Also reports the first 4 ‘breakthrough cases’ in fully vaccinated people
PORTLAND, Oregon (KTVZ) – There are 38 new COVID-19-related deaths in Oregon, bringing the state’s death toll to 2,094, the Oregon Health Authority reported Friday.
The Oregon Health Authority reported 517 new confirmed and suspected COVID-19 cases as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 149,576.
The recording of Friday’s briefing is available here, and slides from Friday’s briefing are available here.
Vaccinations in Oregon
On Friday, the OHA reported that 25,772 new doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been added to the state’s immunization registry. Of this total, 16,877 doses were administered Thursday and 8,895 were administered the previous days, but were entered in the vaccine registry Thursday.
It may take several days for the cumulative daily totals to be finalized because providers have 72 hours to report doses administered and technical issues have caused many providers to be late in reporting. The OHA provided technical support to vaccination sites to improve the timeliness of their data entry into the state’s ALERT Immunization Information System (IIS).
Oregon has now administered a cumulative total of 649,602 first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccines. To date, 884,275 doses of vaccine have been delivered to sites across Oregon.
These data are preliminary and subject to change. The OHA dashboards provide regularly updated immunization data, and the Oregon dashboard was updated on Friday.
The Saint-Charles health system reports that 22,754 COVID-19 vaccinations were administered early Friday.
The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 in Oregon is 202, down seven from Thursday. There are 48 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, two fewer than Thursday.
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. Staff limitations are not taken into account in this data and may further limit bed capacity.
For more information on the capacity of the hospital, click here.
St. Charles Bend reported 16 COVID-19 patients as of 4 a.m. Friday, including four in intensive care, three on ventilators.
The OHA investigates ‘revolutionary’ cases
OHA today announced the discovery of four “groundbreaking” cases of COVID-19. These are cases where an individual has tested positive for COVID-19 at least 14 days after completing their series of vaccinations.
Two of the cases are in Yamhill County and two in Lane County. The OHA is working with local public health officials to investigate the origin. Their illnesses range from asymptomatic to mild symptoms.
Genome sequencing is underway and we expect results next week.
Such cases are not unexpected. Clinical trials of the two vaccines currently in use included breakthrough cases. In these cases, even though the participants contracted COVID-19, the vaccines reduced the severity of the disease.
Based on what is known about vaccines against other diseases and early clinical trial data, OHA experts believe that existing vaccines are very effective.
Cases and deaths
NOTE: Details of the death are under review and will be published in an updated version of this press release.
The new confirmed and suspected COVID-19 cases reported on Friday are in the following counties: Benton (31), Clackamas (43), Clatsop (1), Columbia (3), Coos (8), Crook (5), Curry ( 5)), Deschutes (32), Douglas (18), Harney (3), Hood River (2), Jackson (35), Jefferson (11), Josephine (16), Klamath (10), Lake (7), Lane (48), Lincoln (4), Linn (13), Marion (59), Morrow (4), Multnomah (57), Polk (13), Tillamook (1), Umatilla (19), Union (3), Wallowa (2), Wasco (1), Washington (50) and Yamhill (13).
Learn more about COVID-19 vaccinations
To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine situation in Oregon, visit our webpage, which features a distribution breakdown and other useful information.