TILLAMOOK COUNTY COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS: Tillamook County COVID-19 Update – Feb. 18, 2022

Please note, Tillamook County Community Health Centers will be closed Monday February 21, 2022, in recognition of President’s Day. If you need to reach a provider on-call, call 503-842-3900. If you are having an emergency call 911.

To date, the pandemic total case count is now at 3,550 and total COVID-19 related deaths remain at 58.

Resources are available to access home testing on your own, report positive results and learn how to navigate isolation and quarantine guidelines.

It is important to continue to work together to reduce the cases of COVID-19 in the community by increasing the number of people who get vaccinated, get their booster if they’re already vaccinated, wear their mask in indoor public places, and avoid large gatherings.


COVID-19 Case Information:

From Feb 1st – 17th, 290 new cases of COVID-19 were tracked in Tillamook County; over the past 14 days, January 30 – February 12, 301 cases occurred, in 7 days, February 06 – February 12, 101 cases occurred, and over the weekend, February 11 – February 13, 33 cases. Test positivity over the past week was recorded at 16.1%.

In total since March 2020, 3,550 COVID-19 cases have been tracked in Tillamook County, 133 hospitalizations and 58 COVID-19 related deaths.

Oregon Health Authority Breakthrough Case Report shows that during the week of February 06 – February 12, 2022, statewide, 43.4% were unvaccinated, 48.4% were vaccine breakthrough cases, and 8.2% had an unknown vaccination status. Of all vaccine breakthrough cases, 38.1% were fully vaccinated and boosted. The median age of all vaccine breakthrough cases was 50 years. There were 67 (0.8%) breakthrough cases among residents of care facilities, senior living communities or other congregate living settings. There were 1,706 (19.5%) cases in persons 65 or older. There were 540 (6.2%) cases aged 12-17.

While Oregon’s current hospitalization rates remain high at more than 1,000 per day, health scientists predict that by late March, approximately 400 or fewer people in Oregon will be hospitalized with COVID-19, which led to the decision to lift the indoor mask requirement on or before March 31. Mask requirements for schools will remain in place until March 31 to give children time to get fully vaccinated before masks are no longer required in schools. The mask requirement for health care workers will not be lifted March 31. Read more about this decision, here.

In the coming weeks while case rates and hospitalizations remain high, it is important that we as a community continue to work together to reduce spread by:

  • Hosting your event online when you are able.
  • Keep gatherings small and outdoors when possible. If indoors, bring in fresh air by opening windows and doors, if possible.
  • Wear a well-fitting face covering or mask over your mouth and nose when indoors and when outdoors in more crowded areas.
  • Choose to get vaccinated and be up to date on your vaccine including getting a booster, prior to attending events and activities if you are eligible.
  • Wash hands frequently and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid crowds and maintain 6ft of distance from those not in your household when gathering with individuals who are not yet vaccinated and individuals at higher risk for COVID-19.
  • Staying home if ill.

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


COVID-19 Variant News:

As of Saturday February 12, 2022, Oregon Health Authority Oregon COVID-19 Variant Count shows 18,632 Delta variant cases and 5,1821 Omicron variant cases have been tracked in Oregon and 4,863 Delta and 556 Omicron in Region 1 (Clackamas, Clatsop, Multnomah, Tillamook, and Washington counties).

OHA is committed to updating on all variants of concern and the variant tracking data is available on OHA’s COVID-19 page. Link to data here.

This information is available in the recent Oregon Vaccine News update on OHA’s website


Testing and Treatment:

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 503-842-3900. Closed for President’s Day, Monday, February 21, 2022.

A small amount of the iHealth COVID-19 quick antigen home test kits remain available for pick-up in the community. Thanks to a partnership with Tillamook County Library, COVID-19 home test kits are available for pick-up in all Tillamook County library branches. See flyer, here.

Looking for more at-home test kits? Up to four, free COVID-19 home tests kits are available to each household in the U.S., delivered to your residence by using the federal site: https://www.covidtests.gov/.

With an increase in people who are testing positive, OHA has updated the process for investigating cases to be an “opt-in model” where people who test positive can report their results to OHA and access additional resources for support with their isolation or quarantine using the new OHA Positive COVID Test website (Oregon.gov/positivecovidtest/) or COVID-19 Case Support Hotline: 866-917-8881.

If you do have a positive COVID-19 test result and have mild to moderate symptoms such as fever, shortness of breath or cough, please contact your healthcare provider right away, and especially if you have chronic medical conditions that may place you at higher risk of severe disease response. There are safe and early treatment options available for COVID-19 including anti-viral oral medication. Some treatment options need to be started as early as 5 days from the date of the positive test. If you do not have a healthcare provider, call Adventist Health Tillamook pharmacy at 503-815-2341 or consider establishing care with a local healthcare provider. If you would like to make an appointment at Tillamook County Community Health Center, call: 503-842-3900. To learn more about your treatment options, see OHA’s blog post, here and learn more about COVID-19 testing and care: https://tillamookchc.org/covid-19-testing/


COVID-19 Vaccine Update:

 To date, 18,544 Tillamook County residents have chosen to be vaccinated with at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 vaccines 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, 73.35% of those eligible for the vaccine (12 and older) are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and 64.18% are fully vaccinated in the total Tillamook County community (including those not yet eligible).

Protect yourself and your family this winter with a Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 (1st, 2nd or booster dose) vaccine, flu, and pneumonia shot.

Update Vaccine Clinics for February:

  • Walk in Clinic at Tillamook County Fairgrounds Convention Center: Thursdays 10am – 6pm. No scheduling required.
  • Vaccine by appointment at TCCHC main clinic (801 pacific ave.): Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm. Call 503-842-3900 to schedule. Closed for President’s Day, Monday, February 21, 2022.

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:
    • 5 months after completion of the Moderna series.
    • 2 month after completion of the single shot Johnson & Johnson.
  • Boosters are now recommend for all 12 years old and older:
    • 5 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 of Pfizer is authorized for people 5 and older and 3rd dose Moderna is authorized for people 18 and older 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 receive their 2nd dose of Moderna or Pfizer at least 28 days ago.
      • 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” three 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.


COVID-19 Safety Precautions:

One of the most important actions you can take to reduce spread and protect against hospitalizations and death from COVID-19 is to choose to be fully vaccinated, and if able to, have also received a booster shot. In the addition, Tillamook County Public health recommends these safety precautions:

Limit exposure:

  • Keep gatherings small, it is recommended to only gather in-person with people in your household. Try a virtual option to add in others.
  • If you do choose to gather, with the news of the predicted upcoming surge, be extra mindful of your choices. Consider avoiding contact with others outside of your household 5-7 days prior to your gathering.
  • Using COVID-19 home tests before travel or gatherings is recommended by the CDC. To learn more about COVID-19 home tests and what to consider if you choose to use them as part of your gathering or travel preparations see this CDC informational page.
  • Avoid sharing utensils, plates, glasses.
  • Wash hand frequently and wear a mask indoors when around people outside of your household and maintain 6ft of distance.
  • Having a gathering outside is a safer option, though not always feasible on the coast, make sure to increase ventilation if indoors.
  • If you are feeling ill, do not attend a gathering.

Travel:

  • Traveling by car with members of your household is the safest method of travel. If traveling by air or public transit, remember to always wear a properly fitting mask and avoid eating or drinking, especially in crowded situations, so you don’t have to remove your mask.

Vaccinate:

  • If you are not yet vaccinated, choose to make a plan for everyone 5 years and older in your household to be vaccinated as soon as possible. If you are fully vaccinated, choose to receive a booster as soon as you are able to.

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