OHA reports 217 new cases; Deschutes Co. weekly cases more than double

There are no new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, keeping the state’s death toll at 2,375, the Oregon Health Authority reported Monday.

The OHA reported 217 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 164,164.

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (3), Benton (9), Clackamas (30), Clatsop (4), Columbia (3), Coos (7), Deschutes (14), Douglas (12), Harney (2), Jackson (10), Josephine (7), Lake (1), Lane (19), Lincoln (6), Linn (16), Marion (19), Multnomah (34), Polk (6), Tillamook (3), Union (5) and Yamhill (7).

Deschutes County COVID cases more than doubled last week according to preliminary data from the OHA.

The county reported just 60 cases the week of March 14-20 – the fewest since early October.

Last week the county reported 139 total cases. (That number could change slightly after the OHA releases its official weekly count later Monday.)

“The rise in cases is due to travel-related cases, outbreaks, close contact exposures, and social gatherings,” said Morgan Emerson, a spokeswoman with Deschutes County Health. “While we are making progress with vaccinations, it’s important that our community continues to take precautions like wearing a mask when you’re around people you don’t live with and avoiding large gatherings.”

The local spike underscores a fear federal health officials have about the coming months.

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky warned on Monday of a potential “fourth wave” of the virus and spoke of a “recurring feeling … of impending doom.”

President Biden said later the virus will get worse, not better “if we let our guard down now.” He said that “people are letting up on precautions, which is a very bad thing.” Walensky spoke of hope but added, “Right now, I’m scared.”

Total Central Oregon COVID-19 Cases by County:
  • 803 in Crook County
  • 6,316 in Deschutes County
  • 2,011 in Jefferson County
Total Central Oregon COVID-19 Deaths by County:
  • 18 in Crook County
  • 70 in Deschutes County
  • 31 in Jefferson County
Total Central Oregon COVID-19 Vaccination data by County:
  • 2,499 series in progress with 3,103 fully vaccinated in Crook County.
  • Total people: 5,602
  • 17,313 series in progress with 38,510 fully vaccinated in Deschutes County.
  • Total people: 55,823
  • 2,243 series in progress with 3,893 fully vaccinated in Jefferson County.
  • Total people: 6,136

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 18,191 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 10,067 doses were administered on March 28 and 8,124 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on March 28.

Oregon has now administered a total of 872,230 first and second doses of Pfizer, 824,313 first and second doses of Moderna and 39,092 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, 1,043,055 doses of Pfizer, 1,003,700 doses of Moderna and 61,200 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

St. Charles on Monday reported it had five COVID patients; two are in the ICU and on ventilators.

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 142, which is one fewer than yesterday. There are 36 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.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccinations

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine situation in Oregon, visit our webpage, which has a breakdown of distribution and other useful information.

Free Bend COVID testing clinic

Deschutes County Health Services is partnering with Oregon Health Authority to offer a free drive-thru COVID-19 testing event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday in Downtown Bend at Bend-La Pine Schools Education Center.

This testing event is open to anyone.

No symptoms or ID are required to be tested. Participants are asked to wear a mask and register online at www.doineedacovid19test.com. Staff will be onsite to register those who are unable to preregister.

Individuals will receive a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test and test results will be available in two to three days.

Bend-La Pine Schools Education Center is located in Bend at 520 NW Wall St.

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