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Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee (TRAC) meets Aug. 17 - 07/23/21

July 23, 2021

Contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, PHD.Communications@state.or.us

Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee (TRAC) meets Aug. 17

What: The Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee is holding a public meeting. 

Agenda: Discuss policy, program budget and legislative updates; share updates and plan for work.

When: Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2-4 p.m.

Where:  By Zoom meeting.

Join by phone,: 1- 669- 254- 5252

Meeting ID: 161 221 1697

RSVP to AC.Mailbox@dhsoha.state.or.us">TRAC.Mailbox@dhsoha.state.or.us to receive the meeting password.

Who: The Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee is a committee appointed by the Governor and comprised of both private organizations and state agencies dedicated to the reduction of the harmful impact of Oregonians’ tobacco use.

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Health Plan Quality Metrics Committee to meet July 27 - 07/23/21

July 23, 2021

ContactPhilip Schmidt, 503-383-6079philip.schmidt@dhsoha.state.or.us (media inquiries)

Brian Toups, 503-385-6542rian.m.toups@dhsoha.state.or.us">brian.m.toups@dhsoha.state.or.us (meeting information or accommodation)

Health Plan Quality Metrics Committee to meet July 27

What: The regular public meeting of the Oregon Health Authority’s Health Plan Quality Metrics Committee (HPQMC).

When: July 27, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: By webinar and conference line only. The public may join remotely through a webinar and conference line:

Agenda: Welcome and Roll Call/Introductions (1:00-1:05); Review agenda and approve minutes (1:05-1:15); Public comment (1:15-1:25); Medicaid 1115 waiver renewal – metrics concept and Q&A (1:25-2:05); Break (2:05-2:15); centering equity in HPQMC measure menu decisions (2:15-2:55); wrap up/adjourn (2:55-3:00).

For more information, please visit the committee's website athttps://www.oregon.gov/oha/HPA/ANALYTICS/Pages/Quality-Metrics-Committee.aspx.

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Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board, Licensing Subcommittee meets Aug. 12 - 07/23/21

July 23, 2021

ContactOHA External Relations, phd.communications@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board, Licensing Subcommittee meets Aug. 12

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board, Licensing Subcommittee.

Agenda: TBD

When: Thursday, Aug. 12, 4-6 p.m.

WhereVia Zoom Meeting: 

https://www.zoomgov.com/j/16018821728

Meeting ID: 160 1882 1728

Background: Established by Ballot Measure 109 (2020), the Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board makes recommendations to OHA on available scientific studies and research on the safety and efficacy of psilocybin in treating mental health conditions, and makes recommendations on the requirements, specifications and guidelines for providing psilocybin services in Oregon.

The Board will also develop a long-term strategic plan for ensuring that psilocybin services will become and remain a safe, accessible and affordable therapeutic option for all persons 21 years of age and older in this state for whom psilocybin may be appropriate; and monitor and study federal laws, regulations and policies regarding psilocybin.

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Oregon Cannabis Commission's Patient Equity and Governance Frame Working subcommittees meet via Zoom July 27 - 07/23/21

July 23, 2021

Media contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, PHD.Communications@state.or.us

Oregon Cannabis Commission's Patient Equity and Governance Frame Working subcommittees meet via Zoom July 27

What: A combined Zoom meeting of the Patient Equity and Governance Frame Working subcommittees of the Oregon Cannabis Commission.

Agenda: TBD 

When: Tuesday, July 27, 1-3 p.m.

Where: Zoom meeting. Members of the public can join remotely by phone at 1-669-254-5252; Meeting ID: 161 253 7299 Passcode: 602771.

Background: The Oregon Cannabis Commission was established in the 2017 legislative session through HB 2198. The commission consists of the state health officer or designee and an eight member-panel appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the senate. The commission is tasked with determining a possible framework for future governance of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program, steps to address research on cannabis in areas of public health policy and public safety policy, agronomic and horticultural best practices, and medical and pharmacopoeia best practices. The commission also advises the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission regarding statutes governing medical and retail cannabis. Visit www.Healthoregon.org/cannabiscommission for more information.

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Oregon reports 613 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 2 new deaths - 07/23/21

July 23, 2021

Oregon reports 613 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 2 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — There are two new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 2,836, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today. 

Oregon Health Authority reported 613 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 214,869.

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 5,968 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 3,054 doses were administered on July 22 and 2,914 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on July 22.

The seven-day running average is now 4,496 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered 2,631,883 first and second doses of Pfizer, 1,774,604 first and second doses of Moderna and 178,213 single doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

As of today, 2,463,839 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,291,225 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, 3,004,695 doses of Pfizer, 2,284,320 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 178, which is nine more than yesterday. There are 45 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is six 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 (10), Clackamas (35), Clatsop (5), Columbia (9), Coos (7), Crook (2), Deschutes (23), Douglas (28), Harney (3), Hood River (1), Jackson (58), Jefferson (9), Josephine (25), Klamath (15), Lane (63), Lincoln (6), Linn (43), Malheur (1), Marion (62), Morrow (5), Multnomah (71), Polk (5), Sherman (1), Tillamook (2), Umatilla (34), Union (11), Wasco (4), Washington (58) and Yamhill (16).   

Note: Due to delayed reporting, a large amount of approximately 6,000 negative electronic laboratory reports (ELRs) from June 1 to July 21 were received on July 22. Total ELRs are higher than anticipated and percent positivity is lower than anticipated for July 22. 

Oregon’s 2,835th COVID-19 death is a 66-year-old man from Yamhill County who tested positive on July 9 and died on July 21 at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center. He had underlying conditions. 

Oregon’s 2,836th COVID-19 death is a 46-year-old woman from Tillamook County who tested positive on July 7 and died on July 9 at her residence. She had underlying conditions. 

OHA does not report the vaccination status of people in our daily update of COVID-19 related deaths. However, statewide data show that people who remain unvaccinated are at much greater risk of infection and severe illness.

In June, 92% of the 7,241 COVID-19 cases and 94% of the 63 COVID-19-associated deaths occurred in unvaccinated Oregonians. On the first Thursday of each month, OHA publishes an update on vaccine breakthrough cases identified in Oregon. The findings shared in our last report, from July 1, indicate that this number remains very small when compared to the more than 2.2 million people who have completed a COVID-19 vaccination series.

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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Oregon reports 539 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 1 new death - 07/22/21

July 22, 2021

Contact: OHA External Relations, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon reports 539 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 2,834, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 539 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 214,263.

Media briefing

Members of the media were invited to a briefing this afternoon with Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen and Oregon State Public Health Officer and Epidemiologist Dr. Dean Sidelinger.

OHA discussed the increase of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Oregon.

A copy of the slides from that briefing can be found here, with talking points found here.

Here is a video link to today’s media briefing.

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 5,925 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 3,135 doses were administered on July 21 and 2,790 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on July 21.

The seven-day running average is now 4,576 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered 2,628,183 first and second doses of Pfizer, 1,772,908 first and second doses of Moderna and 177,730 single doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

As of today, 2,460,594 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,288,184 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, 2,995,245 doses of Pfizer, 2,282,540 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.

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 169, which is 18 more than yesterday. There are 39 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is two 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.

Get ‘super vaccinated’ at superhero themed vaccine event

NW Disability Support (NWDS), the community-based organization that produced Fighting COVID, has put out a second comic called Beating COVID. Beating COVID features the story of new superheroes: The Super Vaccines!

The comic is intended to address the need of having appropriate materials created for children and adults of all ages that can be used by educators, professionals and parents in their practice.

You can get a free comic along with a vaccine at the final vaccination event, sponsored by NWDS. The final event will be held Wednesday, July 28 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Multnomah Learning Academy, 22565 NE Halsey Street in Fairview, Oregon.

Cases and deaths

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (1), Benton (7), Clackamas (44), Columbia (8), Coos (6), Crook (3), Curry (3), Deschutes (28), Douglas (19), Grant (1), Hood River (1), Jackson (63), Jefferson (6), Josephine (27), Klamath (3), Lane (50), Lincoln (2), Linn (24), Malheur (4), Marion (36), Morrow (3), Multnomah (54), Polk (8), Tillamook (1), Umatilla (70), Union (3), Wallowa (5), Wasco (4), Washington (43) and Yamhill (12).  

Oregon’s 2,834th death is a 95-year-old woman from Douglas County who tested positive on July 13 and died on July 20 at Mercy Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

OHA does not report the vaccination status of people in our daily update of COVID-19 related deaths. However, statewide data show that people who remain unvaccinated are at much greater risk of infection and severe illness.

In June, 92% of the 7,241 COVID-19 cases and 94% of the 63 COVID-19-associated deaths occurred in unvaccinated Oregonians. On the first Thursday of each month, OHA publishes an update on vaccine breakthrough cases identified in Oregon. The findings shared in our last report, from July 1, indicate that this number remains very small when compared to the more than 2 million people who have completed a COVID-19 vaccination series.

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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Weekly COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths rise - 07/21/21

July 21, 2021

Contact: OHA External Relations, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Weekly COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths rise

The Oregon Health Authority’s COVID-19 Weekly Report, released today, shows an increase in daily cases, hospitalizations and COVID-19 related deaths.

OHA reported 2,026 new daily cases of COVID-19 during the week of Monday, July 12, through Sunday, July 18. That represents a 54% rise over the previous week and the highest tally in seven weeks.

New COVID-19 related hospitalizations rose to 123, up from 104 the previous week.

There were 29 reported COVID-19 related deaths, up from 15 reported the previous week.

There were 62,098 tests for COVID-19 for the week of July 11 through July 17. The percentage of positive tests was 4.2%, up from 3.4% the previous week.

As of July 20, 2,452,035 Oregonians — 57.5% of the state’s total population — had received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

Case rates have generally been higher in counties with lower COVID-19 vaccination rates. During the week of July 11–17, case rates in 15 counties exceeded the statewide average of 44.9 cases per 100,000 population. All 15 counties had overall population COVID-19 vaccination rates of lower than 55%, and 13 of them had rates lower than 47%.

Today’s COVID-19 Weekly Outbreak Report shows 21 active COVID-19 outbreaks in senior living communities and congregate living settings, with three or more confirmed cases and one or more COVID-19 related deaths.

OHA makes improvements to Kindergarten-12th Grade School COVID-19 report

OHA is improving the way it publishes data on COVID-19 cases associated with schools that offer in-person instruction. The changes will provide clear and transparent data to inform the public of potential COVID-19 exposure in Oregon’s schools.

Starting today, OHA will revise the Weekly Outbreak Report to provide three tables with Kindergarten-12th grade school associated case and outbreak information. OHA will now report recent student, staff and volunteer cases in addition to schools with active and resolved outbreaks.

Cases will be reported if they worked or attended school (either for class or other activities like a sports practice) during their exposure or infectious period.

OHA will no longer include these cases as cumulative case counts. A school may appear in more than one table as the case and outbreak tables record different information.

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Oregon reports 421 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 1 new death - 07/21/21

July 21, 2021

Contact: OHA External Relations, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon reports 421 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 2,833 the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 421 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 213,730.

OHA makes improvements to Kindergarten-12th Grade School COVID-19 report

OHA is improving the way it publishes data on COVID-19 cases associated with  schools that offer in-person instruction. The changes will provide clear and transparent data to inform the public of potential COVID-19 exposure in Oregon’s schools.

Starting today, OHA will revise the Weekly Outbreak Report to provide three tables with Kindergarten-12th grade school associated case and outbreak information. OHA will now report recent student, staff and volunteer cases in addition to schools with active and resolved outbreaks.

Cases will be reported if they worked or attended school (either for class or other activities like a sports practice) during their exposure or infectious period.

OHA will no longer include these cases as cumulative case counts. A school may appear in more than one table as the case and outbreak tables record different information.

Weekly media briefing scheduled for Thursday at 2:15 p.m.

Media are invited to attend a media briefing at 2:15 p.m. tomorrow, July 22, with Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen and Oregon State Public Health Officer and Epidemiologist Dr. Dean Sidelinger.

OHA will discuss the increase of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Oregon. Media will be able to join via this Zoom link: https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1603371965?pwd=ZHpBZWI3cXJDbXdMazVaNm82MCsydz09

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 6,484 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 3,431 doses were administered on July 20 and 3,053 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on July 20.

The seven-day running average is now 4,625 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered 2,624,412 first and second doses of Pfizer, 1,771,412 first and second doses of Moderna and 177,264 single doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

As of today, 2,457,522 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,285,052 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, 2,992,995 doses of Pfizer, 2,271,420 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 151, which is four fewer than yesterday. There are 37 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is seven fewer 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 (6), Clackamas (26), Clatsop (5), Columbia (7), Coos (4), Crook (2), Deschutes (18), Douglas (21), Gilliam (2), Harney (1), Hood River (3), Jackson (54), Jefferson (5), Josephine (22), Klamath (7), Lake (2), Lane (19), Lincoln (5), Linn (22), Malheur (1), Marion (24), Morrow (2), Multnomah (34), Polk (13), Tillamook (2), Umatilla (48), Union (11), Wallowa (2), Wasco (4), Washington (41), Yamhill (7).   

Oregon’s 2,833rd COVID-19 death is a 39-year-old woman from Marion county who tested positive on June 23 and died on July 16 at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

OHA does not report the vaccination status of people in our daily update of COVID-19 related deaths. However, statewide data show that people who remain unvaccinated are at much greater risk of infection and severe illness.

In June, 92% of the 7,241 COVID-19 cases and 94% of the 63 COVID-19-associated deaths occurred in unvaccinated Oregonians. On the first Thursday of each month, OHA publishes an update on vaccine breakthrough cases identified in Oregon. The findings shared in our last report, from July 1, indicate that this number remains very small when compared to the more than 2 million people who have completed a COVID-19 vaccination series.

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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Sustainable Health Care Cost Growth Target Implementation Committee meets July 26 - 07/21/21

July 21, 2021

Contact: Philip Schmidt, 503-383-6079, Philip.schmidt@dhsoha.state.or.us, (media inquiries)

Sarah Bartelmann, 971-283-8107, ah.e.bartelmann@dhsoha.state.or.us">sarah.e.bartelmann@dhsoha.state.or.us (meeting information or accommodation)

Sustainable Health Care Cost Growth Target Implementation Committee meets July 26

What: A public meeting of the Sustainable Health Care Cost Growth Target Implementation Committee.

When: July 26, 2021 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM

Where: Virtual meeting only. The public can join remotely via Zoom or conference line.

To join by Zoom: https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1616770289?pwd=dllnb3N3dVNScWNIT0kzM2ZYZWlNZz09 To join by Phone: +16692545252,,1616770289#,,,,*322287# US (San Jose)

Agenda: Welcome. Implementation Updates. Provider Outreach and Communications. Analyses to Inform Cost Growth Mitigation Strategies. Successor Committee Planning. Public Comment.

Public comment will be heard at 3:50 PM.

Please submit any public comment in writing prior to the meeting at  e.CostTarget@dhsoha.state.or.us">HealthCare.CostTarget@dhsoha.state.or.us

For more information, please visit the committee’s website at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/HPA/HP/Pages/Sustainable-Health-Care-Cost-Growth-Target.aspx

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  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Sarah Bartelmann at 971-283-8107, 711 TTY, ah.e.bartelmann@dhsoha.state.or.us">sarah.e.bartelmann@dhsoha.state.or.us, at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Oregon reports 595 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 6 new deaths - 07/20/21

July 20, 2021

Contact: OHA External Relations, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon reports 595 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 6 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — There are six new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 2,832, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 595 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 213,339.

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 4,642 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 2,456 doses were administered on July 19 and 2,186 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on July 19.

The seven-day running average is now 4,702 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered 2,619,930 first and second doses of Pfizer, 1,769,734 first and second doses of Moderna and 176,927 single doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

As of today, 2,454,380 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,281,657 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, 2,984,445 doses of Pfizer, 2,269,540 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.

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 155, which is seven more than yesterday. There are 44 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is five 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 (5), Clackamas (35), Clatsop (4), Columbia (13), Coos (12), Crook (7), Curry (1), Deschutes (14), Douglas (14), Harney (2), Hood River (3), Jackson (63), Jefferson (4), Josephine (19), Klamath (8), Lane (42), Lincoln (6), Linn (19), Malheur (7), Marion (87), Morrow (3), Multnomah (36), Polk (32), Sherman (1), Umatilla (72), Union (6), Wallowa (1), Wasco (4), Washington (64) and Yamhill (10).   

OHA does not report the vaccination status of people in our daily update of COVID-19 related deaths. However, statewide data show that people who remain unvaccinated are at much greater risk of infection and severe illness. In June, 92% of the 7,241 COVID-19 cases and 94% of the 63 COVID-19-associated deaths occurred in unvaccinated Oregonians. On the first Thursday of each month, OHA publishes an update on vaccine breakthrough cases identified in Oregon. The findings shared in our last report, from July 1, indicate that this number remains very small when compared to the more than 2 million people who have completed a COVID-19 vaccination series.

Oregon’s 2,827th COVID-19 death is a 64-year-old woman from Deschutes County who tested positive on April 21 and died on July 18 at St. Charles Bend Hospital. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,828th COVID-19 death is a 76-year-old man from Deschutes County who tested positive on April 5 and died on May 29 at St. Charles Bend Hospital. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,829th COVID-19 death is a 75-year-old man from Jackson County who tested positive on July 16 and died on July 18 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,830th COVID-19 death is a 66-year-old woman from Jackson County who tested positive on July 15 and died on July 16 at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,831st COVID-19 death is a 53-year-old woman from Lane County who tested positive on April 29 and died on July 16 at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 2,832nd COVID-19 death is a 67-year-old man from Lane County who tested positive on July 12 and died on July 17 at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend. He had underlying conditions.

Updated information is known for Oregon’s 2,820th COVID-19 death an 83-year-old woman from Baker County. She was erroneously reported as a 70-year-old man.

Oregon updates non-viable vaccine disclosure1,2,3

OHA’s non-viable vaccine table has been moved to the Tableau dashboard. You can find that link to the weekly tab here. OHA reports updates on vaccines not being used each Tuesday in our daily media release.

Vaccine type

Doses recalled

Non-viable, spoiled or expired

Grand total

Janssen COVID-19 vaccine

 

9,146

9,146

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

 

50,649

50,649

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

 

18,394

18,394

Grand Total

0

78,189

78,189

1Updated: 07/20/21 

2Data source: ALERT Immunization Information System (IIS)

3Data is preliminary and subject to change.

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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OHA updates online dashboard of payments to hospitals for common procedures - 07/20/21

July 20, 2021

Contact: Philip Schmidt, Philip.schmidt@dhsoha.state.or.us, 503-383-6079

OHA updates online dashboard of payments to hospitals for common procedures

Transparent data on common hospital payments show wide variations across the state, impacting consumers

The Oregon Health Authority released its annual Oregon Hospital Payment report as an online dashboard, which was updated with 2019 data. The report details the median amounts paid by commercial insurers for the most common inpatient and outpatient procedures performed in Oregon hospitals in 2019. The report details median prices on 115 procedures that account for over $1.2 billion in payments to hospitals. Among these procedures, 79 of the 115 saw increases in median prices, while 32 procedures saw prices fall and four stayed the same.

“While this is just one look at the ways that our health care system provides services and gets paid, it has deep relevance to patients, who may owe a significant portion of these amounts in the form of co-pays or deductibles,” said Jeremy Vandehey, director of health policy and analytics. “Hospitals have many levers to reduce costs to meet our statewide cost growth target. But in the end, the cost growth target creates an imperative and call to action for the health system to reduce price increases and flatten the cost of health care to consumers.”

The report shows that insurance companies pay hospitals widely varying amounts for the same procedures at individual hospitals, among different hospitals, and across the state – as the dashboard’s comparative features illustrate. For instance, the wide range is notable in these common procedures:

  • For inpatient hip replacement, 90% of the procedures ranged from $2,875 to $50,993, (with half falling between $24,744 and $37,508).
  • For normal delivery without complicating conditions, 90% of the procedures ranged from $4,768 to $15,267, (with half falling between $5,664 and $11,151).
  • For inpatient spinal fusion, 90% of the procedures ranged in price from $22,213 to $118,515, (with half falling between $41,605 and $75,752).

In 2019 the largest growth in median paid amount was for inpatient heart catheterization which rose $3,806 (20.7%) from 2018. Meanwhile the most expensive procedure was heart value replacement, with a median paid amount of $94,945, which is up 4.1% ($3,764) from 2018.

“It should not be lost in the focus on the variation that all the prices we see are quite high and have risen for everyday Oregonians,” added Mr. Vandehey. “This is particularly impactful on people given the prevalence of co-insurance and high deductibles.”

Other highlights of the report include:

  • Most procedures again show significant variation in paid amounts, both at individual hospitals and among hospitals.
  • Laboratory disease panels were the most frequently performed procedure, with 931,176 lab orders reported. This accounts for nearly half of all the procedures in this analysis.
  • The largest decrease was for inpatient shoulder replacements, which fell $4,933 (-12.9%) from 2018.
  • The largest percent decrease was in the newborn care with complications which fell 28.3% (-$1,157) from 2018.

The goal of the report is to provide transparency about hospital reimbursement and make information available to consumers. Users can click on interactive charts and graphs to see payment details by hospital for common hospital procedures. The dashboard also shows whether the amounts paid increased or decreased from 2018. New for the 2019 update is the inclusion of a sixth large category, Laboratory and Pathology, which includes median amounts paid for common laboratory tests and examinations of blood and tissue samples.

For more details on the 2019 Oregon Hospital Payment Report, visit the visit the visit the OHA Health Policy and Analytics website.

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CCO Metrics Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to meet July 22 - 07/19/21

July 19, 2021

Contact: Philip Schmidt, 503-383-6079, philip.schmidt@dhsoha.state.or.us (media inquiries)

Brian Toups, 503-385-6542, rian.m.toups@dhsoha.state.or.us">brian.m.toups@dhsoha.state.or.us (meeting information or accommodation)

CCO Metrics Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to meet July 22

What: The regular public meeting of the Oregon Health Authority’s CCO Metrics Technical Advisory Group.

When: July 22, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: By webinar and conference line only. The public may join remotely through a webinar and conference line:

Agenda: Welcome and introductions (1:00-1:10); Updates (1:10-1:30); CMS CORE set (1:30-1:45); SDOH measure pilot and specifications (1:55-2:35); adjourn.

For more information, please visit the committee's website at http://www.oregon.gov/OHA/HPA/ANALYTICS/Pages/Metrics-Technical-Advisory-Group.aspx.

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All Payer All Claims Technical Advisory Group to meet July 21 - 07/19/21

July 19, 2021

Contact: Philip Schmidt, 503-383-6079, philip.schmidt@dhsoha.state.or.us (media inquiries)

Brian Toups, 503-385-6542, rian.m.toups@dhsoha.state.or.us">brian.m.toups@dhsoha.state.or.us (meeting information or accommodation)

All Payer All Claims Technical Advisory Group to meet July 21

What: The regular public meeting of the Oregon Health Authority’s All Payer All Claims Technical Advisory Group.

When: July 21, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Where: By webinar and conference line only. The public may join remotely through a webinar and conference line:

  • Join the webinar at

https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1607179564?pwd=VHlmSkxKTGY0VTg3OC9SMGFwbVVhZz09

  • Conference line: 669-254-5252, Meeting ID: 160 717 9564, Password: 228641.

Agenda: Meeting opening; General updates: Mandatory reporter letters and courtesy emails, PAF (Appendices 1 and 2) test file update, Rulemaking in 2021, APAC data use; Data Submitter webpage; Public Comment; adjourn

For more information, please visit the committee's website at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/HPA/ANALYTICS/Pages/All-Payer-All-Claims-TAG.aspx.  

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Oregon Cannabis Commission meets via Zoom July 28 - 07/19/21

July 19, 2021

Media contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, PHD.Communications@state.or.us

Oregon Cannabis Commission meets via Zoom July 28

What: A Zoom meeting of the Oregon Cannabis Commission.

Agenda: Review meeting minutes from April 21 meeting; program updates; subcommittee updates; discuss new business; further discussions on structure of medical program; public comment.

The full agenda will be available at www.healthoregon.org/cannabiscommision

When: Wednesday, July 28, 1-4 p.m.

Where: Conference call line, 669-254-5252; meeting ID, 161 957 0599.

Background: The Oregon Cannabis Commission was established in the 2017 legislative session through HB 2198. The commission consists of the state health officer or designee and an eight member-panel appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the senate. The commission is tasked with determining a possible framework for future governance of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program, steps to address research on cannabis in areas of public health policy and public safety policy, agronomic and horticultural best practices, and medical and pharmacopoeia best practices. The commission also advises the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission regarding statutes governing medical and retail cannabis. Visit www.Healthoregon.org/cannabiscommission for more information.

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Oregon reports 777 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 9 new deaths - 07/19/21

July 19, 2021

Contact: OHA External Relations, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon reports 777 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 9 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore.  There are nine new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state's death toll to 2,826, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 777 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 212,755.

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 2,497 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 1,717 doses were administered on July 18 and 780 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on July 18.

The seven-day running average is now 4,794 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered 2,617,037 first and second doses of Pfizer, 1,768,355 first and second doses of Moderna and 176,631 single doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

As of today, 2,452,035 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,279,253 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, 2,980,845 doses of Pfizer, 2,269,400 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 148, which is six more than yesterday. There are 39 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is five fewer 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: Benton (19), Clackamas (73), Clatsop (3), Columbia (7), Coos (13), Crook (5), Deschutes (29), Douglas (33), Harney (1), Hood River (1), Jackson (56), Jefferson (11), Josephine (57), Klamath (1), Lane (53), Lincoln (4), Linn (36), Malheur (2), Marion (35), Morrow (9), Multnomah (196), Polk (10), Sherman (3), Tillamook (9), Umatilla (22), Union (10), Wallowa (3), Wasco (1), Washington (58) and Yamhill (17).   

Note: Oregon reported 323 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases on Friday July 16, 332 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases on Saturday, July 17, and 122 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases on Sunday, July 18.

Oregon's 2,818th COVID-19 death is a 73-year-old man from Deschutes County who tested positive on June 25 and died on July 15 at St. Charles Bend Hospital. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon's 2,819th COVID-19 death is a 53-year-old man from Deschutes County who tested positive on May 26 and died on July 6 at St. Charles Bend Hospital. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon's 2,820th COVID-19 death is a 70-year-old man from Baker County who tested positive on March 17 and died on March 25 at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, PA. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon's 2,821st COVID-19 death is a 70-year-old man from Malheur County who tested positive on Sept. 14, 2020 and died on Nov. 15, 2020 at St. Alphonsus Nampa Medical Center in Nampa, Idaho. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon's 2,822nd COVID-19 death is a 68-year-old man from Douglas County who tested positive on June 20 and died on July 5 at Mercy Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon's 2,823rd COVID-19 death is a 63-year-old woman from Umatilla County who tested positive on Feb. 10 and died on Feb. 28 at Trios Health Southridge Hospital in Kennewick, WA. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon's 2,824th COVID-19 death is an 82-year-old man from Umatilla County who tested positive on Dec. 7, 2020 and died on Dec. 19, 2020 at Trios Health Southridge Hospital in Kennewick, WA. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon's 2,825th COVID-19 death is a 63-year-old woman from Umatilla County who tested positive on April 18 and died on May 26 at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon's 2,826th COVID-19 death is a 59-year-old woman from Wallowa County who tested positive on Nov. 10, 2020 and died on Dec. 14, 2020 at St Joseph Regional Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Errata: Updated information is known about Oregon's 2,795th COVID-19 death, an 84 year-old-man from Multnomah County initially reported on July 12. He was reported as having died on April 10. He died on April 1. OHA regrets the error.

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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Recreational use advisory lifted Monday for Fern Ridge Reservoir - 07/19/21

July 19, 2021

Contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, PHD.Communications@state.or.us

 

Recreational use advisory lifted Monday for Fern Ridge Reservoir

PORTLAND, Ore.—Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has lifted the recreational use health advisory issued for Fern Ridge Reservoir in Lane County. OHA issued the advisory July 9, 2021.

Water monitoring has confirmed that the level of cyanotoxins in Fern Ridge Reservoir are below recreational guideline values for people. However, officials advise recreational visitors to be alert to signs of cyanobacteria blooms. This is because blooms can develop and disappear on any water body at any time when bloom conditions are favorable. Only a fraction of waterbodies in Oregon are monitored for blooms and toxins.

People and especially small children and pets should avoid recreating in areas where the water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green or blue-green, or if thick brownish-red mats are visible or bright green cells are suspended in the water. If you see these signs avoid activities that cause you to swallow water or inhale droplets, such as swimming or high-speed water activities.

Cyanotoxins can still exist in clear water. When a bloom dies, toxins released may reach into clear water around the bloom. Blooms can be pushed into other areas, leaving behind the toxins released. There also are species of cyanobacteria that anchor themselves at the bottom of a water body, live in the sediment, or can grow on aquatic plants and release toxins into clear water.

For health information or to report an illness, contact OHA at 971-673-0482.

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Public Health Advisory Board Accountability Metrics Subcommittee meets July 21 via Zoom - 07/16/21

July 16, 2021

Media contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139

PHD.communications@state.or.us

Public Health Advisory Board Accountability Metrics Subcommittee meets July 21 via Zoom

What: A public meeting of the Accountability Metrics Subcommittee of the Public Health Advisory Board.

Agenda: Approve June meeting minutes, discuss public health system accountability, update metrics selection criteria, hear overview of Healthier Together Oregon and discuss opportunities to align State Health Improvement Plan measures with public health accountability metrics.

When: Wednesday, July 21, 8-9:30 a.m. A public comment period is offered at the end of the meeting.

Where: Via Zoom meeting. Members of the public may join remotely by phone at 669-254-5252; meeting ID 160 116 1415; or by computer, tablet or smartphone by launching this Zoom link: https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1601161415?pwd=Tmd1dHhXcGppd0VHOStZY3lOKy80dz09.

Background: Oregon’s Public Health Advisory Board provides guidance for Oregon’s governmental public health system and oversees the implementation of public health modernization and Oregon’s State Health Improvement Plan. The Accountability Metrics Subcommittee develops recommendations about public health quality measures for the board's consideration.

For more information, see the board's website.

Program contact: Sara Beaudrault, 971-645-5766a.beaudrault@state.or.us">sara.beaudrault@state.or.us

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If you need help or have questions, please contact: Sara Beaudrault at 971-645-5766, 711 TTY, or a.beaudrault@state.or.us">sara.beaudrault@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Oregon reports 369 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 7 new deaths - 07/16/21

July 16, 2021

Contact: OHA External Relations, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us" target="_blank">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon reports 369 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 7 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — There are seven new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 2,817, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 369 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 211,998.

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 5,295 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 2,896 doses were administered on July 15 and 2,399 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on July 15.

The seven-day running average is now 5,300 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered 2,607,790 first and second doses of Pfizer, 1,765,059 first and second doses of Moderna and 175,839 single doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

As of today, 2,445,717 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,271,516 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, 2,975,895 doses of Pfizer, 2,267,560 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 141, which is four more than yesterday. There are 44 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is six 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: Benton (9), Clackamas (27), Clatsop (2), Columbia (7), Coos (4), Crook (6), Deschutes (19), Douglas (14), Hood River (1), Jackson (28), Josephine (12), Klamath (6), Lake (1), Lane (28), Lincoln (8), Linn (18), Malheur (3), Marion (28), Morrow (2), Multnomah (55), Polk (15), Tillamook (1), Umatilla (28), Union (3), Wasco (3), Washington (33) and Yamhill (8).   

Note: Five of today’s COVID-19 related deaths are from late 2020 and early 2021. The counting of deaths from death certificates may take time to process because they are determined by physicians and then sent to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for further review before the cause of death is ultimately determined. Once this information is confirmed, the information is reported back with a final cause of death to states. This lagging indicator is now being captured in today’s reporting.

Oregon’s 2,811th COVID-19 death is an 82-year-old woman from Clackamas County who tested positive on June 2 and died on June 12 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,812th COVID-19 death is a 70-year-old man from Josephine County who tested positive on Nov. 20, 2020 and died on Feb. 3. Location of death and presence of underlying conditions are being confirmed.

Oregon’s 2,813th COVID-19 death is an 80-year-old man from Malheur County who tested positive on Nov. 24, 2020 and died on Dec. 2, 2020 at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nev. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 2,814th COVID-19 death is an 86-year-old woman from Sherman County who tested positive on Jan. 9 and died on Jan. 18. Location of death and presence of underlying conditions are being confirmed.

Oregon’s 2,815th COVID-19 death is an 85-year-old woman from Wasco County who tested positive on Dec. 7, 2020 and died on Dec. 14, 2020. Location of death and presence of underlying conditions are being confirmed.

Oregon’s 2,816th COVID-19 death is a 64-year-old man from Washington County who tested positive on Jan. 29 and died on Feb. 13. Location of death and presence of underlying conditions are being confirmed.

Oregon’s 2,817th COVID-19 death is a 54-year-old man from Washington County who tested positive on April 27 and died on May 16 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

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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Health Evidence Review Commission & Value-based Benefits Subcommittee meetings 8/12/2021 - 07/16/21

July 16, 2021

Contacts: Philip Schmidt, 503-383-6079, philip.schmidt@dshoha.state.or.us  (media inquiries)

Daphne Peck, 503-580-9792, c.info@dhsoha.state.or.us">herc.info@dhsoha.state.or.us (meeting information or accommodation)

Health Evidence Review Commission & Value-based Benefits Subcommittee meetings 8/12/2021

Oregon Health Evidence Review Commission meets August 12 Online

What: A public meeting of the Health Evidence Review Commission

When: Thursday, August 12, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Where: By Zoom https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1612072860?pwd=cWNIY0NFeTBjYnlhY2QxZjlpYmlpUT09

Or dial 1 (669) 254-5252 | Meeting ID: 161 207 2860, Passcode: 084034

Note: Unscheduled testimony will not be allowed at the meeting. If you think you may want to testify, please complete the survey to sign up at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/herc-public-comment by Tuesday, 8/10/21, noon. If you decide not to testify, you can always decline later. If you need assistance in signing up for public testimony, please call Daphne Peck at 503-580-9792.

Written public comment will be accepted until noon on 8/10/21; submit to C.Info@dhsoha.state.or.us">HERC.Info@dhsoha.state.or.us.

Agenda: HERC will consider the following topics:

  • VbBS report*
  • Coverage guidance:
    • Deep brain stimulation for refractory epilepsy

*Topics which remain unresolved at the conclusion of the morning's VbBS meeting will not be heard by HERC until a later date. Public notice of tabled topics will be announced 28-days prior their next scheduled discussion.

For more information about the meeting, visit the committee’s website at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/HPA/DSI-HERC/Pages/Meetings-Public.aspx. The meeting agenda and materials will be available one week before the meeting. 


HERC’s Value-based Benefits Subcommittee meets August 12 in Online

What: A public meeting of the Health Evidence Review Commission’s Value-based Benefits Subcommittee

When: Thursday, August 12, 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Where: By Zoom https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1612072860?pwd=cWNIY0NFeTBjYnlhY2QxZjlpYmlpUT09

Or dial 1 (669) 254-5252 | Meeting ID: 161 207 2860, Passcode: 084034

Note: Unscheduled testimony will not be allowed at the meeting. If you think you may want to testify, please complete the survey to sign up at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/herc-public-comment by Tuesday, 8/10/21, noon. If you decide not to testify, you can always decline later. If you need assistance in signing up for public testimony, please call Daphne Peck at 503-580-9792.

Written public comment will be accepted until noon on 8/10/21; submit to C.Info@dhsoha.state.or.us">HERC.Info@dhsoha.state.or.us.

Agenda: Items scheduled for discussion could include, but may not be limited to, the following topics:

  • Various straightforward coding and guideline changes
  • COVID-related coding changes
  • 2022 ICD-10-CM code placements
  • Breast cancer index re-review
  • PET scans for breast cancer
  • PET scan guideline clarification
  • Cosmetic and reconstructive procedures
  • Periodicity schedule addition to preventive services guideline
  • USPSTF screening recommendation updates
    • Colon cancer screening 2021 update
  • Rhinoplasty and septoplasty coverage clarification
  • Neurostimulation for occipital neuralgia
  • Smoking cessation and elective surgery guideline
  • Corneoscleral lenses
  • Brachytherapy for hepatobiliary cancer
  • Radiofrequency ablation for uterine fibroids
  • Radiofrequency water vapor ablation of prostate for LUTS
  • Thrush
  • Solid organ transplants
  • Coverage guidance
    • Deep brain stimulation for refractory epilepsy

For more information about the meeting, visit the committee’s website at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/HPA/DSI-HERC/Pages/Meetings-Public.aspx. The meeting agenda and materials will be available one week before the meeting. 

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  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters
  • Written materials in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

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Oregon reports 322 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 7 new deaths - 07/15/21

July 15, 2021

Contact: OHA External Relations, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us" target="_blank">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon reports 322 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 7 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — There are seven new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 2,810, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 322 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 211,631.

OHA establishes 80% vaccination goal to close equity gap

In early July, Oregon achieved a 70% vaccination rate for Oregonians 18 years of age and older. Approaching this number in late June enabled Governor Brown to reopen the state on June 30. However, vaccination rates for Hispanic/Latino/a/x, American Indian/Alaska Native and Black/African American/African Immigrant communities are still hovering in the mid-40% range.  To close the equity gap for communities of color, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is recommitting and focusing on increasing vaccination access through a vaccination equity strategy aimed at achieving a goal of vaccinating 80% of adults of color by the end of this summer. OHA is also committed to vaccinating 80% of all adults in coming months.

“This is about doing everything we possibly can to meet that goal for our communities of color. There is potential to meet this goal by the end of August in some communities, and OHA and its partners will keep pushing until we can say that we have provided every Oregonian with the information they need about vaccines and an opportunity to get vaccinated,” said Erica Sandoval, Equity Director, Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 Response & Recovery Unit.

OHA is supporting both rural and urban areas where efforts would have a high impact on communities of color The OHA data team has been developing data to support this next milestone.

Major dashboard updates are:

  • Switching to 80% goal from 65% county goal
  • Switching from Population 16+ to Population 18+, keeping Total Population option as is
  • Goal will be based on ALERT IIS data only, rather than on CDC data
  • New race and ethnicity panel counting down total people remaining to 80% in tribal communities and communities of color statewide

Here is a link to the new dashboard that sends web viewers directly to the Race and Ethnicity tab.

Please note that switching from Population 16+ to Population 18+ resulted in a slight reduction in the race and ethnicity vaccination rates for communities of color, this is likely because younger populations have higher diversity.

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 6,125 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 2,904 doses were administered on July 14 and 3,221 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on July 14.

The seven-day running average is now 5,224 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered 2,591,443 first and second doses of Pfizer, 1,761,856 first and second doses of Moderna and 174,714 single doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

As of today, 2,438,195 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,242,125 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, 2,973,645 doses of Pfizer, 2,266,140 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.

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

Creating opportunities for youth with disabilities and their families

When they received the news that their organization would receive Health Equity Grant funds to reduce the sense of isolation in children with disabilities and their families, Creating Opportunities put on their khaki shorts and started planning a big drive-thru safari event.

As a community-based organization for families of children and adults with developmental disabilities in Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties, they wanted to give families a chance to engage in a fun family outing while still minimizing risk of exposure to their children, many of whom are considered medically high-risk.

Executive Director, Cheryl Cisneros, said, “It is important to us that this special event not only provided a safe activity for families while COVID continues to linger, but to also create an opportunity for youth and adults with disabilities to get a vaccine in a comfortable setting.”

Read more about this unique event on the Oregon Vaccine News blog.

Caleb poses for a photo at the safari.

COVID-19 hospitalizations

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 137, which is 15 more than yesterday. There are 38 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is four 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: Benton (5), Clackamas (33), Columbia (8), Coos (3), Crook (6), Curry (2), Deschutes (13), Douglas (15), Jackson (25), Jefferson (1), Josephine (19), Klamath (4), Lake (1), Lane (10), Linn (18), Marion (37), Morrow (4), Multnomah (22), Polk (9), Tillamook (2), Umatilla (32), Union (3), Wasco (3), Washington (39) and Yamhill (8).  

Oregon’s 2,804th death is a 78-year-old man from Deschutes County who died on Jan. 5. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. Location of death and underlying conditions are being confirmed.

Oregon’s 2,805th death is a 59-year-old man from Baker County who tested positive on July 7 and died on July 13 at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,806th death is a 63-year-old man from Marion County who tested positive on June 30 and died on July 13 at Salem Hospital. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,807th death is a 75-year-old man from Jackson County who tested positive on July 11 and died on July 13 at Providence Medford Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,808th death is a 56-year-old man from Washington County who tested positive on May 20 and died on June 18 at Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 2,809th death is an 83-year-old woman from Morrow County who tested positive on Nov. 30, 2020 and died on Dec. 9, 2020. Location of death and underlying conditions are being confirmed.

Oregon’s 2,810th death is a 68-year-old man from Umatilla County who tested positive on April 24 and died on May 5 at Providence St. Mary Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

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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Curry County residents to continue to receive WIC services from Josephine County WIC - 07/15/21

July 15, 2021

Contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, PHD.Communications@state.or.us

Curry County residents to continue to receive WIC services from Josephine County WIC

OHA encourages Curry County families to connect to WIC resources

PORTLAND, Ore.—Families participating in Curry County’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program will now receive services from Josephine County WIC.

“WIC touches the lives of many Oregon families every day,” said Christine Shepherd, manager of Josephine County WIC. “Part of our mission at WIC is to provide healthy, nutritious foods to families. Services we provide include nutrition education, breastfeeding support and community referrals. Our work is vital in creating a healthy environment where women, their children and families can thrive.”

Curry County residents will not have to travel to Josephine County to receive services. Rather, Josephine County WIC is providing services to Curry County residents within Curry County.

WIC, a division of Public Health, is a premier maternal/child health and nutrition program. WIC supplements the diets of pregnant and breastfeeding women, and infants and children younger than 5. The foods provided are based on federal requirements and align with the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, as well as the infant feeding guidelines of American Academy of Pediatrics.

Since July 1, OHA has been providing public health services to Curry County residents, after county commissioners approved a resolution in April to transfer its public health authority to the state. Public health services OHA now provides to the county include monitoring communicable diseases and controlling outbreaks, including the COVID-19 pandemic response; ensuring access to safe drinking water; ensuring access to WIC services; and licensing and inspecting food, pool and lodging facilities.

In both Curry and Josephine counties, 2,033 families were served by WIC in 2020. That same year, WIC participants spent more than $1.35 million on healthy foods at local WIC retailers. Sixty-nine percent of those families were working households where at least one parent was employed. About 43% of the pregnant women in the two counties combined use WIC. In addition, WIC participants spent $18,608 in farm-direct benefits at local growers’ markets and farm stalls in 2020.

Oregon WIC-authorized foods include:

  • Fresh, frozen and canned fruits and vegetables. Benefits temporarily increased to $35 per month until October 2021.
  • Wholegrain options, including whole wheat bread, whole wheat or corn tortillas, whole wheat pasta, brown rice, oatmeal and bulgur.
  • Milk, soy beverage or goat milk.
  • Cheese, yogurt, tofu, eggs.
  • Peanut butter, dry or canned beans.
  • Canned fish, tuna, salmon or sardines (for breastfeeding women).
  • Cold or hot cereals, fortified with iron and folic acid. At least 50% of the authorized cereals are whole grain.
  • 100% fruit juices rich in Vitamin C.
  • Iron-fortified infant formulas.
  • Infant cereals.
  • Baby food, fruits, vegetables and meats.

Special infant formulas and certain medical foods may also be provided when prescribed by a physician or health professional for a specified medical condition.

Any families that receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Oregon Health Plan (OHP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) services automatically qualify for the WIC program if they are part of the groups the counties serve. Otherwise, WIC will consider the household income to determine qualification. For more information, please see https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/HEALTHYPEOPLEFAMILIES/WIC/Pages/income.aspx.

WIC is securing a permanent office space in Brookings and will be operating in Gold Beach and Port Orford for participants in Curry County. The program will not be requiring participants to travel to Cave Junction or Grants Pass. The best way to contact WIC about booking an appointment is to text jocwic to 85511 and a representative will return your text within two days. WIC may be reached at 541-474-5333.

WIC services will continue to be provided remotely and through temporary site locations to ensure WIC participants in Curry County have safe access to WIC services.

WIC is an equal opportunity provider. Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.

Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board, Equity Subcommittee meets Aug. 20 - 07/15/21

July 15, 2021

Contact: OHA External Relations, phd.communications@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board, Equity Subcommittee meets Aug. 20

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board, Equity Subcommittee.

Agenda: TBD

When: Friday, Aug. 20, 3-5 p.m.

Where: Via Zoom Meeting:

https://www.zoomgov.com/j/16018821728

Meeting ID: 160 1882 1728

Background: Established by Ballot Measure 109 (2020), the Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board makes recommendations to OHA on available scientific studies and research on the safety and efficacy of psilocybin in treating mental health conditions, and makes recommendations on the requirements, specifications and guidelines for providing psilocybin services in Oregon.

The Board will also develop a long-term strategic plan for ensuring that psilocybin services will become and remain a safe, accessible and affordable therapeutic option for all persons 21 years of age and older in this state for whom psilocybin may be appropriate; and monitor and study federal laws, regulations and policies regarding psilocybin.

# # #

Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters.
  • Written materials in other languages.
  • Braille
  • Large print.
  • Audio and other formats.

If you need help or have questions, please contact Nic Riley at 971-673-0404, 711 TTY, or iley@dhsoha.state.gov">nic.riley@dhsoha.state.gov, at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board, Products Subcommittee meets Aug. 19 - 07/15/21

July 15, 2021

Contact: OHA External Relations, phd.communications@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board, Products Subcommittee meets Aug. 19

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board, Products Subcommittee.

Agenda: TBD

When: Thursday, Aug. 19, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Where: Via Zoom Meeting:

https://www.zoomgov.com/j/16018821728

Meeting ID: 160 1882 1728

Background: Established by Ballot Measure 109 (2020), the Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board makes recommendations to OHA on available scientific studies and research on the safety and efficacy of psilocybin in treating mental health conditions, and makes recommendations on the requirements, specifications and guidelines for providing psilocybin services in Oregon.

The Board will also develop a long-term strategic plan for ensuring that psilocybin services will become and remain a safe, accessible and affordable therapeutic option for all persons 21 years of age and older in this state for whom psilocybin may be appropriate; and monitor and study federal laws, regulations and policies regarding psilocybin.

# # #

Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters.
  • Written materials in other languages.
  • Braille
  • Large print.
  • Audio and other formats.

If you need help or have questions, please contact Nic Riley at 971-673-0404, 711 TTY, or iley@dhsoha.state.gov">nic.riley@dhsoha.state.gov, at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Measure 110 Oversight and Accountability Council meets July 21 and July 28, 2021 - 07/15/21

July 15, 2021

Media contact: Aria Seligmann, 503-535-9134, i.l.seligmann@dhsoha.state.or.us">ari.l.seligmann@dhsoha.state.or.us

Measure 110 Oversight and Accountability Council meets July 21 and July 28, 2021

What: Public meetings of the Drug Treatment and Recovery Act (Measure 110) Oversight and Accountability Council.

Agenda: The council will continue its discussion on rules, forming a rules advisory committee, and implementation processes.

When: Wednesday, July 21, 2021, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Where: Virtual. YouTube link with live captions (English and Spanish). https://youtu.be/s8R7TFYdMy0

When: Wednesday, July 28, 2021, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Where: Virtual. YouTube link with live captions (English and Spanish). https://youtu.be/wGAeEKksI_0

Purpose: The Drug Treatment and Recovery Act (Measure 110) Oversight and Accountability Council oversees the establishment of Behavioral Health Resource Networks (formerly Addiction Recovery Centers) throughout Oregon. The OAC will hold regular meetings to accomplish the necessary steps to fund and set up the centers.

Read more about the OAC. Read more about Measure 110.

Questions? Contact e110@dhsoha.state.or.us">OHA.Measure110@dhsoha.state.or.us

Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters
  • Written materials in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Brandy L. Hemsley at 971-239-2942, 711 TTY or RANDY.L.HEMSLEY@dhsoha.state.or.us" target="_blank">brandy.l.hemsley@dhsoha.state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board, Products Subcommittee meets Aug. 5 - 07/15/21

July 15, 2021

Contact: OHA External Relations, phd.communications@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board, Products Subcommittee meets Aug. 5

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board, Products Subcommittee.

Agenda: TBD

When: Thursday, Aug. 5, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Where: Via Zoom Meeting:

https://www.zoomgov.com/j/16018821728

Meeting ID: 160 1882 1728

Background: Established by Ballot Measure 109 (2020), the Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board makes recommendations to OHA on available scientific studies and research on the safety and efficacy of psilocybin in treating mental health conditions, and makes recommendations on the requirements, specifications and guidelines for providing psilocybin services in Oregon.

The Board will also develop a long-term strategic plan for ensuring that psilocybin services will become and remain a safe, accessible and affordable therapeutic option for all persons 21 years of age and older in this state for whom psilocybin may be appropriate; and monitor and study federal laws, regulations and policies regarding psilocybin.

# # #

Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters.
  • Written materials in other languages.
  • Braille
  • Large print.
  • Audio and other formats.

If you need help or have questions, please contact Nic Riley at 971-673-0404, 711 TTY, or iley@dhsoha.state.gov">nic.riley@dhsoha.state.gov, at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board, Equity Subcommittee meets Aug. 4 - 07/14/21

July 14, 2021

Contact: OHA External Relations, phd.communications@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board, Equity Subcommittee meets Aug. 4

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board, Equity Subcommittee.

Agenda: TBD

When: Wednesday, Aug. 4, 3-5 p.m.

Where: Via Zoom Meeting:

https://www.zoomgov.com/j/16018821728

Meeting ID: 160 1882 1728

Background: Established by Ballot Measure 109 (2020), the Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board makes recommendations to OHA on available scientific studies and research on the safety and efficacy of psilocybin in treating mental health conditions, and makes recommendations on the requirements, specifications and guidelines for providing psilocybin services in Oregon.

The Board will also develop a long-term strategic plan for ensuring that psilocybin services will become and remain a safe, accessible and affordable therapeutic option for all persons 21 years of age and older in this state for whom psilocybin may be appropriate; and monitor and study federal laws, regulations and policies regarding psilocybin.

# # #

Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters.
  • Written materials in other languages.
  • Braille
  • Large print.
  • Audio and other formats.

If you need help or have questions, please contact Nic Riley at 971-673-0404, 711 TTY, or iley@dhsoha.state.gov">nic.riley@dhsoha.state.gov, at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board, Products Subcommittee meets July 22 - 07/14/21

July 14, 2021

Contact: OHA External Relations, phd.communications@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board, Products Subcommittee meets July 22

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board, Products Subcommittee.

Agenda: TBD

When: Thursday, July 22, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Where: Via Zoom Meeting:

https://www.zoomgov.com/j/16018821728

Meeting ID: 160 1882 1728

Background: Established by Ballot Measure 109 (2020), the Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board makes recommendations to OHA on available scientific studies and research on the safety and efficacy of psilocybin in treating mental health conditions, and makes recommendations on the requirements, specifications and guidelines for providing psilocybin services in Oregon.

The Board will also develop a long-term strategic plan for ensuring that psilocybin services will become and remain a safe, accessible and affordable therapeutic option for all persons 21 years of age and older in this state for whom psilocybin may be appropriate; and monitor and study federal laws, regulations and policies regarding psilocybin.

# # #

Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters.
  • Written materials in other languages.
  • Braille
  • Large print.
  • Audio and other formats.

If you need help or have questions, please contact Nic Riley at 971-673-0404, 711 TTY, or iley@dhsoha.state.gov">nic.riley@dhsoha.state.gov, at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Weekly COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations rise, deaths decline - 07/14/21

July 14, 2021

Contact: OHA External Relations, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us" target="_blank">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Weekly COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations rise, deaths decline

The Oregon Health Authority’s COVID-19 Weekly Report, released today, shows an increase in daily cases and hospitalizations and a decrease in COVID-19 related deaths.

OHA reported 1,318 new daily cases of COVID-19 during the week of Monday, July 5, through Sunday, July 11. That represents an 11% rise over the previous week.

New COVID-19 related hospitalizations rose to 104, up from 66 the previous week.

There were 15 reported COVID-19 related deaths, down from 19 reported the previous week.

There were 54,702 tests for COVID-19 for the week of July 4 through July 10. The percentage of positive tests was 3.4%, up from 2.9% the previous week.

People 70 years of age and older have accounted for 38% of COVID-19 related hospitalizations and 74% of COVID-19 related deaths.

Today’s COVID-19 Weekly Outbreak Report shows 21 active COVID-19 outbreaks in senior living communities and congregate living settings, with three or more confirmed cases and one or more COVID-19 related deaths.

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Oregon reports 251 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 3 new deaths - 07/14/21

July 14, 2021

Contact: OHA External Relations, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us" target="_blank">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon reports 251 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 2,803, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 251 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 211,315.

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 6,086 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 3,219 doses were administered on July 13 and 2,867 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on July 13.

The seven-day running average is now 4,925 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered 2,587,462 first and second doses of Pfizer, 1,760,201 first and second doses of Moderna and 174,296 single doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

As of today, 2,435,438 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,238,480 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, 2,973,645 doses of Pfizer, 2,260,540 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.

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 122, which is 11 more than yesterday. There are 34 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is four 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: Benton (2), Clackamas (25), Columbia (2), Coos (4), Crook (5), Curry (1), Deschutes (12), Douglas (10), Harney (1), Hood River (1), Jackson (29), Josephine (16), Klamath (2), Lane (11), Lincoln (2), Linn (10), Marion (25), Morrow (1), Multnomah (27), Polk (8), Tillamook (4), Umatilla (27), Union (3), Washington (20), Yamhill (3).   

Oregon’s 2,801st COVID-19 death is a 78-year-old man from Clackamas County who tested positive on June 23 and died on July 8 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,802nd COVID-19 death is an 88-year-old woman from Clackamas County who tested positive on June 24 and died on July 2 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,803rd COVID-19 death is a 91-year-old man from Clackamas County who tested positive on April 13 and died on May 4; location of death is being confirmed. He had underlying conditions.

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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Oregon reports 340 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 3 new deaths - 07/13/21

July 13, 2021

Contact: OHA External Relations, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us" target="_blank">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon reports 340 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 2,800, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 340 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 211,065.

Small risk of Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) associated with Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that reports to the U.S. Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) indicate a small risk of Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) following receipt of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine. About 100 preliminary reports of GBS have been filed with VAERS after the administration of 12.8 million doses of the J&J vaccine. The cases were largely reported about two weeks after vaccination and mostly in males. This pattern has not been seen with the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines after the administration of more than 321 million doses in the United States. 

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has revised its fact sheets for the J&J vaccine, stating that “Reports of adverse events following use of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine under emergency use authorization suggest an increased risk of Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) during the 42 days following vaccination.” 

GBS is a rare condition that damages nerve cells. The cause of the condition is unclear. According to CDC, the condition often follows a viral or bacterial infection. It has also been associated with influenza vaccination, although studies suggest one is more likely to get GBS from the flu itself than from a flu vaccine. Most people recover from GBS, but some have had permanent nerve damage.

CDC will review data related to the risk of GBS, as well as the overall benefits of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at an upcoming Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) meeting.

Oregon health care worker COVID-19 vaccination rates are higher than rates among the broader public, but disparities persist

By the end of June, 94% of Oregon dentists, nearly nine in 10 medical doctors and nearly eight in 10 nurse practitioners had been vaccinated, according to new data released by OHA. Overall, more than seven in 10 health care workers in Oregon were vaccinated, outpacing the adult vaccination rate at the time. However, state data show that health care workers among American Indian/Alaskan Natives, Latino/a/x, Black and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander communities were under-vaccinated compared to their white counterparts. State health officials pointed out that health care professions reflect the communities from which they are drawn, and disparate rates of vaccinations based on race/ethnicity could be due to many factors, including age and structural barriers that hinder professional advancement and licensure.

Health care worker vaccination rates varied based on licensee type, age, race, ethnicity and geographic location. The data are part of a new dashboard that reports COVID-19 vaccination rates among more than 20 categories of state-licensed health care workers in Oregon. OHA will continue to monitor and update vaccination rates among these workers monthly.

OHA Director Patrick Allen said: “A fully vaccinated health care workforce is vital to patient safety and to protect the public against the pandemic. We’ll continue to support health systems and state licensing boards to increase health worker vaccination rates.”

State-licensed and registered health care occupations include:

  • Nursing: nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist, registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, certified nursing assistant
  • Emergency Medical Services: paramedic, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), EMT-Intermediate, Advanced EMT, Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)
  • Medicine: medical doctor, osteopathic doctor, physician assistant, acupuncturist
  • Dentistry: dentist, dental hygienist
  • Pharmacy: pharmacist, pharmacist technician
  • Occupational therapy: occupational therapist, occupational therapy assistant
  • Naturopathy: naturopathic physician
  • Respiratory therapy: respiratory therapist
  • Certified traditional health workers
  • Chiropractic: chiropractic physicians, chiropractic assistant
  • Massage therapy: licensed massage therapist

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 5,005 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 2,779 doses were administered on July 12 and 2,226 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on July 12.

The seven-day running average is now 4,791 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered 2,583,281 first and second doses of Pfizer, 1,758,704 first and second doses of Moderna and 174,003 single doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

As of today, 2,432,897 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,234,820 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, 2,973,195 doses of Pfizer, 2,259,580 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 111, which is two more than yesterday. There are 30 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 (5), Benton (5), Clackamas (25), Clatsop (9), Columbia (6), Coos (4), Crook (7), Deschutes (6), Douglas (10), Harney (2), Jackson (48), Jefferson (4), Josephine (15), Klamath (15), Lake (4), Lane (24), Lincoln (6), Linn (9), Malheur (6), Marion (28), Multnomah (17), Polk (9), Tillamook (2), Umatilla (30), Wasco (1), Washington (36) and Yamhill (7).   

Oregon’s 2,798th COVID-19 death is a 93-year-old man from Columbia County who tested positive on March 19 and died on March 30 at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver, Wash. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 2,799th COVID-19 death is a 71-year-old man from Columbia County who tested positive on Nov. 20, 2020 and died on Nov. 26, 2020 at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver, Wash. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 2,800th COVID-19 death is an 86-year-old man from Clatsop County who tested positive on Feb. 19 and died on March 2 at Columbia Memorial Hospital. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon updates non-viable vaccine disclosure1,2,3

OHA’s non-viable vaccine table has been moved to the Tableau dashboard. You can find that link to the weekly tab here. OHA reports updates on vaccines not being used each Tuesday in our daily media release.

Vaccine type

Doses recalled

Non-viable, spoiled or expired

Grand total

Janssen COVID-19 vaccine

 

8,105

8,105

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

 

45,796

45,796

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

 

14,204

14,204

Grand Total

0

68,105

68,105

1Updated: 07/13/21 

2Data source: ALERT Immunization Information System (IIS)

3Data is preliminary and subject to change.

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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UPDATE: Nurse Staffing Advisory Board to hold virtual quarterly meeting July 28 - 07/13/21

July 12, 2021

Contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, PHD.Communications@state.or.us

Nurse Staffing Advisory Board to hold virtual quarterly meeting July 28

What: The Nurse Staffing Advisory Board is holding its quarterly meeting.

Agenda: Review minutes from April 28, 2021, meeting; membership updates and program updates; status updates; committee updates; open action items; program improvement; nurse staffing surveyor discusses survey activities; emerging issues in nurse staffing; public comment.

The agenda will be available on www.healthoregon.org/nursestaffing

When: July 28, 1-5:00 p.m.

Where: ZoomGov Meeting, Dial : +1 669 254 5252 (PST)

Meeting ID: 161 472 3238

Passcode: 374448

Background: The Nurse Staffing Advisory Board advises the Oregon Health Authority on the administration of Oregon’s nurse staffing laws; identifies trends, opportunities and concerns related to nurse staffing; makes recommendations to the Oregon Health Authority based on those trends, opportunities and concerns; and reviews the enforcement powers and processes under Oregon’s nurse staffing laws.

Program contact: Kimberly Voelker, ox.nursestaffing@state.or.us">Mailbox.nursestaffing@state.or.us

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Everyone has a right to know about and use the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters
  • Written material in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Kimberly Voelker, MPH at 971-803-0914, 711 TTY or erly.n.voelker@dhsoha.state.or.us">kimberly.n.voelker@dhsoha.state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Nurse Staffing Advisory Board to hold virtual quarterly meeting July 28 - 07/12/21

July 12, 2021

Contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, PHD.Communications@state.or.us

Nurse Staffing Advisory Board to hold virtual quarterly meeting July 28

What: The Nurse Staffing Advisory Board is holding its quarterly meeting.

Agenda: Review minutes from April 28, 2021, meeting; membership updates and program updates; status updates; committee updates; open action items; program improvement; nurse staffing surveyor discusses survey activities; emerging issues in nurse staffing; public comment.

The agenda will be available on www.healthoregon.org/nursestaffing

When: July 26, 10-11:30 a.m.

Where: ZoomGov Meeting, Dial : +1 669 254 5252 (PST)

Meeting ID: 161 472 3238

Passcode: 374448

Background: The Nurse Staffing Advisory Board advises the Oregon Health Authority on the administration of Oregon’s nurse staffing laws; identifies trends, opportunities and concerns related to nurse staffing; makes recommendations to the Oregon Health Authority based on those trends, opportunities and concerns; and reviews the enforcement powers and processes under Oregon’s nurse staffing laws.

Program contact: Kimberly Voelker, ox.nursestaffing@state.or.us">Mailbox.nursestaffing@state.or.us

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Everyone has a right to know about and use the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters
  • Written material in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Kimberly Voelker, MPH at 971-803-0914, 711 TTY or erly.n.voelker@dhsoha.state.or.us">kimberly.n.voelker@dhsoha.state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Nurse Staffing Advisory Board's Civil Monetary Penalties Committee meets virtually July 26 - 07/12/21

July 12, 2021

Contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, PHD.Communications@state.or.us

Nurse Staffing Advisory Board’s Civil Monetary Penalties Committee meets virtually July 26

What: The Nurse Staffing Advisory Board’s Civil Monetary Penalties Committee is holding its first meeting.

Agenda: Introductions and review the committee agenda; review committee charter and discuss committee priorities; discuss role of NSAB in providing guidance to OHA on civil monetary penalties; review statutory language and rule language for civil monetary penalties and history of imposing civil monetary penalties for nurse staffing; summarize action items, next steps.

The agenda will be available on www.healthoregon.org/nursestaffing

When: July 26, 10-11:30 a.m.

Where: ZoomGov Meeting, Dial : +1 669 254 5252 (PST)

Meeting ID: 161 081 8398

Passcode: 434068

Background: The Nurse Staffing Advisory Board advises the Oregon Health Authority on the administration of Oregon’s nurse staffing laws; identifies trends, opportunities and concerns related to nurse staffing; makes recommendations to the Oregon Health Authority based on those trends, opportunities and concerns; and reviews the enforcement powers and processes under Oregon’s nurse staffing laws.

Program contact: Kimberly Voelker

ox.nursestaffing@state.or.us">Mailbox.nursestaffing@state.or.us

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Everyone has a right to know about and use the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters
  • Written material in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Kimberly Voelker, MPH at 971-803-0914, 711 TTY or erly.n.voelker@dhsoha.state.or.us">kimberly.n.voelker@dhsoha.state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Public Health Advisory Board Strategic Data Plan Subcommittee meets July 20 via Zoom - 07/12/21

July 12, 2021

Media contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, phd.communications@dhsoha.state.or.us

Public Health Advisory Board Strategic Data Plan Subcommittee meets July 20 via Zoom

What: A public meeting of the Strategic Data Plan Subcommittee of the Public Health Advisory Board.

Agenda: Review and approve June 15 meeting minutes; review updates to PHAB Strategic Data Plan Charter; and discuss next steps for the Strategic Data Plan development.

When: July 20, 1-2 p.m. A public comment period is offered at the end of the meeting.

Where: Via Zoom meeting. Members of the public may join remotely by phone at 669-254-5252; meeting ID 969 8167 3410 Passcode: XNz1kX; or by computer, tablet or smartphone by launching this Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/96981673410?pwd=ZGVudHUwU01iVytlQVNvVTB6anUrZz09

Background: Oregon’s Public Health Advisory Board provides guidance for Oregon’s governmental public health system and oversees the implementation of public health modernization and Oregon’s State Health Improvement Plan. The Strategic Data Plan subcommittee develops recommendations for a plan that is grounded in equity and centers community values and experiences.

For more information, see the board's website.

Program contact: Cara Biddlecom, a.m.biddlecom@state.or.us">cara.m.biddlecom@state.or.us, 971-255-6370

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters
  • Written materials in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact: Cara Biddlecom at 971-255-6370 711 TTY, or a.m.biddlecom@state.or.us">cara.m.biddlecom@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

CCO Metrics and Scoring Committee to meet July 16 - 07/12/21

July 12, 2021

Contact: Philip Schmidt, 503-383-6079philip.schmidt@dhsoha.state.or.us (media inquiries)

Brian Toups, 503-385-6542rian.m.toups@dhsoha.state.or.us">brian.m.toups@dhsoha.state.or.us (meeting information or accommodation)

CCO Metrics and Scoring Committee to meet July 16

What: The regular public meeting of the Oregon Health Authority’s CCO Metrics and Scoring Committee.

When: June 16, 9 a.m. to noon.

Where: By webinar and conference line only. The public may join remotely through a webinar and conference line:

  • Join the webinar at

https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1604517548?pwd=TWovQzJpUjRyblRmS0dXaHk5a01Jdz09

  • Conference line: 669-254-5252, Meeting ID: 160 451 7548, Password: 171144.

Agenda: Welcome, consent agenda, minutes approval, and general updates (9:00-9:10); Public testimony (9:10-9:35); Oregon and national updates and context (9:35-10:00); Potentially retired/added measures - additional information requested by Committee (10:15-10:45); Finalize 2022 incentive measure set / Challenge Pool (10:45-11:15); 2021 benchmark reconsideration (11:15-12:00);  adjourn.

For more information, please visit the committee's website at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/HPA/ANALYTICS/Pages/Metrics-Scoring-Committee.aspx.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters.
  • Written materials in other languages.
  • Large print.
  • Audio and other formats.

If you need help or have questions, please contact Brian Toups at, 503-385-6542, 711 TTY, rian.m.toups@dhsoha.state.or.us">brian.m.toups@dhsoha.state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Oregon reports 506 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases over the past 3 days, 5 new deaths - 07/12/21

July 12, 2021

Contact: OHA External Relations, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us" target="_blank">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon reports 506 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases over the past 3 days, 5 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — There are five new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 2,797 the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 506 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 210,729. The 506 cases are a cumulative total, which includes cases reported over the weekend. Oregon reported 254 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases on Friday July 9; 172 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases on Saturday, July 10: and 80 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases on Sunday, July 11.

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 3,007 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 1,831 doses were administered on July 11 and 1,176 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on July 11.

The seven-day running average is now 4,917 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered 2,579,892 first and second doses of Pfizer, 1,757,522 first and second doses of Moderna and 173,684 single doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

As of today, 2,430,767 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,229,939 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, 2,970,945 doses of Pfizer, 2,259,440 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 109, which is two fewer than yesterday. There are 29 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is three fewer 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 being reported today are in the following counties: Benton (12), Clackamas (54), Clatsop (2), Columbia (7), Coos (7), Crook (5), Curry (3), Deschutes (21), Douglas (23), Hood River (1), Jackson (36), Jefferson (6), Josephine (30), Klamath (7), Lake (3), Lane (26), Lincoln (1), Linn (32), Malheur (1), Marion (51), Morrow (3), Multnomah (73), Polk (5), Tillamook (11), Umatilla (38), Union (2), Wasco (2), Washington (28), Yamhill (16).  

Note: Four of today’s COVID-19 related deaths are from 2020. The counting of deaths from death certificates may take time to process because they are determined by physicians and then sent to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for further review before the cause of death is ultimately determined. Once this information is confirmed, the information is reported back with a final cause of death to states. This lagging indicator is now being captured in today’s reporting. 

Oregon’s 2,793rd COVID-19 death is a 79-year-old man from Malheur County who tested positive in Oct. 24, 2020 and died on Dec. 2, 2020 at St. Alphonsus Nampa Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,794th COVID-19 death is a 92-year-old woman from Clackamas County who tested positive on June 21 and died on July 8 at Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,795th COVID-19 death is an 84-year-old man from Multnomah County who tested positive on March 28, 2020 and died on April 10, 2020. Location of death and presence of underlying conditions are being confirmed.

Oregon’s 2,796th COVID-19 death is an 85-year-old woman from Washington County who became symptomatic on April 2, 2020 after contact with a confirmed case and died on April 8, 2020 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,797th  COVID-19 death is an 85-year-old woman from Washington County who became symptomatic on March 21, 2020 after contact with a confirmed case and died on April 3, 2020 at her residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

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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Public Health Advisory Board meets July 15 - 07/12/21

July 12, 2021

Contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, PHD.Communications@state.or.us

Public Health Advisory Board meets July 15

What: The Public Health Advisory Board is holding a public meeting.

Agenda: Approve June meeting minutes; discuss PHAB subcommittees; discuss legislative session outcomes; discuss equity training; PHAB member discussion.

When: Thursday, July 15, 2-4 p.m. The meeting is open to the public. A public comment period will be held at the end of the meeting.

Where: Zoom conference call: (669) 254-5252, participant code 1609889971#.

Background: The Public Health Advisory Board provides guidance for Oregon’s governmental public health system and oversees the implementation of public health modernization and Oregon’s State Health Improvement Plan.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters.
  • Written materials in other languages.
  • Braille
  • Large print.
  • Audio and other formats.

If you need help or have questions, please contact Cara Biddlecom: at 971-673-2284, 711 TTY, or a.m.biddlecom@state.or.us">cara.m.biddlecom@state.or.us, at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Recreational use advisory issued for Malheur Reservoir July 9 - 07/09/21

July 9, 2021

 

Contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, PHD.Communications@state.or.us

Recreational use advisory issued for Malheur Reservoir July 9

PORTLAND, Ore.—Oregon Health Authority (OHA) issued a recreational use health advisory today for Malheur Reservoir due to the presence of a cyanobacteria bloom and cyanotoxins above recreational use values for human exposure. The lake is in Malheur County.

People should avoid swimming and high-speed water activities, such as water skiing or power boating, in areas of the lake where blooms are as the major route of exposure in ingestion of water. Toxins are not absorbed through the skin. However, if you have skin sensitivities you may get a puffy red rash.

You are encouraged to visit Malheur Reservoir and enjoy activities such as fishing, camping, hiking, biking, picnicking, and bird watching. Boating is safe as long as speeds do not create excessive water spray. Sprays could lead to the risk of inhaling cyanotoxins.

Drinking water

Drinking water directly from areas of the lake affected by a bloom is especially dangerous. Toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating water with camping-style filters. Contact campground management or the local health department with questions about water available at nearby campgrounds or day use areas.

Not all private treatment systems are effective at removing cyanotoxins. If you do not use a well or public water system and draw in-home water directly from an affected area you are advised to use an alternative water source.

Children and pets

Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity. Dogs can get extremely ill and even die within minutes to hours of exposure to cyanotoxins by drinking the water, licking their fur, or eating the toxins from floating mats or dried crust along the shore. This is regardless of a recreational use health advisory in place. Similar to dogs, livestock and wildlife can become ill and die after drinking from waterbodies, troughs or other sources of drinking water affected by blooms and potential toxins.

Symptoms

Exposure to cyanotoxins can be serious and cause a range of symptoms. Symptoms may be similar to food poisoning such as stomach cramping, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. Symptoms may also be more serious, such as numbness, tingling, dizziness and shortness of breath. These symptoms may require medical attention. Dogs can experience weakness, difficulty walking, seizures, lethargy, loss of appetite and more. If your dog exhibits symptoms veterinary treatment should be sought as quickly as possible.

Fishing

Fish caught from areas where cyanobacteria blooms are present should have fat, skin and organs removed before cooking or freezing. Toxins are more likely to collect in these tissues. Fillets should also be rinsed with clean water.

For health information or to report an illness, contact OHA at 971-673-0482.

Learn more here.

Recreational use advisory issued for Fern Ridge Lake July 9 - 07/09/21

July 9, 2021

 

Contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, PHD.Communications@state.or.us

Recreational use advisory issued for Fern Ridge Lake July 9

PORTLAND, Ore.—Oregon Health Authority (OHA) issued a recreational use health advisory today for Fern Ridge Lake due to the presence of a cyanobacteria bloom and cyanotoxins that can be harmful to people and pets. The lake is in Lane County.

People should avoid swimming and high-speed water activities, such as water skiing or power boating, in areas of the lake where blooms are as the major route of exposure in ingestion of water. Toxins are not absorbed through the skin. However, if you have skin sensitivities you may get a puffy red rash.

You are encouraged to visit Fern Ridge Lake and enjoy activities such as fishing, camping, hiking, biking, picnicking, and bird watching. Boating is safe as long as speeds do not create excessive water spray. Sprays could lead to the risk of inhaling cyanotoxins.

Drinking water

Drinking water directly from areas of the lake affected by a bloom is especially dangerous. Toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating water with camping-style filters. Contact campground management or the local health department with questions about water available at nearby campgrounds or day use areas.

Not all private treatment systems are effective at removing cyanotoxins. If you do not use a well or public water system and draw in-home water directly from an affected area you are advised to use an alternative water source.

Children and pets

Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity. Dogs can get extremely ill and even die within minutes to hours of exposure to cyanotoxins by drinking the water, licking their fur, or eating the toxins from floating mats or dried crust along the shore. This is regardless of a recreational use health advisory in place. Similar to dogs, livestock and wildlife can become ill and die after drinking from waterbodies, troughs or other sources of drinking water affected by blooms and potential toxins.

Symptoms

Exposure to cyanotoxins can be serious and cause a range of symptoms. Symptoms may be similar to food poisoning such as stomach cramping, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. Symptoms may also be more serious, such as numbness, tingling, dizziness and shortness of breath. These symptoms may require medical attention. Dogs can experience weakness, difficulty walking, seizures, lethargy, loss of appetite and more. If your dog exhibits symptoms you should seek veterinary treatment as quickly as possible.

Fishing

Fish caught from areas where cyanobacteria blooms are present should have fat, skin and organs removed before cooking or freezing. Toxins are more likely to collect in these tissues. Fillets should also be rinsed with clean water.

For health information or to report an illness, contact OHA at 971-673-0482.

Learn more here.

Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board meets July 15 - 07/09/21

July 8, 2021

Media contact: Rebeka Gipson-King, 503-945-7141, ebeka.gipson-king@dhsoha.state.or.us">rebeka.gipson-king@dhsoha.state.or.us

Program contact: Jacee Vangestel, 503-945-2852, jacee.m.vangestel@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board meets July 15

What: A regular public meeting of the Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board.

When: July 15, 1-4 p.m., 2021

Where: The meeting will be held via free conference line at 1-971-277-2343 access code 741 858 562#.

Agenda: After the public comment period, new topics will include legislative investments – OSH, legislative investments – OHA, and recommendations for board positions including chair, vice chair and board member. Ongoing business will include in-person visitation for patients, Treatment Services update, OSH data packet review, OSHAB letter for August Peer Advisory Council Newsletter, diversity updates, staffing updates and September OSHAB meeting planning.

Details: The Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board advises the superintendent, Oregon Health Authority director and legislators on issues related to the safety, security and care of patients. Members include consumers, providers, advocates, legislators, community members, consumer families and OSH union members.

For more information, see the board’s website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/osh/Pages/advisory-board.aspx.

 

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters.
  • Written materials in other languages.
  • Braille.
  • Large print.
  • Audio and other formats.

If you need help or have questions, please contact Jacee Vangestel at 503-945-2852, 711 TTY or jacee.m.vangestel@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Seal Rock Beach health advisory lifted July 9 - 07/09/21

July 9, 2021

 

Media contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139phd.communications@dhsoha.state.or.us

Seal Rock Beach health advisory lifted July 9

PORTLAND, Ore.—Oregon Health Authority (OHA) today lifted a public health advisory for contact with ocean water at Seal Rock Beach, located in Lincoln County.

The health authority issued the advisory July 8, 2021, after water samples showed higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria in ocean waters.

Results from follow-up tests taken by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) showed lower bacteria levels. Contact with the ocean water no longer poses a higher-than-normal risk. Officials recommend staying out of large pools on the beach that are frequented by birds, and runoff from those pools, because the water may contain increased bacteria from fecal matter.

Since 2003, state officials have used a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to monitor popular Oregon beaches and make timely reports to the public about elevated levels of fecal bacteria. Oregon state agencies participating in this program are OHA, DEQ and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

For more information, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website at http://www.healthoregon.org/beach or call 971-673-0440, or call OHA toll-free information line at 877-290-6767.

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Oregon reports 265 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 2 new deaths - 07/09/21

July 9, 2021

Contact: OHA External Relations, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us" target="_blank">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon reports 265 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 2 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — There are two new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 2,792, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 265 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 210,229.

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 6,920 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 3,280 doses were administered on July 8 and 3,640 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on July 8.

The seven-day running average is now 5,335 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered 2,568,978 first and second doses of Pfizer, 1,753,885 first and second doses of Moderna and 172,716 single doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

As of today, 2,423,996 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,222,166 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, 2,968,245 doses of Pfizer, 2,258,400 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 99, which is one fewer than yesterday and the lowest number OHA has reported since Sept. 14, 2020. There are 26 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is two fewer 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 (7), Benton (7), Clackamas (15), Clatsop (1), Columbia (1), Coos (3), Crook (1), Deschutes (16), Douglas (17), Grant (3), Harney (3), Jackson (22), Jefferson (3), Josephine (15), Klamath (2), Lane (11), Lincoln (6), Linn (13), Marion (26), Morrow (1), Multnomah (31), Polk (4), Sherman (1), Tillamook (2), Umatilla (16), Union (5), Wasco (5), Washington (20) and Yamhill (8).  

Oregon’s 2,791st COVID-19 death is a 93-year-old man from Crook County who tested positive on June 29 and died on July 8 at St. Charles Bend Hospital. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,792nd COVID-19 death is a 75-year-old woman from Douglas County who tested positive on June 16 and died on July 7 at Mercy 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.

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Public Health Advisory Board Incentives and Funding Subcommittee meets July 13 via Zoom - 07/09/21

July 9, 2021

Media contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, PHD.communications@state.or.us

Public Health Advisory Board Incentives and Funding Subcommittee meets July 13 via Zoom

What: A public meeting of the Incentives and Funding Subcommittee of the Public Health Advisory Board.

Agenda: Make recommendations for public health modernization funding formula; make recommendations for local public health authority regional funding opportunities for 2021-’23.

When: Tuesday, July 13, from 4-5 p.m. A public comment period will be at the end of the meeting.

Where: Via Zoom meeting. Members of the public may join remotely by phone at 669-254-5252; meeting ID 160 810 1407; or by computer, tablet or smartphone by launching this Zoom link: https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1608101407?pwd=dWNScWNVWFBzMEJ6UTBkN1ZtV2lwQT09.

Background: Oregon’s Public Health Advisory Board provides guidance for Oregon’s governmental public health system and oversees the implementation of public health modernization and Oregon’s State Health Improvement Plan. The Incentives and Funding Subcommittee develops recommendations for public health funding for the board's consideration.

Program contact: Sara Beaudrault, 971-645-5766a.beaudrault@state.or.us">sara.beaudrault@state.or.us

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PartnerSHIP meets July 12 via Zoom - 07/09/21

July 9, 2021

Contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, PHD.Communications@state.or.us

PartnerSHIP meets July 12 via Zoom

What: The PartnerSHIP, tasked with steering implementation of the 2020-2024 State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP), is holding a public meeting.

Agenda: The committee will continue to work on its process to prioritize strategies.

When: Monday, July 12, 1-3 p.m. This meeting is open to the public.

Where: https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1609047098?pwd=UGd2aGcyNXBSblZRejc5ZktUNFpvUT09

Dial by your location

        +1 669 254 5252 US (San Jose)

        +1 646 828 7666 US (New York)

Meeting ID: 160 904 7098

Passcode: 806191

Background: Oregon’s State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP), known as Healthier Together Oregon (HTO), identifies interventions and strategies to address health related priorities in our state. The SHIP serves as a basis for taking collective action with cross-sector partners to advance health equity.  The SHIP will be based off of findings from the State Health Assessment.

  • Health departments develop and implement a health improvement plan at least once every five years.
  • The Public Health Division is using the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) framework, widely used by CCOs and local health departments. The MAPP framework uses six phases. The SHA is developed over the first three phases, while the SHIP is developed and implemented over the second three phases.
  • Information about the PartnerSHIP can be found at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/ABOUT/Pages/partnership-committee.aspx

Program contact: Christy Hudson, 971-678-4347 Christy.j.hudson@state.or.us

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COVID-19 weekly cases and hospitalizations continue to fall - 07/08/21

July 8, 2021

Contact: OHA External Relations, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us" target="_blank">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

COVID-19 weekly cases and hospitalizations continue to fall

The Oregon Health Authority’s COVID-19 Weekly Report, released today, shows a continued decrease in daily cases and hospitalizations.

OHA reported 1,189 new daily cases of COVID-19 during the week of Monday, June 28, through Sunday, July 4. That represents a 13% decrease over the previous week.

New COVID-19 related hospitalizations declined by 40%, to 66, from 110 the previous week.

There were 19 reported COVID-19 related deaths, up from seven reported the previous week.

There were 62,307 tests for COVID-19 for the week of June 27 through July 3. The percentage of positive tests was 2.9%.

People 70 years of age and older have accounted for 38% of COVID-19 related hospitalizations and 74% of COVID-19 related deaths.

Today’s COVID-19 Weekly Outbreak Report shows 22 active COVID-19 outbreaks in senior living communities and congregate living settings, with three or more confirmed cases and one or more COVID-19 related deaths.

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Oregon reports 212 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 2 new deaths - 07/08/21

July 8, 2021

Contact: OHA External Relations, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us" target="_blank">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon reports 212 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 2 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — There are two new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll at 2,790 the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 212 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 209,973.

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 10,824 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 7,482 doses were administered on July 7 and 3,396 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on July 7.

The seven-day running average is now 5,406 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered 2,564,438 first and second doses of Pfizer, 1,752,116 first and second doses of Moderna and 172,177 single doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

As of today, 2,421,075 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,217,891 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, 2,965,545 doses of Pfizer, 2,245,440 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 100. which is six fewer than yesterday. There are 28 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is three fewer 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.

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.

Cases and deaths

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Benton (4), Clackamas (23), Columbia (4), Crook (2), Deschutes (10), Douglas (5), Jackson (18), Josephine (15), Klamath (8), Lane (7), Lincoln (4), Linn (13), Malheur (3), Marion (23), Morrow (1), Multnomah (13), Polk (2), Tillamook (7), Umatilla (21), Union (2), Washington (17), Yamhill (10).  

Oregon’s 2,789th COVID-19 death is a 66-year-old man from Multnomah County who tested positive on June 22 and died on July 6 at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 2,790th COVID-19 death is a 72-year-old man from Klamath County who tested positive on June 23 and died on July 6 at Sky Lakes Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

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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Seal Rock Beach health advisory issued July 8 - 07/08/21

July 8, 2021

 

Media contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139phd.communications@dhsoha.state.or.us

Seal Rock Beach health advisory issued July 8

OHA issues advisory due to high bacteria levels

PORTLAND, Ore.—Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is issuing a public health advisory today for unsafe levels of fecal bacteria in ocean waters at Seal Rock Beach in Lincoln County. People should avoid direct contact with the water in this area until the advisory is lifted.

Unsafe levels of fecal bacteria can cause diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections, and other illnesses. Children, elderly and those with a compromised immune system should use extra caution as they are more vulnerable to illness from waterborne bacteria.

Visitors should avoid wading in nearby creeks, pools of water on the beach, or in discolored water, and stay clear of water runoff flowing into the ocean. Levels of fecal bacteria tend to be higher in these types of water sources.

Unsafe levels of fecal bacteria in ocean waters can come from both shore and inland sources including:

  • Stormwater runoff.
  • Sewer overflows.
  • Failing septic systems.
  • Animal waste from livestock, pets and wildlife.

Even if there is no advisory in effect, avoid swimming in the ocean within 48 hours after a rainstorm.

Ocean waters will be re-tested after an advisory is issued. Once bacteria levels are at a safe level, OHA will notify the public that the advisory is lifted.

While this advisory is in effect at Seal Rock Beach, state officials continue to encourage other recreational activities (flying kites, picnicking, playing on the beach, walking, etc.) on this beach because they pose no health risk even during an advisory.

For the most recent information on advisories, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website at http://www.healthoregon.org/beach or call 971-673-0482, or 877-290-6767 (toll-free).

Oregon Cannabis Commission's Patient Equity and Governance Frame Working subcommittees meet via Zoom July 13. - 07/07/21

July 7, 2021

Media contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, PHD.Communications@state.or.us

Oregon Cannabis Commission's Patient Equity and Governance Frame Working subcommittees meet via Zoom July 13.

What: A combined public Zoom meeting for the Patient Equity and Governance Frame Working subcommittees of the Oregon Cannabis Commission.

Agenda: TBD

When: Tuesday, July 13, 1–3 p.m.

Where: Zoom meeting. Members of the public may join remotely by phone at 1-669-254-5252; Meeting ID: 160 692 7613 Passcode: 218390.

Background: The Oregon Cannabis Commission was established in the 2017 legislative session through HB 2198. The commission consists of the state health officer or designee and an eight member-panel appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the senate. The commission is tasked with determining a possible framework for future governance of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program, steps to address research on cannabis in areas of public health policy and public safety policy, agronomic and horticultural best practices, and medical and pharmacopoeia best practices. The commission also advises the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission regarding statutes governing medical and retail cannabis. Visit www.Healthoregon.org/cannabiscommission for more information.

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Oregon reports 273 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 6 new deaths - 07/07/21

July 7, 2021

Contact: OHA External Relations, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us" target="_blank">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon reports 273 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 6 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — There are six new COVID-19 related death in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 2,788 the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 273 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 209,764.

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 8,632 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 5,082 doses were administered on July 6 and 3,550 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on July 6.

The seven-day running average is now 5,535 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered 2,556,310 first and second doses of Pfizer, 1,750,025 first and second doses of Moderna and 171,589 single doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

As of today, 2,416,671 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,211,237 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, 2,965,545 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 106, which is 19 fewer than yesterday. There are 31 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is two 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 (5), Clackamas (28), Clatsop (5), Columbia (7), Coos (6), Crook (5), Deschutes (9), Douglas (7), Grant (1), Harney (1), Hood River (1), Jackson (11), Jefferson (2), Josephine (5), Klamath (11), Lane (12), Lincoln (4), Linn (9), Marion (37), Morrow (2), Multnomah (27), Polk (9), Tillamook (2), Umatilla (18), Union (7), Wallowa (1), Washington (30), Yamhill (10).

Oregon’s 2,783rd COVID-19 death is a 49-year-old woman from Jefferson County who tested positive on June 15 and died on July 3 at St. Charles Bend Hospital. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,784th COVID-19 death is a 41-year-old man from Hood River County who tested positive on July 2 and died on July 4; location of death is being confirmed. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,785th COVID-19 death is an 87-year-old man from Lane County who tested positive on June 14 and died on July 3 at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center Riverbend. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,786th COVID-19 death is a 52-year-old man from Josephine County who tested positive on June 18 and died on July 5 at Rogue Valley Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,787th COVID-19 death is a 64-year-old man from Marion County who tested positive on April 24 and died on June 29 at Salem Hospital. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,788th COVID-19 death is an 83-year-old woman from Umatilla County who tested positive on June 18 and died on July 2 at Providence St. Mary Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

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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Oregon Health Policy Board meets for an educational webinar July 13 via Zoom - 07/07/21

July 7, 2021

Contact: Philip Schmidt, 503-383-6079philip.schmidt@dhsoha.state.or.us (media inquiries)

Tara Chetock, 971-304-9917, a.a.chetock@dhsoha.state.or.us">tara.a.chetock@dhsoha.state.or.us (webinar information or accommodation)

Oregon Health Policy Board meets for an educational webinar July 13 via Zoom

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Health Policy Board.

When: July 13, 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Where: Virtual meeting only. The public can join remotely via Zoom or a conference line. To join via Zoom: https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1601018707?pwd=Q25yMGtaRzFvZzhOdGtZL2xoYUpHQT09

One tap mobile: +16692545252,,1601018707#,,,,*158078#

Purpose: This educational webinar will update the Oregon Health Policy Board (OHPB) and members of the public about its Committee recruitment and diversity efforts. At the request of OHPB, a Committee Membership Workgroup was chartered to identify and provide recommendations to overcome the structural and procedural barriers that limit the recruitment and retention of diverse committee members. This educational webinar will provide a summary of the Workgroup’s preliminary findings and recommendations.

OHPB educational webinars are for informational purposes only. Board member attendance is optional, and no official business will be conducted.

For more information and meeting materials, please visit the OHPB meeting webpage at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/OHPB-Meetings.aspx

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CORRECTION: Oregon reports 463 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 1 new death - 07/06/21

CORRECTION: The updated press release includes cumulative case counts from the weekend and observed July 5 holiday. Future press releases following a weekend or holiday will include all newly reported data.

July 6, 2021

Contact: OHA External Relations, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us" target="_blank">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

CORRECTION: Oregon reports 463 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 at 2,782, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 463 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 209,494. Oregon reports 85 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases on July 5, 66 new confirmed and presumptive cases on July 4, 123 new confirmed and presumptive cases on July 3 and 189 new confirmed and presumptive cases on July 2.

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.

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.

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, 2,964,195 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 (3), Benton (5), Clackamas (63), Clatsop (4), Columbia (7), Coos (5), Crook (2), Deschutes (24), Douglas (26), Hood River (1), Jackson (31), Jefferson (3), Josephine (17), Klamath (1), Lake (1), Lane (47), Lincoln (1), Linn (39), Malheur (2), Marion (35), Multnomah (68), Polk (21), Sherman (1), Tillamook (2), Umatilla (12), Union (5), Wasco (7), Washington (21) and Yamhill (9).

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.

Oregon updates non-viable vaccine disclosure1,2,3

OHA’s non-viable vaccine table has been moved to the Tableau dashboard. You can find that link to the weekly tab here. OHA reports updates on vaccines not being used each Tuesday in our daily media release.

Vaccine type

Doses recalled

Non-viable, spoiled or expired

Grand total

Janssen COVID-19 vaccine

 

6,905

6,905

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

 

37,760

37,760

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

 

11,071

11,071

Grand Total

0

55,736

55,736

1Updated: 07/06/21 

2Data source: ALERT Immunization Information System (IIS)

3Data is preliminary and subject to change.

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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Northwest Regional Newborn Bloodspot Screening Advisory Board meets July 12 - 07/06/21

July 6, 2021

Contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, PHD.Communications@state.or.us

Northwest Regional Newborn Bloodspot Screening Advisory Board meets July 12

What: The Northwest Regional Newborn Bloodspot Screening (NWRNBS) Advisory Board is holding a public meeting. The meeting is accessible by a webinar link or conference line.

Agenda: Welcome; program updates and board business; legislative session recap; newborn screening advisory board governance and communication; public comment; strategic planning; wrap-up.

When: Monday, July 12, noon to 4 p.m. A 15-minute public comment period is scheduled for about 2 p.m.; comments are limited to one to three minutes depending on the number of people providing comments.

Where: Remote access only. Zoom access: https://pdx.zoom.us/j/89366818046

Dial by your location:

+1 971 247 1195 US (Portland)

       +1 602 753 0140 US (Phoenix)

       +1 720 928 9299 US (Denver)

       +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)

Meeting ID: 893 6681 8046

Background: The Northwest Regional Newborn Bloodspot Screening (NWRNBS) Program screens newborns for endocrine, hemoglobin, cystic fibrosis, immunodeficiency and metabolic disorders that may not be clinically evident in the first few days or weeks of life. Detecting these conditions early allows the infant to be referred for diagnosis and appropriate treatment to prevent death or disability. For more information, visit www.healthoregon.org/nbs.

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Oregon reports 85 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 1 new death - 07/06/21

July 6, 2021

Contact: OHA External Relations, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us" target="_blank">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon reports 85 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 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.

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.

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, 2,964,195 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.

Oregon updates non-viable vaccine disclosure1,2,3

OHA’s non-viable vaccine table has been moved to the Tableau dashboard. You can find that link to the weekly tab here. OHA reports updates on vaccines not being used each Tuesday in our daily media release.

Vaccine type

Doses recalled

Non-viable, spoiled or expired

Grand total

Janssen COVID-19 vaccine

 

6,905

6,905

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

 

37,760

37,760

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

 

11,071

11,071

Grand Total

0

55,736

55,736

1Updated: 07/06/21 

2Data source: ALERT Immunization Information System (IIS)

3Data is preliminary and subject to change.

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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OHA Announces New Dental Director - 07/06/21

July 6, 2021

Contact: Philip Schmidt, PHILIP.SCHMIDT@dhsoha.state.or.us

OHA Announces New Dental Director

Dr. Kaz Rafia to lead oral health policy and strategy beginning July 6.

The Oregon Health Authority’s Health Policy and Analytics Division has a new dental director who joined the agency on July 6.

Dr. Kaz Rafia has a combined 25 years of dental experience spanning international non-profit work at Partnership for International Medical Access-Northwest, academics at OHSU, private practice, and leadership at Permanente Dental Associates.

“I am pleased to have Dr. Rafia join our team and know that he will serve an important role as we work towards eliminating health inequities in Oregon,” said Dana Hargunani, MD, MPH, OHA’s Chief Medical Officer. “Further integrating oral health into our health care system is a high priority, and we believe he will bring great knowledge and passion to that work.” 

Dr. Rafia echoed the enthusiasm for further integration of oral health into Oregon’s health care system.

“I am honored to be joining the OHA policy team and very much look forward to applying all that I’ve learned over my career towards advancing oral health policy on behalf of all people in Oregon,” he said. “We know that good oral health care is largely synonymous with good overall health care, and the inequities that we see in this area must also be tackled with diligence and passion.” 

As OHA Dental Director, Dr. Rafia will be responsible for:

  • Leading the cross-agency OHA Oral Health Team and setting the strategic direction for the OHA Oral Health Roadmap with consideration of OHA’s 10-year goal to eliminate health inequities;
  • Providing oral health consultation and expertise to OHA, including programmatic oversight, administration, policy, planning and execution of oral and health prevention-based activities;
  • Serving as the OHA Medicaid oral health expert;
  • Facilitating coordination of oral health services with local and statewide oral health organizations;
  • Informing quality metrics to measure oral health care, ensuring they are focused on achieving health equity;
  • Planning and determining strategies for meeting current and projected statewide oral health service needs; and
  • Acting as a liaison between OHA and Oregon’s dental community.

Dr. Rafia is a graduate of the Ohio State University College of Dentistry, OHSU hospital dental residency, and the MBA program at University of Illinois. He will earn his MPH from Johns Hopkins University in early 2022.

OHA’s focus on oral health will continue to span divisions and programs, with a particular focus on quantifying and addressing the root causes of health inequities in oral health. Dr. Rafia will lead all coordination and strategic planning in service of this mission and will also work with the Legislature as it further develops Oregon’s oral health priorities.

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Hubbard Creek Beach health advisory lifted July 6 - 07/06/21

July 6, 2021

Media contacts: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, PHD.Communications@state.or.us

Hubbard Creek Beach health advisory lifted July 6

Hubbard Creek Beach health advisory lifted July 6

PORTLAND, Ore.—Oregon Health Authority (OHA) today lifted a public health advisory for contact with ocean water at Hubbard Creek Beach, located in Curry County.

The health authority issued the advisory June 30, 2021, after water samples showed higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria in ocean waters.

Results from follow-up tests taken by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) showed lower bacteria levels. Contact with the ocean water no longer poses a higher-than-normal risk. Officials recommend staying out of large pools on the beach that are frequented by birds, and runoff from those pools, because the water may contain increased bacteria from fecal matter.

Since 2003, state officials have used a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to monitor popular Oregon beaches and make timely reports to the public about elevated levels of fecal bacteria. Oregon state agencies participating in this program are OHA, DEQ and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

For more information, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website at http://www.healthoregon.org/beach or call 971-673-0440, or call OHA toll-free information line at 877-290-6767.

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Oregon reports 209 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 3 new deaths - 07/02/21

July 2, 2021

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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.

OHA to discontinue weekend data reporting

Starting his weekend, OHA will stop distributing the following on holidays and weekends:

  • The weekend news release and newsletter.
  • Weekend social media posts in English and Spanish.
  • Weekend Tableau dashboard updates and weekend hospital capacity reporting.

OHA will provide weekend roundup reports on Mondays or on the days following a holiday. During weekends, OHA will continue to have staff available to address urgent issues and will have an on-call public information officer for emergency media requests.

OHA will continue its weekday reporting of cases, vaccinations, hospitalizations and other data through our daily news release, social media updates, our popular “Coronavirus Update” newsletter and online dashboards.

OHA data dashboard updates coming

On Tuesday, OHA will update its daily dashboards that have tracked the state’s progress toward reaching its 70% vaccination target for adults 18 years and older as the state moves to the next stage of vaccinating Oregonians. With the County Risk Level framework now lifted, dashboards and webpages that have been tracking the status of counties under this framework are being revised to reflect Oregon’s progress in vaccinating Oregonians.

Additional updates to the dashboards may be reported next week.

Dashboard changes reflecting the lifting of COVID-19 mitigation measures and ending the states’ County Risk Level framework are outlined below.

Dashboards

Summary of Key Updates

Oregon’s COVID-19 Risk Levels Map

The updates will replace risk measurements at the county level with the term spread as follows:

Minimal Spread = Lower Risk

Moderate Spread = Moderate Risk

Substantial Spread = High Risk

Widespread = Extreme Risk

Vaccinations will be removed from the tooltip.

The dashboard’s color scheme will be changed to reflect a gradient.

Oregon Counties COVID-19 Risk Levels Summary

The updates will change the Risk Level categories to disease spread.  The update will:

·     Rename “Risk Level Metrics: Schools and Counties” to “County metrics of disease spread”

·     Revise language to “disease spread” rather than Risk Level 

·     Remove the statewide hospital bed metric 

·     Remove people with one or more doses of a COVID-19 vaccine 

Hospital Capacity

The updates will remove the statewide hospital bed metric, which was tied to the former County Risk Level framework.

Testing and Outcomes by County

The updates will remove the county risk metric language.

Public Health Indicators

The updates will remove the County Risk Level language.

Oregon School’s Operating Status

The updates will add a splash screen indicating the dashboard has been archived and redirect users to the Oregon Department of Education and its Ready Schools, Safe Learners Resiliency Framework for the 2021-22 School Year guidance.

Ready School, Safe Learners – Health Metrics

The information will no longer be updated.

Governor’s Goal (Oregon Vaccine Metric)

The page will continue to be updated with data on the percentage of Oregonians 18 years of age and over who have received at least one vaccine dose.

 

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.

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Oregon crosses 70% target of vaccinated adults - 07/02/21

July 2, 2021

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Oregon crosses 70% target of vaccinated adults

Oregon reached another vaccination milestone today: 70% of adults 18 years and older have now received at least one vaccination in advance of the July 4th holiday weekend.

Oregon’s number is based on data reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today, and data in Oregon’s ALERT IIS system, which has not yet been uploaded to the CDC website.

According to the CDC, 2,343,617 adult Oregonians had received at least one dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or a shot of the single-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine, as of yesterday. That total leaves Oregon 2,206 adult first doses short of 70%. However, Oregon has received reports of an additional 2,900 backlogged doses delivered by pharmacies in Oregon that are not yet reported to CDC. In addition, Oregon reported 1,478 first doses administered yesterday to the CDC earlier today, which have not yet been added to the federal total (a portion of these doses will not count toward Oregon’s adult vaccination target because they were administered to children 12-17 years old). The combination of these additional doses mean Oregon has reached its 70% adult vaccination target.

“The 70% adult vaccination goal means we have a better chance to sustain a safe reopening. 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,” said Patrick Allen, Director of the Oregon Health Authority. “But COVID-19 hasn’t gone away. It’s our goal to vaccinate eight in 10 people across Oregon, particularly adults in communities of color and other under-vaccinated groups.”

Oregon’s latest vaccine effectiveness data show that more than nine in 10 recent cases, hospitalizations and deaths in Oregon were among people who were unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated.

Oregon now stands 18th in the nation in the percentage of the total population that has been vaccinated. The state reached the 70% adult vaccination goal  through the efforts of more than 660 vaccination sites, which were operated by a wide range of health care providers, Tribal partners, Local Public Health Authorities, community based organizations, pharmacies, volunteers, the Oregon National Guard, retired healthcare workers and countless others—all working together to beat back the pandemic.

With adult vaccination rate now more than 70% and the lifting of statewide protections, the state will continue to support vaccination efforts in communities across Oregon. However, local health authorities will be responsible for managing outbreaks of COVID-19 at the local level.

Statewide coordination efforts will continue at OHA, including case investigation and contact tracing support, epidemiological investigations, monitoring of variants and collecting and reporting data. We are now able to move from the statewide response model to one being driven at the local level, in each community and based on local risks.

UPDATE: Oregon reports 198 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 4 new deaths - 07/01/21

Updated to correct number of people who have had first doses and have completed a vaccine series.

July 1, 2021

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Oregon reports 198 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 4 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — There are four new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 2,778, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 198 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 208,834.

OHA releases latest monthly report on breakthrough cases

Through June 30, Oregon Health Authority has identified 1,790 COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough cases. There were 7,241 cases of COVID-19 in June and 92% of these cases were among people who were unvaccinated.

More than 9 in 10 of the 63 COVID-19-associated deaths in June were among people who were not vaccinated. The majority of vaccine-breakthrough associated deaths have occurred in the elderly.

The number of vaccine breakthrough cases identified in Oregon remains very small when compared to the more than 2.18 million people who have completed their COVID-19 vaccination series.

Vaccine breakthrough cases are defined as instances in which an individual received a positive COVID-19 test result at least 14 days following the completion of any COVID-19 vaccine series.

Of the 1,790 reported vaccine breakthrough cases, approximately 10% (n=177) were observed in individuals who reside in long-term care facilities or other congregate care settings.

OHA provides updates on breakthrough cases the first Thursday of each month. The current breakthrough report can be found here.

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 8,535 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 4,395 doses were administered on June 30 and 4,140 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on June 30.

The seven-day running average is now 7,514 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered 2,534,832 first and second doses of Pfizer, 1,740,400 first and second doses of Moderna and 168,932 single doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

As of today, 2,401,167 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,189,221 people have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series. The number of adult Oregonians needing vaccinations to reach the 70% threshold is 5,119. A daily countdown can be found on the OHA vaccinations page.  

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, 2,236,460 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 134, which is two fewer than yesterday. There are 27 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is four fewer than yesterday.

The total number of COVID-19 positive patient bed-days in the most recent seven days is 1,018, which is a 3.0.% 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: Benton (1), Clackamas (21), Clatsop (1), Columbia (3), Coos (1), Crook (2), Curry (1), Deschutes (12), Douglas (7), Hood River (1), Jackson (9), Jefferson (4), Josephine (5), Klamath (5), Lake (2), Lane (18), Lincoln (1), Linn (15), Malheur (1), Marion (17), Morrow (1), Multnomah (21), Polk (9), Tillamook (5), Umatilla (12), Union (1), Wasco (1), Washington (13) and Yamhill (8).

Oregon’s 2,775th COVID-19 death is a 64-year-old man from Columbia County who tested positive on June 10 and died on June 18 at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,776th COVID-19 death is a 49-year-old woman from Coos County who tested positive on June 14 and died on June 28 at Oregon Health & Science University Hospital. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,777th COVID-19 death is a 72-year-old man from Harney County who tested positive on June 22 and died on June 30 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,778th COVID-19 death is an 87-year-old man from Jefferson County who tested positive on June 10 and died on June 25 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

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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Stay safe and healthy during Fourth of July weekend - 07/01/21

July 1, 2021

Media contact: Delia Hernández, PHD.Communications@state.or.us

Stay safe and healthy during Fourth of July weekend

10 ways to prevent injury and illness during holiday

PORTLAND, Ore.—As the Fourth of July weekend approaches, public health officials are reminding Oregonians about a few simple steps they can take to stay safe and healthy.

“The Fourth of July holiday is a great time to celebrate with family and friends. At the same time, it’s important to stay safe," said Richard Leman, Public Health Physician at OHA. “With the recent hot weather, fires are a real risk. If your community allows use of fireworks this year, take care how you use them.”

“If you’re going to the beach or spending time at a river or lake, the water’s often still pretty cold this time of year and can cause problems for even the strongest swimmer. If you go in the water, stay where it’s shallow, wear a life jacket when boating, and keep a close eye on kids when they’re around the water.”

Food safety is another thing to keep in mind. Warmer weather makes it easier for food to spoil. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that each year roughly 1 in 6 Americans get sick from foodborne diseases. Cooking meats to a proper internal temperature and keeping cold foods cool helps reduce foodborne bacteria from growing.

Here are 10 ways to prevent injury and illness this holiday weekend:

  • Avoid alcohol when swimming or boating.
  • Young and weaker swimmers should wear life jackets for swimming and boating.
  • Don't swim alone or in bad weather and stay where it’s shallow.
  • Supervise children at all times in and near the water.
  • Prevent sunburns, use plenty of sunscreen.
  • Drink lots of water to stay hydrated.
  • Keep meat and poultry refrigerated until ready to use.
  • Don’t leave food out for more than two to three hours.
  • To prevent foodborne illness, don't use the same platter and utensils for raw and cooked meat and poultry.
  • Cook meats to minimum internal temperature to destroy harmful bacteria; 160°F for ground beef, pork and lamb; 165°F for poultry.

Oregon offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities. Whether it’s swimming, surfing, fishing, or some other outdoor play, stay aware of any current health alerts and advisories.

For more information on water recreation, please visit http://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/Recreation/Pages/index.aspx

For more information on food safety, visit http://public.health.oregon.gov/DiseasesConditions/CommunicableDisease/Pages/index.aspx

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Oregon reports 196 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 4 new deaths - 06/30/21

June 30, 2021

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Oregon reports 196 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 4 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — There are four new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 2,774, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 196 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 208,637.

Governor Brown joined by Oregon leaders for reopening event

Today, Governor Kate Brown was joined by various business, health, community and governmental leaders to commemorate Oregon’s official reopening.

“Today, we celebrate Oregon’s strength, resilience and collaboration,” said Governor Brown. “We celebrate brighter days ahead. And, today, we celebrate that Oregon is 100% open for business.”

While reaching the 70% statewide vaccination threshold gives many reasons to be joyful, the event also acknowledged the immense loss and grief that many continue to experience as a result of the pandemic. 

“In Oregon, we’ve lost 2,770 family, friends, neighbors and co-workers who died with COVID-19,” said OHA Director Patrick Allen. “If we took just one minute to honor each person we’ve lost, we’d stand a vigil that would last more than 46 hours.”

“For those who are continuing to grieve, whether it’s for the loss of a loved one, a sense of stability, or the life you imagined for yourself and your family this past year and a half,  know that it’s okay to feel the way you do. 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.

To learn more about today’s reopening event, read about it on OHA’s blog.

Weekly COVID-19 cases, deaths, hospitalizations decline

The Oregon Health Authority’s COVID-19 Weekly Report, released today, shows a drop in daily cases and a decline in hospitalizations from the previous week.

OHA reported 1,371 new daily cases of COVID-19 during the week of Monday, June 21, through Sunday, June 27. That represents a 19% decline from the previous week and the lowest case count since the week of June 15–21, 2020.

New COVID-19 related hospitalizations fell from 161 to 110.

There were seven reported COVID-19 related deaths, down from 26 reported the previous week.

There were 60,610 tests for COVID-19 for the week of June 20 through June 26. The percentage of positive tests was 3.2%.

People 70 years of age and older have accounted for 38% of COVID-19 related hospitalizations and 74% of COVID-19 related deaths.

Today’s COVID-19 Weekly Outbreak Report shows 21 active COVID-19 outbreaks in senior living communities and congregate living settings, with three or more confirmed cases and one or more COVID-19 related deaths.

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 59,070 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 4,132 doses were administered on June 29 and 54,938 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on June 29.

Today’s vaccination numbers reflect a large number of vaccinations reported by pharmacies. Those numbers will be included in tomorrow’s CDC dashboard.

The seven-day running average is now 7,532 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered 2,529,381 first and second doses of Pfizer, 1,737,991 first and second doses of Moderna and 168,272 single doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

As of today, 2,397,594 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,183,905 have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series. The number of adult Oregonians needing vaccinations to reach the 70% threshold is 16,094. A daily countdown can be found on the OHA vaccinations page.  

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, 2,231,260 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 136, which is 13 fewer than yesterday. There are 31 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is four fewer than yesterday.

The total number of COVID-19 positive patient bed-days in the most recent seven days is 1,046, which is a 0.7% 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

Note: Due to delayed reporting, slightly less than 6,000 negative electronic laboratory reports (ELR) from June 17 to June 25 were received for Lane County on June 29. As a result, the total ELRs are higher than anticipated and the percent positive tests for COVID-19 is lower than anticipated.

Additionally, close to 1,560 ELRs from March 1 to June 28 were received for Josephine County on June 29. As a result, the total ELRs and percent positive tests are higher than anticipated for Josephine County.

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (3), Clackamas (17), Clatsop (5), Crook (1), Curry (1),  Deschutes (7), Douglas (11), Harney (1), Hood River (2), Jackson (16), Jefferson (3), Josephine (5), Klamath (5), Lane (17), Linn (15), Malheur (2), Marion (12), Morrow (1), Multnomah (19), Polk (8), Tillamook (2), Umatilla (21), Union (6), Washington (11) and Yamhill (5).

Oregon’s 2,771st COVID-19 death is an 80-year-old woman from Jefferson County who tested positive on June 5 and died on June 28 at St. Charles Bend Hospital. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2772nd COVID-19 death is an 88-year-old man from Jackson County who tested positive on June 26 and died on June 29 at Providence Medford Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,773rd COVID-19 death is a 70-year-old woman from Malheur County who tested positive on July 31, 2020 and died on August 4, 2020 at St. Alphonsus Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 2,774th COVID-19 death is an 84-year-old man from Lane County who tested positive on June 15 and died on June 28 at McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

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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Hubbard Creek Beach health advisory issued June 30 - 06/30/21

June 30, 2021

Media contact: Delia Hernández, PHD.Communications@state.or.us

Hubbard Creek Beach health advisory issued June 30

OHA issues advisory due to high bacteria levels

PORTLAND, Ore.—Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is issuing a public health advisory today for unsafe levels of fecal bacteria in ocean waters at Hubbard Creek Beach in Curry County. People should avoid direct contact with the water in this area until the advisory is lifted.

Unsafe levels of fecal bacteria can cause diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections, and other illnesses. Children, elderly and those with a compromised immune system should use extra caution as they are more vulnerable to illness from waterborne bacteria.

Visitors should avoid wading in nearby creeks, pools of water on the beach, or in discolored water, and stay clear of water runoff flowing into the ocean. Levels of fecal bacteria tend to be higher in these types of water sources.   

Unsafe levels of fecal bacteria in ocean waters can come from both shore and inland sources including:

  • Stormwater runoff.
  • Sewer overflows.
  • Failing septic systems.
  • Animal waste from livestock, pets and wildlife.

Even if there is no advisory in effect, avoid swimming in the ocean within 48 hours after a rainstorm.

Ocean waters will be re-tested after an advisory is issued. Once bacteria levels are at a safe level, OHA will notify the public that the advisory is lifted.

While this advisory is in effect at Hubbard Creek Beach, state officials continue to encourage other recreational activities (flying kites, picnicking, playing on the beach, walking, etc.) on this beach because they pose no health risk even during an advisory. 

For the most recent information on advisories, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website at http://www.healthoregon.org/beach or call 971-673-0482, or 877-290-6767 (toll-free).

OHA seeks comment on Bullseye Glass public health assessment - 06/30/21

June 30, 2021

Media contact: Delia Hernández, PHD.Communications@state.or.us

OHA seeks comment on Bullseye Glass public health assessment

Draft document says future risks from facility emissions averted, but past risks can’t be determined due to lack of data

PORTLAND, Ore.—Oregon Health Authority is seeking public comment on a draft public health assessment that documents the agency’s analysis of health risks related to the Bullseye Glass, a colored art glass manufacturing facility in Portland.

summary fact sheet of the public health assessment is also available for review.

The public comment period for the public health assessment is open until Sept. 7, 2021. Comments can be emailed to ehap.info@state.or.us or mailed to the following address:

Oregon Health Authority – EHAP

800 Oregon St., Suite 640

Portland, OR 97232

In the draft public health assessment, OHA was not able to conclude whether people breathing air near Bullseye Glass Co. were affected by long-term past exposure to the company’s emissions. That’s because there is not enough information about conditions before emissions were reduced in February 2016.

While the assessment couldn’t say whether Bullseye emissions affected health prior to February 2016, it noted “Had emissions from Bullseye Glass not been reduced and levels of metals measured in October 2015 been allowed to persist, long-term exposure to that air could have harmed the health of people breathing it.”

The draft assessment also confirmed that:

  • Levels of metals measured in the air around Bullseye Glass during October 2015 were not high enough to harm the health of people who only breathed it during that one month.
  • Exposure to soil, garden produce and air, since February 2016, around Bullseye Glass will not harm health.
  • Interventions to reduce emissions from Bullseye Glass reduced current and future cancer risk more than 50 times and non-cancer risk more than 100 times.
  • Based on the October 2015 air monitoring data, the contaminants that posed the greatest risk around Bullseye glass were cadmium and arsenic.

“We recognize this report doesn’t directly answer questions about health risks from breathing air around Bullseye Glass for years in the past. That may be disappointing to some people. It certainly is to us,” said David Farrer, Ph.D., toxicologist with the Environmental Public Health Assessment Program (EHAP) at the OHA Public Health Division. “What they can be assured of is that levels of air toxics were greatly reduced in February 2016 and haven’t posed a health risk since then.”

In February 2016, Bullseye put in place measures to reduce potentially harmful emissions from colored art glass production with oversight from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). The discovery of those harmful emissions highlighted a gap in federal industrial air toxics rules implemented by Oregon that has since been addressed by DEQ adoption of state rules known as Cleaner Air Oregon.

Extensive environmental sampling by DEQ after the company first reduced emissions in early 2016, and continuing through early 2017, confirmed that levels of metals in soil, homegrown produce and air are too low to harm health.

OHA began developing the Bullseye Glass public health assessment in mid-2016 in response to community concerns about past and current exposures to arsenic, cadmium, chromium and other metals used in Bullseye’s colored art glass production. After OHA submitted the assessment to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) in August 2017 for review and certification, concerns arose about the quality of some data used. This prompted the federal agency to suspend its review of the draft PHA while it carried out a more thorough analysis of the data. During this review, ATSDR also reconsidered the appropriateness of using the 2015 data to estimate risks from long-term past exposures.

In a December 2019 memo to OHA investigators, ATSDR cautioned that OHA should not use any of the 2015 data to evaluate health risks from long-term exposures that occurred in the past. It also concluded, in agreement with DEQ, that the October 2015 chromium data are not valid due to analytical laboratory problems. State investigators could, however, use the 2015 data for other metals (excluding chromium) found in Bullseye emissions to conduct a hypothetical assessment of long-term health risks that might have existed in the future had the facility continued to emit metals to the air.

For more information on OHA’s Environmental Health Assessment Program, the public health assessment process, and how to submit public comment, visit http://healthoregon.org/ehap.

Metro areas residents urged to seek primary care services for non-urgent heat illnesses, use hospitals only when necessary - 06/29/21

June 29, 2021

Media contact: Delia Hernández, PHD.Communications@state.or.us

Metro areas residents urged to seek primary care services for non-urgent heat illnesses, use hospitals only when necessary

PORTLAND, Ore.—Three successive days of historic heat in the Portland Metro area have led to high demand on hospital emergency departments and beds in the region due to a recent surge in heat-related illnesses.

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) urges people to contact their primary care provider if they begin to experience heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion, heat cramps, sunburn, heat rash or other non-emergent medical care needs.

Since June 25, Portland-area hospitals have recorded 506 heat-related emergency and urgent care visits, based on preliminary data. Yesterday alone, hospitals reported 251 visits due to heat.

As a result, beds at hospital systems in the Region 1 hospital system serving Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties are in critically short supply. Regional health providers are working together to manage beds, but they need help from the public.

“The extreme temperatures we have experienced over four successive days can lead to serious health complications, and we are now seeing the resulting demand for emergency services provided by our hospitals,” said Dr. Dana Hargunani, chief medical officer for OHA. “Right now we are asking the public to treat potential heat-related illnesses as serious, but work with healthcare providers in non-emergency settings when appropriate who can address these conditions to ensure capacity remains available for regional ED services.”

Persons who do not need urgent medical care are encouraged to seek care from their primary care physicians, medical homes and other on-demand health providers. People who live in Multnomah County but who don’t have a primary care doctor can call 503-988-5558 for a referral. Washington County residents without a primary care doctor can call the county’s healthcare resource line at 503-846-8851. Clackamas County residents who do not have a primary care provider and would like to establish care, call 503-655-8471 (Clackamas County Health Centers); for other non-emergency needs, call 2-1-1.

Hospital capacity in all Metro-area facilities remains limited. Statewide, other systems are also reporting similar surge demands that have strained EMS systems.

People with chronic medical conditions are particularly vulnerable to the heat, especially people with heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer or kidney disease. People with these conditions may be less likely to sense and respond to changes in temperature. Medications can worsen the impact of extreme heat.

OHA encourages everyone to drink enough water, seek access to air conditioning and know how to keep cool.

While parts of western Oregon and the Portland Metro region have seen the forecast for high temperatures drop to the 90s for today, an excessive heat warning remains in effect through this weekend for much of eastern and central Oregon and Washington, according to National Weather Service, with high temperatures expected to hit 110  and 120 throughout the affected regions.

For more information, visit:

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Oregon reports 230 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 7 new deaths - 06/29/21

June 29, 2021

Contact: OHA External Relations, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us" target="_blank">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon reports 230 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 7 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — There are seven new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 2,770, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 230 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 208,446.

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 5,545 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 2,773 doses were administered on June 28 and 2,772 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on June 28.

The seven-day running average is now 7,008 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered 2,476,519 first and second doses of Pfizer, 1,732,809 first and second doses of Moderna and 167,263 single doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

As of today, 2,383,255 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,147,617 people have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series. The number of adult Oregonians needing vaccinations to reach the 70% threshold is 19,083.

A daily countdown can be found on the OHA vaccinations page.  

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, 2,961,045 doses of Pfizer, 2,231,260 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 149, which is 11 fewer than yesterday. There are 35 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is four fewer than yesterday.

The total number of COVID-19 positive patient bed-days in the most recent seven days is 1,065, which is a 1.8% increase 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.

Oregon updates non-viable vaccine disclosure1,2,3

OHA’s non-viable vaccine table has been moved to the tableau dashboard. You can find that link to the weekly tab here. OHA reports updates on vaccines not being used each Tuesday in our daily media release.

Vaccine Type

Doses Recalled

Non-viable

Spoiled

Expired

Grand Total

Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine

 

5,829

5,829

Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine

 

31,276

31,276

Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

 

9,303

9,303

Grand Total

0

46,408

46,408

1Updated: 06/29/21 

2Data source: ALERT Immunization Information System (IIS) 

3Data is preliminary and subject to change.

Cases and deaths

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (2), Clackamas (12), Columbia (3), Coos (1), Crook (2), Curry (2), Deschutes (7), Douglas (14), Harney (1), Hood River (3), Jackson (12), Jefferson (7), Josephine (7), Klamath (7), Lane (25), Lincoln (4), Linn (9), Marion (23), Multnomah (31), Polk (5), Tillamook (1), Umatilla (21), Union (2), Washington (25) and Yamhill (4).

Oregon’s 2,764th COVID-19 death is a 92-year-old man from Curry County who tested positive on June 18 and died on June 28 at his residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 2,765th COVID-19 death is a 67-year-old man from Coos County who tested positive on June 24 and died on June 26 at Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,766th COVID-19 death is a 42-year-old woman from Lane County who tested positive on June 17 and died on June 25 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,767th COVID-19 death is a 64-year-old man from Multnomah County who tested positive on May 13 and died on June 19 at Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,768th COVID-19 death is a 57-year-old man from Washington County who tested positive on April 11 and died on May 2 at Oregon Health & Science University Hospital. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 2,769th COVID-19 death is a 61-year-old man from Washington County who tested positive on Nov. 25, 2020 and died on May 18 at Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,770th COVID-19 death is a 99-year-old woman from Washington County who tested positive on Jan. 2 and died on Jan. 8 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

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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Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board -- Products Subcommittee meets July 8 - 06/29/21

June 29, 2021

Contact: OHA External Relations, phd.communications@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board – Products Subcommittee meets July 8

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board, Products Subcommittee

Agenda: TBD

When: Thursday, July 8, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Where: Via Zoom Meeting:

https://www.zoomgov.com/j/16018821728

Meeting ID: 160 1882 1728

Established by Ballot Measure 109 (2020), the Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board makes recommendations to OHA on available scientific studies and research on the safety and efficacy of psilocybin in treating mental health conditions, and makes recommendations on the requirements, specifications and guidelines for providing psilocybin services in Oregon.

The Board will also develop a long-term strategic plan for ensuring that psilocybin services will become and remain a safe, accessible and affordable therapeutic option for all persons 21 years of age and older in this state for whom psilocybin may be appropriate; and monitor and study federal laws, regulations and policies regarding psilocybin.

# # #

Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters.
  • Written materials in other languages.
  • Braille.
  • Large print.
  • Audio and other formats.

If you need help or have questions, please contact Nic Riley at 971-673-0404, 711 TTY, or iley@dhsoha.state.gov">nic.riley@dhsoha.state.gov, at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board -- Licensing Subcommittee meets July 8 - 06/29/21

June 29, 2021

Contact: OHA External Relations, phd.communications@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board – Licensing Subcommittee meets July 8

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board, Licensing Subcommittee

Agenda: TBD

When: Thursday, July 8, 4–6 p.m.

Where: Via Zoom Meeting:

https://www.zoomgov.com/j/16018821728

Meeting ID: 160 1882 1728

Established by Ballot Measure 109 (2020), the Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board makes recommendations to OHA on available scientific studies and research on the safety and efficacy of psilocybin in treating mental health conditions, and makes recommendations on the requirements, specifications and guidelines for providing psilocybin services in Oregon.

The Board will also develop a long-term strategic plan for ensuring that psilocybin services will become and remain a safe, accessible and affordable therapeutic option for all persons 21 years of age and older in this state for whom psilocybin may be appropriate; and monitor and study federal laws, regulations and policies regarding psilocybin.

# # #

Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters.
  • Written materials in other languages.
  • Braille.
  • Large print.
  • Audio and other formats.

If you need help or have questions, please contact Nic Riley at 971-673-0404, 711 TTY, or iley@dhsoha.state.gov">nic.riley@dhsoha.state.gov, at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board -- Training Subcommittee meets July 2 - 06/29/21

June 29, 2021

Contact: OHA External Relations, phd.communications@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board – Training Subcommittee meets July 2

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board, Training Subcommittee.

Agenda: TBD

When: Friday, July 2, 1-3 p.m.

Where: Via Zoom Meeting:

https://www.zoomgov.com/j/16018821728

Meeting ID: 160 1882 1728

Established by Ballot Measure 109 (2020), the Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board makes recommendations to OHA on available scientific studies and research on the safety and efficacy of psilocybin in treating mental health conditions, and makes recommendations on the requirements, specifications and guidelines for providing psilocybin services in Oregon.

The Board will also develop a long-term strategic plan for ensuring that psilocybin services will become and remain a safe, accessible and affordable therapeutic option for all persons 21 years of age and older in this state for whom psilocybin may be appropriate; and monitor and study federal laws, regulations and policies regarding psilocybin.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters.
  • Written materials in other languages.
  • Braille.
  • Large print.
  • Audio and other formats.

If you need help or have questions, please contact Nic Riley at 971-673-0404, 711 TTY, or iley@dhsoha.state.gov">nic.riley@dhsoha.state.gov, at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board -- Research Subcommittee meets July 1 - 06/29/21

June 29, 2021

Contact: OHA External Relations, phd.communications@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board – Research Subcommittee meets July 1

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board, Research Subcommittee

Agenda: TBD                                             

When: Thursday, July 1, 1-2:30 p.m. No public comment period available.

Where: Via Zoom Meeting:

https://www.zoomgov.com/j/16018821728

Meeting ID: 160 1882 1728

Established by Ballot Measure 109 (2020), the Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board makes recommendations to OHA on available scientific studies and research on the safety and efficacy of psilocybin in treating mental health conditions, and makes recommendations on the requirements, specifications and guidelines for providing psilocybin services in Oregon.

The Board will also develop a long-term strategic plan for ensuring that psilocybin services will become and remain a safe, accessible and affordable therapeutic option for all persons 21 years of age and older in this state for whom psilocybin may be appropriate; and monitor and study federal laws, regulations and policies regarding psilocybin.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters.
  • Written materials in other languages.
  • Braille.
  • Large print.
  • Audio and other formats.

If you need help or have questions, please contact Nic Riley at 971-673-0404, 711 TTY, or iley@dhsoha.state.gov">nic.riley@dhsoha.state.gov, at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board -- Licensing Subcommittee meets July 1 - 06/29/21

June 29, 2021

Contact: OHA External Relations, phd.communications@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board – Licensing Subcommittee meets July 1

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board, Licensing Subcommittee

Agenda: TBD

When: Thursday, July 1, 4–6 p.m.

Where: Via Zoom Meeting:

https://www.zoomgov.com/j/16018821728

Meeting ID: 160 1882 1728

Established by Ballot Measure 109 (2020), the Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board makes recommendations to OHA on available scientific studies and research on the safety and efficacy of psilocybin in treating mental health conditions, and makes recommendations on the requirements, specifications and guidelines for providing psilocybin services in Oregon.

The Board will also develop a long-term strategic plan for ensuring that psilocybin services will become and remain a safe, accessible and affordable therapeutic option for all persons 21 years of age and older in this state for whom psilocybin may be appropriate; and monitor and study federal laws, regulations and policies regarding psilocybin.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters.
  • Written materials in other languages.
  • Braille.
  • Large print.
  • Audio and other formats.

If you need help or have questions, please contact Nic Riley at 971-673-0404, 711 TTY, or iley@dhsoha.state.gov">nic.riley@dhsoha.state.gov, at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Oregon reports 87 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 0 new deaths - 06/28/21

June 28, 2021

Contact: OHA External Relations, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us" target="_blank">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

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.

Incentive campaign concludes, now wait begins

The Take Your Shot, Oregon campaign — which sought to promote COVID-19 vaccinations — ended yesterday, on June 27. Now, the wait begins to see who won.

Everyone who received at least one vaccination shot in Oregon was automatically entered, with the exception of some state government employees and their families. Over 18,000 Oregonians who were vaccinated at federal administration sites entered the contest by submitting their vaccines at the Take Your Shot, Oregon website.

One Oregonian 18 and older will win the $1 million prize, while 36 others will win $10,000 prizes — with one winner in each county in Oregon. Oregonians age 12 to 17 have a chance to win one of five $100,000 Oregon College Savings Plan scholarships.

In addition, several counties added their own extra incentive drawings, for a total of 134 prizes.

More than 2.3 million vaccinated Oregonians must now wait for a call to see if they are a winner. The lucky winners will be notified by phone within the next week.

Here are a few tips to know the call is legitimate:

  • The call will come from Oregon Health Authority.
  • The call will come from a 503 or 971 area code.
  • The caller will ask about your vaccination status.
  • The caller will NOT ask about financial information. A caller who asks for any financial information is fraudulent and a scam. Hang up immediately.

Because of the high number of prizes (again, 134 total statewide), it will take some time to make the calls and verify winners. Governor Kate Brown anticipates announcing the winners sometime next week.

OHA to discontinue weekend data reporting

After Governor Brown’s Executive Order is lifted on June 30, and starting this weekend, the Oregon Health Authority will adjust its COVID-19 data reporting.

OHA will stop distributing the following on holidays and weekends:

  • The weekend news release and newsletter.
  • Weekend social media posts in English and Spanish.
  • Weekend Tableau dashboard updates and weekend hospital capacity reporting.

OHA will provide weekend roundup reports on Mondays or on the days following a holiday. During weekends, OHA will continue to have staff available to address urgent issues and will have an on-call public information officer for emergency media requests.

OHA will continue its weekday reporting of cases, vaccinations, hospitalizations and other data through our daily news release, social media updates, our popular “Coronavirus Update” newsletter and online dashboards.

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.  

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, 2,956,635 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.

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System of Care Advisory Council meets remotely Tuesday July 6, 2021 - 06/28/21

June 28, 2021

Media contact: Aria Seligmann, 503-535-9134i.l.seligmann@dhsoha.state.or.us">ari.l.seligmann@dhsoha.state.or.us

Program contact: Hilary Harrison, 503-209-1949, y.harrison@dhsoha.state.or.us">hilary.harrison@dhsoha.state.or.us  

System of Care Advisory Council meets remotely Tuesday July 6, 2021

What: A regular public meeting of the System of Care Advisory Council

When: Tuesday July 6, 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Where: By webinar at ZoomGov

Meeting ID: 160 133 2997, Passcode: 123456

Dial by your location +1 669 254 5252 US (San Jose)

Agenda: The full agenda can be found at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/HSD/BH-Child-Family/Pages/SOCAC.aspx. The meeting will include time for public comment.

Details: Senate Bill 1 (2019) established a Governor-appointed System of Care Advisory Council to improve the efficacy and effectiveness of the state and local continuum of care that provides services to youth and young adults.

The council's primary focus for this meeting is on the strategic work to develop a comprehensive long-range plan for a coordinated state system.

Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters
  • Written materials in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Hilary Harrison at 503-209-1949, 711 TTY, or y.harrison@dhsoha.state.or.us">hilary.harrison@dhsoha.state.or.us at least two business days before the meeting.

Oregon reports 138 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 0 new deaths - 06/27/21

PORTLAND, Ore. There are zero 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 138 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 208,136.

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 5,476 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 2,713 doses were administered on June 26 and 2,763 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on June 26.

The seven-day running average is now 7,755 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered 2,471,569 first and second doses of Pfizer, 1,730,289 first and second doses of Moderna and 166,629 single doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

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, 2,946,825 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.

COVID-19 hospitalizations

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 143, which is two less than yesterday. There are 38 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is three more than yesterday.

The total number of COVID-19 positive patient bed-days in the most recent seven days is 1,046, which is a 5.1% 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.

 

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Clackamas (18), Clatsop (2), Columbia (3), Coos (2), Curry (5), Deschutes (8), Douglas (4), Jackson (5), Jefferson (1), Josephine (5), Lane (13), Linn (10), Marion (11), Morrow (1), Multnomah (17), Polk (4), Tillamook (2), Union (1), Wallowa (1), Washington (22), Yamhill (3).

 

County

Total Cases1

Total deaths2

Baker

1035

15

Benton

3281

22

Clackamas

19043

235

Clatsop

1067

9

Columbia

1942

29

Coos

2188

37

Crook

1299

23

Curry

741

11

Deschutes

10083

82

Douglas

3941

83

Gilliam

81

1

Grant

552

7

Harney

435

10

Hood River

1222

33

Jackson

11614

147

Jefferson

2381

39

Josephine

3647

72

Klamath

4788

78

Lake

470

8

Lane

13985

166

Lincoln

1453

21

Linn

5707

81

Malheur

3624

63

Marion

23566

325

Morrow

1163

16

Multnomah

40519

614

Polk

4033

56

Sherman

70

1

Tillamook

667

4

Umatilla

8645

87

Union

1505

24

Wallowa

196

5

Wasco

1458

30

Washington

26898

249

Wheeler

35

1

Yamhill

4802

79

Grand Total

208,136

2,763

1This includes cases confirmed by diagnostic testing and presumptive cases. Presumptive cases are those without a positive diagnostic test who present COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. County of residence for cases may change as new information becomes available. If changes occur, we will update our counts accordingly.

2For additional details on individuals who have died from COVID-19 in Oregon, please refer to our press releases

 

 

ELRs received 6/26

County

Negative ELRs

Positive ELRs

Total ELRs

Percent Positivity

Baker

64

2

66

3.0%

Benton

92

0

92

0.0%

Clackamas

864

33

897

3.7%

Clatsop

104

6

110

5.5%

Columbia

70

5

75

6.7%

Coos

96

1

97

1.0%

Crook

67

1

68

1.5%

Curry

54

12

66

18.2%

Deschutes

319

7

326

2.1%

Douglas

105

1

106

0.9%

Gilliam

5

0

5

0.0%

Grant

3

0

3

0.0%

Harney

33

1

34

2.9%

Hood River

359

16

375

4.3%

Jackson

34

3

37

8.1%

Jefferson

176

4

180

2.2%

Josephine

45

1

46

2.2%

Klamath

3

0

3

0.0%

Lake

447

32

479

6.7%

Lane

64

0

64

0.0%

Lincoln

176

20

196

10.2%

Linn

36

1

37

2.7%

Malheur

385

15

400

3.8%

Marion

9

2

11

18.2%

Morrow

1906

30

1936

1.5%

Multnomah

61

3

64

4.7%

Polk

41

2

43

4.7%

Tillamook

29

1

30

3.3%

Umatilla

13

4

17

23.5%

Union

5

0

5

0.0%

Wallowa

29

0

29

0.0%

Wasco

1094

24

1118

2.1%

Washington

2

0

2

0.0%

Yamhill

187

2

189

1.1%

Statewide

6977

229

7206

3.2%

 

 

Cumulative ELRs

County

Negative ELRs

Positive ELRs

Total ELRs

Percent Positivity

Baker

13163

1927

15090

12.8%

Benton

155825

4972

160797

3.1%

Clackamas

503864

29939

533803

5.6%

Clatsop

38248

1831

40079

4.6%

Columbia

48358

2641

50999

5.2%

Coos

52249

2663

54912

4.8%

Crook

22646

1646

24292

6.8%

Curry

12754

655

13409

4.9%

Deschutes

217226

12652

229878

5.5%

Douglas

92917

4424

97341

4.5%

Gilliam

1385

63

1448

4.4%

Grant

7369

483

7852

6.2%

Harney

4807

474

5281

9.0%

Hood River

35041

1772

36813

4.8%

Jackson

242479

17596

260075

6.8%

Jefferson

22404

2247

24651

9.1%

Josephine

85708

4296

90004

4.8%

Klamath

56028

5493

61521

8.9%

Lake

6423

470

6893

6.8%

Lane

547607

16918

564525

3.0%

Lincoln

47580

2800

50380

5.6%

Linn

161900

10150

172050

5.9%

Malheur

28785

5323

34108

15.6%

Marion

389227

35208

424435

8.3%

Morrow

8354

1398

9752

14.3%

Multnomah

1169506

61568

1231074

5.0%

Polk

80517

5339

85856

6.2%

Sherman

1581

79

1660

4.8%

Tillamook

17215

676

17891

3.8%

Umatilla

74342

9643

83985

11.5%

Union

24039

1907

25946

7.3%

Wallowa

3633

202

3835

5.3%

Wasco

37748

1821

39569

4.6%

Washington

724948

44485

769433

5.8%

Wheeler

791

34

825

4.1%

Yamhill

152367

7871

160238

4.9%

Statewide

5089034

301666

5390700

5.6%

 

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Oregon reports 227 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 2 new deaths - 06/26/21

June 26, 2021

Contact: OHA External Relations, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us" target="_blank">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon reports 227 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 2 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — There are two new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 2,763, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 227 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 207,998.

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 12,748 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 6,037 doses were administered on June 25 and 6,711 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on June 25.

The seven-day running average is now 8,533 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered 2,467,923 first and second doses of Pfizer, 1,728,843 first and second doses of Moderna and 166,245 single doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

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, 2,946,825 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.

COVID-19 hospitalizations

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 145, which is six less than yesterday. There are 35 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is three more than yesterday.

The total number of COVID-19 positive patient bed-days in the most recent seven days is 1,052, which is a 5.7% 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: Baker (4), Benton (4), Clackamas (24), Clatsop (2), Columbia (6), Coos (5), Crook (1), Curry (2), Deschutes (8), Douglas (12), Hood River (3), Jackson (14), Jefferson (2), Josephine (3), Klamath (1), Lake (1), Lane (13), Lincoln (6), Linn (20), Malheur (1), Marion (28), Morrow (4), Multnomah (35), Polk (4), Tillamook (2), Umatilla (4), Union (1), Wallowa (1), Wasco (1), Washington (11) and Yamhill (4).

Oregon’s 2,762nd COVID-19 death is an 86-year-old man from Marion County who tested positive on June 19 and died on June 24 at Salem Hospital. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2763rd COVID-19 death is a 72-year-old man from Harney County who tested positive on June 13 and died on June 14 at Boise VA Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

County

Total Cases1

Total deaths2

Baker

1,035

15

Benton

3,282

22

Clackamas

19,025

235

Clatsop

1,065

9

Columbia

1,939

29

Coos

2,186

37

Crook

1,299

23

Curry

736

11

Deschutes

10,075

82

Douglas

3,937

83

Gilliam

81

1

Grant

552

7

Harney

435

10

Hood River

1,222

33

Jackson

11,609

147

Jefferson

2,380

39

Josephine

3,642

72

Klamath

4,788

78

Lake

470

8

Lane

13,972

166

Lincoln

1,453

21

Linn

5,696

81

Malheur

3,624

63

Marion

23,555

325

Morrow

1,162

16

Multnomah

40,502

614

Polk

4,029

56

Sherman

70

1

Tillamook

665

4

Umatilla

8,645

87

Union

1,504

24

Wallowa

195

5

Wasco

1,458

30

Washington

26,876

249

Wheeler

35

1

Yamhill

4,799

79

Grand Total

207,998

2,763

1This includes cases confirmed by diagnostic testing and presumptive cases. Presumptive cases are those without a positive diagnostic test who present COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. County of residence for cases may change as new information becomes available. If changes occur, we will update our counts accordingly.

2For additional details on individuals who have died from COVID-19 in Oregon, please refer to our press releases

ELRs received 6/25

County

Negative ELRs

Positive ELRs

Total ELRs

Percent Positivity

Baker

21

1

22

4.5%

Benton

189

2

191

1.0%

Clackamas

1,107

39

1,146

3.4%

Clatsop

66

3

69

4.3%

Columbia

76

5

81

6.2%

Coos

45

4

49

8.2%

Crook

48

0

48

0.0%

Curry

30

3

33

9.1%

Deschutes

401

12

413

2.9%

Douglas

205

11

216

5.1%

Gilliam

4

0

4

0.0%

Grant

9

0

9

0.0%

Harney

12

0

12

0.0%

Hood River

72

3

75

4.0%

Jackson

494

18

512

3.5%

Jefferson

47

2

49

4.1%

Josephine

177

11

188

5.9%

Klamath

73

4

77

5.2%

Lake

9

2

11

18.2%

Lane

575

19

594

3.2%

Lincoln

136

7

143

4.9%

Linn

277

22

299

7.4%

Malheur

24

3

27

11.1%

Marion

875

43

918

4.7%

Morrow

9

4

13

30.8%

Multnomah

2,169

33

2,202

1.5%

Polk

175

2

177

1.1%

         

Tillamook

47

2

49

4.1%

Umatilla

132

5

137

3.6%

Union

31

1

32

3.1%

Wallowa

5

0

5

0.0%

Wasco

35

2

37

5.4%

Washington

1,557

23

1,580

1.5%

         

Yamhill

232

5

237

2.1%

Statewide

9,364

291

9,655

3.0%

Cumulative ELRs

County

Negative ELRs

Positive ELRs

Total ELRs

Percent Positivity

Baker

13,099

1,925

15,024

12.8%

Benton

155,733

4,972

160,705

3.1%

Clackamas

503,000

29,906

532,906

5.6%

Clatsop

38,144

1,825

39,969

4.6%

Columbia

48,288

2,636

50,924

5.2%

Coos

52,153

2,662

54,815

4.9%

Crook

22,579

1,645

24,224

6.8%

Curry

12,700

643

13,343

4.8%

Deschutes

216,907

12,645

229,552

5.5%

Douglas

92,812

4,423

97,235

4.5%

Gilliam

1,385

63

1,448

4.4%

Grant

7,364

483

7,847

6.2%

Harney

4,804

474

5,278

9.0%

Hood River

35,008

1,771

36,779

4.8%

Jackson

242,120

17,580

259,700

6.8%

Jefferson

22,370

2,244

24,614

9.1%

Josephine

85,532

4,292

89,824

4.8%

Klamath

55,983

5,492

61,475

8.9%

Lake

6,420

470

6,890

6.8%

Lane

547,160

16,886

564,046

3.0%

Lincoln

47,516

2,800

50,316

5.6%

Linn

161,724

10,130

171,854

5.9%

Malheur

28,749

5,322

34,071

15.6%

Marion

388,842

35,193

424,035

8.3%

Morrow

8,345

1,396

9,741

14.3%

Multnomah

1,167,600

61,538

1,229,138

5.0%

Polk

80,456

5,336

85,792

6.2%

Sherman

1,581

79

1,660

4.8%

Tillamook

17,174

674

17,848

3.8%

Umatilla

74,313

9,642

83,955

11.5%

Union

24,026

1,903

25,929

7.3%

Wallowa

3,628

202

3,830

5.3%

Wasco

37,719

1,821

39,540

4.6%

Washington

723,854

44,461

768,315

5.8%

Wheeler

789

34

823

4.1%

Yamhill

152,180

7,869

160,049

4.9%

Statewide

5,082,057

301,437

5,383,494

5.6%

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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Oregon reports 232 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 1 new death - 06/25/21

June 25, 2021

Contact: OHA External Relations, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us" target="_blank">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

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.

Watch a rebroadcast here and read the press conference talking points here.

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.

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.

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, 2,946,825 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.

COVID-19 hospitalizations

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.

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: 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.

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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