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2 months ago

Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Aug. 13, 2021

Oregon Health Authority's graph showing people hospitalized with Covid in Marion, Polk, Yamhill, Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties as of Aug. 13, 2021.

With Covid cases and hospitalizations climbing in Oregon, Salem Reporter is keeping you informed of the latest numbers. Here’s our report for Friday, Aug. 13.

Bottom line: Salem Hospital on Friday reported its highest number of Covid patients at any point since the pandemic began: 81. “We’re beyond full,” said Cheryl Wolfe, Salem Health CEO.

New Covid cases reported in Marion County: 116

New Covid cases reported in Polk County: 27

Total Salem Hospital patients with Covid: 81, an increase of four from Thursday. Of those, 14 are in the intensive care unit, and nine are on ventilators. Seventy of those in the hospital are not vaccinated against Covid.

Total Salem Hospital bed occupancy: 477 of 494 licensed beds in use

Total people hospitalized with Covid in Region 2 (Marion, Polk, Yamhill, Linn, Benton, Lincoln counties): 114, an increase of seven from Thursday. Of those, 20 are in the intensive care unit and 11 are on ventilators.

Total Region 2 hospital bed occupancy: 91 of 96 staffed ICU beds and 713 of 744 non-ICU beds in use

New Covid deaths reported: 7 in Oregon, none in Polk County. A 90-year-old Marion County man died Aug. 11 at Salem Hospital after testing positive for Covid on July 30. The presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

New Covid vaccines in Oregon: 3,800 new doses administered Aug. 12, including 2,727 first doses of vaccine.

Source: Oregon Health Authority, Salem Health.

2 months ago

Salem Saturday Market to close early because of heat

Tonya Sorensen, of Salem, picks up some flowers from the Mom's Farm flower stand at the Salem Saturday Market on Saturday, June 26, 2021. Sorensen purchased the flowers to decorate her home with after having to move her husband's birthday party indoors due to the high temperatures. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

The Salem Saturday Market is closing two hours early on Aug. 14 because of the heat.

The market will close at 1 p.m., Salem Community Markets announced on Twitter.

The market said they were closing a couple hours early “to keep vendors, staff and guests safe,” as temperatures are expected to reach 99 degrees.

Peter Fernandez, Salem’s public works director, said Union and Winter streets, which are partially closed to allow people to walk to the market on Saturdays, would remain closed until 4 p.m.

-Saphara Harrell

2 months ago

One dead, another seriously injured in stabbing off Hazelgreen Road

One person died and another was seriously injured following a stabbing early Friday morning, the Marion County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.

Deputies responded to a stabbing around 3 a.m. Aug. 13 in the rural area of Northeast Hazelgreen and Howell Prairie roads.

One person had died, and another was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. The Sheriff’s Office isn’t releasing their names until their relatives have been notified.

If anyone was in the area around this time, detectives would like to speak with you. To submit an anonymous tip, Text TIPMCSO and your tip to 847411. You can also call the Sheriff’s Office non-emergency line at 503-588-5032.

-Saphara Harrell

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