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UPDATES: Covid vaccine comes with free state fair ticket

August 26, 2021 at 4:38pm

Pedestrian struck and killed on Mission and 25th

A pedestrian was struck and killed early Thursday morning at the intersection of 25th and Mission streets southeast, according to a Salem Police Department news release.

Salem police said Kristen La Plume, 48, was driving eastbound on Mission Street and struck 67-year-old Aleta Pierre-Kelly around 2 a.m.

Pierre-Kelly was taken to Salem Hospital and later pronounced dead.

Police said Plume remained on scene and cooperated with the investigation. No citations have been issued in this incident, the release said. 

-Saphara Harrell

August 26, 2021 at 4:35pm

Free summer fun at Northgate Park wraps up Friday with bike repairs and more

Araya Garcia, right, of Marion County Health and Human Services, plays a game with attendees to promote the new Family Connects program during the Hallman Neighborhood Family Council's inaugural "Fun Fridays at Northgate Park" event on Friday, July 9, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Northgate families will hold a final gathering in the neighborhood park on Friday, Aug. 27, capping a weekly summer event that's reached almost 2,200 Salem kids and parents.

The Hallman Neighborhood Council, a parent-led effort to help parents in the northeast Salem neighborhood better prepare their kids for school, started weekly Fun Fridays at Northgate Park on July 9.

The goal was to help families feel safe in Northgate Park, 3575 Fairhaven Ave N.E., after several shootings in the neighborhood early in the year, and to connect families with resources like library cards, healthy cookbooks, mentoring and early childhood education programs.

Parents Eduardo Angulo and Whitney Contreras organized the council and events as part of a larger Salem collaborative between business, education and nonprofit leaders aiming to help low-income kids in working class Salem neighborhoods be prepared for success in school and life.

Friday's final event runs from 4-7 p.m. and includes free Covid vaccinations, free bike repair, and more than a dozen other booths run by Salem health care providers, mentoring and after-school programs and more.

-Rachel Alexander

August 26, 2021 at 4:29pm

Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Aug. 26, 2021

Empty beds in the hallway of the emergency room at Salem Hospital on Friday, Aug. 20, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

With Covid cases and hospitalizations climbing in Oregon, Salem Reporter is keeping you informed of the latest numbers. Here’s our report for Thursday, Aug. 26. 

New Covid cases reported in Marion County: 206

New Covid cases reported in Polk County: 67

Total Salem Hospital patients with Covid: 92 as of Thursday morning, a decrease of two from Wednesday. Of those, 20 are in the intensive care unit, and 14 are on ventilators. Seventy-seven of those in the hospital are not vaccinated against Covid.

Total Salem Hospital bed occupancy: 472 of 494 licensed beds in use

Total people hospitalized with Covid in Region 2 (Marion, Polk, Yamhill, Linn, Benton, Lincoln counties): 167, an increase of seven from Wednesday. Of those, 41 are in the intensive care unit and 18 are on ventilators.

Total Region 2 hospital bed occupancy: 95 of 98 staffed ICU beds and 672 of 703 non-ICU beds in use

New Covid deaths reported: Nine in Oregon. No Marion County resident and no Polk County residents. 

New Covid vaccines in Oregon: 4,526 new Covid vaccine doses administered on Aug. 25, including at least 2,922 first doses 

Source: Oregon Health Authority, Salem Health

-Saphara Harrell

August 26, 2021 at 11:20am

Get vaccinated at state fair and earn a free ticket to come back

People wait in line under a tent for the COVID-19 vaccine clinic during a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Oregon State Fairgrounds on Thursday, Jan. 28. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Covid vaccines are coming back to the state fairgrounds - this time with an added incentive.

Salem Health is offering free vaccines daily at the Oregon State Fair, which runs Aug. 27 through Sept. 6. Anyone who stops by to get a shot will also receive a voucher good for one free daily admission to the fair in 2021 or 2022.

No appointment or medical insurance is required, and medical interpreters will be available. Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson shots will all be available.

Vaccines will be offered in Cascade Hall at the fairgrounds, which are located at 2330 17th St N.E. in Salem, from 12-8 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on weekends.

The state fairgrounds previously served as Oregon's first mass vaccination site against Covid, opening in early January and closing July 24 after vaccinating over 100,000 people.

More information about vaccines at the fair is available on the state fair website.

-Rachel Alexander