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July 6, 2021

Reaching out to forestry workers for COVID-19 vaccinations in Jackson County

With over 20 reforestation companies in the Medford area, Jackson County worked with local and state partners to contact local forestry companies about offering vaccination services to their employees and set up clinics at easily accessible locations. The workers are mostly young men who come from Mexico with temporary visas.

“We are very happy to report that we served over 250 forestry workers over several weekends,” said Angelica Ruppe. “We had bilingual and bicultural volunteers. Attendees were surprised to receive a food box and a gift certificate provided by Rogue Food Unites and tacos from “Tacos de Volada” truck. We saw a lot of smiles and heard many jokes”.

Learn more about this effort on the Oregon Vaccine News blog. To volunteer with a vaccination effort go to the, visit Medical Reserve Corps or SERV-OR.

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Volunteers and newly vaccinated forestry workers pose with food boxes

Oregon OSHA to enact emergency rules to protect workers from high and extreme heat

In the face of an unprecedented heat wave, Governor Kate Brown has directed Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) to enact emergency rules this week to ensure urgent protection for workers from extreme heat. The temporary rules are expected to expand requirements for employers to provide shade, rest time and cool water for workers during high and extreme heat events. Oregon OSHA will continue working on permanent rules focused on worker safety from heat and extreme weather, which are expected to be adopted this fall.

“No one should have to decide between their health and a paycheck,” said Governor Brown. “All Oregonians should be able to go to work knowing that conditions will be safe and that they will return home to their families at the end of the day.”

In addition, the Governor wants to remind Oregonians that Medicaid members may be eligible to receive air conditioners if they have a qualifying underlying condition. This is part of the health-related services that are offered through Oregon’s CCOs. Medicaid members should contact their CCO to see if they qualify for this assistance.

Our hearts go out to those who lost loved ones due during the unprecedented temperatures last week.

If you need support, mental and emotional health resources are available for you online through Safe + StrongThe Dougy Center and Refuge in Grief. Additionally, OHA filmed a Facebook Live on grief in early March, which you can view here.

You can read the full news release here.

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Oregon reports 85 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 at 2,782, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 85 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 209,494.

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 1,707 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 1,233 doses were administered on July 5 and 474 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on July 5. Cumulative daily totals can take several days to finalize.

The seven-day running average is now 5,746 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered 2,553,609 first and second doses of Pfizer, 1,748,032 first and second doses of Moderna and 171,120 single doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

As of today, 2,413,181 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,205,984 people have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series.

To date, 2,964,195 doses of Pfizer, 2,240,820 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.

Updated vaccination data are provided on Oregon’s COVID-19 data dashboards and have been updated today.

COVID-19 hospitalizations

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 125, which is 15 fewer than yesterday. There are 29 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is one more than yesterday.

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 (1), Clackamas (11), Columbia (2), Deschutes (2), Douglas (11), Jackson (13), Josephine (4), Klamath (1), Lane (9), Linn (5), Multnomah (22), Sherman (1), Union (1) and Wasco (1).

Note: Oregon reports 66 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases on July 4, 123 new confirmed and presumptive cases on July 3 and 189 new confirmed and presumptive cases on July 2. OHA is no longer providing county level data for weekends or holiday weekend periods.

Oregon’s 2,782nd death is a 63-year-old man from Douglas County who tested positive on May 23 and died on June 10 at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center. 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.