JC News by Matt Jarvis

Oregon reports 10,034 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 8 new deaths
PORTLAND, Ore. — There are eight new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 5,916, Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reported at 12:01 a.m. Thursday. Oregon Health Authority reported 10,034 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. Thursday, bringing the state total to 559,960.

COVID-19 weekly cases rise, hospitalizations and deaths decline
OHA’s COVID-19 Weekly Report released Thursday shows an increase in daily cases and a drop in hospitalizations and deaths. OHA reported 52,337 new cases of COVID-19 during the week of Monday, Jan. 10, through Sunday, Jan. 16. That is an 11% increase from the previous week and another weekly high for the pandemic. There were 320,710 tests for COVID-19 for the week of Jan. 9 through Jan. 15, a 24% increase over the previous week and a new weekly high. The percentage of positive tests rose to 22%, up from 21% last week. There were 441 new COVID-19 hospitalizations, down from 486 last week. There were 83 reported COVID-19-related deaths, down from the 113 reported the previous week. Today’s COVID-19 Weekly Outbreak Report shows 210 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.

OHA releases new COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough report
OHA’s most recent update on COVID-19 breakthrough cases, released Thursday, reported 55,612 cases of COVID-19 during the week of Jan. 9 to Jan.15. Of those cases, 45,042, or 81%, were unvaccinated people and 10,570, or 19%, were vaccine breakthrough cases. The average age of the breakthrough cases during that period was 38. Fifty-three breakthrough cases involved residents of care facilities, senior living communities or other congregate care settings. There were 958 cases in people aged 12 to 17. To date, there have been 88,293 COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough cases in Oregon. The average age of all cases is 42. Breakthrough cases have been reported in all 36 counties. Cases of COVID-19 are far more common in unvaccinated people. The report shows that the rate of COVID-19 in unvaccinated people is more than five times higher than in vaccinated people. To date, 3.2% of all vaccine breakthrough cases have been hospitalized and 0.8% have died. The average age of vaccinated people who have died is 81. Vaccination remains the most effective tool to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Oregonians are encouraged to get vaccinated and, if eligible, to get a booster shot.

Pediatric cases update
COVID-19 cases continue to be high among children ages 0 to 17 with the spread of the highly contagious Omicron variant, according to the latest weekly dashboard report of pediatric COVID-19 case data in Oregon.

Pediatric dashboard and Weekly Data Report update
In the face of rapidly rising Omicron cases, public health authorities are focused on responding to outbreaks in high-risk settings and no longer required to interview individual cases and conduct contact tracing. With the transition to an opt-in model of case investigation, data on timely public health follow-up (percentage of COVID-19 cases where public health initiated follow-up within 24 hours) and the percentage of COVID-19 cases traced to a known source (cases with an epidemiologic link other than sporadic) will not be collected in the same way moving forward. As a result, we will no longer be reporting on these metrics and have updated the following reports to reflect this change.  The Epidemiologic Link visualization in the Pediatric Dashboard has been removed. In the Weekly Data Report, the Epidemiologic Link, Interview and Follow-up sections have been removed as well.

More Oregonians receive COVID-19 booster doses
Oregon continues to move closer to meeting Gov. Kate Brown’s goal, announced Dec. 17, of getting 1 million more people in the state a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of January. When the challenge began, 949,749 people had received a booster dose. Since then, 415,696 Oregonians have received a booster. As of today, Oregon needs 584,304 people to get a booster to reach the goal and make our state safer from the Omicron variant. Find a booster here.

COVID-19 Hospitalizations
The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 981, which is 60 more than Wednesday. There are 142 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is eight more than Wednesday. There are 45 available adult ICU beds out of 648 total (7% availability) and 251 available adult non-ICU beds out of 4,146 (6% availability). 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. Note: Please do not visit an emergency department for COVID-19 testing, unless you require emergency care for your symptoms. Emergency departments in Oregon are under significant strain. You can find a test here. If you have a medical condition that doesn’t require emergency care, contact your provider. An urgent care center may also help you get the care you need and will save emergency departments from added strain.

Vaccinations in Oregon
Thursday, OHA reported that 18,244 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry on Jan. 19. Of that total, 1,398 were initial doses, 941 were second doses and 5,509 were third doses and booster doses. The remaining 7,950 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry Jan. 19. The seven-day running average is now 14,865 doses per day. Oregon has now administered 3,974,479 doses of Pfizer Comirnaty, 197,799 doses of Pfizer pediatric, 2,616,235 doses of Moderna and 262,498 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. As of today, 3,103,690 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 2,809,173 people have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series. These data are preliminary and subject to change. Updated vaccination data are provided on Oregon’s COVID-19 data dashboards and have been updated Thursday.

COVID-19 Cases
The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported Thursday are in the following counties: Baker (25), Benton (278), Clackamas (776), Clatsop (79), Columbia (107), Coos (142), Crook (45), Curry (38), Deschutes (675), Douglas (204), Grant (65), Harney (4), Hood River (52), Jackson (508), Jefferson (128), Josephine (157), Klamath (146), Lake (4), Lane (747), Lincoln (169), Linn (575), Malheur (143), Marion (1,073), Morrow (50), Multnomah (1,434), Polk (226), Sherman (3), Tillamook (54), Umatilla (288), Union (61), Wallowa (13), Wasco (65), Washington (1,400), Wheeler (7) and Yamhill (293).

The Oregon Coast Trail
OPRD release – The public is invited to learn about plans to close gaps along the Oregon Coast Trail (OCT). Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is hosting an online open house and webinar for people to learn about the Oregon Coast Trail Action Plan that aims to improve safety, access and convenience for all trail users, with an emphasis on connecting trail gaps. Visit the open house at bit.ly/OCTOpenHouse1 any time through Feb. 11 to view a presentation about the project and provide feedback. The project team will also host a live webinar on Zoom from 12 – 1 p.m. Jan. 26 via bit.ly/OCT-Webinar1, or access the meeting by calling in: Dial: (253) 215-8782; Meeting: 992 0765 9206; Password: 12622. The OCT stretches along the entire 362-mile coastline, from the border to border, offering hikers spectacular coastal vistas, lush forests and recreation opportunities for day hikers and long-distance hikers alike. Most of the trail is on sandy beaches, with sections of overland trail across headlands, forests, rivers and through some of the coast’s 28 cities. About 10 percent of the trail is disconnected, inconvenient, unsafe or inaccessible — mainly where the route requires people to hike on the shoulder of U.S. 101 or where it follows county roads and local streets. OPRD is leading the planning effort to close these gaps in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Association of Oregon Counties (AOC) and Oregon Solutions. The plan will identify gaps in the hiking experience and determine actions and funding needed to improve and maintain the trail over time. The OCT was approved in 1971 by the Oregon Recreation Trails Advisory Council and developed and managed by OPRD as part of the state park system of Oregon. OPRD manages most of the trail; some sections are managed by the US Forest Service, Oregon Department of Transportation and cities through which the trail passes. Individuals who require special accommodations to view the webinar or open house should contact Paul Reilly at paul.reilly@oprd.oregon.gov or 541-272-7394.

Oregon’s bridges get a boost in funding, but the needs outweigh the money
ODOT release – SALEM — This year’s report is clear: ODOT needs a continuous, stable funding source to maintain and upgrade our bridges in the coming decades. Although a substantial amount of money has been added to ODOT’s budget with the recent infusion of federal and state funds, we still fall short of meeting all the needs that have been delayed. The current annual report, which ranks bridges from poor to good, shows a decline in bridge conditions for the tenth straight year. In the last two years, 53 bridges had declining overall condition ratings versus 25 bridges with improved condition ratings. As Oregon bridges continue to age, ODOT had reduced the number of bridges that are in poor condition, but the number of bridges in good condition is also declining each year. As a result, the number of bridges in fair condition continues to increase. Unsustainable Fix-It Route Strategy – In the past, ODOT has used the Fix-It Route strategy — a strategy that repairs or replaces bridges along critical corridors. However, this is not a sustainable long term strategy. There continue to be many significant needs that are not on Fix-It Routes, but are still vital to individuals and businesses. The reality is that most of the state’s 2,766 bridges were all designed and built decades ago when the population of people and cars was far lower. These aging bridges are now at or exceeding their life expectancy. ODOT replaces a small number of bridges each year and provides short term improvements on existing bridges. As bridge conditions continue to deteriorate, the risk of bridge load restrictions and closures will increase. Upcoming Bridge Load Restrictions – Our current highway bill, Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, made it legal for very large, multiple-axle emergency vehicles to travel on the interstate system to respond to events such as wildland fires and other natural disasters. To ensure that our aging bridges can accommodate these heavy vehicles, the Federal Highway Administration mandated that all states must load rate all bridges within one mile of interstate routes and post load restrictions if necessary. ODOT identified 84 bridges that meet this criteria and will require load restrictions for very heavy emergency vehicles. ODOT’s Seismic Program Making Progress – The good news is that ODOT is making steady progress on our seismic resilience projects. As of September 2021, we addressed all vulnerable bridges on the northern half of U.S. 97 and the southern half is ready to begin construction. We are also making progress on seismic upgrades to our southern Oregon bridges. This effort is divided into four projects. This effort is divided into four projects. The first project is complete and the second project is in construction. We are designing the other two. The I-205 Improvement Project will address the seismic vulnerability of nine bridges by either retrofitting or replacing them based on a cost/benefit analysis. The Abernethy Bridge will be retrofitted and afterwards will be the first major river crossing in Oregon expected to remain operational after a major seismic event. In the future, there will be more opportunities to apply for additional funds from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act discretionary grants to make major improvements to Oregon’s bridges which contribute toward a thriving economy. To learn more about the condition of Oregon’s bridges, read our 2021 Bridge Conditions Report on our Bridge Section website.

Hwy. 97 Fatal, Deschutes Co.
On Wednesday, January 19, 2022, at approximately 9:30 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a vehicle versus pedestrian crash on Hwy 97 near milepost 129. Preliminary investigation revealed a pedestrian, identified as Anthony Manuel Hernandez (40) of Madras, was walking in the lanes of travel when he was struck by a southbound black Mercedes GI5, operated by Howard Dietrich (45) of Portland. Hernandez had run out of fuel and was walking back to his vehicle at the time of the crash. Hernandez sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Hwy. 20 Fatal, Linn Co.
On Wednesday, January 19, 2022, at approximately 4:18 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single motor vehicle crash on Hwy 20 near milepost 34. Preliminary investigation revealed an eastbound white 2004 Chevrolet Silverado, operated by Jasper June Keeney (18) of Sweet Home, lost control while negotiating a curve and rolled into the eastbound ditch, coming to rest on its top. Keeney suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on scene. Highway 20 was closed for 4.5 hours following the crash.

Burglar Arrested
CBPD release – On 01/20/2022, at approximately 4:05 a.m., officers from the Coos Bay Police Department responded to the Coos Elderly Services building located at 390 S. 2nd St. after it was reported that the business had been burglarized and the suspect was still near the location. As officers arrived on scene, they found 41-year-old Lawrence Martinez leaving the location pushing a shopping cart with property in it. During the course of the subsequent investigation, officers discovered that the business had been burglarized and the property in the shopping cart, including personal information and property of Coos Elderly Services clients was stolen during the burglary. Martinez was arrested and transported to the Coos County Jail where he was lodged for Burglary II, Theft II, Criminal Mischief II and Identity Theft.

Warrant Arrest Leads to Identity Theft Charges
CBPD release – On 01/19/2022, at approximately 1121hrs, an officer from the Coos Bay Police Department located and arrested 34-year-old Antonio Alamilla-Mejia for outstanding warrants he had for his arrest. As he was being taken into custody, it was discovered that he was in possession of numerous credit, bank, and other cards and property that did not belong to him. Ultimately, Alamilla-Mejia was transported to the Coos County Jail where he was lodged for the warrants and 14 counts of Identity Theft.

Possible Burglary
According to an entry on the NBPD log for Jan. 19, 11:58 a.m., 1800 block Meade Ave., NBP served CBPD warrant on 36-year old Levi Johnson charging Probation Violation on Unlawful Possession of Meth, NBPD warrant charging Probation Violation on Attempt to Commit A Class C Unclassified Felony – Theft I, Additional charge of Burglary II, “Johnson lodged CCJ.”

According to an entry on the CBPD log for Jan. 19, 11:18 a.m., 100 block So. Empire Blvd., “suspicious subject attempted to take packages from porch, request he be trespassed. Officers contacted suspect, served valid CBPD warrant” on 34-year old Antonio Alamilla Mejia, Coos Bay, charging Criminal Mischief II, Disorderly Conduct II, Offensive Littering & FTA on Criminal Citation, “subject transported to CCJ on separate charges ID Theft X14.

According to an entry on the CBPD log for Jan. 19, 3:53 p.m., 2100 block Southwest Blvd., “burglary to residence.”

According to an entry on the CBPD log for Jan. 19, 7:49 p.m., E. Anderson & So. Bayshore Dr., “warrant service result of patrol check,” 68-year old Terry Lee Handsaker arrested on Douglas Co. warrant charging FTA on DWS or Revoked.

Sunshine with a few clouds along the South Oregon Coast. Highs in the low 50s and winds out of the Northeast at5-10 mph. Some clouds tonight with lows in the mid to upper 30s and winds light and variable. Sunny on Saturday with highs in the low 60s.




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Marshfield’s basketball teams are scheduled to play at Marist Catholic in Eugene Friday. The varsity boys play at 5:45 p.m., followed by the varsity girls at 7:15 p.m. Both games will be broadcast live on FM 105.1, KMHS and streamed at www.kmhsonline.com

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North Bend’s basketball teams are scheduled to host Thurston Friday. Varsity girls at 5:15 p.m., followed by the varsity boys at 7 p.m.

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Marshfield’s wrestling team hosts the Bay Area Duals on Friday and Saturday in the Pirate Palace, Coos Bay.

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Marshfield’s swim team has a home meet scheduled for Friday, 3:30 p.m., Mingus Park Pool in Coos Bay.

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CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State’s Dashawn Davis scored a career-high 17 points and added eight assists in an 82-72 loss to Washington on Thursday evening at Gill Coliseum, Corvallis in a Pac-12 men’s basketball game.

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Oregon’s men are scheduled to play Washington Sunday, 7 p.m., in a Pac-12 basketball game at Seattle, FS1.

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Oregon’s women are scheduled to play Washington Saturday, 7 p.m., in a Pac-12 basketball game at Seattle and broadcast on Pac-12 Oregon. Oregon State’s women are scheduled to play UW in Seattle on Sunday, noon, Pac-12 Oregon.