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July 2, 2021

Fourth of July safety

This weekend will mark the first holiday in over 15 months without COVID-19 restrictions in place. While that’s cause for celebration, there is also still reason to stay cautious. People who have not yet been fully vaccinated — including children under 12 who can’t yet get the vaccine — are still vulnerable to the virus. It’s up to all of us to take care and protect those who are more vulnerable.

The other reason to be cautious is that Oregon has had an extremely dry spring and early summer and has experienced record-breaking hot weather within the week, which has put much of the state at risk for wildfires. Many cities and counties have temporarily banned the use of fireworks, some of which we’ve posted on our blog.

Here are some other tips for celebrating safely this year:

  • Celebrating outdoors is the safest way to gather with those who are unvaccinated.
  • If you gather outdoors, make sure to stay hydrated and take other precautions to stay safe during hot weather.
  • If you are in a crowded area, consider wearing a face covering, especially if you are not fully vaccinated.
  • Remember, it’s okay to take your time and to continue to wear a mask if you’re more comfortable doing so.
  • If you want to enjoy fireworks, watching public fireworks displays is safer than setting your own. For more information, you can visit the Office of the State Fire Marshal’s website.

The transition to post-pandemic life may feel difficult at times. If you’re having trouble transitioning, start small. Maybe that means going out to a restaurant this weekend, going to a park with your pet, catching a movie with a friend or shopping for some fun Fourth of July decorations. Any of these can be your first step.

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

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Oregon reaches 70% statewide vaccination goal

Today, OHA announced that Oregon has officially reached the 70% statewide vaccination goal.

“The 70% adult vaccination goal means we have a better chance to sustain a safe reopening,” said OHA Director Patrick Allen. “The safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines continue to drive down new cases, hospitalizations and deaths in our state. Thank you to everyone who’s been vaccinated and everyone who helped administer these life-saving vaccines.”

While reaching this milestone is a step forward in creating a safer Oregon, Director Allen also reminded folks that the pandemic isn’t over.

“It’s our goal to vaccinate eight in 10 people across Oregon, particularly adults in communities of color and other under-vaccinated groups,” said Director Allen.

You can read the full press release here.

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Sixteen-year-old is 1,000th vaccine recipient at Wasco site

boy in blue shirt with black mask holds vaccination cardIt was all smiles for 16-year-old Isaias Moran as he became the 1,000th person vaccinated at the St. Mary’s Academy mobile vaccine unit in The Dalles on Friday, June 25.

The clinic has been in The Dalles since the beginning of June and was previously staged at One Community Health before moving to St. Mary’s. It is jointly run by One Community Health, the Oregon Health Authority and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

It has averaged 68 doses per day and is scheduled to remain on site and available for everyone through Wednesday, July 14.

Congratulations Isaias! You can read the full story about the St. Mary’s Academy mobile vaccine unit on our blog.

For more information on vaccinations in The Dalles, contact the North Central Public Health District at (541) 506-2600.

OHA discontinuing weekend reporting

Oregon officially reopened for business this week. In light of this milestone, 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 not report case data this weekend or on Monday, July 5  . 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.

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Oregon reports 209 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 3 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — There are three new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 2,781, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 209 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 209,035.

Newest COVID-19 modeling report shows continued decline in daily cases

Today, Oregon Health Authority released its latest COVID-19 forecast, which projects fewer hospitalizations and daily cases through July 20.

According to the model, the effective reproduction rate — the expected number of secondary cases that a single case generates — was estimated at 0.74 through June 16.

If that level of transmission continues over the next three weeks, daily cases would decline to 40 cases per 100,000 people (approximately 115 cases per day) and new hospitalizations would drop to seven per day.

If transmission increases by 20%, new cases would decline to 55 cases per 100,000 people (an average of 165 cases per day) and new hospitalizations would drop to 12 per day.

The modeling shows that estimated immunity from vaccination is present in four times as many people as those who have naturally acquired immunity. Natural immunity is immunity stemming from prior infection.

A person who has had COVID-19 and recovered may not have the same level of immunity as someone who has not been infected and has been fully vaccinated, and it is unknown how long the natural immunity will last.

People who have recovered from the disease have a robust response to the vaccine. OHA recommends that people get the vaccine to increase their protection against COVID-19.

More than 2.4 million Oregonians have received at least one dose of a safe and highly effective vaccine and more than 2.1 million have completed a vaccine series.

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 7,934 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 3,562 doses were administered on July 1 and 4,372 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on July 1.

The seven-day running average is now 7,037 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered 2,539,481 first and second doses of Pfizer, 1,743,093 first and second doses of Moderna and 169,504 single doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

As of today, 2,404,609 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,194,103 people have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series.

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, 2,961,495 doses of Pfizer, 2,238,540 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 132, which is two fewer than yesterday. There are 28 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 999, 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 160.

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: Baker (1), Benton (2), Clackamas (16), Clatsop (2), Columbia (2), Coos (1), Crook (3), Curry (1), Deschutes (14), Douglas (14), Gilliam (1), Harney (1), Hood River (3), Jackson (14), Jefferson (1), Josephine (12), Klamath (7), Lane (13), Linn (15), Malheur (1), Marion (22), Morrow (1), Multnomah (22), Polk (7), Tillamook (2), Umatilla (6), Union (1), Wasco (2), Washington (14) and Yamhill (8).

Oregon’s 2,779th COVID-19 death is an 89-year-old man from Lincoln County who tested positive on Jan. 20 and died on Jan. 31 at Rockledge Regional Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,780th COVID-19 death is a 92-year-old man from Marion County who tested positive on June 16 and died on June 29 at Salem Hospital. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,781st COVID-19 death is a 77-year-old man from Yamhill County who tested positive on Feb. 7 and died on Feb. 15 at South Bay Hospital. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

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.