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Coronavirus in Oregon: 877 new cases, 22 deaths as state gears up to vaccinate teachers – OregonLive

Oregon reported 877 new coronavirus cases and 22 deaths Friday as the governor defended her decision to prioritize vaccinating educators ahead of seniors.

Oregon’s 150,000 or so daycare, preschool and K-12 workers will be eligible for a shot starting Monday. Oregonians 80 and older will be eligible starting Feb. 8.

But being allowed to get a shot doesn’t mean immediate access.

Portland’s largest vaccination site, at the Oregon Convention Center, won’t be getting to educators until Wednesday, a Legacy Health spokesman said, because each of the 4,000 slots that were available Monday and Tuesday have already been booked by people in other priority groups.

“We can only vaccinate so many people at a time,” Brian Terrett said.

The convention center vaccination site will be run by Portland’s four biggest health systems — Legacy, Oregon Health & Science University, Providence and Kaiser Permanente — and will be operational for six to nine months, the health systems said in a news release Friday.

The convention center clinic has vaccinated 1,365 people this week and plans to vaccinate another 2,400 Saturday. On Monday and Tuesday, about 4,000 people with special needs and their caregivers will get vaccinated. On Wednesday, the clinic will shift to educators.

But, as usual, nothing is set in stone.

“Please note that there are rapid changes based on the direction of Gov. Brown and the Oregon Health Authority,” the health systems said.

Where the new cases are by county: Baker (1), Benton (24), Clackamas (71), Clatsop (8), Columbia (15), Coos (10), Crook (14), Curry (1), Deschutes (28), Douglas (18), Grant (4), Hood River (5), Jackson (33), Jefferson (9), Josephine (15), Klamath (17), Lake (3), Lane (90), Lincoln (5), Linn (9), Malheur (11), Marion (101), Morrow (7), Multnomah (136), Polk (24), Umatilla (52), Union (9), Wallowa (1), Wasco (3), Washington (138) and Yamhill (15).

Deaths: Oregon’s 1,844th death connected to the coronavirus is an 89-year-old Clackamas County man who tested positive Jan. 1 and died Jan. 20 at Portland VA Medical Center.

Oregon’s 1,845th death is a 90-year-old Clackamas County woman who tested positive Jan. 4 and died Jan. 8 at her residence.

Oregon’s 1,846th death is an 87-year-old Deschutes County man who tested positive Dec. 31 and died Jan. 12 at his residence.

Oregon’s 1,847th death is a 46-year-old Harney County man who tested positive Jan. 5 and died Jan. 20 at his residence.

Oregon’s 1,848th death is a 56-year-old Harney County man who tested positive Jan. 4 and died Jan. 20 at St. Luke’s Meridian Medical Center.

Oregon’s 1,849th death is an 87-year-old Jackson County woman who died Jan. 4 at her residence. The death certificate listed COVID-19 as a cause or a significant condition contributing to her death.

Oregon’s 1,850th death is a 73-year-old Jackson County man who tested positive Jan. 4 and died Jan. 1 at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center.

Oregon’s 1,851st death is a 67-year-old Jackson County woman who tested positive Dec. 30 and died Jan. 18 at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center.

Oregon’s 1,852nd death is an 82-year-old Jackson County woman who tested positive Dec. 15 and died Jan. 11 at her residence.

Oregon’s 1,853rd death is a 69-year-old Jackson County man who tested positive Dec. 2 and died Jan. 19 at Rogue Valley Medical Center.

Oregon’s 1,854th death is an 80-year-old Klamath County woman who tested positive Dec. 8 and died Jan. 19 at her residence.

Oregon’s 1,855th death is an 80-year-old Klamath County man who tested positive Jan. 10 and died Jan. 20 at Sky Lakes Medical Center.

Oregon’s 1,856th death is an 84-year-old Josephine County man who tested positive Jan. 10 and died Jan. 11 at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center.

Oregon’s 1,857th death is an 80-year-old Multnomah County man who tested positive Dec. 12 and died Jan. 16 at Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center.

Oregon’s 1,858th death is a 70-year-old Umatilla County man who tested positive Jan. 4 and died Jan. 20 at Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center.

Oregon’s 1,859th death is a 73-year-old Washington County man who tested positive Dec. 9 and died Dec. 20 at Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center.

Oregon’s 1,860th death is an 81-year-old Washington County woman who tested positive Dec. 28 and died Jan. 12 at OHSU Health Hillsboro Medical Center.

Oregon’s 1,861st death is a 61-year-old Union County man who tested positive Dec. 21 and died Jan. 15 at St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center.

Oregon’s 1,862nd death is a 60-year-old Marion County woman who tested positive on Nov. 29 and died Dec. 26 at Salem Hospital.

Oregon’s 1,863rd death is a 68-year-old Marion County man who tested positive Dec. 17 and died Jan. 20 at Salem Hospital.

Oregon’s 1,864th death is a 61-year-old Marion County woman who tested positive Dec. 22 and died Jan. 10 at Kaiser Permanente Westside Medical Center.

Oregon’s 1,865th death is a 57-year-old Marion County man who tested positive Dec. 17 and died Jan. 21 at Salem Hospital.

Each person had underlying health conditions or state officials were working to determine if the person had underlying medical conditions.

Additionally, the deaths of two inmates in Oregon Department of Corrections prison facilities were announced Friday and were not reflected in the state’s tally:

A man between the ages of 70 and 80 who was housed at Two Rivers Correctional Facility in Umatilla County who tested positive for COVID-19 and died at the prison Jan. 21.

A man between the ages of 55 and 65 who was housed at the Oregon State Penitentiary in Marion County who tested positive for COVID-19 and died at a local hospital Jan. 22.

The prevalence of infections: On Friday, the state reported 1,048 new positive tests out of 20,460 tests performed, equaling a 5.1% positivity rate.

Who got infected: New confirmed or presumed infections grew among the following age groups: 0-9 (29); 10-19 (114); 20-29 (206); 30-39 (123); 40-49 (119); 50-59 (110); 60-69 (78); 70-79 (48); 80 and older (35).

Who’s in the hospital: The state reported 317 Oregonians with confirmed coronavirus infections were in the hospital Friday, 12 fewer than Thursday. Of those, 79 coronavirus patients were in intensive care units, eight fewer than Thursday.

Vaccines: As of Friday, 34,902 Oregonians have been fully vaccinated, and another 196,698 have been partially vaccinated. On average, about 12,470 shots have been administered each day over the last week.

Since it began: Oregon has reported 136,839 confirmed or presumed infections and 1,865 deaths, among the lowest totals in the nation. To date, the state has reported 3,043,792 lab reports from tests.

— Fedor Zarkhin; fzarkhin@oregonian.com; 503-294-7674

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