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OHA: Second case of UK COVID-19 variant found in Oregon
A person in Yamhill County tested positive for the variant COVID-19 virus originally detected in the United Kingdom, the Oregon Health Authority said Saturday.
The Jan. 23 revelation marked the second known case in Oregon of the UK variant strain, also known as strain B.1.1.7 or SARS-CoV-2 VOC 202012/01. The agency said the patient has no known travel history.
Both state and county public health officials have launched an investigation into possible sources of the virus. The variant strain has now been detected in several U.S. states.
Because this strain is considered to be more contagious, OHA recommends Oregonians:
• Maintain six feet of physical distance;
Wear a face covering when outside the house.
• Practice good hand hygiene.
• Avoid any gatherings with people you don't live with.
• People who experience symptoms — even mild ones — are urged to consult with a medical provider quickly to get instructions on how to care for yourself and your household members and whether to get tested.
The announcement was made on the same day state health officials said the death toll from the coronavirus in Oregon reached 1,877. The OHA also said the state has now administered a cumulative total of 285,914 first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Thirteen deaths were also reported Saturday along with 775 new confirmed and presumptive cases of the virus. To date, Oregon has logged 137,600 confirmed and presumptive cases.
The OHA added that more than 15,000 new doses of the vaccine were added to the state immunization registry.
"Of this total, 11,151 vaccine doses were administered on Jan. 22 and 4,310 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on Jan. 22," OHA said in its report.
The agency added that nearly 500,000 doses have been delivered to sites across the state.
Hospitalizations dropped by seven patients Saturday; however, four more ICU beds were filled.
OHA also noted that Oregon's 1,798th COVID-19 related death — reported Jan. 16 as a 71-year-old man in Jackson County — did not die from the virus or a COVID-related condition. He was removed from the death toll and because of the error, OHA said it renumbered its reported deaths Saturday.
Ten of the 13 victims counted in Saturday's report had underlying medical conditions. Furthermore, only three of the victims were under the age of 65 — the youngest being 53.
The new cases were reported in the following counties: Baker (2), Benton (25), Clackamas (51), Columbia (7), Coos (12), Crook (7), Deschutes (43), Douglas (10), Gilliam (1), Harney (1), Hood River (2), Jackson (49), Jefferson (7), Josephine (7), Klamath (19), Lake (4), Lane (75), Lincoln (8), Linn (15), Malheur (9), Marion (94), Morrow (1), Multnomah (112), Polk (29), Tillamook (1), Umatilla (35), Union (6), Wasco (12), Washington (106) and Yamhill (25).
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