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There are three new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, the Oregon Health Authority reported Saturday, raising the state’s death toll to 2,585.
The state agency reported 751 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 Saturday as well, bringing the state total to 195,179.
Vaccinations in Oregon
OHA reported Saturday that 42,051 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 26,502 doses were administered on May 14 and 15,549 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on May 14.
There are 2,051,139 people who have had at least one dose of a vaccine. A total of 1,458,561 have received a second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.
The seven-day running average is now 30,708 doses per day.
Oregon has now administered a total of 3,515,780 million vaccine doses, which includes: 1,928,414 first and second doses of Pfizer; 1,465,898 first and second doses of Moderna; 119,888 single doses of Johnson & Johnson; and 1,580 doses were administered but vaccine product information was not specified.
The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 332, which is five fewer than Friday. There are 75 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit beds, which is two fewer than Friday.
The total number of COVID-19 positive patient bed-days in the most recent seven days is 2,355, officials said, which is a 0.1% 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 351.
Cases and deaths
The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported Saturday are in the following counties: Baker (1), Benton (9), Clackamas (92), Clatsop (3), Columbia (9), Coos (7), Crook (7), Deschutes (93), Douglas (11), Harney (2), Hood River (5), Jackson (39), Jefferson (9), Josephine (10), Klamath (40), Lake (1), Lane (36), Lincoln (2), Linn (24), Malheur (4), Marion (54), Morrow (2), Multnomah (158), Polk (7), Umatilla (17), Union (2), Wallowa (1), Wasco (2), Washington (93) and Yamhill (11).
Oregon’s 2,583rd death is an 80-year-old woman from Coos County who tested positive on May 10 and died on May 14 at Bay Area Hospital. She had underlying conditions.
Oregon’s 2,584th death is a 79-year-old woman from Hood River County who tested positive on May 4 and died on May 14 at Providence Hood River Hospital. The presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.
Oregon’s 2,585th death is a 42-year-old woman from Josephine County who tested positive on May 4 and died on May 13 at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. The presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.
COVID-19 by the numbers
Here’s the most recent data from the Oregon Health Authority, as of Saturday, May 15.
2,585: Deaths from COVID-19.
195,179: Total cases.
332: Patients hospitalized.
Businesses must verify vaccine status before allowing masks to be taken off
Oregon businesses and workplaces will need to verify workers and customers’ vaccine status before letting them take off masks, state epidemiologist Dean Sidelinger said during a news conference Friday.
That could mean requiring people to show a vaccination card or a picture of the card on a smartphone, Sidelinger said.
“It will require people who choose to not wear their mask in the business, and not to keep their distance, that they will have to disclose their vaccine status and show that to the business,” he said.
On Thursday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidance saying fully vaccinated people can stop wearing masks and socially distancing in most situations.
Shortly after, Gov. Kate Brown said Oregon will follow that recommendation, starting immediately. She said the Oregon Health Authority would provide specific guidance in the next few days.
“Some businesses may prefer to simply continue operating under the current guidance for now, rather than worrying about verifying vaccination status, and that’s fine,” Brown said in a statement.
Sidelinger said requiring people to disclose their vaccination status does not violate health privacy laws because people have the option of leaving their masks on.
“We need to know they’re vaccinated so that business knows their employees and their other customers are protected,” he said.
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Lane County has one death, 45 new COVID cases
Lane County reported one death and 45 confirmed or presumptive cases of COVID-19 on Friday, raising the death toll to 149 and the countywide case count to 13,061, according to Lane County Public Health.
There were 226 people considered infectious, down five from Thursday.
Nineteen people were hospitalized Friday, up two from Thursday, with five in intensive care and none on a ventilator, both unchanged from Thursday.
As of Thursday, 150,665 residents of Lane County have been fully vaccinated, 39.76% of the population, with 332,393 first and second doses administered.
Confederated Tribes report school age COVID-19 outbreak
MISSION, Ore. — The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation has seen a rise in COVID-19 cases among school children, prompting officials to schedule more vaccination clinics and cancel events.
The Tribes reported on Wednesday that 14 people had tested positive for COVID-19 on the reservation over the past two weeks, The East Oregonian reported.
Tribal officials said the outbreak came after six weeks without one case reported among tribal members and patients eligible for care at Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center. The 12 children who have the illness reportedly experienced symptoms and one adult was hospitalized in the outbreak, officials said.
“The virus is spreading among our youth and we need to respond immediately,” Lisa Guzman, Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center chief executive officer, said while announcing a Saturday vaccination clinic for those age 12 to 15.
Wildhorse Resort & Casino announced Thursday that the annual Wildhorse Pow Wow set for early July would be canceled for the second year because of rising cases and risk of local spread with people coming from around the country.
The new cases brought total active COVID-19 cases on the reservation to 17, making it one of the sharpest upticks reported on the reservation since 19 cases were reported in a week in December, according to data on the Tribes’ website.
Yellowhawk officials attempting to trace the outbreak have been met with reluctance from residents, officials said.
Since the pandemic began, tribal health officials have reported 271 COVID-19 cases, 13 hospitalizations and one death, officials said.
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Fully vaccinated Oregonians can ditch masks in most public places
Fully vaccinated Oregonians no longer need to wear masks or social distance in most public spaces, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced Thursday evening.
In a dramatic announcement after months of mostly cautious measures, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced fully vaccinated Americans can discard masks and the need for social distancing outdoors and in most indoor settings.
Oregon will follow that recommendation, Brown said. The Oregon Health Authority will provide updated guidance for businesses, employers and others over the next few days.
The new guidelines announced by Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, represent a major step toward a return to normalcy for a nation battered and at times divided by a pandemic that has lasted more than a year.
“Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, large or small, without wearing a mask or physical distancing,” Walensky said. “If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic.”
A person is considered fully vaccinated against the coronavirus two weeks after getting the second Pfizer or Moderna shot or the same length of time after receiving the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
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