August 22nd Correction Plus COVID Update

Michael Dembrow

August 22, 2021

Dear Neighbors and Friends,

A couple of you have pointed out to me an error in the vaccination summary in Thursday’s newsletter, and I wanted to correct it before a week has gone by. 

It’s due to a glitch that can happen when a Word document is imported into the publishing software that we use in the Legislature: the presence of a decimal point can cause the digits that came before it to be dropped.  It slipped by me this time.

As a result, here’s how it appeared in the 8/19 newsletter:

Total Oregonians vaccinated so far: 2,569,143

  • 2,362,014 now fully vaccinated with two doses
  • 2% of all Oregonians have received at least one dose (70.8% of those 18 and older).
  • 3% of all Oregonians are now fully vaccinated (65.5% of those 18 and older). 

And here’s how it should have appeared:

Total Oregonians vaccinated so far: 2,569,143

  • 2,362,014 now fully vaccinated with two doses
  • 60.2% of all Oregonians have received at least one dose (70.8% of those 18 and older).
  • 55.3% of all Oregonians are now fully vaccinated (65.5% of those 18 and older).

Sorry about that.

Since I’m sending out this correction, I’ll also take the opportunity to add information that I wasn’t able to include in Thursday’s newsletter: details about those 19 Oregonians who were reported to have died, but whose detailed information wasn’t ready till Friday.  You’ll find that at the end of this update.

Also, let me give you links to a few items that have appeared in the news since Thursday.  With delta-COVID continuing to put our ICUs into enormous stress, a number of media outlets have brought us behind the doors of ICUs around the state and the nation to reveal the stress, the pain, the exhausted frustration (on the part of providers who see this as a preventable disease thanks to vaccines), and regrets (on the part of patients and family members who were not vaccinated).

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On a related, potentially positive note, word began to spread on Friday that the FDA is prepared to give full authorization to the Pfizer vaccine sometime this week, potentially as soon as tomorrow if the paperwork is completed.

With nearly three million doses of the Pfizer vaccine having been administered in Oregon alone under the emergency authorization, there is obviously an enormous record of the vaccine’s safety in addition to what has been observed within the tight parameters of the controlled drug tests.  Now the final bureaucratic hurdles appear to have been met.

What will be the effect of this authorization?  According to the Wall Street Journal, three in ten unvaccinated Americans polled have said that they would get the vaccine if it had full authorization.  We’ll see if that’s the case.

In an interview on CNN this morning, the Surgeon-General speculated that the authorization will make it easier for colleges, universities, and businesses to require their workers and others who use their services to be vaccinated as part of their COVID action plans.

Fingers crossed that this will be a way to help those medical professionals (and National Guard and first responders) who are stepping up and sacrificing so much to try to keep us all safe.

 

And the Deaths:

Here is information about the 19 deaths that I wasn’t able to give you on Thursday night.

Oregon’s 2,976th COVID-19 associated death is an 84-year-old man from Douglas County who tested positive on Aug. 12 and died on Aug. 17 at Mercy Medical Center.

Oregon’s 2,977th COVID-19 associated death is a 50-year-old man from Douglas County who tested positive on Aug. 3 and died on Aug. 18 at Mercy Medical Center.

Oregon’s 2,978th COVID-19 associated death is a 73-year-old woman from Douglas County who tested positive on Aug. 3 and died on Aug. 18 at Mercy Medical Center.

Oregon’s 2,979th COVID-19 associated death is a 63-year-old man from Crook County who tested positive on July 30 and died on Aug. 17 at St Charles Bend Hospital.

Oregon’s 2,980th COVID-19 associated death is an 84-year-old woman from Coos County who tested positive on Aug. 11 and died on Aug.18 at Bay Area Hospital.

Oregon’s 2,981st COVID-19 associated death is a 49-year-old man from Coos County who tested positive on Aug. 6 and died on Aug. 16 at Oregon Health and Science University Hospital.

Oregon’s 2,982nd COVID-19 associated death is a 95-year-old woman from Baker County who died on Aug. 17 at her residence.

Oregon’s 2,983rd COVID-19 associated death is an 89-year-old woman from Josephine County who tested positive on Aug. 11 and died on Aug. 17 at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center.

Oregon’s 2,984th COVID-19 associated death is an 80-year-old woman from Josephine County who tested positive on Aug. 15 and died on Aug. 17.

Oregon’s 2,985th COVID-19 associated death is a 61-year-old man from Josephine County who tested positive on Aug. 12 and died on Aug. 17 at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center.

Oregon’s 2,986th COVID-19 associated death is a 91-year-old man from Josephine County who tested positive on Aug. 3 and died on Aug. 17 at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center.

Oregon’s 2,987th COVID-19 associated death is a 74-year-old woman from Jackson County who tested positive on July 27 and died on Aug. 15 at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center.

Oregon’s 2,988th COVID-19 associated death is an 80-year-old man from Jackson County who tested positive on July 29 and died on Aug. 17 at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center.

Oregon’s 2,989th COVID-19 associated death is an 85-year-old woman from Josephine County who tested positive on Aug. 16 and died on Aug. 17 at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center.

Oregon’s 2,990th COVID-19 associated death is a 68-year-old woman from Josephine County who tested positive on Aug. 14 and died on Aug. 16 at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center.

Oregon’s 2,991st COVID-19 associated death is an 80-year-old woman from Umatilla County who tested positive on Aug. 4 and died on Aug. 13 at St. Anthony Hospital.

Oregon’s 2,992nd COVID-19 associated death is a 47-year-old man from Umatilla County who tested positive on Aug. 4 and died on Aug. 14 at Adventist Health Center.

Oregon’s 2,993rd COVID-19 associated death is a 50-year-old man from Lane County who tested positive on July 27 and died on Aug. 15 at Peacehealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend.

Oregon’s 2,994th COVID-19 associated death is a 67-year-old man from Tillamook County who tested positive on July 29 and died on Aug.18.

 

Additional Info: Here’s a breakdown of last week’s 66 deaths by county.

You’ll see that nearly half of all the deaths last week were from three Southern Oregon counties: Jackson, Josephine, and Douglas. Fewer than 10% were from the Portland Tri-County area.

Baker (1)

Coos (6)

Crook (3)

Curry (1)

Douglas (9)

Hood River (1)

Jackson (13)

Jefferson (2)

Josephine (8)

Lane (2)

Marion (5)

Multnomah (2)

Tillamook (1)

Umatilla (6)

Wasco (1)

Washington (4)

Yamhill (1)

 

Please stay healthy and safe, and let me know if you have any questions about information in tonight’s special newsletter.

Sincerely,

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Senator Michael Dembrow
District 23


email: Sen.MichaelDembrow@oregonlegislature.gov
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