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State Rep. Bill Post, R-Keizer, announces he will retire at end of term

3 months ago

Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Sept. 9, 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 Thursday, Sept. 9. 

For the first time since the current Covid surge began, Salem Hospital has reported more patients in the hospital than the number it's licensed. The hospital is able to add beds temporarily because of waivers tied to the federal emergency declaration, hospital spokeswoman Lisa Wood said. 

“Throughout this surge we have prioritized flexibility, creating new spaces for patients beyond traditional care areas and utilizing double occupancy rooms. We continue to make room for all patients who need care, but today’s numbers underscore the seriousness of the current surge and how it is temporarily changing the way care is delivered in Oregon,” she said in an email.

New Covid cases reported in Marion County: 203

New Covid cases reported in Polk County: 98

Total Salem Hospital patients with Covid: 111 as of Thursday morning, an increase of 11 from Wednesday. Of those, 23 are in the intensive care unit, and 17 are on ventilators. Ninety-one of those in the hospital are not vaccinated against Covid.

Total Salem Hospital bed occupancy: 504 of 494 licensed beds in use

Total people hospitalized with Covid in Region 2 (Marion, Polk, Yamhill, Linn, Benton, Lincoln counties): 208, an increase of 19 from Wednesday. Of those, 41 are in the intensive care unit and 19 are on ventilators.

Total Region 2 hospital bed occupancy: 101 of 103 staffed ICU beds and 707 of 719 non-ICU beds in use. 

New Covid deaths reported: 21 in Oregon.

The Oregon Health Authority had not published demographic information on Wednesday’s reported deaths by 4:45 p.m. 

OHA reported deaths from Tuesday included eight Marion County residents. 

-A 68-year-old woman who tested positive on Sept. 6 and died on Sept. 6 at Salem Hospital. The presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed. 

-An 82-year-old man who tested positive on Aug. 22 and died on Aug. 31 at Santiam Hospital. He had underlying conditions.

-A 78-year-old woman who tested positive on Aug. 18 and died on Sept. 2 at Santiam Hospital. The presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed. 

-A 61-year-old man who tested positive on Aug. 18 an died on Sept. 4 at Salem Hospital. He had underlying conditions. 

-A 69-year-old man who tested positive on Aug. 14 and died on Sept. 5 at Salem Hospital. He had underlying conditions.

-A 34-year-old man who tested positive on July 30 and died on Sept. 5 at Legacy Silverton Medical Center. He had underlying conditions. 

-A 24-year-old man who tested positive on July 18 and died on Aug. 30 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

-A 74-year-old woman who tested positive on Aug. 30 and died on Sept. 6 at Salem Hospital. She had underlying conditions.

OHA reported five deaths in Polk County:

-A 64-year-old man who tested positive on Aug. 26 and died on Sept. 3 at Salem Hospital.

-An 87-year-old woman who tested positive on Aug. 16 and died on Sept. 5 at Salem Hospital. 

-A 76-year-old man who tested positive on Aug. 4 and died on Sept. 5 at Salem Hospital.

A 20-year-old woman who tested positive on July 29 and died on Sept. 4 at Salem Hospital. 

-A 49-year-old woman who tested positive on Sept. 2 and died at her residence. OHA is confirming the date of her death. 

OHA is confirming the presence of underlying conditions in all the Polk County cases.

New Covid vaccines in Oregon: OHA had not reported the number of people who had gotten newly vaccinated on Sept. 8 by 4:45 p.m.

Source: Oregon Health Authority, Salem Health

-Saphara Harrell

3 months ago

Catch a cornhole tournament at the Capitol on Saturday

The Capitol City Cornhole Classic is this Saturday, Sept. 11. (Courtesy/Shangri-La)

If you're good with a beanbag - or just want to watch people who are - you'll want to head to the state Capitol Saturday.

The fifth annual Capital City Cornhole Classic kicks off at State Capitol State Park at 10 a.m., with player check-in open at 9 a.m. The tournament runs until 6 p.m., with team, youth and singles competitions.

It's a fundraiser organized by Shangri-La, a Salem-based nonprofit organization providing residential homes and employment services for people with disabilities.

Registration for the team tournament is closed, but youth and singles can register on the day of the tournament. Admission is free for spectators.

Food trucks Hooked on Food and Grindz Hawaiian Food Truck will be cooking for the tournament, and Ratchet Brewing will serve beers on site.

Participants and spectators are required to wear masks while within six feet of people who aren't from their household, unless they're eating or drinking.

For more information, visit the tournament website.

-Rachel Alexander

3 months ago

State Rep. Bill Post of Keizer will retire at end of term in 2022

Rep. Bill Post, R-Keizer

State Rep. Bill Post, R-Keizer, said Thursday he will not seek re-election to the Oregon House of Representatives next year and will retire at the end of his term in 2022.

Post since 2015 has represented House District 25, which includes Keizer, St. Paul and Newberg. He plans to complete his term and “looks forward to completing the redistricting process,”  his office said in a prepared statement. 

“When I was a radio talk show host, I often spoke of my desire for term limits on elected persons but always as ‘self-imposed’ by those officials,” Post said in the statement. “I don’t believe the writers of our Oregon Constitution intended for “citizen legislators” to stay in office for years and years but rather, to let the next citizen step up and serve. I look forward to the next chapter in my own family’s life and in the future of this state.”

Post is currently the assistant deputy leader in the House Republican Caucus and serves on committees for Agriculture and Land Use, Energy and Natural Resources, Business and Labor, Wildfire and the Joint Committee on Information Management and Technology.

He previously told Salem Reporter his biggest accomplishment of the 2021 legislative session was a bill legalizing over-the-counter sales of pseudoephedrine products.

“It will make one aspect of health care a heck of a lot less expensive for anyone in the Salem-Keizer area as well as all of Oregon,” Post said following the session. “No more going to a doctor, no more expensive prescription versions.”

“I still feel there is much work to be done at the legislature, so it is with mixed emotions that I make this announcement,” Post said in his statement. “I am very grateful for the support I’ve received from the community and the relationships that have been built while serving Keizer, St. Paul and Newberg.”

-Ardeshir Tabrizian