TILLAMOOK COUNTY COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS: COVID-19 Response & Update – July 30, 2021

30 new cases occurred in the past two weeks (7/11/21 – 07/24/21) and a test positivity rate of 5.2%.

  • Based on case investigation, it is estimated that in Tillamook County, there have been 9 cases where fully vaccinated residents tested positive for COVID-19 since June 2021 (approx. 100 cases in total have occurred since mid-June 2021 to now).
  • One new COVID-19 related death occurred this month, the individual was a 46-year-old woman from Tillamook County who tested positive on July 7 and died on July 9 at her residence. She had underlying conditions. Our sincerest thoughts are to the family.
  • March 2020 – July 29, 2021 Tillamook County COVID-19 Count: 749 confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths and 31 hospitalizations.

DELTA VARIANT: July 24th, 2021 – 179 cases have been tracked in Oregon; 20 of the cases are located in region one (Clackamas, Clatsop, Multnomah, Tillamook, and Washington counties). While county level data is not available for variant tracking at this time, Oregon Health Authority reports it is now the dominant variant circulating in Oregon and it is expected to continue to increase in the coming weeks.

  • Oregon Health Authority (OHA) in alignment with the CDC is now recommending that all (including fully vaccinated persons), wear a face covering or mask in public indoor settings. This recommendation applies statewide. While people who are vaccinated with currently available COVID-19 vaccines are protected (less likely to have symptoms/be sick but can still pass the virus) from COVID-19 and the circulating variants, (including delta), face covering and mask helps protect others who may be at higher risk for COVID-19 and those who are not yet vaccinated including children under 12. Read more from OHA: https://content.govdelivery.com/…/ORDHS/bulletins/2ea4ad0
  • COVID-19 Testing: COVID-19 testing remains available at our health center for no cost with same day appointment options for those who are sick and those needing testing for work/travel. We have both the rapid test (results in 15 minutes) and the PCR (goes out to a lab for processing, results in 3-4 days). Both tests are nasal swabs where the swab goes into to the front part of the nostril only, not further up in the nose. The test takes second to complete. Your healthcare provider will discuss with you the recommended test type. Appointments are needed, call: 503-842-3900.

VACCINATIONS: To date, 14,688 Tillamook County residents have chosen to be vaccinated.

  • All the current, best science tells us that all 3 vaccines protect you against severe COVID-19 illness, hospitalization and death, even if you are exposed to any of the current variants of concern (including the Delta variant).
  • If you have not done so yet, make a plan to get vaccinated as soon as you can. All those 12 years and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. COVID-19 vaccines are available at no cost. Health insurance and immigration status information is not needed. Contact your local healthcare provider, drop into a pharmacy, or stop by our office for a vaccine.

For more information, go to www.tilllamookchc.org

About Tillamook County Community Health Centers:
TCCHC has been a Federally Qualified Health Center since 1994, providing medical, dental, behavioral and public health services.

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Additional Resources:

Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 Information: http://healthoregon.org/coronavirus  

CDC COVID-19 Information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html