TILLAMOOK COUNTY COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS: COVID-19 UPDATE 10/29/21

www.tillamookcountypioneer.net
Tillamook County Community Health Centers COVID-19 Response – Summary:
• 116 COVID-19 cases have been reported for Tillamook County in October so far.
• 10 over this past weekend (10/22-10/24), 30 in the last 7 days and 65 over the past 14 days.
• Tillamook County COVID-19 related death toll is now at 34.
• Test positivity has decreased by 0.2% over the past week, now at 6.8%.


If you are out trick-or-treating this weekend, remember your face covering, and that face coverings and costumes masks are not safe to be worn together. Pay attention when going door-to-door. If one house looks a bit crowded with fellow trick-or-treaters, maybe try another house that isn’t as busy. Bring along hand sanitizer to use when needed.
Some additional considerations: wear practical shoes for walking, exercise caution when crossing streets, bring a flashlight or glow-sticks, and discard any candy if the wrapper is torn.


TILLAMOOK, Ore. — During the month of October (10/1/21 – 10/28/21), 116 new cases of COVID-19 were tracked in Tillamook County; 65 over the past 14 days (10/10 – 10/23), 30 over the last 7 days (10/17 – 10/23) and 10 over this past weekend (10/22 – 10/24). Test positivity over the past week was recorded at 6.8%. In total since March 2020, 1,995 COVID-19 cases have been tracked in Tillamook County, 85 hospitalizations and 34 COVID-19 related deaths. Two new COVID-19 related deaths from October were reported this week.

Oregon Health Authority Breakthrough Case Report shows that during the week of October 17 – October 23 statewide, 72.1% of new COVID-19 cases were unvaccinated and 27.9% were vaccine breakthrough cases. The median age of breakthrough cases was 48 years. 69 (3.2%) breakthrough cases were residents of care facilities, senior living communities or other congregate living settings. 523 (24.3%) cases were 65 or older. There were 91 (4.2%) cases aged 12-17.

The spread of COVID-19 in Tillamook County had reached a critical phase. For the first 18 months of the pandemic, 5 local COVID-19 related deaths had occurred. In 10 weeks, the number of COVID-19 related deaths in Tillamook County had increased nearly 7x, raising the death toll from 5 to 34.

Deaths that are determined to be related to COVID-19 need to meet criteria listed in the Oregon Health Authority “COVID-19 Investigative Guidelines” available on Oregon Health Authority’s COVID-19 page under “investigative guidelines” section 7.

We grieve with the community for all of the lives lost, we wish to extend our sincerest condolences during this difficult time.

View more on case tracking in Tillamook County here: https://tillamookchc.org/coronavirus/covid19-case-tracking/

In order to slow the spread of COVID-19 an outdoor mask mandate has been implemented in addition to the indoor mask mandate. Masks are required in most public outdoor settings where physical distancing is not possible regardless of vaccination status. There is no end date set for the mask requirements at this time.

Tillamook County Public Health strongly encourages and urges the implementation of mandatory face coverings for all (including people who are fully vaccinated) in outdoor public settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained and in all indoor public settings. Choosing to wear a face covering will protect those who are not yet vaccinated and add additional protection to those who are vaccinated.

As of Saturday October 23, Oregon Health Authority Oregon COVID-19 Variant Count shows 9,334 delta variant cases have been tracked in Oregon and 1,923 in Region 1 (Clackamas, Clatsop, Multnomah, Tillamook, and Washington counties). County level data is not available.

Oregon Health Authority notes that nearly all of the new COVID-19 cases have been from the delta variant. The delta variant is three times more transmissible that earlier strains of the virus, both young and older individuals are getting sick and increasing disease spread. Oregon Health Authority advises to be mindful of choices: consider not gathering with others and follow COVID-19 safety precautions – wear a mask, wash hands, and keep 6ft of distance from other. Choose to get vaccinated as soon as possible. These tools remain as the most important things we can do to keep ourselves and our community safe. Choosing to wear a face covering will protect those who are not yet vaccinated and add additional protection to those who are vaccinated.

If you are feeling sick with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 such as: fever, dry cough, fatigue, loss of taste or smell, aches and pains, headache, sore throat, nasal congestion, or red eyes, stay home and contact your healthcare provider. COVID-19 testing is available at no cost at our acute care clinic (2111 8th St, Tillamook) Monday – Friday 1pm – 5pm, appointments are required, please call 503-824-3900. Due to decreased demand, drive-up COVID-19 testing at the Fairgrounds is no longer available, as of Friday October 15, 2021.

Please know that if you test positive for COVID-19, there is safe treatment available in Tillamook County; Monoclonal antibody therapy. Monoclonal antibodies are like your body’s own antibodies as they help your immune system quickly destroy the COVID-19 virus before it harms you or causes hospitalization. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized monoclonal antibody treatment for emergency use for eligible patients. If you test positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms, talk to a healthcare provider right away. Monoclonal antibody treatment must be given as soon as possible within 10 days of getting a symptom. These treatments require a provider referral after a positive COVID-19 test. The treatment is given through a one-time IV infusion. If you do not have a healthcare provider, call our office for a phone visit at 503-842-3900 or contact Adventist Health Tillamook at 503-815-2341.


VACCINATIONS: To date, 17,064 Tillamook County residents have chosen to be vaccinated with at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

All three COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson) are safe and effective at protecting against severe COVID-19 illness, hospitalization, and death from any of the currently identified variants of concern including delta. In Tillamook County, 69.14% of those eligible for the vaccine (12 and older) are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and 60.50% are fully vaccinated in the total Tillamook County community (including those not yet eligible). Oregon Health Authority reports that COVID-19 cases are lower in communities with a total vaccination rate greater than 60%.

Protect yourself this fall with a COVID-19, flu, and pneumonia vaccine from Tillamook County Community Health Center walk-in vaccine clinic at the Tillamook County Fairgrounds Convention Center on:
Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. & Wednesdays 1 to 5 p.m. (except holidays, Nov 11th, 24th and 25th)

Flu and pneumonia vaccines are a covered benefit for many insurance plans, including Medicare and Oregon Health Plan. COVID-19 vaccines are available at no cost. Please bring your insurance card with you. No one is turned away for inability to pay. Age limit varies per vaccine type, visit tillamookchc.org or call 503-842-3900 for more information.

Making a plan to get vaccinated as soon as possible is the best way to protect against COVID-19, flu, and pneumonia.

  • There are now booster recommendations for all three available COVID-19 vaccines:
    • Pfizer or Moderna recommended at least 6 months after the completion of the second dose in the series for:
      • People 65 and older
      • People living in a long-term care facility
      • People 50-64 with underlying medical conditions
      • People ages 18-64 with underlying medical conditions or who are a higher risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus due to where they live or work, such as teachers, grocery workers and people who live in congregate care settings.
    • Johnson & Johnson recommended at least 2 months after the single shot for:
      • People 18 and older.

Individuals eligible for a booster may receive either the same or a different COVID-19 vaccine as a booster dose, depending on advice from a health care provider, individual preference, availability or convenience.

  • Pfizer for Youths 5-11 y.o:
    • The Food & Drug Administration approved Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of a pediatric version of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 on Oct 26. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will review and make a recommendation on Nov. 2, and then finally, the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup (WSSSRW) will review the data and issue a recommendation for vaccine administration in Oregon, Washington, Utah, and California.
  • 3rd Dose of mRNA Vaccines:
    • A third dose is for people who are immunocompromised and may not have built up adequate protective immunity with their first series of mRNA (Pfizer or Moderna) vaccines.  Individuals who meet the criteria listed by the CDC as having moderately to severely compromised immune systems are recommended to get a 3rd dose if they completed a 2-dose mRNA vaccine series (Moderna or Pfizer) at least 28 days for Moderna or 21 days for Pfizer after the second dose.
      • A 3rd dose is only able to be administered for who it has been authorized for and is not considered a booster. A list of qualifying conditions from the CDC is available on our website.
      • If you receive a 3rd dose, you are not recommended to then receive a “booster” (3 dose max is currently recommended for mRNA vaccines).  

Visit our website https://tillamookchc.org/coronavirus/vaccine-scheduling/ to learn more on where you can get a COVID-19 vaccine at no cost in Tillamook County.

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.

Follow our Facebook @TillamookCHC for daily updates.

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