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UPDATES: Reported Covid cases in Salem schools decline

about 1 month ago

Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Oct. 19, 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 Tuesday, Oct. 19.

New Covid cases reported in Marion County: 116

New Covid cases reported in Polk County: 51

Total Salem Hospital patients with Covid: 50 as of Tuesday morning, the same as Monday. Of those, eight are in the intensive care unit, and three are on ventilators. 

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

Total Salem Hospital bed occupancy: 492 of 494 licensed beds in use

Total people hospitalized with Covid in Region 2 (Marion, Polk, Yamhill, Linn, Benton, Lincoln counties): 83, an increase of 12 from Monday. Of those, 13 are in the intensive care unit and four are on ventilators.

Total Region 2 hospital bed occupancy: 86 of 89 staffed ICU beds and 569 of 576 non-ICU beds in use. 

New Covid deaths reported: 41

New Covid vaccines in Oregon: 4,438 new Covid vaccine doses on Oct. 18, including 793 first doses, 732 second doses and 2,799 third doses. 

Source: Oregon Health Authority, Salem Health

-Saphara Harrell

about 1 month ago

AGENDA: Marion County commissioners vote on juvenile justice prevention funding, three construction projects

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 funding for a juvenile criminal justice prevention program and construction projects at State Street, nearby ferries and two rural intersections.


The commissioners will consider approving a $463,417 grant from the Oregon Department of Education to fund the county's Family Support Program. The program aims to keep children out of the juvenile justice system who are likely to enter it based on behaviors that show "risk factors associated with criminality," the grant application said.

Commissioners will also consider covering $82,160 of the $800,000 cost required for a construction project on State Street in Salem, with federal funds paying for the rest. The project would widen State Street from two lanes to three and add a bike lane, a sidewalk, ramps compliant with the American with Disabilities Act on the road's south side, and flashing beacons for two crosswalks along the street with pedestrian islands in the roads.

The board will consider covering $581,726 of a $2.9 million construction project at the Wheatland and Buena Vista ferries, which would include building generators, catwalks and vessel amp lifts. The federal government would pay for the rest.

The commissioners will also consider approving $40,154 in county funding to pay for safety improvements, including warning signs, durable pavement markings and intersection lighting at two rural intersections: Brush Creek Drive Northeast at Silverton Road Northeast, and Butteville Road Northeast at Ehlen Road NE. State funds would cover the remaining $475,965 for the project.

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

-Ardeshir Tabrizian

about 1 month ago

Reported Covid cases in Salem schools decline

Thirty-nine students in Salem-Keizer schools tested positive for Covid last week, a sharp decline from the 83 student cases recorded the week prior.

The Salem-Keizer School District's Covid dashboard shows cases recorded inside district schools have declined in recent weeks as the overall number of Covid cases in Oregon has fallen.

The number of students identified as close contacts has also fallen, with 130 students identified last week, down from 181 the week before.

About 38,400 district students are attending classes in-person, according to an Oct. 7 enrollment report.

The district first published data about Covid in schools for the week ending Sept. 19, the first full week of classes. That week, 19 students who were attending class in-person had Covid, and 47 students were identified as close contacts.

The district recorded between 83 and 89 student Covid cases each week for the next three weeks.

Fewer Covid cases has also meant less disruption to classes. District spokesman Aaron Harada said no classes were sent home to quarantine last week.

The district's health authority had moved some classes online following a student testing positive for Covid when they determine a large share of the class were close contacts with the infected student.

The most recent class-wide quarantine was a Myers Elementary School class which moved online Oct. 7 following a positive Covid case and returned in-person Oct. 18, Harada said.

-Rachel Alexander