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Lane County reported one death and 30 confirmed or presumptive cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, raising the death toll to 156 and the countywide case count to 13,744, according to Lane County Public Health.
There were 119 people considered infectious, up almost 18% from Wednesday’s 101.
Eighteen were hospitalized, six were in intensive care and two were on ventilators, all unchanged from Wednesday.
As of Tuesday, 185,954 people in Lane County have been fully vaccinated, 48.76% of the total population, with 388,819 first and second doses administered.
Oregon reports 16 deaths, 269 cases
Oregon reported 16 deaths and 269 confirmed or presumptive cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, raising the death toll to 2,716 and the cumulative case count to 203,933, according to the Oregon Health Authority
There were 164 hospitalized patients with COVID-19 on Wednesday, eight fewer than Tuesday. Of those, 36 were in intensive care, unchanged from Tuesday, and 21 were on ventilators.
Oregon has administered an average of 15,264 COVID-19 vaccine doses per day over the past week.
As of Wednesday, 1.95 million people in Oregon had completed a vaccine series, and 340,945 had received at least one dose.
Deaths reported Wednesday were:
- A 62-year-old Clackamas County man who tested positive May 9 and died May 27 at Providence Portland Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.
- A 97-year-old Clackamas County woman who tested positive April 29 and died June 2 at her residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.
- A 68-year-old Clackamas County man who tested positive April 15 and died May 21 at Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.
- A 96-year-old Clackamas County woman who died May 19 at her residence. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. She had underlying conditions.
- A 93-year-old Clackamas County man who tested positive May 15 and died May 24 at Portland Adventist Hospital. He had underlying conditions.
- A 68-year-old Grant County man who tested positive May 9 and died May 27. Location of death and presence of underlying conditions are being confirmed.
- A 65-year-old Douglas County man who tested positive May 14 and died June 7 at Mercy Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.
- A 76-year-old Hood River County man who tested positive April 28 and died May 21 at Kaiser Westside Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.
- A 77-year-old Linn County woman who tested positive May 22 and died May 26 at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital. She had underlying conditions.
- A 62-year-old Multnomah County woman who tested positive May 24 and died May 26 at Providence Portland Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.
- A 69-year-old Multnomah County woman who tested positive May 17 and died June 3 at Providence Portland Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.
- A 51-year-old Marion County woman who tested positive May 3 and died June 6 at Salem Hospital. She had underlying conditions.
- A 54-year-old Washington County man who tested positive May 29 and died June 7 at Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.
- A 67-year-old Washington County woman who tested positive May 4 and died May 27 at Kaiser Westside Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.
- A 60-year-old Washington County woman who tested positive May 3 and died May 14 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.
- A 54-year-old Washington County man who tested positive April 28 and died June 7 at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.
Weekly cases, hospitalizations decline
Tuesday’s Oregon Health Authority’s COVID-19 Weekly Report showed a sixth consecutive week of declining cases and lowest since weekly case tally since September. OHA reported 1,725 daily cases of COVID-19 during the week of Monday, May 31, through Sunday, June 6, a 26% decline from the previous week.
New COVID-19 related hospitalizations also declined from 190 to 112, the lowest since September.
There were 20 reported COVID-19 related deaths.
There were 72,443 tests for COVID-19 for the week of May 30 through June 5, with a positive test percentage of 3.8%.
People 70 years of age and older have accounted for 398 of COVID-19 related hospitalizations and 75% of COVID-19 related deaths.
Tuesday’s COVID-19 Weekly Outbreak Report shows 19 active COVID-19 outbreaks in senior living communities and congregate living settings, with three or more confirmed cases and one or more COVID-19 related deaths.
Bumpy rollout for Washington’s ‘joints for jabs’
SEATTLE — It was designed as an innovative way to promote COVID-19 vaccinations, but Washington’s new “joints for jabs” program is off to a rough start.
Officials announced Monday that the state’s nearly 500 licensed marijuana retailers could begin hosting vaccine clinics and offering a single, free pre-rolled marijuana cigarette to any 21-plus adult who received a shot there.
It’s one of many vaccine incentives being offered in Washington, including free pints of beer, sports tickets and prize money to lure those who have been hesitant or just lazy. Washington and Colorado in 2012 were the first states to legalize the adult use of marijuana, with regulated sales beginning in 2014. The industry brought Washington close to $474 million in taxes in the last fiscal year.
But few things are simple in an industry that’s illegal under federal law, and the hurdles to offering the free joints are substantial enough that few of the state’s legal pot shops are saying they will participate, even if they would like to do so.
Read more here.
Seattle, San Francisco top major cities for vaccinations
Two West Coast cities are in a neck-and-neck race for the country’s top vaccination status, and each may have a claim on holding the lead. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said Wednesday that hers is the first major U.S. city with 70% of its residents 12 and older having completed their COVID-19 vaccinations, edging San Francisco by a percentage point.
“Now that we have reached community protection, we can lead the nation in safely reopening and recovering in earnest,” Durkan said in a statement.
However, San Francisco is slightly ahead with the nation’s best rate of residents 12 and above who’ve had at least one vaccine shot, 79-78%, and could inch ahead in the race for herd immunity.
“I do believe we are on track to be the first city to achieve herd immunity,” Dr. Monica Gandhi, an infectious disease expert with the University of California, San Francisco, told the San Francisco Chronicle.
“Our high rates of immunity means we are not susceptible to new infections even with travel here,” she said.
— From news services and reports
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