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Oregon seeing surge of COVID-19 cases as it nears major expansion of vaccine eligibility

Governor Kate Brown and officials from the Oregon Health Authority called a press conference for Friday morning to discuss the state's ongoing coronavirus response.

Posted: Apr 16, 2021 12:37 PM
Updated: Apr 16, 2021 3:03 PM

SALEM, Ore. — Governor Kate Brown and officials from the Oregon Health Authority called a press conference for Friday morning to discuss the Oregon's current status with coronavirus, noting a surge in cases even as the state nears full vaccine eligibility for all adults.

Brown underlined that all Oregonians 16 and older will become eligible on Monday, urging people to "make a plan" to get vaccinated. As of Friday, Brown said that nearly one in four Oregonians were fully vaccinated.

"If you haven’t already had a chance to get vaccinated, make a plan to do so now," Brown said. "Tell your loved ones and neighbors you plan to get vaccinated, and share your reason why. And if you have already signed up for an appointment, help a friend sign up, too."

Though the state has maintained its course for vaccine eligibility, the nationwide pause on administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine means that availability has taken a sudden and unexpected hit. Patrick Allen, director of the Oregon Health Authority, indicated that new shipments of vaccine doses would largely plateau over the coming weeks without the benefit of a third vaccine.

Capacity of vaccination sites to administer doses has continued to rise across the state, but vaccine supply will likely hamper availability of appointments, Allen said. Nevertheless, Allen said he anticipated that everyone 16 and older who wants the vaccine will receive it "before summer."

More than 1.5 million Oregonians have received at least the first dose of the vaccine, with almost 1 million fully vaccinated. Allen indicated that more than 70 percent of seniors have received the vaccine.

But vaccine eligibility expansions have been accompanied by a mounting surge in new COVID-19 cases. State epidemiologist Dr. Dean Sidelinger said that the "recent data are troubling," with cases, hospitalizations, and deaths all on the upswing.

This week, Oregon saw the highest two-day total in new cases since early February. Cases have increased more than 20 percent over the previous week for three weeks straight, and hospitalizations have been increasing quickly after declines seen over January and February.

Sidelinger cited the CDC, which said that B.1.1.7 — the coronavirus variant first detected in the United Kingdom — is now the "dominant strain" in the U.S.

Allen said that state officials are working to correct ongoing issues with vaccine equity, acknowledging that race and income remain major predictors of vaccine access. He said that under-vaccination is especially prevalent in Latino communities.

"Vaccines are the best way to protect yourself against serious illness and death from COVID-19," said Governor Brown. "They are the best way to protect yourself from variants. And they are the key to unlocking the restrictions this pandemic has forced on us, so we can return to doing the things we love and seeing the people we miss."

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 387485

Reported Deaths: 5116
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah59768836
Washington41571393
Marion39592504
Clackamas32426376
Lane29856354
Jackson24672350
Deschutes23182185
Umatilla15087180
Linn14488178
Douglas13236286
Josephine10057240
Yamhill9665142
Klamath8979145
Polk813698
Benton605137
Malheur591586
Coos5573106
Columbia423855
Jefferson416865
Lincoln357252
Union336854
Crook330156
Wasco314846
Clatsop258335
Baker217531
Tillamook214345
Hood River211337
Morrow197025
Curry190136
Harney119332
Grant108314
Lake104016
Wallowa74713
Sherman1903
Gilliam1844
Wheeler1141
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 5057759

Reported Deaths: 74098
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles152224027074
San Diego4047084319
Riverside3849455306
San Bernardino3718825944
Orange3329505675
Sacramento1674002423
Kern1565171781
Fresno1558992246
Santa Clara1511691922
Alameda1246581499
San Joaquin1070001833
Ventura1036461188
Contra Costa1032921045
Stanislaus910641413
Tulare856141082
San Francisco56614669
San Mateo56058627
Monterey52340625
Solano47422356
Santa Barbara47035548
Merced44807664
Sonoma42912412
Placer41881468
Imperial38128769
Kings35038358
San Luis Obispo31294358
Madera26005311
Shasta25917440
Butte25295309
Santa Cruz22028222
Yolo21451257
Marin18342248
El Dorado18166161
Sutter14494181
Napa13372104
Yuba1070088
Tehama10230129
Humboldt10043117
Nevada9914103
Mendocino848894
Lassen792355
San Benito775977
Tuolumne767790
Lake6990110
Amador573766
Siskiyou470954
Glenn455136
Calaveras435685
Del Norte371242
Colusa323519
Inyo254345
Plumas19127
Mono18294
Mariposa156718
Trinity98817
Modoc7475
Unassigned2430
Sierra2170
Alpine1060
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