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Lane County reported 32 confirmed or presumptive cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, raising the countywide case count to 10,773, according to Lane County Public Health. The death toll remained at 141 for the sixth consecutive day.
There were 107 people considered infectious, up 11 from Tuesday.
Thirteen were reported hospitalized with COVID-19, four more than Tuesday, with two in intensive care and none on a ventilator, unchanged from Tuesday.
Oregon reported six new COVID-19-related deaths Tuesday, raising the state’s death toll to 2,381.
The Oregon Health Authority also reported 415 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 164,570.
OHA reported that 31,616 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 14,312 doses were administered on March 29 and 17,304 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on March 29.
Oregon has now administered a total of 893,462 first and second doses of Pfizer, 833,973 first and second doses of Moderna and 39,698 single doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.
To date, 1,130,805 doses of Pfizer, 1,081,900 doses of Moderna and 86,900 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines have been delivered to sites across Oregon.
The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 139, which is three fewer than Monday. There are 35 COVID-19 patients in intensive care, which is one fewer than Monday.
Case and deaths
The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (10), Benton (11), Clackamas (44), Clatsop (1), Columbia (8), Coos (5), Crook (6), Curry (7), Deschutes (11), Douglas (18), Grant (3), Harney (1), Jackson (31), Jefferson (1), Josephine (8), Klamath (12), Lake (3), Lane (15), Lincoln (1), Linn (8), Malheur (5), Marion (17), Morrow (1), Multnomah (78), Polk (12), Tillamook (5), Umatilla (9), Union (1), Wallowa (2), Washington (75) and Yamhill (6).
Lane County Public Health hopes to combat inequities in COVID-19 spread, vaccination
More than a quarter of COVID-19 cases in Oregon came from Latinos, but Latinos only make up 13% of the state’s population. In Lane County, 15.2% of cases were from Latinos, although they make up only 10% of the county.
With these and other inequities in mind, Lane County Public Health is trying to reach out to groups more vulnerable to the virus for vaccine education and access.
“We recognize the generational trauma and mistrust that many people of color may feel toward government and health systems,” said Ola Adeniji, Lane County’s BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of color) Communications Liaison.
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BEND — Oregon Occupational Safety & Health has fined a Bend coffee shop more than $27,000 for allegedly violating three standards meant to protect employees from the coronavirus disease.
State officials said in a news release Tuesday that Kevista willfully continued to potentially expose workers to the virus, despite a public health order limiting the capacity of indoor dining to zero.
The citation resulted from an inspection after multiple complaints. The inspection documented that the company willfully began allowing indoor dining on Dec. 3 and thereafter. During that time, Deschutes County was designated an “extreme risk” for transmission of the disease.
During the inspection, owners Krista and Kevin Lauinger said they chose to re-open even though they were aware it went against workplace health requirements, state officials said.
The coffee shop plans to appeal the fine, KTVZ-TV reported.
The fine is three times the minimum penalty for such a violation and the decision reflects the need to ensure a more appropriate deterrent effect where employers insist on disregarding health and safety standards, according to Oregon OSHA Administrator Michael Wood.
Such behavior puts employees at risk and enables the employer to achieve a competitive advantage over businesses that comply with the requirements, officials said.
Last July, OSHA issued an $8,900 citation to Kevista for willfully failing to implement face coverings in line with guidance for restaurants and bars. Kevista’s appeal of that fine is still pending, the agency said.
— The Associated Press
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