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UPDATES: Get your questions on kids and Covid answered Wednesday

about 1 month ago

Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Sept. 21, 2021

An isolation room for a Covid patient in the intensive care unit at Salem Hospital on Friday, Aug. 20, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Salem Reporter is keeping you informed of the latest Covid numbers. Here’s our report for Tuesday, Sept. 21.

New Covid cases reported in Marion County: 173

New Covid cases reported in Polk County: 56

Total Salem Hospital patients with Covid: 96 as of Tuesday morning, a decrease of three from Monday. Of those, 24 are in the intensive care unit, and 12 are on ventilators. 

Eighty-two of those in the hospital are not vaccinated against Covid.

Total Salem Hospital bed occupancy: 474 of 494 licensed beds in use

Total people hospitalized with Covid in Region 2 (Marion, Polk, Yamhill, Linn, Benton, Lincoln counties): 175, an increase of nine from Monday. Of those, 42 are in the intensive care unit and 19 are on ventilators.

Total Region 2 hospital bed occupancy: 92 of 95 staffed ICU beds and 707 of 719 non-ICU beds in use. 

New Covid deaths reported: 30

OHA released demographic information for five Marion County residents whose deaths were reported Monday. No Polk County residents were listed.

They are:

A 70-year-old man who tested positive on Aug. 26 and died on Sept. 15 at Salem Hospital. 

A 45-year-old woman who tested positive on Sept. 6 and died on Sept. 16 at Salem Hospital. 

An 80-year-old man who tested positive on Sept. 2 and died on Sept. 13 at Salem Hospital. 

A 68-year-old man from Marion County who tested positive on Aug. 24 and died on Sept. 14 at Silverton Hospital.

A 67-year-old woman who tested positive on Aug. 26 and died on Sept. 13 at Salem Hospital.

All had underlying conditions.

New Covid vaccines in Oregon: 3,206 new Covid vaccine doses administered on Sept. 20, including 1,322 first doses. 

Source: Oregon Health Authority, Salem Health

-Rachel Alexander

about 1 month ago

AGENDA: Marion County commissioner to get flu shot during Wednesday meeting, approve contracts

Colm Willis, Marion County commissioner, sits in on a homeless alliance executive meeting video conference on May 5, 2020. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

The Marion County Board of Commissioners meets Wednesday to consider several contracts and hear a presentation on the annual flu shot.


The board will hear a presentation on the importance of receiving the annual flu shot and a commissioner will get a shot. The agenda didn’t specify which commissioner would get the vaccine.

They will consider approving a $760,000 contract with LocumTenens.com to provide qualified candidates to fill temporary medical staff positions in behavioral health programs and alcohol and drug treatment programs through Sept. 30, 2024.

Commissioners will consider approving a $800,000 contract with Garten Services, Inc. for janitorial services at various county locations through Sept. 30, 2024. 

They will consider a $125,000 agreement with Navia Benefit Solutions to provide third party administrative services for certain employee benefit plans that are maintained by the county through Dec. 31, 2026.

They will also consider approving a $874,982 contract with David Evans and Associates, Inc. for engineering services for the Hazelgreen Road NE/Pudding River Bridge Replacement project through Oct. 31, 2025. 

Meeting details: The commissioners meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the Senator Hearing Room at 555 Court Street N.E. The meeting is streamed live on YouTube

-Saphara Harrell

about 1 month ago

Get your questions on kids and Covid answered Wednesday

Open windows at Liberty Elementary School on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

With the school year in full swing, Oregon health and education officials will be live on Facebook Wednesday to answer questions about kids, Covid and school safety.

The live Q&A takes place at 11:30 a.m. and features Colt Gill, director of the Oregon Department of Education, and Dr. Thomas Jeanne, deputy state health officer and epidemiologist with the Oregon Health Authority.

State data shows the number of kids and teens contracting Covid increased substantially from early July through mid-August as Covid infections in all ages soared across Oregon. That was prior to school starting in most districts, including Salem-Keizer.

Marion and Polk counties both saw the highest number of Covid cases in people under 18 the week of Aug. 22., when Marion County reported 228 new infections. Polk County reported 56, according to OHA.

Rates of Covid have been highest in adolescents age 12 to 17, who are eligible to be vaccinated.

More recently, the number of new Covid cases among kids appears to be leveling off, though OHA notes their data may not yet reflect people who developed symptoms of Covid in the previous two weeks.

-Rachel Alexander