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CCO Metrics Technical Advisory Group meets September 24 - 09/23/20

September 23, 2020

Contact: Brian Toups, 503-385-6542, rian.m.toups@dhsoha.state.or.us">brian.m.toups@dhsoha.state.or.us (meeting information or accommodation)

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Health Authority’s CCO Metrics Technical Advisory Group.

When: September 24,1-3 p.m.

Where: By call-in or webinar only. The public may join remotely through a webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/5590554135910010380 and listen-only conference line conference line at 888-398-2342, participant code 5731389.

Agenda: Welcome and introductions; updates; 2021 Benchmarks; preventive dental; meaningful language access – technical aspects of reporting; EHR-based measures – changing national landscape; adjourn. The agenda is available on the group's webpage.

For more information, please visit the committee's website.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

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If you need help or have questions, please contact Brian Toups at 503-385-6542, 711 TTY, rian.m.toups@dhsoha.state.or.us">brian.m.toups@dhsoha.state.or.us, at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Nurse Staffing Advisory Board's Process Improvement Committee meets October 7 - 09/22/20

September 22, 2020

What: The Nurse Staffing Advisory Board's Process Improvement Committee is holding its third meeting. This meeting was rescheduled twice (Sept. 9 and Sept. 23) due to various emergencies.

Agenda:

  • Review the committee agenda and summary from previous meeting.
  • Finalize recommendation on survey process priorities and Nurse Staffing Report format.
  • Review components of the nurse staffing complaint investigation process.
  • Discuss nurses’ concerns with the current complaint investigation process and role of NSAB and OHA in addressing these concerns.
  • Discuss communication to share with nurses regarding complaint investigation process.
  • Summarize action items and next steps.

The agenda will be available on the Nurse Staffing Advisory Board's webpage at www.healthoregon.org/nursestaffing.

When: Oct. 7, 1:30-4 p.m.

Where: Via Zoom: dial 669-254-5252, meeting ID 160 454 8059, passcode 900107.

The Nurse Staffing Advisory Board advises Oregon Health Authority on the administration of Oregon’s nurse staffing laws; identifies trends, opportunities and concerns related to nurse staffing; makes recommendations to OHA based on those trends, opportunities and concerns; and reviews the enforcement powers and processes under Oregon’s nurse staffing laws.

Program contact: Kimberly Voelker, 971-673-0389, erly.n.voelker@dhsoha.state.or.us">kimberly.n.voelker@dhsoha.state.or.us.

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  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters.
  • Written material in other languages.
  • Braille.
  • Large print.
  • Audio and other formats.

If you need help or have questions, please contact Kimberly Voelker at 971-673-0389, 711 TTY or erly.n.voelker@dhsoha.state.or.us">kimberly.n.voelker@dhsoha.state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Heceta Beach health advisory issued September 22 - 09/22/20

September 22, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Oregon Health Authority issued a public health advisory today for higher than normal levels of bacteria in ocean waters at Heceta Beach in Lane County.

People should avoid direct contact with the water in this area until the advisory is lifted. Higher than normal levels of fecal bacteria can cause diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses. This applies especially to children and the elderly, who may be more vulnerable to illness from waterborne bacteria.

Increased pathogen and fecal bacteria levels in ocean waters can come from both shore and inland sources such as stormwater runoff, sewer overflows, failing septic systems, and animal waste from livestock, pets and wildlife.

While this advisory is in effect at Heceta Beach, visitors should avoid wading in nearby creeks, pools of water on the beach, or in discolored water, and stay clear of water runoff flowing into the ocean. Even if there is no advisory in effect, officials recommend avoiding swimming in the ocean within 48 hours after a rainstorm.

Although state officials advise against water contact, they continue to encourage other recreational activities (flying kites, picnicking, playing on the beach, walking, etc.) on this beach because they pose no health risk even during an advisory.

The status of water contact advisories at beaches is subject to change. For the most recent information on advisories, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website at http://www.healthoregon.org/beach or call 971-673-0482, or 877-290-6767 (toll free).

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Oregon reports 328 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 3 new deaths - 09/22/20

Sept. 22, 2020

Media contact: OHA External Relations 971-673-2097, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon reports 328 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 3 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed three more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 532, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 328 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 31,313.

The new cases are in the following counties: Benton (6), Clackamas (31), Clatsop (2), Columbia (3), Coos (3), Crook (1), Curry (1), Deschutes (11), Douglas (10), Hood River (1), Jackson (12), Jefferson (1), Josephine (4), Klamath (2), Lane (32), Lincoln (1), Linn (10), Malheur (14), Marion (38), Multnomah (60), Polk (9), Umatilla (3), Wasco (25), Washington (42), and Yamhill (6).

Oregon’s 530th COVID-19 death is a 73-year-old man in Marion County who tested positive on Sept.10 and died on Sept. 20, in his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 531st COVID-19 death is a 41-year-old man in Malheur County who tested positive on Sept. 15 and died on Sept. 20. Place of death is being confirmed. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 532nd COVID-19 death is a 64-year-old woman in Malheur County who tested positive on Sept. 1 and died on Sept. 20, at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. She did not have underlying conditions.


Stay informed about COVID-19:

Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Office of Emergency Management lead the state response leads the state response.

United States response: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response.

Global response: The World Health Organization guides the global response.

First quarter Hospital Financial Reports show drop in revenue due to COVID-19 - 09/22/20

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 22, 2020

Today the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) provided the agency’s first look at how COVID-19 has impacted hospital revenue during this public health crisis. Hospital revenue and operating margins suffered steep drops at the end of March, likely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For the first time OHA is releasing its quarterly hospital financial reports as an interactive online dashboard. The dashboard allows users to interact with hospital financial data from 2007 to 2020, displayed monthly or quarterly.

"The broad health and economic impacts of COVID-19 highlight why we need a sustainable health care system that ensures everyone has access to quality, affordable care when they need it," said Jeremy Vandehey, OHA’s director of health policy and analytics.

Hospitals ended 2019 in a strong financial position, with revenue outpacing expenses. Net patient revenue increased 7.3% compared with the fourth quarter of 2018, while operating expenses increased only 1.2%. Uncompensated care remained essentially flat during that period. Hospitals closed out 2019 with a robust median operating margin of 4.2%.

However, the strong fourth quarter of 2019 stands in stark contrast to the first quarter of 2020. Oregon’s first COVID-19 case was identified on February 28, 2020. To conserve hospital capacity and preserve personal protective equipment (PPE) for the COVID-19 emergency, on March 19, 2020, Governor Kate Brown issued executive order 20-10, prohibiting elective and non-urgent medical procedures.

Decreases in hospital utilization in March led to a drop in patient revenue. At the same time, hospital expenses continued to increase, leading to large drops in operating margins in the first quarter of 2020. A drop in hospital stocks exacerbated the losses.

Key findings from the report include:

  • Statewide total margin fell from 9.3% in the first quarter of 2019 to -8.8% in the first quarter of 2020, a decrease of 19.4 percentage points.
  • Median statewide total margin fell 11.3 percentage points, from 6.7% to -4.6% in the same time period.
  • Statewide net patient revenue was down slightly, $22.7 million or -0.6%, when compared with the first quarter of 2019.
  • Total operating expenses remained on trend, increasing $215 million, 6.3%, when compared with the first quarter of 2019.

The first quarter financial reports don’t reflect financial assistance that was provided to the health system in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The second quarter hospital financial reports, released later this fall, will reflect federal and state grants or other assistance that was provided to hospitals to stabilize and support the health system.

"We have been working closely with our partners across the health system to contain the rising costs of health care," said Vandehey. "These data demonstrate the risks health systems face when their revenue depends on the numbers of patients they treat and procedures they perform. We see that paying for volume instead of value can contribute to financial uncertainty during a crisis, just when we need hospitals the most."

Quarterly reporting on Oregon's acute care hospitals assists policymakers and the public in monitoring the impact of state and federal health reforms on hospital care and financial stability. These reports track key measures of hospital finances and utilization including profitability, charity care, bad debt, and inpatient, outpatient, and emergency department visits.

For more information about OHA’s hospital reporting program, go to the Health Policy and Analytics website.

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Oregon reports 201 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 3 new deaths - 09/21/20

Sept. 21, 2020

Media contact: OHA External Relations 971-673-2097, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon reports 201 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 3 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed three more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 529, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 201 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 30,995.

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Benton (2), Clackamas (16), Clatsop (2), Columbia (2), Coos (4), Curry (3), Deschutes (8), Douglas (2), Hood River (1), Jackson (18), Josephine (3), Klamath (2), Lane (28), Lincoln (1), Linn (1), Malheur (12), Marion (18), Morrow (2), Multnomah (35), Tillamook (1), Umatilla (4), Wasco (10), Washington (25), and Yamhill (1).

Oregon’s 527th COVID-19 death is an 80-year-old man in Multnomah County who tested positive on Aug. 21 and died on Sept. 6, in his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 528th COVID-19 death is a 54-year-old woman in Multnomah County who tested positive on Sept. 16 and died on Sept. 20, at Legacy Mt. Hood Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 529th COVID-19 death is a 73-year-old man in Multnomah County who tested positive on Sept. 18 and died on Sept. 19, at OHSU. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.


OHA features new COVID 19 dashboard

Today, Monday, Sept. 21, OHA is unveiling a new version of the dashboard Oregon COVID-19 Case Demographics and Disease Severity Statewide to provide more information on the demographics of COVID-19 cases in Oregon.

The new dashboard will present case rates per 100,000 people, which more clearly shows disparities in the burden of COVID-19 between demographic groups. In addition to case counts and rates, users will be able to view the percent of cases in each age group, sex, race, and ethnicity that have ever been hospitalized for their illness or have died with COVID-19.


OHA Ends Publication of Weekly Testing Summary, Data Published Daily

OHA will no longer issue the Weekly Testing Summary because the data is currently available on a more timely basis on the OHA website. The location of the information is linked below:

  1. Testing totals for the prior week(s)
  2. Test positivity statewide (cumulative)
  3. Test positivity statewide for the prior week (same location as #1)

Other testing-related announcements or issues, such as changes in the national testing supply chain, will be noted in daily press releases on an as-needed basis. OHA’s most recent testing guidance for healthcare providers can be found here.


Stay informed about COVID-19:

Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Office of Emergency Management lead the state response leads the state response.

United States response: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response.

Global response: The World Health Organization guides the global response.

Oregon reports 208 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 1 new death - 09/20/20

Sept. 20, 2020

Oregon reports 208 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 1 new death

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed one more life in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 526, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 208 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 30,801.

The new cases are in the following counties: Benton (7), Clackamas (18), Clatsop (4), Columbia (3), Coos (2), Deschutes (9), Douglas (2), Gilliam (1), Hood River (4), Jackson (5), Jefferson (2), Klamath (1), Lane (23), Linn (7), Malheur (15), Marion (21), Morrow (3), Multnomah (41), Polk (1), Umatilla (8), Washington (28), and Yamhill (3).

Oregon’s 526th COVID-19 death is a 73-year-old woman in Marion County who tested positive on Sept. 1 and died on Sept.18, at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

See table below for total cases, deaths, and negative tests by county.

County

Cases1

Total deaths2

Negative tests3

Baker

90

2

1,533

Benton

285

6

12,143

Clackamas

2,256

61

56,853

Clatsop

117

0

5,304

Columbia

154

1

6,608

Coos

138

0

6,445

Crook

60

1

2,470

Curry

27

0

1,705

Deschutes

769

12

28,147

Douglas

209

3

12,176

Gilliam

8

0

265

Grant

8

0

862

Harney

12

0

764

Hood River

245

0

4,772

Jackson

1,039

4

31,732

Jefferson

513

8

4,499

Josephine

183

2

11,311

Klamath

273

2

9,844

Lake

28

0

853

Lane

964

15

60,349

Lincoln

472

13

8,406

Linn

466

13

15,580

Malheur

1,527

23

4,819

Marion

4,447

90

45,305

Morrow

488

6

1,682

Multnomah

6,818

130

133,456

Polk

502

15

8,442

Sherman

18

0

327

Tillamook

48

0

2,915

Umatilla

2,913

41

12,629

Union

435

2

3,409

Wallowa

28

1

930

Wasco

234

3

4,709

Washington

4,289

58

87,468

Wheeler

0

0

159

Yamhill

738

14

16,397

Total

30,801

526

605,268

1This includes cases confirmed by diagnostic testing and presumptive cases. Presumptive cases are those without a positive diagnostic test who present COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. County of residence for cases may change as new information becomes available. If changes occur, we will update our counts accordingly.

2For additional details on individuals who have died from COVID-19 in Oregon, please refer to our press releases.

3This includes cases who test negative and are not epi-linked to a confirmed case.

Stay informed about COVID-19:

Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Office of Emergency Management lead the state response.

United States response: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response.

Global response: The World Health Organization guides the global response.

Oregon reports 295 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 0 new deaths - 09/19/20

Sept. 19, 2020

Oregon reports 295 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 0 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed five more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 525, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 266 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 30,599. The new cases  reported today are in the following counties: Benton (27), Clackamas (14), Clatsop (3), Columbia (2), Curry (1), Deschutes (16), Douglas (6), Jackson (13), Jefferson (6), Josephine (3), Klamath (4), Lane (11), Lincoln (2), Linn (4), Malheur (22), Marion (40), Morrow (1), Multnomah (40), Polk (8), Umatilla (10), Wasco (1), Washington (23), and Yamhill (9).

Note: OHA double counted a death on Sept. 4 that was originally recorded on July 24. The duplication occurred because of an incorrectly reported date of birth. Because of this error we are renumbering our reported deaths starting with 521 today.

Oregon’s 521st COVID-19 death is a 93-year-old woman in Lane County who tested positive on Aug. 26 and died on Sept. 17, in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 522nd COVID-19 death is a 72-year-old woman in Jackson County who tested positive on Aug. 28 and died on Sept. 15, at Providence Medford Medical Center. She had underlying medical conditions.

Oregon’s 523rd COVID-19 death is an 81-year-old man in Morrow County who tested positive on Sept. 4 and died on Sept.14. Location of death is being confirmed. He had underlying medical conditions.

Oregon’s 524th COVID-19 death is a 97-year-old-woman in Marion County who died on May 10. 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 medical conditions.

Oregon’s 525th COVID-19 death is an 86-year-old man in Multnomah County who tested positive on Aug. 16 and died on Sept.16 in his residence. He had underlying medical conditions.

See table below for total cases, deaths, and negative tests by county.

County

Cases (1)

Total deaths (2)

Negative tests (3)

Baker

90

2

1,532

Benton

279

6

12,096

Clackamas

2,237

61

56,699

Clatsop

113

0

5,281

Columbia

150

1

6,599

Coos

136

0

6,385

Crook

60

1

2,460

Curry

27

0

1,689

Deschutes

760

12

27,956

Douglas

206

3

12,126

Gilliam

7

0

264

Grant

8

0

857

Harney

12

0

759

Hood River

241

0

4,758

Jackson

1,034

4

31,655

Jefferson

511

8

4,490

Josephine

183

2

11,263

Klamath

272

2

9,806

Lake

28

0

855

Lane

944

15

60,022

Lincoln

472

13

8,409

Linn

458

13

15,566

Malheur

1,512

23

4,790

Marion

4,427

89

45,143

Morrow

485

6

1,678

Multnomah

6,779

130

133,105

Polk

501

15

8,399

Sherman

18

0

326

Tillamook

48

0

2,904

Umatilla

2,905

41

12,651

Union

435

2

3,416

Wallowa

28

1

927

Wasco

234

3

4,701

Washington

4,264

58

87,235

Wheeler

0

0

159

Yamhill

735

14

16,350

Total

30,599

525

603,311

1 - This includes cases confirmed by diagnostic testing and presumptive cases. Presumptive cases are those without a positive diagnostic test who present COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. County of residence for cases may change as new information becomes available. If changes occur, we will update our counts accordingly.

2 - For additional details on individuals who have died from COVID-19 in Oregon, please refer to our press releases.

3 - This includes cases who test negative and are not epi-linked to a confirmed case.


Stay informed about COVID-19:

Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Office of Emergency Management lead the state response.

United States response: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response.

Global response: The World Health Organization guides the global response.


Stay informed about COVID-19:

Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Office of Emergency Management lead the state response.

United States response: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response.

Global response: The World Health Organization guides the global response.

Oregon reports 295 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 0 new deaths - 09/18/20

Sept. 18, 2020

Media contact: OHA External Relations 971-673-2097, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon reports 295 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 0 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — The state’s death toll from COVID-19 is unchanged from yesterday and remains at 521, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 295 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 30,342.

The new cases are in the following counties: Baker (1), Benton (4), Clackamas (28), Clatsop (3), Coos (2), Deschutes (7), Douglas (5), Hood River (1), Jackson (14), Jefferson (2), Klamath (2), Lake (1), Lane (20), Linn (5), Malheur (20), Marion (51), Morrow (7), Multnomah (56), Polk (4), Tillamook (2), Umatilla (16), Wasco (3), Washington (36) and Yamhill (5).


New COVID-19 modeling released

OHA released its latest COVID-19 modeling report today, showing that the current rate of transmission is continuing a downward trend that began in mid-July, meaning that each case is generating less than one other case.

The model looked at the following scenarios:

If transmission continues at its present rate, then by Oct. 8. daily infections would decrease from 360 to 190. New daily cases would decrease to 80. Severe cases – those requiring hospitalization – would decrease to 6 and the reproduction rate would remain at .87.

If there is a 5-percentage-point decline in transmission, over the next month there would be 130 daily infections. New daily cases would decline to 50. Severe cases would drop to four, and the reproduction rate would be .74.

If there is a 5-percentage-point increase in transmission rates over the next month, the model projects 400 new daily infections with new daily cases rising by 80. Under this scenario, severe cases would double from six to 12.

More importantly, this scenario results in a reproduction rate of 1.0, meaning that the spread of COVID would be increasing, reversing the progress made in recent weeks.

As has been shown since the beginning of the pandemic in Oregon, these trends remain very sensitive to small changes in transmission levels.

Wildfires, which started on Labor Day, are widespread throughout Oregon and have led to evacuations of an estimated 40,000 people and extremely hazardous air quality.

The wildfires and subsequent poor air quality have decreased availability of community COVID-19 testing, but it is unclear what effects the evacuations and the poor air quality might have on COVID-19 transmission and symptoms.

Model results should be interpreted with caution, given these recent reductions in testing and uncertainty behind various COVID-19 model assumptions.


Stay informed about COVID-19:

Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Office of Emergency Management lead the state response leads the state response.

United States response: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response.

Global response: The World Health Organization guides the global response.

Oregon reports 215 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 0 new deaths - 09/17/20

Sept. 17, 2020

Media contact: OHA External Relations 971-673-2097, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon reports 215 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 0 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — The state’s death toll from COVID-19 is unchanged from yesterday and remains at 521, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 215 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 30,060.

The new cases are in the following counties: Benton (2), Clackamas (11), Clatsop (1), Columbia (3), Deschutes (7), Douglas (1), Grant (2), Hood River (1), Jackson (14), Jefferson (7), Klamath (7), Lane (23), Linn (11), Malheur (11), Marion (28), Morrow (1), Multnomah (43), Polk (2), Tillamook (1), Umatilla (7), Washington (29), and Yamhill (3).

Testing Note: The Oregon State Public Health Laboratory resumed normal operations yesterday after a three-day closure caused by HVAC problems and related poor indoor air quality. The lab is once again accepting and testing specimens.


Stay informed about COVID-19:

Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Office of Emergency Management lead the state response leads the state response.

United States response: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response.

Global response: The World Health Organization guides the global response.

Oregon Health Authority releases 2019 CCO Metrics Report - 09/17/20

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 17, 2020

Oregon Health Authority releases 2019 CCO Metrics Report

Oregon coordinated care organizations (CCOs) continue to work on health system transformation by focusing on better care and better health outcomes while controlling health care costs. The 2019 CCO Metrics Report shares the results of Oregon’s pay-for-performance quality incentive program. To earn their full incentive payment, CCOs must meet benchmarks or improvement targets on at least 12 of the 16 measures, achieve a performance goal related to enrollment in patient-centered primary care homes, and report data for two electronic health records metrics.

"Oregon’s quality incentive program continues to play a key role in improving health outcomes and the care received by our more than 1 million members," said Jeremy Vandehey, OHA's director of health policy and analytics. "As individuals and families begin to re-engage with the health system after the significant disruption caused by COVID-19, these quality measures will help us see how effective CCOs are in connecting people to the care they need during challenging times."

The report includes three new measures: oral evaluation for adults with diabetes; preventive dental services; and well child visits in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth years of life. Preventive dental care and well child visits are part of a multi-year strategy focused on the health sector’s role in preparing children for kindergarten.

For the 2021 measurement year, the Metrics and Scoring Committee added a new measure focused specifically on health equity: Meaningful language access to culturally responsive health care services.

Report highlights

  • The percentage of children in foster care who received timely mental, physical and dental health assessments has improved by more than 200 percent since 2014.
  • Cigarette smoking prevalence declined among 13 of 15 CCOs in 2019. The overall smoking prevalence among CCO members decreased by nearly 9 percent.
  • Emergency department utilization among members with mental illness was first included in the Quality Incentive Program in 2018. In 2019, nine of 15 CCOs improved, and seven achieved their improvement target.

Additionally, 2019 was the first year postpartum care was included in the Quality Incentive Program. All but two CCOs achieved the benchmark or improvement target. This was also the first year timeliness of prenatal care was no longer an incentive measure. Statewide performance on this measure dropped by 12 percentage points, and no CCOs demonstrated improvement on the rate of women receiving timely prenatal care.

The quality pool model rewards CCOs for the quality of care provided to Oregon Health Plan members. This model increasingly rewards CCOs for outcomes, rather than utilization of services, and is one of several key health system transformation mechanisms for achieving Oregon’s vision for better health, better care and lower costs.

The quality pool comprised 4.25 percent of CCOs’ monthly payments in 2019, for a total of more than $166 million. While all CCOs showed improvement on a majority of measures, five out of 15 earned 100 percent of their quality pool dollars. Six CCOs met 11 of the benchmarked measures and 80 percent of their quality pool, and four CCOs earned 60 percent. This left nearly $46 million for the challenge pool. The challenge pool was distributed to CCOs that met the benchmark or improvement target on four measures that impact early childhood: assessments for children in ODHS custody, childhood immunization status, developmental screenings in the first 36 months of life and timeliness of postpartum care.

Changes to the program due to COVID-19

Early in the COVID-19 emergency, OHA evaluated sources of funding that could be released quickly to support CCOs and members during the emergency. Sixty percent of the 2019 quality pool dollars were distributed to CCOs in April, with the remaining balance released to CCOs in June based on the performance described in this report.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related disruption to the health care system, the Metrics and Scoring Committee elected to modify the design of Quality Incentive Program for 2020 so that CCOs earn credit for reporting only.

For a detailed report of the CCO metrics and how much each CCO earned through the pay-for-performance program, visit the OHA Health Policy and Analytics website.

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OHA's Weekly Report Shows Declining Case Count Trend - 09/16/20

Sept. 16, 2020

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OHA’s Weekly Report Shows Declining Case Count Trend

Today’s Weekly Report showed that new cases in Oregon have continued to decline as 1,294 cases were recorded from Sept. 7-13 —down 12% from last week’s tally of 1,477. In that same period, the number of Oregonians newly tested declined 35%, to 17,365, and the percentage of tests that were positive rose from 4.3% to 5.6%. This decline in the number of Oregonians tested occurred during the context of numerous active wildfires. OHA is closely monitoring this situation.

Twenty-nine Oregonians were reported to have died last week in association with COVID-19, compared to 23 last week. Eighty-three Oregonians were hospitalized; and with 47 in the previous week, the reported number of Oregonians hospitalized with COVID-19 is the lowest for any two-week period since mid-June.

As in past weeks of declining case counts, OHA reminds Oregonians that it remains very important to continue to wear face coverings, practice physical distancing and avoid gatherings to sustain the progress the state has made.


Oregon joins Western States Pact in testing exposure notification technology

Governor Kate Brown announced today that Oregon has joined with Western States Pact members California, Washington, Colorado and Nevada in a pilot project to test COVID-19 exposure notification technology. The pilot project will test the Exposure Notification Express mobile application developed by Google and Apple. For those who voluntarily choose to use the exposure notification technology, the app confidentially notifies individuals who may have been exposed to someone who tested positive for the virus. Privacy and security are central to the design of the technology, which does not collect location data from any device and never shares user identities. Users must opt in to the technology.

“Knowledge is power when it comes to stopping the spread of COVID-19, and this pilot project will help people make informed decisions to keep themselves healthy, while still protecting individual privacy,” said Governor Brown. “COVID-19 knows no state borders, and my goal is to make sure, if more widely implemented, this exposure notification technology is made available to those communities that have been disproportionately impacted by this disease — Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Pacific Islander and Tribal communities, as well as those living in the rural parts of our states.”

OHA Releases Updated Data on Certain Deaths - 09/16/20

Sept. 16, 2020

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OHA Releases Updated Data on Certain Deaths

Today, Oregon Health Authority released updated data on certain deaths reported over the past several months. The updates are part of OHA’s data reconciliation and the details are listed below.

Each death related to COVID-19 is painful for all Oregonians and a reminder of the terrible impact of COVID-19. OHA extends its condolences and sympathies to family members, friends, relatives and colleagues of those who have died.


New information is available on Oregon’s 128th COVID-19 death, reported May 11, a 91-year-old man in Polk County, who tested positive on May 2 and died on May 10, at Salem Hospital. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 170th COVID-19 death, reported June 11, an 84-year-old woman in Clackamas County who tested positive on June 6 and died on June 9 in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 183rd COVID-19 death, reported June 17, a 95-year-old woman in Clackamas County who tested positive on June 4 and died on June 11 in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 184th COVID-19 death, reported June 18, an 82-year-old woman in Marion County who tested positive on June 4 and died on June 14 at Salem Hospital. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 186th COVID-19 death, reported June 18, an 89-year-old man in Clackamas County who tested positive on June 6 and died on June 16 in his residence. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 187th COVID-19 death reported June 18, an 87-year-old man in Clackamas County who became symptomatic on May 13, after close contact with a confirmed case, and died on May 23 at Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 194th COVID-19 death, reported June 24, a 78-year-old man in Clackamas County who tested positive on June 16 and died on June 22 in his residence. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 202nd COVID-19 death, reported June 27, an 84-year-old man in Multnomah County who became symptomatic on June 21, after close contact with a confirmed case, and died on June 22 at Providence Portland Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 208th COVID-19 death, reported July 1, a 91-year-old woman in Marion County who tested positive on June 18 and died on June 29 in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 209th COVID-19 death, reported July 2, a 73-year-old woman in Klamath County who tested positive on June 20 and died on June 30 at Sky Lakes Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 226th COVID-19 death, reported July 9, an 83-year-old man in Umatilla who tested positive on July 4 and died on July 3 in his residence. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 232nd COVID-19 death, reported July 10, a 99-year-old woman in Lincoln County who tested positive on June 26 and died on July 9 in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 233rd COVID-19 death, reported July 12, an 86-year-old woman in Malheur County, who tested positive on June 29. She died on July 9, at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 234th COVID-19 death, reported July 9, a 93-year-old woman in Washington County who died on July 7 and tested positive on July 11 in her residence. She did not have underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 244th COVID-19 death, reported July 14, a 95-year-old woman in Lincoln County who tested positive on June 29and died on July 13 in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 255th COVID-19 death, reported July 18, a 78-year-old man in Marion County who tested positive on July 14 and died on July 17 in his residence. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 264th COVID-19 death, reported July 21, an 88-year-old woman in Malheur County who tested positive on June 28 and died on July 19. She died at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 268th COVID-19 death, reported July 21, an 87-year-old man in Clackamas County who tested positive on June 23 and died on July 20. He died at Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 270th COVID-19 death, reported July 22, a 77-year-old man in Umatilla County who tested positive on July 9 and died on July 20 in his residence. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 271st COVID-19 death, reported July 22, an 82-year-old man in Umatilla County who tested positive on July 16 and died on July 21 at Good Shepherd Hospital. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 276th COVID-19 death, reported July 24, a 92-year-old man in Deschutes County who tested positive on July 12 and died on July 18 in his residence. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 280th COVID-19 death, reported July 24, a 62-year-old woman in Multnomah County who tested positive on July 18 and died on July 18. She died at Adventist Health Portland. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 285th COVID-19 death, reported July 25, an 87-year-old man in Multnomah County who tested positive on July 7 and died on July 17. He died at Providence Portland Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 286th COVID-19 death, reported July 25, an 85-year-old man in Umatilla County who tested positive on July 16 and died on July 24. He died in his residence. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 292nd COVID-19 death, reported July 28, a 77-year-old woman in Jefferson County who tested positive on June 30 and died on July 23 at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 296th COVID-19 death, reported July 28, a 91-year-old woman in Clackamas County who became symptomatic on July 22, after close contact with a confirmed case, and died on July 26. She died in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 299th COVID-19 death, reported July 28, a 64-year-old woman in Jefferson County who tested positive on July 14 and died on July 27. She died at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 300th COVID-19 death, reported July 28, an 82-year-old woman in Jefferson County who tested positive on July 20 and died on July 26. She died at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 302nd COVID-19 death, reported July 28, a 66-year-old woman in Marion County who tested positive on July 14 and died on July 24. She died in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 303rd death, reported July 28, an 84-year-old woman in Umatilla County who tested positive on July 22 and died on July 25. She died in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 308th COVID-19 death, reported July 29, an 85-year-old woman in Morrow County who tested positive on July 10 and died on July 21. She died at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, Washington. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 311th COVID-19 death, reported July 29, a 73-year-old woman in Umatilla County who tested positive on June 21 and died on July 19. She died at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, Washington. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 317th COVID-19 death, reported July 31, a 90-year-old woman in Deschutes County who tested positive on July 12 and died on July 28, in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 322nd COVID-19 death, reported July 28, an 81-year-old man in Lincoln County who tested positive on June 23, and died on July 29. He died in his residence. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 325th COVID-19 death, reported Aug. 1, a 91-year-old woman in Deschutes County who tested positive on July 12 and died on July 28. She died in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 327th COVID-19 death, reported Aug. 3, a 71-year-old man in Marion County who tested positive on July 6 and died on Aug. 1. He died at Salem Hospital. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 328th COVID-19 death, reported Aug. 1, a 50-year-old man in Multnomah County who tested positive on July 20 and died on July 29, at Providence Portland Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 333rd COVID-19 death, reported Aug. 4, a 96-year-old woman in Malheur County who tested positive on July 27 and died on Aug. 2. at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 334th COVID-19 death, reported Aug. 5, an 87-year-old woman in Clackamas County tested positive on July 8, and died on Aug. 1 in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 336th COVID-19 death, reported Aug. 5, a 74-year-old man in Umatilla County who tested positive on July 12 and died on Aug. 1 at St. Anthony Hospital. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 340th COVID-19 death, reported Aug. 7, a 90-year-old man in Clackamas County, who tested positive on July 30 and died on Aug. 5 in his residence. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 341st COVID-19 death, reported Aug. 7, an 80-year-old woman in Deschutes County who tested positive on July 20 and died on July 31 in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 348th COVID-19 death, reported Aug. 7, a 93-year-old woman in Yamhill County who tested positive on July 28, and died on Aug. 6. She died at Willamette Valley Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 353rd COVID-19 death, reported Aug. 8, an 80-year-old man in Deschutes County who tested positive on July 23 and died on Aug. 7 in his residence. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 354th COVID-19 death, reported Aug. 8, an 85-year-old man in Multnomah County who tested positive on Aug.6 and died on Aug. 7 in his residence. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 355th COVID-19 death, reported Aug. 8, a 41-year-old man in Malheur County who tested positive on Aug. 4 and died on Aug. 5 at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 370th COVID-19 death, reported Aug. 12, a 95-year-old woman in Washington County, who tested positive on Aug. 6 and died on Aug. 8 in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 374th COVID-19 death, reported Aug. 12 a 57-year-old woman in Clackamas County who tested positive on July 17 and died on Aug. 9 at Legacy Good Samaritan. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 378th COVID-19 death, reported Aug. 13, an 80-year-old woman in Clackamas County who tested positive on Aug. 2 and died on Aug. 9 at Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 381st COVID-19 death, reported Aug. 13, a 55-year-old man in Columbia County who tested positive on Aug. 7 and died on Aug. 9 at Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 394th COVID-19 death, reported Aug. 18, a 97-year-old woman in Lincoln County who tested positive on Aug. 2 and died on Aug. 15 in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 395th COVID-19 death, reported Aug. 18, a 90-year-old man in Lincoln County who tested positive on Aug. 2 and died on Aug. 14 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 412th COVID-19 death, reported Aug. 20, a 60-year-old man in Linn County who tested positive on July 11 and died on Aug. 19 at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 431st COVID-19 death, reported Aug. 26, an 82-year-old woman in Multnomah County who tested positive on July 25 and died on Aug. 21 at Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 432nd COVID-19 death, reported Aug. 26, a 55-year-old woman in Marion County who tested positive on May 11 and died on Aug.15 in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 440th COVID-19 death, reported Aug. 28, a 50-year-old man in Washington County who tested positive on June 4 and died on Aug. 23 at Providence Portland Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 441st COVID-19 death, reported Aug. 28, a 73-year-old male in Umatilla County who tested positive on Aug. 9 and died on Aug. 23 at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, Washington. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 444th COVID-19 death, reported Aug. 28, a 73-year-old woman in Malheur County who died on Aug. 1. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. She died at St. Alphonsus Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 455th COVID-19 death, reported Aug. 30 a 70-year-old woman in Douglas County who tested positive on Aug. 9 and died on Aug. 29 at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. She did not have underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 462nd COVID-19 death, reported Sept. 1, a 66-year-old man in Umatilla County who tested positive on July 31 and died on Aug. 28 at Good Shepherd Hospital. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 467th COVID-19 death, reported Sept. 2, a 73-year-old man in Jackson County who tested positive on Aug. 14 and died on Aug. 29 at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 478th COVID-19 death, reported Sept. 5, a 68-year-old man in Umatilla County who tested positive on June 21 and died on July 16 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.

New information is available on Oregon’s 485th COVID-19 death, reported Sept. 8, a 72-year-old woman in Marion County who tested positive on Aug. 26 and died Sept. 6 in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 493rd COVID-19 death, reported Sept. 9, an 88-year-old man in Morrow County who tested positive on Aug. 7 and died on Sept. 4 at Good Shepherd Hospital. He had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 502nd COVID-19 death, reported Sept. 12, a 97-year-old woman in Clackamas County who tested positive on June 29 and died on Aug. 29 at Legacy Meridian Park Hospital. She had underlying conditions.

New information is available on Oregon’s 507th COVID-19 death, reported Sept. 13, a 76-year-old man in Marion County who tested positive on Sept. 3 and died on Sept. 12 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon reports 195 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 2 new deaths - 09/16/20

Sept. 16, 2020

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Oregon reports 195 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 2 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed two more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 521, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 195 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 29,850.

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Benton (1), Clackamas (10), Clatsop (2), Coos (2), Deschutes (4), Douglas (2), Hood River (1), Jackson (15), Jefferson (5), Klamath (14), Lane (15), Linn (1), Malheur (17), Marion (23), Multnomah (32), Polk (3), Umatilla (2), Union (1), Wallowa (6), Wasco (2), Washington (33) and Yamhill (4).

Oregon’s 520th COVID-19 death is a 70-year-old man in Washington County who tested positive on July 9 and died on Sept. 8 at OHSU. He did not have underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 521st COVID-19 death is a 79-year-old man in Multnomah County who tested positive on Aug. 4 and died on Sept. 10 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.


OHA announces new COVID-19 wastewater monitoring project

OHA today announced it had launched a statewide COVID-19 wastewater monitoring project to study the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in more than 40 small- to medium-sized communities around the state. The project, which will include weekly wastewater testing over the next 30 months, will enable epidemiologists to better understand the circulation of COVID-19 in some of Oregon’s communities. It will serve as an “early warning” system to tell if COVID-19 is spreading silently in communities.

“This program holds promise to help us monitor COVID-19 in our communities,” said Melissa Sutton MD, MPH, Medical Director for Respiratory Viral Pathogens at OHA and a principal investigator for the wastewater study. “We look forward to our partnership with local communities and researchers. Together we hope to better understand the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon.”

Much of the work will be carried out by Oregon State University researchers, along with local partners. Funding for this program comes from the CDC.


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Sustainable Health Care Cost Growth Target Implementation Committee meeting on September 18 has been canceled - 09/16/20

Sept. 16, 2020: The Sustainable Health Care Cost Growth Target Implementation Committee meeting on Friday Sept. 18. has been canceled because of wildfires and Committee member availability. The agenda below will be covered at the Committee’s next scheduled meeting on Oct. 6.

Contact: Sarah Bartelmann, 971-283-8107, ah.e.bartelmann@dhsoha.state.or.us">sarah.e.bartelmann@dhsoha.state.or.us (meeting information or accommodation).

What: A public meeting of the Sustainable Health Care Cost Growth Target Implementation Committee.

When: Sept. 18, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: By Zoom or conference line.

Join by Zoom at https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1609458049?pwd=aVpLMkhaZFBlS0Rnb0NGaVRWTjVQUT09, meeting ID 160 945 8049, passcode 298032.

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Agenda: Welcome; agenda review; public comment (9:15 a.m.); steps to increase VBP adoption; criteria for reporting payer and provider performance; Quality and Equity Workstream; next steps.

Please submit public comment in writing before the meeting at e.CostTarget@dhsoha.state.or.us">HealthCare.CostTarget@dhsoha.state.or.us.

For more information, please visit the committee’s website at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/HPA/HP/Pages/Sustainable-Health-Care-Cost-Growth-Target.aspx.

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Recreational use advisory issued for Moore Park and the surrounding area on Upper Klamath Lake Sept. 16 - 09/16/20

Sept. 16, 2020

Media contact: Delia Hernández, 503-422-7179, phd.communications@dhsoha.state.or.us

Recreational use advisory issued for Moore Park and the surrounding area on Upper Klamath Lake Sept. 16

The Oregon Health Authority issued a recreational use health advisory today for Moore Park and closely surrounding areas on Upper Klamath Lake due to the presence of a cyanobacterial bloom and cyanotoxins above recreational use values for human exposure. Moore Park is located at the southern end of Upper Klamath Lake in Klamath County.

People should avoid swimming and high-speed water activities, such as water skiing or power boating, in areas of the lake where blooms are identified. Although toxins are not absorbed through the skin, people who have skin sensitivities may experience a puffy red rash.

People are encouraged to visit Upper Klamath Lake and enjoy activities such as fishing, camping, hiking, biking, picnicking and bird watching. Boating is safe as long as speeds do not create excessive water spray, which could lead to inhalation risk.

Drinking water

Drinking water directly from areas of the lake affected by a bloom is especially dangerous. Toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating water with camping-style filters. Contact campground management or the local health department with questions about water available at nearby campgrounds or day use areas.

People who are not on a well or a public water system and draw in-home water directly from an affected area are advised to use an alternative water source because not all private treatment systems are proven effective in removing cyanotoxins.

Children and pets

Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity. People who bring their pets to a lake with areas affected by a bloom for recreation activities, regardless of whether a recreational use health advisory is in place, should take special precautions to keep them from drinking from or swimming in these areas. Dogs can also be exposed to cyanotoxins when present by licking their fur, licking cyanobacteria off rocks or eating cells from a bloom.

Fishing

Fish caught from areas where cyanobacterial blooms are present should have fat, skin and organs removed before cooking or freezing, as toxins are more likely to collect in these tissues. Fillets should also be rinsed with clean water.

Symptoms

Exposure to cyanotoxins can be serious and result in a range of symptoms, from those similar to food poisoning such as stomach cramping, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, to more serious symptoms like numbness, tingling, dizziness and shortness of breath that may require medical attention.

For health information or to report an illness, contact the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) at 971-673-0482.

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Oregon reports 184 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 8 new deaths - 09/15/20

September 15, 2020

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Oregon reports 184 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 8 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed eight more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 519, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 184 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 29,662.

The new cases are in the following counties: Clackamas (11), Clatsop (1), Columbia (1), Crook (1), Deschutes (2), Douglas (1), Gilliam (2), Jackson (10), Jefferson (3), Josephine (2), Klamath (3), Lane (9), Linn (6), Malheur (25), Marion (31), Morrow (3), Multnomah (35), Polk (2), Tillamook (1), Umatilla (4), Union (1), Washington (25), and Yamhill (5).

Oregon’s 512th COVID-19 death is a 73-year-old woman in Washington County who died on Sept. 1, at Tuality Healthcare. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death.

Oregon’s 513th COVID-19 death is a 74-year-old woman in Malheur County who tested positive on Sept. 7 and died on Sept. 11, at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Idaho. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 514th COVID-19 death is a 77-year-old man in Multnomah County who tested positive on Aug. 30 and died on Sept. 14, at Legacy Mt. Hood Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 515th COVID-19 death is a 66-year-old woman in Morrow County who tested positive on Aug.11 and died on Sept. 13, at OHSU. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 516th COVID-19 death is an 89-year-old woman in Clackamas County who tested positive on July 31 and died on Sept. 9, in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 517th COVID-19 death is a 58-year-old man in Multnomah County who tested positive on Aug. 25 and died on Sept. 11, at Legacy Mt. Hood Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 518th COVID-19 death is an 85-year-old man in Marion County who tested positive on Aug. 26 and died on Sept. 11, in his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 519th COVID-19 death is an 80-year-old woman in Clackamas County who tested positive on Aug. 26 and died on Sept.10, at Providence Portland Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

TESTING NOTE: Wildfires and hazardous air conditions have affected COVID-19 testing in Oregon. The Oregon State Public Health Laboratory (OSPHL) is closed again today, Tuesday, Sept. 15 due to indoor air safety issues.

Most specimens that the OSPHL cannot process are being re-routed to commercial laboratories. As such OHA does not anticipate a large backlog of tests due to OSPHL’s closure.


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OHA Releases Weekly Testing Summary - 09/14/20

September 14, 2020

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OHA Releases Weekly Testing Summary

OHA’s most recent Weekly Testing Summary showed that as of Sept. 12, Oregon’s cumulative positivity rate is 4.6 percent of people tested. This is considerably lower than the national average of 8 percent. Of the 17,365 test results reported so far for the week of Sept. 6-12, 965 or 5.6 percent were positive. The total for that week is likely to rise as test results continue to be reported to OHA. Test positivity had been declining since a peak in late July; however, current results indicate a lower number of tests and a higher test positivity for the most recent week. OHA will continue to monitor the situation

Nurse Staffing Advisory Board Process Improvement Committee meets September 23 - 09/14/20

September 14, 2020

What: The Nurse Staffing Advisory Board Process Improvement Committee is holding its third meeting. This meeting was rescheduled from Sept. 9 in response to Oregon’s wildfires.

Agenda:

  • Review the committee agenda and summary from previous meeting.
  • Finalize recommendation on survey process priorities and Nurse Staffing Report format.
  • Review components of the nurse staffing complaint investigation process.
  • Discuss nurses’ concerns with the current complaint investigation process and role of NSAB and OHA in addressing these concerns.
  • Discuss communication to share with nurses regarding complaint investigation process.
  • Summarize action items and next steps.

The agenda will be available on www.healthoregon.org/nursestaffing.

When: Sept. 23, 10 a.m. to noon.

Where: ZoomGov meeting. Dial 669-254-5252 (Pacific Time Zone), meeting ID 160 633 1073, passcode 596248.

The Nurse Staffing Advisory Board advises the Oregon Health Authority on the administration of Oregon’s nurse staffing laws; identifies trends, opportunities and concerns related to nurse staffing; makes recommendations to OHA based on those trends, opportunities and concerns; and reviews the enforcement powers and processes under Oregon’s nurse staffing laws.

Program contact: Kimberly Voelker, 971-673-0389, erly.n.voelker@dhsoha.state.or.us">kimberly.n.voelker@dhsoha.state.or.us.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters.
  • Written material in other languages.
  • Braille.
  • Large print.
  • Audio and other formats.

If you need help or have questions, please contact Kimberly Voelker, MPH at 971-673-0389, 711 TTY or erly.n.voelker@dhsoha.state.or.us">kimberly.n.voelker@dhsoha.state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Oregon reports 151 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 2 new deaths - 09/14/20

September 14, 2020

Media contact: OHA External Relations 971-673-2097, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon reports 151 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 2 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed two more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 511, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 151 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 29,484.

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Clackamas (18), Columbia (1), Coos (1), Deschutes (3), Douglas (3), Jackson (4), Jefferson (1), Klamath (1), Lane (19), Malheur (13), Marion (11), Morrow (2), Multnomah (27), Polk (1), Umatilla (23), Union (1), Wasco (1), Washington (18), and Yamhill (3).

Oregon’s 510th COVID-19 death is an 87-year-old man in Lane County who tested positive on Sept. 1 and died on Sept. 13, in his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 511th COVID-19 death is a 92-year-old woman in Washington County who tested positive on Aug. 20. More details about her death are pending. She had underlying conditions.

TESTING NOTE: Wildfires and hazardous air conditions have affected COVID-19 testing in Oregon. Over the past several days statewide testing numbers appear to have dipped. This is a lagging data point as tests are often reported several days after specimen collection. However, due to widespread hazardous conditions, people seeking testing may have declined. OHA will continue to monitor the situation.

The Oregon State Public Health Laboratory (OSPHL) is closed today Monday, Sept. 14, due to indoor air quality which is too hazardous to safely use appropriate air safety equipment including hoods. No specimens will be accepted or tested. Specimens already received at OSPHL are being held at appropriate temperatures pending testing. OSPHL will reopen as soon as air safety standards can be met.


Stay informed about COVID-19:

Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Office of Emergency Management lead the state response leads the state response.

United States response: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response.

Global response: The World Health Organization guides the global response.

Oregon Health Policy Board meets September 15 for educational webinar - 09/14/20

September 14, 2020

Contact: Tara Chetock, 971-304-9917, a.a.chetock@dhsoha.state.or.us">tara.a.chetock@dhsoha.state.or.us (meeting information or accommodation)

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Health Policy Board.

When: September 15, 8-9 a.m.

Where: Virtual meeting only. The public can join remotely via Zoom or a conference line.

Details: A webinar on the Impacts of COVID-19 on Oregon's health care providers will be provided to board members and the public. The webinar will address the impacts of COVID-19 on health care providers, including presenting data from surveys of Oregon providers and reflections from provider organizations on what their members are experiencing. The webinar will also discuss federal and state funding supports for providers, and the ongoing monitoring conducted by OHA staff. Attendance by board members is optional, and no official business will be conducted – the webinar is informational only.

For more information and meeting materials, please visit the OHPB meeting webpage at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/index.aspx.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters.
  • Written materials in other languages.
  • Braille.
  • Large print.
  • Audio and other formats.

If you need help or have questions, please contact Tara Chetock at 971-304-9917, 711 TTY, a.a.chetock@dhsoha.state.or.us">tara.a.chetock@dhsoha.state.or.us, at least 48 hours before the meeting.

 

Oregon reports 185 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 5 new deaths - 09/13/20

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed five more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 509, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 185 new cases today, bringing the state total to 29,337.

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Benton (2), Clackamas (9), Curry (1), Deschutes (3), Douglas (1), Gilliam (1), Jackson (13), Jefferson (1), Josephine (4), Lane (8), Lincoln (1), Linn (3), Malheur (26), Marion (27), Morrow (1), Multnomah (38), Polk (6), Umatilla (6), Wasco (1), Washington (33).

The 504th COVID-19 death reported yesterday, Sept. 12, was deemed to be an out-of-state resident and has been removed from our case counts. This case was reported to the appropriate state of residence.

Oregon’s 505th COVID-19 death is an 81-year-old man in Marion County who tested positive on Aug. 29 and died on Sept. 7 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 506th COVID-19 death is a 96-year-old woman in Lane County who tested positive on Aug. 26 and died on Sept.12 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 507th COVID-19 death is a 76-year-old man in Marion County who tested positive on Sept. 3 and died on Sept. 12 at his residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 508th COVID-19 death is an 89-year-old man in Washington County who tested positive on Sept. 4 and died on Sept. 12 at his residence. He had underlying conditions

Oregon’s 509th COVID-19 death is a 89-year-old woman in Washington County who tested positive on Aug. 31 and died on Sept. 10 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

 

See table below for total cases, deaths, and negative tests by county.

County

Cases1

Total deaths2

Negative tests3

Baker

90

2

1,464

Benton

244

6

11,618

Clackamas

2,151

59

55,254

Clatsop

102

0

5,109

Columbia

143

1

6,392

Coos

131

0

6,094

Crook

59

1

2,388

Curry

26

0

1,518

Deschutes

723

12

26,778

Douglas

188

3

11,734

Gilliam

5

0

257

Grant

8

0

822

Harney

12

0

742

Hood River

238

0

4,660

Jackson

967

3

30,127

Jefferson

487

8

4,404

Josephine

178

2

10,860

Klamath

242

2

9,487

Lake

29

0

803

Lane

846

13

57,417

Lincoln

473

13

8,206

Linn

431

13

14,994

Malheur

1,407

22

4,632

Marion

4,248

87

43,598

Morrow

471

4

1,602

Multnomah

6,556

127

129,827

Polk

481

15

8,013

Sherman

18

0

321

Tillamook

45

0

2,801

Umatilla

2,844

41

12,275

Union

431

2

3,237

Wallowa

23

1

888

Wasco

227

3

4,584

Washington

4,107

55

84,413

Wheeler

0

0

157

Yamhill

706

14

15,807

Total

29,337

509

583,283

1This includes cases confirmed by diagnostic testing and presumptive cases. Presumptive cases are those without a positive diagnostic test who present COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. County of residence for cases may change as new information becomes available. If changes occur, we will update our counts accordingly.

2For additional details on individuals who have died from COVID-19 in Oregon, please refer to our press releases.

3This includes cases who test negative and are not epi-linked to a confirmed case.

 

 

Stay informed about COVID-19:

Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Office of Emergency Management lead the state response.

United States response: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response.

Global response: The World Health Organization guides the global response.

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Oregon reports 293 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 6 new deaths - 09/12/20

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed six more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 505, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today. 

“Today’s 500th death marks another sad milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic in Oregon,” said Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen. “These are our family members, our friends, neighbors and colleagues. We extend our deepest condolences to every Oregonian who has suffered a loss to COVID-19.”

Oregon Health Authority reported 293 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 29,156.

The new cases are in the following counties: Baker (2), Benton (3), Clackamas (15),  Clatsop(2), Columbia (4), Deschutes (9), Douglas (4), Jackson (11), Jefferson (4), Klamath (2), Lane (13), Lincoln (1), Linn (3), Malheur (28), Marion (48), Morrow (5), Multnomah (68), Polk (5), Tillamook (1), Umatilla (27), Union (2), Wasco (1), Washington (26) and Yamhill (9).

Oregon’s 500th COVID-19 death is a 49-year-old woman in Umatilla County who tested positive on Aug.12 and died on Sept. 2 at Providence St. Mary’s in Walla Walla, Washington. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 501st COVID-19 death is a 76-year-old man in Washington County who tested positive on Aug. 27 and died on Sept. 6 at Adventist Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 502nd COVID-19 death is a 97-year-old woman in Clackamas County who tested positive on June 29 and died on Aug. 29 at Legacy Meridian Park Hospital. Presence underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 503rd COVID-19 death is a 74-year-old woman in Multnomah County who tested positive on Aug. 27 and died on Sept. 5 in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 504th COVID-19 death is a 63-year-old man in Multnomah County who died on Aug. 28 at Legacy Emanuel Hospital. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 505th COVID-19 death is an 82-year-old man in Lane County who tested positive on Aug. 26 and died on Sept. 2 in his residence. He had underlying conditions.

 

See table below for total cases, deaths, and negative tests by county.

County

Cases1

Total deaths2

Negative tests3

Baker

90

2

1459

Benton

243

6

11592

Clackamas

2142

59

55049

Clatsop

102

0

5094

Columbia

143

1

6379

Coos

131

0

6023

Crook

59

1

2385

Curry

25

0

1511

Deschutes

720

12

26552

Douglas

187

3

11717

Gilliam

4

0

257

Grant

8

0

821

Harney

12

0

742

Hood River

238

0

4651

Jackson

954

3

30043

Jefferson

486

8

4392

Josephine

174

2

10811

Klamath

242

2

9450

Lake

29

0

805

Lane

838

12

57082

Lincoln

472

13

8210

Linn

427

13

14966

Malheur

1381

22

4626

Marion

4222

85

43465

Morrow

470

4

1600

Multnomah

6522

128

129384

Polk

474

15

7980

Sherman

18

0

321

Tillamook

45

0

2790

Umatilla

2839

41

12273

Union

431

2

3160

Wallowa

23

1

885

Wasco

226

3

4574

Washington

4073

53

84020

Wheeler

0

0

157

Yamhill

706

14

15722

Total

29,156

505

580,948

1This includes cases confirmed by diagnostic testing and presumptive cases. Presumptive cases are those without a positive diagnostic test who present COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. County of residence for cases may change as new information becomes available. If changes occur, we will update our counts accordingly.

2For additional details on individuals who have died from COVID-19 in Oregon, please refer to our press releases.

3This includes cases who test negative and are not epi-linked to a confirmed case.

 

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Oregon reports 215 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 2 new deaths (Photo) - 09/11/20

September 11, 2020

Media contact: OHA External Relations 971-673-2097, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon reports 215 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 2 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed two more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 499, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 215 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 28,865.

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (2), Benton (6), Clackamas (14), Columbia (1), Coos (2), Curry (1), Deschutes (3), Douglas (1), Jackson (7), Jefferson (3), Klamath (1), Lane (8), Linn (3), Malheur (27), Marion (36), Morrow (2), Multnomah (59), Polk (5), Umatilla (9), Union (2), Wasco (2), Washington (17), and Yamhill (4).

Oregon’s 498th COVID-19 death is a 64-year-old man in Jefferson County who tested positive on Aug. 5 and died on Sept. 10 at St. Charles Medical Center Bend. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 499th COVID-19 death is a 91-year-old man in Multnomah County who tested positive on Aug. 24 and died on Sept. 1 at Adventist Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.


Stay safe from wildfire smoke

With wildfire smoke creating unsafe air quality conditions, please remember to follow these tips to protect yourself and your family:

  • Stay indoors as much as possible.
  • Limit activity outdoors.
  • If you have heart or lung disease or respiratory illnesses such as asthma, follow your health care provider’s advice about prevention and treatment of symptoms.
  • Reduce other sources of smoke, such as cigarette smoking and wood-burning stoves, for example.
  • Check current air quality conditions. Go to http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/ to find the current air quality and wildfire smoke resources.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water.
  • Remember that cloth masks and face coverings do not protect you from wildfire smoke, they do offer protection against COVID-19. N95 respirators may offer some protection if properly fit tested and worn. Otherwise, they may create a false sense of security. N95s are not available in children’s sizes.
  • Learn more about the dangers of wildfire smoke and how you can stay safe by visiting healthoregon.org/wildfires.

Stay informed about COVID-19:

Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Office of Emergency Management lead the state response leads the state response.

United States response: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response.

Global response: The World Health Organization guides the global response.

Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board meets September 17 - 09/10/20

Sept. 10, 2020

Program contact: Jacee Vangestel, 503-945-2852, jacee.m.vangestel@state.or.us

What: A regular public meeting of the Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board.

When: Sept. 17, 1-4 p.m.

Where: The meeting will be held via free conference line at 971-673-8888, access code 50989562.

Agenda: After the public comment period, topics will include updates on Consumer and Family services; Peer Advisory Council; communication with families regarding IDT meetings; OSH data, diversity initiatives, and how the hospital meets the needs of people who are transgendered.

Details: The Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board advises the superintendent, Oregon Health Authority director and legislators on issues related to the safety, security and care of patients. Members include consumers, providers, advocates, legislators, community members, consumer families and OSH union members.

For more information, see the board’s website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/osh/Pages/advisory-board.aspx.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters.
  • Written materials in other languages.
  • Braille.
  • Large print.
  • Audio and other formats.

If you need help or have questions, please contact Jacee Vangestel at 503-945-2852, 711 TTY or jacee.m.vangestel@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Oregon reports 187 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 3 new deaths - 09/10/20

September 10, 2020

Media contact: OHA External Relations 971-673-2097, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon reports 187 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 3 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed three more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 497, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 187 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 28,654.

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Benton (4), Clackamas (12), Clatsop (3), Columbia (1), Coos (3), Deschutes (2), Hood River (1), Jackson (8), Jefferson (3), Josephine (1), Klamath (2), Lane (5), Lincoln (1), Linn (6), Malheur (16), Marion (35), Morrow (1), Multnomah (33), Polk (4), Umatilla (6), Union (3), Wasco (1), Washington (27), and Yamhill (9).

Oregon’s 495th COVID-19 death is an 82-year-old man in Lane County who tested positive on Aug. 27 and died on Sept. 9, in his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 496th COVID-19 death is a 56-year-old man in Malheur County who tested positive on July 31 and died on Sept. 9, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center Nampa in Idaho. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 497th COVID-19 death is an 81-year-old woman in Multnomah County who tested positive on Aug. 28 and died on Sept. 8, in her residence. She had underlying conditions.


Wildfire Evacuation Protocol for People Quarantining or Isolating Due to COVID-19

During Oregon’s wildfires and safety evacuations, it is important to take precautions to avoid spreading COVID-19, particularly for those in isolation or quarantine due to a positive diagnosis or exposure to the virus.

The first priority in wildfire situations is responding to the evacuation and safety instructions of local and state fire officials – and heeding their warnings. Regardless of disease status, if you are asked or ordered to evacuate, you should do so.

If you or a household member are quarantining or isolating to prevent the spread of COVID-19, please take the following precautions:

  • If ordered to evacuate, do so immediately. Follow all instructions from fire officials.
  • If you have time, reach out to your local public health authority, who should have already been in contact with you about your isolation/quarantine. They may have solutions to help you continue to isolate/quarantine if you are evacuated.
  • Should you be directed to a shelter or other evacuation space, please let officials know you are in isolation/quarantine so that they can take steps to keep you distanced from other evacuees.
  • Wear a mask at all times when outside your home, or if you may come into contact with people who do not live with you.
  • If you are an older adult or a person with disabilities, reach out to the Aging and Disabilities Resource Connection for information about resources 1-855-ORE-ADRC(1-855-673-2372).
  • Practice physical distancing to the greatest extent possible, if you must travel outside your home for any reason, including evacuation.
  • More information about wildfire safety and your health is available on healthoregon.org/wildfires.
  • Additional resources can be found by calling 2-1-1.

COVID cases continue to drop

OHA released its weekly report today and during the week from Monday, Aug. 31, through Sunday, Sept. 6, OHA recorded 1,477 new cases of COVID-19 infection. It’s down 5 percent from the previous week and more than 30 percent since the pandemic’s peak in mid-July.

This marks the fifth consecutive weekly decline. Deaths also declined sharply during that week from 39 to 23. The percentage of positive tests also dropped from 4.4 to 4.3 percent.

The age group with the highest incidence of reported infection continues to be persons between 20 and 29 years old. Hospitalizations are highest in the older age groups and nearly half of all deaths were people 80 or older.


Stay informed about COVID-19:

Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Office of Emergency Management lead the state response leads the state response.

United States response: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response.

Global response: The World Health Organization guides the global response.

Public Health Advisory Board meets September 17 - 09/10/20

September 10, 2020

What: The regular public meeting of the Public Health Advisory Board.

Agenda: Approve July meeting minutes; discuss updates to PHAB Health Equity Review policy and procedure; discuss 2020-24 State Health Improvement Plan: Healthier Together Oregon; review 2020 Public Health Modernization Report to Legislative Fiscal Office; PHAB member discussion.

When: Sept. 17, 2-4 p.m. The meeting is open to the public. A public comment period will be held at the end of the meeting.

Where: Zoom conference call: 669-254-5252, meeting ID 160 932 6045.

Oregon’s Public Health Advisory Board provides guidance for Oregon’s governmental public health system and oversees the implementation of public health modernization and Oregon’s State Health Improvement Plan.

# # #

Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters.
  • Written materials in other languages.
  • Braille.
  • Large print.
  • Audio and other formats.

If you need help or have questions, please contact Cara Biddlecom at 971-673-2284, 711 TTY, or a.m.biddlecom@dhsoha.state.or.us">cara.m.biddlecom@dhsoha.state.or.us, at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Oregon reports 125 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 8 new deaths - 09/09/20

September 9, 2020

Media contact: OHA External Relations 971-673-2097, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon reports 125 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 8 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed eight more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 494, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 125 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 28,471.

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Benton (2), Clackamas (7), Columbia (1), Curry (1), Deschutes (1), Jackson (7), Jefferson (1), Josephine (3), Klamath (1), Lane (11), Linn (11), Malheur (11), Marion (23), Morrow (2), Multnomah (22), Polk (2), Tillamook (2), Umatilla (5), Union (1), Washington (10), and Yamhill (1).

Oregon’s 487th COVID-19 death is a 96-year-old woman in Deschutes County who tested positive on July 14 and died on Aug.10 in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 488th COVID-19 death is an 81-year-old woman in Washington County who tested positive on August 25 and died on Sept. 3 at Kaiser Westside Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 489th COVID-19 death is a 93-year-old woman in Washington County who tested positive on Aug. 3 and died on Sept. 5 in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 490th COVID-19 death is a 49-year-old man in Washington County who tested positive on July 17 and died on Sept. 4 in his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 491st COVID-19 death is a 64-year-old man in Malheur County who tested positive on Aug. 24 and died on Sept. 6 at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 492nd COVID-19 death is a 97-year-old woman in Umatilla County who tested positive on July 16 and died on Sept. 8 in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 493rd COVID-19 death is an 88-year-old man in Morrow County who tested positive on Aug. 7 and died on Sept. 4 at Good Shepherd Hospital. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 494th COVID-19 death is a 68-year-old man in Lane County who tested positive on Aug. 23 and died on Aug. 30 in his residence. He had underlying conditions.


Wildfire Smoke and COVID-19

With air quality very poor across the state due to wildfires, OHA reminds Oregonians that exposure to smoke and other forms of pollution can increase the risk and severity of respiratory infections, including possibly COVID-19.

When smoke is heavy, the key protection strategy is to lessen exposure to the smoke, particularly for people who have a condition that makes them more sensitive. People can do this by staying inside at home, getting and using an air filter, and spending time in a cleaner air space. For those who are asked to evacuate or those who choose to leave home to go to an area with cleaner air, remember to take and use a face covering along with hand sanitizer and to practice physical distancing from non-household members.

If it’s safe to do so, staying home to lessen exposure to wildfire smoke also lessens the risk for contracting COVID-19. Further information on how to protect against wildfire smoke can be found at healthoregon.org/wildfires.


Stay informed about COVID-19:

Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Office of Emergency Management lead the state response leads the state response.

United States response: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response.

Global response: The World Health Organization guides the global response.

Conference of Local Health Officials meets September 17 - 09/09/20

September 9, 2020

What: The monthly public meeting of the Conference of Local Health Officials (CLHO).

Agenda: Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity grant overview; possible communicable disease data-sharing legislation; overview of Environmental Health Intergovernmental Agreement planning process to date; preliminary FY 2022 Environmental Health Intergovernmental Agreement Remittance Factor; Crisis Care Guidance update; Public Health Modernization report to Legislative Fiscal Office.

The agenda is subject to change and is posted with meeting materials on the CLHO website at http://www.oregonclho.org/ before meeting.

There is no public comment period during this meeting.

When: Sept. 17, noon to 1 p.m.

Where: Via Zoom meeting. All attendees must register at https://www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJIsde2hpzMrH5keIKJiU-AqXaG-oVXFTTs.

Background: The Conference of Local Health Officials provides recommendations to the Oregon Health Authority on the foundational capabilities and programs and any other public health program or activity under ORS 431.147. (ORS 431.340).

Program contact: Danna Drum, 503-957-8869, um@dhsoha.state.or.us">danna.k.drum@dhsoha.state.or.us

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters.
  • Written materials in other languages.
  • Braille.
  • Large print.
  • Audio and other formats.

If you need help or have questions, please contact Danna Drum at 503-957-8869, 711 TTY or um@dhsoha.state.or.us">danna.k.drum@dhsoha.state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

OHA Releases Weekly Testing Summary - 09/08/20

September 8, 2020

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OHA Releases Weekly Testing Summary

Today OHA released its Weekly Testing Summary, which showed that, of 26,855 people tested during the week of Aug. 30-Sept. 5, 1,163, or 4.3 percent were positive.

As in past weeks, the total for that week is likely to rise as test results continue to be reported to OHA.

As of Sept. 5, Oregon’s cumulative positivity rate is 4.6 percent of people tested. This is considerably lower than the national average of 8 percent.

A declining positive test rate shows that Oregonians’ efforts to use face coverings, physically distance, and avoid gatherings is helping to slow the spread of COVID-19.

*Revised* Oregon reports 169 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 4 new deaths - 09/08/20

Oregon’s 482nd COVID-19 death has been removed from this release.

September 8, 2020

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Oregon reports 169 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 4 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed four more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 486, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 169 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 28,355.

The new cases reported today are in the following counties: Benton (1), Clackamas (17), Crook (1), Deschutes (1), Jackson (17), Jefferson (2), Lane (7), Malheur (4), Marion (25), Morrow (4), Multnomah (39), Polk (4), Umatilla (10), Wasco (1), Washington (25), and Yamhill (11).

Oregon’s 483rd COVID-19 death is a 90-year-old woman in Marion County who tested positive on Aug. 29 and died on Sept. 3, in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 484th COVID-19 death is a 100-year-old woman in Marion County who tested positive on July 28 and died on Sept. 7, in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 485th COVID-19 death is a 72-year-old woman in Marion County who tested positive on Aug. 26 and died Sept. 6, in her residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 486th COVID-19 death is an 86-year-old man in Lane County who tested positive on Aug. 28 and died on Sept. 6, in his residence. He had underlying conditions.


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Oregon reports 154 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 1 new death - 09/07/20

September 7, 2020

Oregon reports 154 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 1 new death

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed one more life in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 482, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 154 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 28,190. The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (9), Benton (2), Clackamas (16), Columbia (1), Deschutes (1), Douglas (2), Jackson (9), Jefferson (3), Lane (7), Lincoln (1), Linn (3), Malheur (7), Marion (19), Multnomah (29), Polk (5), Tillamook (1), Umatilla (5), Washington (26), Yamhill (8).

Oregon’s 482nd COVID-19 death is a 78-year-old woman in Lane County who tested positive on Aug. 27 and died on Sept. 5 in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Note: Tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 8, OHA will tally the Labor Day weekend totals.

See table below for total cases, deaths, and negative tests by county.

County

Cases1

Total deaths2

Negative tests3

Baker

86

2

1,412

Benton

227

6

11,133

Clackamas

2,079

58

53,647

Clatsop

97

0

4,997

Columbia

136

1

6,192

Coos

126

0

5,750

Crook

57

1

2,344

Curry

23

0

1,441

Deschutes

704

11

25,559

Douglas

182

3

11,107

Gilliam

4

0

253

Grant

8

0

794

Harney

12

0

728

Hood River

238

0

4,566

Jackson

904

3

25,747

Jefferson

474

7

4,323

Josephine

171

2

9,659

Klamath

236

2

9,277

Lake

30

0

765

Lane

795

8

55,628

Lincoln

470

13

8,039

Linn

405

13

14,427

Malheur

1,295

20

4,467

Marion

4,061

82

42,284

Morrow

455

3

1,563

Multnomah

6,302

124

125,646

Polk

453

15

7,737

Sherman

18

0

318

Tillamook

43

0

2,728

Umatilla

2,785

39

12,020

Union

423

2

3,035

Wallowa

23

1

869

Wasco

222

3

4,468

Washington

3,974

49

81,709

Wheeler

0

0

156

Yamhill

672

14

15,188

Total

28,190

482

559,976

1This includes cases confirmed by diagnostic testing and presumptive cases. Presumptive cases are those without a positive diagnostic test who present COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. County of residence for cases may change as new information becomes available. If changes occur, we will update our counts accordingly.

2For additional details on individuals who have died from COVID-19 in Oregon, please refer to our press releases.

3This includes cases who test negative and are not epi-linked to a confirmed case.

Oregon reports 190 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 1 new death - 09/06/20

September 6, 2020

Oregon reports 190 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 1 new death

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed one more life in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 481, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 190 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 28,044.

The new cases reported today are in the following counties: Benton (3), Clackamas (18), Columbia (1), Curry (1), Deschutes (3), Jackson (13), Jefferson (1), Lane (14), Linn (2), Malheur (8), Marion (30), Morrow (1), Multnomah (50), Polk (3), Umatilla (14), Wasco (3), Washington (23), and Yamhill (2).

Oregon’s 481st COVID-19 death is an 89-year-old man in Lane County who tested positive on August 27 and died on September 5, in his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Note: Tomorrow, Monday, Sept. 7, OHA will publish its daily media release and newsletter but will not tally the Labor Day weekend totals until Tuesday, Sept. 8.

See table below for total cases, deaths, and negative tests by county.

County

Cases1

Total deaths2

Negative tests3

Baker

77

2

1405

Benton

226

6

11085

Clackamas

2063

58

53425

Clatsop

97

0

4984

Columbia

135

1

6134

Coos

126

0

5726

Crook

57

1

2342

Curry

23

0

1438

Deschutes

703

11

25451

Douglas

180

3

11022

Gilliam

4

0

250

Grant

8

0

789

Harney

12

0

726

Hood River

238

0

4565

Jackson

895

3

25518

Jefferson

471

7

4313

Josephine

171

2

9592

Klamath

236

2

9244

Lake

30

0

765

Lane

789

7

55366

Lincoln

469

13

8028

Linn

401

13

14369

Malheur

1288

20

4463

Marion

4043

82

42091

Morrow

455

3

1564

Multnomah

6273

124

124898

Polk

448

15

7696

Sherman

18

0

318

Tillamook

42

0

2715

Umatilla

2781

39

12048

Union

423

2

3042

Wallowa

23

1

867

Wasco

222

3

4456

Washington

3953

49

81405

Wheeler

0

0

156

Yamhill

664

14

15125

Total

28,044

481

557,381

1This includes cases confirmed by diagnostic testing and presumptive cases. Presumptive cases are those without a positive diagnostic test who present COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. County of residence for cases may change as new information becomes available. If changes occur, we will update our counts accordingly.

2For additional details on individuals who have died from COVID-19 in Oregon, please refer to our press releases.

3This includes cases who test negative and are not epi-linked to a confirmed case.

Oregon reports 261 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 5 new deaths - 09/05/20

September 5, 2020

Oregon reports 261 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 5 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed five more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 480, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 261 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 27,856.

The new cases are in the following counties: Benton (2), Clackamas (23), Columbia (2), Coos (3), Deschutes (1), Jackson (18), Jefferson (2), Josephine (3), Klamath (1), Lane (6), Lincoln (2), Linn (1), Malheur (31), Marion (49), Morrow (1), Multnomah (43), Polk (5), Tillamook (1), Umatilla (17), Union (2), Wasco (5), Washington (33), and Yamhill (10).

Oregon’s 476th COVID-19 death is a 53-year-old man in Marion County who tested positive on Aug. 17 and died on Sept. 3, at Salem Hospital. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 477th COVID-19 death is an 80-year-old woman in Multnomah County who tested positive on Aug. 3 and died on Sept.2, at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 478th COVID-19 death is a 68-year-old man in Umatilla County who tested positive on June 21 and died on July 16, at his residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death.

Oregon’s 479th COVID-19 death is a 70-year-old man in Clackamas County who became symptomatic on Aug. 4 and died on Aug. 15, at Providence Willamette Valley Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 480th COVID-19 death is a 78-year-old man in Washington County who tested positive on Aug. 22 and died on Sept. 4, at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

NOTE: On Monday, Sept. 7 OHA will publish its daily media release and newsletter but will not tally the Labor Day weekend totals until Tuesday, Sept. 8.

OHA warns of wildfire smoke danger amid COVID 19

As Oregonians head outdoors to celebrate Labor Day, OHA reminds people to be vigilant regarding fire dangers. Warm and dry conditions provide tinder for wildfires. For campers, it’s important to know in advance any fire restrictions before leaving home. You can find all restrictions here.

Smoke from wildfires is a mixture of gases and fine particles from burning trees and other plant materials. Wildfires smoke and other forms of air pollution can increase the risk of exacerbating respiratory diseases, including COVID 19.

Information on how to protect yourself against wildfire smoke can be found here.

 

See table below for total cases, deaths, negative tests by county.

County

Cases1

Total deaths2

Negative tests3

Baker

77

2

1402

Benton

223

6

10971

Clackamas

2045

58

52996

Clatsop

97

0

4960

Columbia

134

1

6091

Coos

126

0

5661

Crook

57

1

2330

Curry

22

0

1426

Deschutes

700

11

25092

Douglas

180

3

10923

Gilliam

4

0

246

Grant

8

0

783

Harney

12

0

719

Hood River

238

0

4529

Jackson

882

3

25326

Jefferson

470

7

4287

Josephine

171

2

9409

Klamath

236

2

9155

Lake

30

0

754

Lane

775

6

55056

Lincoln

469

13

8004

Linn

399

13

14313

Malheur

1280

20

4403

Marion

4013

82

41618

Morrow

454

3

1548

Multnomah

6224

124

123592

Polk

445

15

7620

Sherman

18

0

308

Tillamook

41

0

2698

Umatilla

2767

39

11929

Union

423

2

3019

Wallowa

23

1

858

Wasco

219

3

4410

Washington

3932

49

80670

Wheeler

0

0

155

Yamhill

662

14

14990

Total

27,856

480

552,251

1This includes cases confirmed by diagnostic testing and presumptive cases. Presumptive cases are those without a positive diagnostic test who present COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. County of residence for cases may change as new information becomes available. If changes occur, we will update our counts accordingly.

2For additional details on individuals who have died from COVID-19 in Oregon, please refer to our press releases.

3This includes cases who test negative and are not epi-linked to a confirmed case.

Oregon reports 261 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 5 new deaths - 09/05/20

September 5, 2020

Oregon reports 261 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 5 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed five more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 480, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 261 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 27,856.

The new cases are in the following counties: Benton (2), Clackamas (23), Columbia (2), Coos (3), Deschutes (1), Jackson (18), Jefferson (2), Josephine (3), Klamath (1), Lane (6), Lincoln (2), Linn (1), Malheur (31), Marion (49), Morrow (1), Multnomah (43), Polk (5), Tillamook (1), Umatilla (17), Union (2), Wasco (5), Washington (33), and Yamhill (10).

Oregon’s 476th COVID-19 death is a 53-year-old man in Marion County who tested positive on Aug. 17 and died on Sept. 3, at Salem Hospital. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 477th COVID-19 death is an 80-year-old woman in Multnomah County who tested positive on Aug. 3 and died on Sept.2, at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 478th COVID-19 death is a 68-year-old man in Umatilla County who tested positive on June 21 and died on July 16, at his residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death.

Oregon’s 479th COVID-19 death is a 70-year-old man in Clackamas County who became symptomatic on Aug. 4 and died on Aug. 15, at Providence Willamette Valley Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 480th COVID-19 death is a 78-year-old man in Washington County who tested positive on Aug. 22 and died on Sept. 4, at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

NOTE: On Monday, Sept. 7 OHA will publish its daily media release and newsletter but will not tally the Labor Day weekend totals until Tuesday, Sept. 8.

OHA warns of wildfire smoke danger amid COVID 19

As Oregonians head outdoors to celebrate Labor Day, OHA reminds people to be vigilant regarding fire dangers. Warm and dry conditions provide tinder for wildfires. For campers, it’s important to know in advance any fire restrictions before leaving home. You can find all restrictions here.

Smoke from wildfires is a mixture of gases and fine particles from burning trees and other plant materials. Wildfires smoke and other forms of air pollution can increase the risk of exacerbating respiratory diseases, including COVID 19.

Information on how to protect yourself against wildfire smoke can be found here.

 

See table below for total cases, deaths, negative tests by county.

County

Cases1

Total deaths2

Negative tests3

Baker

77

2

1402

Benton

223

6

10971

Clackamas

2045

58

52996

Clatsop

97

0

4960

Columbia

134

1

6091

Coos

126

0

5661

Crook

57

1

2330

Curry

22

0

1426

Deschutes

700

11

25092

Douglas

180

3

10923

Gilliam

4

0

246

Grant

8

0

783

Harney

12

0

719

Hood River

238

0

4529

Jackson

882

3

25326

Jefferson

470

7

4287

Josephine

171

2

9409

Klamath

236

2

9155

Lake

30

0

754

Lane

775

6

55056

Lincoln

469

13

8004

Linn

399

13

14313

Malheur

1280

20

4403

Marion

4013

82

41618

Morrow

454

3

1548

Multnomah

6224

124

123592

Polk

445

15

7620

Sherman

18

0

308

Tillamook

41

0

2698

Umatilla

2767

39

11929

Union

423

2

3019

Wallowa

23

1

858

Wasco

219

3

4410

Washington

3932

49

80670

Wheeler

0

0

155

Yamhill

662

14

14990

Total

27,856

480

552,251

1This includes cases confirmed by diagnostic testing and presumptive cases. Presumptive cases are those without a positive diagnostic test who present COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. County of residence for cases may change as new information becomes available. If changes occur, we will update our counts accordingly.

2For additional details on individuals who have died from COVID-19 in Oregon, please refer to our press releases.

3This includes cases who test negative and are not epi-linked to a confirmed case.

Sunset Bay health advisory lifted September 4 - 09/04/20

Sept. 4, 2020

Portland, Ore. – The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) today lifted a public health advisory for contact with marine water at Sunset Bay Beach, located in Coos County. The health authority issued the advisory Sept. 2 after water samples showed higher than normal levels of fecal bacteria in ocean waters.

Results from later samples taken by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) showed lower bacteria levels. Contact with the water no longer poses a higher than normal risk. However, officials recommend staying out of large pools on the beach that are frequented by birds, and runoff from those pools, because the water may contain increased bacteria from fecal matter.

State officials continue to encourage other recreational activities at all Oregon beaches, suggesting only that water contact be avoided when advisories are in effect.

Since 2003 state officials have used a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to monitor popular Oregon beaches and make timely reports to the public about elevated levels of fecal bacteria. Oregon state agencies participating in this program are OHA, DEQ and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

For more information, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website at http://www.healthoregon.org/beach or call 971-673-0440, or call the OHA toll-free information line at 877-290-6767.

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Oregon reports 268 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, five new deaths - 09/04/20

September 4, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed five more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 475, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 268 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 27,601.

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Benton (4), Clackamas (18), Clatsop (1), Coos (1), Crook (2), Curry (1), Deschutes (2), Hood River (2), Jackson (12), Jefferson (1), Josephine (6), Lake (2), Lane (22), Linn (5), Malheur (31), Marion (44), Morrow (6), Multnomah (43), Polk (3), Tillamook (2), Umatilla (32), Union (1), Wasco (2), Washington (23), and Yamhill (2).

Oregon’s 471st COVID-19 death is a 43-year-old man in Clackamas County who tested positive on Aug. 12 and died on Aug. 26, at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 472nd COVID-19 death is a 52-year-old man in Multnomah County who tested positive on Aug. 25 and died on Sept. 2, at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 473rd COVID-19 death is a 73-year-old man in Multnomah County who tested positive on Aug. 13 and died on Sept. 1, at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 474th COVID-19 death is a 56-year-old woman in Washington County who tested positive on July 15 and died on Sept. 3 at OHSU. She had underlying medical conditions.

Oregon’s 475th COVID-19 death is an 87-year-old woman in Multnomah County who tested positive on April 16 and died on July 18 in her residence. She had underlying conditions. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death.

OHA Releases Modeling Update

OHA released its latest modeling report today showing that the current rate of transmission has fallen to a point where each case is generating less than one other case. For this reason, daily case numbers are dropping.

“This is tremendous progress, but it will only continue if we keep up the pressure,” said Dean Sidelinger, MD, state health officer and state epidemiologist. “We cannot ease up and allow Labor Day social gatherings to send our rate back up. This virus remains extremely contagious and spreads very quickly. It would not take much for cases to rise again.”

The model looked at the following scenarios:

  • If the transmission rate continues as it is today, then by Sept. 24, the new daily cases would drop to 410 from today’s 560, resulting in diagnosis of about approximately 150 of those cases. There would be six severe cases per day and the reproduction rate is 0.9 in this scenario, indicating that each case generates 0.9 others on average.
  • If the rate of transmission were to drop by 5 percent, by Sept. 24, the model estimates 240 daily cases with diagnosis of roughly 90 of them and five severe cases per day. In this scenario the reproduction rate would be slightly lower at 0.77.
  • If the transmission rate were to rise by 5 percent from current levels, then by Sept. 24, each case would generate 1.05 new cases, and daily cases would rise to 790, with 180 diagnosed per day. Severe cases would rise to 11 per day.

“The takeaway from our modeling this week is very clear: We’ve made great progress through hard work and sacrifice, but those gains are tenuous,” added Dr. Sidelinger. “It’s on every one of us to maintain the progress we’ve made against COVID-19, and together we can do it.”

Stay informed about COVID-19:

Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Office of Emergency Management lead the state response.

United States response: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response.

Global response: The World Health Organization guides the global response.

Oregon reports 274 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 3 new deaths - 09/03/20

Oregon reports 274 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 3 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed three more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 470, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 274 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 27,336.

The new cases are in the following counties: Baker (2), Clackamas (24), Columbia (2), Coos (4), Deschutes (4), Douglas (1), Jackson (18), Jefferson (6), Josephine (1), Lane (13), Lincoln (1), Linn (2), Malheur (23), Marion (36), Morrow (7), Multnomah (65), Umatilla (15), Wasco (4), Washington (40), and Yamhill (6).

Oregon’s 468th COVID-19 death is a 79-year-old man in Malheur County who tested positive on July 14 and died on Aug. 23, at Vibra Hospital of Boise, Idaho. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 469th COVID-19 death is a 56-year-old man in Washington County who tested positive on Aug. 1 and died on Aug. 22, at Providence St. Vincent. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 470th COVID-19 death is a 96-year-old woman in Marion County who tested positive on July 8 and died on Aug. 21 in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

NOTE: OHA has more information about Oregon’s 416th COVID-19 death first reported on Aug. 22. She was a 37-year old woman who tested positive on Aug. 10 and died on August 15, at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. She had no known underlying conditions. Due to a data compilation error, she was also reported as Oregon’s 449th COVID-19 on Aug. 29. OHA regrets the error.

Recreational use advisory issued September 3 for Willow Creek Reservoir - 09/03/20

Sept. 3, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon Health Authority issued a recreational use health advisory today for Willow Creek Reservoir due to the presence of a cyanobacteria bloom and cyanotoxins above recreational guideline values for human exposure. The lake is in Morrow County.

People should avoid swimming and high-speed water activities such as water skiing or power boating, in areas of the lake where blooms are identified. Blooms in Willow Creek Reservoir tend to develop near the dam. Although toxins are not absorbed through the skin, people who have skin sensitivities may experience a puffy red rash.

People are encouraged to visit Willow Creek Reservoir and enjoy activities such as fishing, camping, hiking, biking, picnicking and bird watching. Boating is safe as long as speeds do not create excessive water spray, which could lead to inhalation risk.

Drinking water

Drinking water directly from areas of the lake affected by a bloom is especially dangerous. Toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating water with camping-style filters. Contact campground management or the local health department with questions about water available at nearby campgrounds or day use areas.

People who are not on a well or a public water system and draw in-home water directly from an affected area are advised to use an alternative water source because not all private treatment systems are proven effective in removing cyanotoxins.

Children and pets

Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity. People who bring their pets to a lake with areas affected by a bloom should take special precautions to keep them from drinking from or swimming in these areas, regardless of whether a recreational use health advisory is in place. Dogs can also be exposed to cyanotoxins when present by licking their fur, licking cyanobacteria off rocks or eating cells from a bloom.

Fishing

Fish caught from areas where cyanobacterial blooms are present should have fat, skin and organs removed before cooking or freezing, as toxins are more likely to collect in these tissues. Fillets should also be rinsed with clean water.

Symptoms

Exposure to cyanotoxins can be serious and result in a range of symptoms, from those similar to food poisoning such as stomach cramping, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, to more serious symptoms like numbness, tingling, dizziness and shortness of breath that may require medical attention.

For health information or to report an illness, contact Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0482.

Learn more here.

Oregon reports 140 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 3 new deaths - 09/02/20

Sept. 2, 2020

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Oregon reports 140 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 3 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed three more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 468, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 140 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 27,075.

The new cases are in the following counties: Baker (1), Clackamas (4), Coos (2), Curry (1), Deschutes (1), Douglas (1), Jackson (14), Josephine (3), Lane (11), Lincoln (1), Linn (1), Malheur (8), Marion (19), Morrow (1), Multnomah (32), Polk (7), Sherman (1), Umatilla (13), Wallowa (1), Wasco (1), Washington (16) and Yamhill (1).

Oregon’s 466th COVID-19 death is a 71-year-old woman in Polk County who tested positive on Aug. 27 and died on Aug. 29. Location of death is being confirmed. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 467th COVID-19 death is a 73-year-old man in Jackson County who tested positive on Aug. 14 and died on Aug. 29 at Rogue Valley Medical Center in Medford. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 468th COVID-19 death is an 84-year-old man in Washington County who tested positive on July 29 and died on Aug. 31 in his residence. He had underlying conditions.


Morrow County COVID 19 workplace outbreak

An outbreak of 21 cases of COVID-19 has been reported at Port of Morrow Cold Storage in Morrow County. The case count includes all persons linked to the outbreak, which may include household members and other close contacts to an employee.

The outbreak investigation started on Aug. 1, but the initial case count was below the threshold for public disclosure. State and county public health officials are working with the company to address the outbreak and protect the health of workers.


COVID-19 daily cases continue to decline

During the week of Monday, Aug. 24, through Sunday, Aug. 30, OHA recorded 1,558 new cases of COVID-19 infection. This is down 8.6% from last week’s tally of 1,704 and Oregon’s lowest weekly total since the end of June.

The percentage of positive tests also dropped to 4.4 percent, the lowest in two months. Thirty-nine Oregonians were reported to have died, up from 32 last week. The 26,713 cases reported in Oregon as of Aug. 30 equates to about to 631 cases per 100,000 persons. Also, as of Aug. 30, 459 Oregonians have died with COVID-19, a mortality rate of 11 deaths per 100,000 Oregonians.

The age group with the highest incidence of reported infection continues to be 20–29-year-olds, with rates decreasing in subsequent decades of life. Through April 18, 51 percent of reported cases had been among persons 50 or older and 48 percent of the deaths have involved persons 80 or older.


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State launches equity-focused Healthier Together Oregon - 09/02/20

September 2, 2020

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State launches equity-focused Healthier Together Oregon

Officials aim for 2020-2024 State Health Improvement Plan helping Oregonians recover from COVID-19 pandemic

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon today is launching Healthier Together Oregon, the new State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) aimed at improving the social influences on health — and which will ultimately help the state’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic with its foundation in equity.

The 2020-2024 plan, developed over the past year with input from more than 2,500 people across the state, is centered on five priority areas: institutional bias; adversity, trauma and toxic stress; behavioral health; economic drivers of health, including housing, food security and living wage; and access to equitable preventive health care.

In March 2019 when the priorities were chosen, these issues affected many people, were root causes of health problems, and affected some communities more than others, say officials at Oregon Health Authority’s Public Health Division, where the plan’s development was coordinated. Those priorities have taken on new meaning in 2020.

“We now know the factors behind these priorities, most notably systemic racism, have only been exacerbated by COVID-19, and as a result, inequities have worsened,” said Dean Sidelinger, M.D., M.S.Ed., health officer and state epidemiologist. “This is demonstrated by the fact that communities of color and tribal communities have been disproportionately impacted by this virus.”

Healthier Together Oregon focuses on social factors that affect health, “upstream” interventions, and root causes of inequities, like systemic racism as the driver for inequality in education, housing, employment, health care and ultimately, health outcomes. The plan identifies a common vision and shared priorities for what’s needed to improve health in Oregon.

For example, the plan calls for declaring institutional racism a public health crisis. It also recommends ensuring access to culturally responsive prenatal and postnatal care for people with low incomes or without legal documentation. And it proposes creating state agency partnerships in education, criminal justice, housing, social services, public health and health care to improve behavioral health outcomes in communities of color.

“COVID-19 has shined a spotlight on the damaging effects of inequity,” Sidelinger said. “Healthier Together Oregon tells us where we need to focus our efforts by providing a roadmap for recovery from this virus.”

Community-based organizations that participated in Healthier Together Oregon’s development hailed the plan’s release, saying it validates and complements work they’ve done to promote health equity, and it will guide new equity projects.

Annie Valtierra-Sanchez, equity coalition director for Southern Oregon Health Equity Coalition (SO Health-E), says the process for developing Healthier Together Oregon helped people SO Health-E serves feel heard. SO Health-E was one of seven organizations that received OHA mini-grants to gather feedback from those in marginalized communities.

“That gave us those voices, and then we know, ‘This is how people are feeling, this is what they’re experiencing. How can we address that, right now, moving forward?’” said Valtierra-Sanchez, who serves on the PartnerSHIP, the Healthier Together Oregon steering committee. “We have a pulse on what the community is feeling, but we’re also wanting those voices to be considered in the SHIP in how things will be implemented.”

Another PartnerSHIP member, Rebeckah Berry, grants and metrics manager at the Central Oregon Health Council (COHC), says many of the SHIP priority areas align with the council’s regional health improvement plan, which focuses on housing, behavioral health, poverty and other “upstream” prevention issues.

“Those more abstract, very complex health issues, such as trauma and toxic stress, those are things that we’re just now starting to learn how greatly that impacts actual concrete physical health components,” Berry said. “So, it’s really exciting to see this State Health Improvement Plan addressing those components.”

State agencies also are finding the state health improvement plan useful. The Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD), is already looking at ways to incorporate its priorities throughout the organization. In particular, it’s been taking a close look at how it can use data to inform its work to reach and support underserved communities, such as in the area of affordable housing and climate change, said Kirstin Greene, DLCD deputy director.

“When I read the words in the implementation strategies on equity and justice, they just sound so true to us: ‘Requiring state agencies to commit to racial equity in planning, policy, agency performance metrics and investments for Black, Indigenous and American Indian/Alaska Native people and other people of color.’ That’s very central to our approach, so we feel very well aligned.”

The Healthier Together Oregon plan is available at HealthierTogetherOregon.org.

Sunset Bay State Park health advisory issued September 2 - 09/02/20

September 2, 2020

Media contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, phd.communications@dhsoha.state.or.us

Sunset Bay State Park health advisory issued September 2

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) issued a public health advisory today for higher-than-normal levels of bacteria in ocean waters at Sunset Bay State Park in Coos County.

People should avoid direct contact with the water in this area until the advisory is lifted. Higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria can cause diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses. This applies especially to children and the elderly, who may be more vulnerable to illness from waterborne bacteria.

Increased pathogen and fecal bacteria levels in ocean waters can come from both shore and inland sources such as stormwater runoff, sewer overflows, failing septic systems, and animal waste from livestock, pets and wildlife.

While this advisory is in effect at Sunset Bay State Park visitors should avoid wading in nearby creeks, pools of water on the beach, or in discolored water, and stay clear of water runoff flowing into the ocean. Even if there is no advisory in effect, officials recommend avoiding swimming in the ocean within 48 hours after a rainstorm.

Although state officials advise against water contact, they continue to encourage other recreational activities (flying kites, picnicking, playing on the beach, walking, etc.) on this beach because they pose no health risk even during an advisory.

The status of water contact advisories at beaches is subject to change. For the most recent information on advisories, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website at http://www.healthoregon.org/beach or call 971-673-0482, or 877-290-6767 (toll-free).

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Oregon reports 243 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 6 new deaths - 09/01/20

September 1, 2020

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Oregon reports 243 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 6 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed six more lives in Oregon raising the state’s death toll to 465, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 243 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 26,946.

The new cases are in the following counties: Baker (4), Benton (4), Clackamas (26), Clatsop (1), Deschutes (1), Douglas (1), Hood River (2), Jackson (10), Jefferson (4), Josephine (4), Lane (9), Lincoln (2), Malheur (10), Marion (39), Morrow (2), Multnomah (50), Polk (4), Umatilla (15), Union (1), Washington (42), and Yamhill (12).

Oregon’s 460th COVID-19 death is a 41-year-old man in Washington County who tested positive on Aug. 7 and died on Aug. 23, at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 461st COVID-19 death is an 86-year-old woman in Linn County who tested positive on Aug. 24 and died on Aug. 28, at Samaritan Albany General Hospital. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 462nd COVID-19 death is a 66-year-old man in Umatilla County who tested positive on July 31 and died on Aug. 28, at Good Shepherd Hospital. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 463rd COVID-19 death is a 27-year-old man in Washington County who tested positive on July 31 and died on Aug. 28, in his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 464th COVID-19 death is a 91-year-old man in Multnomah County who tested positive on Aug. 22 and died on Aug. 27. Location of death is being confirmed. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 465th COVID-19 death is an 88-year-old woman in Multnomah County who tested positive on Aug. 7 and died on Aug. 28, in her residence. She had underlying conditions.


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OHA partners with Oregon Department of Education and Lines for Life to launch Suicide Prevention and Wellness Program for school districts - 09/01/20

September 1, 2020

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OHA partners with Oregon Department of Education and Lines for Life to launch Suicide Prevention and Wellness Program for school districts

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Oregon Department of Education (ODE), Lines for Life, and local suicide prevention champions are collaborating to launch the Suicide Prevention and Wellness Program for school districts.

This program, part of the new statewide School Safety and Prevention System, is designed to support school districts in implementing and sustaining solid, evidence based and racial equity centered suicide prevention policies and plans.

In 2019 the Oregon Legislature passed Adi’s Act (Senate Bill 52) and the Student Success Act (Section 36). They required each school district in Oregon to have a suicide prevention, intervention and postvention response policy and plan, and established a statewide School Safety and Prevention System.

Adi’s Act was named after Adi Staub, a young transgender woman in Oregon who died by suicide in 2017. Basic Rights Oregon, the statewide LGBTQ advocacy group, worked with Adi’s family to develop and introduce Adi’s Act in the Legislature, and, after it passed, were also engaged in planning.

"This program is being designed and implemented by a very special group of leaders, staff, and volunteers across many organizations," said Lon Staub, Adi’s father. "Their collective passion, commitment and expertise gives me confidence that we can provide hope, health and healing to at-risk youth and their families."

"It’s so powerful to see this legislation become a reality for kids throughout the state," said Nancy Haque, executive director of Basic Rights Oregon. "The purpose of Adi’s Act is to ensure that, no matter who students love or how they identify, they are protected, supported, and see a future for themselves in Oregon."

Oregon Department of Education is responsible for coordinating implementation of the legislation, and OHA and Lines for Life work to support this critical piece of the statewide School Safety and Prevention System.

The Suicide Prevention and Wellness Program for school districts established by Adi’s Act includes the following projects:

  • Suicide Prevention and Wellness Program positions.
  • Mini grants and additional training opportunities.

"All of our students deserve to feel safe, welcome and secure," said ODE Director Colt Gill. "Through the Suicide Prevention and Wellness Program, we’re one step closer to making schools the welcoming safe haven our students need and deserve."

"While we know that suicide is a preventable cause of death, we also know that we must continue to do as much as we can to create and maintain safety nets for all of our students, not just some," said OHA Director Pat Allen.


Suicide Prevention and Wellness Program positions

As part of the Adi’s Act implementation, Lines for Life will hire four regional school suicide prevention and wellness coordinators across the state who will be supported by the School Suicide Prevention and Wellness Program manager at Lines for Life.

In spring 2020, prior to the creation of the School Suicide Prevention and Wellness Program, OHA began funding one position at Lines for Life dedicated to supporting school districts with Adi’s Act implementation and some mini-grant funding for school districts.

The four new positions will collaborate with local suicide prevention coordinators, school districts, educational service districts (ESDs) and other local organizations to help connect the dots in suicide prevention policy to best serve students and their families. Each coordinator will be cross-trained in behavioral safety assessments, suicide prevention, equity and racial diversity, and social emotional learning. Each coordinator will be assigned to and located in one region: the Willamette Valley, Central Oregon, Southwest Oregon and Eastern Oregon.

"This is going to save lives," said Dwight Holton, executive director of Lines for Life. "It’s bringing together schools, public health, and, most importantly, community to do the work Adi’s Act envisioned – connecting young people to help, equipping folks to respond to crisis, empowering young people to help each other. This work is going to build hope every day."

These positions are currently posted and will begin work in the 2020-2021 school year. To apply, see the position descriptions here.


Mini grants and additional training

In partnership with OHA, Lines for Life is offering district-level grants of up to $1,500. Approved grants can be applied to costs of staff and student training and curriculum, as well as other costs associated with implementation of school suicide prevention plans. School districts can apply here.

In addition, funding from OHA is available for school districts or local suicide prevention leaders to offer various trainings to students, staff, school counselors, parents and other adults. The Big Six suicide prevention training initiative includes Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA), Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), safeTALK, Question Persuade Refer (QPR), Sources of Strength, and Connect: Postvention. These trainings are offered at low to no cost. For more information, click here.

School districts can learn more about the grants and training opportunities here.

For more information:

  • If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, please know that help is available. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline run by Lines For Life at 800-273-8255 or text '273TALK' to 839863. En español: 888-628-9454. TTY: 800-799-4TTY (4889).Youthline is a teen-to-teen crisis and help line. Teens are available to help daily, 4 to 10 p.m. Pacific Time (off-hour calls answered by Lines for Life). Call 877-968-8491 or text teen2teen to 839863 or chat at http://www.oregonyouthline.org/.
  • See Crisis Services by Oregon County and a list of crisis lines on OHA’s website.

OHA Releases Weekly Testing Summary - 08/31/20

August 31, 2020

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OHA Releases Weekly Testing Summary

Today OHA released its Weekly Testing Summary, which showed that of the 26,550 people tested the week of Aug. 23-29 whose results have been reported to OHA, 1,173 or 4.4 percent were positive. As in past weeks, the total for that week is likely to rise as test results continue to be reported to OHA. As of Aug. 29, Oregon’s cumulative positivity rate is 4.6 percent of people tested. This is considerably lower than the national average of 9 percent.

A declining positive test rate shows that Oregonians’ efforts to use face coverings, physically distance, and avoid gatherings is helping to slow the spread of COVID-19. But Oregonians need to continue to take these measures, especially over the upcoming Labor Day holiday.

Oregon reports 162 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 1 new death - 08/31/20

August 31, 2020

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Oregon reports 162 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 1 new death

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed one more life in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 459, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 162 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 26,713. The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Clackamas (14), Coos (1), Crook (1), Deschutes (2), Hood River (1), Jackson (6), Lane (15), Lincoln (1), Linn (4), Malheur (9), Marion (36), Multnomah (34), Polk (6), Umatilla (6), Wasco (1), and Washington (25).

Oregon’s 459th COVID-19 death is a 93-year-old man in Washington County who tested positive on August 25 and died on August 26 in his residence. He had underlying conditions.


Labor Day Reminder

With Labor Day weekend coming up, OHA reminds Oregonians that the safest way to celebrate is to avoid groups and gatherings, to stay home as much as possible, and to follow face covering guidance if outside the home.

Past holiday weekends have led to outbreaks in Oregon among people celebrating in unsafe ways and led to an uptick in cases. With cases falling, it’s more important than ever for Oregonians to modify or cancel holiday weekend gatherings and celebrate in safe ways so our state can continue to make progress against COVID-19.


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Oregon reports 269 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 4 new deaths - 08/30/20

August 30, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed four more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 458, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 269 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 26,554.

The new cases are in the following counties: Benton (5), Clackamas (16), Columbia (2), Coos (3), Deschutes (3), Hood River (9), Jackson (13), Lane (9), Lincoln (1), Linn (5), Malheur (22), Marion (48), Morrow (7), Multnomah (36), Polk (8), Sherman (1), Umatilla (41), Union (1), Washington (35), and Yamhill (4).

Oregon’s 455th COVID-19 death is a 70-year-old woman in Douglas County who tested positive on August 9 and died on August 29, at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 456th COVID-19 death is a 79-year-old woman in Marion County who tested positive on August 8 and died on August 25, at Salem Hospital. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 457th COVID-19 death is an 88-year-old man in Washington County who tested positive on August 25 and died on August 28 at Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 458th COVID-19 death is a 79-year-old man in Marion County who tested positive on July 30 and died on August 28, at Salem Hospital. He had underlying conditions.

See table below for total cases, deaths, and negative tests by county.

County

Cases (1)

Total deaths (2)

Negative tests (3)

Baker

70

2

1,359

Benton

213

6

10,458

Clackamas

1,939

56

50,712

Clatsop

95

0

4,772

Columbia

130

1

5,817

Coos

115

0

5,373

Crook

54

1

2,259

Curry

20

0

1,294

Deschutes

690

11

24,019

Douglas

177

3

10,210

Gilliam

4

0

244

Grant

8

0

703

Harney

12

0

689

Hood River

233

0

4,413

Jackson

805

2

23,912

Jefferson

457

7

4,178

Josephine

154

2

8,858

Klamath

235

2

8,816

Lake

30

0

694

Lane

702

6

52,725

Lincoln

465

13

7,665

Linn

385

12

13,592

Malheur

1,170

19

4,139

Marion

3,794

80

39,608

Morrow

437

3

1,496

Multnomah

5,975

118

117,742

Polk

419

14

7,170

Sherman

17

0

303

Tillamook

38

0

2,609

Umatilla

2,674

37

11,600

Union

419

2

2,937

Wallowa

22

1

828

Wasco

206

3

4,293

Washington

3,760

43

76,792

Wheeler

0

0

152

Yamhill

630

14

14,360

Total

26,554

458

526,791

1 - This includes cases confirmed by diagnostic testing and presumptive cases. Presumptive cases are those without a positive diagnostic test who present COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. County of residence for cases may change as new information becomes available. If changes occur, we will update our counts accordingly.

2 - For additional details on individuals who have died from COVID-19 in Oregon, please refer to our press releases.

3 - This includes cases who test negative and are not epi-linked to a confirmed case.

Stay informed about COVID-19:

Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Office of Emergency Management lead the state response.

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Oregon reports 252 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 7 new deaths - 08/29/20

August 29, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed seven more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 454, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 252 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 26,293.

The new cases are in the following counties: Baker (2), Clackamas (20), Coos (2), Deschutes (2), Hood River (1), Jackson (18), Jefferson (3), Klamath (1), Lane (11), Lincoln (1), Linn (4), Malheur (26), Marion (40), Morrow (2), Multnomah (46), Polk (3), Umatilla (20), Union (5), Washington (33), Yamhill (12).

Oregon’s 448th COVID-19 death is a 66-year-old man in Multnomah County who tested positive on August 26 and died on August 27, at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 449th COVID-19 death is a 37-year-old woman in Washington County who tested positive on August 10 and died on August 15, at Providence St Vincent Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 450th COVID-19 death is a 59-year-old woman in Multnomah County who tested positive on August 1 and died on August 21, in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 451st COVID-19 death is a 68-year-old woman in Multnomah County who tested positive on August 14 and died on August 21, in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 452nd COVID-19 death is an 86-year-old man in Lane County who tested positive on August 23 and died on August 26, in his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 453rd COVID-19 death is a 69-year-old man in Washington County who tested positive on August 3 and died on August 15, at Providence St Vincent Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 454th COVID-19 death is a 78-year-old man in Clackamas County who tested positive on July 23 and died on July 27, in his residence. He had underlying conditions.

See table below for total cases, deaths, and negative tests by county.

County

Cases (1)

Total deaths (2)

Negative tests (3)

Baker

70

2

1,355

Benton

208

6

10,388

Clackamas

1,923

56

50,369

Clatsop

95

0

4,749

Columbia

128

1

5,787

Coos

112

0

5,298

Crook

54

1

2,224

Curry

20

0

1,292

Deschutes

687

10

23,784

Douglas

177

2

10,106

Gilliam

4

0

243

Grant

8

0

688

Harney

12

0

687

Hood River

224

0

4,393

Jackson

793

2

23,655

Jefferson

457

7

4,161

Josephine

154

2

8,798

Klamath

235

2

8,748

Lake

30

0

673

Lane

693

6

52,279

Lincoln

464

13

7,656

Linn

380

12

13,559

Malheur

1,148

19

4,118

Marion

3,746

79

39,246

Morrow

431

3

1,494

Multnomah

5,942

118

116,763

Polk

411

14

7,099

Sherman

16

0

303

Tillamook

38

0

2,601

Umatilla

2,634

37

11,508

Union

418

2

2,932

Wallowa

22

1

822

Wasco

206

3

4,276

Washington

3,727

42

76,095

Wheeler

0

0

152

Yamhill

626

14

14,256

Total

26,293

454

522,557

1 - This includes cases confirmed by diagnostic testing and presumptive cases. Presumptive cases are those without a positive diagnostic test who present COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. County of residence for cases may change as new information becomes available. If changes occur, we will update our counts accordingly.

2 - For additional details on individuals who have died from COVID-19 in Oregon, please refer to our press releases.

3 - This includes cases who test negative and are not epi-linked to a confirmed case.

Stay informed about COVID-19:

Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Office of Emergency Management lead the state response.

United States response: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response.

Global response: The World Health Organization guides the global response.

Oregon reports 301 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 9 new deaths - 08/28/20

August 28, 2020

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Oregon reports 301 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 9 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed nine more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 447, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 301 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 26,054.

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (1), Benton (1), Clackamas (27), Coos (4), Deschutes (7), Douglas (3), Jackson (14), Jefferson (3), Josephine (1), Klamath (4), Lane (10), Lincoln (4), Linn (5), Malheur (37), Marion (43), Morrow (9), Multnomah (72), Polk (9), Umatilla (20), Union (2), Washington (20), and Yamhill (5).

Oregon’s 439th COVID-19 death is an 84-year-old man in Marion County who tested positive on Aug. 20 and died on Aug. 27, at Salem Hospital. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 440th COVID-19 death is a 50-year-old man in Washington County who tested positive on June 4 and died on Aug. 23. More information about place of death is being confirmed. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 441st COVID-19 death is a 73-year-old man in Umatilla County who tested positive on Aug. 9 and died on Aug. 23, at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, Washington. The presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 442nd COVID-19 death is a 54-year-old man in Umatilla County who tested positive on Aug. 23 and died on Aug. 26, at St. Anthony Hospital. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 443rd COVID-19 death is a 94-year-old man in Polk County who tested positive on Aug. 11 and died on Aug. 25, in his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 444th COVID-19 death is a 73-year-old woman in Malheur County who died on Aug. 1. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death.

Oregon’s 445th COVID-19 death is a 78-year-old man in Multnomah County who tested positive on July 26 and died on Aug. 15, in his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 446th COVID-19 death is a 97-year-old woman in Malheur County who tested positive on Aug. 11 and died on Aug. 13, at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 447th COVID-19 death is a 29-year-old man in Multnomah County who tested positive on Aug. 22 and died on Aug. 22, at OHSU Hospital. He did not have underlying conditions.


Workplace Outbreak reported

An outbreak of 25 cases of COVID-19 has been reported at Milgard Windows and Doors in Washington County. The case count includes all persons linked to the outbreak, which may include household members and other close contacts to an employee.

The outbreak investigation started on Aug. 21, but the initial case count was below the threshold for public disclosure. State and county public health officials are working with the company to address the outbreak and protect the health of workers.


Stay informed about COVID-19:

Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Office of Emergency Management lead the state response leads the state response.

United States response: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response.

Global response: The World Health Organization guides the global response.

Oregon reports 212 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 5 new deaths - 08/27/20

August 27, 2020

Media contact: OHA External Relations 971-673-2097, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon reports 212 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 5 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed five more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 438, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 212 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 25,761.

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Benton (1), Clackamas (18), Clatsop (1), Columbia (2), Deschutes (4), Douglas (1), Hood River (1), Jackson (15), Jefferson (2), Josephine (2), Klamath (5), Lane (8), Lincoln (1), Linn (5), Malheur (12), Marion (40), Morrow (3), Multnomah (27), Polk (3), Umatilla (8), Union (2), Washington (47), and Yamhill (4).

Oregon’s 434th COVID-19 death is a 74-year-old man in Malheur County who tested positive on Aug. 19 and died on Aug. 25. He had underlying conditions. More information about place of death is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 435th COVID-19 death is an 82-year-old man in Washington County who tested positive on Aug. 10 and died Aug. 25 in his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 436th COVID-19 death is an 80-year-old woman in Washington County who tested positive on Aug. 12 and died on Aug. 25 in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 437th COVID-19 death is a 97-year-old woman in Washington County who tested positive on Aug. 6 and died on Aug. 22 in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 438th COVID-19 death is a 90-year-old man in Washington County who tested positive on Aug.13 and died on Aug. 23 in his residence. He had underlying conditions.

More information is available about Oregon’s 431st COVID-19 death. Oregon’s 431st COVID-19 death is an 82-year-old woman in Multnomah County who tested positive on June 25 and died on Aug. 25. More information about place of death is being confirmed. She had underlying conditions.


Outbreak surpasses 20 cases

An outbreak of 21 cases of COVID-19 has been reported at Independent Transport in Morrow County. The case count includes all persons linked to the outbreak, which may include household members and other close contacts to an employee. The outbreak investigation started on July 28, but the initial case count was below the threshold for public disclosure. State and county public health officials are working with the company to address the outbreak and protect the health of workers.


Stay informed about COVID-19:

Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Office of Emergency Management lead the state response leads the state response.

United States response: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response.

Global response: The World Health Organization guides the global response.

Media briefing to discuss COVID-19 and school reopening metrics - 08/27/20

August 27, 2020

Contact: OHA External Relations, 971-673-2097, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us" target="_blank">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Media briefing to discuss COVID-19 and school reopening metrics

Media are invited to attend a media briefing with OHA Director Patrick Allen and Oregon State Health Officer Dean Sidelinger at 2 p.m. today. Allen and Sidelinger will discuss how COVID-19 is spreading in Oregon and metrics needed to reopen schools. The two attached infographics will be cited during the presentation.

To participate, media should call 844-867-6163. The access code is 593699.

Oregon COVID-19 Cases and Positivity: May 17, 2020 - August 23, 2020

COVID-19 cases declined last week - 08/26/20

August 26, 2020

COVID-19 cases declined last week

The Oregon Health Authority released its weekly report today, which showed a 13% drop in daily cases for the week of Aug. 16 to Aug. 23. OHA recorded 1,704 new cases of COVID-19 cases—down from previous week’s tally of 1,963.

Slightly fewer Oregonians were tested for the week, which had a total of 24,177 people tested. That total includes testing done at all locations including commercial non-hospital-based laboratories, hospital laboratories and Oregon State Public Health Laboratory.

The rate of positive tests also declined to 5.1% from 5.4%.

The age group most affected by the virus remains 20-29, although the elderly remain the hardest hit age group. COVID-19 hospitalization and death rates increase with age; almost half of the 420 deaths have been among persons 80 or older, and 75% in persons 70 and older.

 

Weekly media briefing scheduled for 2 p.m. tomorrow - 08/26/20

August 26, 2020

Contact: OHA External Relations, 971-673-2097, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us" target="_blank">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Weekly media briefing scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday

Media are invited to attend a media briefing at 2 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 27, with OHA Director Patrick Allen and Oregon State Health Officer Dean Sidelinger. Media should call 844-867-6163. The access code is 593699.

Oregon reports 222 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 6 new deaths - 08/26/20

August 26, 2020

Media contact: OHA External Relations 971-673-2097, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon reports 222 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 6 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed six more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 433, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 222 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 25,571. The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Benton (1), Clackamas (15), Columbia (1), Coos (5), Deschutes (4), Douglas (4), Jackson (25), Josephine (2), Lane (8), Lincoln (3), Linn (1), Malheur (9), Marion (38), Morrow (2), Multnomah (54), Polk (1), Umatilla (24), Union (3), Wasco (1), Washington (18), and Yamhill (3).

Oregon’s 428th COVID-19 death is a 90-year-old man in Baker County who tested positive on August 11 and died on August 21 in his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 429th COVID-19 death is a 92-year-old woman in Multnomah County who tested positive on August 1 and died on August 15 in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 430th COVID-19 death is a 55-year-old man in Jefferson County who tested positive on June 26 and died on August 25 at St. Charles Medical Center Bend. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 431st COVID-19 death is an 82-year-old woman who tested positive on June 25 and died on August 25. More information about place of death is being confirmed. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 432nd COVID-19 death is a 55-year-old woman in Marion County who tested positive on May 5 and died on August 15. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death.

Oregon’s 433rd COVID-19 death is a 62-year-old man in Multnomah County who tested positive on August 16 and died on August 22 at Adventist Health Portland. He had underlying conditions.


Weekly media briefing scheduled for 2 p.m. tomorrow

Media are invited to attend a media briefing at 2 p.m. tomorrow, Thursday, Aug. 27, with OHA Director Patrick Allen and Oregon State Health Officer Dean Sidelinger. Media should call 844-867-6163. The access code is 593699.


Stay informed about COVID-19:

Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Office of Emergency Management lead the state response leads the state response.

United States response: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response.

Global response: The World Health Organization guides the global response.

Oregon Health Policy Board meets September 1 via Zoom - 08/25/20

August 25, 2020

Contact: Tara Chetock, 971-304-9917, a.a.chetock@dhsoha.state.or.us">tara.a.chetock@dhsoha.state.or.us (meeting information or accommodation)

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Health Policy Board.

When: September 1, 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Where: Virtual meeting only. The public can join remotely via Zoom or a conference line. Join via Zoom at https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1619319916?pwd=Y1FYUE5WM2NvQ2R5SWh2dU5oN3ZtZz09 or call in to the meeting on a mobile device at +16692545252,,1619319916#,,,,0#,,567392#.

Agenda: Welcome, OHPB roll call and minutes approval; director’s update; state of the budget; proposed use of Health Care Provider Incentive Program funds: behavioral health incentive; Health Plan Quality Metrics Committee (HPQMC) member appointments; COVID-19 impacts; stakeholder presentations;  public comment; and wrap-up and final thoughts.

For more information and meeting materials, please visit the OHPB meeting webpage at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/index.aspx.

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  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters
  • Written materials in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Tara Chetock at 971-304-9917, 711 TTY, a.a.chetock@dhsoha.state.or.us">tara.a.chetock@dhsoha.state.or.us, at least 48 hours before the meeting.

System of Care Advisory Council meets remotely September 15 - 08/25/20

August 25, 2020

Program contact: Hilary Harrison, 503-209-1949, y.harrison@dhsoha.state.or.us">hilary.harrison@dhsoha.state.or.us

What: A regular public meeting of the System of Care Advisory Council.

When: September 15, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: By webinar at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/706039269 or by teleconference at 872-240-3212, access code 706-039-269. Please note only council members may speak until the public comment time.

Agenda: The full agenda can be found on the council's webpage at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/HSD/BH-Child-Family/Pages/SOCAC.aspx. The meeting will include time for public comment.

Details: Senate Bill 1 (2019) established a System of Care Advisory Council appointed by the Governor to improve the efficacy and effectiveness of the state and local continuum of care that provides services to youth and young adults. The council's immediate work is to develop and maintain a state System of Care and a comprehensive long-range plan for a coordinated state system.

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  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters.
  • Written materials in other languages.
  • Braille.
  • Large print.
  • Audio and other formats.

If you need help or have questions, please contact Hilary Harrison at 503-209-1949, 711 TTY, or y.harrison@dhsoha.state.or.us">hilary.harrison@dhsoha.state.or.us at least two business days before the meeting.

Public Health Advisory Board workgroup meeting on health equity September 1 - 08/25/20

August 25, 2020

What: A public meeting of the Public Health Advisory Board health equity workgroup.

Agenda: Review and update Public Health Advisory Board health equity review policy and procedure.

When: September 1, 2-3 p.m. The meeting is open to the public. A public comment period will be held at the end of the meeting.

Where: By conference call at 669-254-5252, meeting ID 161 967 0552.

The Public Health Advisory Board provides guidance for Oregon’s governmental public health system and oversees the implementation of public health modernization and Oregon’s State Health Improvement Plan.

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  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters.
  • Written materials in other languages.
  • Braille.
  • Large print.
  • Audio and other formats.

If you need help or have questions, please contact Cara Biddlecom  at 971-673-2284, 711 TTY, or a.m.biddlecom@dhsoha.state.or.us">cara.m.biddlecom@dhsoha.state.or.us, at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Oregon reports 247 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 7 new deaths - 08/25/20

August 25, 2020

Media contact: OHA External Relations 971-673-2097, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon reports 247 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 7 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed seven more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 427, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 247 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 25,391.

The new cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (3), Benton (4), Clackamas (17), Clatsop (1), Columbia (2), Coos (2), Deschutes (1), Jackson (18), Jefferson (4), Lane (3), Lincoln (3), Linn (4), Malheur (20), Marion (40), Morrow (4), Multnomah (48), Polk (1), Tillamook (1), Umatilla (24), Union (1), Wallowa (1), Washington (38), and Yamhill (7).

Oregon’s 421st COVID-19 death is a 93-year-old woman in Lincoln County who died on August 15 in 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.

Oregon’s 422nd COVID-19 death is a 63-year-old man in Umatilla County who tested positive on August 3 and died on August 23, in his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 423rd COVID-19 death is a 71-year-old woman in Umatilla County who tested positive on July 23 and died on August 23, in his residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 424th COVID-19 death is a 68-year-old man in Marion County who tested positive on July 25 and died on August 22, at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 425th COVID-19 death is an 87-year-old woman in Lincoln county who tested positive on August 5 and died on August 23, in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 426th COVID-19 death is a 66-year-old man in Umatilla County who tested positive July 23 and died on August 20, at Kadlec Regional Medical Center, in Richfield, Washington. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 427th COVID-19 death is a 93-year-old woman in Multnomah County who tested positive on August 16 and died on August 21, at Adventist Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.


Stay informed about COVID-19:

Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Office of Emergency Management lead the state response leads the state response.

United States response: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response.

Global response: The World Health Organization guides the global response.

Nurse Staffing Advisory Board Process Improvement Committee meets September 9 - 08/25/20

August 25, 2020

What: A public meeting of the Nurse Staffing Advisory Board's Process Improvement Committee. This is the committee's third meeting.

Agenda:

  • Review the committee agenda and summary from previous meeting.
  • Finalize recommendation on survey process priorities and Nurse Staffing Report format.
  • Review components of the nurse staffing complaint investigation process.
  • Discuss nurses’ concerns with the current complaint investigation process and role of NSAB and OHA in addressing these concerns.
  • Discuss communication to share with nurses regarding complaint investigation process.
  • Summarize action items and next steps.

The agenda will be available on the NSAB webpage at www.healthoregon.org/nursestaffing.

When: Sept. 9, 8-10 a.m.

Where: By Zoom at 669-254-5252, meeting ID 160 977 2910, passcode 946192.

The Nurse Staffing Advisory Board advises Oregon Health Authority on the administration of Oregon’s nurse staffing laws; identifies trends, opportunities and concerns related to nurse staffing; makes recommendations to OHA based on those trends, opportunities and concerns; and reviews the enforcement powers and processes under Oregon’s nurse staffing laws.

Program contact: Kimberly Voelker, 971-673-0389, erly.n.voelker@dhsoha.state.or.us">kimberly.n.voelker@dhsoha.state.or.us.

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  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters.
  • Written material in other languages.
  • Braille.
  • Large print.
  • Audio and other formats.

If you need help or have questions, please contact Kimberly Voelker, MPH at 971-673-0389, 711 TTY or erly.n.voelker@dhsoha.state.or.us">kimberly.n.voelker@dhsoha.state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

 

Immunization School/Children's Facility/College Law Advisory Committee meets September 2 - 08/25/20

August 25, 2020

What: A public meeting of the Immunization School/Children’s Facility/College Law Advisory Committee.

Agenda: Presentation of Oregon immunization data for 2019-2020; discussion of the immunization requirements for 2020-2021; review the criteria used to make recommendations for school/children’s facility/college immunization requirements.

When: Sept. 2, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Via Zoom. For this meeting, public comment can be submitted in writing, and will be used for feedback and comments only; there will be no public comment during the meeting. Those who want to provide public comment must do so in writing by 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31. Email comments to imm.info@dhsoha.state.or.us. Receipt will be confirmed and all comments will be shared with committee members.

Background: The Oregon Immunization Program works to reduce the incidence of vaccine-preventable disease in Oregon. Staff members seek to identify and promote evidence based public health best practices to the public and health care professionals throughout the state. For more information, visit the program’s website at http://www.healthoregon.org/imm.

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•   Sign language and spoken language interpreters.

•   Written materials in other languages.

•   Braille.

•   Large print.

•   Audio and other formats.

If you need help or have questions, please contact PHD.Communications@dhsoha.state.or.us or 971-246-9139 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Immunization School/Children's Facility/College Law Advisory Committee meets September 2 - 08/25/20

August 25, 2020

What: A public meeting of the Immunization School/Children’s Facility/College Law Advisory Committee.

Agenda: Presentation of Oregon immunization data for 2019-2020; discussion of the immunization requirements for 2020-2021; review the criteria used to make recommendations for school/children’s facility/college immunization requirements.

When: Sept. 2, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Via Zoom. For this meeting, public comment can be submitted in writing, and will be used for feedback and comments only; there will be no public comment during the meeting. Those who want to provide public comment must do so in writing by 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31. Email comments to imm.info@dhsoha.state.or.us. Receipt will be confirmed and all comments will be shared with committee members.

Background: The Oregon Immunization Program works to reduce the incidence of vaccine-preventable disease in Oregon. Staff members seek to identify and promote evidence based public health best practices to the public and health care professionals throughout the state. For more information, visit the program’s website at http://www.healthoregon.org/imm.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

•   Sign language and spoken language interpreters.

•   Written materials in other languages.

•   Braille.

•   Large print.

•   Audio and other formats.

If you need help or have questions, please contact PHD.Communications@dhsoha.state.or.us or 971-246-9139 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Immunization Policy Advisory Team meets September 3 via Zoom - 08/25/20

August 25, 2020

What: The quarterly public meeting of the Immunization Policy Advisory Team (IPAT).

Agenda: Agenda will be available at meeting or via email request three days before the meeting by contacting imm.info@dhsoha.state.or.us.

When: Sept. 3, noon to 2 p.m.

Where: Via Zoom. Meeting ID 160 999 5662; passcode 429069.

One tap mobile: 669-254-5252; or 646-8280-7666.

Or dial in by either number: 669-254-5252 or 646-8280-7666, meeting ID 160 999 5662.

For this meeting, public comment can be submitted in writing, and will be used for feedback and comments only; there will be no public comment during the meeting. Those who want to provide public comment must do so in writing by 4 p.m., Monday, Aug. 31. Email comments to imm.info@dhsoha.state.or.us. Receipt will be confirmed, and all comments will be shared with voting members of the team.

Background: The Oregon Immunization Program works to reduce the incidence of vaccine-preventable disease in Oregon. Staff members seek to identify and promote evidence based public health best practices to the public and health care professionals throughout the state. For more information, visit the program’s website at http://www.healthoregon.org/imm.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

•   Sign language and spoken language interpreters.

•   Written materials in other languages.

•   Braille.

•   Large print.

•   Audio and other formats.

If you need help or have questions, please contact Mimi Luther at 971-673-0296, 711 TTY or imm.info@dhsoha.state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.