon Health Authority reported 284 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 198,972. 

Vaccinations in Oregon 

Today, OHA reported that 21,156 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 11,414 doses were administered on May 23 and 9,742 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on May 23. Cumulative daily totals can take several days to finalize. 

The seven-day running average is now 30,339 doses per day. 

Oregon has now administered 2,108,628 first and second doses of Pfizer, 1,541,986 first and second doses of Moderna and 133,763 single doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. As of today,1,740,904 people have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series. There are 2,172,150 people who have had at least one dose. 

To date, 2,499,705 doses of Pfizer, 1,992,640 doses of Moderna and 282,600 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 today. 

Cases and deaths 

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Benton (6), Clackamas (46), Clatsop (1), Columbia (2), Coos (3), Crook (3), Curry (1), Deschutes (11), Douglas (8), Harney (2), Jackson (19), Jefferson (4), Josephine (3), Lane (30), Lincoln (1), Linn (17), Marion (32), Multnomah (48), Polk (9), Sherman (1), Wasco (1), Washington (27) and Yamhill (9). 

Oregon’s 2,623rd COVID-19 death is a 70-year-old woman from Jackson County who tested positive on May 3 and died on May 21 at Providence Medford Medical Center. She had underlying conditions. 

Oregon’s 2,624th COVID-19 death is a 78-year-old man from Jackson County who tested positive on May 21 and died on May 22 at Providence Medford Medical Center. He had underlying conditions. 

COVID-19 hospitalizations 

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 266, which is 18 more than yesterday. There are 75 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is four more than yesterday. 

The total number of COVID-19 positive patient bed-days in the most recent seven days is 1,995, which is a 16.6% 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 331. 

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. 

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccinations   

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

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccinations   

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

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