COVID-19 Weekly Update: Omicron Also Outbreaks In Mid-Valley Nursing Homes | Local

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Cases of the omicron variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus were first confirmed in Oregon this week, which led Oregon Health & Science University in Portland to update its predictive modeling of the image of new cases and hospitalizations of COVID-19. Looks like.

We hear experts tell Americans every day to get vaccinated and get vaccinated too, but it’s not as easy as it used to be. According to the Walgreens website, vaccine appointments are made weeks in advance. So when Englewood, Colo., Mother Brooke Clanton found appointments for the second doses of her two children, she didn’t hesitate to take them. school this year as much as possible, so that makes that more doable, ”Clanton said. But that excitement quickly turned to disappointment when she received an email hours before they got their shots. Walgreens had canceled their children’s appointments without explanation. “I walked into the store because they weren’t answering their phones to ask, and they told me they were stopping the vaccinations from noon that day and closing. They weren’t going. administer them in the future. ”Clanton said he was told it was due to understaffing. In a statement, a spokesperson for Walgreens said, “We have adjusted the hours of operation of pharmacies in a limited number of stores to meet current staffing needs, while striving to minimize disruption to our customers. Our team members work with patients to reschedule any impacted vaccinations. get to these stores as soon as possible. Desperate to get her children fully immunized, Clanton had them vaccinated at a mobile vaccination clinic in Englewood, giving her children an extra layer of protection, she said, and giving her peace of mind.



OHSU projections currently show that an increase in omicron could lead to an increase in the number of cases and hospitalizations by mid-January. At its peak, an omicron spike could see hospitalizations around the state approach or exceed 2,000 patients.

To put that into perspective, data from the Oregon Health Authority shows hospitalizations peaked at 408 last week, while the highest number of intensive care beds occupied by COVID-19 patients was 106, all two reported in Monday’s report which also includes data from the weekend.

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While experts say early data shows omicron is causing fewer deaths than previous variants, the surge in cases and hospitalizations could overwhelm an already crippled hospital network.

“We are still experiencing a delta augmentation,” said OHSU Chief Medical Officer Dr. Renee Edwards. “If we combined that with the Delta projects… I think it would sound, frankly, even more worrying. “

The specter of a potential new wave of cases has put even more emphasis on protecting vulnerable Oregonians.

Retirement homes

This makes outbreaks in mid-valley nursing and nursing homes particularly important to monitor. In Linn and Benton counties, there are six elderly communities with active epidemics, the largest in Bonaventure of Albany Memory Care, which has recorded 24 cases and no deaths since Nov. 9, according to data from the OHA.

A representative for the company said earlier this week that it currently has 12 residents who test positive and is stepping up partnerships with local pharmacies, such as Walgreens, to offer booster vaccination clinics for residents and employees.

In an email from the company, Bonaventure says its staff are fully compliant with Oregon’s vaccination mandate and that the Albany site will screen all visitors and perform temperature and symptom screens for all residents. .

Other reported outbreaks include: Willamette Springs Memory Care in Corvallis (10 cases and two deaths since October 26), Stoneybrook Assisted Living (five cases and no deaths since November 9), Waverly Place Assisted Living in Albany (five cases and none deaths since November 9), Mennonite Home in Albany (five cases since November 11) and the Oregon Veterans’ Home in Lebanon (19 cases and one death since November 18).

The Oregon Veterans Home was also the site of an outbreak dated August 10, in which 56 cases were recorded and one death.

Focus on boosters

In a press conference Friday afternoon, Governor Kate Brown and officials from OHSU and the Oregon Health Authority said the focus over the next four weeks will be on ensuring that people the elderly and others at greater risk of omicron transmission receive their booster shots.

“Our focus right now over the next two weeks is to empower the most vulnerable Oregonians,” Brown said on the video call. “We are literally in a race against time. “

Anyone 16 years of age or older is eligible for a booster in Oregon, provided you have completed your vaccine series for six months. Recipients of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine may receive a booster dose after two months.

Epidemic report

Other outbreaks reported in the mid-valley include two workplaces and a daycare center, all in Linn County. There have been 50 cases reported to the Target Distribution Center in Albany since October 21, and Oregon Freeze Dry has reported seven cases to the OHA since November 3.

The daycare center with active cases is at Little People’s Child Care in Albany, with eight cases since November 4.

There are 42 schools in the middle valley with active workloads, which means two or more cases in the past four weeks. There are 25 schools that meet this definition in Linn County, compared to 17 in Benton County.

Linn County schools with active workloads are: Timber Ridge School in Albany (five student cases since December 11), Meadow Ridge Elementary School in Albany (two students since December 9), Oak Elementary in Albany (one student since December 9), Lebanon High School (four students since December 8), Green Acres Elementary in Lebanon (two students and one staff member since December 7), East Linn Christian Academy in Lebanon (two students since December 6), Central Linn Junior / Secondary in Halsey (two students since December 6), Albany Christian School (one student since December 5), Liberty Elementary School in Albany (one student since December 4) , Sunrise Elementary School in Albany (six students and one staff member since December 4, Mari-Linn School in Lyon (five students since December 1), Harrisburg Middle School (one student since November 30), Periwinkle Elementary in Albany (four students since November 30), Memorial Mid dle School in Albany (two students and one staff member since November 30), South Shore Elementary in Albany (three students since November 30), Lacomb School in Lebanon (two students since November 30), Santiam Junior / Senior High School in Mill City (one student since November 30), Central Linn Elementary School (a staff member since November 29), Riverview School in Lebanon (one student since November 28), Cascades Elementary School in Lebanon (two students since November 28), Pioneer School in Lebanon (a student since November 25), Calapooia Middle School in Albany (a student since November 25), Ashbrook Independent School in Corvallis (a staff member since November 24), Scio Middle School (one student since November 24), Central Elementary School in Albany (two students since November 22).

Schools in Benton County with active enrollments are: Cheldelin Middle School in Corvallis (two students since December 10), Alsea Charter School (four students since December 5), Jaguar Elementary School in Corvallis ( four students since December 5), Wildcat Elementary at Corvallis (one student since December 3), Monroe Grade School (two students and one staff member since December 2), North Albany Middle School (two students since December 2) , West Albany High School (three students since December 2). 2), Sweet Home High School (two students since December 2), Scio High School (one student since December 2), Mountainview Elementary School in Corvallis (two students since November 29), Lincoln Elementary School in Corvallis (one student since November 28), Garfield Elementary School in Corvallis (two students since November 27), Linus Pauling Middle School in Corvallis (two students since November 27), South Albany High (one student since November 26), Seven Oak Middle School in Lebanon (three students since November 26), Harrisburg High School (one student since November 26), Crescent Valley High School in Corvallis (one student since November 18).

Editor-in-chief Cody Mann contributed to this report.

Troy Shinn covers health care, natural resources, and Linn County government. He can be reached at 541-812-6114 or at troy.s[email protected] He can be found on Twitter at @troydshinn.


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