June 25, 2021
Oregon set to open by June 30 if not before
Governor Kate Brown announced today that after more than 15 months battling the pandemic, she would sign an executive order to eliminate the framework when 70% of adults in the state is vaccinated against COVID-19, or by June 30 at the latest.
“As I have detailed before, that means no more statewide mask mandates in most settings, no required capacity limits and no required physical distancing,” said Governor Brown. “It means, effectively, Oregon is 100% open for business.”
When that time arrives, OHA’s COVID-19 data reporting will change as well. Weekend and holiday reporting will come to an end, while weekday reporting of cases, vaccinations, hospitalizations and other data will continue.
Read more about the news conference or watch a video of it on the Oregon Vaccine News blog.
Vaccination is the safest and most effective way for all people in Oregon to get back to doing the things they love. If you are 12 or older, visit OHA’s Find a COVID-19 Vaccine in Oregon webpage to schedule your vaccine appointment today. Individuals who get vaccinated by June 27 will automatically be eligible for the $1 Million prize available through the Take Your Shot, Oregon campaign.
Remember to stay safe from the heat this weekend
Record breaking temperatures are predicted this weekend. Staying safe can be a challenge in this heat, especially for those who don’t have access to an air conditioner.
Also, after the dry spring that we’ve had, the risk of wildfire is high.
OHA is working with local public health officials to connect people to cooling centers – and has made emergency revisions to risk level and transit guidance on capacity limits during this historic heat emergency.
And while many vaccination clinics will cancel events this weekend, OHA is working to see if we can offer vaccinations at some cooling center locations.
We need everyone’s help – look out for community members at risk for heat-related illnesses, share information with your neighbors and loved ones, and help prevent fires by observing the current burn bans and learning about the most common causes of wildfire.
If you need access to a cooling center in your community, call 211.
You can sign up to receive emergency alerts and learn about how to prevent and cope with the impacts of extreme heat and wildfire, make an emergency plan, gather supplies, stay informed, prepare pets and livestock and understand evacuation levels at PublicAlerts.org.
Update on open clinics this weekend
In addition to the list we published yesterday, the following two clinics will be open and indoors this weekend:
- Deschutes: St. Francis Catholic Church, 2450 NE 27th St., Bend, 1:30 to 5:00 p.m.
- Multnomah: Boys & Girls Club Rockwood Club, 454 SE 165th St. Portland, 12 to 4 p.m.
Oregon’s Eviction Moratorium is expiring, but Federal Eviction Moratorium in place through July
Apply now for the Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program
Oregon’s eviction moratorium expires June 30th. Renters can be protected though July under the Federal eviction mortarium if they complete the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Eviction Protection Declaration and provide it to their landlord. Don’t delay, visit this website to learn more: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/covid-eviction-declaration.html.
If renters cannot provide the CDC Eviction Protection Declaration, they can be evicted for nonpayment of July or future rent. Under current law, you cannot be evicted until next year for rent owed between April 2020 and June 2021. That means you’ll have more time to pay back rent but starting August 1st (or July 1st for those that do not provide the CDC Eviction Protection Declaration), renters will need to pay their current rent each month to avoid being evicted.
Applying for rental assistance can help with rent and utilities and can also help pause potential evictions. The Oregon Legislature recently established a safe harbor period; if you have applied for rent assistance and get a nonpayment eviction notice, you may provide documentation of your application for assistance to your landlord. If you do this, you cannot be evicted for 60 days from the time you provide the documentation to your landlord. This gives you extra time to allow your rent assistance application to be processed and payments made to your landlord. Go to www.oregonlawhelp.org for more information or to seek legal advice.
Rental assistance programs can provide financial help, and thanks to recently passed legislation, provide more time to avoid eviction. These programs can cover past, current or future rent and are not a loan. More than $200 million dollars of rental assistance is available. Apply for rental assistance today and learn more at OregonRentalAssistance.org. You’ll also find information for tenants, information for landlords, frequently asked questions and a video explaining the application process. Once you’ve applied, save the pre-qualification letter. Proof you’ve applied can be used to delay eviction by 60 days if you present the letter to your landlord.
Oregon reports 232 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 1 new death
Oregon reports 232 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 1 new death
PORTLAND, Ore. — There is one new COVID-19 related death in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 2,761, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.
Oregon Health Authority reported 232 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 207,787.
Information from today’s media briefing
This morning, Governor Kate Brown and OHA Director Patrick Allen provided an update on the latest milestone reached in Oregon’s COVID-19 response. Governor Brown today signed a recovery-focused executive order lifting all remaining COVID-19 health and safety restrictions issued under Oregon’s emergency statutes. Restrictions will be lifted when Oregon achieves a 70% first dose adult vaccination rate or on Wednesday, June 30, whichever occurs soonest.
Director Allen provided an update on vaccinations in Oregon and described how COVID-19 will be managed after June 30. Now that more than 69% of Oregon adults have received at least one vaccination, Oregon will continue to work toward vaccinating eight in 10 adults, particularly in hard-hit communities of color.
Allen also highlighted that Oregon data show that more than nine in 10 COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations occur among people who are not vaccinated at all or are not fully vaccinated.
Vaccinations in Oregon
Today, OHA reported that 16,171 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 5,173 doses were administered on June 24 and 10,998 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on June 24. Cumulative daily totals can take several days to finalize.
The seven-day running average is now 9,197 doses per day.
Oregon has now administered 2,460,273 first and second doses of Pfizer,1,724,910 first and second doses of Moderna and 165,523 single doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.
As of today, 2,371,952 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,131,952 have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series.
The number of adult Oregonians needing vaccinations to reach the 70% threshold is 31,264. A daily countdown can be found on the OHA vaccinations page.
To date, 2,946,825 doses of Pfizer, 2,226,140 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.
The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 151, which is 11 fewer than yesterday. There are 32 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is unchanged from yesterday.
The total number of COVID-19 positive patient bed-days in the most recent seven days is 1,051, which is a 7.2% 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.
Cases and deaths
The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Benton (4), Clackamas (20), Columbia (3), Coos (4), Crook (3), Curry (2), Deschutes (12), Douglas (9), Jackson (16), Josephine (3), Klamath (6), Lane (15), Lincoln (7), Linn (23), Malheur (3), Marion (30), Multnomah (35), Polk (5), Tillamook (2), Umatilla (15), Union (1), Wasco (1), Washington (12) and Yamhill (1).
Oregon’s 2,761st death is an 81-year-old man from Jackson County who tested positive on June 12 and died on June 23 at Providence Medford Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.