Clackamas County's Intensive Care Unit bed capacity has reached its highest point since the COVID-19 pandemic began a year ago.
Incident Commander and Disaster Management Director Nancy Bush told the Board of County Commissioners in her weekly COVID-19 update Tuesday, March 18, that Clackamas County is in "really good shape" in terms of the number of ICU beds available, a key statistic public health officials have watched throughout the pandemic as one of their main concerns has been overwhelming hospital systems.
Bush said that while the steady ICU bed capacity is a good sign, there are a lot of other non-COVID factors — such as hospitalizations due to accidents or other trauma incidents — at play as well.
According to Bush, the county's COVID-19 case rate (86.2 per 100,000) and test positivity (4%) for the weeks of Feb. 28 through March 13 both increased slightly from the two previous two-week periods, but continue to remain well within the metrics for "moderate risk."
On vaccinations, Clackamas County has fully vaccinated just over 45,600 residents and is in the process of vaccinating another 37,000.
"We have more vaccines that are now coming into our pharmacies, as well as coming in here to Clackamas County. Our clinics will be getting some of their own vaccines and funding for our federally qualified health centers," Bush said. "We're scheduling those clinics right now and will hopefully have a couple of those in April."
Bush also announced that on Friday, March 26, and Saturday, March 27, the county will be opening a vaccination site at the Clackamas Town Center to offer the Moderna vaccine. Sandy High School will also play host to a vaccination site on Saturday, March 27, for Clackamas County residents to receive a Pfizer dose.
On Wednesday, March 31, Pfizer doses will also be made available at the Clackamas Fairgrounds main pavilion in Canby. Moderna doses will be available the same day at Molalla High School.
"A few things we want to make sure people understand is that you will must wear a mask if you're going to be in the clinic, and these events are for Clackamas County residents only," Bush said. "We are not allowing or accepting any appointments from outside Clackamas County, and the vaccines will be given regardless of health insurance or immigration status status."
Bush said that interpreters will be on site at each location to assist with translations for those who need it. Vaccinations will be given by appointment only.
For more information or to receive help scheduling an appointment, Clackamas County residents are encouraged to call the county's vaccine helpline at 503-655-8224 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, or visit getvaccinated.oregon.gov. Residents can also visit clackamas.us/coronavirus/vaccine to make an appointment at health clinics in Clackamas County.
Bush said that those looking specifically to get vaccinated at the Clackamas Town Center are asked to use the state's webpage to make an appointment.
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