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Mid-valley adds 16 new COVID-19 cases Saturday, no new deaths
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Mid-valley adds 16 new COVID-19 cases Saturday, no new deaths

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Oregon added 455 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases Saturday, bringing the total to 155,315 according to the Oregon Health Authority. The state also reported two new deaths, bringing the death toll to 2,208. Neither new death was in Linn or Benton County.

Seven new cases were recorded in Benton County, bringing the total to 2,335 cases since the pandemic began. In Linn County, nine new cases were added, increasing the county total to 3,586. Benton County has not reported a death since Feb. 13, leaving the total at 16 coronavirus deaths. In Linn County, one death was reported this week, with a total of 56 coronavirus deaths reported since the beginning of the pandemic.

The FDA has approved the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use. J&J says its COVID-19 vaccine is 99% effective in keeping people out of the hospital and about 66% effective in avoiding illness. Thats similar to what youd see in an annual flu shot. Its one dose, and reported side effects have been mild. Taking a small amount of the coronavirus genetic material combined with a weakened version of a common cold virus called adenovirus. That combination can enter cells but wont replicate and make us sick. Growing the adenovirus takes more time to make at mass scale, so the drugmaker was slower in their clinical trials as they ramped up production. This same process was used to develop the Ebola vaccine.It's important to note this is emergency approval, not full FDA approval. Basically what that means is though it was put together fast, the experts think that the benefits outweigh any risks at this point in the pandemic. 

The Oregon Health Authority also reported 24,926 doses of the coronavirus vaccine were administered Friday, and 7,362 previously unrecorded doses were also added to the registry. Of the 1,194,495 doses distributed in Oregon, 943,692 have been administered. More than 603,000 people in Oregon have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Of those, more than 334,000 people have been fully vaccinated in Oregon.

In Linn County, 16,403 people have received at least one dose of the vaccine, amounting to 1,296.2 per 10,000 people. Of those 16,403 people, 7,943 have received both doses, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

In Benton County, 16,595 people have received at least one dose of the vaccine, amounting to 1,758.7 per 10,000 people. Of those 16,595 people, 8,333 have received both doses.

In Marion County, 49,514 people have received at least one dose of the vaccine, amounting to 1,423.8 per 10,000 people. Of those 49,514 people, 30,402 have received both doses.

Coronavirus related hospitalizations decreased by four in Saturday's report. The current total of coronavirus related hospitalizations is 148. There are currently 31 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit beds, the state reported, which is down from 34 on Friday.

K. Rambo can be contacted at 541-812-6091 or k.rambo@lee.net. Follow on Twitter via @k_rambo_.

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