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Oregon breaks single-day record for COVID-19 deaths

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The Oregon Health Authority reported a record-breaking 82 COVID-19 related deaths in Tuesday’s report. This is the highest number reported in a single day.

In a news release, OHA cited a “death data reconciliation” as part of the reason for the new high. According to OHA, death is a lagging indicator and usually follows a rise in cases. Additionally, there is usually a lag in reporting as state epidemiologists review death certificates.

Another step is underway in the push to vaccinate children against COVID-19.Pfizer announced Thursday it officially submitted a request to the FDA for emergency use authorization of its COVID-19 vaccine in kids 5 to 11 years old. The company is looking to amend its EUA to include the age group, which if granted, would offer 5 to 11 year olds the first COVID-19 vaccine option for them. The FDA Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee is expected to meet Oct. 26 to discuss Pfizer's request and hear input from public health experts. An FDA spokesperson states, "While the FDA cannot predict how long its evaluation of the data and information will take, the agency will review the EUA request as expeditiously as possible using its thorough and science-based approach, and expects this evaluation to take a matter of weeks as opposed to months."Pfizer said it submitted initial data to the agency last week. It said the vaccine showed a favorable safety profile and elicited robust neutralizing antibody responses. The company said the results were comparable to those in a previous study in people 16 to 25 years old. The vaccine for kids five to 11 was given at a third of the dose used in the older age group. The vaccine would be given in two doses, three weeks apart, according to the company. The new prompted varying views from parents contemplating what steps they would take if the vaccine moved forward. "I would not have them take it initially," said Ivory McGee Perry. "I think maybe after a year if other parents want to do that I would wait and see if there are any side effects or long term effects you know after a year then maybe I would have my children vaccinated."Another parent told us of a different plan. "I'm excited that my youngest can finally get protect everybody else in the house is and he as just that missing link," said Vanessa Blaszczyk, adding concern about protecting others with risk factors.Pediatricians are encouraging parents to talk to their pediatricians or doctors. "We in the medical community are extremely confident that these vaccines are safe and are effective and we are going to convey that to our parents, said Dr. Lisa Gwynn. Gwynn is the president of the Florida chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and an associate professor at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. "They've gone through a lot this pandemic," Gwynn said. "For them to be able to go to school to remain in school to not have to be quarantined that's a huge quality of life issue for our children so this vaccine is one step closer in getting to that goal."Other doctors also pointed to school."What that means is almost every kid that goes to school now has the opportunity to protect themselves," said Dr. Mobeen Rathore, chief of infectious disease and immunology for Wolfson Children's Hospital. "It's exciting news its something we've all been waiting for for quite a while now."For parents, another doctor offered this: "My message to them is one we have really good data from adults. We have 6.4 billion people in the world who have been vaccinated with very, very few adverse events and I feel like, with kids, that probably will be even less based on what I know about vaccines, said Dr. Katie Taylor with Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Louisiana.

“OHA expects that reported deaths may continue to be high even as daily case counts decrease,” the news release states. “This is due to the time lag between when a person tests positive for a case of COVID-19 and when they die with COVID-19.”

Tuesday’s report also logged 1,413 new confirmed and presumptive cases of the virus. The total for the state now stands at 345,344.

Benton County recorded 34 new cases, bringing the total for the county to 5,214. Meanwhile, Linn County logged 48 new instances of the virus. This makes the cumulative number 12,201.

Here’s a look at more data from OHA and national reports:

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Hospitalizations:

There are 585 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 across the state. This is 59 less than the previous report. There are 149 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit beds, which is 21 less than yesterday.

Statewide, 56 adult ICU beds are unoccupied, making for an 8% availability. There are also 298 available adult non-ICU beds, an availability of 7%.

The region that encompasses Linn and Benton counties has 5% of adult ICU beds available and 3% of adult non-ICU beds available.

Vaccinations:

OHA reported that 10,629 new doses of coronavirus vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry on Monday, Oct. 11. The seven-day running average is 10,352 doses per day.

As of Tuesday’s report, 2.77 million people had received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine and 2.55 million people had completed a vaccine series.

National Numbers:

On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recorded 52,327 new coronavirus cases. The running total for the number of cases in the United States is 44.4 million. The CDC also logged 527 new deaths. The country’s death toll is 714,243.

Maddie Pfeifer covers public safety for Mid-Valley Media. She can be contacted at 541-812-6091 or Madison.Pfeifer@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter via @maddiepfeifer_

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