(Update: added weekly report; increase in deaths, cases and hospitalizations; Western Workgroup recommends Johnson & Johnson vaccine as safe and effective))
PORTLAND, Oregon (KTVZ) – There are 27 new COVID-19-related deaths in Oregon, bringing the state’s death toll to 2,252, the Oregon Health Authority reported Wednesday.
The OHA also reported 276 new confirmed and suspected COVID-19 cases as of midnight 01 Wednesday, bringing the state total to 156,287.
To note: A large number of overdue electronic laboratory reports (ELRs) were received on Tuesday. As a result, the number of tests on Wednesday is higher than expected. The test results were from January 1 to March 1. About 99% of those tests were negative, and Wednesday’s positivity percentage is lower than expected.
Oregon Takes Milestone: 1 Million COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Administered
The OHA recorded more than one million vaccines administered to Oregonians on Wednesday. There were 22,346 doses recorded on Tuesday, bringing the total number of doses administered in the state to 1,019,767. The first dose was administered on December 14, less than three months ago.
About one in five Oregonians who are likely eligible have received at least one dose.
The vaccine has been administered to all counties in Oregon, long-term care facilities and residential care facilities, adult foster homes, group homes for the disabled, hospitals, events of mass vaccination, mobile events, clinics, tribal health centers, group homes, collective care. federally qualified establishments, pharmacies, outpatient clinics, health centers, and other locations statewide.
Oregon has now administered a cumulative total of 1,019,767 first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccines. To date, 1,310,175 doses of vaccine have been delivered to sites across Oregon.
“This couldn’t happen without the partnerships that have been strengthened and developed to bring Oregon closer to community immunity, and the thousands of providers, volunteers, nurses and countless other Oregonians who have made this possible. Said OHA Director Patrick Allen. “Every day, we deliver over 22,000 doses of vaccine that will bring us to the end of this difficult journey for so many.
“Our ability to meet our deadlines to open up planning opportunities for additional groups will always require an adequate and consistent supply of doses from the federal government, a large number of Oregonians able and willing to be vaccinated and the ability to our vaccination sites. immunize all eligible people. “
The Saint-Charles health system administered 27,447 vaccinations against COVID-19 at the start of Wednesday.
As Oregon continues to roll out the vaccine, the OHA encourages all Oregon residents to continue taking protective measures to protect themselves, their families, co-workers, loved ones, friends and communities. . They continue to recommend to all Oregon:
- Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet;
- Wear a face mask when you are outside the house;
- Adopt good hand hygiene;
- Avoid all gatherings with non-members of the household;
- If you start to have symptoms – even mild ones – see a healthcare professional quickly for instructions on how to take care of yourself and the members of your household and to determine if you should get tested;
- And finally, if you get a call from a local public health authority, answer it and follow their advice on how to protect yourself and those around you.
The number of hospital patients with COVID-19 in Oregon is 140, nine fewer than Tuesday. There are 31 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, two more than Tuesday.
The total number of patients in hospital beds may fluctuate between reporting times. Figures do not reflect admissions per day or length of hospital stay. Staffing limits are not taken into account in this data and may further limit bed capacity.
St. Charles Bend had 14 COVID-19 patients as of 4 a.m. Wednesday, one of whom was in intensive care and on a ventilator.
For more information on the capacity of the hospital, click here.
Cases and deaths
Details of the deaths reported Wednesday will be released later.
The new confirmed and suspected COVID-19 cases reported on Wednesday are in the following counties: Baker (2), Benton (3), Clackamas (20), Clatsop (2), Columbia (3), Coos (24), Deschutes ( 10), Douglas (22), Grant (2), Harney (2), Jackson (47), Jefferson (5), Josephine (5), Klamath (2), Lane (15), Linn (4), Malheur ( 2)), Marion (28), Multnomah (26), Polk (4), Tillamook (4), Umatilla (7), Union (10), Washington (25) and Yamhill (2).
Weekly COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths increase
The Oregon Health Authority’s COVID-19 Weekly Report, released today, shows an increase in daily cases, hospitalizations and deaths from the previous week.
The OHA reported 2,652 new daily cases of COVID-19 during the week of Monday February 22 through Sunday February 28 – a 17% increase from the previous week.
New hospitalizations related to COVID-19 also jumped to 164, down from 159 the previous week.
Reported COVID-19 deaths also increased to 57, from 17 last week. This represents the lowest total since mid-November.
There were 120,678 tests for COVID-19 for the week of February 21 to February 27, a large increase from the previous week. The previous week’s total was likely affected by the adverse winter weather conditions that occurred across the region.
About 117,000 tests were administered each week earlier this year. The percentage of positive tests was 3.7%.
People aged 70 and over accounted for 40% of hospitalizations associated with COVID-19 and 77% of deaths associated with COVID-19.
Friday’s COVID-19 Outbreak Weekly Report shows 56 active COVID-19 outbreaks in elderly communities and collective living spaces, with three or more confirmed cases and one or more COVID-19-related deaths.
Learn more about COVID-19 vaccinations
To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine situation in Oregon, visit the OHA webpage, which features a distribution breakdown and other useful information.
Governor Kate Brown’s Office Press Release:
Western States Scientific Safety Review Task Force recommends Johnson & Johnson vaccine, confirms safe and effective
Working Group “Unanimously recommends that the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine be used in our States”
Approves the transparency and objectivity of the process, as well as the rigor, validity and reliability of federal analyzes
J&J Becomes Third Vaccine Supported For Use By The Working Group; vaccine shipments arrive this week
(Salem, OR) – The Western States Scientific Safety Review Task Force last night completed its review of the federal process and concluded that the COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson (Janssen Biotech) is safe and effective for use in western states. The task force provided confirmation to the governors of California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington this morning, making the J&J vaccine the third COVID-19 vaccine supported for use in those states. Deliveries are expected at the start of the week.
Washington, Oregon and Nevada joined California’s COVID-19 Scientific Safety Review Task Force in October. The task force, made up of nationally recognized scientists with expertise in immunization and public health, simultaneously and independently reviewed the actions of the FDA related to COVID-19 vaccinations. It will continue to evaluate other COVID-19 vaccines as they progress through the federal process.
Statement from Governor Kate Brown:
“After extensive scientific review by physicians and health experts, we now have three safe and effective vaccines available for Oregonians. And, because the Johnson & Johnson vaccine can be stored in standard refrigerators and vaccinate individuals in a single dose, it gives us the ability to vaccinate even more people. We will work to distribute vaccines as quickly and fairly as possible as we move forward to immunize the elderly, those with underlying health conditions, frontline workers, and all Oregonians. “
Statement from Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak:
“With the review of the COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson (Janssen), the Western States Scientific Safety Review Working Group has reconvened to ensure that we have a safe and effective vaccine available to our residents. Their review of this vaccine should give Nevadans more confidence to say “yes” to any of the three vaccines on offer.
“The availability of the COVID-19 vaccine is critical as we continue our response and efforts to protect the health of our communities and our state. I am so proud of the work being done in the field at vaccination sites across the state – nearly 670,000 doses administered – and I offer my gratitude and thanks to everyone who works for their fellow Nevadans.
“The Johnson & Johnson vaccine gives us additional flexibility as we strive to reach all Nevadans. This vaccine is easy to use, ship and store, which will help our partners in their mission to reach all of our residents. Thank you to my fellow governors for sharing your expertise as we all work to slow the spread of COVID-19. “
Statement from California Governor Gavin Newsom:
“With the clearance of the Johnson and Johnson Single Injection COVID-19 vaccine, we now have three remarkable vaccines that provide 100% protection against death and hospitalization. We have delivered 9.3 million vaccines in California so far, and we are building a system that will allow us to vaccinate people as soon as the supply becomes available. There really is light at the end of the tunnel. “
Statement from Washington Governor Jay Inslee:
“The Western States Scientific Safety Review Task Force gives us additional confidence in the safety and effectiveness of Johnson and Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine. With the delivery of the J&J vaccine this week, and the overall increase in vaccine doses coming to Washington, we have increased our ability to get vaccines in all areas of the state. We are making good progress on vaccination rates, and this third vaccine will contribute to our efforts to get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible.