JC News by Matt Jarvis

Oregon reports 849 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 11 new deaths
PORTLAND, Ore. — There are 11 new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 1,843 the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. Thursday. Oregon Health Authority reported 849 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. Thursday bringing the state total to 135,973.

Weekly COVID-19 cases decline, deaths surge
OHA’s COVID-19 Weekly Report was released Thursday and showed a slight decline in daily cases and a sharp decline in positive tests. OHA reported 7,860 new daily cases during the week of Monday, Jan. 11 through Sunday, Jan. 17, a 4% decrease from the previous week. There were 332 persons hospitalized for COVID-19. COVID-19 related deaths surged to 195, the highest weekly toll to date, following a previous pandemic high from the prior week. There were 129,723 tests for COVID-19 for the week of Jan. 10 through Jan. 16. The percentage of positive tests dropped to 5.9%. People age 20 to 49 have accounted for 54% of COVID-19 cases, while people 70 and older have accounted for 77% of deaths associated with the virus. Today’s COVID-19 outbreak report shows 208 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.

Vaccinations in Oregon
Thursday, OHA reported that 14,951 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 8,699 vaccine doses were administered on Jan. 20 and 6,252 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on Jan. 20. 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). Oregon has now administered a cumulative total of 253,711 first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccines. All vaccinations were administered by Oregon hospitals, long-term care facilities, emergency medical service (EMS) agencies, urgent care facilities and Local Public Health Authorities (LPHAs). To date, 479,325 doses of vaccine 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 Vaccine Advisory Committee narrows recommendation, plans further discussion
PORTLAND, ORE. – Oregon’s 27-member COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Committee (VAC) met for its third official business meeting on Jan. 21 and discussed how to sequence populations in a way that centers on those most likely to experience both health inequities and the worst effects of COVID-19. The committee agreed that data shows disproportionate impacts on communities of color, especially Black, African American, Latino/a/x, Pacific Islander, and Indigenous, Tribal and urban-based Native populations, along with people managing chronic health conditions. Due to structural racism and inadequate access to culturally and linguistically responsive health care, communities of color experience higher rates of chronic health conditions, which may go undiagnosed. VAC discussion centered on whether to consider communities of color and people with chronic medical conditions in sequential order or to start with people who meet multiple criteria. Kalani Raphael, M.D., Oregon Pacific Islander Coalition, stated, “Chronic health conditions are more common in minority communities. [Starting with chronic conditions] targets the most vulnerable people within our communities and it is one approach to this very, very complicated problem.” Kelly Gonzales, Ph.D., representing Oregon Health & Science University, Portland State University and the urban Native community stated, “I don’t agree with removing BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) as the first priority. I think it whitewashes the structural racism and systemic racism that we are trying to center. By centering on BIPOC people and then including chronic conditions, there is an overlap there.” Other considerations included focusing on migrant and seasonal farm workers due to the upcoming agricultural season, the need to keep categories broad enough so that vaccine doses aren’t wasted — especially in rural areas — and the reality that Oregon doesn’t anticipate enough vaccines to immunize all recommended groups in a short time frame. At its Jan. 28 meeting, the VAC is expected to make a final recommendation, aided by analysis from Oregon Health Authority, on implementation and allocation scenarios. The next optional information session will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 26, from 5:30-6:30 p.m., and the next formal VAC meeting will be held on Thursday, Jan. 28, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Vaccinations in Oregon
So far, 238,759 doses of vaccines have been administered in Phase 1a, which includes health care workers, residents and staff in long-term care facilities, group homes and home care for people with disabilities. Gov. Kate Brown has confirmed that teachers and education staff, as well as adults 65 and older (phased by age group) will be prioritized in Phase 1b. OHA is providing daily updates on administered doses of COVID-19 vaccines in Oregon on its vaccination data dashboard. The dashboard provides weekday updates on the number of people vaccinated, both by state and by county, along with key demographic information showing the race, ethnicity, sex and age of everyone who has been vaccinated.

COVID-19 hospitalizations
The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 329, which is seven fewer than Wednesday. There are 87 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is three fewer than Wednesday. 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.

Pediatric Report released
Thursday, OHA issued a report analyzing the case data of pediatric COVID-19 cases in Oregon since the beginning of the pandemic. As of Jan. 5, there had been 119,488 confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 in Oregon. Pediatric patients — defined as people under 18 years old — accounted for 13,328, or 11.2%, of the total cases. There had been seven cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C). There was a dramatic rise in daily COVID-19 pediatric cases in late October and mid-November with cases levelling out somewhat by the end of 2020. The report indicates that while pediatric case counts have increased, pediatric patients remain far less likely than adults to develop severe cases of COVID-19. Only 0.9% of pediatric patients have been hospitalized at some point during their COVID-19 illness. Comparatively, 6.2% of adults with COVID-19 have been hospitalized.

COVID-19 Cases & Deaths
The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported Thursday are in the following counties: Baker (4), Benton (24), Clackamas (71), Clatsop (7), Columbia (1), Coos (10), Crook (2), Deschutes (32), Douglas (22), Gilliam (1), Harney (1), Hood River (8), Jackson (42), Jefferson (6), Josephine (21), Klamath (18), Lake (1), Lane (97), Lincoln (11), Linn (23), Malheur (18), Marion (87), Morrow (11), Multnomah (123), Polk (18), Tillamook (1), Umatilla (35), Union (6), Wallowa (1), Wasco (11), Washington (110), Yamhill (26). (Age range: 52-100) Oregon’s 1,833rd COVID-19 death is a 78-year-old woman in Clackamas County who tested positive on Jan. 6 and died on Jan. 14 at her residence. She had underlying conditions. Oregon’s 1,834th COVID-19 death is a 94-year-old woman in Jackson County who died on Dec. 28 at her residence. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. She had underlying conditions. Oregon’s 1,835th COVID-19 death is a 90-year-old man in Jackson County who died on Jan. 3 at his residence. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. He had underlying conditions. Oregon’s 1,836th COVID-19 death is a 79-year-old woman in Jackson County who tested positive on Dec. 26 and died on Jan. 17 at her residence. She had underlying conditions. Oregon’s 1,837th COVID-19 death is a 77-year-old man in Jackson County who tested positive on Dec. 28 and died on Dec. 31 at his residence. He had underlying conditions. Oregon’s 1,838th COVID-19 death is a 100-year-old woman in Jackson County who tested positive on Dec. 22 and died on Jan. 10 at her residence. She had underlying conditions. Oregon’s 1,839th COVID-19 death is a 90-year-old woman in Lane County who tested positive on Dec. 21 and died on Jan. 17 at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center—Riverbend. She had underlying conditions.  Oregon’s 1,840th COVID-19 death is a 69-year-old man in Lane County who tested positive on Dec. 9 and died on Jan. 17 at McKenzie Willamette Medical Center. He had underlying conditions. Oregon’s 1,841st COVID-19 death is a 65-year-old man in Lane County who tested positive on Dec. 6 and died on Jan. 20 at Oregon Health Science University. He had underlying conditions. Oregon’s 1,842nd COVID-19 death is a 52-year-old woman in Washington County who tested positive on Jan. 3 and died on Jan. 6 at Hillsboro Medical Center. She had underlying conditions. Oregon’s 1,843rd COVID-19 death is a 66-year-old woman in Yamhill County who tested positive on Jan. 6 and died on Jan. 17 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Coos Co. COVID-19 Cases
CHW release – COVID-19 Cases 1/21/21 – Confirmed Cases (Positive test) 788; Presumptive Cases 174; Total Cases (+10 since 1/20/21) 962; Active Cases 113; Hospitalizations (current) 4; Hospitalizations (total) 49; Deaths 15.

COVID-19 Related Scams
News Release from Umpqua Bank – Since the onset of the pandemic, criminals have used tactics like identity theft and social engineering to defraud government and healthcare programs and illegally cash in—and the new year has brought some new material for them to keep up their scams. COVID-19 vaccines. New PPP loans. Expanded government assistance. All are positive developments toward addressing the pandemic’s impact, but they also afford opportunities for criminals to fraudulently exploit. The Threats Continue – On December 21, federal agencies alerted the public regarding the high potential for fraud during the pandemic, especially now that a vaccine is available. Meanwhile, fraudsters are continuing their global phishing and spoofing campaigns, baiting victims with bogus promises of COVID-19 testing, grants, and prescription cards in exchange for personally identifiable information (PII). “Given the impact COVID-19 has had on all of our lives, it’s no surprise that fraudsters are using it to target peoples’ money and sensitive information,” says Kathryn Albright, Global Payments & Deposits Executive with Umpqua Bank. “But if you know what kinds of red flags to be aware of right now, it can really help protect your business, and you personally, in the long-run.” Beware of These Scams – Recorded phone calls (“Robocalls”) offering the chance to avoid lines and get vaccinated sooner for a set price (e.g., $79.99).  Advertisements and price gouging for the sale of fake or potentially dangerous (and unapproved, illegitimate) COVID-19 “medicine” or treatments. Solicitations, whether in person or via text, email, or phone, asking you to provide account information (financial or medical), click an unfamiliar or unexpected link, or visit an unfamiliar webpage in order to “sign up” for treatment. Bogus “contact tracers” who reach out to unsuspecting victims and ask for PII (e.g., Medicare number or financial information) or attempt to collect payment for scheduling a test. Legitimate contact tracers don’t need such information or payment. Tips to Note – According to the AARP, the key points federal officials want the public to understand when it comes to preventing such scams are: Go to a trusted source for vaccine information (e.g., your doctor or local health department). Don’t buy a vaccine or treatment off the Internet. The vaccine is provided at no cost, although providers may charge a fee for administration (that can be reimbursed). Ignore any solicitations about the vaccine that are delivered to you via text message, social media, phone call, email, or in person, because health officials are not contacting eligible people using these methods. Don’t give money or any type of PII to an unexpected or unfamiliar party contacting you about COVID-19, because fraudsters can use such information to defraud healthcare organizations and commit identity theft. Remain Vigilant – For additional information regarding the COVID-19 response and updated vaccine distribution details, visit trusted sites like CDC.gov and the FDA vaccine web page periodically—and exercise caution regarding unexpected or unfamiliar communications on the topic. If You See Something, Say Something – “Fraudsters are adapting fast, and even the smallest amount of fraud can quickly become a scam epidemic,” says Albright. “Try to stay ahead of the fraud game and always keep a healthy skepticism; hyper-vigilance is necessary, even regarding an unexpected opportunity for COVID-19 treatment, as it’s often said, ’If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.’”  Contact your local law enforcement agencies if you think you’ve received fraudulent communication regarding COVID-19 treatment. If you suspect that your Umpqua Bank account has been compromised, contact our Customer Resource Center at (866) 486-7782 as soon as possible for assistance.

Business News Around the State
Oregon Employment Dept. weekly release – WinCo Foods will open a store in Bend that will employ about 200 people. Elkhorn Boot and Shoe Repair in Baker City will close. Gaetano’s Market & Deli will open in Astoria. The deli will offer homemade pastas, sauces, sausages, lasagnas, salads, sandwiches, meats, cheeses, and breads. The market portion will offer beer, wine, and gourmet groceries. Back Forty Beverage – a contract brewing, distilling and packaging facility, opened in Clackamas. Breakside Brewery plans to open taprooms in Beaverton, Lake Oswego, and southeast Portland. F.V. Martin Trucking in White City has 20 openings for truck drivers. Community Fermentation Union, a brewpub, will open in Eugene.

Author seeks help with mystery at NBPL
This January the North Bend Public Library will host mystery author Ellie Alexander, who will write a mystery story with the help of local residents. Alexander, an Ashland resident, is the author of several mystery novels, including the Sloan Krause series and the Bakeshop mysteries. The Bakeshop mysteries take place in Ashland, while the Sloan Krause mysteries are set in a beerhouse in Leavenworth, Washington. Alexander is known for using local settings to inform her stories. She also enjoys engaging with her readers, and during the early months of the COVID quarantine she crowdsourced a mystery with readers who followed her social media accounts. With the help of readers here on the South Coast, Alexander will write a story based in North Bend, culminating in a Zoom session to piece the story together. This session will be at 1 pm on Saturday, January 23rd. Interested readers are invited to watch the North Bend Library website and Facebook page for more details in January. For more information about this and other library programs, please contact the North Bend Public Library at 541-756-0400 or see our website at northbendoregon.us/library.

Western Oregon On-Line This Spring
MONMOUTH, Ore. – Western Oregon University (WOU) has announced that spring term classes at both the Monmouth campus and WOU:Salem will continue as mostly online, in an effort to “Embrace the Now.” As with fall and winter terms, only a small number of arts and science lab-based courses will be offered in person, while following social distancing protocols. “We had hoped to be able to offer more in-person classes for spring, but the COVID-19 metrics and current safety protocols have led us to this decision,” said WOU President Rex Fuller.  Spring term begins March 29, 2021. This decision was announced now to provide students ample time to make decisions about spring term courses and seek advising support before class registration opens in February. The course delivery method does not impact tuition as tuition is billed at the same rate per credit for all class formats.
The university anticipates announcing what Commencement will look like on the first day of spring term. Currently, there is a survey open for students to offer input on several Commencement models. Spring sports (baseball, softball, track) are expected to be allowed starting next month, pending any changes from the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. Details about whether spectators will be allowed are being determined.

A 2.9-magnitude earthquake shook the outer fault of the two that run parallel with the Oregon Coast Thursday, Jan. 21. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake was located west of Bandon and at a depth of six-miles.

Maybe Flood Insurance?
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services release – Salem – Last week’s flash flooding is a severe reminder to consider flood insurance, especially in wildfire damaged areas. Flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States. Just one inch of water can cause more than $25,000 in damage to your home. The Labor Day wildfires left much of the Willamette Valley and southern Oregon prone to flash flooding after the fires burned up the vegetation that absorbs rainwater and holds soil in place. A typical homeowners or renters policy does not cover flood damage. Oregonians can purchase coverage through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and a few private insurers. There is a 30-day waiting period. “Our hearts go out to all of the Oregonians affected by the recent storms, and we are urging everyone in or near wildfire damaged areas to consider buying flood insurance,” said Oregon Insurance Commissioner and Department of Consumer and Business Services Director, Andrew Stolfi. “Unfortunately, it will take years for the vegetation to recover from these wildfires, making these areas prone to flash flooding for the foreseeable future.” All Oregonians, especially those who live in or near wildfire damaged areas, are encouraged to visit floodsmart.gov or contact their insurance agent to ask about flood insurance.

Seeking Burglary Suspects, Stolen Tools
On January 21, 2021 at 8:30 a.m., the Lane County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a burglary and vehicle theft at R and D Propane in Goshen. Investigation indicates that shortly before 7:00 a.m. this morning, a dark colored Ford truck and at least two people arrived at R and D Propane in Goshen. One of the suspects then entered the fenced area of the business and got into a white R and D Propane work truck with a crane attachment. The first suspect left the area in the dark colored Ford truck and the second suspect left the area in the R and D Propane truck with the crane. The stolen R and D Propane truck was located off Howe Lane in Creswell shortly thereafter. The crane was missing as well as some property from the truck. The Lane County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information about this incident, the location of the crane (similar crane pictured), or the identity of the suspects to call 541-682-4150 then press 1 and refer to case # 21-0405.

Hwy. 140W Fatal
On Thursday, January 21, 2021 at approximately 8:05 A.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle collision on Hwy 140W near milepost 43. Preliminary investigation revealed that a Hyundai Santa Fe, operated by KC Brock (36) of Central Point, was eastbound attempting to pass a truck and trailer, in a no passing zone, and struck a westbound Dodge Dakota operated by Charles Lundy (53) of Klamath Falls. Brock sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Kevin Morris (27) of Central Point, passenger in Hyundai Santa Fe, was transported by air ambulance to the hospital with injuries. Lundy and his passenger, Betty Bishop (59) of Medford, both sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased.

According to an entry on the CBPD log for Jan. 20, 2:58 a.m., 705 So. Empire Blvd., Lighthouse Deli & Grocery, “burglary to business as result of alarm activation.”

According to an entry on the CBPD log for Jan. 20, 8:30 a.m., 1000 block Seagate Ave., “burglary.”

According to an entry on the CBPD log for Jan. 20, 8:32 a.m., John Topits Park, Upper Empire Lake, “out with public works at location,” 40-year old Joseph H. Kimball charged with FTA PM Contempt of Court/Punitive.

According to an entry on the CBPD log for Jan. 20, 1:22 p.m., Visitor Information Center & Boardwalk, 31-year old Latisha Karen Nealeigh cited in lieu of custody on a CBPD warrant charging Criminal Mischief III.

Probation Violation
According to an entry on the CBPD log for Jan. 20, 1:44 p.m., 1000 block Anderson Ave., 43-year old Paul Eugene Thomas charged with Probation Violation for Coos Co. P&P, “transported to CCJ and lodged.”

According to an entry on the CBPD log for Jan. 20, 3:18 p.m., No. Cammann & Schetter, 25-year old Tyler Vrell “cited in lieu of custody on a NBPD warrant for Probation Violation,” original charge of two-counts of Failure to Appear 1st Degree.

Criminal Trespass
According to an entry on the CBPD log for Jan. 20, 9:06 p.m., 1200 block Ocean Blvd., 44-year old Robert Audley Frost III charged with Criminal Trespass II, “Frost cited in lieu of custody.”

According to an entry on the CBPD log for Jan. 20, 10:44 p.m., 1400 block Pennsylvania Ave., “warrant service result of suspicious vehicle,” 28-year old Tylor Thomas Camacho-Bravo “cited in lieu of custody on a Coos County SO warrant charging Harassment.”

According to an entry on the CQPD log for Jan. 20, 1:47 p.m., 1200 block Shelly Road, 36-year old Adam James Brunner arrested on CCSO warrant charging Tampering with a Witness, Criminal Conspiracy Bribing a Witness.

Overcast skies in the forecast for the South Oregon Coast today. Highs in the low 50s and winds out of the North to Northeast at 10-15 mph. Some clouds early tonight, but giving way to clear conditions overnight with lows in the lower 30s. Mostly sunny on Saturday, rain on Sunday.




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Oregon State will play Oregon in a Pac-12 men’s basketball game Saturday, 7:30 p.m., at the Matthew Knight Arena, Eugene, on the Pac-12 Networks.

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Oregon is scheduled to host Washington State Friday, 5 p.m., and Washington Sunday, 2 p.m., in a pair of Pac-12 women’s basketball games at the Matthew Knight Arena, Eugene, Pac-12 Networks. Oregon State’s home game with Washington Friday has been postponed. The Beavers are scheduled to host Washington State on Sunday, 2 p.m., Pac-12 Networks.