There are four new COVID-19-related deaths in Oregon, bringing the death toll in the state to 2,353, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.
The Oregon Health Authority reported 393 new confirmed and suspected cases of COVID-19 at 12:01 p.m. today, bringing the state’s total to 160,622.
Note: On March 17, OHA recorded the largest number of vaccination events reported to the ALERT IIS system in a single day (49,166), suggesting that sites are catching up in sending doses that occurred during the ALERT IIS – Failed earlier this week.
Vaccinations in Oregon
Today, the OHA reported that 49,166 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations have been added to the state vaccination registry. Of these, 18,412 doses were administered on March 17th and 30,754 on the previous days, but entered in the vaccine register on March 17th.
Daily cumulative totals can take several days to complete as providers have 72 hours to report the doses administered, and technical challenges have left many providers delayed in their reporting. OHA provides technical support to vaccination centers to keep their data entry up to date in the state’s ALERT Vaccination Information System (IIS).
Oregon has now given a total of 1,412,232 first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccines. To date, 1,797,545 doses of vaccine have been shipped to locations across Oregon.
These dates are preliminary and are subject to change. The OHA dashboards provide regularly updated vaccination data, and the Oregon dashboard was updated today.
COVID-19 hospital stays
Oregon has 116 hospitalized patients with COVID-19, eight more than yesterday. There are 38 COVID-19 patients in intensive care beds (ICU), nine more than yesterday.
The total number of patients in hospital beds may vary between reporting times. The numbers do not reflect the number of admissions per day or the length of hospital stay. Personnel restrictions are not recorded in this data and can further limit the bed capacity.
Cases and deaths
The new confirmed and suspected COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (3), Benton (19), Clackamas (21), Clatsop (2), Columbia (1), Coos (22), Crook (5), Curry (5), Deschutes (11), Douglas (16), Grant (2), Jackson (42), Jefferson (1), Josephine (25), Klamath (5), Lane (12), Lincoln (7), Linn (10), Malheur (2), Marion (44), Morrow (1), Multnomah (66), Polk (4), Tillamook (3), Umatilla (6), Union (3), Wallowa (1), Wasco (2), Washington (45) and Yamhill (7).
Oregon’s 2,350. COVID-19 death is a 79-year-old woman in Klamath County who tested positive on March 12 and died on March 14 at Sky Lakes Medical Center. She had underlying illnesses.
Oregon’s 2,351. COVID-19 death is a 44-year-old male in Marion County who tested positive on February 16 and died at Salem Hospital on March 15. He had basic conditions.
Oregon’s 2,352. COVID-19 death is a 54-year-old man in Linn district who tested positive on December 21st and died on March 15th at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital. He had basic conditions.
Oregon’s 2,353. COVID-19 death is a 75-year-old man in Lane County who tested positive on March 14th and died on March 14th. The place of death is confirmed. He had basic conditions.
In case you missed it, the dance company is focused on providing COVID-19 resources
In yesterday’s edition of the Oregon Coronavirus Update we highlighted the work of Ballet Folklorico Ritmo Alegre in Medford. The dance company had deep connections with members of the community who were not receiving COVID-19 information in useful ways.
“There are resources, but when people don’t know how to access them, we have a barrier,” says Luisa Zaragoza, the artistic and executive director. She knew that her relationship with families in the ward was an opportunity to help.
Last year, Ballet Folklorico Ritmo Alegre partnered with OHA and several other local organizations to develop an educational campaign that will provide information about COVID-19 and local resources through Facebook posts, phone calls, zoom meetings and several drive-through events .
Ballet Folklorico Ritmo Alegre can also be seen in a public advertisement (English, Spanish) currently being broadcast as part of the Safe + Strong campaign. Read the full story in yesterday’s newsletter. To subscribe, visit this page.