OHA: No new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon; 308 new cases

There are no new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, and the state’s death toll remains at 2,726, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 308 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 204,587.

 

This morning, Gov. Kate Brown and Dr. Dean Sidelinger, state health officer and state epidemiologist with OHA, provided an update on Oregon’s ongoing COVID-19 response. Gov. Brown highlighted Oregon’s continued progress in reaching her goal of having at least 70% of all eligible Oregonians vaccinated and in closing the equity gap in vaccinating Oregon’s communities of color. Dr. Sidelinger discussed the highly protective benefits provided by COVID-19 vaccines, noting that virtually every patient now requiring hospital care from a COVID-19 illness has been unvaccinated.

Watch more about that here and read the press conference talking points here.

CDC data tracker issue update:

OHA has relied on a daily U.S. Centers for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC) data update to report the number of people who need to receive a COVID-19 vaccination to reach Oregon’s goal of vaccinating 70% of people 18 and older.

Unfortunately, CDC is experiencing an issue with the data feed that contributes to its COVID data tracker dashboard, which Oregon uses to track the state’s progress towards 70%.

CDC believes that approximately two days of data is not appearing on the CDC COVID data tracker dashboard. CDC is working to resolve the issue and anticipates having it fixed by June 15. The COVID data tracker is the only place where doses from all sources administered to Oregonians are reported, including doses administered by federal entities, as well as doses administered to people living in Oregon by providers in other states.

Cases and deaths:

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Benton (3), Clackamas (34), Clatsop (4), Columbia (6), Coos (1), Crook (8), Curry (2), Deschutes (14), Douglas (15), Grant (2), Hood River (2), Jackson (21), Jefferson (3), Josephine (3), Klamath (2), Lake (1), Lane (12), Lincoln (1), Linn (12), Malheur (2), Marion (31), Multnomah (67), Polk (5), Umatilla (11), Union (1), Wasco (1), Washington (37) and Yamhill (7).

Note: Due to routine data quality assurance reviews, OHA identified 19,992 duplicate negative electronic lab reports (ELRs) from April 30 to June 10, 2021, related to a single laboratory in Yamhill County. These duplicate negative ELRs were removed from the system last night. As a result, statewide and Yamhill County ELR counts have decreased and percent positivity has increased for this time period.

COVID-19 hospitalizations:

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 169, which is four fewer than yesterday. There are 40 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is one fewer than yesterday.

The total number of COVID-19 positive patient bed-days in the most recent seven days is 1,278, which is a 23.4% 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 206.

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.

Vaccinations in Oregon:

Today, OHA reported that 24,213 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 15,926 doses were administered on June 10 and 8,987 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on June 10.

The seven-day running average is now 17,697 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered a total of 2,352,742 first and second doses of Pfizer, 1,662,657 first and second doses of Moderna and 154,388 single doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. As of today, 2,007,367 people have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series. There are 2,310,053 people who have had at least one dose. The number of adult Oregonians needing vaccinations to reach the 70% threshold is 87,702.

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, 2,862,225 doses of Pfizer, 2,176,380 doses of Moderna and 299,000 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.

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.

Newest COVID-19 modeling report shows decline in transmission:

Today, OHA released its latest COVID-19 forecast, which showed lower transmission of the virus through late May and projects fewer hospitalizations and daily cases through June 29.

According to the model, the effective reproduction rate — the expected number of secondary cases that a single case generates — was estimated at 0.66 through May 26.

At that same level of transmission, daily cases would decline to 100 daily cases and new hospitalizations would decrease to five per day over the next three weeks.

If transmission increases by 20%, new cases would decline more gradually, to 135 new daily cases, with seven new hospitalizations daily.

The modeling shows that estimated immunity from vaccination is present in four times more people than 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 2.3 million Oregonians have received at least one dose of the safe and highly effective vaccine, and 2 million have completed a vaccine series.

▶️ Prineville man uses stimulus money to buy Nintendo Switches for sick kids

Ethan Schumacher, like many people, received two large stimulus checks this year.

His first stimulus check he used to invest, but he had a different idea on how to use his second check.

“So, I bought three Nintendo Switches and $250 worth of eshop cards for those Switches, and donated them to the pediatrics unit in Bend,” said Schumacher, who works as a cashier and in the kitchen at St. Charles in Prineville.

Never really considering the money his own, Schumacher wanted to do something good.

“The money was meant to help people and I was in a really strong spot for myself to where it would just be compounding on, which would be nice, but I kind of wanted to give back,” Schumacher said. “Who really needs help more than sick children.”

Schumacher’s donation did not surprise St. Charles, Prineville, Chief Medical Officer Maggie King one bit.

“This is just an extension of who Ethan is and I think it is fantastic and we should all learn from him,” King said.

About a week ago Schumacher hand delivered those game consoles to the pediatric unit in Bend.

“If there is a way you can find to help, then I think it is great,” Schumacher said. “I don’t want people to feel pressured to. A lot of people were saying ‘oh you are a lot better person than I am,’ but that is not the intent. I know a lot of people that if given the opportunity that would have donated, but it is just not the first thing that crosses their mind.”

Schumacher says he wants to continue helping with donations, but now in the Prineville community.

DCSO deputy accused of inappropriate comments retires before investigation ends

A Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office deputy under internal investigation retired in February, ending an inquiry into his actions, according to new documents reported on by the Associated Press.

The now former deputy Grant Johnstone was accused of making inappropriate comments.

According to AP, Johnstone worked for DCSO from July 2013 until February. In April 2020, a sheriff’s office employee complained that Johnstone made inappropriate statements.

Johnstone took a leave of absence in June 2020 and retired before the investigation was finished, according to AP.

He is the third DCSO employee to resign or retire while still under investigation since 2016 when Sheriff Shane Nelson took office.

Sgt. Deke Demars was on leave for alleged policy violations when he resigned this April.

And in 2020, deputy Joseph DeLance resigned after facing allegations of misconduct, ending an investigation into the role he played in the serious injury of another student at the state’s basic training academy.

Sgt. Jayson Janes, a spokesperson for Sheriff Nelson, declined to comment about Johnstone.

In an email asking about the retirements and resignations by deputies under investigation, Janes said: “The Sheriff has said before we want people that are in line with our mission and values.”

 

▶️ Prices of local rental cars skyrocket as production of new vehicles slows

Yesterday Central Oregon Daily reported on the shortage of new cars locally.  Today we checked out the shortage of available rental cars.

Some of the same factors—new car production slowdowns due to COVID and lack of computer chips—that are impacting car dealerships are impacting the rental car market.

Also at play are basic economics: low supply and high demand means not many rental cars are available, and they cost more.

If it’s been a year or more since you rented a car, prepare for sticker shock.

Rental cars at the Redmond Airport for the week of June 20 — which is the first week schools are out — are quoted at a price of $500 a week for a compact. That’s about $70 a day.

During the week of the 4th of July, compact rental cars cost $630 a week from National car rental. That’s about $90 a day.

Larger cars, vans and luxury vehicles rent for twice and three times that amount.

“We are seeing some sky-high rates and double is where the rates start these days,” Jonathan Weinberg, CEO of AutoSlash, said. “In some cases, and in some areas like Hawaii, Alaska, and Montana we are seeing rates two to five times what we would normally see.”

One couple at the airport said they paid $1,400 for a one-week car rental.

They said that was the most they had paid anywhere they’ve traveled.

“It’s kind of a perfect storm,” Weinberg said. “A supply-demand imbalance between the amount of people that are looking to travel, and the cars that the rental cars companies can get a hold of to make those available.”

However, several people at the airport said they had no trouble reserving rental cars and didn’t think the rental rates were out of line.

“The lady at the desk was great. She gave us recommendations on which one we should select,” said Sean Catron of Houston, Texas. “It was quick, easy, efficient. She told us which way to go. Now we have the exact car that we reserved online.”

Travel experts recommend reserving a rental car as early as possible to ensure something is available.

If no rentals are available, consider other travel dates and keep checking because about 20% of people who reserve rental cars don’t show up.

Police officer’s son dies in Crook Co. crash; Prineville PD asks for donations

The 19-year-old who died and the 16-year-old who was badly injured in a car crash south of Prineville Wednesday were both the sons of a Prineville police officer, according to Police Chief Dale Cummins.

A post on the Prineville Police Department’s Facebook page said Sergeant Rob Gray responded to the single-vehicle accident Wednesday night and learned his sons were involved in the crash.

The 19-year-old, Clayton Gray, died at the scene. The 16-year-old was flown to St. Charles with serious injuries and is now in recovery.

“Tragedy has struck our small family,” Cummins wrote in the post.

Prineville Police are asking for donations to the family via GoFundMe, which will go toward the costs of Life Flight, hospital bills and the funeral, Cummins said.

“So often we are asked how you can show support for your officers,” Cummins said. “This is a chance to do just that. Anything you’re comfortable with giving, whether it’s a nice comment to this post, a card, or a prayer, all would be appreciated by the family.”

As of Friday afternoon, the GoFundMe had already raised more than $15,000 with more than 170 donors.

Police said Clayton Gray was driving north when his car crossed the southbound lane, left the road and rolled.

The Crook County School District released a statement Thursday saying the 16-year-old is a student of Crook County High School.

Merkley to hold virtual town hall for Crook County

U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley will hold a virtual town hall for the constituents of Crook County on Friday, June 18.

Merkley will update constituents on his work in Washington D.C., and he’ll answer questions and take suggestions on how to tackle challenges facing both Oregon and the U.S.

“Hearing from Oregonians across the state is critical to doing my job,” Merkley said. “In these uncertain times, it’s more important than ever to hear directly from folks, but it’s also important to respect the health and safety of every member of our communities while there is still a very real risk of spreading COVID-19 through in-person gatherings.”

Since joining the Senate in 2009, Merkley has held a town hall in each of Oregon’s 36 counties each year.

The town hall will take place at 10:30 a.m. You can find the link to the Zoom meeting here.

Phone call information here:

Dial: 669-254-5252
Meeting ID: 160 267 0209#
Participant ID: #
Passcode: 65221132#

Bend Walmart hosts job fair to fill 400+ positions

Walmart is hiring for more than 400 positions in the Central Oregon area.

In an effort to fill those openings, the Bend Walmart and Express Employment Professionals have teamed up to hold a job fair in the Bend Walmart parking lot on Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

At the fair, applicants can learn about job openings and interview in-person or even from the comfort of their vehicle.

Whether you’re looking for a full-time position or part-time work, Express Employment Professionals can help place people in a wide range of jobs that meet a person’s employment goals.

Some positions available include:

Assemblers
Maintenance Mechanics
Machine Operators
Welders
Forklift Operators
Warehouse Workers
Shipping/Receiving Clerks
Delivery Drivers
Customer Services
Administrative Assistants
Counter Sales
Staff Accountants
Marketing Specialists
Outside Sales
Bookkeepers
Engineers

You can find the job fair in the Bend Walmart parking lot at 20120 Pinebrook Blvd., Bend, OR 97702.

Heart of Oregon Corps awarded $1.5 million grant

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded a $1.5 million grant to the Heart of Oregon YouthBuild (HOCYB) program based in Central Oregon.

The funding will be used to support more than 80 young people in the Heart of Oregon YouthBuild program. The organization provides vocational training and continuing education to “opportunity youth,” meaning a person ages 16 to 24 who is not in school or employed, according to HOCYB’s website.

HOCYB is one of 68 recipients in the nation of such a grant and the only YouthBuild organization in Oregon or Washington to be awarded one of these grants this year.

“YouthBuild helped me discover and reach my full potential,” 28-year-old James Miller of Redmond said. “The program launched my career in the trades and inspired me to become a community leader.”

Miller was a 2013 graduate of the YouthBuild program. He now works as the logistics manager for Rithm Plumbing and is a board member at HOCYB.

HOCYB is hosting an ice cream social in Sisters on Friday at 2:00 p.m. to celebrate the grant. The event’s location is 68797 George Cyrus Road.

You can apply to participate with Heart of Oregon Corps here.

OHA numbers show high Des. Co. cases, but delayed reporting

Due to a delay in laboratory reporting, OHA received 767 electronic laboratory reports (ELRs) on June 9, 2021 for Deschutes County. The reports are from April 17, 2021 to June 9, 2021. As a result, case counts, ELR totals and percent positivity is higher in Deschutes County for June 9, 2021 than anticipated.

Cases and deaths:

There are 10 new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 2,726, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday.

Oregon Health Authority reported 370 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. for Thursday, bringing the state total to 204,291.

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported for Thursday are in the following counties: Baker (1), Benton (8), Clackamas (30), Clatsop (1), Columbia (4), Coos (2), Crook (11), Deschutes (85), Douglas (17), Harney (1), Hood River (4), Jackson (15), Jefferson (1), Josephine (8), Klamath (10), Lane (23), Linn (11), Malheur (2), Marion (35), Multnomah (59), Polk (7), Umatilla (8), Union (1), Washington (22) and Yamhill (4).

Note: Further information about these COVID-19 deaths to follow in an updated news release.

COVID-19 hospitalizations increase:

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 173, which is nine more than yesterday. There are 41 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is five more than yesterday.

The total number of COVID-19 positive patient bed-days in the most recent seven days is 1,328, which is a 22.3% 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 219.

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.

Vaccinations in Oregon:

Today, OHA reported that 27,113 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 11,182 doses were administered on June 9 and 15,931 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on June 9.

The 7-day running average is now 15,761 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered a total of 2,337,634 first and second doses of Pfizer, 1,659,139 first and second doses of Moderna and 153,424 single doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. As of today, 1,991,717 people have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series. There are 2,303,485 people who have had at least one dose. The number of adult Oregonians needing vaccinations to reach the 70% threshold is 93,234.

Note: OHA is working to determine why CDC’s COVID-19 vaccination update today indicates minimal change. We will have a more complete update tomorrow.

A daily countdown can be found on the OHA website.

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, 2,861,055 doses of Pfizer, 2,173,680 doses of Moderna and 299,000 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.

Interim update to release time of this daily news release:

To align with the daily Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) update of the numbers of people in Oregon ages 18 and older who have received at least one dose of their COVID-19 vaccine, OHA will be releasing this daily news release later in the day, beginning today.

The CDC posts the number of people in Oregon ages 18 and up who have received at least a first dose daily, generally by 5 p.m. Eastern time.

OHA then pulls the data from the CDC site at 3 p.m. Pacific time daily and subtracts the number of people ages 18 and older who have had at least one dose from Oregon’s target of 2,345,823 (70% of those 18 and over). This calculation shows how many people ages 18 and older still need to be vaccinated to achieve Oregon’s goal of 70%.

OHA will update the website banner to reflect these numbers by 5 p.m. Pacific time daily.

Note: If the CDC has not updated its website by 3 p.m. Pacific time, when OHA pulls the data, OHA communications will add a note in this daily media release and on the dashboard on the Governor’s website stating that CDC’s website has not been updated and OHA will update the banner and dashboard at 9 a.m. Pacific time the next day.

One Community Health: collaboration is key:

On Friday, One Community Health will be administering Pfizer vaccines in The Dalles while offering free food and live music to all who attend the event. Preventative health manager Gladys Rivera readily admits that Friday’s event is more of a celebration than a formal clinic because Wasco County has almost reached a 65% percent vaccination rate.

Rivera attributes the clinic’s vaccination success to the organization’s great partnership with Oregon Health Authority (OHA), as well as with other community partners, including growers, employers and local businesses.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) deployed three mobile vaccination units throughout Oregon’s rural communities, which have successfully vaccinated more than 2,500 people across the state.

“Collaboration is really the key to make all of this happen,” emphasized Rivera. “It’s relying on all those partners and really sharing the workload.”

You can read more of this story on OHA’s Oregon Vaccine News blog. For more information about tomorrow’s vaccine clinic in The Dalles, contact One Community Health at 541.386.6380.

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.

 

▶️ ‘We exist:’ New underpass mural sheds light on Latinx Bend community

A key piece of Bend that’s often overlooked.

That could be a way to describe the Franklin underpass tunnel in Bend.

But it also could be a way to describe the local Latinx community.

Photojournalist Steve Kaufmann shows us how two sometimes overlooked yet critical parts of our community are coming together to create a display no one can miss.

You can find more information about Proyecto Mural here.