Portland, Oregon (KTVZ)-The Oregon Department of Health reported on Thursday that there were 2 new deaths related to COVID-19 in Oregon, bringing the state’s death toll to 2,385.
As of 12:01 on Thursday morning, OHA has also reported 521 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 165,524.
Other counties approved to expand vaccination
The OHA announced on Thursday that 23 counties in Oregon have now submitted a letter of certifying that they intend to immediately provide the COVID-19 vaccine to the expanded eligible group. The newly added counties are: Baker, Krathorpe and Gilliam.
Counties include: Baker, Benton, Coos, Krathorpe, Crook, Deschutes, Douglas, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Jefferson, Josephine, Klamath, Lake, Lane, Lincoln, Malge , Marion, Moreau, Sherman, Umatilla, United and Wheeler.
With certification, these counties can now begin vaccinating all individuals listed in Group 7 in Phase 1
The Oregon Department of Health will update the data source for the “variables of interest” dashboard
Since February 3, OHA has been reporting cumulative counts for each variable of interest on its Tableau dashboard. These counts are based on information reported directly to public health by laboratory partners.
On March 16, the CDC reclassified the B.1.427 and B.1.429 variants as “variants of concern.” These variants have been circulating in Oregon since the end of 2020 and have not been reported before. OHA has reviewed historical data in the open source sequencing data platform GISAID, and has so far identified more than 190 B.1.427 and B.1.429 variants in Oregon.
In order to provide a comprehensive picture of the circulation of variants in Oregon, OHA will begin to use GISAID data to update its number of variants of interest. This will allow OHA to quickly report historical data whenever the CDC definition of the variant of interest is updated. The OHA variant of the dashboard of interest will be updated with GISAID data on April 2, 2021, and will be updated every Wednesday thereafter.
Oregon will continue to require all laboratory partners to immediately report all variants of interest (B.1.1.7, B.1.351, P.1, B.1.427, and B.1.429) and variants of interest (B.1.525) , B.1.526) (page 2) to inform public health, to inform case investigation and contact tracking.
There is no vaccination data for the county at the moment
The OHA vaccination dashboard temporarily banned vaccination data showing county-level COVID-19 vaccination status. No other data was affected. The statewide data on race, ethnicity, and age of vaccinators in Oregon on the main race dashboard is still being updated, showing the trend of vaccinations in Oregon.
OHA is solving a problem in its geocoding process, which misclassifies the location of certain vaccinated individuals. The issue has been resolved, and solutions are being evaluated to update and correct the county names of individuals affected by the disaster.
OHA will continue to analyze all its data and perform continuous data quality checks. At this point, all other data elements will be verified.
Vaccination data requirements including the county of residence will be delayed at this time. OHA will provide updated information on the estimated timetable for the release of county-level data in the coming days.
Vaccinations in Oregon
The OHA reported that 46,587 new doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were added to the State Immunization Registry on Thursday. Among them, 29,262 doses were administered on March 31 and 17,325 doses were administered a few days ago, but they entered the vaccine register on Thursday.
Oregon has currently administered 941,850 doses of Pfizer’s first and second doses of vaccine, 867,103 doses of Moderna’s first and second doses, and 4,075 doses of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine.
Since it takes 72 hours for providers to report the administered dose, and technical difficulties have caused many providers to lag in reporting, the cumulative daily total may take several days to complete. OHA has been providing technical support for vaccination sites to improve the timeliness of entering vaccine data into the state’s ALERT immune information system (IIS).
To date, 1,170,585 doses of Pfizer, 1,098,900 doses of Moderna and 97,300 doses of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine have been distributed throughout Oregon.
These data are preliminary and may change at any time.
The OHA dashboard provides regularly updated vaccination data, and the Oregon dashboard was updated on Friday.
The number of COVID-19 hospitalized patients in Oregon was 155, an increase of 16 from Wednesday. There are 39 COVID-19 patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) beds, an increase of three from Wednesday.
Between reporting times, the total number of patients in the bed may fluctuate. These figures do not reflect the number of hospital admissions per day, nor the length of hospital stay. Staffing restrictions are not included in this data and may further restrict beds.
For more information on hospital capacity, please see here.
As of 4 am on Thursday, St. Charles Bend has reported 5 cases of COVID-19 patients, 2 of which are in the ICU and the other on a ventilator.
Cases and deaths
The newly confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported on Thursday are in the following counties: Baker (7), Benton (8), Clackamas (39), Krathorpe (7), Columbia (16), Coos (7) ), Crook (2), Curry (4), Shute (30), Douglas (17), Grant (7), Jackson (73), Jefferson (2), Josephine (30), Klamath (22), Lane (30), Lincoln (2)), Lynn (20), Marsho (2), Marion (40), Multnomah (71), Polk (12), Tira Mook (13), Union (4), Washington (48) and Yam Hill (8).
The 2384th person to die from COVID-19 in Oregon was a 78-year-old man from Klamath County. He tested positive on March 15 and died at Sky Lake Medical Center on March 31. He has the basic conditions.
The 2385th death from COVID-19 in Oregon was a 48-year-old woman in Union County. She tested positive on March 17 and died at St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center on March 30. She has potential conditions.
If you missed it: More than 1,000 people were vaccinated in the Morro County pilot
In yesterday’s Oregon coronavirus update, we focused on the Boardman pilot vaccination campaign co-sponsored by OHA and the Morro County Department of Public Health.
Jorge Martinez Zapata, OHA’s Northeast Oregon Regional Outreach Coordinator, said: “This event helps save lives.” “More than 1,000 people come from all walks of life, including some of the worst-served people, and they have received the first dose. Pfizer vaccine.”
During the four-day event at the Sage Center, local radio station La Raza broadcast live in Spanish. Multilingual staff and volunteers assist participants throughout the process.
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Learn more about COVID-19 vaccination
To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine situation in Oregon, please visit the OHA webpage, which contains detailed information and other useful information.