Lane County COVID-19 update, Jan. 19: 604 cases reported, infectious count declines

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Lane County reported 604 confirmed or presumptive cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, raising the countywide case count to 42,160. The death toll remained at 363 for a sixth consecutive day.

There were 3,113 county residents considered infectious, down 5% from Tuesday's 3,294.

There were 53 county residents hospitalized Wednesday, unchanged from Tuesday, with 10 in intensive care, up four from Tuesday, and two on a ventilator, up one from Tuesday.

Of the 53 county residents hospitalized Wednesday, 69.8%, or 37, were unvaccinated, Lane County Public Health reported.

As of Tuesday, 270,630 people in Lane County, 70.96% of the total population, had received first or second vaccine doses with 625,489 first and second doses administered in Lane County, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

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Starbucks nixes vaccine mandate after Supreme Court ruling

Starbucks is no longer requiring its U.S. workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19, reversing a policy it announced earlier this month.

In a memo sent Tuesday to employees, the Seattle coffee giant said it was responding to last week’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. In a 6-3 vote, the court rejected the Biden administration’s plan to require vaccines or regular COVID testing at companies with more than 100 workers.

“We respect the court’s ruling and will comply,” Starbucks Chief Operating Officer John Culver wrote in the memo.

Starbucks' reversal is among the most high-profile corporate actions in response to the Supreme Court ruling. Many other big companies, including Target, have been mum on their plans.

On Jan. 3, Starbucks said it would require all employees to be vaccinated by Feb. 9 or face a weekly COVID test requirement. At the time, Culver said it was the responsibility of Starbucks' leadership “to do whatever we can to help keep you safe and create the safest work environment possible.”

In Tuesday's memo, Culver said the company continues to strongly encourage vaccinations and booster shots. The company also told workers on Tuesday that they shouldn't wear cloth masks to work, and should instead use medical-grade surgical masks.

Starbucks required workers to reveal their vaccination status by Jan. 10. The company said Wednesday that 90% have reported and the “vast majority” are fully vaccinated. Starbucks wouldn’t say what percent of workers are not fully vaccinated.

Starbucks employs 228,000 people in the U.S.

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