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UPDATES: Salem police searching for hit-and-run driver

October 6, 2021 at 3:15pm

Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Oct. 6, 2021

A screengrab of a chart showing the number of Covid-positive patients hospitalized in the region which includes Benton, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties.

Salem Reporter is keeping you informed of the latest Covid numbers. Here’s our report for Wednesday, Oct. 6.  

New Covid cases reported in Marion County: 167

New Covid cases reported in Polk County: 121

Total Salem Hospital patients with Covid: 81 as of Wednesday morning, a decrease of two from Tuesday. Of those, 17 are in the intensive care unit, and nine are on ventilators. 

Sixty-five of those in the hospital are not vaccinated against Covid.

Total Salem Hospital bed occupancy: 463 of 494 licensed beds in use

Total people hospitalized with Covid in Region 2 (Marion, Polk, Yamhill, Linn, Benton, Lincoln counties): 135, a decrease of three from Tuesday. Of those, 29 are in the intensive care unit and 12 are on ventilators.

Total Region 2 hospital bed occupancy: 95 of 101 staffed ICU beds and 643 of 662 non-ICU beds in use. 

New Covid deaths reported: 33

Tuesday’s reported deaths included two Marion County residents. They are: 

A 73-year-old man who tested positive on Sept. 7 and died on Oct. 1 at Salem Hospital. He had underlying conditions. 

A 60-year-old man who tested positive on Aug. 13 and died on Oct. 1 at Salem Hospital. The presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

No Polk County deaths were reported. 

New Covid vaccines in Oregon: 6,184 new Covid doses on Oct. 5, including 1,203 first doses; 1,336 second doses and 3,602 third doses. 

Source: Oregon Health Authority, Salem Health

-Saphara Harrell

October 6, 2021 at 11:00am

Combine, car crash leaves two with minor injuries

Scene of a crash between a car and a combine on Cordon Road Northeast near Kale Street Northeast. (Marion County Sheriff's Office)

A crash between a combine and a car in northeast Salem Tuesday afternoon left two people with minor injuries.

The Marion County Sheriff's responded to a call around 4:15 p.m. Tuesday reporting a crash on Cordon Road Northeast near Kale Street Northeast in Salem.

The car made a left turn in front of the combine, which then struck the car, said Sgt. Jeremy Landers, a spokesperson for the sheriff's office.

Landers said the two passengers in the car suffered "relatively minor injuries," and at least one was transported to Salem Hospital for an evaluation.

Medics with Marion County Fire District #1 arrived first at the scene and found the car turned over. Cordon Road was closed until around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

(Marion Polk Crime, Traffic and Severe Weather Alerts)

-Ardeshir Tabrizian

October 6, 2021 at 10:22am

Woman hospitalized after hit-and-run, police searching for driver

The Salem Police Department is searching for a driver accused of hitting a woman with a car on Saturday and fleeing the scene.

A Salem patrol officer was passing the Oregon State Fairgrounds around 1:10 a.m. on Saturday when a group of people standing on 17th Street Northeast between Silverton Road Northeast and Woodrow Street Northeast flagged them down, a Tuesday news release said.

The officer found a woman lying in the street with another woman performing CPR on her.

"The officer quickly took over the resuscitative efforts until the woman’s breathing and pulse returned," the news release said.

The victim, Juana Sebastian-Juan, 24 of Salem, was transported in an ambulance to Salem Hospital before being transferred to Legacy Emmanuel Medical Center for additional treatment.

Sebastian-Juan remained in the hospital with serious injuries as of 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Witnesses said someone in a white, late-model Ford pickup truck struck the woman and then fled the scene.

The car is a 2020-2022 Ford Super Duty, four-door crew cab pickup truck, the department said in an updated news release Wednesday. The crash damaged the car's grill and left parts found at the scene, which helped the Salem police Traffic Team identify the make, model and year range. The parts and video obtained by the department indicate the car is either a King Ranch or Platinum model Ford pickup.

Surveillance video showed the truck traveled west on Sunnyview Road Northeast from 17th Street Northeast before turning north on Fairgrounds Road Northeast, then east on Silverton Road Northeast, the news release said. The car was last seen driving eastbound in the 4700 block of Silverton Road Northeast.

The Salem police Traffic Team asked any witnesses or people with information or surveillance video of the incident to contact the team's hotline at 503-588-6293, according to the news release, which provided a video of the suspected vehicle. Callers can remain anonymous.

This post was updated after the Salem Police Department issued an additional news release Wednesday afternoon.

-Ardeshir Tabrizian