OHA State Health Officer Dean Sidelinger at today's press conference: "Daily cases, COVID-19 related hospitalizations & the % of people testing positive continue to decline. Over the past week, we reported 1,725 new cases, a 26% drop. That’s the lowest weekly total since Sept."
"Thankfully we are also seeing a steady downturn in #COVID19 related hospitalizations, which has greatly lessened the pressure on our emergency rooms and local hospitals. In the past week, new COVID-19 related hospitalizations dropped 24% over the previous week."
"And in yet another encouraging trend: #COVID19 deaths – always a lagging indicator – are also declining. OHA reported 20 deaths in our most recent COVID-19 Weekly Report, a 60% drop from the previous week."
"In summary, the landscape of the virus has shifted dramatically, creating what we described last week as two pandemics. As our breakthrough data shows – the virus is overwhelmingly impacting those who are not fully vaccinated – while those vaccinated are safe from the virus."
"The data, as well as our new modeling, clearly shows that the surging virus has more than met its match in the rising tide of Oregonians who are getting vaccinated every day."
"Getting vaccinated is the best protection against contracting the virus, or from passing it along to someone else who may wind up in the hospital or die. More than 2.3M Oregonians have received at least one dose and nearly 2M have completed a vaccine series."
"Thank you for taking that critically important step to protect your families, your loved ones and your communities. But, in order to decisively defeat the virus and prevent future outbreaks, more people must take that important step."
"Let me speak to the issue of vaccine-induced immunity versus natural immunity. If you had #COVID19 and recovered, you may not have the same level of immunity as someone who has not been infected and has been fully vaccinated. It is unknown how long protection will last."
"Individuals who have recovered from the disease have a robust response to the vaccine. It is recommended that they get the vaccine to increase their protection. In all cases, it is better to have immunity from COVID-19 without being sickened by it."
"Finally, let me turn to the latest modeling. The modeling shows that estimated immunity from vaccination is present in 4x more people than those who have naturally acquired immunity."
"The model shows that transmission of the virus has slowed considerably. The statewide reproductive rate was estimated at .66 as of 5/26. At that rate, we would see a significant decline in daily cases to ~100 and 5 daily hospitalizations for the rest of the month."
"If, we were to realize the more pessimistic scenario, with transmission rising by 20% we would still see a decline in daily cases – albeit a more gradual one – to 135 with 7 hospitalizations."
"We can protect ourselves, our families and our communities and return to normalcy more quickly by getting vaccinated. Thank you to everyone who has stepped up to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and if you haven't, please make a plan - and get vaccinated."

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10 Jun
We want to keep you informed about #COVID19 in #Oregon. Data are provisional and change frequently.

For more information, visit healthoregon.org/coronavirus.
Note: To align with the daily @CDCgov update of the numbers of people in Oregon ages 18 and older who have received at least one dose of their #COVID19 vaccine, OHA will be releasing our daily news release later in the day, beginning today. ⬇️
The @CDCgov posts the number of people in Oregon ages 18+ who have received at least a first dose daily, generally by 5 p.m. Eastern. ⬇️
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10 Jun
Our COVID-19 Weekly Report (ow.ly/dFLd50D82c9), released today, shows the sixth consecutive week of declining cases and lowest since weekly case tally since last September. ⬇️
We reported 1,725 new daily cases of #COVID19 during the week of Monday, May 31, through Sunday, June 6. That represents a 26% decline from the previous week.

New COVID-19 related hospitalizations also declined from 190 to 112. That’s also the lowest since last September. ⬇️
The week of May 31 to June 6, there were 20 reported #COVID19 related deaths.

The number of COVID-19 tests administered to Oregonians was 72,443 for the week of May 30 through June 5. The percentage of positive tests was 3.8%. ⬇️
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4 Jun
OHA State Health Officer Dean Sidelinger speaking at today's press conference: "I usually begin my comments with an overview of the state of the #COVID19 pandemic in Oregon. But this week I want to further profile the two pandemics alluded to earlier."
"In one pandemic, as we near the threshold of 70% of adult Oregonians getting at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine: Spread of the virus is clearly waning."
"Daily cases and #COVID19 hospitalizations and the percentage of people testing positive are in steady decline since the most recent surge gripped us six weeks ago."
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4 Jun
OHA Director Pat Allen speaking at today's press conference: "I want to provide some updates and make a few observations as we enter the homestretch toward our goal of vaccinating 7 in 10 adult Oregonians."
"We're nearly 6 months into Oregon's #COVID19 vaccination drive, and it’s been close to six weeks since we expanded eligibility to all adults on April 19th. During these past few months, we’ve seen the virus come roaring back and then begin to retreat."
"In that time, a stark picture has emerged. There isn’t one pandemic in Oregon – there are two: One is a pandemic that is dying out among people who are vaccinated. And the other is a pandemic that is raging as fiercely as ever among people who are unvaccinated."
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4 Jun
Our #COVID19 Weekly Report, released today (ow.ly/dFLd50D82c9), shows decreases in daily cases and hospitalizations but an increase in deaths from the previous week. ⬇️
We reported 2,677 new daily cases of COVID-19 during the week of Monday, May 24, through Sunday, May 30. That represents a 13% decrease from the previous week.

New COVID-19 related hospitalizations fell to 190, down from 224 last week and the lowest figure in six weeks. ⬇️
Reported COVID-19 related deaths were 50, up from 34 last week.

During the week of May 23 through May 29, the number of COVID-19 tests administered to Oregonians was 94,084 — a 12% decrease from last week. The percentage of positive tests fell from 5.4% to 4.5%. ⬇️
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Today, @US_FDA extended emergency use authorization to the Pfizer #COVID19 vaccine for people ages 12-15.

This approval will be reviewed by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). ⬇️
ACIP will make a recommendation to the @CDCgov Director who will issue guidance for administering the vaccine to this age group. ⬇️
The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup (WSSSRW) will discuss the data and review process in order to issue a memo to Governors from participating states.

ACIP and the WSSSRW meet on May 12. ⬇️
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