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September 16, 2021 at 5:19pm

Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Sept. 16, 2021

A health care worker wheels out a gurney in the emergency room at Salem Hospital on Friday, Aug. 20, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Salem Reporter is keeping you informed of the latest Covid numbers. Here’s our report for Thursday, Sept. 16. 

New Covid cases reported in Marion County: 205

New Covid cases reported in Polk County: 42

Total Salem Hospital patients with Covid: 96 as of Thursday morning, an increase of seven from Wednesday. Of those, 21 are in the intensive care unit, and 10 are on ventilators. 

Eighty-two of those in the hospital are not vaccinated against Covid.

Total Salem Hospital bed occupancy: 473of 494 licensed beds in use

Total people hospitalized with Covid in Region 2 (Marion, Polk, Yamhill, Linn, Benton, Lincoln counties): 175, an increase of 14 from Wednesday. Of those, 35 are in the intensive care unit and 15 are on ventilators.

Total Region 2 hospital bed occupancy: 91 of 95 staffed ICU beds and 709 of 724 non-ICU beds in use. 

New Covid deaths reported: 11

None of Thursday's reported deaths included Marion or Polk County residents. Wednesday’s deaths included three Marion County deaths. 

-A 47-year-old man who tested positive on Sept. 9 and died on Sept. 14 at Salem Hospital. 

-A 95-year-old woman who tested positive on Aug. 30 and died on Sept. 8 at her residence. 

-An 84-year-old woman who tested positive on Aug. 19 and died on Sept. 7 at her residence. 

All had underlying conditions.

New Covid vaccines in Oregon: 3,643 new Covid vaccine doses administered on Sept. 15, including 1,887 first doses. 

Source: Oregon Health Authority, Salem Health

-Saphara Harrell

September 16, 2021 at 5:05pm

Adopt one cat, get a second one free in Salem Saturday

Kittens Phineas, left, and Jim at Willamette Humane Society (Courtesy photos)

If you've dreamed of having feline siblings but balked at the thought of paying two adoption fees, Willamette Humane Society has a deal for you.

The Salem-based animal rescue is holding its Clear the Shelter 2021 event Saturday at PetSmart, 2925 Lancaster Dr. N.E., from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

More than 40 cats and kittens will be available for adoption, according to a press release, with staff on hand to help with paperwork and answer questions about caring for cats.

Families that adopt two cats will have the cheaper adoption fee waived. The event comes at the tail end of "kitten season," when shelters overflow with kittens born in the spring and summer.

Adoption fees vary by cat. Most adoptable cats listed on the shelter website have $25 to $50 fees.

“We know that some cats do best with a feline family member,” said Jean Dion, the humane society's spokesperson, in a statement. “Two cats can keep themselves entertained all day while their families are at work. And there’s nothing cuter than two tired kittens cuddled together at the end of a long day.”

-Rachel Alexander

September 16, 2021 at 2:49pm

Salem, Marion and Polk emergency alerts combine services

A grass fire burning near the 4100 block of Vitae Springs Road South near Salem on Monday, Sept. 13. (Courtesy/Marion Polk Crime, Traffic and Severe Weather Alerts)

A single emergency alert system now serves residents in Salem and the mid-Willamette Valley, combining previously separate alerts for the city and Marion and Polk counties. 

Emergency alerts provide quick updates related to severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing people, evacuations and other critical announcements.

The updated system will draw resources from the city, Marion and Polk Counties, the state and the National Weather Service.

Monday afternoon, Salem’s Emergency Community Notification System notified subscribers that their information was moved to the new Marion Polk alert system. Existing users don't need to do anything to receive alerts unless their email or phone number has changed since they registered.

“You will continue to get critical, time-sensitive emergency notifications to the emails and phone numbers that you listed when you registered,” the email said.

Those who want to continue to have access to their accounts have to visit the service’s signup link included in their Monday alert, which will remain active for 30 days, or log in on the alert system website. New users can also create an account at the link.

Subscribers may enter up to five locations to receive alerts for, and weather alerts can be turned off manually.

-Ardeshir Tabrizian