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10 days ago

Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Oct. 11, 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 Monday, Oct. 11. 

Monday case and death totals also include numbers reported Saturday and Sunday and are typically higher than other weekdays.

New Covid cases reported in Marion County: 277

New Covid cases reported in Polk County: 37

Total Salem Hospital patients with Covid: 71 as of Monday morning, an increase of two from Sunday. Of those, 14 are in the intensive care unit, and eight are on ventilators. 

Fifty-nine of those in the hospital are not vaccinated against Covid.

Total Salem Hospital bed occupancy: 488 of 494 licensed beds in use

Total people hospitalized with Covid in Region 2 (Marion, Polk, Yamhill, Linn, Benton, Lincoln counties): 114, a decrease of one from Sunday. Of those, 24 are in the intensive care unit and nine are on ventilators.

Total Region 2 hospital bed occupancy: 71 of 80 staffed ICU beds and 546 of 563 non-ICU beds in use. 

New Covid deaths reported: 20

New Covid vaccines in Oregon: 2,218 new vaccine doses on Oct. 10, including 398 first doses, 302 second doses and 1,506 third doses.

Source: Oregon Health Authority, Salem Health

-Saphara Harrell

10 days ago

Two armed women walk away from corrections department building in Salem

An Oregon State Police car (Courtesy/Wikimedia Commons).

Police are searching for two armed women who walked away Monday from a work crew at the Oregon Department of Corrections commissary facility in Salem.

Brandy Woodward and Shelly Radan, who are both incarcerated at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville, walked away around 9:10 a.m. and were last seen on Amber Street Northeast headed toward Dick's Sporting Goods on Lancaster Drive Northeast, according to a Monday news release from the corrections department.

Jennifer Black, a state corrections spokesperson, said the department's Fugitive Apprehension Unit has been investigating the walkaway since they left the facility with a boxcutter and a "heavy lock that could be used as a weapon."

The department said in the news release that the women should be considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached.

Woodward, 45 of Long Creek, weighs 145 pounds with blue eyes and blonde hair. She was last seen wearing blue jeans, a blue T-shirt and a sweatshirt all with the word "inmate" stenciled in orange, the news release said.

Woodward pleaded guilty to two counts of delivery of methamphetamine and three counts of possession of methamphetamine over three cases in Grant and Umatilla county circuit courts, according to court records . She has been in custody since April 29 and her earliest release date is Jan. 14, 2024.

Radan, 43 of Otis, weighs 174 pounds with brown hair and eyes. She pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree burglary in Lincoln County Circuit Court, court records showed. She has been in custody since Nov. 3, 2020, and her earliest release date is Sept. 2, 2024. Radan's previous name was Michael Price Crawford.

The corrections department's Fugitive Apprehension Unit and the Oregon State Police are investigating the walkaway and asked anyone with information to contact the state police at 1-800-452-7888, their local police department's non emergency number or the Fugitive Apprehension Unit at 503-569-0734.

Brandy Woodward (Courtesy/Oregon Department of Corrections)

Shelly Radan (Courtesy/Oregon Department of Corrections)

-Ardeshir Tabrizian

10 days ago

Jewish jazz compositions highlighted in virtual Salem concert series

Sarah Saul performs as part of the Sarah Saul Combo, a Salem jazz group. (Courtesy photo)

Salem's Unitarian Universalist Congregation is kicking off a virtual concert series Tuesday with a performance incorporating jazz classics and Jewish liturgical tunes.

Sarah Saul Combo, a Salem jazz quartet, will perform Tuesday from 7-8:30 p.m. on YouTube.

The "Celebrating Diversity Music Concerts" series will continue with a monthly offering held either Tuesday or Friday evening through June 2022. The series is coordinated by the congregation's music department.

"We want to support the musical community in and around Salem. This varied lineup will help celebrate our community’s cultural diversity with live streamed music," said Kit Abrahamson, the series planner, in a prepared statement.

Tuesday's concert will feature the combo's "take on Jewish melodies and compositions," according to a press release, including liturgical music and jazz written by Jewish composers. Other concerts include Japanese taiko drumming in May, and a performance by Salem's Uhuru Youth Choir in February.

Tickets for each performance are $5, with a discount for a series pass. More information and tickets are available at the congregation website.

-Rachel Alexander

11 days ago

Northeast Front Street closed for railroad repairs

Northeast Front Street between Gaines Street and Norway Street will be closed through Oct. 21 for railroad repairs.

There will be detours at Northeast Market Street and River Street.

Local businesses and homes will still be able to access their property. 

-Saphara Harrell