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June 28, 2021

Vaccine Voices: ‘One of the few breakthrough cases in Oregon’

Dr. Robert Jackman is a practicing family physician in Medford who was vaccinated in December, but came down with COVID-19 later. Watch him tell his story by clicking on the screenshot below.

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Wondering where COVID-19 cases are coming from? Experts answer

We’ve heard several questions lately about where COVID-19 cases are coming from, and if they’re a result of breakthrough cases. On Wednesday, June 23, State Epidemiologist and Health Officer Dr. Dean Sidelinger and Sky Lakes Medical Center Chief of Medical Staff Dr. Bob Jackman provided answers.

Watch the video here.

Here are the timestamps for each question:

7:19 – Are you tracking which vaccine the breakthrough cases are happening in?

8:08 – Is there a breakdown of breakthrough cases by vaccine?

8:54 – Why get the vaccine if you can still get COVID-19?

10:51 – Do breakthrough cases account for natural immunity?

13:00 – Can you please let us know for each COVID-19 death whether the person had been vaccinated?

14:05 – Is the Johnson & Johnson vaccine protective against the Delta variant?

15:17 – What about boosters?

16:28 – How long should people wait to get vaccinated after they’ve been sick with COVID-19?

17:31 – How is breakthrough data gathered? At testing or treatment or with hospitalization?

18:30 – Where are the breakthrough cases occurring, through community spread or close contacts?

19:24 – There is data showing that natural immunity from other SARS viruses can last up to 17 years, why should we assume that immunity from this SARS virus is different?

21:01 – Do you have any sense for how clean the breakthrough data is, i.e. when folks complete their injections are they strongly advised to continue getting tested if they come down with respiratory symptoms, or is it possible that mild breakthrough cases are not being logged because folks assume they are immune and therefore don’t get tested?

22:19 – Is there any data on whether breakthrough cases are more frequent in immunocompromised people?

23:20 – I notice you hardly ever mention pediatric cases. Once 12 and up were eligible, you admitted there had been several pediatric surges and that cases in that age range were a big problem. Shouldn’t parents of younger children be aware of the risk level?

25:43 – Could someone who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine three months ago also get a Pfizer or Moderna dose to help increase protection against breakthrough cases?

27:23 – If a person received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine dose in another country with a different vaccine than the ones offered in the U.S., can you later get vaccinated here and how long do you have to wait to take the first dose in the U.S.?

COVID-19 vaccine toolkit now available for people with disabilities

A COVID-19 vaccine toolkit for people with disabilities is now available on the OHA Community Resources web page.

The toolkit includes new Frequently Asked Questions with information specific to people with disabilities. Common questions include medication interaction, what to do about accessibility issues at clinics, immunocompromising health conditions and much more.

Also included are two social stories, which are visual versions of important information, ASL videos, communication cards and many other resources.

This was a collaborative effort between stakeholders in the disabilities community, Oregon Health Authority, the COVID Response and Recovery Unit and the Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS).

OHA discontinuing weekend reporting after June 30

On June 25, Governor Kate Brown signed an executive order indicating that Oregon would reopen once 70% of all adults ages 18 and older are vaccinated or by June 30 — whichever comes first. In light of this order, OHA Director Patrick Allen announced that OHA would no longer continue with weekend or holiday COVID-19 data reporting after June 30.

That means OHA will no longer report case data  in news releases, newsletters or social media posts on the weekend. Despite the change, OHA will continue to provide its normal weekday reporting, which will now also account for all data captured during weekends or holidays.

For more information, visit our blog.

daily covid case count June 28

Oregon reports 87 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 0 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — There are no new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, leaving the state’s death toll at 2,763, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 87 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 208,222.

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 2,712 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 1,643 doses were administered on June 27 and 1,069 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on June 27.

The seven-day running average is now 7,352 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered 2,473,148 first and second doses of Pfizer, 1,731,116 first and second doses of Moderna and 166,935 single doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

As of today, 2,380,897 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,144,591 people have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series. The number of adult Oregonians needing vaccinations to reach the 70% threshold is 19,147. A daily countdown can be found on the OHA vaccinations page.

vaccine progress bar

To date, 2,956,635 doses of Pfizer, 2,230,000 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.

COVID-19 hospitalizations

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 160, which is 17 more than yesterday. There are 39 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 1,062, which is a 0.9% 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 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.

More information about hospital capacity can be found here.

Cases and deaths

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Clackamas (11), Clatsop (2), Columbia (5), Crook (1), Deschutes (5), Douglas (6), Harney (1), Hood River (1), Jefferson (4), Josephine (5), Lane (17), Linn (10), Morrow (1), Multnomah (11), Tillamook (2), Union (2) and Yamhill (3).

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.