Coronavirus updates for June 22: Oregon reports 2 deaths, 78 additional cases – The Register-Guard

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Oregon Health Authority officials reported two deaths and 78 confirmed or presumptive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing Oregon’s death toll to 2,756 and state case total to 206,850.

Health authority officials announced two more deaths related to COVID-19 Monday:

  • A 49-year-old Linn County woman who tested positive June 6 and died June 19 at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital. She had no underlying conditions.
  • A 54-year-old Douglas County woman who tested positive June 11 and died June 20 at Mercy Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

There are 144 hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon Monday, five fewer than Sunday. There are 36 COVID-19 patients in intensive care, one more than Sunday.

Health officials reported 3,077 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry Monday. Of this total, 2,044 doses were administered Sunday and 1,033 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry Sunday.

Report: 84% of long-term care residents vaccinated

The percentage of vaccinated residents at long-term care facilities has exceeded the state’s 75% target goal, the Oregon Health Authority reported Monday. 

As of May 9, 84% of residents at long-term care facilities, and 62% of Oregon’s licensed nursing, residential care and assisted-living facilities that serve older adults and people with disabilities, have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 

The vaccination data in the Oregon Health Authority Interim Long-Term Care Facility COVID-19 Vaccination Report was voluntarily reported. 

The data also showed vaccination percentages were lower in southern and eastern Oregon and vaccination percentages were higher among long-term care residents in residential and assisted living facilities than in nursing facilities.

Health officials say since residents and staff at long-term care facilities are ever-changing, the goal is to maintain a 75% rate of vaccination among residents and staff at any point in time.

“Nursing, assisted living, and residential care facilities continue to be at risk for spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 given their size and congregate nature,” said Rebecca Pierce, Ph.D., manager of the Healthcare-Associated Infections Program at the OHA Public Health Division. 

“Residents in these settings are at elevated risk for serious health consequences from the virus. Vaccination remains our No. 1 tool to prevent spread and serious illness from COVID-19 in these settings.”

Reporting of vaccination data for residents and staff was voluntary for long-term care facilities. The Oregon Department of Human Services and the federal Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services have since required long-term care facilities they regulate to report vaccination data, starting June 1 and June 14, respectively.

CDC studies point to reasons behind vaccination slowdown

Young Americans are less likely to get vaccinated against COVID-19 than their elders, a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study showed.

By May 22, 2021, 57% of adults had received at least one vaccine dose, the study said. But coverage was highest among those 65 and older (80%) while it was lowest among those 18-29 years old (38.3%). 

Nearly 25% of the latter age group reported that they probably or definitely would not get vaccinated, while 23% were unsure. Their biggest questions: concerns about vaccine safety and effectiveness, a second study said.

Adults 18–39 years with lower incomes, lower educational attainment, without health insurance, who were non-Hispanic Black adults who lived in suburbs areas had the lowest reported vaccination coverage and intent to get vaccinated, the study added.

Urban counties and women were more likely to get vaccinated, the first study said. Perhaps pointing to the causes of falling rates, the study also notes that “people living in counties with higher social vulnerabilities or higher percentages of the population who are uninsured, living in poverty, lacking access to a computer, and lacking access to a computer with Internet were less likely to be vaccinated.” 

In the past week, an average of about 370,000 adults have received their first vaccine each day. To reach President Joe Biden’s goal of 70% of adults partially vaccinated by July 1, that number will need to increase to about 839,000 adults newly vaccinated each day.

But the pace of vaccine administration has fallen significantly from its peak in early April, even in the face of new variants. 

Also in the news:

►Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to order the arrest of Filipinos who refuse COVID-19 vaccination and told them to leave the country if they would not cooperate with the efforts to contain the pandemic.

►About 40% of new COVID-19 cases in Colorado are the Delta variant, state health officials said Monday.

►North Korea has told the World Health Organization it tested more than 30,000 people for the coronavirus through June 10 but has yet to find a single infection. Experts widely doubt North Korea’s claim that it has not had a single case of the virus.

►Eight Indiana University students have filed suit alleging the requirement that students, staff and faculty be vaccinated against the virus before returning to campus in violates their constitutional rights. 

📈 Today’s numbers: The U.S. has more than 33.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases and at least 602,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The global totals: More than 178.8 million cases and more than 3.87 million deaths. More than 150.46 million Americans have been fully vaccinated – nearly 45.2% of the population, according to the CDC. 

Florida outbreak: 2 die, 3 hospitalized – but vaccinated worker not infected

Two employees of Florida’s Manatee County have died and three others were hospitalized after an outbreak in the IT department, County Administrator Scott Hopes said. None were vaccinated, and another worker who was vaccinated did not become infected, Hopes said. One person died June 14, and Hope said one of the other workers went to a physician complaining of sore throat and other symptoms Wednesday – two days after the first death – and died Thursday. All the victims are relatively young, he said.

“My concern is that this may very well be a variant, and one that appears to be infecting young people,” Hopes said. “You’ve got five known cases in one department  and nearly 50% (died), and all were hospitalized.”

India vaccines record 8 million people in one day

India said it vaccinated more than 8 million people on the first day of a program administering free shots to all adults. Monday’s total comes as the government faces continued criticism, accused of failing to provide sufficient supply of vaccines for the nation of 1.4 billion people.

“Today’s record-breaking vaccination numbers are gladdening,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted. “The vaccine remains our strongest weapon to fight COVID-19. Congratulations to those who got vaccinated and kudos to all the front-line warriors working hard to ensure so many citizens got the vaccine. Well done India!”

COVID-19 cases are increasing in California, analysis shows

New coronavirus cases increased 6.2% in California in the week ending Sunday as the state added 6,530 cases. The previous week had 6,148 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19. California ranked 31st among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the latest week, coronavirus cases in the United States decreased 19.6% from the week before, with 79,884 cases reported. With 11.87% of the country’s population, California had 8.17% of the country’s cases in the last week.

Across the country, eight states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.

Within California, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Modoc, Sierra and Mendocino counties. Adding the newest cases overall were Los Angeles County, with 1,489 cases; San Diego County, with 546 cases; and Sacramento County, with 439. Weekly case counts rose in 26 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week’s pace were in Los Angeles, Tulare and San Diego counties.

– Mike Stucka

Moderna to add production lines in preparation for booster shots

Moderna will be adding two new production lines to their plant in Norwood, Massachusetts, to prepare for making booster shots. Officials said the additions will allow for a 50% increase in production capacity.

  • The biotechnology company struggled to get investors for their mRNA technology prior to the pandemic. Now it has a market capitalization of $81 billion. Its manufacturing partners are also preparing for expanding production outside of the U.S., preparing to triple their annual global output of the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Our plan and our hope is that, as soon as the U.S. has enough doses, we’re allowed to export so we can help as many countries as we can around the world,” Moderna Chief Executive Stéphane Bancel told the Wall Street Journal.

Contributing: The Associated Press.

— From news reports and USA TODAY Network

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