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UPDATES: Salem woman asks for public's help in finding stolen dog

14 days ago

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

A screengrab of a chart showing the number of Covid-positive patients hospitalized in the region which includes Benton, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties.

Salem Reporter is keeping you informed of the latest Covid numbers. Here’s our report for Thursday, Oct. 7,

New Covid cases reported in Marion County: 116

New Covid cases reported in Polk County: 69

Total Salem Hospital patients with Covid: 79 as of Thursday morning, a decrease of two from Wednesday. Of those, 16 are in the intensive care unit, and nine are on ventilators. 

Sixty-two 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): 129, a decrease of six from Wednesday. Of those, 26 are in the intensive care unit and 11 are on ventilators.

Total Region 2 hospital bed occupancy: 93 of 98 staffed ICU beds and 645 of 652 non-ICU beds in use. 

New Covid deaths reported: 59

Wednesday’s reported deaths included a 71-year-old man from Polk County who tested positive on Sept. 16 and died on Oct. 4 at Salem Hospital. The presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

There were 11 Marion County deaths reported. They are: 

-A 66-year-old woman who tested positive on Sept. 24 and died on Sept. 28 at Legacy Silverton Medical Center. 

- A 72-year-old woman who tested positive on Sept. 29 and died on Oct. 3 at Salem Hospital. 

-A 71-year-old woman who tested positive on Sept. 24 and died on Sept. 29 at her residence. 

-A 66-year-old woman who tested positive on Sept. 4 and died on Oct. 1 at Santiam Hospital. 

-A 79-year-old woman who tested positive on Sept. 20 and died on Oct. 3 at Salem Hospital. 

-A  46-year-old man who tested positive on Sept. 14 and died on Oct. 3 at Salem Hospital. 

-An 86-year-old man who tested positive on Sept. 13 and died on Oct. 2 at Salem Hospital. 

-A 57-year-old man who tested positive on Sept. 14 and died on Oct. 1 at Salem Hospital. 

-A 54-year-old woman who tested positive on Sept. 9 and died on Sept. 30 at Salem Hospital. 

-A 78-year-old woman who tested positive on Sept. 8 and died on Sept. 29 at Salem Hospital. 

-A 61-year-old woman who tested positive on Sept. 4 and died on Oct. 1 at Salem Hospital. 

All had underlying conditions.

New Covid vaccines in Oregon: 6,168 new Covid vaccines on Oct. 6, including 1,224 first doses; 1,360 second doses and 3,546 third doses.  

Source: Oregon Health Authority, Salem Health

-Saphara Harrell

14 days ago

Businesses, nonprofits can apply for grant funding to reduce waste

Covanta Marion, a trash incinerator in Brooks, burns roughly 170,000 tons of garbage every year. (Troy Brynelson/Salem Reporter)

Marion County businesses, nonprofits and governmental entities can apply for up to $10,000 in grant funding for projects that reduce waste.

Marion County EarthWISE has $100,000 in funding for projects that reuse infrastructure, recycle, compost or focus on outreach to educate about managing waste.

Applicants must apply by Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. The grant application is available online.

Priority areas include reducing food waste, sustainable packaging and programs that target multi-tenant commercial and residential areas. 

-Saphara Harrell

15 days ago

Salem woman asks community for help finding dog taken in front of Safeway

A missing dog sign showing a $100 reward for Toki's return. (Courtesy/Carole Astley)

A Salem woman is asking for help from the community to find her senior dog after he was taken from the front of a Safeway on Sunday.

Three days after Amelia Miller moved to southeast Salem, she made a slipknot with the end of her emotional support dog’s leash, looped it over a metal chair and around a pipe in front of Safeway on Southeast Commercial Street, Miller wrote in an email to Salem Reporter.

She said she went in the store for a sandwich, drink and water bowl after their walk and returned to find her dog was gone.

“There's no way it could have come off on its own,” she said. “Someone took him.”

The dog, named Toki, is an 11-year-old, 7-pound black short-haired chihuahua mix “with an old man, gray face,” Miller said. He was wearing a gray collar with skull and cross bones on it and a black, bone-shaped tag that reads “Toki Wartooth” and includes Miller’s phone numbers.

"I need my friend, he means everything to me. He has been my reason to keep going in my times of great sorrow and despair," she said.

Miller said she is offering $100 for Toki’s safe return. She has contacted the Salem Police Department and Marion County Dog Shelter, posted on Facebook and Nextdoor, and put up reward posters at Safeway and along Southeast Commercial Street.

She asked anyone who sees him to rescue him and contact her at 971-719-9292 and Salem police, with his case number being 21-21338. She said Toki is an old dog that suffers from physical pain. If anyone tries to pick him up, she said he’ll likely cry and try to run away.

“I’m afraid he's scared and confused,” she said. “He's a sensitive guy and easily gets cold. I pray he is safe and warm and will be returned to me, unharmed."

(Courtesy/Amelia Miller)

Amelia Miller said her dog, Toki, was taken Sunday from the front of Safeway on Southeast Commercial Street. (Courtesy/Amelia Miller)

(Courtesy/Amelia Miller)

-Ardeshir Tabrizian