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about 2 months ago

Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Aug. 27, 2021

Used masks fill a garbage can 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 Friday, Aug. 27. 

New Covid cases reported in Marion County: 317

New Covid cases reported in Polk County: 104

Total Salem Hospital patients with Covid: 94 as of Friday morning, an increase of two from Thursday. Of those, 18 are in the intensive care unit, and 14 are on ventilators. Eighty of those in the hospital are not vaccinated against Covid.

Total Salem Hospital bed occupancy: 461 of 494 licensed beds in use

The Oregon Health Authority had not updated its daily hospitalization dashboards for Friday by 4:30 p.m. showing Covid hospitalizations and available hospital beds in region 2.

New Covid deaths reported: Twenty in Oregon, including four Marion County residents and one Polk County resident, a 71-year-old man who tested positive for Covid Aug. 9 and died Aug. 24 at Salem Hospital. The Marion County residents who died are:

-A 74-year-old woman who tested positive on Aug. 19 and died on Aug. 25 at Salem Hospital

-A 58-year-old man who tested positive on Aug. 6 and died on Aug. 21 at Kaiser Permanente Westside Medical Center.

-A 75-year-old woman from Marion County who tested positive on Aug. 5 and died on Aug. 25 at Salem Hospital.

-A 57-year-old woman who tested positive on Aug. 3 and died on Aug. 26 at Salem Hospital.

All four had underlying health conditions.

New Covid vaccines in Oregon: 4,782 new Covid vaccine doses administered on Aug. 26, including at least 3,152 first doses 

Source: Oregon Health Authority, Salem Health

-Rachel Alexander

about 2 months ago

Homeless alliance to open applications for federal money to support housing programs

The Mid-Willamette Valley Homeless Alliance is accepting applications from local organizations serving homeless people to receive federal Housing and Urban Development funds.

The Marion-Polk region is receiving $861,586 to support local homeless assistance programs. The alliance coordinates local spending on housing and homelessness programs.

Applications that focus on serving people experiencing chronic homelessness, youth, people fleeing domestic violence or sexual assault, families and veterans will be prioritized for funding.

Priorities for the funding include data collection about people experiencing homelessness, minimizing or eliminating barriers to housing and alignment with the alliance’s goals and objectives outlined in its strategic plan.

Applications must be submitted by Sept. 30. Prior to submitting an application, applicants are required to participate in a virtual conference session on Sept. 9 via Zoom.

Local competition materials will be available for review on Sept. 2 by 5 p.m. and can be accessed and downloaded from the Alliance website, MWVHomelessAlliance.org. People with disabilities needing assistance in accessing and reviewing materials should contact Carla Munns at [email protected] or 503-539-3377.

-Saphara Harrell

about 2 months ago

Expect slower traffic, one way on 17th for Oregon State Fair

People ride swings at the Oregon State Fair in 2019. (Saphara Harrell/Salem Reporter)

Expected slower traffic in northeast Salem for the Oregon State Fair starting Friday.

On Northeast Silverton Road the speed limit will be reduced to 20 mph near the fairgrounds. Turning will be restricted at certain intersections to keep traffic moving.

In nearby neighborhoods, there are no-parking signs to prevent overflow parking in front of people’s homes.

Northeast 17th Street will become a one-way street from Northeast Madison Street to Sunnyview Road Northeast, with northbound traffic only. The street is closed to through traffic from Sunnyview Road to Silverton Road, except for fair vendors.

Sunnyview Road is also closed to through traffic between 17th Street and Evergreen Avenue Northeast and is only allowing vehicles through to park south of the fairgrounds for the event.

The traffic changes are expected to end on Sept. 6 between 10 p.m. and midnight, said Trevor Smith, city of Salem spokesperson.

-Saphara Harrell

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