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August 10, 2021

School-Based Health Centers and vaccinations

School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs) are a vital community tool for supporting young people’s health and well-being. Located in schools or on school grounds, these clinics provide medical care, behavioral health services and, often, dental services to school-aged youth. Oregon has over 75 SBHCs across the state which makes them easily accessible for many families.

SBHCs can make sure that your child is prepared to start the school year healthy. They offer well-child visits and can ensure that children are caught up on the immunizations required for school.  The health care staff is also ready and willing to answer your questions about vaccination. And if your child is 12 or older, an SBHC can also provide them with the COVID-19 vaccine.

To learn more about SBHCs, check out the full story on the Oregon Vaccine News blog.

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Text message from Get Vaccinated Oregon

On Friday, Aug. 6, approximately 326,000 people received a text message from the Get Vaccinated Oregon (GVO) tool — a communications platform OHA created earlier this year to help people in Oregon determine their eligibility for vaccination and schedule vaccine appointments.

Friday’s approved communication from GVO and OHA asked recipients, “Has everyone listed under this Get Vaccinated Oregon account been fully vaccinated? 1 for YES and 2 for NO.”

OHA remains committed to ensuring folks interested in getting vaccinated throughout Oregon have the support and resources they need to do so. The text message outreach from this past week is just one outreach strategy OHA is implementing to follow through on that commitment.

To learn more about the GVO tool and how to create an account, click here.

Masking and the Delta variant

Today, Oregon recorded the highest number of COVID-19 associated hospitalizations the state has ever seen throughout the course of the pandemic. Today’s record number of hospitalizations is a stark reminder that the pandemic isn’t over and that the Delta variant, which is now the dominant variant circulating in Oregon, is 2–3 times more infectious than early COVID-19 variants.

As Senior Health Advisor Dr. Melissa Sutton stated in an Aug. 6 media briefing, “For unvaccinated individuals, the risk of COVID-19 has literally never been greater.”

As such, we want to remind you that:

  1. All three COVID-19 vaccines are extremely effective in preventing severe COVID-19 infection leading to hospitalization.
  2. The Delta variant is much more contagious than past variants.
  3. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and OHA recommend that everyone — regardless of vaccination status — wear a mask in public indoor settings to slow the spread of the Delta variant and protect others.

To learn more about the Delta variant and the CDC’s updated masking recommendations, click here.

Governor Kate Brown will also hold a press conference tomorrow, Aug. 11, at 11 a.m. to announce new statewide indoor mask requirements. You can watch a livestream here and read more about the announcement in her official press release.

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Oregon reports 2,329 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 9 new deaths

We want to keep you informed about COVID-19 in Oregon. Data are provisional and change frequently.

We’re reporting 2,329 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 232,436.

  • Samples for 332,588 tests have been reported positive.
  • Samples for 5,526,799 tests have been reported negative.

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (33), Benton (17), Clackamas (145), Clatsop (12), Columbia (6), Coos (73), Crook (20), Curry (55), Deschutes (132), Douglas (122), Gilliam (1), Harney (6), Hood River (7), Jackson (267), Jefferson (​8​), Josephine (117), Klamath (46), Lake (3), Lane (199), Lincoln (34), Linn (81), Malheur (31), Marion (313), Morrow (16), Multnomah (141), Polk (41), Tillamook (27), Umatilla (102), Union (17), Wallowa (​8​), Wasco (42), Washington (128) and Yamhill (79).

There are nine new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 2,912. More information on COVID-19 related deaths are available here:

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 635, which is 60 more than yesterday. There are 164 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is 16 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.

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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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