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June 22, 2021

Summer travel plans? Consider the risk

As we move firmly into summer, many people in Oregon are planning to travel. After such a long time without feeling safe about taking a vacation or visiting loved ones that live far, it’s exciting to imagine returning to our usual summer activities. It’s also important to consider safe choices for travel this summer.

Here are some things to consider when making plans to travel:

  • Follow all destination recommendations or requirements.
  • Monitor yourself for COVID-19 symptoms and get tested if you develop symptoms.

Are you fully vaccinated? Travel is low risk.

COVID-19 is still spreading rapidly in unvaccinated populations in the U.S. and other countries. If you are unvaccinated, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated.

Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is the best way to protect yourself from getting COVID-19.

If you are traveling with children who can’t get vaccinated at this time, it’s safest to follow recommendations for unvaccinated people. The CDC has travel tips for families who have unvaccinated children.

The graphic below provides tips for travel, or you can read them on the Oregon Vaccine news blog. You can read more about domestic travel and international travel on the CDC webpage.

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Updates to county risk levels

Today, Governor Kate Brown announced updates to the county risk levels. A complete list of counties and their associated risk levels is available here.

When Oregon achieves a 70% statewide vaccination rate for residents 18 or older who have received a first dose, Oregon will lift all risk level health and safety restrictions. (Some restrictions based on CDC guidance for use of masks and physical distancing may remain in place.)

You can read the full news release here.

Wondering where COVID-19 cases are coming from? Get questions answered on June 23

We’ve heard several questions lately about where COVID-19 cases are coming from, and if they’re a result of breakthrough cases.

Join us Wednesday, June 23 at 11:30 a.m. to have your COVID-19 case questions answered by State Epidemiologist and Health Officer, Dr. Dean Sidelinger, and Sky Lakes Medical Center Chief of Medical Staff, Dr. Bob Jackman.

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Oregon reports 267 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 1 new death

There is one new COVID-19 related death in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 2,757, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 267 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 207,105.

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 9,296 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 4,708 doses were administered on June 21 and 4,588 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on June 21. Cumulative daily totals can take several days to finalize.

The seven-day running average is now 11,201 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered 2,443,680 first and second doses of Pfizer,1,709,047 first and second doses of Moderna and 163,375 single doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

As of today, 2,357,258 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,110,737 have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series. The number of adult Oregonians needing vaccinations to reach the 70% threshold is 41,094. A daily countdown can be found on the OHA vaccinations page.

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To date, 2,943,405 doses of Pfizer, 2,220,440 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.

OHA’s dashboards provide regularly updated vaccination data, and Oregon’s dashboard has been updated today.

More information about hospital capacity can be found here.

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (12), Benton (4), Clackamas (22), Clatsop (2), Columbia (2), Coos (1), Curry (10), Deschutes (9), Douglas (12), Gilliam (1), Grant (1), Hood River (1), Jackson (14), Jefferson (1), Josephine (12), Klamath (2), Lake (1), Lane (18), Lincoln (4), Linn (10), Malheur (6), Marion (25), Morrow (1), Multnomah (25), Polk (12), Sherman (3), Umatilla (18), Union (2), Wasco (1), Washington (31) and Yamhill (4).

Oregon’s 2,757th death is a 55-year-old woman from Washington County who tested positive on May 7 and died on June 10 at OHSU Health Hillsboro Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

COVID-19 hospitalizations

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 146, which is two more than yesterday. There are 35 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is one fewer than yesterday.

The total number of COVID-19 positive patient bed-days in the most recent seven days is 1,046, which is an 11.0% 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 162.

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. 

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