TILLAMOOK COUNTY COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS: Tillamook County COVID-19 Update 12/10/21

  •  60 COVID-19 cases have been tracked in the month of December so far.
  • Tillamook County COVID-19 related death toll is now at 47.
  • Test positivity at 7.0%

The variant Omicron has not yet been detected in Oregon, though Oregon Health Authority notes it’s only a matter of time before it is.

Oregon Health Authority along with laboratory partners, are working hard to monitor variants through genetic sequencing of viral COVID-19 tests and starting this week, testing samples of wastewater. Wastewater surveillance has previously identified emerging variants, including Delta. If Omicron is detected, OHA will provide an update. Variant tracking data is available on OHA’s COVID-19 page. One thing we do know now is how to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe: vaccination, boosters, masks, distancing and frequent hand washing.

In collaboration with Oregon State University (OSU), Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) wastewater surveillance program monitors sewage for variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. To learn more, read the story about wastewater surveillance.

https://covidblog.oregon.gov/wastewater-surveillance-program-expected-to-detect-omicron-spread-in-communities/?fbclid=IwAR2-nLkQjkt-diybp3hIQQI2_oAOb336RVBL50HB3L964GXeLe60MzDYV80

During the month of December (12/1/21 – 12/09/21), 60 new cases of COVID-19 were tracked in Tillamook County; 63 over the past 14 days (11/21 – 12/04), 35 over the last 7 days (11/28 – 12/04) and 18 over this past weekend (12/3 – 12/5). Test positivity over the past week was recorded at 7.0%. In total since March 2020, 2,231 COVID-19 cases have been tracked in Tillamook County, 102 hospitalizations and 47 COVID-19 related deaths. 

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.

Oregon Health Authority Breakthrough Case Report shows that during the week of November 28 – December 04 statewide, 69.4% of new COVID-19 cases were unvaccinated and 30.6% were vaccine breakthrough cases. The median age of breakthrough cases was 43 years. 44 (2.2%) breakthrough cases were residents of care facilities, senior living communities or other congregate living settings. 367 (18.5%) cases were 65 or older. There were 64 (3.2%) cases aged 12-17.

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

The outdoor mask mandate has ended, however, masks are still strongly recommended when outdoors in crowded areas and for people who are immunocompromised and people not yet vaccinated. Masks are still required in all indoor public settings of vaccination status. Read more: here.

Tillamook County Public Health strongly encourages and urges face coverings 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 December 04, Oregon Health Authority Oregon COVID-19 Variant Count shows 12,688 delta variant cases have been tracked in Oregon and 2,109 in Region 1 (Clackamas, Clatsop, Multnomah, Tillamook, and Washington counties). County level data is not available.

Oregon Health Authority is closing monitoring all variants of concern including the newest variant Omicron. When more information is available, it will be shared by Oregon Health Authority. The COVID-19 safety tools that we already have remain effective at protecting against COVID-19: choose to be vaccinated, keep 6ft. of distance from others, wash hands frequently and wear a mask when indoor, and outdoors when unable to maintain 6ft. of distance from others.

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.

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, 17,760 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, 70.69% of those eligible for the vaccine (12 and older) are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and 61.85% 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, Dec 22nd and 23rd)

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.

  • Boosters recommend for all 18 years old and older:
    • 6 months after completion of the Moderna series.
    • 2 month after completion of the single shot Johnson & Johnson.
  • Boosters are now recommend for all 16 years old and older:
    • 6 months after completion of the Pfizer series.

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.

Please note, Johnson and Johnson is no longer available at the walk-in vaccine.

  • Pfizer for Youths 5-11 y.o:
    • Pediatric doses of the Pfizer #COVID19 vaccine are now approved for use in Oregon for children ages 5 through 11 and Tillamook County has received the doses! Pediatric COVID-19 doses are available from healthcare provider’s offices, pharmacies, and our walk-in vaccine clinic. Parent/guardian authorization is needed for all youths 5 – 14 years old.
  • 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 now recommended to then receive a “booster” six months after your 3rd dose of Pfizer of Moderna.

Visit our website https://tillamookchc.org/coronavirus/vaccines 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