Yamhill County health department continues vaccination effort
The Yamhill County Public Health Department and its cohorts throughout the state are continuing to administer first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, and those efforts are likely to ramp up in the coming weeks as more people become eligible.
The department, following orders announced last week by the state, will make vaccinations available to all sectors of the population older than 16 on Monday, April 19. Availability will be dependent on doses supplied to the state and the non-governmental agencies and businesses that have been distributing the vaccines over the past several months. Sign up for a vaccination by visiting getvaccinated.oregon.gov/#/.
The county has also begun working with agricultural sites and food processing plants in the area to plan on-site vaccine clinics for interested employers.
"Public Health has worked closely with Unidos and Virginia Garcia (Memorial Health Center) to identity and offer services to this sector," the release said.
The county transitioned several weeks ago to a new vaccine registration system. Get Vaccinated Oregon tells individuals if they are eligible to receive a vaccine, allows them to register even if they are not currently eligible, signs them up to receive vaccine eligibility updates, helps them create an account and find a vaccination provider and alerts individuals by email, text or by phone when new vaccine clinics open and provides instruction on how to schedule a visit.
"Yamhill County will be using this tool to replace the existing registration process," the release said. "Unfortunately, the system does not allow us to transfer people currently on our registration list so those who have not already been vaccinated or are not scheduled for a vaccine will need to register with the state tool even if they have already registered with us."
Lindsey Manfrin, director of the county health department, said partnerships with outside agencies and organizations have continued to flourish "in an effort to get vaccine to those who are not able to access it through large events."
"We are so grateful for the partnerships we have with organizations such as UNIDOS, YCAP and Northwest Senior and Disability Services, who are directly connecting with people to assure no one is left behind in vaccination efforts," she said.
That collaboration has extended to the Oregon Health Authority, which has joined the county in assessing what percentage of county residents have been vaccinated. As of late March more than 55% of individuals 65 and older had been vaccinated in the county; the state average is a few percentage points lower for counties. The figures do not account for folks who have been vaccinated through the Veterans Administration, which doesn't typically share its data with counties. Manfrin said she suspects, due to "data lag," that more people have been vaccinated in the county but have not been accounted for in the department's figures.
The county has also partnered with Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, McMinnville Fire Department, Providence Medical Group, West Valley Fire District, Sunrise Family Clinic, Willamette Valley Medical Center and Virginia Garcia to stage vaccination clinics.
"These clinics allow a greater number of eligible individuals to get vaccinated each week," the release said.
Cases rates by city
As of April 12, 4,040 cases of COVID-19 had been diagnosed in Yamhill County, with 74 individuals succumbing to the virus since its discovery in early 2020. The bulk of the deaths in the county, 45, are in the 80 and older category, with the 70 to 79 bracket accounts for 15 deaths. Eleven individuals have died in the 60 to 69 category, while the youngest deaths in Yamhill County were in the 40 to 49 age category. The county has registered more than 125,326 negative virus tests over the past 14 months.
The bulk of the cases are centered around Dayton, McMinnville and Lafayette. Dayton's case rate was 525 per 10,000 residents as of April 12, while McMinnville was a close second with 515 cases per 10,000 residents. Lafayette pulled up the rear with 427 cases per 10,000 residents. Newberg, the county's second largest city, has seen a case rate of 336 per 10,000.
The virus continues to disproportionately afflict the county's Latino community at a nearly three-to-one rate. As of April 12, nearly 700 Latinos per 10,000 residents had been diagnosed with the disease, despite the fact that the county houses less than 25% Latinos. Whites suffered case rates of 243 per 10,000 residents during the same time.
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