How to Talk to Others About Getting Vaccinated; Oregon reports 1,707 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 30 new deaths; Tillamook County adds 5 more cases, 19 cases over weekend

We want to keep you informed about COVID-19 in Oregon. Data are provisional and change frequently.

  • Samples for 435,621 tests have been reported positive.
  • Samples for 6,311,944 tests have been reported negative.

There are 30 new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 3,624, the Oregon Health Authority reported Tuesday September 21, 2021.

Oregon Health Authority reported 1,707 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 , bringing the state total to 314,841.

Cases and deaths

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (18), Benton (18), Clackamas (110), Clatsop (15), Columbia (12), Coos (86), Crook (13), Curry (11), Deschutes (80), Douglas (85), Grant (29), Harney (34), Hood River (4), Jackson (76), Jefferson (17), Josephine (25), Klamath (83), Lake (22), Lane (157), Lincoln (19), Linn (46), Malheur (60), Marion (173), Morrow (7), Multnomah (86), Polk (56), Tillamook (5), Umatilla (134), Union (21), Wasco (34), Washington (100) and Yamhill (71).

Arrows show cases have increased while hospitalizations have decreased. Click on graphic to open Tableau.

Public Health Indicators Dashboard update

Today, OHA updated the summary tables for the Public Health Indicators Dashboard to include counts in addition to percentages for 1) emergency department visits for COVID-19-like illness visits, 2) timely case follow-up by local public health departments, and 3) cases traced to a known source. These dashboards are published weekly on Tuesdays with the most recent full week’s data. An error was identified and corrected in the percentage of COVID-19-like illness calculation, bringing the Public Health Indicators Dashboard into alignment with the emergency department data published daily in Oregon’s COVID-19 Update.

COVID-19 hospitalizations

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 944, which is 24 fewer than yesterday. There are 264 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is 14 fewer than yesterday.

There are 59 available adult ICU beds out of 655 total (9% availability) and 347 available adult non-ICU beds out of 4,280 (8% availability).

The total number of patients in hospital beds may fluctuate between report times. The numbers do not reflect admissions per day, nor the length of hospital stay. Staffing limitations are not captured in this data and may further limit bed capacity.

Note: Please do not visit an emergency department for COVID-19 testing, unless you require emergency care for your symptoms.

Emergency departments in Oregon are under significant strain responding to the current surge in COVID-19. You can find a test here.

If you have a medical condition that doesn’t require emergency care, contact your provider. An urgent care center may also help you get the care you need and will save emergency departments from added strain.

More information about hospital capacity can be found here.

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 7,500 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry on Sept. 20. Of this total, 3,206 were administered on Sept. 20: 1,322 were initial doses, 1,293 were second doses and 563 were third doses. The remaining 4,294 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on Sept. 20.

The seven-day running average is now 7,754 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered 2,925,018 doses of Pfizer Comirnaty, 1,889,267 doses of Moderna and 211,054 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

As of today, 2,710,562 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,474,067 people have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series.

These data are preliminary and subject to change.

Updated vaccination data are provided on Oregon’s COVID-19 related data dashboards and have been updated Tuesday September 21, 2021.

For all the latest data on COVID-19 in Oregon, visit OHA’s data dashboards.

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How to talk to others about vaccination

You may be already be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but what about your extended family? Or your friends? With the Delta variant spreading more rapidly than past variants, you may be wondering how to approach the subject with those close to you who haven’t yet made the decision to get vaccinated.

Having questions about the COVID-19 vaccines is normal. Acknowledging that to people can be the first step in expressing empathy. Some people may not want to talk about vaccination at all, but others may be looking for a comfortable person to talk with and reliable information.

Here’s what the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends:

  • Listen with empathy. Acknowledge their feelings.
  • Ask open-ended questions like “Can you tell me a little more about what you’re feeling?
  • Share trusted information. You can offer to look up information with them, or let them know how to distinguish credible sources. 
  • Explore reasons for wanting to get vaccinated like protecting those more vulnerable.

Having thoughtful and kind conversations with people about vaccines and vaccination, is a meaningful way to contribute to public health. Read the full article on the WHO webpage.

2 people in park. One says, “I’m a bit worried about the vaccine.” The other responds, “It’s okay to have questions or want more information.”

COVID-19 vaccines are effective at keeping people from getting COVID-19, getting very sick, and dying. Vaccination not only protects you, it protects everyone. You can find a vaccine provider here.

With hospitals overwhelmed by COVID-19 cases, it’s important to avoid catching the flu as well. Getting your flu vaccine only takes a few minutes. Doctors’ offices, clinics and pharmacies are open and safe, with COVID-19 precautions in place. Call your health care provider to make an appointment or call 211 to find where you can get a flu vaccine in your area.

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FEMA may help with COVID-19 funeral costs

Many people in Oregon have lost someone to COVID-19. Those who have paid funeral costs may still be able to get assistance with those costs. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is accepting applications for the COVID-19 Funeral

Apply by calling 844-684-6333 (TTY: 800-462-7585), Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Multilingual services are available. Learn more here.

Losing a loved one is painful. If you would like to talk with someone, resources are available on the Safe + Strong webpage or you can call the Safe + Strong Helpline at 800-923-HELP (4357).

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Learn more about COVID-19 vaccinations

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine situation in Oregon, visit our webpage (English or Spanish), which has a breakdown of distribution and other information.