Oregon woman dies after Johnson & Johnson vaccination
Oregon and U.S. health officials are investigating the death of an Oregon woman following immunization with Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine.
The Oregon Health Authority announced on Thursday, April 22, that it was informed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about the investigation into the woman's death.
The woman, who has only been identified as being in her 50s at the time of her death, received a dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine before the pause order was issued April 13.
"Until the investigation is complete, it cannot be concluded whether her death is related to the vaccine," the health authority said in a news release.
Authorities said the woman developed a rare but serious blood clot within two weeks following her Johnson & Johnson vaccine and added the blood clot was seen in combination with very low platelets.
Before the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was paused nationwide, cases of blood clots had been identified among six women around the nation who had received the vaccine, according to health officials. OHA said the Oregon case "will add to the evidence of potential risk associated with Johnson & Johnson vaccine."
OHA said it was notified of the potential adverse reaction April 20, two days after the CDC was notified April 18.
The death was announced on the same day that Oregon recorded 993 new cases, the highest single-day total since January.
Not since Jan. 16, when Oregon recorded 1,173 cases, has the state had this many cases. It is also the first time since then that Multnomah County recorded more than 200 cases in a single day, and the first time Clackamas County had more than 100 cases since Jan. 26.
One new death also was reported, bringing the state death toll to 2,467.
As of April 22, 283 Oregonians were hospitalized due to the virus, with 69 of them in ICU beds.
The state is averaging administering 34,328 doses of the COVID vaccine per day. Oregon has now administered a total of 1,398,442 doses of Pfizer, 1,172,051 doses of Moderna and 91,160 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.
1,091,777 Oregonians have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series.
Oregon's 2,467th COVID-19 death is a 67-year-old man from Linn County who tested positive April 21 and died April 21 at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.
The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported are in the following counties: Baker (14), Benton (24), Clackamas (116), Clatsop (4), Columbia (14), Coos (6), Crook (12), Curry (2), Deschutes (57), Douglas (5), Grant (1), Hood River (5), Jackson (46), Jefferson (6), Josephine (17), Klamath (54), Lake (2), Lane (54), Lincoln (7), Linn (34), Malheur (2), Marion (109), Morrow (1), Multnomah (206), Polk (20), Tillamook (1), Umatilla (8), Union (2), Wasco (16), Washington (128) and Yamhill (20).
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