Oregon seeing surge of COVID-19 cases as it nears major expansion of vaccine eligibility

Governor Kate Brown and officials from the Oregon Health Authority called a press conference for Friday morning to discuss the state's ongoing coronavirus response.

Posted: Apr 16, 2021 12:37 PM
Updated: Apr 16, 2021 3:03 PM

SALEM, Ore. — Governor Kate Brown and officials from the Oregon Health Authority called a press conference for Friday morning to discuss the Oregon's current status with coronavirus, noting a surge in cases even as the state nears full vaccine eligibility for all adults.

Brown underlined that all Oregonians 16 and older will become eligible on Monday, urging people to "make a plan" to get vaccinated. As of Friday, Brown said that nearly one in four Oregonians were fully vaccinated.

"If you haven’t already had a chance to get vaccinated, make a plan to do so now," Brown said. "Tell your loved ones and neighbors you plan to get vaccinated, and share your reason why. And if you have already signed up for an appointment, help a friend sign up, too."

Though the state has maintained its course for vaccine eligibility, the nationwide pause on administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine means that availability has taken a sudden and unexpected hit. Patrick Allen, director of the Oregon Health Authority, indicated that new shipments of vaccine doses would largely plateau over the coming weeks without the benefit of a third vaccine.

Capacity of vaccination sites to administer doses has continued to rise across the state, but vaccine supply will likely hamper availability of appointments, Allen said. Nevertheless, Allen said he anticipated that everyone 16 and older who wants the vaccine will receive it "before summer."

More than 1.5 million Oregonians have received at least the first dose of the vaccine, with almost 1 million fully vaccinated. Allen indicated that more than 70 percent of seniors have received the vaccine.

But vaccine eligibility expansions have been accompanied by a mounting surge in new COVID-19 cases. State epidemiologist Dr. Dean Sidelinger said that the "recent data are troubling," with cases, hospitalizations, and deaths all on the upswing.

This week, Oregon saw the highest two-day total in new cases since early February. Cases have increased more than 20 percent over the previous week for three weeks straight, and hospitalizations have been increasing quickly after declines seen over January and February.

Sidelinger cited the CDC, which said that B.1.1.7 — the coronavirus variant first detected in the United Kingdom — is now the "dominant strain" in the U.S.

Allen said that state officials are working to correct ongoing issues with vaccine equity, acknowledging that race and income remain major predictors of vaccine access. He said that under-vaccination is especially prevalent in Latino communities.

"Vaccines are the best way to protect yourself against serious illness and death from COVID-19," said Governor Brown. "They are the best way to protect yourself from variants. And they are the key to unlocking the restrictions this pandemic has forced on us, so we can return to doing the things we love and seeing the people we miss."

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 195179

Reported Deaths: 2585
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah38618593
Washington25757233
Marion22140307
Clackamas17633214
Lane13089149
Jackson10938139
Deschutes912274
Umatilla823684
Linn498168
Klamath448664
Yamhill448376
Polk377953
Malheur352763
Josephine336471
Douglas329171
Benton311720
Jefferson221537
Coos207735
Columbia175729
Union145123
Lincoln138521
Wasco138128
Hood River119631
Crook113122
Morrow111116
Clatsop9948
Baker95914
Tillamook6523
Curry64610
Grant5226
Lake4557
Harney3488
Wallowa1855
Gilliam631
Sherman581
Wheeler321
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California Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 3768087

Reported Deaths: 62656
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles123727324101
Riverside2997934594
San Bernardino2971654721
San Diego2789903737
Orange2711945030
Santa Clara1190062096
Kern1092721376
Sacramento1049581691
Fresno1019171688
Alameda880271667
Ventura810331016
San Joaquin733101394
Contra Costa68942806
Stanislaus622491061
Tulare49830840
Monterey43662383
San Mateo42041570
San Francisco36771545
Santa Barbara34378456
Solano32974252
Merced31919461
Sonoma30057321
Imperial28485728
Kings23013246
Placer22679292
San Luis Obispo21331260
Madera16474242
Santa Cruz16264207
Marin14072227
Yolo13922210
Shasta12175226
Butte12076192
El Dorado10193113
Napa988382
Sutter9441113
Yuba628547
San Benito606863
Lassen570624
Tehama559063
Nevada475175
Tuolumne413967
Mendocino410849
Humboldt407242
Amador366547
Lake348343
Glenn239825
Siskiyou225525
Colusa223616
Calaveras213654
Inyo142838
Del Norte13988
Mono12844
Plumas7186
Modoc5014
Mariposa4507
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