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Lane County reported two deaths and 70 confirmed or presumptive cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, raising the death toll to 334 and the countywide case count to 30,272.
There were 273 people considered infectious, an 8% increase from Wednesday's 251.
As of Wednesday, Oregon has had more than two and a half times as many COVID-19-related deaths in 2021 (3,709) than in all of 2020 (1,477), a USA TODAY analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows.
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There were 28 Lane County residents hospitalized on Thursday, up four from Wednesday, with three in intensive care and three on a ventilator, both unchanged from Wednesday.
Of the 28 county residents hospitalized Wednesday, 70.4%, or 20, were unvaccinated, Lane County Public Health reported.
As of Wednesday, 263,815 people in Lane County, 69.18% of the total population, had received first or second vaccine doses with 554,755 first and second doses administered in Lane County, according to the Oregon Health Authority.
The OHA reported Thursday details on three Lane County deaths:
A 53-year-old woman died Nov. 13 at McKenzie Willamette Medical Center. 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.
An 88-year-old man died Oct. 14 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. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.
A 90-year-old woman died Sept. 8 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.
Vaccines becoming tougher to find in places
PORTLAND — Vaccines have suddenly become scarce in some parts of Oregon after months of vaccine surplus in the state and across that nation, officials said.
The situation is a dramatic shift from the late spring, summer and early fall, when Oregon tossed out over 400,000 unused spoiled or expired doses, largely because of lack of demand, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.
“We acknowledge that doses may be challenging to find right now,” Oregon Health Authority spokesperson Erica Heartquist said in an email Tuesday.
Three days earlier, the authority didn’t indicate any problems in a tweet: “Sites around Oregon are ready to accommodate large numbers of people seeking #COVID19 vaccinations. Offering all three COVID-19 vaccines, these sites are open to everyone eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine or booster.”
Oregon Health Authority officials said the reasons for the temporary shortage are varied. A big one is a dearth of available medical personnel to administer vaccines. Some are busy treating COVID-19 patients from the latest surge.
Many people are now eligible for booster shots, because it's been more than six months since many were fully vaccinated. The latest concerning coronavirus variant, omicron, was also announced in the past few days.
Heartquist Tuesday acknowledged there currently isn’t enough vaccine in the state to meet demand, but the authority is “confident” more doses will arrive from federal officials to meet Oregon’s needs. She said the agency also is re-distributing doses to areas with higher demand.
She said officials “request patience from Oregonians.”
— The Register-Guard, The Associated Press
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This article originally appeared on Register-Guard: Lane County COVID-19 update, Dec. 2: 2 deaths, 70 additional cases reported