More Oregonians boosted as COVID cases near half-million

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A COVID patient in an Oregon hospital during 2020 (File)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – The Oregon Health Authority reported 8,760 new and presumptive COVID cases on Wednesday, continuing to inch the state total to nearly a half-million. 

The state’s case count has now reached 494,945. 

Hospitalizations have also increased across the state with 756 people in the hospital – an increase of 29 people since Tuesday. With 146 COVID patients in adult ICU beds, only five percent of adult ICU hospital beds are available in the state.

The seven-day running average of COVID vaccinations has increased to 15,532 doses per day.

Oregon set a goal to get 1 million more residents their booster shot by the end of January. As of Wednesday, Oregon needs another 676,870 people to get boosted to reach the goal.

KOIN 6 News found out which hospitals in the Portland area are trimming the number of days COVID-positive health care workers must wait before they can get back on the job.

This comes after recent changes to CDC guidance. Just before Christmas, the CDC shortened the recommended isolation time for health care workers who test positive for COVID-19.

It went from 10 days to seven days, as long as workers don’t have symptoms. The goal is to increase much-needed staffing at hospitals nationwide.

KOIN 6 News checked in with Legacy Health about the CDC guidance.

“Safety is our number one priority at Legacy. Like many other health systems, Legacy is making this change to ensure that we have enough physicians and nurses at work when you need us whether that’s to treat you for COVID-19 symptoms, everyday emergencies or preventative care,” Legacy said in a statement.

Providence sent an email to its staff on Wednesday, which says in part that staff shortages cause a greater threat to patient safety than allowing people to return to work wearing appropriate PPE so they can provide needed services.

OHSU also responded to KOIN 6 News, saying employees should not report to work if they have symptoms or have a positive test.

Confirmed and presumptive cases by county

Baker (30), Benton (321), Clackamas (820), Clatsop (45), Columbia (50), Coos (244), Crook (53), Curry (31), Deschutes (737), Douglas (155), Gilliam (6), Harney (2), Hood River (39), Jackson (375), Jefferson (110), Josephine (158), Klamath (70), Lake (3), Lane (678), Lincoln (209), Linn (313), Malheur (45), Marion (801), Morrow (21), Multnomah (1,454), Polk (213), Sherman (7), Tillamook (33), Umatilla (325), Union (38), Wallowa (13), Wasco (37), Washington (1,158), Wheeler (12) and Yamhill (154).

The state’s death toll has risen to 5,845 after 31 new COVID-related deaths were reported. On Jan. 14, OHA released corrected detailed information on the deaths. That information follows:

Note: Some of the deaths being reported occurred in early to mid-2021 but are being reported now because of data reconciliation. There is often a lag in reporting as OHA epidemiologists review death certificates.

Oregon’s 5,815th COVID-19 related death is an 80-year-old man from Lane County who tested positive February 22, and died July 29, 2021, at his residence. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,816th COVID-19 related death is an 80-year-old woman from Deschutes County who tested positive Feb. 5 and died Aug. 4, 2021, 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.

Oregon’s 5,817th COVID-19 related death is an 86-year-old man from Clackamas County who tested positive Jan. 24 and died Aug. 9, 2021, at his residence. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,818th COVID-19 related death is an 80-year-old man from Yamhill County who tested positive Jan. 8, and died Aug.14, 2021 at his residence. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,819th COVID-19 related death is a 75-year-old man from Clackamas County who tested positive Jan. 28, and died Aug.3, 2021, at Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,820th COVID-19 related death is a 95-year-old woman from Clackamas County who tested positive June 6 and died Sept. 6, 2021, 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.

Oregon’s 5,821st COVID-19 related death is a 76-year-old woman from Klamath County who tested positive May 13, and died Sept. 4, 2021, 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.

Oregon’s 5,822nd COVID-19 related death is a 63-year-old man from Multnomah County who died Feb. 23, at his residence. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,823rd COVID-19 related death is a 68-year-old man from Multnomah County who tested positive Nov. 5 and died Nov. 19, 2021, at Legacy Mt Hood Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,824th COVID-19 related death is a 72-year-old man from Deschutes County who tested positive Oct. 15 and died Nov. 18, 2021, at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,825th COVID-19 related death is a 76-year-old woman from Multnomah County who tested positive Jan. 15, and died Nov. 24, 2021, 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.

Oregon’s 5,826th COVID-19 related death is a 96-year-old woman from Josephine County who tested positive Sept. 11, and died Nov. 26, 2021, 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.

Oregon’s 5,827th COVID-19 related death is an 86-year-old man from Multnomah County who tested positive Nov. 6 and died Nov. 15, 2021, at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,828th COVID-19 related death is a 55-year-old woman from Jefferson County who tested positive Nov. 4, and died Nov. 15, 2021, at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,829th COVID-19 related death is an 83-year-old man from Clackamas County who tested positive Nov. 16, and died Nov. 15, 2021, at Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,830th COVID-19 related death is a 77-year-old man from Clackamas County who tested positive Nov. 17 and died Nov. 23, 2021, at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,831st COVID-19 related death is a 56-year-old woman from Multnomah County who tested positive Nov. 4 and died Nov. 26, 2021, at Adventist Health Portland. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,832nd COVID-19 related death is a 75-year-old woman from Umatilla County who tested positive Jan. 8, and died Jan. 8, at Good Shepherd Community Hospital. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,833rd COVID-19 related death is a 59-year-old man from Marion County who tested positive Jan. 4 and died Jan. 4, at his residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,834th COVID-19 related death is an 85-year-old woman from Marion County who tested positive Dec. 26, 2021, and died Jan. 2, at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,835th COVID-19 related death is a 48-year-old woman from Marion County who tested positive Dec. 22, 2021, and died Jan. 7, at Salem Hospital. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,836th COVID-19 related death is a 42-year-old man from Marion County who tested positive Dec. 20, 2021, and died Jan. 5, at Silverton Hospital. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,837th COVID-19 related death is a 64-year-old man from Marion County who tested positive Dec. 29, 2021, and died Jan. 9, at Santiam Hospital. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,838th COVID-19 related death is a 74-year-old man from Lane County who tested positive Jan. 2, and died Jan. 9, at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,839th COVID-19 related death is a 63-year-old man from Klamath County who tested positive Dec. 29, 2021, and died Jan. 10, at Sky Lakes Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,840th COVID-19 related death is a 78-year-old man from Klamath County who tested positive Dec. 18, 2021, and died Jan. 10, at Sky Lakes Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,841st COVID-19 related death is a 69-year-old man from Josephine County who tested positive Dec. 30, 2021, and died Jan. 11, at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,842nd COVID-19 related death is a 57-year-old man from Jackson County who tested positive Dec. 14, 2021, and died Jan. 5, at Providence St Vincent Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,843rd COVID-19 related death is an 83-year-old man from Wasco County who tested positive Jan. 6, and died Jan. 10, at Mid-Columbia Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,844th COVID-19 related death is a 94-year-old man from Clackamas County who tested positive Dec. 29, 2021, and died Jan. 7, at his residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,845th COVID-19 related death is a 75-year-old woman from Clackamas County who tested positive Dec. 29, 2021, and died Jan. 6, at her residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

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