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336 new COVID cases, 2 new deaths

336 new COVID cases, 2 new deaths

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Reser Vaccinations 01 27

Here is a look at a January COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Reser Stadium. The state has administered more than 1 million doses. 

Oregon continued its positive trend in coronavirus numbers with just 336 new confirmed and presumptive cases and two deaths.

According to the Friday report of the Oregon Health Authority, the state’s case load is up to 154,878. The death toll is at 2,206. Oregon continues a streak of not having a day above 1,000 new cases since Jan. 15.

The two new fatalities were a 73-year-old man in Douglas County who had underlying medical conditions and a 55-year-old man in Umatilla in whom the presence of underlying conditions is still being confirmed.

Pfizer Is Studying the Effects of a Third COVID-19 Vaccine Dose. Two doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine have proven to be 95% effective at preventing severe coronavirus infection. On Feb. 25, the drugmaker announced it will be studying the effects of a third "booster" shot among those who were fully vaccinated over six months ago. We believe that the third dose will raise the antibody response 10- to 20- fold, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla, via NBC News. Two age groups will be observed in the study: 18 to 55 and 65 to 85. The participants are among some of the first to have ever received Pfizer's vaccine in its initial clinical trials. The third dose will be the same as what they received a year ago. Pfizer also intends to modify its vaccine to test against the variant from South Africa. Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla suspects that much like the flu, "you will have to go and get your annual shot for COVID to be protected."

Linn County added 12 cases for a total of 3,577 and 66 deaths. Benton County added seven cases and has 2,325 overall and 16 deaths.

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported were in the following counties, which are listed alphabetically: Baker (2), Clackamas (20), Columbia (5), Coos (15), Curry (8), Deschutes (17), Douglas (19), Harney (1), Hood River (1), Jackson (16), Jefferson (1), Josephine (14), Klamath (9), Lane (28), Malheur (2), Marion (38), Morrow (2), Multnomah (47), Polk (10), Tillamook (2), Umatilla (8), Union (6), Washington (38) and Yamhill (8).

Presumptive cases are people without a positive diagnostic test who have COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a laboratory-confirmed case. Presumptive cases make up about 5% of the total cases, the OHA has said.

In other highlights from the report:

Vaccinations: A total of 30,594 vaccine doses have been added to the state registry. The state total is 911,648 first and second doses out of a total of 1,177,945 that have been delivered across Oregon.

Benton County has administered 15,617 doses or 1,665 per 10,000 residents. Linn has injected 15,547 or 1,228 per 10,000. Nearby counties feature similar numbers: Lane County has issued 51,687 vaccines, or 1,364 per 10,000, Lincoln County is at 7,578 vaccines or 1,570 per 10,000 people.

Hospitalizations: There are 152 individuals hospitalized with COVID in Oregon and just 34 in ICU beds. On Jan. 12, by comparison, 403 individuals were hospitalized and 93 were in intensive care.

Death toll: Multnomah leads Oregon counties with 528 deaths, followed by Marion (285), Washington (212) and Clackamas (175). Wheeler (four), Wallowa (four), Tillamook (two), Gilliam (one), Grant (one) and Sherman (zero) all have less than five.

Only six deaths have occurred in individuals under 30 and only 65 of the 2,206 have been younger than 50.

Contact reporter James Day at jim.day@lee.net or 541-812-6116. Follow at Twitter.com/jameshday or gazettetimes.com/blogs/jim-day.

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