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Oregon reports 78 new COVID-19 cases

State misses goal to reach 70% vaccination Monday

Oregon reported 78 new COVID-19 cases Monday while also failing to meet Gov. Kate Brown’s goal that it reach a 70% vaccination rate for adults.

Brown had previously set a goal of at least one COVID-19 shot for 70% of residents 18 and older by Monday, June 21. She said she will lift most pandemic restrictions when that goal is met.

As of Monday, the state was hovering at the 68.7% vaccination mark, with 44,606 more people needing to get a single dose to hit the 70% goal, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

The seven-day running average for daily vaccinations has dropped to 11,820 doses per day. At that rate, Oregon could hit the 70% goal in four days.

California lifted most of its restrictions last Tuesday, while Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says he will lift restrictions June 30 or when that state reaches a 70% vaccination rate for people 16 and older.

Washington is at a 67.8% vaccination rate for that group, according to Washington State Department of Health data that was last updated Saturday.

After reporting the low count of 78 new COVID-19 cases for Monday, Oregon health officials said the figure could be an anomaly.

“Today’s daily case count is unusually low. Although a low case count is welcome news, OHA is interpreting this with caution,” OHA said in a press release. “Reported case counts on Mondays are typically the lowest of the week, and some of the local public health authorities did not process laboratory reports Sunday. The reported number of new cases will be higher tomorrow.”

Jackson County reported zero new cases Monday, because the county in early June stopped reporting new cases on Mondays. New cases discovered in Jackson County on Sundays and Mondays are instead processed on Tuesdays.

On Monday, Oregon reported the death of a 49-year-old woman from Linn County who had no underlying conditions, and the death of a 54-year-old woman with underlying conditions from Douglas County.

Oregon reported 144 hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across the state, including 36 in intensive care.

Individual counties can win a loosening of COVID-19 restrictions from the state by achieving a vaccination rate of 65% of people 16 and older.

In Jackson County, 52.1% of that group has been vaccinated. The county would have to vaccinate 23,843 more residents to hit the 65% goal, according to Monday data from OHA.

Seven of Oregon’s 36 counties have topped the 65% target.

Everyone 12 and older in Oregon is eligible for a free COVID-19 vaccination.

For information on getting a shot, visit www.jacksoncounty.org/hhs/COVID-19 or call 211.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Vickie Aldous at 541-776-4486 or valdous@rosebudmedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @VickieAldous.