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UPDATES: Marion County commissioners meet Wednesday

about 2 months ago

Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Aug. 31, 2021

(Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

With Covid cases and hospitalizations near record numbers in Oregon, Salem Reporter is keeping you informed of the latest numbers. Here’s our report for Tuesday, Aug. 31. 

New Covid cases reported in Marion County: 188

New Covid cases reported in Polk County: 94

Total Salem Hospital patients with Covid: 90 as of Tuesday morning, a decrease of one from Monday. Of those, 20 are in the intensive care unit, and 13 are on ventilators. Seventy-four of those in the hospital are not vaccinated against Covid.

Total Salem Hospital bed occupancy: 481 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 three from Monday. Of those, 40 are in the intensive care unit and 16 are on ventilators.

Total Region 2 hospital bed occupancy: 89 of 98 staffed ICU beds and 672 of 685 non-ICU beds in use

New Covid deaths reported: Forty-three in Oregon. The Oregon Health Authority had not published counties of residents and demographic information for Tuesday’s deaths by 4:30 p.m.

New Covid vaccines in Oregon: 4,656 new Covid vaccine doses administered on Aug. 30, including at least 2,388 first doses. 

Source: Oregon Health Authority, Salem Health

-Rachel Alexander

about 2 months ago

UPDATED: Salem libraries won't reopen on Sept. 1 due to rising Covid cases

The main area at the Salem Public Library, with art by artist Amanda Wojick on a shear wall on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

The Salem Public Library won’t reopen at its main or west Salem locations Wednesday due to rising Covid cases, the city of Salem said in a news release Tuesday afternoon.

Steve Powers, Salem city manager, said higher Covid rates are continuing to impact the hospital and community.

“To do our part, we are discouraging large groups from gathering. We’ll celebrate the renovated library when it is safe to do so - and re-open in-person library services when there is confidence that, when we reopen, we will be able to stay open. We are also postponing the reopening celebration for Center 50+,” Powers said in a statement.

Both reopening celebrations have been postponed indefinitely.

Salem Reporter had initially reported on Tuesday the library was reopening as scheduled ahead of the city’s announcement.

Virtual library services will remain available. New book drops, located on the Liberty Street turn-in between the Library and City Hall, will open Sept. 1.

The release said library staff are working on a plan to resume curbside service at the main library at 585 Liberty St. S.E.

“The city asks for patience from our community, so that we may do our best to safely provide services,” the release said. 

-Saphara Harrell and Rachel Alexander

about 2 months ago

Portion of 27th Avenue Southeast to close for infrastructure improvements

Starting Wednesday, 27th Avenue Southeast will be closed between Southeast Boone Road and Southeast Kuebler Boulevard until Sept. 30.

Construction crews are making infrastructure improvements to the area, the city of Salem said in a news release.

Traffic on 27th Avenue south of Boone Road will be directed to Southeast Battle Creek Road where a new traffic signal has been installed at the intersection of Southeast Battle Creek and Boone roads.

The current road conditions map on the City of Salem website provides up-to-date information on scheduled or emergency road closures in Salem. For additional information, please contact the City of Salem at 503-588-6211 or [email protected].

-Saphara Harrell

about 2 months ago

Marion County commissioners meet Wednesday to declare September suicide prevention awareness month

The Marion County Board of Commissioners meets Wednesday to consider approving a proclamation declaring September National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and revised bylaws for the parks commission. 


Commissioners will hear an update on wildfire recovery following the 2020 Labor Day wildfires.

They will consider approving a proclamation designating the month of September 2021 as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in Marion County.

Commissioners will also consider approving an order revising the bylaws of the Marion County Parks Commission.

Meeting details: The commissioners meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the Senator Hearing Room at 555 Court Street N.E. The meeting is streamed live on YouTube

-Saphara Harrell