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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: 189162

Reported Deaths: 2514
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah37544577
Washington25097229
Marion21585304
Clackamas16908209
Lane12676145
Jackson10649132
Deschutes846573
Umatilla812184
Linn473067
Yamhill436875
Klamath421861
Polk367852
Malheur349061
Josephine329068
Douglas320570
Benton300019
Jefferson215033
Coos204232
Columbia168526
Union143923
Lincoln136720
Wasco136428
Hood River117430
Morrow109815
Crook104520
Clatsop9668
Baker93814
Curry6409
Tillamook6323
Grant5014
Lake4437
Harney3338
Wallowa1805
Sherman581
Gilliam571
Wheeler261
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California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3753173

Reported Deaths: 62154
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles123474623977
Riverside2988724576
San Bernardino2963244677
San Diego2773233716
Orange2705694992
Santa Clara1186982084
Kern1088871367
Sacramento1040581670
Fresno1014911680
Alameda874071541
Ventura808121011
San Joaquin727841384
Contra Costa68279803
Stanislaus617761053
Tulare49514837
Monterey43506381
San Mateo41755567
San Francisco36577543
Santa Barbara34261453
Solano32698249
Merced31701454
Sonoma29951318
Imperial28295720
Kings22933246
Placer22532290
San Luis Obispo21243260
Madera16423242
Santa Cruz16062207
Marin14009228
Yolo13846209
Shasta12042226
Butte11907198
El Dorado10073111
Napa983381
Sutter9398111
Yuba621344
San Benito604663
Lassen569624
Tehama554558
Nevada467175
Tuolumne411564
Mendocino405948
Humboldt391539
Amador365047
Lake345843
Glenn238025
Colusa222416
Siskiyou215122
Calaveras211153
Inyo142538
Del Norte13637
Mono12794
Plumas7046
Modoc4944
Mariposa4457
Trinity3995
Sierra1120
Alpine880
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