There are 21 new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 3,394, the Oregon Health Authority reported Thursday.
The OHA reported 2,437 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 294,392.
The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (22), Benton (27), Clackamas (204), Clatsop (37), Columbia (27), Coos (45), Crook (39), Curry (13), Deschutes (152), Douglas (168), Grant (20), Harney (6), Hood River (8), Jackson (190), Jefferson (21), Josephine (90), Klamath (25), Lake (7), Lane (189), Lincoln (18), Linn (134), Malheur (75), Marion (203), Morrow (2), Multnomah (203), Polk (98), Tillamook (15), Umatilla (119), Union (22), Wallowa (3), Wasco (23), Washington (180) and Yamhill (52).
Currently, there are 4,974 active COVID cases in Deschutes County; that’s 1 in 39 residents.
Link to today’s Oregon Health Authority media availability
This afternoon, Oregon Health Authority Senior Health Advisor Dr. Bukhosi Dube was available to answer media questions regarding the COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon.
To watch the video of the media availability, click here.
Weekly Breakthrough Case Report
OHA’s most recent update on COVID-19 breakthrough cases, released today, found that 80.7% of the 13,798 reported COVID-19 cases between Aug. 29 and Sept. 4 occurred in people who were unvaccinated.
There were 2,657 breakthrough cases, accounting for 19.3% of the week’s cases.
Cases of COVID-19 are far more common in unvaccinated people. The report shows that the rate of COVID-19 in unvaccinated people is currently approximately five times higher than in vaccinated people.
To date, 4.9% of all vaccine breakthrough cases have been hospitalized and 0.9% have died. The median age of the people who died was 80. To date, there have been 16,417 COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough cases in Oregon. The median age of all cases was 48. Breakthrough cases have been reported in all 36 counties.
The median age of the breakthrough cases during this period was 48. Seventy-four breakthrough cases involved residents of care facilities, senior living communities or other congregate care settings. There were 55 breakthrough cases in people aged 12 to 17.
The number of vaccine breakthrough cases identified in Oregon remains very small when compared to the more than 2.42 million individuals in Oregon who have completed their COVID-19 vaccination series.
The latest breakthrough report can be found here.
COVID-19 weekly cases drop, hospitalizations, deaths rise
The Oregon Health Authority’s COVID-19 Weekly Report, released today, showed a slight drop in weekly cases, but an increase in virus-associated hospitalizations and deaths.
OHA reported 15,753 new daily cases of COVID-19 during the week of Monday, Aug.30, through Sunday, Sept. 5. That represents a 3% decrease and follows eight straight weeks of rising cases.
COVID-19 related hospitalizations rose again – though less steeply – from 1,000 to 1,036. That marked another pandemic high. It is the ninth straight weekly increase.
There were 176 reported COVID-19 related deaths, up from 119 reported the previous week. That marked the sixth consecutive week of rising deaths.
OHA reported 146,344 tests for COVID-19 for the week of Aug. 29 through Sept. 4. The percentage of positive tests increased to 11.1%.
Today’s COVID-19 Weekly Outbreak Report shows 182 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.
Third Dose Introduction
As of today, third dose data has been included in the “Oregon COVID-19 Vaccine Daily Update” dashboard. The total number of third doses added to the state immunization registry on Sept. 8 was 24,308. Of that total, 710 third doses were administered on Sept. 8.
It is important to note that “third dose” (aka “third shot” or “dose three”) and “booster dose” (aka “booster shot” or “booster”) are not the same.
A third dose is specifically for individuals who are moderately to severely immunocompromised and may not have built up an adequate protective immune response with their first series of vaccinations.
Currently, the only authorized third doses are for the Moderna and Pfizer Comirnaty vaccines.
The recommendation is for immunocompromised individuals to receive a third dose of the same mRNA vaccine at least 28 days after receiving the second dose in the series (for individuals 18 years and older for Moderna and 12 years and older for Pfizer Comirnaty).
At this time, the CDC does not have enough data to suggest that an additional dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine would produce an enhanced immune response in an immunocompromised person.
Another dose of Johnson & Johnson or an mRNA vaccine is not recommended for immunocompromised individuals who have already received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
These recommendations will be reviewed as the data becomes available.
A booster dose is for people whose immunity may be fading after they complete their first vaccination series. There is currently no COVID-19 vaccine authorized as a booster. The FDA and CDC will examine data on the safety and efficacy of booster doses in order to issue guidance, which will inform recommendations in Oregon.
According to the CDC, an individual is still considered fully vaccinated two weeks after they have completed the primary vaccine series (i.e., the two-dose mRNA Moderna or Pfizer Comirnaty vaccine series or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine), regardless of their immunocompromised status.
St. Charles on Thursday reported it had a record 92 COVID patients; 11 are in the ICU and nine are on ventilators.
- 79 of the 92 inpatients are not fully vaccinated
- 25 are under 60 years old
- 54 are 60 or older
- 13 inpatients are fully vaccinated
- 1 is under 60 years old
- 12 are 60 or older
The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 1,150, which is 12 more than yesterday. There are 288 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is nine fewer than yesterday.
There are 56 available adult ICU beds out of 641 total (9% availability) and 307 available adult non-ICU beds out of 4,354 (7% availability).
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.
Note: Please do not visit an emergency department for COVID-19 testing, unless you require emergency care for your symptoms.
Emergency departments in Oregon are under significant strain responding to the current surge in COVID-19. You can find a test here.
If you have a medical condition that doesn’t require emergency care, contact your provider. An urgent care center may also help you get the care you need and will save emergency departments from added strain.
Vaccinations in Oregon
Today, OHA reported that 11,733 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry on Sept. 8. Of this total, 4,890 were administered on Sept. 8: 2,511 were initial doses and 1,624 were second doses. The remaining 6,843 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on Sept. 8.
The seven-day running average is now 8,654 doses per day.
Oregon has now administered 2,857,236 first and second doses of Pfizer Comirnaty, 1,864,787 first and second doses of Moderna and 203,992 single doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.
As of today, 2,658,741 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,423,777 people have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series.
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.
Note #1: OHA completed a monthly data refresh, pulling doses administered from Dec. through the end of Aug., as well as completed a backlogged data cleaning to remove duplicate vaccination records from the reporting database. This explains the decline since yesterday in the number of people who have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, as well as those who have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series.
Note #2: Due to the Labor Day holiday, the COVID-19 modeling and pediatric reports will be published tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 10, 2021.