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Oregon reports 993 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 1 new death
Oregon Health Authority - 04/22/21 1:34 PM

April 22, 2021

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Oregon reports 993 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 1 new death

PORTLAND, Ore. — There is one new COVID-19 related death in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 2,467, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 993 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 178,110.

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 48,387 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 28,535 doses were administered on April 21 and 19,852 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on April 21.

The seven-day running average is now 34,328 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered a total of 1,398,442 doses of Pfizer, 1,172,051 doses of Moderna and 91,160 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. As of today, 1,091,777 people have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series. There are 1,658,130 who have had at least one dose.

Cumulative daily totals can take several days to finalize because providers have 72 hours to report doses administered and technical challenges have caused many providers to lag in their reporting. OHA has been providing technical support to vaccination sites to improve the timeliness of their data entry into the state’s ALERT Immunization Information System (IIS).

To date, 1,683,045 doses of Pfizer, 1,432,000 doses of Moderna and 215,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines have been delivered to sites across Oregon.

These data are preliminary and subject to change.

OHA's dashboards provide regularly updated vaccination data, and Oregon’s dashboard has been updated today.

OHA finds small number of data entry errors in reported vaccine doses

Oregon Health Authority has identified that a small number of Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses were recorded in the ALERT IIS System on and after April 13. OHA conducted an investigation and contacted all of the sites that reported submitting three or more doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine since the pause was issued April 13. All the sites that OHA contacted reported that these reports were data entry errors, and none of the sites had administered the vaccine. All told, OHA has determined that data entry errors were a factor at eight sites, accounting for 121 of the 159 total doses recorded.

As we continue to receive additional reports of Johnson and Johnson doses administered while the pause is in effect, we will clarify with vaccine providers whether or not these are data entry errors and will continue to ask providers to clarify these reports.

OHA is currently working with sites that have continued to report administering Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses during the pause to investigate why these doses have been reported. Consequently, the vaccine administration numbers for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will change as this work continues. OHA is reiterating to partners that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have recommended a pause on Johnson & Johnson vaccine administrations as they conduct a federal review of the vaccine.

COVID-19 hospitalizations

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 283, which is 11 more than yesterday. There are 69 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is four more than yesterday.

The total number of patients in hospital beds may fluctuate between report times. The numbers do not reflect admissions per day, nor the length of hospital stay. Staffing limitations are not captured in this data and may further limit bed capacity.

More information about hospital capacity can be found here.

Cases and deaths

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (14), Benton (24), Clackamas (116), Clatsop (4), Columbia (14), Coos (6), Crook (12), Curry (2), Deschutes (57), Douglas (5), Grant (1), Hood River (5), Jackson (46), Jefferson (6), Josephine (17), Klamath (54), Lake (2), Lane (54), Lincoln (7), Linn (34), Malheur (2), Marion (109), Morrow (1), Multnomah (206), Polk (20), Tillamook (1), Umatilla (8), Union (2), Wasco (16), Washington (128) and Yamhill (20).

Oregon’s 2,467th COVID-19 death is a 67-year-old man from Linn County who tested positive on April 21 and died on April 21 at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Note: Updated information is available for Oregon's 2,461st death, which was originally reported as an 82-year-old man from Douglas County. The man was actually 61 years old.  OHA regrets the error.

Note: Due to a delay in laboratory reporting, OHA received a large quantity of ~13,800 negative electronic laboratory reports (ELRs) on April 21, 2021. The reports are from March 7 to April 20. As a result, daily ELR totals are higher and percent positivity is lower for April 21 than anticipated.

Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center brings equity and fair access to the COVID-19 vaccine

Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that serves the members of Washington and Yamhill counties through access to high quality, culturally appropriate health care. For more than 46 years, Virginia Garcia has offered care to those most vulnerable in their communities. 

When COVID-19 began to affect people in Oregon, Virginia Garcia immediately began to see the impact it was having on the communities they served. In addition to providing testing in the clinics, they began taking services into the community, eventually creating a response team dedicated solely to outreach events. Virginia Garcia was the first community health center in the state to begin offering drive-through testing services at the Hillsboro Stadium — increasing accessibility for their patients and the community at large. 

Over the summer, with an awareness that Black, Indigenous and People of Color communities were impacted by COVID-19 at a higher rate than others, the newly formed Covid Response (CoRe) Team began partnering with other community-based organizations that served these groups to hold 15 different community events between June and November. Ultimately, more than 2,000 people were screened at these events.  

Virginia Garcia also provided testing resources like educational handouts, informational videos and television commercials about how to stay safe during the holiday season, focused on the communities they serve.  

Once the vaccine became available, the CoRe Team added vaccination events to their toolkit. Currently the team splits their time focusing on ensuring equitable access of testing and vaccinations by providing both free testing services at the Hillsboro Clinic location to anyone in the community and vaccine events targeted at providing the vaccine to individuals who would otherwise not have access. 

"Our patients were the hardest hit by the pandemic," said Misty Downey, CoRe Team program manager. "The work that the CoRe Team does each week is critical to ensuring the most vulnerable populations have access to the vaccine."?  

Last Tuesday, Virginia Garcia had their first mobile clinic vaccination event of the season where, with the help of volunteers, almost 300 people were able to get vaccinated. These mobile vaccination clinics will be offered every Tuesday to vulnerable populations like migrant and seasonal farmworkers who would otherwise have difficulty getting to a vaccination clinic. Virginia Garcia’s goal is to provide 30,000 vaccinations in 12 weeks. 

On April 13, they vaccinated another 104 individuals, even after having to change out their vaccine from Johnson & Johnson to Moderna at the last minute. The need to schedule and provide second shots will be an added challenge, but they are actively working to make arrangements with the camps and nurseries to get those second clinics scheduled.  

Staying true to their commitment to the community, Virginia Garcia is working to bring equity and fair access to the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccinations? 

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine situation in Oregon, visit our webpage (English?or?Spanish), which has a breakdown of distribution and other information.


Prescription Drug "Take Back Day" to Take Place Saturday, April 24th in the Eastern District of Washington
U.S. Attorney's Office - Eastern Dist. of Wash. - 04/22/21 12:02 PM

On the heels of largest collection to-date, federal, state, and local partners prepare to hold events

Spokane – Joseph H. Harrington, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Saturday, April 24, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. is National Prescription Drug “Take Back Day.”  This year marks the 20th biannual event in the ten-year history of the Drug Take Back initiative.  Drug Take Back Day gives the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Washington will be partnering this Saturday with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Spokane Police Department, and other community partners at Northtown Mall, 4750 North Division, located in the northwest corner of Division Street and Queen Avenue in Spokane. To keep everyone safe, collection sites will follow local COVID-19 guidelines and regulations.

At its last Take Back Day in October 2020, DEA collected nationally a record-high amount of expired, unwanted, and unused prescription medications, with the public turning in close to 500 tons of unwanted drugs. Over the 10-year span of Take Back Day, DEA has brought in more than 6,800 tons of prescription drugs. With studies indicating a majority of abused prescription drugs come from family and friends, including from home medicine cabinets, clearing out unused medicine is essential. Of those numbers, Washington State collected 13,842 pounds of prescription drugs at approximately 56 collections sites operated by the DEA and 61 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  In its previous events, Washington State alone has collected 270,260 pounds of prescription drugs.  Overall, in its 19 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in 13,684,848 pounds (6,842.4 tons)  of pills.

 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. has seen an increase in overdose deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic. The increase in drug overdose deaths appeared to have begun prior to the COVID-19 health emergency but accelerated during the pandemic.

 

Acting U.S. Attorney Harrington said, “Participating in drug take-back events is one step that individuals can do to help positively impact the opioid crisis and protect their loved ones.  We now face a national epidemic reaching every corner of America. Opioid overdoses have skyrocketed since the late 1990’s, becoming the worst drug epidemic in modern American history. The United States is seeing an increase in overdose deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic. Prescription drug misuse and overdose deaths do not discriminate – they can impact anyone of any age, race, gender or demographic.”

In addition to DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, there are many other ways to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs every day. The FDA provides information on how to properly dispose of prescription drugs. To find out where year-round disposal sites are located, go to https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/where-and-how-dispose-unused-medicines.

For more information about Annual Prescription Drug Take Back Day, go to www.DEATakeBack.com


ODHS sponsors 350 spots at upcoming National Conference for Rural Youth Homelessness Solutions
Oregon Department of Human Services - 04/22/21 11:20 AM

ODHS is sponsoring 350 spots in Oregon to join the First Annual Rural Conference on Youth Homelessness. Point Source Youth is hosting the conference. Point Source Youth is a leading national partner in advocacy, technical assistance, and research and evaluation pertaining to youth experiencing homelessness.

The virtual conference will be held May 18-19.

The intent of the conference is to bring youth advocates, service providers, activists and thought leaders together from across the rural US. Attendees will focus on best practices for ending youth homelessness through the lens of intersectionality. Brittany Garner, Director South & Rural conference director at Point Source Youth informs, “The goal of this conference is furthering the movement for rural equity. Rural communities deserve equal representation, funding, and decision-making power when it comes to solving youth homelessness”.

“We are excited to sponsor this event,” said Self-Sufficiency Programs Director Dan Haun. “The conference will help create a connected community of individuals working to ensure that all youth have access to a safe, empowering place to call home.”

To register for the conference, go to: www.PointSourceYouth.org/RuralConference.

Youth and young adults may register at no cost. For all others, when registering, enter promo code ODHS100 at checkout.

See the ODHS Runaway and Homeless Youth web page for more information about the program.


Arbor Day Planting on Friday Celebrates Richland's Tree Commitment
City of Richland - 04/22/21 9:38 AM

A tree planting will be held on Friday, April 23, at 3:00 p.m. at Drollinger Park in Richland.

The Mayor of Richland will be on-hand to read a proclamation as the city celebrates its 23rd-year designation as a Tree City and 17th-year as a Tree Line USA Electric Utility.

Girl Scouts from area troops, along with staff members from Richland Parks and Recreation and the Mid-Columbia Forestry Council will provide planting instructions and assist members in planting the two trees. This project also supports the Girl Scouts Tree Promise to Plant, Protect and Honor 5 Million Trees by 2026.

Drollinger Park is located at 460 Tanglewood Drive near the Duportail Bridge.


Oregon Community Foundation Awards $6.2 Million to Washington County to Shelter Vulnerable Community Members (Photo)
Oregon Community Foundation - 04/22/21 8:30 AM
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Oregon Community Foundation Awards $6.2 Million to Washington County to Shelter Vulnerable Community Members

Project Turnkey helps catalyze first year-round shelter for Single Adults in Washington County

Hillsboro, Ore. – April 22, 2021Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) today announced Washington County has been selected to receive a Project Turnkey grant of $6.2 million for the acquisition and conversion of a 60-room motel in Hillsboro, Oregon. Through the pandemic, the property will serve in part as a COVID-respite shelter for seasonal and migrant workers and others needing safe shelter, and predominantly as a stable shelter for people experiencing homelessness. This will be the first year-round shelter for single adults in Washington County, which will add to the county's existing sheltering capacity.

Community organizations – Bienestar and the Urban League of Portland – have partnered with Washington County and will help ensure that programs, services and referrals are culturally relevant to meet the specific needs of underserved populations.

“With help from Project Turnkey, this collaborative effort will enable some of the most vulnerable members of our community to safely move forward on their path toward one day having permanent housing,” said Washington County Board Chair Kathryn Harrington. “We are grateful to the Oregon Legislature and Oregon Community Foundation for this funding. We also appreciate our partners at the Urban League, Bienestar and the City of Hillsboro for helping to make this project a reality.”   

In addition to the $6.2 million grant, Project Turnkey-Hillsboro is leveraging operational, capital and service funding from Washington County. “Our community is facing concurrent crises around homelessness, COVID-19 and affordable housing,” said Josh Crites, Assistant Director, Washington County Department of Housing Services. “We also understand that communities of color have been historically overrepresented in our homeless population and disproportionally affected during the pandemic. The ability to partner with Oregon Community Foundation, Bienestar and The Urban League around Project Turnkey-Hillsboro allows our county to bring forth a swift solution for the most pressing issues our communities are facing today.”

“Bienestar’s mission is to build housing, hope and community for the well-being of Latinx, immigrant and all families in need,” said Nathan Teske, Executive Director, Bienestar. “Bienestar is thrilled to partner with Washington County Housing Services to help advance equity as we further fulfill our mission with support services for Project Turnkey-Hillsboro. We’re proud assist some of our most vulnerable community members to become sheltered and receive services to achieve housing stability.”

Some key benefits of Project-Turnkey-Hillsboro include:

  • Capacity for more staff to help more people move from crisis to stability.
  • Culturally specific services provided by Bienestar and The Urban League of Portland.
  • Safe accommodation for up to 60 individuals with some rooms reserved for those impacted by COVID-19.

“Black and Brown communities around the state are experiencing a crisis within a crisis as the effects of systemic racism are magnified in this pandemic,” said Denetta Monk, Director of Housing Programs, Urban League of Portland. “The Urban League is pleased to expand our culturally-specific model of service to support Washington County residents. For this important first step, our team stands ready to mobilize services and take action that leads to solidifying equitable access to safe, stable, and affordable housing.”

Located at 622 SE 10th Ave. in Hillsboro, Oregon, Washington County anticipates use beginning very quickly, with plans to open a block of rooms to the most vulnerable community members. Longer term, Washington County will work with the City of Hillsboro with input from the broader community regarding the best options for affordable, permanent supportive housing.

Since Project Turnkey’s inception, OCF has been working with urgency in collaboration with a diverse statewide advisory committee to execute an equitable review process of all applicants.

Each communitys needs are unique and the Project Turnkey Advisory Committee continues to center both community and equity in its consideration process, ” said Megan Loeb, OCF Program Officer, Housing. The Project Turnkey Advisory Committee enthusiastically supported the funding for Washington County because of their holistic approach in partnership with community agencies to provide culturally specific programming.”

OCF has been studying Oregons dual crises of homelessness and affordable housing for two years, beginning with research commissioned from ECONorthwest, Homelessness in Oregon” which provided statewide analysis of the disproportionately large homeless population in Oregon. The first property was announced in Ashland, Oregon, in February 2021 and Project Turnkey has now reached a double-digit milestone — in just three months – with 10 grant awards deployed to date. Project Turnkey is on pace to complete 18-20 projects by the June 2021 deadline set by the Oregon Legislature. For a complete list of awardees, please visit Project Turnkey online.

About Project Turnkey

The Oregon Legislature allocated a total of $65 million for Project Turnkey for the purpose of acquiring motels/hotels for use as non-congregate shelter for people experiencing homelessness or at-risk of homelessness. Two discrete funds were provided by the state: one totaling $30 million to be awarded in counties and tribal communities impacted by the 2020 wildfires; and one totaling $35 million for the remaining 28 counties in the state. Oregon Community Foundation is administering both funds through an application and selection process, with guidance from an Advisory Committee of state, local, and community stakeholders. For more information, please visit Project Turnkey online.

About Washington County Housing Services

The mission of Washington County’s Department of Housing Services is to provide a continuum of affordable housing options that promote community strength. For more information about Project Turnkey-Hillsboro, please visit: www.co.washington.or.us/projectturnkeyhillsboro. For more information about Washington County Housing Services, please visit: https://www.co.washington.or.us/Housing/

About Oregon Community Foundation

Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) puts donated money to work in Oregon – more than $100 million in grants and scholarships annually. Since 1973, OCF grantmaking, research, advocacy and community-advised solutions have helped individuals, families, businesses, and organizations create charitable funds to improve lives for all Oregonians. Impactful giving–time, talent and resources from many generous Oregonians–creates measurable change. For more information about OCF, please visit: oregoncf.org.

 

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Fatal Crash on Hwy 82 - Wallowa County
Oregon State Police - 04/21/21 10:00 PM

On Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at approximately 3:59 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 82 near milepost 48.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Ford pickup, operated by Thomas Stumpf (74) of Netarts, was eastbound when it left the roadway and rolled.

Stumpf sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

OSP was assisted by the Wallowa County Sheriff's Office, Wallowa EMS, and ODOT.


Grandview School District hosting FREE COVID-19 shot clinic on April 28 (Photo)
Grandview Sch. Dist. - 04/21/21 8:43 PM
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The Grandview School District is hosting a FREE COVID-19 shot clinic from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28, in the District Office parking lot - 913 W. Second St., Grandview. The shot clinic is being offered by the Yakima CVC Mobile Team, with support from the Yakima Health District, Columbia Safety Medical and Yakima Valley Emergency Management.

The walk-up shot clinic is open to anyone ages 16 and over. They are asking people to pre-register, but an appointment is not required. This clinic will be offering first and second doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

Anyone interested in participating can pre-register by going to https://prepmod.doh.wa.gov/reg/0615462790.

 




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Fatal Crash on Hwy 20 - Linn County
Oregon State Police - 04/21/21 8:35 PM

On Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at approximately 1:10 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a vehicle crash on Hwy 20 near milepost 17.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Dodge Journey, operated by Christopher Pritchard (32) of Sweet Home, was eastbound, crossed into the westbound lane, and collided with a Dodge Ram pickup towing a utility trailer operated by Jose Maciel-Gomez (22) of Albany.

Pritchard sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Maciel-Gomez and his passenger, Jose Maciel-Chavez (54) of Albany, were transported to the hospital.

OSP was assisted by the Linn County Sheriff's Office, Lebanon Fire Department and ODOT.

OSP is requesting anyone who witnessed the crash to call the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center at 1-800-442-0776 or OSP and refer to case # SP21-104208


Oregon Wildfire Recovery Update - April 21 , 2021 (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 04/21/21 6:03 PM
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The Oregon Office of Emergency Management has posted the Oregon Wildfire Recovery Update for April 21, 2021, to the Oregon Wildfire Resources page. See today's Wildfire Recovery update here.

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Jackson County, Ore. - April 19, 2021 - Senator Ron Wyden toured the Totem Pole Mobile Home Park, a future short-term housing site for wildfire survivors, with Jackson County, FEMA, Debris Management Task Force/Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) leadership to see the progress being made and learn how debris removal work is supporting the rebuilding of local communities. (Photo by Oregon Department of Transportation)
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March 6, 2021 - FEMA trailers are lined up and ready to be shipped to housing locations in wildfire affected areas. Trailers like these will allow survivors to stay in their communities and provide stability for families. (FEMA Photo by Jeremy Hollen)
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Oregon reports 989 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 6 new deaths
Oregon Health Authority - 04/21/21 4:19 PM

April 21, 2021

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Oregon reports 989 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 6 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — There are six new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 2,466, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 989 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 177,134.

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 39,882 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 26,407 doses were administered on April 20 and 13,475 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on April 20.

The 7-day running average is now 33,933 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered a total of 1,369,371 doses of Pfizer, 1,153,611 doses of Moderna and 90,301 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. As of today, 1,065,266 people have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series. There are 1,635,625 who have had at least one dose.

Cumulative daily totals can take several days to finalize because providers have 72 hours to report doses administered and technical challenges have caused many providers to lag in their reporting. OHA has been providing technical support to vaccination sites to improve the timeliness of their data entry into the state’s ALERT Immunization Information System (IIS).

To date,1,683,045 doses of Pfizer,1,411,700 doses of Moderna and 215,500 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines have been delivered to sites across Oregon.

These data are preliminary and subject to change.

OHA's dashboards provide regularly updated vaccination data, and Oregon’s dashboard has been updated today.

COVID-19 hospitalizations

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 272, which is 17 more than yesterday. There are 65 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is seven more than yesterday.

The total number of patients in hospital beds may fluctuate between report times. The numbers do not reflect admissions per day, nor the length of hospital stay. Staffing limitations are not captured in this data and may further limit bed capacity.

More information about hospital capacity can be found here.

Weekly COVID-19 reports

The Oregon Health Authority’s COVID-19 Weekly Report, released today, shows a fourth consecutive week of surging daily cases and higher hospitalizations than the previous week.

OHA reported 4,742 new daily cases of COVID-19 during the week of Monday, April 12 through Sunday, April 18. That represents a 27% increase from the previous week and marks the fourth consecutive week in which daily cases have increased by at least 20%.

New COVID-19 related hospitalizations rose to 171, up from 156 last week.

There were 19 reported COVID-19 related deaths.

There were 113,817 tests for COVID-19 for the week of April 11 through April 17. The percentage of positive tests was 5.3%.

People 70 years of age and older have accounted for 40% of COVID-19 related hospitalizations and 76% of COVID-19 related deaths.

Today’s COVID-19 Weekly Outbreak Report shows 24 active COVID-19 outbreaks in senior living communities and congregate living settings, with three or more confirmed cases and one or more COVID-19 related deaths.

Cases and deaths

Note: Reported case counts and electronic laboratory report (ELR) totals were lower than expected yesterday due to unexpected downtime of Opera, Oregon’s COVID-19 case database, which occurred during business hours. ELRs that were delayed from the downtime were processed yesterday and contribute to today’s high case count.

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (6), Benton (24), Clackamas (61), Clatsop (7), Columbia (7), Coos (2), Crook (4), Curry (5), Deschutes (99), Douglas (7), Grant (10), Harney (2),  Hood River (5), Jackson (93), Jefferson (3), Josephine (23), Klamath (34), Lake (3), Lane (82), Linn (33), Malheur (3), Marion (114), Morrow (3), Multnomah (167), Polk (20), Tillamook (5), Umatilla (16), Wallowa (1), Wasco (3), Washington (134) and Yamhill (13).

Oregon’s 2,461st COVID-19 death is an 82-year-old man from Douglas County who tested positive on April 16 and died on April 13 at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,462nd COVID-19 death is a 90-year-old man from Benton County who tested positive on April 16 and died on April 19 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,463rd COVID-19 death is a 67-year-old man from Jackson County who tested positive on March 29 and died on April 18 at Asante Ashland Community Hospital. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,464th COVID-19 death is a 42-year-old man from Jackson County who tested positive on March 25 and died on April 18 at Asante Rogue Valley Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,465th COVID-19 death is a 48-year-old man from Multnomah County who tested positive on March 28 and died on April 16 at Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center. He had no underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 2,466th COVID-19 death is a 56-year-old man from Multnomah County who tested positive on April 1 and died on April 16 at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccinations? 

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine situation in Oregon, visit our webpage (English?or?Spanish), which has a breakdown of distribution and other information.


Transnational Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 26 Years in Federal Prison for Conspiracy to Distribute Fentanyl, Heroin, Methamphetamine, Cocaine and for Money Laundering
U.S. Attorney's Office - Eastern Dist. of Wash. - 04/21/21 4:02 PM

Leader/Organizer of Cell with the Sinaloa Cartel Sentenced in Federal Court

Spokane – Joseph H. Harrington, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Reynaldo Perez Munoz, age 41, of Pasco, Washington, was sentenced after having pleaded guilty on August 28, 2020, to Conspiracy to Distribute 50 Grams or More of Actual (Pure) Methamphetamine, 5 Kilograms or More of Cocaine and 1 Kilogram or More of Heroin, two counts of Money Laundering, and Possession with Intent to Distribute 400 Grams or more of Fentanyl. Senior United States District Judge Edward F. Shea sentenced Reynaldo Perez Munoz to a 26-year term of imprisonment, to be followed by a 7-year term of court supervision after he is released from federal prison.  Pursuant to forfeiture proceedings, no additional fine was imposed.

According to information disclosed during court proceedings, this case arose from a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Task Force investigation in Southern California.  The Task Force identified a transnational drug trafficking organization (DTO) and worked in an undercover capacity to identify the DTO’s money laundering activities and locations in the United States where the DTO was trafficking narcotics. Munoz, and other co-conspirators were identified by the FBI as members of the DTO. 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Streets Task Force in Tri-Cities Washington executed several search warrants and seized over 19,000 Fentanyl-laced pills, 40 pounds of heroin, 4 pounds of methamphetamine, 23 pounds of cocaine, and $170,000 in U.S. currency. They found items consistent with packaging large amounts of U.S. currency, multiple firearms, multiple identifications, and other indicia of drug trafficking.  In terms of the significance of this drug trafficking organization to which he played a role, the cash money drops further corroborate that in less than one month, this organization was able to hand deliver over $1.25 million in drug cash proceeds.  This case involved one of the single largest drug seizures in the Eastern District of Washington.  It also involved one of the largest Fentanyl pill seizures at the time. 

During court proceedings, it was disclosed that FBI cryptoanalysis analyzed drug ledgers seized from Munoz and determined they reflected an additional $6 million collected in drug cash proceeds and several hundred kilograms of controlled substances to include fentanyl laced pills.

Senior District Judge Shea found that Munoz was the leader organizer of a cell with the Sinaloa Cartel in the Eastern District of Washington.  As a leader of the cell operating here, Munoz was responsible for coordinating drug shipments and collecting large amounts of drug cash proceeds that would be sent back to cartel leaders in Mexico.

Acting United States Attorney Harrington said, “This case highlights the joint commitment, dedication, and partnership between our state and federal partners in combatting drug trafficking in our community.  I commend their outstanding work.  This investigation made a substantial mark upon a large-scale organization that had chosen Eastern Washington as a point of operation.  It is these types of investigations that bring into focus the dangers drug trafficking organizations pose to our community.”

"In just a short period of time, Munoz and his co-conspirators coordinated vast shipments of drugs and cash across state and international borders," said Donald M. Voiret, FBI Special Agent in Charge of the Seattle Field Office. "Removing these dangerous drugs from Washington state will no doubt save lives and families from the pain of addiction. This sentence reflects the severity of Munoz's actions, and he will have decades in prison to consider the impact of his decisions."

Today’s enforcement action is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation.  The OCDETF program provides supplemental federal funding to the federal and state agencies involved in the investigation of drug-related crimes. 

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Streets Task Force in Tri-Cities Washington, Cross Border Violence Task Force (CBVTF) in San Diego CA, Kennewick Police Department, Richland Police Department, Pasco Police Department, Benton County Sheriff’s Office, and Washington Department of Corrections.  This case was prosecuted by Stephanie Van Marter, Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington.

 

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Measure 110 Oversight and Accountability Council meets April 28, 2021
Oregon Health Authority - 04/21/21 3:53 PM

April 21, 2021

Media contact: Aria Seligmann, 503-535-9134, i.l.seligmann@dhsoha.state.or.us">ari.l.seligmann@dhsoha.state.or.us

Measure 110 Oversight and Accountability Council meets April 28, 2021

What: Public meetings of the Drug Treatment and Recovery Act (Measure 110) Oversight and Accountability Council.

Agenda: The council will continue its deliberations on policy development of the ARCs and Access to Care grants.

When: Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Where: Virtual. YouTube link with live captions (English and Spanish) https://youtu.be/3nEuhXzQmfA

Purpose: The Drug Treatment and Recovery Act (Measure 110) Oversight and Accountability Council oversees the establishment of Addiction Recovery Centers throughout Oregon. The OAC will hold regular meetings to accomplish the necessary steps to fund and set up the centers.

Read more about the OAC. Read more about Measure 110.

Questions? Contact e110@dhsoha.state.or.us">OHA.Measure110@dhsoha.state.or.us

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BPA selects Suzanne Cooper as senior vice president of Power Services (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 04/21/21 12:13 PM
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BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, April 21, 2021
CONTACT: Maryam Habibi, 503-230-4413 or 503-230-5131

BPA selects Suzanne Cooper as senior vice president of Power Services

Portland, Oregon – The Bonneville Power Administration has selected Suzanne Cooper to be its senior vice president of Power Services. Cooper has served as BPA’s vice president of Bulk Marketing within its Power business line since 2011. Cooper begins her new position April 25.
Cooper will replace Joel Cook, who is taking on a new role as BPA’s chief operating officer.

“Suzanne has been a pillar of our power management team for 17 years,” said BPA Administrator and CEO John Hairston. “Her creativity, market expertise and leadership will help us adeptly navigate the evolving energy landscape.”

As senior vice president of Power Services, Cooper will be responsible for BPA’s power scheduling functions, energy efficiency, generation asset management, power contracts and rates, power purchases and acquisitions, as well as business relationships with 142 retail utility customers. BPA sells about 30% of the electricity consumed in the Northwest. Annually, BPA’s Power Services markets about 11,000 average megawatts of wholesale power from 31 federal hydroelectric projects in the Columbia River Basin, one nonfederal nuclear plant and several other small nonfederal power plants. Power Services produces $3 billion in annual revenues and has an annual capital budget of over $200 million.

“I’m honored to lead the Power Services organization at this dynamic time in the energy industry and look forward to engaging with the Power team as we position BPA to continue to serve as the long-term provider of choice for our customers,” said Cooper. “We are stewards of an incredible natural resource. Working closely with BPA's utility customers, federal, state and local partners, tribal leaders and stakeholders, we will ensure the federal power system continues to meet a diverse set of regional needs.” 

Cooper has been the vice president of Bulk Marketing at BPA since 2011, overseeing the agency’s power trading floor, scheduling, pricing, market analysis, long-term surplus sales and purchases, and associated contract support and transaction settlements functions. 

A life-long Oregonian, Cooper holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Lewis and Clark College in Portland. 

About BPA

The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale, carbon-free hydropower from 31 federal dams in the Columbia River Basin. It also markets the output of the region’s only nuclear plant. BPA delivers this power to more than 140 Northwest electric utilities, serving millions of consumers and businesses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. BPA also owns and operates more than 15,000 circuit miles of high-voltage power lines and 261 substations, and provides transmission service to more than 300 customers. In all, BPA provides nearly a third of the power generated in the Northwest. To mitigate the impacts of the federal dams, BPA implements a fish and wildlife program that includes working with its partners to make the federal dams safer for fish passage. It also pursues cost-effective energy savings and operational solutions that help maintain safe, affordable, reliable electric power for the Northwest. www.bpa.gov

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BPA names Joel Cook new chief operating officer (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 04/21/21 12:12 PM
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BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, April 21, 2021

CONTACT: Maryam Habibi, 503-230-4413 or 503-230-5131

BPA names Joel Cook new chief operating officer

Portland, Oregon – The Bonneville Power Administration has chosen Joel Cook to be its new chief operating officer. Cook has served as BPA’s senior vice president of Power Services since June 2017. Cook begins his new position April 25.  

“As the head of Power Services, Joel has been on the front lines of our cost-control efforts,” said Administrator and CEO John Hairston. “His leadership and experience will serve the agency and our utility customers well as we explore new energy markets and look for opportunities to maximize the value of the federal power and transmission systems.”

As COO, Cook will be responsible for the agency’s Power and Transmission services, as well as its Environment, Fish and Wildlife and Customer Support Services organizations. He will also oversee the Business Transformation Office and play a critical role in BPA’s sustained focus on disciplined cost-containment, grid modernization and customer responsiveness. Cook’s focus as COO will be on enhancing BPA’s competitiveness as the agency approaches negotiations for new long-term wholesale power contracts with its 142 Northwest electric utility customers.

“I am very excited to take on this role,” Cook said. “I look forward to building on the continuous improvement of our business operations and working closely with customers, employees and stakeholders in providing safe, reliable and cost-effective service.”

As the senior vice president of Power Services, Cook was responsible for the acquisition and sales of wholesale and bulk power; generation asset management of the federal hydropower system and one nonfederal nuclear plant; energy efficiency; and management of wholesale power contracts and rates.

Suzanne Cooper has been named BPA’s new senior vice president of Power Services and will step into the role as Cook becomes COO. Cooper has been a member of BPA’s Power Services management team for 17 years.

Cook came to BPA from Talen Energy in Allentown, Pennsylvania, one of the largest independent power producers in the U.S. Prior to that, he worked in various roles for PPL, a large electric and gas utility based in the Northeast. Cook began his career with the Montana Power Company and has spent his entire career in the energy and electric utility industry. Cook has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Montana and a Bachelor of Science in petroleum engineering from the Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology.

About BPA

The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale, carbon-free hydropower from 31 federal dams in the Columbia River Basin. It also markets the output of the region’s only nuclear plant. BPA delivers this power to more than 140 Northwest electric utilities, serving millions of consumers and businesses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. BPA also owns and operates more than 15,000 circuit miles of high-voltage power lines and 261 substations, and provides transmission service to more than 300 customers. In all, BPA provides nearly a third of the power generated in the Northwest. To mitigate the impacts of the federal dams, BPA implements a fish and wildlife program that includes working with its partners to make the federal dams safer for fish passage. It also pursues cost-effective energy savings and operational solutions that help maintain safe, affordable, reliable electric power for the Northwest. www.bpa.gov

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U.S. Attorney's Office Joins in Recognizing 40th Annual National Crime Victims' Rights Week, April 18-24, 2021
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 04/21/21 11:34 AM

PORTLAND, Ore.—Every April, the Justice Department’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) leads communities across the country in observing National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) to honor crime victims, promote their rights and recognize victim advocates. This year’s observance, the 40th annual commemoration, takes place April 18-24, 2021 with the theme: Support Victims | Build Trust | Engage Communities.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office joins its federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement partners in taking this opportunity to highlight the importance of providing necessary services at the earliest possible stage of victimization and litigation. Early intervention helps prevent further victimization and encourages victim involvement in the criminal justice system, mitigating the cycle of violence and restoring hope for the future.

“Protecting victims’ rights in all phases of the federal judicial process is a top priority for the U.S. Attorney’s Office. National Crime Victims’ Rights Week affords us the opportunity to reaffirm our ongoing commitment to crime victims,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Scott Erik Asphaug. “The courage victims show every day in courtrooms across the country motivates all of us in law enforcement to continue vigorously advocating on their behalf.”

During National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, victim advocacy organizations, community groups and state, local, and tribal agencies traditionally host rallies, candlelight vigils, and other events to raise awareness of victims’ rights and services. This year, many communities are organizing virtual gatherings and online public awareness campaigns.

OVC and the U.S. Attorney’s Office encourages widespread participation in the week’s virtual events and in other victim-related observances throughout the year. For additional information about this year’s National Crime Victims’ Rights Week and how to assist victims in your community, please visit OVC’s website at www.ovc.gov. For ongoing updates from OVC and ideas throughout the year on how you can support victims, please subscribe to OVC’s email notifications at https://ovc.ncjrs.gov/ncvrw/subscribe/.

If you or someone you know are in immediate danger, please call 911. If you believe you’ve been the target or victim of a crime, please contact your local law enforcement agency or your nearest FBI field office immediately. The FBI Portland Field Office can be reached at (503) 224-4181 or by submitting tips online at tips.fbi.gov.

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North Bend Man Arrested and Charged with Sexually Exploiting a Child, Additional Potential Victims Sought
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 04/20/21 4:42 PM

PORTLAND, Ore.—Acting U.S. Attorney Scott Erik Asphaug announced today that a North Bend, Oregon, man has been charged with sexually exploiting a minor female victim.

On April 15, 2021, a federal grand jury in Eugene returned a three-count indictment charging Shannon Stacey Weatherbee, 47, with sexual exploitation of children.

According to the indictment, beginning around July 2017, Weatherbee is alleged to have knowingly coerced a minor female to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduct. These visual depictions were transmitted online.

On April 16, 2021, investigators arrested Weatherbee while executing a search warrant on his North Bend residence.

Weatherbee made his initial appearance in federal court today before a U.S. Magistrate Judge. He was arraigned, pleaded not guilty, and ordered detained pending a jury trial scheduled to begin on June 22, 2021.

This case is being investigated by the FBI with assistance from the North Bend Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Jeffrey S. Sweet, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

Anyone who has information about possible crimes committed by Weatherbee, or the physical or online exploitation of any children, are encouraged to call the FBI at (503) 224-4181 or submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov.

If a child discloses an incident that did happen to him or her, or that they observed happen to someone else, the parent should not ask the child detailed questions about the incident. Instead, please contact your local law enforcement agency or the FBI immediately.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

An indictment is only an accusation of a crime, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board -- Research Subcommittee meets April 29
Oregon Health Authority - 04/20/21 4:35 PM

April 20, 2021

Contact:OHA External Relations, phd.communications@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board – Research Subcommittee meets April 29

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board, Research Subcommittee.

Agenda: TBD

When: Thursday, April 29, 1-2 p.m. No public comment period available.

Where: Via Zoom Meeting: https://www.zoomgov.com/j/16018821728

Meeting ID: 160 1882 1728

Background: Established by Ballot Measure 109 (2020), the Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board makes recommendations to OHA on available scientific studies and research on the safety and efficacy of psilocybin in treating mental health conditions, and makes recommendations on the requirements, specifications and guidelines for providing psilocybin services in Oregon.

The Board will also develop a long-term strategic plan for ensuring that psilocybin services will become and remain a safe, accessible and affordable therapeutic option for all persons 21 years of age and older in this state for whom psilocybin may be appropriate; and monitor and study federal laws, regulations and policies regarding psilocybin.

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Oregon reports 580 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 1 new death
Oregon Health Authority - 04/20/21 4:03 PM

April 20, 2021

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Oregon reports 580 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 1 new death

PORTLAND, Ore. — There is one new COVID-19 related death in Oregon, and the state’s death toll remains at 2,460 because of a data correction from a previously reported death, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 580 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 176,157.

Updates to indoor sports metrics, effective April 23

Recognizing the importance of athletics for the physical and mental health of Oregon’s youth athletes and at the direction of the Governor’s Office, OHA has updated Oregon’s metrics for allowing the resumption of indoor full-contact sports. Sports organizations are required to follow health and safety measures for indoor full-contact sports to lessen the risk of COVID-19 infection. Additional guidance for indoor full-contact sports from OHA is forthcoming.

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 26,051 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 17,762 doses were administered on April 19 and 8,289 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on April 19.

The seven-day running average is now 34,935 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered a total of 1,349,485 doses of Pfizer, 1,135,323 doses of Moderna and 88,696 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. As of today, 1,044,211 people have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series. There are 1,615,363 who have had at least one dose.

Cumulative daily totals can take several days to finalize because providers have 72 hours to report doses administered and technical challenges have caused many providers to lag in their reporting. OHA has been providing technical support to vaccination sites to improve the timeliness of their data entry into the state’s ALERT Immunization Information System (IIS).

To date, 1,645,605 doses of Pfizer, 1,360,500 doses of Moderna and 215,500 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines have been delivered to sites across Oregon.

These data are preliminary and subject to change.

OHA's dashboards provide regularly updated vaccination data, and Oregon’s dashboard has been updated today.

COVID-19 hospitalizations

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 255, which is 12 more than yesterday. There are 58 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is one more than yesterday.

The total number of patients in hospital beds may fluctuate between report times. The numbers do not reflect admissions per day, nor the length of hospital stay. Staffing limitations are not captured in this data and may further limit bed capacity.

More information about hospital capacity can be found here.

Cases and deaths

Note: Reported case counts and electronic laboratory report (ELR) totals are lower than expected today due to unexpected downtime of Opera, Oregon’s COVID-19 case database, which occurred during business hours yesterday. This downtime paused the processing of ELRs received yesterday, and OHA expects that all delayed ELRs will be processed today. OHA anticipates case counts and ELR totals to be higher than expected tomorrow due to this delay.

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Benton (20), Clackamas (47), Clatsop (1), Columbia (3), Coos (6), Crook (11), Curry (4), Deschutes (42), Douglas (8), Gilliam (1), Grant (8), Harney (7),  Hood River (3), Jackson (47), Jefferson (1), Josephine (12), Klamath (47), Lake (1), Lane (67), Linn (13), Malheur (2), Marion (21), Morrow (2), Multnomah (86), Polk (7), Tillamook (1), Umatilla (15), Union (2), Wallow (1), Wasco (3), Washington (81), Wheeler (1) and Yamhill (9).

Note: On April 7, OHA reported in error Oregon’s 2,434th COVID-19 death as a 48-year-old man from Union County who tested positive on Nov 11. The man is not dead, and the number of COVID-19 deaths in Oregon has been adjusted to accommodate this error.

Oregon’s 2,460th death is an 82-year-old man from Sherman County who tested positive on Jan. 11 and died on Jan. 27 at Yuma Regional Medical Center in Yuma, Arizona. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon updates vaccine waste disclosure1,2,3

Vaccine Type

Doses Recalled

Wasted Spoiled Expired

Grand Total

Total Vaccines Allocated

Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine

 

115

115

 

Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine

 

747

747

 

Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

 

130

130

 

Grand Total

0

992

992

0

1Updated: 04/20/21 

2Data source: ALERT Immunization Information System (IIS) 

3Data is preliminary and subject to change.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccinations? 

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine situation in Oregon, visit our webpage (English?or?Spanish), which has a breakdown of distribution and other information


Oregon Health Policy Board meets for an educational webinar April 27 via Zoom
Oregon Health Authority - 04/20/21 2:18 PM

April 20, 2021

Contact:

Philip Schmidt, 503-383-6079, philip.schmidt@dhsoha.state.or.us (media inquiries)

Tara Chetock, 971-304-9917, a.a.chetock@dhsoha.state.or.us">tara.a.chetock@dhsoha.state.or.us (webinar information or accommodation)

Oregon Health Policy Board meets for an educational webinar April 27 via Zoom

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Health Policy Board.

When: April 20, 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Where: Virtual meeting only. The public can join remotely via Zoom or a conference line.

To join via Zoom: https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1619133290?pwd=NlRGdG5oamxBcStRS1VxVUFaWkkyZz09   

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Purpose: This educational webinar will update the Oregon Health Policy Board and members of the public about a collaborative effort to develop and implement measures of the health sector's role in kindergarten readiness to drive transformative and cross-sector collective action to support children's health and kindergarten readiness. The webinar will provide details about a new Social-Emotional Health metric developed by the Oregon Pediatric Improvement Partnership and Children's Institute in partnership with the Oregon Health Authority, being proposed for inclusion in the 2022 CCO Incentive Measure Set.

This educational webinar is for informational purposes only. Board member attendance is optional, and no official business will be conducted.

For more information and meeting materials, please visit the OHPB meeting webpage at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/OHPB-Meetings.aspx

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Statement by Portland FBI Special Agent in Charge Kieran L. Ramsey to Oregonians
FBI - Oregon - 04/20/21 1:30 PM

The FBI will always honor and protect your First Amendment rights, and we will do everything we can to protect your ability to gather peaceably, to speak, and to demand the change that you want. As we head into the days and weeks before us, we ask that you join together, using this time to help shape a future for all our children that is safe, free, and just.

At the same time, our community faces the risk of allowing those focused only on violence to steal the moment for their own. The small groups of rioters causing destruction, committing arson, and engaged in other serious crimes on a nightly basis, continue to target Portland and elsewhere in Oregon.  Their violence and threats to tear down our community, must not be tolerated. We - along with our local, state, and federal partners - continue to work to make sure they are held accountable for the destruction they leave behind. Unlike us, those bent on violence don't believe that you should have a voice in the future that we share. 

The days before us bring great promise - and great concern. We, collectively, have the chance to move our shared community forward. This once-in-a-generation opportunity should allow us to work together to build a more just society that both respects our differences and reflects our common values.

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Oregon Employment Department Acting Director David Gerstenfeld to hold weekly media briefing
Oregon Employment Department - 04/20/21 1:06 PM

WHO:              David Gerstenfeld, Acting Director, Oregon Employment Department

WHEN:            Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 1 p.m. PT

WHAT:            Oregon Employment Department Acting Director David Gerstenfeld will hold a video conference media briefing to share updates on economic and workforce-related trends, unemployment claims processing, claimant resources and more on April 21 at 1 p.m. PT.

WHERE:         Via Zoom video conference: Members of the media must RSVP for call information by emailing OED_Communications@oregon.gov by 12 p.m. PT on April 21. Video conference information will be provided to all reporters who RSVP.

OTHER:          The Oregon Employment Department is updating a claims processing progress data dashboard daily. Visit this link for weekday updates. A recording of the video conference will be emailed to reporters attending the briefing after the briefing concludes.

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406th Basic Police Class to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/20/21 12:23 PM

The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of its 406th Basic Police Class.

The Basic Police Class is 16-weeks in length and includes dozens of training areas including survival skills, firearms, emergency vehicle operations, ethics, cultural diversity, problem solving, community policing, elder abuse, drug recognition, and dozens of other subjects.

Basic Police Class 406 will graduate during a private ceremony at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, Oregon on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic and the need for social distancing the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training regrets that this ceremony will be closed to the public. However, we would like to publicly congratulate Basic Police #BP406 on their successful completion of basic training

Graduating members of BP 406:

Police Officer Jeremy Baker

Umatilla Tribal Police Department

 

Deputy Sheriff Jorddon Braaten

Josephine County Sheriff's Office

 

Deputy Sheriff Izach Brown

Hood River County Sheriff's Office

 

Deputy Sheriff Lance Brown

Lake County Sheriff's Office

 

Police Officer Melissa Cortez

Salem Police Department

 

Police Officer Stephen Craig

Warm Springs Police Department

 

Deputy Sheriff Abigail Curtis

Crook County Sheriff's Office

 

Deputy Sheriff Justin Darnell

Lane County Sheriff's Office

 

Deputy Sheriff Michael Dolan

Washington County Sheriff's Office

 

Deputy Sheriff Jack Douglas

Washington County Sheriff's Office

 

Police Officer Scott Fromherz

Corvallis Police Department

 

Police Officer Jacob Harmon

Brookings Police Department

 

Deputy Sheriff Lex Harrold

Lane County Sheriff's Office

 

Deputy Sheriff Kendall Hazel

Washington County Sheriff's Office

 

Police Officer James Iverson

Salem Police Department

 

Police Officer Lucas Koester

Albany Police Department

 

Police Officer Robert Lowrance

Stanfield Police Department

 

Police Officer Ustin Luna

Salem Police Department

 

Deputy Sheriff Michael Muro

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

 

Deputy Sheriff Ross Neill

Washington County Sheriff's Office

 

Police Officer Jose Orozco

Tigard Police Department

 

Police Officer Jordan Parado

Springfield Police Department

 

Police Officer Chino Pumpelly

Tigard Police Department

 

Deputy Sheriff Magali Quintero

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

 

Police Officer Cort Read

Salem Police Department

 

Deputy Sheriff Nicholas Reinecker

Washington County Sheriff's Office

 

Police Officer Brett Shields

Salem Police Department

 

Deputy Sheriff David Sloboda

Washington County Sheriff's Office

 

Deputy Sheriff William Strubel

Lane County Sheriff's Office

 

Deputy Sheriff Anthony Tillman

Washington County Sheriff's Office

 

Deputy Sheriff Benjamin Tinnell

Hood River County Sheriff's Office

 

Deputy Sheriff Tyler Watkins

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

 

Police Officer Brian Weber

Astoria Police Department

 

Police Officer Matthew Zoll

Springfield Police Department

 

 

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

 

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement.  Jerry Granderson serves as the Director, and Darren Bucich, Chief of McKenzie Fire & Rescue, serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.


Board on Public Safety Standards and Training Meeting Scheduled - AMENDED
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/20/21 12:13 PM

For Immediate Release                                                         

April 19, 2021

Contact:          Theresa Janda
                        (503) 373-1553

NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING

The Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 9:00 a.m. on April 22, 2021.  The meeting will be held in the Boardroom at the Oregon Public Safety Academy located at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon.  The meeting location is closed to the public, due to the current pandemic, however, this meeting will be live-streamed on the DPSST Facebook page – see below. 

Administrative Announcement

This is a public meeting, subject to the public meeting law and it will be recorded. Deliberation of issues will only be conducted by Board members unless permitted by the Chair. Individuals who engage in disruptive behavior that impedes official business will be asked to stop being disruptive or leave the meeting. Additional measures may be taken to have disruptive individuals removed if their continued presence poses a safety risk to the other persons in the room or makes it impossible to continue the meeting.

The meeting will be live-streamed on the DPSST Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/DPSSTOregon/

Agenda items:

1.   Introductions

Welcome new Board members, Jeff Auxier, Carol Dishion, Terry Rowan, and Chris Skinner.

2.  Minutes

Approve minutes from the January 28, 2021 Meeting

3.  Fire Policy Committee

     a.  Fire Policy Committee Update – Jim Oeder, Chair

     b.  Consent Agenda (The following items to be ratified by one vote)

         A.Proposed Rule change – OAR 259-009-0005, OAR 259-009-0062 and OAR 259- 009-0065 – Approve

             NFPA Fire Officer – Adopt 2020 Edition of NFPA 1021

            Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the FPC on February 24, 2021

        B.  Proposed Rule change – OAR 259-009-0005 and OAR 259-009-0062 – Approve

            NFPA Marine Based Fire Fighter for Land-Based Fire Fighters – Adopt 2020 Edition of NFPA 1021

           Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the FPC on February 24, 2021

        C. Nathan Smith DPSST#12671 (West Side RFPD) – Revoke

          Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the FPC on February 24, 2021.

4.  Criminal Justice Policy Committees

    a. Police Policy Committee Update – John Teague, Chair

    b. Telecommunications Policy Committee Update – Linsay Hale, Staff

    c. Corrections Policy Committee Update – Nadine Purington, Chair

    d. Consent Agenda (The following items to be ratified by one vote)

         A. Proposed Rule change – OAR 259-008-0085

          Updating Current Versions for Two Field Training Manuals.

          Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the CPC on February 9, 2021.

         B. Proposed Rule change – OAR 259-008-0100 and OAR 259-080-0005

         Oregon Fallen Law Enforcement Memorial Eligibility Criteria

         Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the CPC on February 9, 2021, Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PPC on February 18, 2021.

         C. Proposed Rule change – OAR 259-008-0290, OAR 2599-008-0300 and 259-008-0310

         Moral Fitness Standards Relating to Discrimination

         Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the CPC on February 9, 2021, Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PPC with revisions on February 18, 2021, Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the TPC on February 3, 2021.

         D. Seth Collins DPSST#50235 (Cannon Beach Police Department) – Revoke

         Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PPC on February 18, 2021.

         E. Ryan Dews DPSST#46380 (Columbia County Sheriff’s Office) – Revoke

         Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PPC on February 18, 2021.

         F. Christopher Hanson DPSST#30677 (Rogue River Police Department) - Revoke

         Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PPC on February 18, 2021.

         G. Brian Lister DPSST#36594 (Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office) - Revoke

         10/2 vote to recommend to the Board by the PPC on February 18, 2021.

         H. Robert Obenauf DPSST#32107 (Washington County Sheriff’s Office) – No Action

         7/5 vote to recommend to the Board by the PPC on February 18, 2021.

         I. Christian Powell DPSST#33913 (McMinnville Police Department) – Revoke

         Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PPC on February 18, 2021.

         J. Douglas Treat DPSST#29837 (Lake Oswego Police Department) – No Action

         Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PPC on February 18, 2021.

         K. Jimmy Yeager DPSST#13084 – No Action

         Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PPC on February 18, 2021.

         L. Brian Davis DPSST#25612 – Revoke

         Unanimous vote with one recusal to recommend to the Board by the CPC on February 9, 202

         M. David Duwelius DPSST#46066 (Department of Corrections/Two Rivers Correctional Institution) – Revoke

         Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the CPC on February 9, 20210.

         N. Desteni Felton DPSST#45595 (Baker County Sheriff’s Office) - Revoke

         10/4  vote to recommend to the Board by the CPC on February 9, 20210.

         O. Spencer Higgins DPSST#48698 (Jackson County Sheriff’s Office) – Revoke

         Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the CPC on February 9, 2021.

         P. Chris Keyser DPSST#35121 (Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office) - Revoke

         Unanimous vote with one recusal to recommend to the Board by the CPC on February 9, 2021.

         Q. James Mahoney DPSST#43650 (Department of Corrections/Powder River Correctional Facility) - Revoke

         Unanimous vote with one recusal to recommend to the Board by the CPC on February 9, 2021.

         R. Amyr Motlagh DPSST#58470 (Lane County Sheriff’s Office) – Revoke

         12/1 vote with one recusal to recommend to the Board by the CPC on February 9, 2021.

         S. Loren Peters DPSST#55373 (Department of Corrections/Deer Ridge Correctional Facility) – Revoke

         13/1 vote to recommend to the Board by the CPC on February 9, 2021.

         T. Committee Appointments

         Corrections Policy Committee Appointments

  •      Kevin Marhsall – Reappointment to the CPC; 2nd term effective 4/22/21

     e. Parole &Probation Field Training Manual (FTM)

     presented by Chris Enquist

     f. Proposed Rule Change OAR 259-008-0080

     Grounds to Deny or Revoke Instructor Certification – Jennifer Howald

5.  Private Security/Investigator Policy Committee

     a. Private Security Investigator Policy Committee Update – Thomas Thomas, Chair.

     b. Consent Agenda (The following items to be ratified by one vote)

         A. Committee Appointments

         Private Security Investigator Policy Committee

  •         Helena Snyder – Appointment to the PSIPC, 1st term effective 4/22/21 – replaces Myron Sanders representing the Oregon State Bar.

6.  Director's Quarterly Reports

7.  Next Meeting Date:  July 22, 2021

 


New online storymap highlights all of Oregon's Tree City USA communities
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/20/21 10:00 AM
A dogwood flower adorns the flag of Milwaukie, Oregon Tree City USA for 2021. Milwaukie and 68 other Oregon Tree City USA communities are highlighted in a newonline storymap on the created by the Oregon Department of Forestry.
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SALEM, Ore. — As part of Oregon Arbor Month – the celebration of trees and their benefits extended to a full month for the first time this year by Gov. Kate Brown – the Oregon Department of Forestry has created an online guide to all 69 Tree City USA communities in the state.

The storymap can be viewed here.

Kristin Ramstad, manager of the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Urban and Community Forestry Assistance Program, said the map is a way for any Oregonian to see how Tree City USA communities have strengthened their urban forestry programs.

“Each city was asked, ‘What does earning Tree City USA recognition mean to your city?’,” said Ramstad. “With this information, my colleague Katie Lompa worked with Michael Lathrop, ODF’s ArcGIS expert, to create an inspiring and engaging story, combining images, text, and an interactive Oregon map showing the location of each Tree City USA in the state.

Ramstad said the answers reveal wide recognition from small towns to large cities of the many ways in which trees enrich lives of urban Oregonians. “We hear from many of these communities how their urban forests serve as vital green infrastructure for everything from flood control and buffering of air and noise pollution to moderating urban heat. The Tree City USA program provides a framework for cities to focus their urban forestry efforts.”

The storymap also lists the number of Heritage or Peace trees the city has, with a link to that information, added Ramstad.

Besides giving the number of years a community has been recognized as a Tree City USA community, Ramstad said the storymap also indicates other recognitions from the Arbor Day Foundation. ODF administers the program in Oregon on behalf of the Foundation.                                

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College Place High School Yearbook Students Create Memories Despite Unprecedented Circumstances
College Place Sch. Dist. - 04/20/21 9:37 AM
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Student Editors, Designers, and Photographers in the Talon Yearbook program at College Place High School sat wide-eyed last year as the announcement came over the loudspeaker that students and staff were being sent home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The air was sucked out of the room as Talon staffers calculated how it would be possible to finish the book that was appropriately and possibly prophetically entitled, 2020, Our Perspective
 

Last year was definitely a lesson in focusing on what really matters and maintaining a positive perspective.  Yearbook Advisor and student Talon Staffers jumped into action as they uploaded photos for the final spreads (approx. 40 pages) for the 2019-2020 yearbook, which would now be completed from their homes.

 

Rewind one day before that announcement. On Thursday, March 12, two yearbook staff photographers were assigned to every spring sport after school that day. 2021 Talon Editor Veronica Sierra, then a sophomore, shared, “We had around 8 photographers out as well as our advisor capturing shots of spring sports. Even before the announcement was made on 3/13, there was an uncertain urgency to capture all we could ‘just in case’. Turns out that frantic plight served us well as we were able to upload those photos and successfully create amazing spring sports pages. Many other schools across the nation had no spring portion of their book and I am glad we had the opportunity to complete ours. We wrote stories, conducted interviews, designed pages from our homes. We met the print deadline in the middle of a pandemic selling a record numbers of yearbooks. We even sold out and had to place another order.” shared Sierra. 

Sierra went on to say, “One of the most impactful things that we learn in yearbook and media communications classes is to be proactive planners. Because we were so proactive, we were able to successfully complete our book on time and offer CPHS students a sense of normalcy during a pandemic via the 2020 yearbook. The tradition of the yearbook is important. Even in a pandemic, we were able to honor that tradition and for that, I am proud,” added Sierra.

 

In the summer of 2020, all staffers gathered via zoom with their advisor to decide on the theme for the upcoming 2020-2021 yearbook. It had been a long summer and many faced long isolation, making it nice to see one another as the staffers had become family. The team had been through something very challenging in the spring of 2020 and knew that what lay ahead was even more daunting. Yearbook staffers from past years joined the virtual meeting, including former yearbook editor, Emilee Zillgen, who was living in Germany, helping the team decide on the theme for 2020-2021.  

The CPHS Talon Yearbook Team decided the theme would be the Moments that Connect Us, not fully realizing how challenged human connection would be over the next ten months. They first ironed out the cover, deciding on blue marble visually depicting the strength and resilience students, and staff continued to show during this time. Just as marble is resilient and strong, our staff and students have shown that same strength during this very challenging time. Like the cracks found in the marble chosen for the cover, we too felt a bit fractured; but still we are resilient.

The Talon team decided to focus on those moments that before the pandemic all often took for granted when we were together with our friends in person. In the spring, it seemed that much was taken away. In a simpler time, we would walk into our classes and our teachers would say, “Hey let’s go outside and do a team builder” and we would go outside and do what seemed like a mindless activity, but really helped break down walls to work more confidently and cohesively as a team. Those moments were stolen from us when we had to learn from home. Our team wanted to focus on those lost moments that we wanted to cherish. 

Never in the history of College Place High School, or possibly any high school across the country, has a yearbook publication been created under such conditions.  CPHS spent the better part of three months in “Full Remote Learning” and the other three months in half-time hybrid instruction.  School activities, athletics, and a myriad of other “typical” high school programs were paused or compressed into six-week seasons.  The feat of creating a yearbook under such unprecedented circumstances was momentous, to say the least.  However, the CPHS Talon Staff rose to the occasion of a lifetime to provide a lifetime of memories for their peers.

Talon Yearbook Advisor Cathy Mebes shared, “I have never been more proud of our young professionals in the Yearbook and Advanced Media programs.  We just submitted this year’s book and met the deadline and our students will have their book before graduation. I am so proud of our Talon staffers.  They created an impressive book, met every print deadline and did so in half the amount of class time due to the hybrid schedule.  We are grateful for their commitment.”   

This year’s edition is being overseen by Editor-in-chief Veronica Sierra and produced by a staff of 24 students.  The 2020-2021 yearbook will offer 120 pages showcasing hundreds of photos, student interviews, quotes, and stories. The book, a school tradition for 7 years, will highlight the events and experiences of the 510 students at College Place High School. As such, it is an important vehicle for chronicling the “story of the year” through their eyes, an even more important story than ever given the coronavirus pandemic. 

“Our staff is especially excited to present this year’s yearbook,” said Cathy Mebes. “It will represent hundreds of hours of work and tireless dedication to journalistic excellence—all while being in a unique and challenging situation. We committed to chronicling the key events of the school year while focusing on the real lives of students who comprise our student body. Staff members have gone above and beyond to take photographs, write stories, design layouts, and work within the constraints of the pandemic challenges to produce a professional publication.”

The staff, working with Jostens representative, Virginia Wilson, utilized state-of-the-art technology tools and industry standard Adobe Indesign software provided by the company allowed the yearbook staff the ability to work remotely. 

“The adviser and staff at College Place High School have gone above and beyond to ensure that as many students as possible are included in this year’s yearbook. I am beyond proud of their willingness to adjust and learn new technology, spend countless hours outside of their required class time—all while working mostly remotely, which presents its own set of challenges,” said Virginia Wilson, Jostens Rep. “This edition is definitely going to be one for the record books!”

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the 2020-2021 academic year in unprecedented ways leading to school closures across the country. The Talon Yearbook staff has faced the unique challenge of not only documenting things like canceled sporting events, dances, and normal school events but figuring out how to produce, sell and distribute yearbooks all while normal processes aren’t possible.  Overcoming apparent insurmountable odds, the Talon Staff found a way to bring us together, to connect us, publishing the “Moments that Connect Us” despite it all. 

The yearbook delivery is expected to be in early June, prior to graduation. Copies are also still available for preorder at www.jostensyearbooks.com while supplies last.

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Oregon FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against COVID-19 Vaccine Scams (Part 2) (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 04/20/21 9:00 AM
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Welcome to the Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday segment. Today: Building a digital defense against the dangers of posting COVID-19 vaccination information online.

Last week, we talked about fraudsters who are selling fake vaccination cards on the internet. One way they get those realistic images of cards to sell is by stealing them off legitimate people’s social media pages.

For that reason, once you have received your COVID-19 vaccine, the FBI is asking that you do NOT post a photo of your CDC vaccination card online.

There is more than just the problem of bad actors re-selling images of your card, though. They can also use your post to harvest lots of personal information – which can include your name, date of birth, patient number, and location where you received your vaccine. Once a fraudster has these details, he can steal your identity and do all sorts of damage to your financial health.

If you have already posted a photo of a vaccine card, consider removing it and update your profile picture with a banner or a sticker saying that you got your shot. Some social media platforms have frames or graphics you can use – or you can download stickers from www.cdc.gov.

Finally – if you feel that you have been a victim of identify theft, contact your financial institutions immediately and monitor your credit reports.

You should also report the incident to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your FBI local office.  

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Bureau of Land Management seeks community partners to support management and protection of wild horses and burros
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 04/20/21 8:54 AM

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — The Bureau of Land Management has released a funding opportunity inviting new public and private partners to help support the agency’s mission to manage and protect wild horses and burros on public lands. The funding opportunity is open to a variety of organizations, including local and state governments, Native American tribes, other federal agencies and non-profit organizations, among others.

 

“The BLM has a long history of partnering with national and community-based organizations to help manage and protect wild horses and burros,” said Nada Culver, BLM Deputy Director for Policy. “We are excited to announce this new, simpler and more streamlined process to partner with the BLM on projects to improve the conditions for our nation’s wild horses and burros. I encourage all those who are interested in supporting the well-being of America’s Living Legends to submit a proposal.”

 

Partnerships formed through this funding opportunity will support critical activities important to the management of wild horses and burros. Proposed projects could include activities such as establishing training programs for wild horses and burros, facilitating the placement of excess animals into private care or assisting with management efforts on public lands, including fertility control application and building range improvements. Applications to care for excess wild horses and burros in off-range facilities, as well as proposals to fund research, are not eligible under this funding opportunity.

 

Applicants may propose to partner with BLM field, district and national offices. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the BLM subject matter expert in the relevant office where the proposed work would take place to discuss the type of projects that are available, and whether they meet the requirements under this funding opportunity.

 

To learn more or for instructions on how to submit a proposal, visit the Notice of Funding Opportunity on Grants.gov. The deadline to submit a proposal is 5 p.m. Eastern Time on May 28, 2021.

 

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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $111 billion in economic output across the country in fiscal year 2019—more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 498,000 jobs.

 

Follow the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program on Facebook and Twitter


Oregon National Guard continue supporting COVID-19 Vaccination efforts statewide (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 04/20/21 8:30 AM
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SALEM, Ore. - Oregon National Guard Citizen Soldiers and Airmen have now vaccinated nearly 300,000 people since being activated by Governor Kate Brown on Jan. 8, assisting the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and regional medical partners distribute the COVID-19 vaccine.

In addition to military medical vaccination support, Guardsmen have been trained to assist 211 Information, a local community information call center that helps connect people with health and social service organizations. Since being call-up on Feb. 5, the Guardsmen have now handled approximately 80,000 phone calls, providing information about testing, vaccinations, appointments and other community resources stressed by the lingering pandemic.

On April 19, President Joe Biden announced, “As of today, everyone is eligible to get the vaccine. We have enough of it, you need to be protected.” 

With a waiting line outside the Oregon Convention Center doors to receive the vaccine on April 19, the latest CDC reports confirm that 2,549,201 total doses had been administered in Oregon with 1,600,343 total people vaccinated, and of those, 1,033,175 have completed their series. The number of vaccinated Oregonians continues to rise on a daily basis, as more doses have become available.

The 7-day average for new infections in the State of Oregon is currently on the rise at 650 new cases per day and in total, has claimed the lives of more than 2,450 Oregonians since the initial outbreak in mid-March of 2020. Having the military members support the vaccine efforts will help increase distribution of the vaccine to everyone who now wants to receive the vaccine. 

In addition to the Oregon Guardsmen working at the largest mass vaccination site located at the Portland Convention Center, 16 members of the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Columbia River are currently helping provide administrative support. 

Since March of 2020, Oregon National Guardsmen have been activated to support the state’s COVID-19 Pandemic response, distributing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) throughout the state, establishing contingency hospitals areas, assisted with the largest wildfire season on record last summer, and helped protect lives and property during civil disturbances.

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Photos and B-Roll images:

Still Photos:

210419-Z-CH590-0045 - Oregon National Guard Airman 1st Class Yvette Rascon, assigned to the 173rd Fighter Wing, administers the COVID-19 vaccine during a mass vaccination clinic at the Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Ore., April 19, 2021. On April 6, President Joe Biden announced that all American adults would be eligible for a coronavirus vaccine by today’s date, as Oregon Guardsmen have now administered nearly 300,000 vaccinations since being activated. (National Guard photo by Master Sgt. John Hughel, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs) 

210419-Z-CH590-0194 - Oregon Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Ryan Kill, assigned to Headquarters-Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment (left) and Oregon Air National Guard Capt. Daniel Vawter, assigned to the 142nd Wing CERFP (right) discuss the current operational status for the COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic at the Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Ore., April 19, 2021. On April 6, President Joe Biden announced that all American adults would be eligible for a coronavirus vaccine by today’s date, as Oregon Guardsmen have now administered nearly 300,000 vaccinations since being activated. (National Guard photo by Master Sgt. John Hughel, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs) 

210419-Z-CH590-0036 - An Oregon Army National Guard medic administers the COVID-19 vaccine at a mass vaccination clinic held at the Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Ore., April 19, 2021. On April 6, President Joe Biden announced that all American adults would be eligible for a coronavirus vaccine by today’s date, as Oregon Guardsmen have now administered nearly 300,000 vaccinations since being activated. (National Guard photo by Master Sgt. John Hughel, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs) 

Additional still photos:

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B-Roll: 

https://www.dvidshub.net/video/791410/oregon-national-guard-continues-support-covid-19-vaccinations-across-state

https://www.dvidshub.net/video/781417/oregon-national-guard-supports-lane-county-health-and-human-services-with-covid-19-vaccinations

 

Related Story:  https://www.dvidshub.net/news/390513/oregon-guardsmen-expand-covid-19-vaccinations-support-efforts-statewide

 




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WorkSource Columbia Basin: Expanded Hours of Operation Update
Benton-Franklin Workforce Development Council - 04/20/21 8:18 AM

New, Expanded Hours to Serve You!

Kennewick, WA., April 19, 2021.

 

WorkSource Columbia Basin Specialists are now available to serve you from 7:30am-5:30pm Monday – Friday. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you with your next career opportunity! Call 509.734.5900 and dial option 7 or email esdgpWSCB@esd.wa.gov. As always, our employment and training services are at no cost to you.

WorkSource Columbia Basin is currently closed to the public. We are providing services virtually and by phone.

 

Los Especialistas de WorkSource Columbia Basin ahora están disponibles para servirle desde las 7:30am hasta las 5:30pm, de Lunes a Viernes. ¡Comuníquese con nosotros para aprender como podemos ayudarle con su siguiente oportunidad vocacional! Llámenos al 509.734.5900 y elija la opción 7 o envíenos un correo al esdgpWSCB@esd.wa.gov. Como siempre, nuestros servicios de empleo y capacitación son gratuitos.

WorkSource Columbia Basin se encuentra cerrado al público. Estamos brindando servicios de manera virtual y por teléfono.




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Fatal Crash on Hwy 97 - Wasco County
Oregon State Police - 04/20/21 7:13 AM

On Monday, April 19, 2021 at approximately 6:00 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a vehicle crash on Hwy 97 near milepost 52.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Honda Civic, operated by Jesus Lopez (39) of Pasco, WA., was northbound when it left the roadway and struck a tree. 

It is believed the crash happened sometime around 4:00 A.M., on April 19 but was not reported until 6:00 P.M.

Lopez sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

OSP was assisted by ODOT.


Mon. 04/19/21
Public Health Advisory Board Strategic Data Plan Subcommittee meets April 28 via Zoom
Oregon Health Authority - 04/19/21 5:50 PM

What: A public meeting of the Strategic Data Plan Subcommittee of the Public Health Advisory Board.

Agenda: Discuss subcommittee charter; discuss goals and vision for a public health strategic data plan.

When: Wednesday, April 28, 2-3:30 p.m. A public comment period is offered at the end of the meeting.

Where: Via Zoom meeting. Members of the public may join remotely by phone at 669-254-5252; meeting ID 161 872 7536; or by computer, tablet or smartphone by launching this Zoom link: https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1618727536?pwd=b25pTzZFWFBFRlRGbmpFRjU3dTk4QT09.

Background: Oregon’s Public Health Advisory Board provides guidance for Oregon’s governmental public health system and oversees the implementation of public health modernization and Oregon’s State Health Improvement Plan. The Strategic Data Plan subcommittee develops recommendations for a plan that is grounded in equity and centers community values and experiences. 

For more information, see the board's website.

Program contact: Cara Biddlecom, a.m.biddlecom@state.or.us">cara.m.biddlecom@state.or.us, 971-255-6370

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters
  • Written materials in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact: Cara Biddlecom at 971-255-6370 711 TTY, or a.m.biddlecom@state.or.us">cara.m.biddlecom@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.


Ageless Awards April 22nd Honors Oregonians Who Redefine Age
AGE+ - 04/19/21 5:16 PM
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                Media Contact:

April 19, 2021                                                                                          Stephanie Hooper, president, AGE+

503-348-3633, shooper@ageplus.org

 

Ageless Awards Honor Oregonians Who Redefine Age

9th Annual AGE+ Event to be held April 22

 

Four honorable Oregonians will be celebrated for their inspiring contributions later in life during a free, public, virtual celebration Thursday, April 22, 12-1 p.m. (Pre-show at 11:30).

The only event of its kind in Oregon, the 9th Annual Ageless Awards recognizes remarkable people 75 and older who redefine societal expectations; live with purpose; and serve their communities. 

This year, AGE+ proudly honors Gary Maffei of Lake Oswego, Judith Ramaley of Portland, Major General R. Fred Rees of Helix, and Kathleen Saadat of Northeast Portland.

This inspiring event is free to join with pre-registration required at www.AgePlus.org.

“Every person, regardless of age, has the capacity to contribute to their community. This year’s Ageless Award honorees make the best of the gift of long life and generously share it in service to others,” says AGE+ founder and CEO, Keren Brown Wilson.

Oregonians are living longer. In less than a decade, people aged 65+ will outnumber those 18 and younger, according to the March 2021 population forecast by Portland State University's Population Research Center.

The Ageless Awards were founded in 2013. Previous honorees include Sec. Bev Clarno (2020), Bernie and Bobbie Foster (2019), Gert Boyle (2018), Governor Ted Kulongoski (2018), Senator Margaret Carter (2017), Rabbi Joshua Stampfer (2017), Governor Barbara Roberts (2016), Gerry Frank (2015), and Kathryn Jones Harrison (2015), among others.

ABOUT AGE+

AGE+, an Oregon-based nonprofit is a leader in forging innovative solutions to improve the lives of older adults, their families, and their communities. In doing so, AGE+ empowers communities of all ages to value and care for older adults, especially those who are isolated, low-income and underserved. Learn more at www.AgePlus.org.

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All Payer All Claims Technical Advisory Group to meet April 21
Oregon Health Authority - 04/19/21 4:52 PM

What: The regular public meeting of the Oregon Health Authority’s All Payer All Claims Technical Advisory Group.

When: April 21, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Where: By webinar and conference line only. The public may join remotely through a webinar and conference line:

  • Join the webinar at

https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1603635275?pwd=SHkydnpRcUM4TGt3djFKK2F2SGVKUT09

 

  • Conference line: 669-254-5252, Meeting ID: 160 363 5275, Password: 220017.

Agenda: General updates: APAC Vendor Transition, Follow up on validation rules changes, Rulemaking in 2021, Data Submitter webpage; Public Comment; adjourn

For more information, please visit the committee's website at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/HPA/ANALYTICS/Pages/All-Payer-All-Claims-TAG.aspx.  
 

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters.
  • Written materials in other languages.
  • Large print.
  • Audio and other formats.

If you need help or have questions, please contact Brian Toups at, 503-385-6542, 711 TTY, rian.m.toups@dhsoha.state.or.us">brian.m.toups@dhsoha.state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.


Public Health Advisory Board Accountability Metrics Subcommittee meets April 21 via Zoom
Oregon Health Authority - 04/19/21 4:39 PM

What: A public meeting of the Accountability Metrics Subcommittee of the Public Health Advisory Board.

 

Agenda: Discuss subcommittee charter; review statutory requirements for public health accountability metrics and work to date.

When: Wednesday, April 21, 8-9:30 a.m. A public comment period is offered at the end of the meeting.

Where: Via Zoom meeting. Members of the public may join remotely by phone at 669-254-5252; meeting ID 160 4901 866; or by computer, tablet or smartphone by launching this Zoom link: https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1604901866?pwd=MzEwUDJvVTlPOEZUT1hFZ2lWTHlKdz09.

Background: Oregon’s Public Health Advisory Board provides guidance for Oregon’s governmental public health system and oversees the implementation of public health modernization and Oregon’s State Health Improvement Plan. The Accountability Metrics Subcommittee develops recommendations about public health quality measures for the board's consideration.

For more information, see the board's website.

Program contact: Sara Beaudrault, 971-645-5766, a.beaudrault@state.or.us">sara.beaudrault@state.or.us

 

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  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters
  • Written materials in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact: Sara Beaudrault at 971-645-5766, 711 TTY, or a.beaudrault@state.or.us">sara.beaudrault@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.


Hoover Criminal Gang Members Indicted for Illegal Firearm Possession
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 04/19/21 4:26 PM

PORTLAND, Ore.—Two known Hoover Criminal Gang members have been arrested in Portland after being charged with illegal firearm possession, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Scott Erik Asphaug.

On April 6, 2021, a federal grand jury in Portland returned a two-count indictment charging Samuel Deoshay Marquise Mason, Jr., 24, and Cocoa Dalonta Taplin, 26, both residents of Portland, with illegally possessing firearms after previous criminal convictions.

According to court documents and testimony, law enforcement obtained several images of Mason posing with numerous firearms, leading investigators to obtain and execute a search warrant on his residence. Investigators located an assault rifle and 9mm pistol with an obliterated serial number. Both firearms were fully loaded with rounds in the chamber. A subsequent search of Mason’s mobile phone revealed photos of Taplin holding and posing with two firearms three days prior to the search. Mason confessed to possessing the seized firearms. He also admitted to being shot at the week prior and firing one round in return from a third unknown gun.

Mason and Taplin made their initial appearances in federal court today before a U.S. Magistrate Judge. They were arraigned and pleaded not guilty.

This case was investigated by the Portland Police Bureau, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, Gresham Police Department, and FBI. It is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon.

An indictment is only an accusation of a crime, and defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). PSN is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

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Oregon OSHA fines Lowe's stores in Redmond and Albany more than $35,000 for COVID-19 violations, including willful infractions
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 04/19/21 4:08 PM
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(Salem) – Oregon OSHA has fined Lowe’s Home Improvement stores in Redmond and Albany more than $35,000 for violating standards designed to protect workers from the coronavirus disease. Both sites potentially exposed employees to the disease by willfully failing to ensure that all customers inside the retail stores wore a mask, face covering, or face shield to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The citations, totaling $35,600 in fines, resulted from inspections of the Southwest Canal Boulevard and Ninth Avenue Southeast locations in Redmond and Albany, respectively. The inspections were initiated in response to multiple complaints.

Through employer and employee interviews, and an examination of records, the inspections determined supervisors at the stores were fully aware of the requirement to ensure customer use of facial coverings and yet intentionally decided against carrying out their responsibilities.

The stores’ purposeful infractions illustrate failures to account for reasonable and established measures to help prevent the potential spread of COVID-19 through customer-to-employee transmission.

“It is not enough to leave the protection of employees in the hands of cooperative customers,” said Michael Wood, administrator for Oregon OSHA. “As most employers recognize, they must take appropriate steps to ensure that the rules in place are actually followed. When an employer is not prepared to take such steps, we can and will use our enforcement tools to address the issue.”

Altogether, the inspections documented three violations of workplace health and safety standards at the Lowe’s in Redmond and one at the store in Albany. The citations and penalties – all issued under Oregon OSHA’s temporary rule addressing COVID-19 risks in the workplace – were as follows:

  • Both stores chose to disregard Oregon Health Authority requirements to ensure customers (older than age 5) who are inside the establishments wore a source control device, such as a mask, face covering, or face shield. Oregon OSHA issued willful citations, each carrying a $17,500 penalty.
  • The Redmond store was also cited for two serious violations. The employer did not develop and implement a complete risk assessment to identify potential employee exposure to the virus. The employer also failed to develop and implement an infection control plan. A penalty of $300 was imposed for each violation.

In addition to its enforcement activities, Oregon OSHA offers employers and workers a variety of consultation, information, and education resources addressing COVID-19. Those resources include an advisory memo, including best practices, for employer enforcement of facial-covering requirements. It is available in English and Spanish.

Employers have 30 days to appeal citations.

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Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state’s workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, visit osha.oregon.gov.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon’s largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov.

 

 




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DPSST Public Safety Memorial Fund Board Meeting Scheduled
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/19/21 2:02 PM

For Immediate Release                                        

Mona Riesterer

Contact:    mona.riesterer@state.or.us
                 (503) 378-2431

Notice of Regular Meeting

The Public Safety Memorial Fund Board will hold a WebEx meeting on April 22, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training located at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE Salem, Oregon. For further information, please contact Linsay Hale at (503) 378-2427 or via email at linsay.hale@state.or.us

Teleconference Information:

Dial-In: 888-273-3658

Participant Code: 4711910

 ?1. January 28, 2021 Meeting Minutes

Approve minutes

2. Stanley Burdic (DPSST #08185) – Douglas County Sheriff’s Office; Preliminary Application for PSMF Benefits

Presented by Linsay Hale

3.  Next meeting – TBD

Administrative Announcement

This is a public meeting, subject to the public meeting law and it will be recorded. Deliberation of issues will only be conducted by Public Safety Memorial Fund Board members unless permitted by the Chair. Individuals who engage in disruptive behavior that impedes official business will be asked to stop being disruptive or leave the meeting. Additional measures may be taken to have disruptive individuals removed if their continued presence poses a safety risk to the other persons in the room or makes it impossible to continue the meeting.


Oregon reports 473 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 0 new deaths
Oregon Health Authority - 04/19/21 1:40 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. There are no new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, so the state’s death toll remains at 2,460, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

 

Oregon Health Authority reported 473 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 175,592.

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 25,474 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 17,649 doses were administered on April 18 and 7,825 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on April 18.

The 7-day running average is now 35,522 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered a total of 1,333,009 doses of Pfizer, 1,126,590 doses of Moderna and 88,547 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. As of today, 1,033,175 people have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series. There are 1,600,343 who have had at least one dose.

Cumulative daily totals can take several days to finalize because providers have 72 hours to report doses administered and technical challenges have caused many providers to lag in their reporting. OHA has been providing technical support to vaccination sites to improve the timeliness of their data entry into the state’s ALERT Immunization Information System (IIS).

To date,1,535,625 doses of Pfizer,1,318,100 doses of Moderna and 215,500 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines have been delivered to sites across Oregon.

These data are preliminary and subject to change.

OHA's dashboards provide regularly updated vaccination data, and Oregon’s dashboard has been updated today.

COVID-19 hospitalizations

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 243, which is 28 more than yesterday. There are 57 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is nine more than yesterday.

The total number of patients in hospital beds may fluctuate between report times. The numbers do not reflect admissions per day, nor the length of hospital stay. Staffing limitations are not captured in this data and may further limit bed capacity.

More information about hospital capacity can be found here.

OHA publishes two data dashboards on COVID-19 vaccination

OHA has launched two new dashboards on its public Tableau site which highlight the state’s progress on COVID-19 vaccination efforts.

The first dashboard, Tracking the COVID-19 Vaccination Effort, shows the percent of people living in Oregon who have been vaccinated at both the state and county level. The dashboard also shows how many people still have to receive another dose of vaccine to be fully vaccinated and how many have completed their vaccination series.

This information is broken down by age group at the state and county level, as well as by race and ethnicity at the state level. Future versions of this dashboard will include race and ethnicity at a regional level. For people who received either a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, the dashboard shows the percentage of people who completed the series by the number of weeks between their first and second doses.

As of today, 37% of Oregonians have received at least one dose of any COVID-19 vaccine, while 13.1% are in progress to be completely vaccinated and 23.9% are fully vaccinated.

Lincoln, Hood River, Benton and Deschutes counties are leading the way in the vaccination effort. Vaccination estimates for these counties show that more than 40% of their population have received at least one dose.

The second dashboard is the Daily COVID-19 Vaccine Update, which is helpful for state planning purposes because it provides a snapshot each morning of vaccine  administration, allocation and delivery data. This information has previously been distributed by email each morning and will continue to be available in Tableau format. Please be aware that COVID-19 vaccine deliveries are commonly re-distributed throughout the state between locations and do not reflect future inventory at each location.

Cases and deaths

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (3), Clackamas (63), Clatsop (4), Columbia (6), Coos (3), Crook (1), Deschutes (44), Douglas (2), Hood River (2), Jackson (15), Jefferson (3), Josephine (3), Lane (65), Lincoln (3), Linn (15), Marion (65), Multnomah (135), Polk (16), Tillamook (1), Wasco (8), Washington (1) and Yamhill (15).

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccinations? 

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine situation in Oregon, visit our webpage (English?or?Spanish), which has a breakdown of distribution and other information.

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A Second Chance at Holiday Winnings for Five Lucky Oregonians
Oregon Lottery - 04/19/21 10:30 AM
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April 16, 2021?- Salem, Ore.?– Christmas in … April?

Five lucky winners across Oregon are celebrating Second Chance Lottery wins thanks to their 2020 Holiday Scratch-its.

Prizes ranged from $1,500 to $150,000 depending on the value of the original Scratch-it top prize. Winners included:

  • Carrie T. of Florence who won $150,000 playing Holiday Party
  • Leeanne R. of Central Point who won $75,000 playing Reindeer Riches
  • Eric T. of Springfield who won $50,000 playing Winter Magic
  • Cheryl C. of Prospect who won $10,000 playing Deck the Halls
  • Christopher Z. of Cave Junction who won $1,500 playing Merry Slothmas

The Second Chance Drawing gives players an additional opportunity to win a top prize on their favorite Scratch-its. Players can register for a MyLottery account where they can enter their non-winning Scratch-its using the Oregon Lottery mobile app, or by entering them manually on the Lottery’s website at https://www.oregonlottery.org/my-lottery/second-chance/

Players can see when the Second Chance drawing will take place, how many entries have been registered for each Scratch it. After the drawing winners are notified of their win.

Draw dates for each game are determined by when the specific Scratch-it is pulled from the market. 

Players who have winning tickets of $50,000 or more, will need to make an appointment to come to the Oregon Lottery office in Salem. Call 503-540-1000 for assistance. The Lottery also offers a drop box at the Lottery office in Salem. Players can use the drop box to submit prize claims and will receive their winnings in the mail once the claim has been processed.  

Lottery officials recommend that you always sign the back of your tickets with each Oregon Lottery game you play, to ensure you can claim any prize you may win. In the event of winning a jackpot, players should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. 

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned more than $12 billion for economic development, public education, Outdoor School, state parks,?Veteran?Services and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit?www.oregonlottery.org

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Power Outage in Horn Rapids Closes Landfill & Irrigation Intake
City of Richland - 04/19/21 8:38 AM
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A windstorm took down power poles in the industrial part of Horn Rapids last night affecting commercial businesses, the Horn Rapids Landfill, and the Horn Rapids Irrigation Intake.

The Horn Rapids Landfill is closed today and farms and residential irrigation are down. 

The power will most likely be out all day today as crews work to restore power. Updates will be posted on Richland's Facebook and Twitter pages.




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Oregon reports 628 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, no new deaths
Oregon Health Authority - 04/18/21 11:37 AM

April 18, 2021

Contact: OHA External Relations, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us" target="_blank">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon reports 628 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, no new deaths

There are no new COVID-19-related deaths in Oregon, so the state’s death toll remains at 2,460, Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

OHA reported 628 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 175,121.

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, 32,287 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 20,973 vaccine doses were administered on April 17 and 11,314 were administered on previous days but entered into the vaccine registry on April 17.

The seven-day running average is now 34,359 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered a total of 1,312,413 first and second doses of Pfizer, 1,121,856 first and second doses of Moderna and 88,405 single doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

Cumulative daily totals can take several days to finalize because providers have 72 hours to report doses administered and technical challenges have caused many providers to lag in their reporting. OHA has been providing technical support to vaccination sites to improve the timeliness of their data entry into the state’s ALERT Immunization Information System (IIS).

To date, 1,535,625 doses of Pfizer, 1,318,100 doses of Moderna and 215,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines have been delivered to sites across Oregon.

These data are preliminary and subject to change.

OHA's dashboards provide regularly updated vaccination data, and Oregon’s dashboard has been updated today.

COVID-19 hospitalizations

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 215, which is 15 more than yesterday. There are 48 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is one more than yesterday.

The total number of patients in hospital beds may fluctuate between report times. The numbers do not reflect admissions per day, nor the length of hospital stay. Staffing limitations are not captured in this data and may further limit bed capacity.

More information about hospital capacity can be found here.

Cases and Deaths

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (2), Clackamas (72), Clatsop (4), Columbia (7), Coos (7), Crook (2), Curry (2), Deschutes (47), Douglas (4), Grant (6), Harney (1), Hood River (1), Jackson (20), Jefferson (6), Josephine (9), Klamath (37), Lane (39), Lincoln (4), Linn (16), Malheur (1), Marion (83), Multnomah (142), Polk (11), Tillamook (1), Union (5), Wasco (2), Washington (83) and Yamhill (14).

County

Total Cases1

Total deaths2

Baker

858

14

Benton

2,732

18

Clackamas

15,386

204

Clatsop

895

8

Columbia

1,545

26

Coos

1,975

31

Crook

880

19

Curry

595

9

Deschutes

7,129

72

Douglas

3,047

65

Gilliam

56

1

Grant

412

4

Harney

306

6

Hood River

1,125

29

Jackson

9,923

127

Jefferson

2,070

32

Josephine

3,063

62

Klamath

3,490

59

Lake

413

7

Lane

11,591

144

Lincoln

1,302

20

Linn

4,160

63

Malheur

3,428

58

Marion

20,195

299

Morrow

1,079

15

Multnomah

34,937

568

Polk

3,442

52

Sherman

57

0

Tillamook

581

3

Umatilla

7,968

83

Union

1,416

24

Wallowa

157

5

Wasco

1,291

28

Washington

23,491

229

Wheeler

25

1

Yamhill

4,101

75

Statewide

175,121

2,460

1This includes cases confirmed by diagnostic testing and presumptive cases. Presumptive cases are those without a positive diagnostic test who present COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. County of residence for cases may change as new information becomes available. If changes occur, we will update our counts accordingly.

2For additional details on individuals who have died from COVID-19 in Oregon, please refer to our press releases.

 

ELRs received 04/17/2021

County

Negative ELRs

Positive ELRs

Total ELRs

Percent Positivity

Baker

21

3

24

12.5%

Benton

406

10

416

2.4%

Clackamas

1,150

96

1,246

7.7%

Clatsop

104

9

113

8.0%

Columbia

219

7

226

3.1%

Coos

161

7

168

4.2%

Crook

78

5

83

6.0%

Curry

128

3

131

2.3%

Deschutes

500

56

556

10.1%

Douglas

114

3

117

2.6%

Gilliam

3

0

3

0.0%

Grant

5

1

6

16.7%

Harney

7

0

7

0.0%

Hood River

66

2

68

2.9%

Jackson

357

33

390

8.5%

Jefferson

66

9

75

12.0%

Josephine

160

7

167

4.2%

Klamath

100

30

130

23.1%

Lake

1

0

1

0.0%

Lane

1,034

59

1,093

5.4%

Lincoln

79

8

87

9.2%

Linn

415

26

441

5.9%

Malheur

50

1

51

2.0%

Marion

891

86

977

8.8%

Morrow

17

0

17

0.0%

Multnomah

2,681

212

2,893

7.3%

Polk

143

10

153

6.5%

Sherman

5

2

7

28.6%

Tillamook

56

1

57

1.8%

Umatilla

84

6

90

6.7%

Union

45

2

47

4.3%

Wallowa

11

0

11

0.0%

Wasco

69

6

75

8.0%

Washington

1,878

112

1,990

5.6%

Yamhill

312

23

335

6.9%

Statewide

11,416

835

12,251

6.8%

 

Cumulative ELRs

County

Negative ELRs

Positive ELRs

Total ELRs

Percent Positivity

Baker

11,031

1,778

12,809

13.9%

Benton

129,288

4,258

133,546

3.2%

Clackamas

414,719

23,608

438,327

5.4%

Clatsop

32,675

1,577

34,252

4.6%

Columbia

39,707

2,095

41,802

5.0%

Coos

43,625

2,409

46,034

5.2%

Crook

16,694

1,181

17,875

6.6%

Curry

10,860

512

11,372

4.5%

Deschutes

176,776

9,276

186,052

5.0%

Douglas

77,006

3,463

80,469

4.3%

Gilliam

1,170

44

1,214

3.6%

Grant

5,397

335

5,732

5.8%

Harney

3,926

344

4,270

8.1%

Hood River

30,490

1,581

32,071

4.9%

Jackson

206,221

15,008

221,229

6.8%

Jefferson

18,629

1,878

20,507

9.2%

Josephine

67,932

3,524

71,456

4.9%

Klamath

44,425

3,889

48,314

8.0%

Lake

5,044

403

5,447

7.4%

Lane

447,500

13,706

461,206

3.0%

Lincoln

40,894

2,591

43,485

6.0%

Linn

129,090

7,788

136,878

5.7%

Malheur

24,854

5,044

29,898

16.9%

Marion

326,594

30,167

356,761

8.5%

Morrow

6,978

1,296

8,274

15.7%

Multnomah

980,399

52,230

1,032,629

5.1%

Polk

66,532

4,483

71,015

6.3%

Sherman

1,338

67

1,405

4.8%

Tillamook

14,017

568

14,585

3.9%

Umatilla

62,531

8,890

71,421

12.4%

Union

19,827

1,778

21,605

8.2%

Wallowa

2,997

152

3,149

4.8%

Wasco

32,661

1,606

34,267

4.7%

Washington

600,827

38,783

639,610

6.1%

Wheeler

658

24

682

3.5%

Yamhill

128,260

6,691

134,951

5.0%

Statewide

4,221,572

253,027

4,474,599

5.7%

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccinations??

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine situation in Oregon, visit our webpage (English?or?Spanish), which has a breakdown of distribution and other information.


Fatal Crash on Hwy 101 - Tillamook County
Oregon State Police - 04/18/21 8:37 AM

On Saturday, April 17, 2021 at approximately 11:51 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a pedestrian that had been struck on Hwy 101 near mile post Z49.

Preliminary investigation revealed a pedestrian, Quinten Hoptowit (23) of Warm Springs, was laying in the roadway when he was struck by a northbound vehicle.  The vehicle described as a dark color crew cab pickup with a short box, open bed, and inoperative passenger side tail light - left the scene.

Hoptowit sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

OSP was assisted by Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, Rockaway Beach Fire Department, Rockaway Beach Police Department and ODOT.

If you have any information regarding this incident or the described vehicle OSP requests you call the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center at 1-800-442-0776 or OSP and leave information for Trooper Jace Huseby - case # SP21-100770.


Fatal Crash on Hwy 95 - Malheur County
Oregon State Police - 04/18/21 8:19 AM

On Friday, April 16, 2021 at approximately 10:30 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a vehicle collision on Hwy 95 near milepost 98.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Subaru Tribeca, operated by Heidi Dunn (51) of Spokane Valley, Washington, was northbound passing in a no passing zone and collided with a southbound Toyota Tacoma operated by Hugh Moyes (19) of Battle Mountain, Nevada.

Moyes sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Dunn and a juvenile passenger were transported by air to a hospital.  Five other passengers were transported by ground to a hospital.    

OSP was assisted by Jordan Valley Ambulance, Humbolt County NV. EMS,  Life Flight, and ODOT.  


Sat. 04/17/21
Oregon reports 888 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 3 new deaths
Oregon Health Authority - 04/17/21 12:00 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. There are three new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 2,460 the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 888 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 174,501.

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 44,308 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 27,728 doses were administered on Apr.16 and 16,580 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on Apr.16.

The 7-day running average is now 37,507 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered a total of 1,292,612 first and second doses of Pfizer, 1,109,671 first and second doses of Moderna and 88,104 single doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

Cumulative daily totals can take several days to finalize because providers have 72 hours to report doses administered and technical challenges have caused many providers to lag in their reporting. OHA has been providing technical support to vaccination sites to improve the timeliness of their data entry into the state’s ALERT Immunization Information System (IIS).

To date, 1,535,625 doses of Pfizer, 1,318,100 doses of Moderna and 215,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines have been delivered to sites across Oregon.

These data are preliminary and subject to change.

OHA's dashboards provide regularly updated vaccination data, and Oregon’s dashboard has been updated today.

COVID-19 hospitalizations

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 200, which is one more than yesterday. There are 47 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is five fewer than yesterday.

The total number of patients in hospital beds may fluctuate between report times. The numbers do not reflect admissions per day, nor the length of hospital stay. Staffing limitations are not captured in this data and may further limit bed capacity.

More information about hospital capacity can be found here.

Cases and Deaths

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (6), Benton (7), Clackamas (96), Clatsop (8), Columbia (7), Coos (2), Crook (10), Curry (2), Deschutes (94), Douglas (16), Gilliam (1), Grant (2), Harney (1), Jackson (58), Jefferson (6), Josephine (13), Klamath (45), Lane (75), Lincoln (5), Linn (37), Malheur (2), Marion (79), Morrow (1), Multnomah (161), Polk (12), Tillamook (4), Umatilla (15), Wasco (3), Washington (103), Yamhill (17).

Oregon’s 2458th COVID-19 death is a 66-year-old man in Multnomah County who tested positive on Mar. 26 and died on Apr. 15 at Legacy Mt Hood Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 2459th COVID-19 death is a 68-year-old man in Multnomah County who tested positive on Apr. 13 and died on Apr. 15 at Legacy Mt Hood Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 2460th COVID-19 death is a 58-year-old man in Yamhill County who tested positive on Feb. 19 and died on Apr. 7 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

County

Total Cases1

Total deaths2

Baker

856

14

Benton

2,732

18

Clackamas

15,311

204

Clatsop

891

8

Columbia

1,538

26

Coos

1,968

31

Crook

878

19

Curry

593

9

Deschutes

7,082

72

Douglas

3,043

65

Gilliam

56

1

Grant

406

4

Harney

305

6

Hood River

1,124

29

Jackson

9,904

127

Jefferson

2,064

32

Josephine

3,054

62

Klamath

3,452

59

Lake

413

7

Lane

11,554

144

Lincoln

1,298

20

Linn

4,142

63

Malheur

3,427

58

Marion

20,116

299

Morrow

1,079

15

Multnomah

34,800

568

Polk

3,429

52

Sherman

57

0

Tillamook

580

3

Umatilla

7,968

83

Union

1,411

24

Wallowa

157

5

Wasco

1,289

28

Washington

23,412

229

Wheeler

25

1

Yamhill

4,087

75

Statewide

174,501

2,460

1 This includes cases confirmed by diagnostic testing and presumptive cases. Presumptive cases are those without a positive diagnostic test who present COVID-19-like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case. County of residence for cases may change as new information becomes available. If changes occur, we will update our counts accordingly.

2 For additional details on individuals who have died from COVID-19 in Oregon, please refer to our press releases

ELRs received 04/16/2021

County

Negative ELRs

Positive ELRs

Total ELRs

Percent Positivity

Baker

35

9

44

20.5%

Benton

589

11

600

1.8%

Clackamas

1,546

111

1,657

6.7%

Clatsop

100

8

108

7.4%

Columbia

194

6

200

3.0%

Coos

185

2

187

1.1%

Crook

81

10

91

11.0%

Curry

31

2

33

6.1%

Deschutes

863

82

945

8.7%

Douglas

328

12

340

3.5%

Gilliam

6

0

6

0.0%

Grant

37

3

40

7.5%

Harney

3

1

4

25.0%

Hood River

111

1

112

0.9%

Jackson

708

76

784

9.7%

Jefferson

39

6

45

13.3%

Josephine

282

18

300

6.0%

Klamath

230

42

272

15.4%

Lake

3

0

3

0.0%

Lane

2,222

74

2,296

3.2%

Lincoln

192

3

195

1.5%

Linn

437

51

488

10.5%

Malheur

100

2

102

2.0%

Marion

1,010

88

1,098

8.0%

Morrow

31

2

33

6.1%

Multnomah

6,405

169

6,574

2.6%

Polk

222

17

239

7.1%

Sherman

1

0

1

0.0%

Tillamook

56

4

60

6.7%

Umatilla

168

12

180

6.7%

Union

201

3

204

1.5%

Wallowa

11

0

11

0.0%

Wasco

57

7

64

10.9%

Washington

2,597

125

2,722

4.6%

Wheeler

1

0

1

0.0%

Yamhill

369

29

398

7.3%

Statewide

19,451

986

20,437

4.8%

 

Cumulative ELRs

County

Negative ELRs

Positive ELRs

Total ELRs

Percent Positivity

Baker

11,010

1,775

12,785

13.9%

Benton

128,882

4,248

133,130

3.2%

Clackamas

413,569

23,512

437,081

5.4%

Clatsop

32,571

1,568

34,139

4.6%

Columbia

39,488

2,088

41,576

5.0%

Coos

43,464

2,402

45,866

5.2%

Crook

16,616

1,176

17,792

6.6%

Curry

10,732

509

11,241

4.5%

Deschutes

176,276

9,220

185,496

5.0%

Douglas

76,892

3,460

80,352

4.3%

Gilliam

1,167

44

1,211

3.6%

Grant

5,392

334

5,726

5.8%

Harney

3,919

344

4,263

8.1%

Hood River

30,424

1,579

32,003

4.9%

Jackson

205,864

14,975

220,839

6.8%

Jefferson

18,563

1,869

20,432

9.1%

Josephine

67,772

3,517

71,289

4.9%

Klamath

44,325

3,859

48,184

8.0%

Lake

5,043

403

5,446

7.4%

Lane

446,466

13,647

460,113

3.0%

Lincoln

40,815

2,583

43,398

6.0%

Linn

128,675

7,762

136,437

5.7%

Malheur

24,804

5,043

29,847

16.9%

Marion

325,703

30,081

355,784

8.5%

Morrow

6,961

1,296

8,257

15.7%

Multnomah

977,718

52,018

1,029,736

5.1%

Polk

66,389

4,473

70,862

6.3%

Sherman

1,333

65

1,398

4.6%

Tillamook

13,961

567

14,528

3.9%

Umatilla

62,447

8,884

71,331

12.5%

Union

19,782

1,776

21,558

8.2%

Wallowa

2,986

152

3,138

4.8%

Wasco

32,592

1,600

34,192

4.7%

Washington

598,949

38,671

637,620

6.1%

Wheeler

658

24

682

3.5%

Yamhill

127,948

6,668

134,616

5.0%

Statewide

4,210,156

252,192

4,462,348

5.7%

 

Stay informed about COVID-19:

Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Office of Emergency Management lead the state response.

United States response: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response.

Global response: The World Health Organization guides the global response.

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Injury Crash on Hwy 97 - Deschutes County
Oregon State Police - 04/17/21 9:32 AM

On Friday, April 16, 2021 at approximately 11:00 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 97 near mile post 141.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Subaru Legacy, operated by Tomas Fraley (25) of Bend, was southbound and a collision occurred with an also southbound Jeep Grand Cherokee operated by Jamie Caron-Clarkson (45) of Bend. 

Fraley was transported to St. Charles in Bend.

Caron–Clarkson, along with passengers Deanna Black (58) of CA. and Brett Cold (43) of Meridian, ID., were transported to St. Charles in Bend.     

OSP has received information that a black pickup was in the area at the time of the crash, stopped at the crash scene, and left before emergency personnel arrived.  The black pickup continued south on Hwy 97.  OSP would like to talk to the occupants of this vehicle.

If you witnessed the crash or any of the events, involving a black pickup, prior to the crash you are asked to call the Oregon State Police at 1-800-442-0776 and leave information for Sergeant Caleb Ratliff reference case #SP21-099724.     


Fatal Crash on Hwy 99E - Marion County
Oregon State Police - 04/17/21 8:04 AM

On Friday, April 16, 2021 at approximately 8:40 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 99E at the intersection of Quail St, approximately one mile south of Brooks.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Ford F150 pickup, operated by Lazaro Gutierrez-Velasco (46) of Salem, was southbound and turned left into the path of a Honda Civic causing a collision. 

Gutierrez-Velasco was transported to the Salem Hospital. 

The operator of the Honda sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.  The name will be released when appropriate. 

After being released from the Salem Hospital, Gutierrez-Velasco was transported to the Marion County Jail where he was lodged for DUII, Manslaughter, Assault, Reckless Endangering, Reckless Driving, and Criminal Mischief .

OSP was assisted by the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Marion County Fire and ODOT.

 


Fri. 04/16/21
Oregon reports 704 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 2 new deaths
Oregon Health Authority - 04/16/21 3:32 PM

April 16, 2021

Contact: OHA External Relations, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us" target="_blank">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon reports 704 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 2 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — There are two new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 2,457, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 704 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 173,626.

Information from today’s media briefing

Here is a link to the recording and a link to the talking points from this morning’s media briefing, led by Gov. Kate Brown and the Oregon Health Authority.

More than 1.5 million Oregonians have received first dose of COVID-19 vaccine  

Today, OHA reported that 47,407 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 28,146 doses were administered on April 15 and 19,261 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on April 15.

The seven-day running average is now 38,239 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered a total of 1,268,433 doses of Pfizer, 1,089,987 doses of Moderna and 87,666 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. As of today, 988,584 people have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series. There are 1,542,429 who have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Cumulative daily totals can take several days to finalize because providers have 72 hours to report doses administered and technical challenges have caused many providers to lag in their reporting. OHA has been providing technical support to vaccination sites to improve the timeliness of their data entry into the state’s ALERT Immunization Information System (IIS).

To date, 1,513,395 doses of Pfizer, 1,313,100 doses of Moderna and 215,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines have been delivered to sites across Oregon.

These data are preliminary and subject to change.

OHA's dashboards provide regularly updated vaccination data, and Oregon’s dashboard has been updated today.

COVID-19 hospitalizations

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 199, which is four more than yesterday. There are 52 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is one fewer than yesterday.

The total number of patients in hospital beds may fluctuate between report times. The numbers do not reflect admissions per day, nor the length of hospital stay. Staffing limitations are not captured in this data and may further limit bed capacity.

More information about hospital capacity can be found here.

Cases and deaths

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (9), Benton (7), Clackamas (79), Clatsop (3), Columbia (6), Coos (6), Crook (15), Curry (3), Deschutes (59), Douglas (7), Grant (25), Hood River (3), Jackson (54), Jefferson (3), Josephine (29), Klamath (43), Lake (2), Lane (57), Lincoln (6), Linn (20), Malheur (1), Marion (63), Morrow (5), Multnomah (88), Polk (13), Tillamook (3), Umatilla (9), Union (2), Wallowa (1), Wasco (6), Washington (69) and Yamhill (8).

Oregon’s 2,456th COVID-19 death is a 45-year-old man in Columbia County who tested positive on April 12 and died on April 15. Location of death and presence of underlying conditions are being confirmed. 

Oregon’s 2,457th COVID-19 death is an 80-year-old man in Klamath County who tested positive on April 8 and died on April 12 at Sky Lakes Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Note: Due to a delay in laboratory reporting, OHA received roughly 4,400 electronic laboratory reports (ELRs) on April 15, 2021 from Josephine County. The reports are from Dec. 2020 to April 2021. As a result, daily ELR totals are higher and percent positivity is lower for April 15 than anticipated for Josephine County.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccinations? 

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine situation in Oregon, visit our webpage (English?or?Spanish), which has a breakdown of distribution and other information.


Hoover Criminal Gang Member Faces Drug and Gun Charges in Fentanyl Trafficking Conspiracy
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 04/16/21 3:12 PM

Firearms connected to defendant and accomplice linked to 17 Portland-area shootings

PORTLAND, Ore.—Aumontae Wayne Smith, 27, a known Hoover Criminal Gang member and resident of Portland, is facing federal drug and gun charges for his role in a fentanyl trafficking conspiracy, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Scott Erik Asphaug.

On April 6, 2021, a federal grand jury in Portland returned an indictment charging Smith with conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute fentanyl, possessing with intent to distribute fentanyl, and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

According to court documents and testimony, Smith and an unnamed accomplice conspired with one another to distribute fentanyl disguised as oxycodone pills in and around Portland. Smith advertised selling the fake oxycodone pills and guns via Snapchat posts that were observed by law enforcement. Investigators seized six firearms from Smith and his accomplice and, with the assistance of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). Further investigation revealed Smith purchased 16 firearms since 2019 that linked to 17 different shootings in the Portland area between April and December 2020.

Smith voluntarily surrendered to law enforcement today and made his initial appearance in federal court before a U.S. Magistrate Judge. He was arraigned and pleaded not guilty. A three-day jury trial is scheduled to begin on June 15, 2021.

This case was investigated by the Portland Police Bureau, FBI, and ATF. It is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon.

An indictment is only an accusation of a crime, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). PSN is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

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District announces the free Summer Sol -- "It's a Vibe" program
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 04/16/21 2:58 PM
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WALLA WALLA - Today Director of Accelerated Learning and Support Brent Cummings launched the summersol.org website announcing free, exciting summer programs for all grade levels. Registration begins in early May. 

Summer Sol Highlights:
•    Programming available for all grade levels
•    Dates: June 21 to August 13
•    Accelerated Learning
•    Experiential camps and projects
•    Access to community partner programs and events
•    Teacher supported, growth oriented
•    Individually tailored with a math and reading focus
•    Earn high school credits
•    Fun camps and hands-on activities
•    Food and transportation provided
•    Summersol.org  /  (509) 526-6787
•    Brent Cummings: bcummings@wwps.org

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Department of Justice (DOJ) and Washington Department of Children, Youth and Family Services Settle Claims of Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Violations
U.S. Attorney's Office - Eastern Dist. of Wash. - 04/16/21 1:02 PM

State agency failed to provide legally required sign language interpreters to those who are deaf or hard of hearing

Spokane – The Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Family Services (DCYF) will pay $300,000 and make sweeping changes to procedures for providing services to families where a parent or child is deaf or hard of hearing, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Joseph H. Harrington of the Eastern District of Washington and Acting U.S. Attorney Tessa M. Gorman of the Western District of Washington.  The settlement follows an investigation of complaints by two Washington State families about DCYF’s Child Welfare Program (CWP). 

“No individual should be denied or delayed access to public services because of a disability,” said Acting United States Attorney Joseph H. Harrington for the Eastern District of Washington. “Services provided by the State of Washington whether through DCYF or other important areas of civic life must comply with the ADA and its effective communication requirements. The ADA for over thirty years has strengthened our society and this settlement should serve as a stark reminder of why this landmark legislation is so important.”

“At every step communication is key to the relationship between a family facing challenges and social workers who are trying to protect and serve children,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Gorman.  “It is critical whether in a home assessment, a supervised visit or a therapeutic service, that a parent who is deaf or hard of hearing be able to understand and communicate with a caseworker.  DCYF has agreed to a path forward that will provide these critical services.”

According to the settlement agreement, DOJ found evidence that on more than 100 occasions between 2017 and 2019, the Child Welfare Program failed to provide appropriate auxiliary aids or services, including qualified sign language interpreters, for the complainant families.  The communications included high stakes interviews during investigations regarding the possible termination of parental rights and during court-ordered treatments and counseling required for reunification with children.

The investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Offices in both the Eastern and Western Districts of Washington determined that the failure to provide auxiliary aids and services, including qualified interpreters, denied the complainant families equal access to DCYF’s services, programs, and activities.  This failure to provide qualified interpreters in a timely manner, meant that the complainant families were not provided communication that was as effective as the agency’s communications to people without disabilities.  That is the standard set out in the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The investigation concluded that complainant families were frequently unable to participate fully in agency investigations, had unequal access to case resolutions options like mediation, and experienced delays in moving through court-ordered services such as counseling and drug treatment.  DCYF employees also improperly relied on ineffective means of communication such as the use of note-writing for the parents whose primary language was ASL, or the use of family members to interpret instead of qualified interpreters.  There was also evidence that the parents’ status as individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing and their legitimate requests for qualified interpreters resulted in caseworkers having a negative view about the willingness of such parents to cooperate in DCYF’s investigation.

 

DOJ concluded that the delays and barriers to access to DCYF’s services, including resolution of investigations and visitations with their children, caused significant emotional distress to the complainant parents and their children.  The investigation also reflected that these problems were likely not limited to the complainant parents but reflected a more widespread inability to communicate effectively with families with members who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Under the terms of the settlement DCYF Child Welfare Program must devise and implement, with input by the U.S. Attorney’s Offices, new policies, practices, and procedures on how it will communicate effectively with constituents who have communication disabilities, including individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.  The new communications policies will follow the ADA requirements and will ensure there are a variety of resources, including appropriate auxiliary aids and services, for caseworkers to use in communicating with families.  The new policy will prohibit the use of interpreters who are family members and children, as required by the ADA. 

The settlement agreement also calls for DCYF to enter or maintain sufficient contractual arrangements across all the counties of Washington State to meet the expected needs for qualified interpreters.  Video remote interpreting may be used following the ADA’s standards and requirements.

The settlement agreement further calls for publicizing the new communications plan, appointing an ADA coordinator, training employees on the new plan and ADA requirements, and keeping a log of when auxiliary aids and services, including interpreter services, are used.  The log will be part of the information provided to the U.S. Attorney’s Offices to ensure DCYF remains in compliance with the settlement agreement.

Under the terms of the settlement, the $300,000 will be divided between the complainants in Eastern and Western Washington.  Some of the money will be held in trust for two of the children whose reunification with their parents was delayed by a repeated lack of interpreters. 

The Department of Children, Youth and Families cooperated fully in the investigation.  The settlement was reached without DCYF admitting the conclusions or determinations mnade by the United States.

The investigation was conducted by Assistant United States Attorney Joseph Derrig of the Eastern District of Washington and Assistant United States Attorney Christina Fogg who serves as the Civil Rights Program Coordinator for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Washington. 

The U.S. Attorney’s Offices (in coordination with the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice) vigorously enforce federal civil rights laws throughout Washington. These laws prohibit discrimination, protect the constitutional rights of residents, and affirm equal opportunity for all.

 


Private Security/Investigator Policy Committee Meeting Postponed
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/16/21 10:42 AM

For Immediate Release                                        

April 15, 2021

Contact:  Mona Riesterer

               503-378-2431

                               

Notice of Meeting Postponed

The Private Security/Investigator Policy Committee meeting scheduled for May 18, 2021 has been postponed until further notice.

 


Oregon Board of Forestry welcomes new members, chair
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/16/21 9:18 AM

The Oregon Board of Forestry’s new chairperson will welcome three new members at the April 21, 2021, board meeting.

Governor Kate Brown recently named Jim Kelly as the chair of the Oregon Board of Forestry. He replaces Tom Imeson, who served as the chair for more than eight years.

“With climate change and increasing wildfire, and the other critical forestry-related concerns Oregon is facing, the Board of Forestry’s work is more important than ever,” Kelly said. “My goal as the chair is to ensure the board is fulfilling its obligation to the people of Oregon, and that we provide the State Forester with both the direction and support needed for the Department of Forestry to be successful.”

“In my role as the board secretary, I work closely with the board, especially the chair,” explained State Forester Peter Daugherty. “I am looking forward to supporting Jim, and the board as a whole, as they build their team and work through the many complex forest policy issues that come before the board.”

Additionally, the board’s April 21, 2021, meeting will be the first for the new board members. Karla Chambers, Ben Deumling, and Chandra Ferrari will join Chair Kelly, Joe Justice, and Brenda McComb, nearly completing the Board of Forestry’s roster. There is one position still vacant.

The public is invited to watch the meeting online starting at 9 a.m. Board materials and a link to the livestream are available at https://www.oregon.gov/odf/board/pages/bofmeetings.aspx.

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Biographies

(Photographs are available at https://www.oregon.gov/odf/board/pages/aboutbof.aspx)

Jim Kelly, of Kimberly, joined the board in September 2018. He owns and manages a grass-fed beef ranch in rural Grant County. Previously he founded Rejuvenation Inc., a hardware and lighting company. He co-founded the Oregon Business Association and served on its board for 17 years. Kelly also co-founded the North Star Civic Foundation, a small Oregon non-profit involved with public policy issues. He has also served on the boards of 1000 Friends of Oregon, the Portland Housing Authority, and Business for Social Responsibility.

Karla Chambers, of Corvallis, has spent her career in food and agriculture, and her farming operation was the first in the U.S. to be third-party certified sustainable. She has served on the Oregon Board of Agriculture, the Portland Branch and Head Office of the San Francisco Federal Reserve Board, the Ford Family Foundation, and the Governor’s Council on Wildfire Response. She currently serves on the Hampton Resources Board. Chambers earned degrees in agriculture and resource economics and finance from Oregon State University.

Ben Deumling, of Rickreall, manages the family-owned Zena Forest, a 1,300-acre tract of forest in the heart of the Willamette Valley and has been actively engaged in forest policy matters for many years. He also runs Zena Forest Products, which is an onsite sawmill and millwork shop that processes hardwood logs into high-quality lumber and flooring. Deumling earned his bachelor's degree in natural resource policy in the western U.S. from Whitman College.

Chandra Ferrari, of Salem, is a senior policy advisor and attorney for Trout Unlimited (TU), where she specializes in the implementation and development of legal and policy reforms to protect and restore water quality and fish and wildlife habitat throughout Oregon. Previously, she was TU’s California Water Policy Director where she worked with diverse coalitions to enhance instream flows, promote multi-benefit projects and preserve recreational opportunities. She also worked as an attorney for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, specializing in endangered species listing and permitting matters. Ferrari earned her bachelor’s degree in animal science and management from the University of California - Davis and her law degree from the University of Pacific School of Law.