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First round of COVID-19 vaccines administered at Oregon Veterans' Homes

State officials say that both residents and staff at Oregon's two Veterans' Homes have received the first round of Pfizer vaccinations, among more than 20,000 doses provided throughout the state.

Posted: Dec 28, 2020 3:57 PM
Updated: Dec 28, 2020 4:10 PM

SALEM, Ore. — Vaccinations for coronavirus are now well underway at Oregon hospitals and long-term care facilities, and state officials say that both residents and staff at the Oregon Veterans' Homes in Lebanon and The Dalles have received their first doses.

As of Monday morning, the Oregon Health Authority said that more than 20,000 first vaccine doses had been administered at health and care facilities throughout the state.

The Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs announced Monday that two of the agency's Veterans' Homes received their first doses of the Pfizer vaccine from Consonus Healthcare over the weekend. Vaccinations were made freely available to all staff and residents.

The Veteran's Home in Lebanon was one of the first long-term care facilities in the state to identify a COVID-19 outbreak, and was associated with Oregon's first confirmed death from the virus. Between the Lebanon and The Dalles facilities, coronavirus outbreaks had resulted in 11 deaths as of December 21.

“‘Grateful’ is the word, as a long and difficult year draws to a close,” said ODVA Director Kelly Fitzpatrick. “We are grateful for the scientists and lab technicians who have made this vaccine possible in record time. We are grateful for our national, state and local partners who have brought doses to Oregon and ensured our honored residents and the incredible staff of the Oregon Veterans’ Homes are among the first to receive it.”

The Pfizer vaccine requires two doses to be fully effective, and officials continue to warn that it could be months before enough Oregonians have received to to reach "community immunity."

"The Homes will continue to follow strict infectious disease control protocol and conduct regular testing to ensure the safety of residents and staff. ODVA is also working with public health officials to determine ongoing visitation and admissions guidance as the state continues to distribute the vaccination to all Oregonians," the agency said.

State officials continue to urge that Oregonians  remain cautious and continue to follow public health guidelines — wearing masks, washing hands frequently, avoiding large gatherings, and maintaining six feet of physical distance from people outside of your household.

“Hope is here, but the darkest days of this pandemic may yet lie ahead,” Fitzpatrick said. “Oregonians, including those in the communities surrounding our Veterans’ Homes, have made tremendous sacrifices this year to save lives, and we are grateful. We ask you to hold this historic line just a little longer, to help ensure the health and safety of our veterans and those most vulnerable among us.”

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Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 357526

Reported Deaths: 4284
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah55810707
Washington38782324
Marion36837455
Clackamas29779309
Lane27744302
Jackson23059310
Deschutes20336125
Umatilla14492150
Linn12911131
Douglas12118243
Josephine9384196
Yamhill8715113
Klamath8020119
Polk737381
Malheur563677
Benton549431
Coos503794
Columbia382644
Jefferson376052
Lincoln319939
Union319549
Crook291846
Wasco288841
Clatsop244328
Baker203529
Tillamook196932
Hood River192837
Morrow185023
Curry180625
Harney113927
Grant100013
Lake93912
Wallowa68612
Gilliam1544
Sherman1523
Wheeler1121
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Cases: 4850807

Reported Deaths: 71341
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles148419226540
Riverside3716705041
San Diego3673614183
San Bernardino3586775692
Orange3242885562
Sacramento1596362309
Kern1463481648
Fresno1463182094
Santa Clara1455431897
Alameda1206921400
San Joaquin1027761721
Ventura1010381167
Contra Costa1000181008
Stanislaus862991335
Tulare80375978
San Francisco54440649
San Mateo54168623
Monterey50911586
Solano46063341
Santa Barbara45223523
Merced42422581
Sonoma40997404
Placer39435429
Imperial36071766
Kings32938325
San Luis Obispo29973333
Madera23955285
Shasta23924352
Butte23818273
Santa Cruz21034221
Yolo20397248
Marin17706244
El Dorado17207149
Sutter13937175
Napa12898100
Yuba1011582
Tehama9534110
Humboldt9269109
Nevada916790
Mendocino766787
Lassen754347
San Benito744972
Tuolumne691790
Lake6631105
Amador547364
Siskiyou451246
Glenn438433
Calaveras391481
Del Norte358742
Colusa307618
Inyo214241
Mono16723
Plumas16607
Mariposa133916
Trinity88011
Modoc6895
Sierra1880
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