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UPDATES: AGENDA: Marion County commissioners meet Wednesday

about 1 month ago

Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Sept. 7, 2021

An isolation room for a Covid patient in the intensive care unit 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 Tuesday, Sept. 7. 

Because of the Labor Day holiday, Tuesday case and death totals also include numbers reported over the long weekend and higher than typical weekdays.

New Covid cases reported in Marion County: 602

New Covid cases reported in Polk County: 71

Total Salem Hospital patients with Covid: 109 as of Tuesday morning, a decrease of three from Monday. Of those, 23 are in the intensive care unit, and 14 are on ventilators. Eighty-seven of those in the hospital are not vaccinated against Covid.

Total Salem Hospital bed occupancy: 474 of 494 licensed beds in use

Total people hospitalized with Covid in Region 2 (Marion, Polk, Yamhill, Linn, Benton, Lincoln counties): 186, an increase of eight from Monday. Of those, 43 are in the intensive care unit and 19 are on ventilators.

Total Region 2 hospital bed occupancy: 98 of 104 staffed ICU beds and 665 of 701 non-ICU beds in use 

New Covid deaths reported: 54 in Oregon. 

OHA had not published counties of residents and demographic information for Tuesday’s deaths by 3:45 p.m. 

New Covid vaccines in Oregon: 608 new Covid vaccine doses administered on Sept. 6, including at least 414 first doses. 

Source: Oregon Health Authority, Salem Health

-Saphara Harrell

about 1 month ago

Bicyclist struck and killed near Salem

A Salem driver struck and fatally wounded a bicyclist Monday night on Hazelgreen Road Northeast, according to a news release from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators from the Marion County multi-agency crash team responded to a 911 call around 7:30 p.m. reporting a bicyclist struck by a vehicle east of Salem, near the intersection of Hazelgreen Road with 75th Avenue Northeast.

The cyclist, Salem resident Eileen Rose Johnson, 62, died after being transported to a local hospital.

Investigators determined the driver of a Ford Expedition was traveling westbound on Hazelgreen Road before hitting Johnson. The sheriff’s office identified the driver of the vehicle as Feliciano Mendez Hernandez, 46, of Salem.

The sheriff’s office said no additional information was available at the time of publication.

-Ardeshir Tabrizian

about 1 month ago

AGENDA: Marion County commissioners consider tax relief for wildfire-impacted properties

Colm Willis, Marion County commissioner, sits in on a homeless alliance executive meeting video conference on May 5, 2020. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

The Marion County Board of Commissioners meets Wednesday to consider a contract for vaccine outreach and tax relief for properties impacted by the 2020 wildfires in the Santiam Canyon.


The board will consider a resolution authorizing tax relief for eligible properties impacted by 2020 Labor Day wildfires through Senate Bill 464. The bill provides additional retroactive property tax relief to properties which lost value as a result of the wildfires.

Commissioners will also consider a proclamation recognizing the one-year anniversary of the 2020 wildfires.

They will consider approving a $195,415 contract with Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste, Oregon's Woodburn-based farmworker union to provide Covid vaccine outreach until Dec. 31.

They will consider approving a $329,514 purchase order for security at the Marion County Courthouse and the Marion County Juvenile Department through July 2022.

Commissioners will consider an amendment to a contract to add 57 Zoom telehealth licenses for $148,764 with EnSoftek, Inc.

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