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May 21, 2021

Governor Brown, OHA Leadership discuss vaccination incentives, progress

At a press conference today, Governor Kate Brown and Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen gave an update on Oregon’s vaccination progress and announced incentives to encourage people to get their shots. 

Some highlights: 

Six counties have vaccinated at least 65% of their residents 16 and older. In other good newsCOVID-19  hospitalizations across the state are the lowest they’ve been since April.  

People in Oregon who have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by June 27 will be entered to win a prize from the “Take Your Shot Oregon” campaign. Prizes include:  

  • One $1 million winner for Oregonians age 18 and older  
  • Five $100,000 Oregon College Savings Plan scholarship winners for Oregonians age 12–17  
  • One $10,000 winner for each of Oregon’s 36  counties  

Selections will be made on June 28 and winners will be announced the week after.  

Read more about the state’s vaccination progress on our blog.

Natural or vaccine immunity: Which is more protective?

Because some people with COVID-19 can have very mild symptoms, some may see natural infection as preferable to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. The fact is that natural immunity or protection from COVID-19 is not preferable to getting vaccinated.   

While it’s true that having COVID-19 may create some protection, known as natural immunity, to COVID-19, at this point we aren’t sure how long this immunity will last, or how effective it is.  

To learn more about why vaccination is safer than relying on natural immunity , read the full story on our blog.  

graphic about natural immunity

Five counties moving to Lower Risk today

Benton, Deschutes, Hood River, Lincoln and Washington counties have met the criteria to move to Lower Risk today. 

On May 11, Governor Brown announced that counties could move to Lower Risk by vaccinating 65% of their residents age 16 and older and submitting a comprehensive equity plan to OHA.  

Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program can help qualified renters

As of May 19, 2021, qualified renters who have experienced financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic, and are at risk of homelessness or housing instability, may apply for the Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program (OERAP).   

The program helps eligible low-income households with their past due rent and utilities.This program uses funds from the federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program, which allocated a collective total of $280 million to OregonIn most cases,  approved applications will result in payments made directly to landlords and utility providers.  

Click on the image below to learn more about the program. 

Screenshot of Oregon Rental Assistance program

Oregon Daily Data Update

Oregon reports 504 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 7 new deaths

There are seven new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 2,613, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today. 

Oregon Health Authority reported 504 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 197,851. 

Vaccinations in Oregon 

Today, OHA reported that 48,028 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 28,686 doses were administered on May 20 and 19,342 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on May 20. 

The seven-day running average is now 29,816 doses per day. 

Oregon has now administered a total of 2,048,515 first and second doses of Pfizer, 1,518,646 first and second doses of Moderna and 129,770 single doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. As of today, 1,685,321 people have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series. There are 2,136,133 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, 2,472,795 doses of Pfizer, 1,991,240 doses of Moderna and 282,200 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 (5), Clackamas (57), Columbia (10), Coos (7), Crook (4), Curry (2), Deschutes (35), Douglas (23), Hood River (1), Jackson (19), Jefferson (10), Josephine (4), Klamath (31), Lane (38), Lincoln (1), Linn (38), Malheur (1), Marion (56), Multnomah (67), Polk (4), Tillamook (1), Umatilla (23), Wasco (6), Washington (50), Wheeler (1) and Yamhill (10). 

Oregon’s 2,607th COVID-19 death is an 82-year-old man from Umatilla County who tested positive on May 3 and died on May 19 at his residence. He had underlying conditions. 

Oregon’s 2,608th COVID-19 death is a 77-year-old man from Clackamas County who tested positive on April 19 and died on May 18 at Kaiser Permanente Sunnyside Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed. 

Oregon’s 2,609th COVID-19 death is a 70-year-old man from Lane County who tested positive on April 23 and died on May 18 at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend. He had underlying conditions. 

Oregon’s 2,610th COVID-19 death is a 73-year-old woman from Linn County who tested positive on May 3 and died on May 19. Place of death is being confirmed. She had underlying conditions. 

Oregon’s 2,611th COVID-19 death is an 89-year-old man from Deschutes County who tested positive on April 25 and died on May 14 at St. Charles Bend Hospital. He had underlying conditions. 

Oregon’s 2,612th COVID-19 death is a 91-year-old woman from Linn County who tested positive on May 10 and died on May 18 at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital. She had underlying conditions. 

Oregon’s 2,613th COVID-19 death is an 80-year-old man from Washington County who tested positive on May 15 and died on May 19 at Portland VA Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed. 

COVID-19 hospitalizations 

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 285, which is 16 fewer than yesterday. There are 78 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is one more than yesterday. 

The total number of COVID-19 positive patient bed-days in the most recent seven days is 2,236, which is a 4.9% 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. 

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.