OHA Director Patrick Allen during today’s media availability: "We find ourselves at another crossroads: After weeks of steady decline, #COVID19 cases have been rising. Today we are reporting 457 new cases – the single highest daily total since the onset of this pandemic."
"We have also seen an increase in the rate of positive tests. These are some of the contributing factors:
• Labor Day gatherings
• College students returning to campuses
• Testing interruptions in fire-ravaged areas and more people seeking care for respiratory issues"
"For several weeks, we were successful in reducing #COVID19 cases. New cases reported weekly were in steady decline. Oregon continues to have one of the lowest rates of infection in the nation. But this surge is an indication of how fragile our progress against the virus is."
"We must rethink the way we socialize and the way we socially interact. The decisions we make impact ourselves, our loved ones, and our friends and neighbors."
"We also understand and acknowledge that Oregonians are under tremendous stress. The pandemic, wildfires, struggles of kids and teachers adjusting to on-line learning are overwhelming right now. We want you to know there are new resources available to support your mental health."
"OHA and @Lines_for_Life have launched the Safe and Strong Help Line. It offers free, 24-7 emotional support and resource referral to anyone who needs it. The number is 1-800-923-4357. You can also find resources on the Safe + Strong website at safestrongoregon.org."
"We also know that #COVID19 continues to disproportionately effect communities of color. Today, we're announcing $45M in grant money is being provided to organizations in these hard-hit communities to make sure they're getting the support they need to get through the pandemic."

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8 Jan
OHA Director Pat Allen speaking during today's press conference: "I want to give you an update on the actions we announced earlier this week to speed vaccination in Oregon and share what our latest forecast tells us about the severity of the #COVID19 pandemic in state."
"As of January 6th, Oregon has received a cumulative total of 128,700 doses of Pfizer vaccine and 121,400 doses of Moderna vaccine for a total of 250,100 doses."
"As of yesterday, Oregon has vaccinated a total of 73,286 health care workers, first responders, and others – as well as staff and residents at skilled nursing facilities and memory care centers, where our most vulnerable seniors live."
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8 Jan
Our COVID-19 Weekly Report, released yesterday, shows increases in weekly cases and hospitalizations related to COVID-19: ow.ly/XnaL50CTFFQ

We reported 7,913 new daily cases during the week of Monday, Dec. 28 through Sunday, Jan. 3, a 17% increase from the prev. wk. (1/4)
There were 358 people hospitalized for COVID-19, a 6% increase from the prev. wk. There were 73 reported COVID-19 reported deaths, down from 86 last wk.

People age 20 to 49 have accounted for 54% of the cases, while people 70 and older have accounted for 77% of the deaths. (2/4)
During the week of Dec. 27 to Jan. 2, the # of COVID-19 tests administered to Oregonians was 123,821. The % of positive tests increased to 7.5%. (3/4)
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5 Jan
OHA Chief Medical Officer Dr. Dana Hargunani speaking at today's media briefing: "As a pediatrician, I know vaccines are a vital tool to help stop the spread of disease. The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective."
"At the same time, these safe and effective vaccines have posed new
challenges to our robust system of vaccination distribution in Oregon.
Distributing and administering large numbers of COVID-19 vaccines are
different than flu vaccines."
"We’re rolling out a new vaccine in a pandemic: Scheduling, physical distancing and the observation period immediately after a vaccine is administered all have an impact on the logistics of organizing mass vaccination events."
Read 19 tweets
5 Jan
OHA Director Pat Allen speaking at today's media briefing: "We wanted to give you an update on where we stand in our #COVID19 vaccination effort and the steps we're taking achieve @OregonGovBrown's goal of 12,000 vaccinations per day within the next two weeks."
"Our pace of COVID-19 vaccinations is on par with other states, but there's more we can do to accelerate progress. According to CDC data, Oregon currently ranks 36th in the nation in vaccine distribution, with more than 1.2% of our pop. having been vaccinated as of yesterday."
"WA is just ahead at 1.3 percent and CA has also vaccinated 1.2 percent. We've outperformed nearly all other states in containing the #COVID19 virus and preventing COVID-19 deaths."
Read 19 tweets
25 Nov 20
OHA Director Patrick Allen during today's press conference: "At OHA, we’re paying attention to collateral effects of the pandemic: the impact on behavioral health, indicators of toxic stress, barriers to medical care, economic underpinnings of health & other measures of health."
"Looking at the data, you won’t be surprised to hear that COVID-19 has had damaging effects beyond the number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths:"
"Behavioral health: In mid-July, nearly 50 percent of adult Oregonians experienced symptoms of depression and anxiety, according to a new monthly pulse household survey conducted by the CDC. That percent tapered off in the early fall, but has begun to rise again."
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25 Nov 20
OHA State Health Officer Dr. Dean Sidelinger speaking during today’s press conference: "Over the past two weekend days, we set new records for daily #COVID19 cases and have since reported nearly 5,000 additional cases over the past three days."
"We are also seeing severely ill #COVID19 patients filling hospital beds at an alarming rate - the highest numbers since the pandemic began. We have had more than a tripling of COVID-19 hospitalizations since Oct. 26."
"The new tools @OregonGovBrown announced today are rooted in science and will enable us to focus our efforts where the disease is most prevalent:
o By studying case rates/positive test rates
o By closely monitoring hospital capacity
o By closely examining the impacts of COVID-19"
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