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Sun. 11/28/21
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue assist injured climber at Smith Rocks
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/28/21 5:13 PM

Released by: Deputy Donny Patterson - Assistant Search and Rescue Coordinator

Date/time: 11/28/ 21 at 1110 AM

Location: Dihedrals climbing area at Smith Rock State Park

Injured:  42 year old female – Redmond, OR

 

On 11/18/21, at about 11:10 AM, a Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Special Services Deputy was advised of an injury at Smith Rock State Park requiring Search and Rescue assistance.  A DCSO SAR volunteer climbing in the area had come upon an injured climber requiring assistance down the trail.  It was reported that one of the members in the injured climbers party slid down a climbing rope and impacted her head as she was climbing up. The accident occurred on a climbing route known as “Darkness at Noon”, which is located in the area of the Dihedrals at Smith Rock State Park.  

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue member who was climbing in the area, remained on scene to provide assistance until further help could arrive.  Due to the location of the climber, a wheeled litter rescue was required.  A DCSO Special Services Deputy responded to the park, as additional Search and Rescue volunteers were called out to assist.  Ten DCSO Search and Rescue volunteers responded to assist.  

When Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue teams arrived on scene, the medical team members began providing patient care and preparing the injured climber for transport by wheeled litter. Once the patient was ready, Search and Rescue members along with a State Park employee, began moving the climber down through some tough terrain, eventually reaching the canyon floor and footbridge.  The climber was then transported out of the canyon to an awaiting Redmond Fire / Paramedic ambulance. 

This was a team effort and the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to thank Redmond Fire and the Oregon State Parks for their assistance in this rescue.    

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with five K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves over 200,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 259 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 191 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.  

 

 

 


Fatal Structure Fire (Photo)
Crook Co. Fire and Rescue - 11/28/21 2:38 PM
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Type of incident: Structure Fire

Location of incident:  SE Wintoon Road (Juniper Canyon), Prineville, Oregon

Incident date:  11/27/2021                  Alarm Time:  21:42

Description of occupancy:  Double wide mobile home

Owner, occupant:  The home was occupied by one female at the time of the fire.  Two other males lived on the property and were on the property at the time of the fire.

Circumstances found on arrival; actions taken:  CCFR was dispatched to a structure fire with the report of a female occupant still in the home. Upon arrival crews discovered two males living on the property had extinguished the majority of the fire with garden hoses.  Upon entry to the home, crews discovered heavy fire damage to the contents in the front half of the home, and significant heat and smoke damage throughout the rest of the home. Crews accessed the heavily damaged living room where the female was reported to have been sleeping and confirmed the female occupant was deceased. 

Injuries, rescues, other information of interest:  One fatality

Responding Apparatus:  One Command Vehicle, two Engines, one Medic, and one Tender

Responding Personnel:  Nine

Mutual Aid assistance by:  Crook County Sheriff’s office assisted on scene. Redmond Fire provided an ambulance for station coverage while crews were operating at the fire.  The Office of the State Fire Marshal and Oregon State Police assisted with the fire investigation.

Probable fire cause:  Cause of the fire was determined to be accidental.  Through the investigation it was determined the occupant had a history of smoking in bed and was on supplemental oxygen.  Evidence at the scene indicated that careless smoking was the most probable cause of the fire.

Contact:  Division Chief Russell Deboodt

Office: 541-447-5011        Cell:




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Sat. 11/27/21
Oregon State Penitentiary reports in-custody death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 11/27/21 11:18 AM
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An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody, Roberto Ruiz, died the morning of November 26, 2021. Ruiz was incarcerated at Oregon State Penitentiary and passed at the facility. As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified, and the State Medical Examiner will determine cause of death.

Ruiz entered DOC custody on October 5, 2021, from Jackson County with a potential release date of September 11, 2023. Ruiz was 31 years old. Next of kin has been notified.

DOC takes all in-custody deaths seriously. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of 12,000 individuals who are incarcerated in 13 institutions across the state. While crime information is public record, DOC elects to disclose only upon request out of respect for any family or victims.

OSP is a multi-custody prison located in Salem that houses approximately 2,000 adults in custody. OSP is surrounded by a 25-foot-high wall with 10 towers. The facility has multiple special housing units including disciplinary segregation, behavioral health, intermediate care housing, and an infirmary (with hospice) with 24-hour nursing care. OSP participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including the furniture factory, laundry, metal shop, and contact center. It provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, work-based education, work crews, and pre-release services. OSP was established in 1866 and, until 1959, was Oregon’s only prison.

 

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Fri. 11/26/21
Fatal Crash on Hwy 30-Multnomah County
Oregon State Police - 11/26/21 7:52 AM

On Thursday, November 25, 2021, at about 7:07 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a pedestrian hit by a vehicle on Hwy 30 near milepost 16.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Ford Escape, operated by Brandon Pollard (28) of Warren, was travelling eastbound on Hwy 30 and struck an unidentified female who was on foot within the eastbound “A” Lane. 

The unidentified female suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Pollard and his passenger, Mallory Dunn (26) of Kennewick, Washington, were not injured. Pollard remained at the scene and cooperated with law enforcement.

Multnomah County Medical Examiner responded and is actively working on identifying the female pedestrian. 

Hwy 30 was closed for 2.5 hours following the crash. 

OSP was assisted by the Scappoose Fire Dept., Scappoose Police Dept., Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, ODOT, and the Medical Examiner. This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when available.


Wed. 11/24/21
Suspect Eludes Officers in stolen vehicle, causing injuring motor vehicle crash
Bend Police Dept. - 11/24/21 11:30 PM

Incident:  Suspect Eludes Officers in stolen vehicle, causing injuring MVA. 

 

Case Number: 2021-67712

 

Date and Time: Wednesday November 24, 2021 6:33 p.m.

 

Location: 61155 S. Hwy 97, Bend Oregon 

 

Suspect:  

Bryan Martin Beyer, 46 year old male

 

Victim: 

Adult female Bend Resident (Stolen Vehicle Owner) 

 

Adult Male Bend Resident (Landscaping pickup) 

Juvenile Bend Resident 

 

Female Bend Resident (Audi Passenger car)

 

Charges:

Attempt to Elude Police Officer 

Reckless Endangering 

UUMV

Assault II

Attempted Hit and Run 

 

Summary: 

On Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at about 5:45 p.m. Officers from the City of Bend Police Department responded to a report of a stolen vehicle that occurred earlier in the day at about 5:15 p.m. Officers met with the victim, the registered owner, and the vehicle was recorded as a stolen vehicle. 

At about 6:32 p.m. an officer from the City of Bend Police Department located the stolen vehicle in the area of Pinebrook Plaza at 61155 S. Hwy 97. Additional officers drove to the area in an attempt to establish a perimeter around the vehicle. As officers arrived in the area, the stolen vehicle began to drive out of the parking lot. Bend Police officers, with emergency lights activated, attempted to stop the vehicle as it was driving through the parking lot towards Hwy 97. Officers attempted to block the vehicle from leaving the parking lot. The driver of the vehicle, Bryan Beyer, accelerated, drove over the curb, around the police vehicles, through landscaping, and out onto S. Hwy 97, failing to yield to oncoming traffic. The stolen vehicle was struck by a southbound white landscaping pickup pulling a utility trailer, and the stolen vehicle then struck a Silver Audi passenger car. 

The stolen vehicle was wedged against the landscaping pickup after the crash. Beyer attempted to drive away from the crash, but was unable to free the vehicle from the landscaping pickup. Officers approached the stolen vehicle and contacted Beyer with guns drawn. Beyer was ordered out of the vehicle. Bend Police canine Kim, with canine handler Corporal James Kinsella was at the crash, however Kim was not deployed to make the arrest of Beyer. Beyer was taken into custody for the listed charges. He was not injured while being taken into custody.  He was transported to the Deschutes County Adult Jail and lodged. 

The landscaping pickup was driven by an adult male who had a juvenile passenger. The driver of the landscaping pickup and his juvenile passenger received minor injuries from the crash. They were evaluated at the scene by paramedics from Bend Fire but were not transported by ambulance for further medical care. 

The female driver of the Audi was not injured. Traffic on S. Hwy 97 was diverted for approximately one hour until the vehicles were able to be removed from the roadway. 

Submitted by Sgt. R.C. Bigelow 

 


Vehicle Eludes traffic stop, driver arrested after canine track
Bend Police Dept. - 11/24/21 11:26 PM

Incident:  Vehicle Eludes traffic stop, driver arrested after canine track

 

Case Number: 2021-67710

 

Date and Time: Wednesday November 24, 2021 at 4:55 p.m.  

 

Location: NE Burnside Avenue near NE 5th Street. 

 

Suspect:  

 

William Earl Swanson 42-year-old Bend Transient 

 

Charges:

Attempt to Elude Police Officer 

Reckless Driving 

Reckless Endangering 

Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon (Brass Knuckles) 

 

Summary: 

On Wednesday, November 24th, 2021 at 4:55 p.m. a Bend Police Officer attempted to make a traffic stop on a 1992 black and blue spray-painted Honda Accord for careless driving in the area of NE Greenwood and NE 4th Street. The vehicle eluded the officer and officers did not pursue the vehicle. A description of the vehicle was broadcast by radio to additional officers. 

On the same date at about 5:12 p.m. a Bend Police officer located the previously broadcast Honda Accord in the area of NE 5th Street and NE Burnside Avenue. The vehicle was unoccupied when the officer located it. Additional officers arrived in the area of the vehicle and a perimeter was established. 

Bend Police Canine Kim and handler Corporal James Kinsella conducted a track of the suspect. Kim tracked the suspect to the area of NE 6th Street and NE Clay Avenue and located William Swanson hiding in a bush. Swanson was taken into custody without incident. Swanson was not injured while being taken into custody. Swanson was in possession of evidence associating him with the Honda Accord. A search warrant was granted authorizing officers to search the vehicle. Evidence of additional crimes was located in the vehicle during the search. Swanson was transported to the Deschutes County Adult Jail where he was lodged on the listed charges. 

The Bend Police Department was assisted by Deschutes County Sheriff's Office canine Ronin and Ronin's handler Deputy Mangin. 

Submitted by Sgt. R.C. Bigelow 

 


Oregon pays close to $150 million in federal emergency rental assistance (Photo)
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 11/24/21 4:43 PM
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Contact: Delia Hernández 

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Oregon pays close to $150 million in federal emergency rental assistance 

Over 22,000 households have received funds to pay rent 

 

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) and Local Program Administrators (LPAs) continue to make strong progress on processing applications for the Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program (OERAP). 

 

As of today, OHCS and LPAs have paid $149.8 million in federal emergency rental assistance to 22,128 applicants, up from $141.3 million and 20,962 applicants last week. The agency is ranked 8th in the nation in the percentage of funds paid and obligated. 

 

Application pause

 

OHCS announced a pause in accepting new applications for the OERAP program for six weeks, starting on Dec. 1, at 11:59 p.m. Anyone who has fallen behind on rent or may get behind on December rent is encouraged to apply for emergency rental assistance right away, but before Dec. 1 at 11:59 p.m. at oregonrentalassistance.org. 

 

Progress and updated numbers  

 

Through its three-point plan, OHCS and its processing partner, Public Partnerships LLC (PPL), have made significant strides to drive rapid application processing in the past several weeks. Currently, 150 PPL staff are processing applications on behalf of counties with applications outside the 60-/90-day safe harbor period. In the past week, PPL processed close to 770 applications, exceeding their 500-application target.

 

To date, OHCS and LPAs have: 

  • Paid $149,885,088 to landlords and tenants – about $20 million in the past two weeks alone - to help 22,128 Oregon households.
  • Processed and obligated an additional $28.3 million in funds for 3,417 households.
  • Received more than $378.3 million in funding requests via applications.
  • Received more than 50,945 completed applications.

 

Visit the OERAP dashboard for more data.  

 

Applications in review process  

 

About 19,824 applications are in the review process. Our agency is tracking when a tenant completes an OERAP application and the number of applicants that have not been paid outside of the 60-day window (90 days in Multnomah County and unincorporated areas of Washington County). The 60-/90-day window of protection begins when a tenant shows proof they applied for the program. However, this data is not currently available. Applications outside the 60-/90- day window are being moved from the LPA in their county to PPL. 

 

This graph below shows an estimate of the geographic areas with the highest numbers of applications outside the 60- and 90-day windows of protection as of Nov. 24. This graph does not include applications outside the 60-/90-day window from counties that received ERA funding directly from the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

 

 

 

Below is a graphic that shows average application processing times for each county for the OERAP program as of this week. 

 

 

 

 

Multnomah County is not included in this as a comparison because they have a 90-day window. Their average processing time is 75 days. On average, PPL processed applications within an estimated 57 days from when they received the application. Improvements are underway to track PPL processing times that take into account they are taking old applications, rather than taking applications as they come in like LPAs.

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Oregon reports 862 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 50 new deaths
Oregon Health Authority - 11/24/21 2:20 PM

November 24, 2021

Contact: OHA External Relations, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon reports 862 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 50 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — There are 50 new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 5,116, Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

OHA reported 862 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 387,485.

Scheduling note: OHA will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 25, and Friday, Nov. 26, so employees can commemorate Thanksgiving with family and friends. For this reason, there will be no Daily Media Release, Oregon Coronavirus Update or other OHA reports and communications tomorrow, Friday, Saturday and Sunday – Nov. 25 – 28. OHA will be open regular hours on Monday, Nov. 29.

Thank you for understanding.

COVID-19 weekly cases and hospitalizations decline, deaths rise

OHA’s COVID-19 Weekly Report, released today, shows a decrease in daily cases and hospitalizations and an increase in deaths.

OHA reported 5,698 new cases of COVID-19 during the week of Monday, Nov. 15, through Sunday, Nov. 21. That represents a 2.4% decrease from the previous week, despite a 19% increase in reported tests.

There were 133,410 tests for COVID-19 for the week of Nov. 14 through Nov. 20. The percentage of positive tests declined slightly to 6%, down from 6.5% the previous week.

The overall incidence of reported COVID-19 in Oregon varied by county vaccination rate but continues to be less in counties with higher vaccination rates and the lowest in the five counties where the vaccination rates were more than 70%.

There were 268 new COVID-19 hospitalizations, down from 356 last week — a 25% drop.

There were 214 reported COVID-19-related deaths, up from 183 reported the previous week, bringing the state’s toll for the pandemic to more than 5,000. The past three weeks of data for COVID-19 related deaths also reflect ongoing data reconciliation of COVID-19-related deaths that primarily occurred from May to Aug. 2021, as reported last month.

Today’s COVID-19 Weekly Outbreak Report shows 61 active COVID-19 outbreaks in senior living communities and congregate living settings, with three or more confirmed cases and one or more COVID-19 related deaths.

OHA releases new COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough report

OHA’s most recent update on COVID-19 breakthrough cases, released today, found that 71.5% of the 5,875 reported COVID-19 cases between Nov. 14 and Nov. 20 occurred in unvaccinated people.

There were 1,672 breakthrough cases, accounting for 28.5% of all cases.

The average age of the breakthrough cases during that period was 46. Twenty-eight breakthrough cases involved residents of care facilities, senior living communities or other congregate care settings. There were 71 cases in people aged 12 to 17.

To date, there have been 43,398 COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough cases in Oregon. The average age of all cases is 48. Breakthrough cases have been reported in all 36 counties.

Cases of COVID-19 are far more common in unvaccinated people. The report shows that the rate of COVID-19 in unvaccinated people is 4 times higher than in vaccinated people.

To date, 4.4% of all vaccine breakthrough cases have been hospitalized and 1.2% have died. The average age of vaccinated people who died was 81.

Vaccination remains the most effective tool to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The number of vaccine breakthrough cases identified in Oregon remains very small when compared to the more than 2.9 million Oregonians who have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The latest breakthrough report can be found here.

COVID-19 hospitalizations

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 391, which is 13 fewer than yesterday. There are 97 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is five more than yesterday.

There are 51 available adult ICU beds out of 681 total (7% availability) and 347 available adult non-ICU beds out of 4,098 (8% availability).

11/24/2021 Available Beds (and Percentage of Staffed Beds Available)
 StatewideRegion 1Region 2Region 3Region 5Region 6Region 7Region 9
Adult ICU beds available

51

(7%)

24

(7%)

6

(7%)

5

(6%)

6

(10%)

0

(0%)

5

(10%)

5

(19%)

Adult non-ICU beds available

347

(8%)

113

(6%)

16

(3%)

69

(12%)

42

(10%)

8

(17%)

52

(12%)

47

(39%)

The total number of patients in hospital beds may fluctuate between report times. The numbers do not reflect admissions per day, nor the length of hospital stay. Staffing limitations are not captured in this data and may further limit bed capacity.

Note: Please do not visit an emergency department for COVID-19 testing, unless you require emergency care for your symptoms.

Emergency departments in Oregon are under significant strain responding to the current surge in COVID-19. You can find a test here.

If you have a medical condition that doesn’t require emergency care, contact your provider. An urgent care center may also help you get the care you need and will save emergency departments from added strain.

More information about hospital capacity can be found here.

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 23,407 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry on Nov. 23.

Of that total, 11,823 were administered that day. There were 2,548 initial doses, 556 second doses and 8,655 third and booster doses. The remaining 11,.584 doses were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on Nov.23.

The seven-day running average is now 18,737 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered 3,479,971 doses of Pfizer Comirnaty, 58,111 doses of Pfizer pediatric, 2,222,628 doses of Moderna and 241,258 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

As of today, 2,930,891 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,650,699 people have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series.

These data are preliminary and subject to change.

Updated vaccination data are provided on Oregon’s COVID-19 data dashboards and have been updated today.

Cases and deaths

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (10), Benton (12), Clackamas (71), Clatsop (11), Columbia (14), Coos (13), Crook (7), Curry (7), Deschutes (88), Douglas (37), Harney (1), Hood River (8), Jackson (67), Jefferson (2), Josephine (12), Klamath (21), Lane (67), Lincoln (15), Linn (51), Malheur (7), Marion (68), Morrow (2), Multnomah (93), Polk (23), Tillamook (4), Umatilla (15), Union (5), Wallowa (5), Wasco (3), Washington (94), and Yamhill (29).

Oregon’s 5067th COVID-19 related death is a 64-year-old man from Deschutes County who tested positive Sept. 20 and died Sept. 28 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,068th COVID-19 related death is an 82-year-old man from Multnomah County who tested positive Sept. 19 and died Sept. 21 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,069th COVID-19 related death is a 78-year-old woman from Deschutes County who tested positive Aug. 18 and died Sept. 30 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,070th COVID-19 related death is a 61-year-old woman from Multnomah County who tested positive Sept. 15 and died Sept. 27 at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,071st COVID-19 related death is a 49-year-old man from Multnomah County who tested positive Sept. 16 and died Sept. 26 at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,072nd COVID-19 related death is a 58-year-old man from Deschutes County who tested positive Sept. 21 and died Sept. 26 at St. Charles Bend. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,073rd COVID-19 related death is an 86-year-old woman from Washington County who tested positive Sept. 26 and died Sept. 26 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,074th COVID-19 related death is a 69-year-old man from Linn County who tested positive Sept. 13 and died Sept. 27 at Samaritan Albany General Hospital. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,075th COVID-19 related death is a 68-year-old woman from Linn County who tested positive Sept. 28 and died Sept. 27 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,076th COVID-19 related death is a 58-year-old woman from Columbia County who tested positive Sept. 10 and died Sept. 29 at Kaiser Westside Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,077th COVID-19 related death is a 95-year-old man from Marion County who tested positive Sept. 16 and died Sept. 29 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,078th COVID-19 related death is a 52-year-old man from Harney County who tested positive Sept. 9 and died Sept. 30 at St Charles Bend. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,079th COVID-19 related death is an 87-year-old woman from Clackamas County who tested positive Sept. 11 and died Sept. 30 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,080th COVID-19 related death is a 73-year-old woman from Deschutes County who tested positive Sept. 12 and died Oct. 1 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,081st COVID-19 related death is an 87-year-old woman from Clackamas County who tested positive Sept. 28 and died Oct. 1 at Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,082nd COVID-19 related death is an 83-year-old woman from Coos County who tested positive Sept. 20 and died Oct. 1 at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,083rd COVID-19 related death is a 92-year-old man from Marion County who tested positive Sept. 20 and died Oct. 1 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,084th COVID-19 related death is a 97-year-old woman from Lane County who tested positive July 12 and died Oct. 2 at her residence. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,085th COVID-19 related death is a 70-year-old woman from Clackamas County who tested positive March 21 and died Oct. 2 at her residence. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,086th COVID-19 related death is a 71-year-old man from Lane County who tested positive Aug. 28 and died Oct. 2 at Roseburg VA Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,087th COVID-19 related death is a 78-year-old woman from Lane County who tested positive Aug. 27 and died Oct. 3 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,088th COVID-19 related death is a 67-year-old man from Washington County who tested positive Sept. 21 and died Oct. 3 at Kaiser Westside Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,089th COVID-19 related death is a 93-year-old man from Deschutes County who tested positive Sept. 12 and died Oct. 3 at his residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,090th COVID-19 related death is a 62-year-old woman from Washington County who tested positive Sept. 24 and died Oct. 4 at Kaiser Westside Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,091st COVID-19 related death is a 95-year-old woman from Washington County who tested positive Sept. 7 and died Oct. 13 at Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,092nd COVID-19 related death is a 100-year-old woman from Multnomah County who tested positive Sept. 10 and died Oct. 4 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,093rd COVID-19 related death is a 94-year-old woman from Linn County who tested positive Sept. 17 and died Oct. 8 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,094th COVID-19 related death is a 50-year-old woman from Marion County who died Sept. 4 at her residence. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,095th COVID-19 related death is a 65-year-old man from Clackamas County who died Nov. 24 at his residence. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,096th COVID-19 related death is a 24-year-old man from Deschutes County who tested positive Oct. 5 and died Oct. 7 at St. Charles Bend. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,097th COVID-19 related death is an 83-year-old man from Lincoln County who died Aug. 28 at his residence. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,098th COVID-19 related death is a 73-year-old woman from Curry County who died Aug. 31 at Curry General Hospital. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,099th COVID-19 related death is a 78-year-old man from Deschutes County who died Sept. 16 at his residence. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,100th COVID-19 related death is an 88-year-old man from Yamhill County who died Aug. 17 at his residence. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,101st COVID-19 related death is an 86-year-old woman from Douglas County who tested positive Sept. 26 and died Nov. 6 at her residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,102nd COVID-19 related death is a 59-year-old woman from Coos County who tested positive Sept. 9 and died Nov. 17 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,103rd COVID-19 related death is a 73-year-old woman from Columbia County who tested positive Oct. 26 and died Nov. 16 at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,104th COVID-19 related death is a 79-year-old man from Clackamas County who died Sept. 2 at his residence. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,105th COVID-19 related death is a 48-year-old woman from Clackamas County who died Sept. 11 at her residence. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,106th COVID-19 related death is an 88-year-old man from Clackamas County who died Nov. 20, 2020, at his residence. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,107th COVID-19 related death is a 67-year-old woman from Tillamook County who tested positive Oct. 10 and died Oct. 17; location of death is being confirmed. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,108th COVID-19 related death is a 76-year-old woman from Tillamook County who tested positive Sept. 20 and died Nov. 5 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,109th COVID-19 related death is a 67-year-old woman from Marion County who tested positive Nov. 16 and died Nov. 15 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,110th COVID-19 related death is an 81-year-old man from Klamath County who tested positive Nov. 12 and died Nov. 21 at Sky Lakes Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,111th COVID-19 related death is a 61-year-old man from Josephine County who died Aug. 20 at his residence. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,112th COVID-19 related death is a 56-year-old woman from Josephine County who died Aug. 23 at her residence. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,113th COVID-19 related death is a 74-year-old man from Josephine County who died Aug. 24 at his residence. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,114th COVID-19 related death is a 58-year-old man from Jackson County who tested positive Nov. 22 and died Nov. 23 at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,115th COVID-19 related death is an 89-year-old woman from Wasco County who died December 30, 2020, at her residence. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,116th COVID-19 related death is a 98-year-old man from Umatilla County who tested positive Nov. 10 and died Nov. 18. Location of death and presence of underlying conditions are being confirmed.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccinations  

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine situation in Oregon, visit our web page (English or Spanish), which has a breakdown of distribution and other information.

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DPSST Applicant Review Committee Meeting Scheduled 12-8-2021
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 11/24/21 12:56 PM

APPLICANT REVIEW COMMITTEE

MEETING SCHEDULED

 

Notice of Regular Meeting

 The Applicant Review Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 1:00 p.m. December 8, 2021, at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training located at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon. For further information, please contact Shelby Alexander at (503)378-2191.

 

The Applicant Review Committee meeting will be live streamed on the DPSST Facebook page @ https://www.facebook.com/DPSSTOregon

 

Agenda Items:

1. Introductions 

2. Approve October 27, 2021 Meeting Minutes 

3. Committee Membership – Chair and Vice Chair

          Presented by Marsha Morin

4. Committee Process Overview

          Presented by Marsha Morin

5. Bryan Holloway, DPSST No. 61910; Department of Corrections-Snake River Correctional Institution 

          Presented by Jordan James-Largent

6. Inquiry Closure Memos – Information Only 

          Presented by Jordan James-Largent

7. Next Applicant Review Committee Meeting – January 26, 2022 at 1:00 p.m.

 

 

Administrative Announcement

This is a public meeting, subject to the public meeting law and it will be recorded. Deliberation of issues will only be conducted by Applicant Review Committee members unless permitted by the Chair. Individuals who engage in disruptive behavior that impedes official business will be asked to stop being disruptive or leave the meeting. Additional measures may be taken to have disruptive individuals removed if their continued presence poses a safety risk to the other persons in the room or makes it impossible to continue the meeting.


Rules Advisory Committee (RAC) meets Dec. 2
Oregon Health Authority - 11/24/21 12:51 PM

November 24, 2021

Contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, PHD.Communications@dhsoha.state.or.us

Rules Advisory Committee (RAC) meets Dec. 2

What: Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is convening a Rules Advisory Committee (RAC) to provide input to OHA on rules regarding indoor mask requirements necessary to prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19, specifically:

  • 333-019-1025: Masking Requirements for Indoor Spaces

The current temporary rule for Masking Requirements in Indoor Spaces (OAR 333-019-1025) can be found at: https://secure.sos.state.or.us/oard/viewSingleRule.action?ruleVrsnRsn=283859

Purpose: The purpose of the RAC meeting is to seek input from committee members on the rules, including the projected burden and fiscal impact of the rules and suggestions for alternative language.

The general public is invited to attend the RAC meeting in listen-only mode. Public comments are not accepted during the RAC meeting.

After the rule is formally proposed, there will be a public comment period and a public hearing. During the public comment period anyone may submit written comments to OHA. At the public hearing, the public may give oral testimony. If you would like to receive information about these opportunities when they are available, please contact lichealth.rules@dhsoha.state.or.us">publichealth.rules@dhsoha.state.or.us to be added to the interested parties list.

When: Dec. 2, 2021, 2-4 p.m.

Where: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2885314643607784975

Background: The COVID-19-related rule regarding wearing a mask in indoor spaces was amended or adopted via the temporary rulemaking process; the rules will now go through the regular rulemaking process.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters
  • Written material in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please email lichealth.rules@dhsoha.state.or.us">publichealth.rules@dhsoha.state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.


Housing Stability Council Monthly Meeting -December 3rd, 2021
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 11/24/21 12:11 PM

9:00: Meeting Called to Order  
9:05: Public Comment
 
9:15: Report of the Director
 
9:45: Homeownership Division

Emese Perfecto, Director, Homeownership

•Oregon Bond Loan Approvals:  Kim Freeman, Assistant Director Homeownership Programs

•Down Payment Assistance DPA programmatic framework for a briefing: Alycia Howell, HOAP Program Analyst 
•HAF update: Ryan Vanden Brink, Assistant Director Homeowner Assistance Programs     
Decision

10:45: Affordable Rental Housing Division 
Natasha Detweiler, Director, Affordable Rental Housing

• MF Housing Transactions:
o The Joyce: Tanya Stagray, Production Analyst, Joanne Sheehy & Tai Dunson-Strane, Interim Production Manager  
o Traditions at Hazelwood: Alan Borges, Production Analyst & Tai Dunson-Strane, Interim Production Manager  
•Funding Calendar:  Roberto Franco, Assistant Director Development Resources and Production &

12:00: 15-minute Break  

12:15: 2020 Wildfire Recovery
Ryan Flynn, Assistant Director, Disaster Recovery & Resiliency

•CDBG-DR: Ryan Flynn, Tony Ramirez and Kevin O’Neill from HUD      

1:00: Emergency Rental Assistance & Landlord Compensation Fund

•ERA & LCF Update: Laura Lien, Assistant Director of Homeless Services, Sam Kenney, Senior Homeless Services Policy Analyst, Lauren Dressen, Rental Assistance Program Coordinator      

1:45: Report of the Chair
 
2:00: Meeting Adjourned
 




Attached Media Files: 2021-11/1810/150415/2021-DEC-03-HSC-Meeting-Agenda.pdf

Nov. 24 Oregon Employment Department Media Statement
Oregon Employment Department - 11/24/21 11:55 AM

Our next media availability is scheduled for 1 p.m., Wed., Dec. 1.

Helping Oregonians Get Back to Work
The Oregon Employment Department and its WorkSource Oregon partners continue to help workers find good jobs and employers find talented employees. WorkSource Oregon centers are offering job fairs and employer meet-and-greets across the state. 

Here are a few highlights of upcoming WorkSource Oregon events:

  • virtual job fair hosted by the Oregon Dept. of Health Services is scheduled for Noon – 1 p.m. Tues., Nov. 30
  • Veterans job fair is scheduled for Sat., Dec. 4, in White City, Oregon.
  • Meet the Employer events are scheduled in Salem on Wed., Dec. 8 and Thurs., Dec. 9
  • A job fair with interviews conducted on-site is scheduled from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sat., Dec. 11 at the Portland VA Medical Center

More information on these events and more are at WorkSourceOregon.org.

Economic Update 

Oregon’s unemployment rate was 4.4% in October. The state has regained 74% of its pandemic recession job losses, compared with 81% for the U.S. The Employment Department also recently released unemployment rates and jobs numbers for all Oregon counties in October.

Eleven of Oregon’s counties had unemployment rates at or below the statewide rate of 4.4%. Wheeler County had the lowest unemployment rate in the state (2.8%), while Grant County had the highest rate (6.4%) in October. 

Oregon’s rural areas are still further ahead in their collective recovery than the state’s metropolitan areas. As of October, rural counties had regained 81% of the jobs lost in spring 2020. 

Oregon’s metropolitan areas have seen more improvement in job gains in recent months. As of October, Oregon’s metropolitan areas have regained seven out of 10 jobs lost in the spring of 2020. At least nine out of 10 jobs have been regained in the Albany and Bend areas. 

Within the Portland area, Multnomah still lags behind all other metropolitan counties. Half of the county’s spring 2020 job losses were regained by October 2021.

Last week the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released their latest job openings and labor turnover survey results for all states. Oregon made the list of states with significant changes in several aspects of job openings and worker movements in September. 

  • Oregon was one of 10 states with a significant decline in job openings (-11,000) between August and September.
  • Oregon was one of 12 states with significantly fewer layoffs in September (-10,000).
  • Oregon also was one of 20 states with a significant increase in job separations over the month. Job separations may occur due to layoffs, being fired, retiring, or quitting.
  • It was also notable that Oregon’s quits rate rose significantly, from 2.9% in August to 3.9% in September.

Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Update

The Oregon Employment Department will meet a significant milestone in the development of the PFMLI program next week. We appreciate the immense employee effort it took to get us to this point.

Two public hearings are scheduled on the first batch of PFMLI’s administrative rules. These relate specifically to wages, contributions, employer size, assistance grants, self-employed people and the PFLMI program’s outreach plan.

The virtual hearings are set for 9 – 11 a.m. Tues., Nov. 30, 2021 and 4 – 6 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 9, 2021. The public can register to attend either or both public hearings or submit their feedback to ules@employ.oregon.gov">OED_Rules@employ.oregon.gov.

The first batch of PFLMI’s administrative rules can be reviewed at the OED website

The PFMLI Rulemaking Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet 9 – 11 a.m. Thurs., Dec. 2 and 9 – 11:30 a.m. Tues., Dec. 7. They will discuss the second batch of PFMLI’s proposed administrative rules, which relate specifically to equivalent plans. Businesses have the option to develop their equivalent PFMLI benefit plan instead of participating in the Oregon state PFMLI program.

RAC meetings are one of many opportunities the public will have to provide comments on proposed rules before they enter into the formal rulemaking process. 

The drafts of the second batch of PFLMI’s administrative rules can be reviewed at the OED website.

We are on track to meet our timelines and are confident in our ability to successfully launch this critically needed safety net program.

Employer Payroll Tax Update

As a reminder, the Employment Department has good news for employers next year. Oregon is lowering the payroll tax rate to an average rate of 1.97 percent (tax schedule three) for the 2022 calendar year. This is down from an average rate of 2.26 percent (tax schedule four) in 2021. House Bill 3389 allows Oregon to lower tax rates while other states are increasing UI tax rates and continuing to borrow funds.

The department updated the legislature about implementing HB 3389 last week in the 2021 Senate Interim Committee on Labor and Business hearing

The department has mailed individual 2022 tax rate notices to employers. Any employer who has not received their notice should contact the Employment Department Tax Section at OED_Taxinfo_User@oregon.gov or call 503-947-1488. Due to the projected high call volume, employers may receive a quicker response by emailing the department or using the Oregon Payroll Reporting System website. More information is on our employer taxes webpage.

Last week’s statistics

  • Last week, the Employment Department paid about $18.7 million in benefits to nearly 26,700 Oregonians.
  • From Monday, Nov. 15 – Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, the Employment Department answered more than 98% of calls in 15 minutes or less. Of all the calls, more than 94% were answered in under five minutes. 
  • Approximately 96% of Contact Us inquiries were resolved in seven days or less. 

Upcoming Holiday Hours

All Oregon Employment Department offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 25, and Friday, Nov. 26, for the Thanksgiving holiday and the UI and PUA contact centers will not be accepting inbound calls. 

Because of the holiday, some benefit payments may be delayed, and people may not see their claims online until Tuesday, Nov. 30. 

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Equal Opportunity program — auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Contact: 971-673-6400. For people who are deaf or hard of hearing, call 711 Telecommunications Relay Services.




Attached Media Files: 2021-11/930/150414/11.24.21_media_statement_FINAL.pdf

ODHS Joins National Partnership to Reduce and Prevent Child Maltreatment and Fatalities
Oregon Department of Human Services - 11/24/21 11:04 AM

Child welfare leaders are shifting the field to be more proactive, aiming to prevent tragedies

(Salem, Ore.) – Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) this week announced their involvement in a national effort to strengthen families, identify and protect children at risk, and save the lives of children.   

In early 2020, the ODHS Child Welfare Division began receiving technical assistance from the University of Kentucky Center for Innovation in Population Health to apply safety science to ODHS Child Welfare child fatality reviews (often called “critical incidents”). Safety science provides a framework for Child Welfare to better understand the complexities of the work and supports professionals to process, share, and learn from child fatalities to prevent additional tragedies.  

This week, in collaboration with 26 other state, county and tribal child and family serving agencies the National Partnership for Child Safety (NPCS) was announced. The partnership is supported by Casey Family Programs. Aligned with the ODHS Child Welfare Vision for Transformation, the NPCS helps Oregon move towards a more preventative child and family well-being system. NPCS members will share key information and obtain peer-to-peer support with the goal of improving child safety and preventing child maltreatment and fatalities. 


“While a child fatality is tragic and rare, the factors that led to the death may not be unique. With a safety science approach, we can create a culture of learning that helps us better understand how and why decisions are made and offer recommendations. This will build a stronger system focused on supporting families,” says Child Welfare Director Rebecca Jones Gaston. 

The safety science approach connects Child Welfare agencies with community partners and hopes to build support for families before crises occur. It also includes supporting staff. In Oregon, some examples of this are reflected in recent safe sleep education tools, providing one-on-one and group sessions for staff who have experienced a traumatic incident and agency-wide suicide prevention training.  

To request an interview with a spokesperson for the National Partnership for Child Safety, please contact Jennifer Devlin at 703-966-3241 or devlin7@gmail.com">jenniferdevlin7@gmail.com

About the ODHS Child Welfare Division

The Oregon Department of Human Services, Child Welfare Division is committed to transforming itself to better support the individual needs of families and to best serve Oregon’s children and young people. Report child abuse to the Oregon Child Abuse Hotline by calling 1-855-503-SAFE (7233). This toll-free number allows you to report abuse of any child or adult to the Oregon Department of Human Services, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

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Oregon State Hospital Salem campus resumes family visitation
Oregon Health Authority - 11/24/21 10:31 AM

November 24, 2021

Media contact: Aria Seligmann, i.l.seligmann@dhsoha.state.or.us">ari.l.seligmann@dhsoha.state.or.us, 503-910-9239

Oregon State Hospital Salem campus resumes family visitation

Beginning Wednesday, Nov. 24, in-person visitation with family and friends will resume for vaccinated patients on the Oregon State Hospital Salem campus — with safety precautions in place to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

The Junction City campus has been open for visitation since early October, when Lane County’s COVID-19 weekly test positivity rate fell below 8 percent, which is within the CDC’s “moderate” range. Marion County, however, has not met that threshold until now, when projections and corresponding evidence from state epidemiologists show it has reached that range.

“I’m thrilled to have reached this point, when patients and their families can finally see each other in person,” said Superintendent Dolly Matteucci.

At the hospital, stringent infection prevention protocols have kept patients safe. OSH was one of the last psychiatric hospitals in the country to have a positive patient case and the numbers of patient positive cases are far lower than that of other hospitals, jails, prisons and long-term care facilities in Oregon. No OSH patient has died from COVID-19.

In-person visitation will not be available to unvaccinated patients, patients on Persons Under Investigation (PUI) units, where OSH monitors patients who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19, or patients on admissions units, who are quarantined for two weeks before mixing with the rest of the patient population. Visitation for unvaccinated patients will be allowed in the future when the risk of infection is lower.

In order to minimize infection risk, the hospital has created new guidelines for visitation, including requiring advance scheduling, limiting visitors to two per patient, requiring patients and visitors to wear masks, spacing chairs apart to allow physical distancing and not allowing consumption of food or beverages during the visit. In addition, all visitors must complete a health screening before entering the hospital. Those who refuse or fail the health screening will be asked to reschedule their visit.

The hospital will create separate visitation areas for patients based on their level of vulnerability to COVID-19. Video visits will continue to be available to all patients.

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Measure 110 Oversight and Accountability Council meets Wednesdays in December
Oregon Health Authority - 11/24/21 10:27 AM

November 24, 2021

Media contact: Aria Seligmann, 503-910-9239, i.l.seligmann@dhsoha.state.or.us">ari.l.seligmann@dhsoha.state.or.us

Measure 110 Oversight and Accountability Council meets Wednesdays in December

What: Public meetings of the Drug Treatment and Recovery Act (Measure 110) Oversight and Accountability Council.

Agenda: Posted on the Oversight and Accountability web page prior to each meeting.

When: Wednesdays, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Where: Virtual. YouTube link with live captions (English and Spanish): 

Dec. 1 https://youtu.be/J-cs8Y0Rgh4

Dec. 8 https://youtu.be/yhxNWqlf_54

Dec. 15 https://youtu.be/9pMKBIdP_ps

Dec. 22 https://youtu.be/C7gAu4JHieg

Dec. 29 https://youtu.be/TtbJqP74FH4

Purpose: The Drug Treatment and Recovery Act (Measure 110) Oversight and Accountability Council oversees the establishment of Behavioral Health Resource Networks throughout Oregon. The OAC will hold regular meetings to accomplish the necessary steps to fund and set up the centers.

Read more about the OAC. Read more about Measure 110.

Questions? Contact e110@dhsoha.state.or.us">OHA.Measure110@dhsoha.state.or.us

Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters
  • Written materials in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Jessica Carroll at 503-580-9883, 711 TTY or roll@dhsoha.state.or.us">jessica.a.carroll@dhsoha.state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.


Coffee Creek Correctional Facility reports in-custody death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 11/24/21 9:18 AM
Delores A. Hunter
Delores A. Hunter
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An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody, Delores Amelia Hunter, died the morning of November 24, 2021. Hunter was incarcerated at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF) and passed away in the infirmary while on hospice care. As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified.

Hunter entered DOC custody on November 3, 2016, from Tillamook County with an earliest release date of April 28, 2022. Hunter was 59 years old.

DOC takes all in-custody deaths seriously. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of 12,000 individuals who are incarcerated in 13 institutions across the state. While crime information is public record, DOC elects to disclose only upon request out of respect for any family or victims.

CCCF is a multi-custody prison located in Wilsonville accommodating 1,260 adults in custody. The prison has cell and dormitory housing, work programs, skills training, treatment programs, health services, religious services, physical plant, a central records unit, and administrative areas. CCCF participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises, including a contact center, auto CAD, and document scanning. In addition, CCCF houses the state’s intake center, which provides intake and evaluation of all individuals committed to state custody by the courts. The intake center houses approximately 400 adults in custody. CCCF’s minimum facility opened in 2001, and the medium facility opened in 2002.

 

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Attached Media Files: Delores A. Hunter

Gift Responsibly - Lottery Tickets are Never for Children
Oregon Lottery - 11/24/21 8:10 AM

Nov. 24, 2021 - Salem, Ore. – The Oregon Lottery would like to remind everyone that no matter the time of year, you must be at least 18 years old to play Lottery games.

Each holiday season, Oregon Lottery ticket sales experience a spike as people buy tickets as stocking stuffers, gift tags and easy-to-give gifts. The holiday gift-giving season also provides the Lottery with an opportunity to share the message that if the gift is a Lottery ticket, be sure the gift’s recipient is at least 18 years old.

“While we put added emphasis on this during the holidays, it is simply part of how we promote our games year-round,” said Oregon Lottery Senior Marketing Product Manager Stacy Shaw, also a board member of the Oregon Council on Problem Gambling. “We believe that responsible gaming is for all customers, all the time.”

During this holiday season, the Oregon Lottery and lotteries worldwide are partnering with the National Council on Problem Gambling and the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at Canada’s McGill University to promote giving lottery tickets responsibly. The Oregon Lottery has been part of this annual campaign for over a decade.

Oregon Lottery proceeds provide funding for free, confidential, and effective problem gambling treatment programs statewide. Since 1992, over $111 million in Lottery dollars has been directed to fund problem gambling treatment and awareness in Oregon.

 

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Tue. 11/23/21
Oregon reports 869 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 51 new deaths
Oregon Health Authority - 11/23/21 4:27 PM

November 23, 2021

Contact: OHA External Relations, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon reports 869 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 51 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — There are 51 new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 5,066, Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

OHA reported 869 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 386,634.

Link to today’s OHA media availability

This afternoon OHA Director Patrick Allen; Colt Gill, Director of the Oregon Department of Education; and Dr. Dean Sidelinger, Oregon State Medical Officer and State Epidemiologist answered media questions and provided an update on the latest developments in the COVID-19 pandemic in Oregon.

Here are the talking points and here is the video.

COVID-19 extra dose tracking at Oregon long-term care facilities

Starting today OHA’s Long-Term Care Facility Vaccination dashboard, available here, will include extra dose information that allows the agency to continue to track vaccination efforts at nursing, assisted living and residential care facilities licensed by the Oregon Department of Human Services’ (ODHS) Office of Aging and People with Disabilities.

Long-term care facilities are currently required to report COVID-19 vaccination data to the state, effective June 1, 2021. On Oct. 18, this requirement was expanded to include reporting of extra doses, which refers to any COVID-19 vaccine received after completion of the primary series, either as a booster dose or an additional dose.

The dashboard will continue to be updated on a weekly basis.

“This tool is an important resource for OHA and ODHS to monitor regional and statewide trends, and for facilities as they plan for ongoing COVID-19 vaccination needs,” said Rebecca Pierce, Ph.D., manager of the Healthcare-Associated Infections Program in the OHA Public Health Division’s Acute & Communicable Disease Prevention Section.

“Extra dose data provide a more complete picture of vaccination coverage in long-term care,” she said.

The extra dose information on the dashboard can be used to track vaccination progress over time. The dashboard makes it possible to monitor based on different filters, such as by region or county.

As of November 1, 3,785 staff members have received an extra dose, representing 26.3% of staff reported as eligible and 14% of all staff among reporting long-term care facilities. For residents, 6,576 have received an extra dose, representing 40.4% of residents reported as eligible and 28.8% of all residents among reporting long-term care facilities.

Tremendous progress has been made by Oregon long-term care facilities in surpassing the state 80% benchmark for staff and resident COVID-19 primary series vaccination. OHA and ODHS have continued to collaborate with facilities, labor, trade associations and long-term care pharmacies to communicate and educate facility operators to provide extra doses for those who are eligible. The agencies will continue to ensure ongoing vaccination is available to residents and the workforce serving them, both of whom have faced extreme hardship during this pandemic.

COVID-19 hospitalizations

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 404, which is nine more than yesterday. There are 92 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is six more than yesterday.

There are 44 available adult ICU beds out of 681 total (6% availability) and 316 available adult non-ICU beds out of 4,090 (8% availability). 

11/23/2021 Available Beds (and Percentage of Staffed Beds Available)

 

Statewide

Region 1

Region 2

Region 3

Region 5

Region 6

Region 7

Region 9

Adult ICU beds available

44

(6%)

20

(6%)

3

(4%)

5

(6%)

7

(12%)

2

(20%)

5

(10%)

2

(8%)

Adult non-ICU beds available

316

(8%)

51

(3%)

24

(4%)

71

(12%)

35

(8%)

5

(10%)

87

(21%)

43

(36%)

The total number of patients in hospital beds may fluctuate between report times. The numbers do not reflect admissions per day, nor the length of hospital stay. Staffing limitations are not captured in this data and may further limit bed capacity.

Note: Please do not visit an emergency department for COVID-19 testing, unless you require emergency care for your symptoms.

Emergency departments in Oregon are under significant strain. You can find a test here.

If you have a medical condition that doesn’t require emergency care, contact your provider. An urgent care center may also help you get the care you need and will save emergency departments from added strain.

More information about hospital capacity can be found here.

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 38,587 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry on Nov. 22. Of that total, 2,429 were initial doses, 518 were second doses and 8,611 were third doses and booster doses. The remaining 26,955 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on Nov. 22.

The seven-day running average is now 18,679 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered 3,470,331 doses of Pfizer Comirnaty, 55,385 doses of Pfizer pediatric, 2,212,331 doses of Moderna and 240,629 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

As of today, 2,925,610 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,649,067 people have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series.

These data are preliminary and subject to change.

Updated vaccination data are provided on Oregon’s COVID-19 data dashboards and have been updated today.

Cases and COVID-19 deaths

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (11), Benton (3), Clackamas (68), Clatsop (5), Columbia (10), Coos (22), Crook (16), Curry (6), Deschutes (58), Douglas (43), Grant (1), Hood River (11), Jackson (50), Jefferson (3), Josephine (16), Klamath (40), Lake (3), Lane (68), Lincoln (11), Linn (23), Malheur (6), Marion (105), Morrow (2), Multnomah (83), Polk (54), Sherman (2), Tillamook (5), Umatilla (15), Union (16), Wallowa (5), Wasco (7), Washington (71) and Yamhill (30).

Note: Oregon’s 2,582nd and 1,733rd deaths, reported on June 15 and May 15 respectively, were identified to be the same person.

Additionally, updated information is known about Oregon’s 4,519th death, a 56-year-old woman from Umatilla County. She is not deceased and has been removed from the line list.

Because of these updates, we are renumbering our reports to start with 5,016 today.

Oregon’s 5,016th COVID-19 related death is a 69-year-old man from Multnomah County who tested positive Sept. 28 and died Sept. 28 at Adventist Health Portland. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,017th COVID-19 related death is a 78-year-old man from Washington County who tested positive Sept. 10 and died Sept. 18 at Hillsboro Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,018th COVID-19 related death is a 79-year-old man from Linn County who first became symptomatic Sept. 12 and died Sept. 19 at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,019th COVID-19 related death is a 64-year-old man from Linn County who tested positive Sept. 5 and died Sept. 19 at Samaritan Albany General Hospital. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,020th COVID-19 related death is a 44-year-old man from Washington County who tested positive Aug. 17 and died Sept. 19 at Providence St Vincent Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5021st COVID-19 related death is an 88-year-old man from Marion County who tested positive Sept. 10 and died Sept. 19 at his residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5022nd COVID-19 related death is a 79-year-old man from Deschutes County who tested positive Sept. 3 and died Sept. 19 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,023rd COVID-19 related death is an 89-year-old woman from Umatilla County who tested positive Sept. 7 and died Sept. 20 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,024th COVID-19 related death is an 83-year-old man from Yamhill County who tested positive Sept. 8 and died Sept. 20 at Providence Newberg Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,025th COVID-19 related death is an 81-year-old man from Linn County who tested positive Sept. 20 and died Sept. 20 at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,026th COVID-19 related death is a 93-year-old man from Multnomah County who tested positive Sept. 13 and died Sept. 20 at his residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,027th COVID-19 related death is a 69-year-old man from Clackamas County who tested positive Sept. 2 and died Sept. 20 at Providence Portland Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,028th COVID-19 related death is an 89-year-old woman from Douglas County who tested positive Aug. 19 and died Sept. 21 at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,029th COVID-19 related death is an 80-year-old woman from Clackamas County who tested positive Aug. 3 and died Sept. 21 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,030th COVID-19 related death is a 45-year-old man from Josephine County who tested positive Aug. 20 and died Sept. 21 at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,031st COVID-19 related death is a 75-year-old man from Washington County who tested positive Sept. 5 and died Sept. 21 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,032nd COVID-19 related death is a 72-year-old woman from Multnomah County who tested positive Sept. 3 and died Sept. 21 at Adventist Health Portland. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,033rd COVID-19 related death is a 67-year-old man from Washington County who tested positive Sept. 4 and died Sept. 21 at Providence Portland Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,034th COVID-19 related death is a 91-year-old man from Linn County who tested positive Sept.19 and died Sept. 21 at Samaritan Lebanon Regional Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,035th COVID-19 related death is a 94-year-old man from Washington County who tested positive Sept. 20 and died Sept. 21 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,036th COVID-19 related death is a 94-year-old man from Klamath County who tested positive Sept. 10 and died Sept. 22 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,037th COVID-19 related death is a 56-year-old man from Curry County who tested positive Sept. 4 and died Sept. 22 at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,038th COVID-19 related death is a 61-year-old man from Lincoln County who tested positive Sept. 6 and died Sept. 22 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,039th COVID-19 related death is a 72-year-old man from Jefferson County who tested positive Sept. 8 and died Sept. 22 at St. Charles Bend. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,040th COVID-19 related death is a 63-year-old man from Washington County who tested positive Sept. 6 and died Sept. 24 at OHSU Hillsboro Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,041st COVID-19 related death is a 50-year-old man from Deschutes County who tested positive Sept. 12 and died Sept. 24 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,042nd COVID-19 related death is a 67-year-old woman from Klamath County who tested positive Aug. 18 and died Sept. 24 at Sky Lakes Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,043rd COVID-19 related death is a 72-year-old man from Linn County who tested positive Aug. 30 and died Sept. 24 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,044th COVID-19 related death is an 85-year-old woman from Josephine County who tested positive Sept. 4 and died Sept. 25 at her residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,045th COVID-19 related death is an 86-year-old woman from Lane County who tested positive Sept. 1 and died Sept. 25 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,046th COVID-19 related death is a 71-year-old woman from Linn County who tested positive May 1 and died Sept. 26 at her residence. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,047th COVID-19 related death is a 38-year-old man from Klamath County who tested positive Sept. 9 and died Sept. 26 at Oregon Health & Science University Hospital. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,048th COVID-19 related death is a 79-year-old man from Washington County who tested positive Sept. 10 and died Sept. 19 at Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,049th COVID-19 related death is a 76-year-old man from Lane County who tested positive Nov. 4 and died Nov. 21 at McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,050th COVID-19 related death is an 81-year-old woman from Lane County who tested positive Nov. 4 and died Nov. 18 at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,051st COVID-19 related death is a 97-year-old man from Josephine County who tested positive Nov. 13 and died Nov. 19 at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,052nd COVID-19 related death is a 71-year-old man from Jackson County who tested positive Nov. 3 and died Nov. 19 at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,053rd COVID-19 related death is a 90-year-old woman from Jackson County who tested positive Oct. 15 and died Nov. 10 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,054th COVID-19 related death is an 83-year-old man from Crook County who tested positive Nov. 6 and died Nov. 19 at St. Charles Bend. He had no underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,055th COVID-19 related death is a 49-year-old man from Clackamas County who tested positive Aug. 24 and died Oct. 9 at Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,056th COVID-19 related death is a 44-year-old man from Marion County who tested positive Nov. 5 and died Nov. 20. Location of death and presence of underlying conditions are being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,057th COVID-19 related death is an 83-year-old man from Marion County who tested positive Nov. 4 and died Nov. 18 at Salem Hospital. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,058th COVID-19 related death is an 84-year-old man from Marion County who tested positive Nov. 17 and died Nov. 21 at Salem Hospital. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,059th COVID-19 related death is an 83-year-old woman from Marion County who tested positive Nov. 11 and died Nov. 15 at Salem Hospital. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,060th COVID-19 related death is a 61-year-old man from Morrow County who tested positive Nov. 16 and died Nov. 17 at Good Shepherd Hospital. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,061st COVID-19 related death is a 67-year-old woman from Polk County who tested positive Oct. 29 and died Nov. 20 at Salem Hospital. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,062nd COVID-19 related death is a 69-year-old man from Umatilla County who tested positive Sept. 27 and died Nov. 21 at Providence Portland Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,063rd COVID-19 related death is a 78-year-old man from Umatilla County who tested positive Oct. 27 and died Nov. 17 at his residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,064th COVID-19 related death is a 59-year-old woman from Yamhill County who tested positive Nov. 8 and died Nov. 19 at Salem Hospital. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,065th COVID-19 related death is an 81-year-old woman from Yamhill County who tested positive Nov. 17 and died Nov. 20 at Willamette Valley Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,066th COVID-19 related death is an 87-year-old man from Wasco County who tested positive Oct. 21 and died Nov. 21 at Mid-Columbia Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccinations  

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine situation in Oregon, visit our web page (English or Spanish), which has a breakdown of distribution and other information.


Leader of Local Drug Trafficking Organization Pleads Guilty
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 11/23/21 3:18 PM

PORTLAND, Ore.—A Mexican national residing in Oregon City, Oregon pleaded guilty today for his leadership role in a conspiracy to traffic large quantities of methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine from Mexico for resale in Oregon and Washington State.

Victor Alvarez Farfan, 49, pleaded guilty to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute and distribute controlled substances and illegal reentry. 

Farfan is the last of 23 defendants charged in the conspiracy to plead guilty. This is Farfan’s second federal conviction in the District of Oregon for drug trafficking and illegal reentry.

According to court documents, Farfan received approximately 20 kilograms of methamphetamine, half a kilogram of heroin and two kilograms of fentanyl from a drug cartel based in Michoacan, Mexico. He and his associates would then resell the methamphetamine and heroin in Hillsboro, Gresham, Portland and Hood River, Oregon, and Tacoma, Washington. Farfan also oversaw the manufacturing of crystal methamphetamine from its liquid form. As part of the conspiracy, one of Farfan’s co-conspirators, Eduardo Alvarez Farfan, 27, of Gresham, provided the two kilograms of fentanyl to a co-conspirator, Noe Antonio Machado-Madrano, 26, who had flown in from Baltimore, Maryland. Investigators arrested Machado-Madrano at a bus station and seized the fentanyl.

On October 17, 2018, a federal grand jury in Portland returned a nine-count indictment charging Farfan and 21 co-defendants with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and distribute methamphetamine, heroin, and cocaine; use of a communication facility, including cellular telephones, in the commission of a controlled substances felony; maintaining drug-involved premises to manufacture and distribute controlled substances; interstate distribution of drug proceeds and money laundering.

On October 24, 2018, a coordinated law enforcement operation led by the FBI with assistance from Homeland Security Investigations, the Westside Interagency Narcotics (WIN) Task Force and the Clackamas County Interagency Task Force (CCITF) resulted in the arrest of Farfan and 17 co-defendants.

Later, on November 27, 2018, Farfan was charged in a second indictment with illegal reentry.

Farfan faces a maximum sentence of life in prison with a 10-year mandatory minimum sentence and a fine of $10 million or twice the gross gains or losses resulting from his offense. With Farfan’s continued acceptance of responsibility, the U.S. Attorney’s Office will recommend a sentence of 180 months in federal prison when he is sentenced on February 15, 2022 before U.S. District Court Judge Michael H. Simon.

As part of the plea agreement, Farfan has agreed to forfeit any criminally-derived proceeds and property used to facilitate his crimes identified by the government prior to sentencing and pay $100,000 to satisfy a forfeiture money judgment.

Acting U.S. Attorney Scott Erik Asphaug of the District of Oregon made the announcement.

This case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon and is the result of a joint investigation by FBI, HSI, WIN, and CCITF. Forfeiture was litigated by the U.S. Attorney’s Office Asset Recovery and Money Laundering Division. 

WIN includes representatives from the Washington County Sheriff's Office, the Beaverton Police Department, the Hillsboro Police Department, the Tigard Police Department, the Oregon National Guard Counterdrug Program, and the FBI. CCITF includes representatives from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Clackamas County Community Corrections, Oregon City Police Department, Canby Police Department, FBI and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

This case is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) Strike Force Initiative, which provides for the establishment of permanent multi-agency task force teams that work side-by-side in the same location. This co-located model enables agents from different agencies to collaborate on intelligence-driven, multi-jurisdictional operations to disrupt and dismantle the most significant drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations.

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Nursery industry recognizes officials as 'Friends of Nurseries'
Oregon Association of Nurseries - 11/23/21 3:16 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wilsonville — November 23, 2021 — The Oregon Association of Nurseries (OAN) has announced the winners of its Friends of Nurseries Awards for 2021. These awards are given to elected officials and others who help the association advance the best interests of the nursery industry in some way, whether through key advocacy, coalition building or just good, old-fashioned support for a bill or issue.

Oregon House Republican Leader Christine Drazan (R-Canby) was given the Legislator of the Year award for her key support on several issues, and her strong engagement with the nursery industry and OAN.

“There were enormous stakes during the last session for the viability of the industry and Rep. Drazan simply asked, ‘How can we help?’,” outgoing OAN President Kyle Fessler (Woodburn Nursery & Azaleas Inc., Woodburn) said. “That goes a long way and her commitment to protect the industry is something we wish to highlight as a true partner.”

The Friends of Nurseries winners for 2021 include State Rep. Mark Owens (R-Crane),  Rep. Ken Helm (D-Beaverton), Rep. Jeff Reardon (D-Happy Valley), Rep. Vikki Breese-Iverson (R-Prineville) and Chris Huckleberry, chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Oregon 5th District).

Owens was recognized for contributions on the water supply issue, which is critical for an agricultural industry that is reliant on irrigation. “He was a critical voice of reason that touched every corner of the water debate,” Fessler said.

Helm was also recognized for contributions on this issue, balancing municipal and environmental needs with agricultural needs. “Rep. Helm was a steady hand on all aspects of water policy and set the Water Resources Department on a path toward sustainability and clear policy direction,” Fessler said.

Reardon served on the Natural Resource subcommittee of the Oregon Joint Ways and Means Committee, and helped saw to it that water supply needs were funded. “$535 million and a cogent plan to put the state in the best possible position to stretch water as a precious resource could have not been accomplished without his efforts,” Fessler said. 

Breese Iverson was recognized for her efforts on the House Natural Resources Committee. “She was resolute and clear minded that to compete in the national and global economy, agriculture needs help rather than punitive regulations,” Fessler said. “She proved herself as someone the nursery and greenhouse industry can depend on.”

Huckleberry was recognized as an important liaison between U.S. Rep. Schrader’s office and the nursery industry. “There is little doubt that staff make things happen in a congressional office,” Fessler said. “Huck has been a behind the scenes friend to our industry. He’s a true Oregonian, and an exemplary public servant. He deserves recognition for his decades of service and support of the agricultural community.”


Health Plan Quality Metrics Committee to meet November 30
Oregon Health Authority - 11/23/21 1:40 PM

November 23, 2021

Contact: Philip Schmidt, 503-383-6079, philip.schmidt@dhsoha.state.or.us (media inquiries)

Brian Toups, 503-385-6542, rian.m.toups@dhsoha.state.or.us">brian.m.toups@dhsoha.state.or.us (meeting information or accommodation)

Health Plan Quality Metrics Committee to meet November 30

What: The regular public meeting of the Oregon Health Authority’s Health Plan Quality Metrics Committee (HPQMC).

When: November 30, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: By webinar and conference line only. The public may join remotely through a webinar and conference line:

Agenda: Welcome and Roll Call/Introductions (1:00-1:05); Review agenda and approve minutes (1:05-1:15); Public comment (1:15-1:25); Debrief from joint meeting (1:25-1:40); Workplan for 2022 (1:40-2:00); Committee Membership project (2:10-2:25); Committee recruitment update (2:25-2:35); Wrap-up/adjourn (2:55-3:00).

For more information, please visit the committee's website at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/HPA/ANALYTICS/Pages/Quality-Metrics-Committee.aspx.

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Oregon State Penitentiary reports in-custody death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 11/23/21 1:06 PM
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An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody, John Henry Ross Pryor, died the evening of November 22, 2021. Pryor was incarcerated at Oregon State Penitentiary and passed away in the infirmary while on hospice care. As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified.

Pryor entered DOC custody on April 25, 2016, from Multnomah County with an earliest release date of November 29, 2027. Pryor was 79 years old. Next of kin has been notified.

DOC takes all in-custody deaths seriously. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of 12,000 individuals who are incarcerated in 13 institutions across the state. While crime information is public record, DOC elects to disclose only upon request out of respect for any family or victims.

OSP is a multi-custody prison located in Salem that houses over 2,000 adults in custody. OSP is surrounded by a 25-foot-high wall with 10 towers. The facility has multiple special housing units including disciplinary segregation, behavioral health, intermediate care housing, and an infirmary (with hospice) with 24-hour nursing care. OSP participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including the furniture factory, laundry, metal shop, and contact center. It provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, work-based education, work crews, and pre-release services. OSP was established in 1866 and, until 1959, was Oregon’s only prison.

 

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DUII enforcement and arrests over the last five years (Photo)
Bend Police Dept. - 11/23/21 12:19 PM
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In 2021, the Bend Police Department redirected two traffic unit officer positions to be a dedicated DUII / Aggressive Driving Enforcement Team on afternoon shift hours.  Over the last four years, community members have ranked traffic safety and enforcement consistently high in the bi-annual Bend Police Department survey.  In the 2021 survey, between 70 and 90 percent of community members surveyed ranked distracted driving and speeding as their highest concerns, with over 60 percent of the community members surveyed supporting additional enforcement efforts and additional officers to enforce DUII crimes. 

“The goals of the Bend Police Department are aligned with the goals of our community in ensuring overall safety by enforcing dangerous driving behavior to include DUII enforcement, speeding, and distracted driving,” said Police Chief Mike Krantz.  

Over the last several months, the Bend Police Department has focused on increasing DUII enforcement from this dedicated team, officers on our traffic team, and officers in our patrol division.  The data for the last five years (January 2017 through October 2021) of DUII arrest cases are detailed below and provide more detail of enforcement in Deschutes County.  

The following agencies contributed to the total number of arrests in Deschutes County: Bend Police Department, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, Redmond Police Department, Sunriver Police Department, and Black Butte Police Department.

These law enforcement agencies combined, averaged 1,150 DUII arrests per year (2017, 2018, 2019) or 3.2 arrests per day.  In 2020 and 2021 these agencies were estimated to have a combined average of 825 DUII arrests per year or 2.3 arrests per day.

The below graph details 2,243 DUII arrests made by the Bend Police Department over the previous five years.  There is a noticeable decline from 2019 to 2020 which is representative of the COVID pandemic to include fewer alcohol establishments being open or having reduced hours and likely a reduction in proactive policing contacts such as traffic stops.

 

Additionally, we reviewed data specific to range of Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) range and broke those down into percentage of total arrests.  

Lastly, we reviewed data specific to age at the time of arrest and also broke those down into age range and percentage of total arrests.  

Individuals who drink alcohol or use other intoxicants are encouraged to use ride share opportunities such as Lyft, Uber, Taxi ServiceShuttle Service or designate a sober driver.  Bend Police also encourage community members to report if they suspect a DUII driver by calling the non-emergency line at 541-693-6911 or 911 for an emergency.

The consequences for the first-time conviction of driving under the influence of intoxicants is a one-year driver’s license suspension, a minimum fine of $1,000 and a maximum fine of $6,250 and up to 364 days in jail.

 

Submitted by: Lt. Juli McConkey

 




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PartnerSHIP meets Dec. 6, via Zoom
Oregon Health Authority - 11/23/21 12:14 PM

November 23, 2021

Contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, PHD.Communications@dhsoha.state.or.us

PartnerSHIP meets Dec. 6, via Zoom

What: The PartnerSHIP, tasked with steering implementation of the 2020-2024 State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP), will meet.

Agenda: Receive report out from guidance committee; learn about OHA’s legislative process and identify opportunities for PartnerSHIP contributions; reach consensus on focus strategies for 2022; develop the 2022 work plan.

When: Monday, Dec. 6, 1-3 p.m. This meeting is open to the public.  Comments from the public can be shared via emailing at lichealth.policy@dhsoha.state.or.us">publichealth.policy@dhsoha.state.or.us. Spanish interpretation and closed captioning will be available.

Where: https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1609047098?pwd=UGd2aGcyNXBSblZRejc5ZktUNFpvUT09

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        +1 669 254 5252 US (San Jose)

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Meeting ID: 160 904 7098

Passcode: 806191

Background: Oregon’s State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP), Healthier Together Oregon (HTO), identifies interventions and strategies to address health-related priorities in the state. The SHIP serves as a basis for taking collective action with cross-sector partners to advance health equity.  The SHIP is based off findings from the State Health Assessment.

  • Health departments develop and implement a health improvement plan at least once every five years.
  • The Public Health Division is using the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) framework, widely used by CCOs and local health departments. The MAPP framework uses six phases. The SHA is developed over the first three phases, while the SHIP is developed and implemented over the second three phases.
  • Information about the PartnerSHIP can be found at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/ABOUT/Pages/partnership-committee.aspx

Program contact: Christy Hudson, 971-678-4347, isty.j.hudson@dhsoha.state.or.us">Christy.j.hudson@dhsoha.state.or.us

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23 de noviembre 2021

Contacto para medios: Jonathan Modie, PHD.Communications@dhsoha.state.or.us

PartnerSHIP se reúne el 6 de diciembre, vía Zoom

Asunto: El reformado equipo de Socios Comunitarios, encargado de dirigir la aplicación del Plan Estatal de Mejora de la Salud (SHIP) 2020-2024, se reunirá.

Objetivos de la reunión:

  • Recibir el informe del comité de orientación
  • Conocer el proceso normativo de OHA e identificar las oportunidades de contribución de PartnerSHIP
  • Llegar a un consenso sobre las estrategias de enfoque para el 2022
  • Desarrollar el plan de trabajo para el 2022

Cuándo: Lunes, 6 de deciembre de 2021, 1:00pm – 3:00pm. Esta reunión estará disponible al público en general.   Comentarios del público se pueden compartir con nosotros por correo electrónico lichealth.policy@state.or.us">publichealth.policy@state.or.us. La interpretación en español y subtítulos estarán disponibles. 

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ID de la reunión: 160 904 7098

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Antecedentes: El Plan Estatal de Mejora de la Salud de Oregon (SHIP, por sus siglas en inglés), Healthier Together Oregon (HTO, por sus siglas en inglés),  identifica intervenciones y estrategias para abordar las prioridades relacionadas con la salud en el estado. El SHIP sirve como base para emprender acciones colectivas con socios intersectoriales para mejorar la salud de las personas en Oregón. El SHIP se basa en los resultados de la Evaluación de Salud del Estado.

  • Los departamentos de salud desarrollan e implementan un plan de mejoramiento de la salud al menos una vez cada cinco años.
  • La División de Salud Pública está utilizando el marco de movilización para la acción a través de la planificación y las asociaciones (MAPP), ampliamente utilizado por la CCO's y los departamentos locales de salud. El marco MAPP utiliza seis fases. El SHA se desarrolla en las tres primeras fases, mientras que el SHIP se desarrolla e implementa en las segundas tres fases.
  • Puede encontrar más información sobre PartnerSHIP en: https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/ABOUT/Pages/partnership-committee.aspx

Contacto del programa: Christy Hudson, teléfono: 971-678-4347, isty.j.hudson@dhsoha.state.or.us">christy.j.hudson@dhsoha.state.or.us

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  • Audio y otros formatos

Si necesita ayuda o tiene preguntas, comuníquese con Christy Hudson al 971-678-4347, isty.j.hudson@dhsoha.state.or.us">christy.j.hudson@dhsoha.state.or.us.

Asunto: El reformado equipo de Socios Comunitarios, encargado de dirigir la aplicación del Plan Estatal de Mejora de la Salud (SHIP) 2020-2024, se reunirá.

Objetivos de la reunión:

  • Recibir el informe del comité de orientación
  • Conocer el proceso normativo de OHA e identificar las oportunidades de contribución de PartnerSHIP
  • Llegar a un consenso sobre las estrategias de enfoque para el 2022
  • Desarrollar el plan de trabajo para el 2022

Cuándo: Lunes, 6 de deciembre de 2021, 1:00pm – 3:00pm. Esta reunión estará disponible al público en general.   Comentarios del público se pueden compartir con nosotros por correo electrónico lichealth.policy@state.or.us">publichealth.policy@state.or.us. La interpretación en español y subtítulos estarán disponibles. 

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Números por ubicación:

        +1 669 254 5252 US (San José)

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ID de la reunión: 160 904 7098

Contraseña: 806191

Antecedentes: El Plan Estatal de Mejora de la Salud de Oregon (SHIP, por sus siglas en inglés), Healthier Together Oregon (HTO, por sus siglas en inglés),  identifica intervenciones y estrategias para abordar las prioridades relacionadas con la salud en el estado. El SHIP sirve como base para emprender acciones colectivas con socios intersectoriales para mejorar la salud de las personas en Oregón. El SHIP se basa en los resultados de la Evaluación de Salud del Estado.

  • Los departamentos de salud desarrollan e implementan un plan de mejoramiento de la salud al menos una vez cada cinco años.
  • La División de Salud Pública está utilizando el marco de movilización para la acción a través de la planificación y las asociaciones (MAPP), ampliamente utilizado por la CCO's y los departamentos locales de salud. El marco MAPP utiliza seis fases. El SHA se desarrolla en las tres primeras fases, mientras que el SHIP se desarrolla e implementa en las segundas tres fases.
  • Puede encontrar más información sobre PartnerSHIP en: https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/ABOUT/Pages/partnership-committee.aspx

Contacto del programa: Christy Hudson, teléfono: 971-678-4347, isty.j.hudson@dhsoha.state.or.us">christy.j.hudson@dhsoha.state.or.us

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  • Intérpretes de lenguaje de señas y lenguaje hablado
  • Materiales escritos en otros idiomas.
  • Braille
  • Letra grande
  • Audio y otros formatos

Si necesita ayuda o tiene preguntas, comuníquese con Christy Hudson al 971-678-4347, isty.j.hudson@dhsoha.state.or.us">christy.j.hudson@dhsoha.state.or.us.


Oregon Cannabis Commission's Patient Equity, Governance Frame Working subcommittees meet via Zoom Dec. 2
Oregon Health Authority - 11/23/21 12:12 PM

November 23, 2021

Media contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, PHD.Communications@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon Cannabis Commission's Patient Equity, Governance Frame Working subcommittees meet via Zoom Dec. 2

What: A combined Zoom meeting for the Oregon Cannabis Commission’s Patient Equity and Governance Frame Working subcommittees.

Agenda: TBD. The full agenda will be available at www.healthoregon.org/cannabiscommission.

When: Thursday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to noon.

Where: Zoom Meeting. Members of the public may join remotely by phone at 1-669-254-5252; Meeting ID: 160 309 5176 Passcode: 518401

Background: The Oregon Cannabis Commission was established in the 2017 legislative session through HB 2198. The commission consists of the state health officer or designee and an eight member-panel appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the senate. The commission provides advice to Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission regarding Oregon Administrative Rules that govern medical cannabis as well as retail cannabis as it pertains to patients and caregivers.  Additionally, the commission is tasked with developing a long-term strategic plan for ensuring that cannabis will remain a therapeutic and affordable option for patients and monitoring federal laws, regulations, and policies regarding cannabis.

Visit www.Healthoregon.org/cannabiscommission for more information.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters
  • Written material in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Megan Lockwood at 971-673-0620, 711 TTY or .lockwood@dhsoha.state.or.us">megan.r.lockwood@dhsoha.state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.


Fatal Crash on Enchanted Way near Hwy 164-Marion County
Oregon State Police - 11/23/21 12:02 PM

On Monday, November 22, 2021 at approximately 11:28 AM, Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle rollover crash on Enchanted Way near the Hwy 164 interchange.

Preliminary investigation revealed a southbound Toyota Corolla, operated by Brandon Bailey (30) of Jefferson, was travelling at a high rate speed when the vehicle left the roadway and rolled several times. 

Bailey sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased.

The roadway was closed for approximately 3 hours. 

OSP was assisted by Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Turner Fire Department, Jefferson Fire Department and ODOT. 


BPA closes the book on financially successful 2021
Bonneville Power Administration - 11/23/21 11:45 AM

BPA closes the book on financially successful 2021
10-year power rate trend below inflation – Financial Plan refresh looks to build on success

Portland, Oregon – The Bonneville Power Administration has closed the books on fiscal year 2021. The results outlined in the agency’s annual report indicate enhanced financial strength despite challenges from COVID-19, severe weather and lower than average water. 

“Bonneville’s financial position is solid and our FY 21 results are yet another marker on the positive trajectory we’ve been on for more than four years,” said BPA Administrator and CEO John Hairston. “Our cost discipline continues to benefit our customers. The low-cost, carbon-free energy and reliable transmission we deliver lay a foundation for continued prosperity for the region. And this is another demonstration to our customers that they can count on us to be their energy provider for the long term.”

BPA met all of its annual performance targets in fiscal year 2021 while simultaneously driving the region closer to its clean energy goals. The agency also wrapped up a rate case in July that saw an average 2.5% decrease in power rates for customers. However, the rate impact will vary for each customer depending on their specific BPA product election. 

BPA finished the fiscal year with higher-than-expected net revenues totaling $398 million against a target of $38 million and improved its liquidity position. At the end of FY 2021, agency days cash on hand was 130 days, with both Power Services and Transmission Services well above the 60-day lower threshold for each business unit included in BPA’s Financial Reserves Policy. Power Services’ reserves were high enough to trigger the Reserves Distribution Clause in the amount of $13.7 million. At today’s Quarterly Business Review, BPA announced it is proposing to apply the entire amount to rate relief.  BPA will make the final decision in December after it reviews customer and stakeholder feedback.

BPA’s recently released annual report details grid modernization accomplishments and the agency’s historic decision to join the Western Energy Imbalance Market, which are enabling BPA to unlock more value from the hydropower and transmission system. It also reports on how its Power business line took important steps to lay the groundwork for future long-term power contracts through the Provider of Choice initiative, and profiles how Transmission Services managed to minimize system impacts of the many wildfires that tore through the Northwest. 

BPA is maintaining high investment-grade credit ratings with all three major ratings agencies – Moody’s, Fitch and S&P GlobalEarlier this year, Fitch changed BPA’s outlook from negative to stable. Moody’s and S&P maintained BPA’s stable outlook. 

“These strong results show that BPA is containing costs and building financial resiliency while maintaining power rates well below the rate of inflation for the past four years,” said acting Chief Financial Officer Marcus Harris. “Our goal is to continue to build on these efforts by maintaining our cost discipline and investing capital with higher execution rates, consistent with our strategic asset management plans.”

Financial plan refresh

In September, BPA kicked off an initiative to refresh its financial plan, released in 2018 as a companion to its five-year agency strategy. 

At that time, the agency’s debt-to-asset ratio was approximately 90%. At the end of FY 2021, it stood at around 83%, which is on the high end of the target to achieve a debt-to-asset ratio of between 75% and 85% by 2028. BPA’s long-term target is 60% to 70%. Continuing the downward trend will require a further focus on strategic asset management and a regional commitment to debt reduction.

“Debt service is still a large cost for BPA’s customers,” said Hairston. “As the region continues efforts to green its power portfolio, BPA will have to balance the need to maintain existing infrastructure while devoting capital to new projects that may emerge.”

Access to capital should not be an issue for BPA for the foreseeable future, thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal. The legislation signed into law on Nov. 15 increases the amount of money available for BPA to borrow from the U.S. Treasury from $7.7 billion to $17.7 billion. 

“We appreciate the efforts of those responsible for the borrowing authority increase that provides Bonneville flexibility and funding certainty to meet our near-term and future capital funding levels,” said Hairston. “While access to additional borrowing from Treasury provides these benefits, it doesn’t change our focus on long-term financial goals. We will continue to prioritize prudent debt management and sustainable capital funding practices, which are focuses of our financial plan refresh initiative.”

BPA will continue its financial plan refresh workshops into the winter and spring. Following a public process over the summer, the agency will publish the final financial plan in September 2022. 

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About BPA

The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale electricity from 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant to 142 Northwest electric utilities, serving millions of consumers and businesses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. BPA delivers power via more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines and 259 substations to 490 transmission customers. In all, BPA markets about a third of the electricity consumed in the Northwest and operates three-quarters of the region’s high-voltage transmission grid. BPA also funds one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the world, and, with its partners, pursues cost-effective energy savings and operational solutions that help maintain affordable, reliable and carbon-free electric power for the Northwest. www.bpa.gov 


Oregon reports 1,753 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 103 new deaths
Oregon Health Authority - 11/23/21 10:53 AM

This news release is an updated version to include case and death information.

November 22, 2021

Contact: OHA External Relations, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon reports 1,753 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 103 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — There are 103 new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 5,017, Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

OHA reported 1,753 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 385,790.

The 103 new deaths and 1,753 new cases reported today include data recorded by counties for the three-day period between Nov. 19, Nov. 20 and Nov. 21.

Media briefing on COVID-19

OHA Director Patrick Allen, Health Officer and State Epidemiologist Dr. Dean Sidelinger and Oregon Department of Education Director Colt Gill will be available to speak to the media on developments in the COVID-19 pandemic at 11 a.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 23.

Interested media can join via this link.

A livestream — with an American Sign Language simulcast — will be available for the public on YouTube.

COVID-19 hospitalizations

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 395, which is eight fewer than yesterday. There are 86 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is five fewer than yesterday.

There are 74 available adult ICU beds out of 682 total (11% availability) and 354 available adult non-ICU beds out of 4,043 (9% availability).

11/22/2021 Available Beds (and Percentage of Staffed Beds Available)

 

Statewide

Region 1

Region 2

Region 3

Region 5

Region 6

Region 7

Region 9

Adult ICU beds available

74

(11%)

34

(9%)

2

(2%)

16

(17%)

3

(5%)

4

(40%)

9

(18%)

6

(23%)

Adult non-ICU beds available

354

(9%)

64

(3%)

21

(4%)

81

(14%)

37

(9%)

11

(22%)

83

(21%)

57

(48%)

The total number of patients in hospital beds may fluctuate between report times. The numbers do not reflect admissions per day, nor the length of hospital stay. Staffing limitations are not captured in this data and may further limit bed capacity.

Note: Please do not visit an emergency department for COVID-19 testing, unless you require emergency care for your symptoms.

Emergency departments in Oregon are under significant strain. You can find a test here.

If you have a medical condition that doesn’t require emergency care, contact your provider. An urgent care center may also help you get the care you need and will save emergency departments from added strain.

More information about hospital capacity can be found here.

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 9,318 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry on Nov. 21. Of that total, 1,378 were initial doses, 205 were second doses and 3,619 were third doses and booster doses. The remaining 4,085 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on Nov. 21.

The seven-day running average is now 17,432 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered 3,509,153 doses of Pfizer Comirnaty, 52,333 doses of Pfizer pediatric, 2,191,807 doses of Moderna and 239,248 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

As of today, 2,917,617 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,645,458 people have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series.

These data are preliminary and subject to change.

Updated vaccination data are provided on Oregon’s COVID-19 data dashboards and have been updated today.

Cases and COVID-19 deaths

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (4), Benton (29), Clackamas (204), Clatsop (12), Columbia (35), Coos (29), Crook (10), Curry (4), Deschutes (190), Douglas (58), Harney (6), Hood River (9), Jackson (105), Jefferson (17), Josephine (38), Klamath (19), Lake (2), Lane (145), Lincoln (53), Linn (99), Malheur (2), Marion (123), Morrow (10), Multnomah (288), Polk (31), Tillamook (7), Umatilla (16), Union (4), Wallowa (1), Wasco (1), Washington (168), Wheeler (1) and Yamhill (33).

Oregon reports 921 confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases on Nov. 19, 540 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases on Nov. 20, and 292 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases on Nov. 21.

Oregon’s 4,915th COVID-19 related death is a 68-year-old woman from Linn County who tested positive on Aug. 22 and died on Sept. 3 at Samaritan Albany General Hospital. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 4,916th COVID-19 related death is an 82-year-old woman from Josephine County who tested positive on Aug. 28 and died on Sept. 3 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 4,917th COVID-19 related death is a 64-year-old woman from Deschutes County who tested positive on Sept. 3 and died on Sept. 3 at St. Charles Bend. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 4,918th COVID-19 related death is a 69-year-old woman from Linn County who tested positive on Aug. 22 and died on Sept. 4 at Samaritan Albany General Hospital. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 4,919th COVID-19 related death is a 63-year-old woman from Multnomah County who tested positive on Aug. 26 and died on Sept. 4 at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 4,920th COVID-19 related death is an 84-year-old man from Clackamas County who tested positive on Aug. 26 and died on Sept. 4 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 4,921st COVID-19 related death is a 75-year-old woman from Douglas County who tested positive on Aug. 20 and died on Sept. 4 at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 4,922nd COVID-19 related death is an 84-year-old man from Josephine County who tested positive on Aug. 5 and died on Sept. 4 at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 4,923rd COVID-19 related death is a 71-year-old woman from Malheur County who tested positive on Aug. 21 and died on Sept. 4 at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 4,924th COVID-19 related death is an 85-year-old man from Clackamas County who tested positive on Aug. 19 and died on Sept. 5 at Adventist Health Portland. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 4,925th COVID-19 related death is a 79-year-old man from Malheur County who tested positive on Aug. 25 and died on Sept. 5 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 4,926th COVID-19 related death is an 88-year-old woman from Multnomah County who tested positive on Aug. 25 and died on Sept. 6 at Adventist Health Portland. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 4,927th COVID-19 related death is a 60-year-old woman from Polk County who first became symptomatic on Aug. 24 and died on Sept. 6 at her residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 4,928th COVID-19 related death is a 79-year-old man from Linn County who tested positive on Aug. 31 and died on Sept. 6 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 4,929th COVID-19 related death is an 84-year-old woman from Deschutes County who tested positive on Aug. 25 and died on Sept. 6 at St. Charles Bend. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 4,930th COVID-19 related death is a 34-year-old woman from Clackamas County who tested positive on Aug. 24 and died on Sept. 6 at Providence Portland Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 4,931st COVID-19 related death is a 48-year-old man from Multnomah County who tested positive on Sept. 5 and died on Sept. 7 at Oregon Health & Science University Hospital. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 4,932nd COVID-19 related death is a 70-year-old man from Linn County who tested positive on Aug. 25 and died on Sept. 7 at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 4,933rd COVID-19 related death is a 50-year-old man from Marion County who tested positive on Sept. 3 and died on Sept. 7 at Salem Hospital. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 4,934th COVID-19 related death is an 85-year-old man from Multnomah County who tested positive on Sept. 5 and died on Sept. 7 at Providence Portland Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 4,935th COVID-19 related death is a 68-year-old man from Clackamas County who tested positive on Aug. 11 and died on Sept. 7 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 4,936th COVID-19 related death is a 92-year-old man from Multnomah County who tested positive on Aug. 31 and died on Sept. 8 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 4,937th COVID-19 related death is a 90-year-old woman from Lane County who tested positive on Aug. 13 and died on Sept. 8 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 4,938th COVID-19 related death is an 88-year-old woman from Clackamas County who tested positive on Sept. 4 and died on Sept. 8 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 4,939th COVID-19 related death is an 81-year-old man from Clackamas County who tested positive on Aug. 30 and died on Sept. 8 at Adventist Health Portland. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 4,940th COVID-19 related death is a 52-year-old man from Clackamas County who tested positive on Aug. 4 and died on Sept. 8 at Kaiser Permanente Sunnyside Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 4,941st COVID-19 related death is an 82-year-old woman from Lane County who tested positive on Aug. 27 and died on Sept. 8 at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 4,942nd COVID-19 related death is a 54-year-old man from Multnomah County who tested positive on Sept. 9 and died on Sept. 9 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 4,943rd COVID-19 related death is a 76-year-old woman from Linn County who tested positive on Sept. 2 and died on Sept. 9 at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 4,944th COVID-19 related death is an 87-year-old man from Clackamas County who tested positive on Aug. 11 and died on Sept. 9 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 4,945th COVID-19 related death is a 66-year-old woman from Clackamas County who tested positive on Aug. 17 and died on Sept. 9 at Adventist Health Portland. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 4,946th COVID-19 related death is an 80-year-old man from Klamath County who tested positive on Aug. 28 and died on Sept. 9 at Portland VA Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 4,947th COVID-19 related death is an 82-year-old man from Klamath County who tested positive on Sept. 2 and died on Sept. 10 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 4,948th COVID-19 related death is a 64-year-old man from Multnomah County who tested positive on Sept. 10 and died on Sept. 10 at his residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 4,949th COVID-19 related death is an 86-year-old man from Multnomah County who tested positive on Sept. 4 and died on Sept. 10 at Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 4,950th COVID-19 related death is a 77-year-old woman from Multnomah County who tested positive on Sept. 6 and died on Sept. 10 at Adventist Health Portland. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 4,951st COVID-19 related death is an 86-year-old man from Washington County who tested positive on Aug. 25 and died on Sept. 10 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 4,952nd COVID-19 related death is a 78-year-old woman from Crook County who tested positive on Sept. 2 and died on Sept. 11 at St. Charles Bend. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 4,953rd COVID-19 related death is an 82-year-old man from Yamhill County who tested positive on Sept. 3 and died on Sept. 11 at his residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 4,954th COVID-19 related death is a 77-year-old man from Polk County who tested positive on Sept. 8 and died on Sept. 11 at Portland VA Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 4,955th COVID-19 related death is a 61-year-old man from Washington County who tested positive on Aug. 28 and died on Sept. 11 at OHSU Hillsboro Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 4,956th COVID-19 related death is a 73-year-old man from Klamath County who first became symptomatic on Sept. 1 and died on Sept. 12 at Sky Lakes Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 4,957th COVID-19 related death is an 83-year-old woman from Josephine County who tested positive on Sept. 1 and died on Sept. 12 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 4,958th COVID-19 related death is a 50-year-old man from Douglas County who tested positive on Sept. 9 and died on Sept. 12 at his residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 4,959th COVID-19 related death is a 58-year-old man from Lane County who tested positive on Aug. 29 and died on Sept. 12 at PeaceHealth Sacred Health Medical Center at RiverBend. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 4,960th COVID-19 related death is a 41-year-old man from Multnomah County who tested positive on Sept. 2 and died on Sept. 12 at Adventist Health Portland. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 4,961st COVID-19 related death is a 66-year-old woman from Clatsop County who tested positive on Aug. 24 and died on Sept. 12 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 4,962nd COVID-19 related death is a 50-year-old man from Clackamas County who tested positive on Aug. 12 and died on Sept. 12 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 4,963rd COVID-19 related death is a 75-year-old man from Clatsop County who tested positive on Aug. 21 and died on Sept. 13 at Providence Portland Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 4,964th COVID-19 related death is a 52-year-old woman from Clackamas County who tested positive on Sept. 12 and died on Sept. 13 at Kaiser Permanente Sunnyside Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 4,965th COVID-19 related death is an 87-year-old man from Yamhill County who tested positive on Sept. 2 and died on Sept. 13 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 4,966th COVID-19 related death is a 55-year-old woman from Josephine County who tested positive on Aug. 24 and died on Sept. 13 at Oregon Health & Science University Hospital. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 4,967th COVID-19 related death is an 82-year-old man from Multnomah County who tested positive on Sept. 13 and died on Sept. 13 at Providence Portland Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 4,968th COVID-19 related death is a 72-year-old man from Deschutes County who tested positive on Aug. 16 and died on Sept. 13 at St. Charles Bend. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 4,969th COVID-19 related death is an 85-year-old woman from Josephine County who tested positive on Sept. 14 and died on Sept. 14 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 4,970th COVID-19 related death is a 77-year-old woman from Columbia County who tested positive on Aug. 29 and died on Sept. 14 at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 4,971st COVID-19 related death is an 88-year-old woman from Clackamas County who tested positive on Aug. 30 and died on Sept. 14 at Kaiser Permanente Sunnyside Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 4,972nd COVID-19 related death is a 99-year-old woman from Yamhill County who tested positive on Sept. 12 and died on Sept. 14 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 4,973rd COVID-19 related death is a 77-year-old woman from Multnomah County who tested positive on Sept. 2 and died on Sept. 15 at Adventist Health Portland. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 4,974th COVID-19 related death is a 73-year-old woman from Multnomah County who tested positive on Sept. 15 and died on Sept. 15 at Adventist Health Portland. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 4,975th COVID-19 related death is a 76-year-old man from Yamhill County who tested positive on Sept. 10 and died on Sept. 15 at his residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 4,976th COVID-19 related death is a 72-year-old man from Linn County who tested positive on Sept. 16 and died on Sept. 15 his residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 4,977th COVID-19 related death is an 80-year-old man from Josephine County who tested positive on Aug. 27 and died on Sept. 15 at Portland VA Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 4,978th COVID-19 related death is a 96-year-old man from Marion County who tested positive on Aug. 29 and died on Sept. 15 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 4,979th COVID-19 related death is a 73-year-old man from Yamhill County who tested positive on Sept. 7 and died on Sept. 15 at Providence Newberg Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 4,980th COVID-19 related death is an 83-year-old man from Tillamook County who tested positive on Aug. 16 and died on Sept. 16 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 4,981st COVID-19 related death is an 85-year-old man from Clackamas County who tested positive on Sept. 6 and died on Sept. 16 at Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 4,982nd COVID-19 related death is a 46-year-old woman from Multnomah County who tested positive on Sept. 8 and died on Sept. 16 at Adventist Health Portland. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 4,983rd COVID-19 related death is an 86-year-old woman from Marion County who tested positive on Sept. 14 and died on Sept. 16 at Santiam Hospital. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 4,984th COVID-19 related death is a 67-year-old man from Clackamas County who tested positive on Sept. 1 and died on Sept. 16 at Salem Hospital. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 4,985th COVID-19 related death is a 68-year-old woman from Douglas County who tested positive on Sept. 8 and died on Sept. 17 at her residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 4,986th COVID-19 related death is a 93-year-old man from Umatilla County who tested positive on Aug. 31 and died on Sept. 17 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 4,987th COVID-19 related death is a 71-year-old man from Yamhill County who tested positive on Sept. 11 and died on Sept. 17 at Portland VA Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 4,988th COVID-19 related death is a 67-year-old man from Deschutes County who tested positive on Aug. 28 and died on Sept. 17 at St. Charles Bend. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 4,989th COVID-19 related death is a 79-year-old woman from Yamhill County who tested positive on Sept. 12 and died on Sept. 18 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 4,990th COVID-19 related death is a 42-year-old man from Josephine County who tested positive on Sept. 4 and died on Sept. 4 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 4,991st COVID-19 related death is a 77-year-old man from Multnomah County who tested positive on Aug. 17 and died on Sept. 18 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 4,992nd COVID-19 related death is a 76-year-old man from Multnomah County who tested positive on Aug. 30 and died on Sept. 18 at Portland VA Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 4,993rd COVID-19 related death is a 71-year-old man from Multnomah County who tested positive on Sept. 8 and died on Sept. 18 at his residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 4,994th COVID-19 related death is a 60-year-old woman from Columbia County who tested positive on Sept. 11 and died on Sept. 18 at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 4,995th COVID-19 related death is a 50-year-old woman from Linn County who tested positive on Sept. 2 and died on Sept. 18 at Samaritan Albany General Hospital. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 4,996th COVID-19 related death is a 69-year-old man from Multnomah County who tested positive on Sept. 2 and died on Sept. 18 at Providence Portland Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 4,997th COVID-19 related death is a 59-year-old man from Multnomah County who tested positive on Sept. 9 and died on Sept. 15 at Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 4,998th COVID-19 related death is a 68-year-old man from Deschutes County who tested positive on July 26 and died on Sept. 27 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 4,999th COVID-19 related death is an 80-year-old man from Josephine County who tested positive on Sept. 3 and died on Sept. 26 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,000th COVID-19 related death is a 93-year-old man from Deschutes County who tested positive on Nov. 8 and died on Nov. 19 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,001st COVID-19 related death is a 71-year-old woman from Yamhill County who tested positive on Sept. 27 and died on Sept. 28 at Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,002nd COVID-19 related death is a 66-year-old woman from Lane County who tested positive on Sept. 13 and died on Sept. 28 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,003rd COVID-19 related death is a 53-year-old woman from Linn County who tested positive on Sept. 28 and died on Sept. 28 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,004th COVID-19 related death is a 73-year-old man from Lake County who tested positive on Sept. 15 and died on Sept. 28 at St. Charles Bend. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,005th COVID-19 related death is an 82-year-old man from Polk County who tested positive on Oct. 14 and died on Nov. 15 at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,006th COVID-19 related death is an 80-year-old woman from Multnomah County who died on Nov. 26, 2020, at her residence. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,007th COVID-19 related death is a 76-year-old man from Klamath County who tested positive on Nov. 9 and died on Nov. 18 at Sky Lakes Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,008th COVID-19 related death is a 72-year-old man from Klamath County who tested positive on Oct. 26 and died on Nov. 11 at Sky Lakes Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,009th COVID-19 related death is a 92-year-old woman from Josephine County who died on Dec. 15, 2020, at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center. The death certificate listed COVID-19 disease or SARS-CoV-2 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,010th COVID-19 related death is a 91-year-old woman from Yamhill County who tested positive on Sept. 15 and died on Sept. 29 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,011th COVID-19 related death is an 81-year-old woman from Yamhill County who tested positive on Aug. 27 and died on Sept. 10 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,012th COVID-19 related death is a 97-year-old woman from Wallowa County who tested positive on Sept. 30 and died on Oct. 30; location of death is being confirmed. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,013th COVID-19 related death is a 59-year-old man from Union County who tested positive on Oct. 31 and died on Nov. 18 at Grande Ronde Hospital. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,014th COVID-19 related death is an 85-year-old man from Polk County who tested positive on Nov. 10 and died on Nov. 18 at Salem Hospital. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,015th COVID-19 related death is a 77-year-old man from Douglas County who tested positive on Sept. 1 and died on Nov. 6 at Portland VA Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,016th COVID-19 related death is a 67-year-old man from Deschutes County who tested positive on Sept. 23 and died on Sept. 28 at St. Charles Bend. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,017th COVID-19 related death is a 74-year-old man from Multnomah County who tested positive on Aug. 30 and died on Sept. 22 at Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccinations  

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine situation in Oregon, visit our web page (English or Spanish), which has a breakdown of distribution and other information.


I-84 closure (Photo)
ODOT: East. Ore. - 11/23/21 9:09 AM
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Eastbound remains closed from milepost 216 - 265.  Photo attached.




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State of Oregon to hold hearing on prescription drug prices Dec. 8 (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 11/23/21 9:09 AM
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Nov. 23, 2021

Salem – The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services will be hosting a public hearing on prescription drug prices on Wednesday, Dec. 8, from 1 to 3 p.m. via Zoom.

Oregonians are encouraged to participate in two ways.

  1. Make your voice heard. The department set up a brief survey – http://dcbspage.org/RxStories – for consumers to ask questions and share their stories about rising prescription drug prices. Drug prices play a major role in health care decisions of Oregonians and the cost of many prescription drugs have steadily increased in the past 10 years. The department wants to know what questions you have about the cost of prescription drugs and how has it affected you and your family.
  2. Tune in to the hearing. The Department of Consumer and Business Services will host the public hearing via Zoom: http://dcbspage.org/RXDRUGPRICEHEARING2021. There will be opportunities to provide public testimony during the hearing. There will be invited panels on these topics: 
  • Approval of Aduhelm for Alzheimer’s 
  • Patient assistance programs and co-pay accumulators 

The Prescription Drug Price Transparency Act (ORS 646A.689) directed the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services to establish a transparency program to accept reports and disclose certain information from prescription drug manufacturers, health insurance carriers, and consumers on drug prices.

The goal of the program is to provide accountability for prescription drug pricing through the notice and disclosure of specific drug costs and price information from pharmaceutical manufacturers, health insurers, and consumers.

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The Division of Financial Regulation is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon’s largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit dfr.oregon.gov and dcbs.oregon.gov. 

 




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Oregon FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Holiday Travel Scams (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 11/23/21 9:00 AM
TT - Travel Scams - GRAPHIC - November 23, 2021
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Welcome to the Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday segment. Today: Building a digital defense against holiday travel scams.

Time is drawing short, and your partner really wants to go visit family for the holidays. You really don’t want to spend a week living with the in-laws so you start doing some research on rentals.

You find a great deal on a place with availability when you need it. Sounds awesome – if it is legitimate.

Scammers can easily pull images from reputable sites and create a new listing of their own. You are asked to pay by a cash transfer app, wire transfer, or cryptocurrency, and everything is fine until you show up and find your rental is a just another racket.

Third party airline and hotel booking sites can present their own risks. You get an email or see a social media post about some cheap tickets or rooms. You click and immediately jump on the deal. Soon you receive a request for more info such as bank account details to confirm the agreement. You have just been triple-whammied. You will lose your money, you likely downloaded malware onto your device, and you gave the bad actor access to your financial information.

Here’s how to protect yourself:

  • Use a reputable rental company or travel business. Check reviews, privacy policies, security policies, and payment options.
  • Confirm refund or dispute resolution procedures up front.
  • Research the rental company. How does it screen its hosts? What protections does it offer?
  • Don’t allow the host or travel agent’s urgency to push you into a poor decision. Bad actors will use fear of missing out to get you to act without thinking.
  • Don’t click on unsolicited links or attachments.

If you are the victim of an online scam, you should report the incident to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your FBI local office.  

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Oregon State Parks annual parking permit $5 off in December (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 11/23/21 9:00 AM
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SALEM, Oregon Spice up your holiday gift giving this season by selecting from three new parking permit designs. The new permit hangtag designs feature the whimsical work of Portland artist El Tran. Holiday shoppers can buy the annual parking permits for only $25 each--that's $5 off the regular price of $30, Dec. 1-31.

“Give the gift of unlimited access to Oregon's state parks during our 100th anniversary in 2022,” said Lisa Sumption, director of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD). “The new permit designs showcase iconic park views, plants and animals, and the visitors who cherish state parks.”

Purchasing passes is easybuy them online at store.oregonstateparks.org. Parking permits are also sold at some state park friends' group stores and selected local businesses throughout the state. For a complete list of vendors, visit stateparks.oregon.gov.

Parking costs $5 a day at 25 Oregon state parks unless you have a 12- or 24-month parking permit or a same-day camping receipt. The 24-month pass is $50 and are also available at store.oregonstateparks.org. The permits are transferable from vehicle to vehicle.

Oregon State Parks are primarily funded by camping and day-use fees, the Oregon Lottery, and a portion of state recreational vehicle registrations.




Attached Media Files: Views parking permit , People parking permit , Nature parking permit

DPSST Private Security/Investigator Policy Committee Meeting Scheduled 11-30-21
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 11/23/21 8:58 AM

PRIVATE SECURITY/INVESTIGATOR POLICY COMMITTEE

MEETING SCHEDULED

 

Notice of Regular Meeting

The Private Security/Private Investigators Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting on November 30, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. in the Boardroom at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training located at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE Salem, Oregon. For more information, contact Shelby Alexander at (503) 378-2191.

The Private Security/Investigator Policy Committee meeting will be live streamed on the DPSST Facebook page @ https://www.facebook.com/DPSSTOregon

 

1. Introductions

2. Proposed Rule Changes for OAR 259-060 – Rules for Implementation for Senate Bill 116 

           Presented by Jennifer Howald

3. Five-Year Review of the Adoption of OAR 259-060-0136 

          Presented by Jennifer Howald

          Informational update only- no vote is required

4. Five-Year Review of the Adoption of OAR 259-060-0200 

          Presented by Jennifer Howald

          Informational update only- no vote is required

5. Program Manager Update

6. Director’s Comments

7. Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting – February 15, 2022

 

Administrative Announcement

 This is a public meeting, subject to the public meeting law and it will be recorded. Deliberation of issues will only be conducted by Private Security/Private Investigations Policy Committee members unless permitted by the Chair. Individuals who engage in disruptive behavior that impedes official business will be asked to stop being disruptive or leave the meeting. Additional measures may be taken to have disruptive individuals removed if their continued presence poses a safety risk to the other persons in the room or makes it impossible to continue the meeting.


CMS seeks public input on plan to expand Oregon Project Independence, create Family Caregiver Assistance Program
Oregon Department of Human Services - 11/23/21 7:00 AM

SALEM, Ore.  ̶  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking public comment on an Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) application to apply for Medicaid funding to expand Oregon Project Independence and create a Family Caregiver Assistance Program. Both programs serve older adults and people with disabilities.

The application, which is being made through the Oregon Health Authority to CMS, is an 1115 demonstration waiver. The programs to be expanded and created are offered by the ODHS Office of Aging and People with Disabilities.

The federal comment period on the application extends through Dec. 16, 2021. To learn more about how to comment visit the CMS web page on the comment period.

Oregon has a track record of innovating programs to serve older adults and adults with disabilities, but gaps remain in Oregon’s system, especially for individuals with limited income. These Oregonians are at risk of requiring Medicaid when they need long-term care services and supports.

Nearly 800,000 Oregonians are age 65 and older. By 2030, this population is projected to increase by 25 percent. For those age 85 and older, and most at risk of needing Medicaid long-term care services and supports, the population is estimated to increase by 33 percent in the next 10 years, according to the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis.

The 1115 demonstration waiver would provide the following service expansions with Medicaid funding beginning in July 2022 for a five-year period:

• Oregon Project Independence would expand to serve 4,500 Oregonians, up from about 2,350 currently served. The federal matching funds will also permit local programs to serve additional younger adults with disabilities, whose participation has been limited to only one-third of Oregon counties.

Oregon Project Independence services include case management, in-home support and personal care services, adult day services, home delivered meals, assisted transportation, assistive technology, and other supports.

About $5 million in general funds that have been allocated by the Oregon Legislature for this program would not be matched. This ensures that the ODHS Office of Aging and People with Disabilities can continue to serve Oregonians who would not be eligible for the Medicaid-funded program introduced with the 1115 demonstration waiver.

• A Family Caregiver Assistance Program would be created to support qualifying Oregonians, whose family members provide them with care in their own homes, through a combination of state and federal funds. Oregonians who receive this assistance would be eligible to receive services and supports totaling no more than $500 per month, with an annual increase for inflation.

Oregonians served by this program would be able to choose from a list of services including caregiver respite, adult day services, transportation, assistive technology, caregiver training and education, and other services that the consumer finds compatible with the caregiving relationship they have with their caregiver.

This program would not replace the Older Americans Act funded Family Caregiver services. Instead, it would build on that program to serve additional individuals.

Additional information about the application may be found on the ODHS 1115 Medicaid Demonstration Waiver webpage. Included on the page are fact sheets that provide more information on the hypothesis being tested, the methodology, and the projected cost savings.
 


Mon. 11/22/21
Media briefing on COVID-19
Oregon Health Authority - 11/22/21 4:16 PM

OHA Director Patrick AllenHealth Officer and State Epidemiologist Dr. Dean Sidelinger and Oregon Department of Education Director Colt Gill will be available to speak to the media on developments in the COVID-19 pandemic at 11 a.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 23. 

Interested media can join via this link

A livestream — with an American Sign Language simulcast — will be available for the public on YouTube. A live Spanish simulcast will also be available on OHA’s Facebook en Espanol page. 


Oregon reports 1,753 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 103 new deaths
Oregon Health Authority - 11/22/21 4:06 PM

November 22, 2021

Contact: OHA External Relations, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon reports 1,753 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 103 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — There are 103 new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 5,017, Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

OHA reported 1,753 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 385,790.

The 103 new deaths and 1,753 new cases reported today include data recorded by counties for the three-day period between Nov. 19, Nov. 20 and Nov. 21.

Media briefing on COVID-19

OHA Director Patrick Allen, Health Officer and State Epidemiologist Dr. Dean Sidelinger and Oregon Department of Education Director Colt Gill will be available to speak to the media on developments in the COVID-19 pandemic at 11 a.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 23.

Interested media can join via this link.

A livestream — with an American Sign Language simulcast — will be available for the public on YouTube.

COVID-19 hospitalizations

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 395, which is eight fewer than yesterday. There are 86 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is five fewer than yesterday.

There are 74 available adult ICU beds out of 682 total (11% availability) and 354 available adult non-ICU beds out of 4,043 (9% availability).

11/22/2021 Available Beds (and Percentage of Staffed Beds Available)

 

Statewide

Region 1

Region 2

Region 3

Region 5

Region 6

Region 7

Region 9

Adult ICU beds available

74

(11%)

34

(9%)

2

(2%)

16

(17%)

3

(5%)

4

(40%)

9

(18%)

6

(23%)

Adult non-ICU beds available

354

(9%)

64

(3%)

21

(4%)

81

(14%)

37

(9%)

11

(22%)

83

(21%)

57

(48%)

The total number of patients in hospital beds may fluctuate between report times. The numbers do not reflect admissions per day, nor the length of hospital stay. Staffing limitations are not captured in this data and may further limit bed capacity.

Note: Please do not visit an emergency department for COVID-19 testing, unless you require emergency care for your symptoms.

Emergency departments in Oregon are under significant strain. You can find a test here.

If you have a medical condition that doesn’t require emergency care, contact your provider. An urgent care center may also help you get the care you need and will save emergency departments from added strain.

More information about hospital capacity can be found here.

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 9,318 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry on Nov. 21. Of that total, 1,378 were initial doses, 205 were second doses and 3,619 were third doses and booster doses. The remaining 4,085 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on Nov. 21.

The seven-day running average is now 17,432 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered 3,509,153 doses of Pfizer Comirnaty, 52,333 doses of Pfizer pediatric, 2,191,807 doses of Moderna and 239,248 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

As of today, 2,917,617 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,645,458 people have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series.

These data are preliminary and subject to change.

Updated vaccination data are provided on Oregon’s COVID-19 data dashboards and have been updated today.

Cases and COVID-19 deaths

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (4), Benton (29), Clackamas (204), Clatsop (12), Columbia (35), Coos (29), Crook (10), Curry (4), Deschutes (190), Douglas (58), Harney (6), Hood River (9), Jackson (105), Jefferson (17), Josephine (38), Klamath (19), Lake (2), Lane (145), Lincoln (53), Linn (99), Malheur (2), Marion (123), Morrow (10), Multnomah (288), Polk (31), Tillamook (7), Umatilla (16), Union (4), Wallowa (1), Wasco (1), Washington (168), Wheeler (1) and Yamhill (33).

Oregon reports 921 confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases on Nov. 19, 540 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases on Nov. 20, and 292 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases on Nov. 21.

Note: More information about the cases and deaths will be provided in an updated news release.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccinations  

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine situation in Oregon, visit our web page (English or Spanish), which has a breakdown of distribution and other information.


Oregon records more than 5,000 COVID-19 related deaths
Oregon Health Authority - 11/22/21 3:51 PM

November 22, 2021.

Contact: OHA External Relations, covid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us">orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon records more than 5,000 COVID-19 related deaths

Today, Oregon health officials reported 103 new COVID-19 related deaths, bringing the state’s death toll to more than 5,000 COVID-19 related deaths since the start of the pandemic. As of Nov. 22, Oregon has recorded 5,017 COVID-19 related deaths.

Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen issued the following statement marking Oregon’s tragic losses:

"Today Oregon marks more than 5,000 lives lost to COVID-19. As we head into the second Thanksgiving holiday since the start of the pandemic, too many Oregon families will see empty chairs around their holiday dinner tables, making this latest tragic milestone all the more heartbreaking.

We’ve lost mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers. Coworkers and neighbors. Bridge partners and fishing buddies. Teachers, grocery workers and first responders. Each death leaves a hole in someone’s home and someone’s heart that will never be filled again.

These losses are especially painful because nearly all our most recent deaths could have been prevented by COVID-19 vaccines, which remain the best protection against serious illness and death.

As we gather for the coming holidays, look around your table. Consider the family and friends in your life. Let’s make sure the loved ones you care about and count on are there to share next Thanksgiving with you. And all the important celebrations in your life.

The Delta variant remains a danger to people who aren’t vaccinated or need a booster. Hospitals remain full of people who are unvaccinated and gravely ill with COVID-19.

But you have the power to protect yourself and the people around you. This holiday, you’re at less risk if you’re vaccinated and if you get a booster when the time is right. Smaller gatherings are less risky than large gatherings, especially indoors. Take care around older adults. Think hard about wearing a mask if you’re indoors with people who aren’t vaccinated, especially older people.

Vaccinate children who are 5 and older to protect them and keep them in school. And remember, if you’re just now choosing to be vaccinated, you won’t be fully protected by Thanksgiving, so please wear a mask if you are spending time with others.

Since the start of the pandemic, Oregonians have come together so many times to protect each other. More than eight in 10 adults are vaccinated. And Oregonians wear masks in public more frequently than people in most other states. You’re vaccinating younger children at higher rates than the national average. Thank you for taking action to stop COVID-19 from spreading. Together, we can save more lives and keep the virus from claiming more people of all ages."

A video of Director Allen’s statement can be found here.

Patrick Allen

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Bias Crime (Photo)
Bend Police Dept. - 11/22/21 2:33 PM
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Incident:                 Bias Crime

Case Number:         2021-66941

Date and Time:       Sunday, November 20, 2021 at 1:05 p.m.

Location:                 200 Block of NE Hawthorne Avenue 

Victim:                    Juvenile male

Arrested:                 Zachary G. Mathews, 42 year old male, Bend

 

On Saturday, November 20th  at 1:05 p.m. Bend Police were dispatched to the 200 block of NE Hawthorne Avenue for a dispute.  It was determined that Zachary Mathews was holding a rock, walking towards a juvenile male and his family while yelling racial slurs at the juvenile.  Officers arrived on scene and contacted Zachary Mathews as he was walking away from them.  He was arrested for Disorderly Conduct II and Bias Crime I and lodged at the Deschutes County Jail. 

If you are a victim of a bias crime or bias incident, call 911 to report if there is an immediate danger or if the crime is in progress.  If there is no immediate danger and the crime is not in progress call the non-emergency line at 541-693-6911. 

To know more about reporting bias crimes, visit our website at 

https://www.bendoregon.gov/government/departments/police/bias-crime-and-incidents

 

Submitted by: Lt. Juli McConkey




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State health officials take steps to bolster Oregon's healthcare workforce
Oregon Health Authority - 11/22/21 2:12 PM

November 22, 2021

Media contact: Aria Seligmann, i.l.seligmann@dhsoha.state.or.us">ari.l.seligmann@dhsoha.state.or.us 503-910-9239

State health officials take steps to bolster Oregon’s healthcare workforce

State health officials have expanded measures to ease staffing constraints among Oregon’s health care workforce, maintain adequate staffing through the end of the year, and support health care workers.

This fall, Oregon has spent more than $140 million to help health care workers.

Hospitals, clinic and other health care programs continue to grapple with the strains of a recent surge as the Delta variant rages among unvaccinated people. While new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are expected to decline in coming weeks and months, hospital beds remain in high demand across the state. State health experts remain cautious in the face of case increases elsewhere in the nation and the coming holidays, when many people will gather indoors.

Oregon has extended the term of approximately 1,000 crisis response and other medical personnel for understaffed hospitals throughout the state, which was set to expire today, Nov. 22, 2021. Governor Brown approved a contract extension with Jogan Staffing through mid-January 2022. The contract will cover pediatric and adult behavioral healthcare residential treatment programs, emergency staffing for hospitals with acute COVID-related needs, emergency medical services, long-term care facilities, vaccine hubs, homes for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and other programs. To date, Oregon has spent more than $90 million to provide emergency staffing needs across the state.

Governor Brown approved continued Oregon National Guard deployments to the understaffed hospital missions and the Oregon State Hospital through the end of December. Guard members who have been serving at the hospital have a two-week break from Nov. 14 to Dec. 1, 2021, but will return to serve until Dec. 31, 2021.

The steps taken this week are part of larger efforts to support the state’s behavioral health workforce, which has long been understaffed and, like the healthcare workforce in every state, has experienced increased resignations due to compassion fatigue, increased pressure, and childcare issues throughout the pandemic

Oregon has made more than $50 million available to behavioral health providers in recent months, as a surge in COVID-19 cases, driven by the Delta variant, impacted the workforce while the demand for mental health and substance use treatment increased.

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has awarded $6 million in grants available with an additional $9 million being provided soon to help behavioral health residential providers retain direct service staff. Funds can be used to pay for: hiring and retention bonuses for current, newly hired, or returning staff for up to $2,000 per staff person; additional staff for supervision or relief shifts and other investments to improve working conditions.

In addition, the state has paid approximately $30 million in vacancy payments to residential behavioral health programs to ease financial burdens due to the inadequate staffing and social distancing challenges that providers have confronted during the pandemic. These payments will go through Dec. 31, 2021, and Oregon is considering an extension. The state is requesting to extend a 10 percent rate increase for residential treatment programs through the end of the year. To date, Oregon has expended approximately $13 million in funds in temporary rate increases.

Steve Allen, OHA’s Director of Behavioral Health, said: “Counselors and other workers in behavioral health programs across Oregon are a lifeline for people and families grappling with depression, substance use and many other issues. They do lifesaving work every day. We owe them our gratitude and support. We’re doing everything we can to recognize and reward their vital work.”

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Attempted Theft of an ATM (Photo)
Bend Police Dept. - 11/22/21 1:55 PM
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Incident:                  Attempted Theft of an ATM

Case Number:         2021-67048

Date and Time:       Sunday, November 21, 2021 at 3:39 a.m.

Location:                 Chase Bank, 450 NW Franklin Ave, Bend

Victim:                    Chase Bank


On Sunday November 21st at 3:39 a.m. Bend Police were dispatched to Chase Bank where a witness was awaken by a crashing sound. The witness saw at least three subjects in a Ford F250 pickup truck attempting to steal the ATM. The witness saw the subjects run off, leaving the Ford F250 pickup truck on scene.

Officers arrived at 3:43 a.m. and did not locate any one in the area, but the Ford F250 pickup truck was still running with a tow strap attached to the ATM. It was later determined the Ford F250 pickup was stolen from the 100 block of NW Florida Avenue earlier in the morning. The owner of the Ford F250 recovered the vehicle, they were not involved in the attempted theft.

The ATM was secured at the police department.

If you have any information or video surveillance regarding the attempted theft of the ATM, please contact the Bend Police Department. This case is still under investigation.

Submitted by: Lt. Juli McConkey




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Forestry Department issues call for proposals to support small forestland owners and Firewise USA communities
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 11/22/21 11:10 AM

SALEM, Ore.—The Oregon Department of Forestry issued a call for projects today for $5 million in grants funded by Senate Bill 762. 

The Small Forestland Grant Program, authorized by Section 24 of Senate Bill 762, will award $5 million to projects supporting small forestland owners across Oregon. Approximately $4.25 million will focus on projects treating multiple land ownerships to reduce the risk of wildfire and increase forest resiliency on private properties. Approximately $750,000 will support active Firewise USA communities to reduce hazardous fuels and protect community infrastructure.

Grant criteria, applications, and instructions are available on ODF’s website. Proposals can be submitted to odf.sfgp@oregon.gov and must be received by Friday, January 21, 2022. 

A virtual event to discuss the program with potential applicants will be held from 2–3 p.m. Monday, December 6. It will include an overview of the grant program and time for questions and answers. You can access the virtual event on Zoom.

Senate Bill 762 is comprehensive legislation passed with bipartisan support that will provide more than $220 million to help Oregon modernize and improve wildfire preparedness through three key strategies: creating fire-adapted communities, developing safe and effective response, and increasing the resiliency of Oregon's landscapes. The bill is the product of years of hard work by the Governor's Wildfire Council, the Legislature, and state agencies.

Additional information about Senate Bill 762 is available on ODF’s website.

 


Board on Public Safety Standards & Training and Policy Committee Vacancies
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 11/22/21 10:26 AM

Board on Public Safety Standards & Training

 and Policy Committee

Open Vacancy – Recruitment

 

The Board on Public Safety Standards & Training (BPSST) and Policy Committees have open vacancies looking to be filled. The current vacancies are as follows:

BPSST: Please note that all Board position applications are due by December 10, 2021

  • Non-Management Law Enforcement
  • Non-Management Parole & Probation
  • Public Member – Member of a marginalized or historically underrepresented community
  • Public Member – Recommended to the Governor by the President of the Senate
  • Public Member – Recommended to the Governor by the Speaker of the House of Representatives

Telecommunications Policy Committee:

  • Recommended by and representing the Oregon Fire Chiefs Association

Police Policy Committee:

  • Public Member – Member of a marginalized or historically underrepresented community
  • Non-Management Law Enforcement
  • Non-Management Law Enforcement

Private Security/Investigator Policy Committee:

  • Hospitality Representative
  • Manufacturing Representative

Private Investigator Sub-Committee:

  • Representative of the Private Investigator Community

 

 

The BPSST Policy Committees are soon going to be recruiting for the upcoming 2022 vacancies.

 

Upcoming Vacancies for 2022:

 

Telecommunications Policy Committee:

  • Public Member who has never been employed or utilized as a telecommunicator

Police Policy Committee:

  • Oregon State Sheriff’s Association

Corrections Policy Committee:

  • Non-Management Corrections employed by Department of Corrections
  • Oregon Sheriff’s Jail Command Council

 

To inquire about a vacancy, please visit Department of Public Safety Standards & Training : Board on Public Safety Standards & Training and Policy Committees : Boards and Committees : State of Oregon.

If interested in applying for a Committee position, please complete and submit the Policy Committee Interest Form found under the ‘Board and Committee Resources’ section of the website listed above.

If interested in applying for a BPSST position, please complete the online application at View Job Posting Details - Workday (myworkday.com). (Please note that an account may need to be created if not already in Workday)

 

Thank you,

DPSST Board & Committees Staff


Fatal Crash on Hwy 101-Lincoln County
Oregon State Police - 11/22/21 8:51 AM

On Sunday, November 21, 2021 at approximately 6:23 PM, Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a report of a two-vehicle head-on collision on Highway 101 near milepost 152.

Preliminary investigation revealed a southbound Toyota Corolla, operated by Michael Noel (59) of Waldport, crossed over the centerline and crashed head-on with a northbound Mercedes GLK SUV, operated by Lorrie Ann Owens (54) of Waldport. The Mercedes rolled into a roadside ditch, entrapping Owens and her passenger Norma Parry (78) of Waldport.

Noel sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Owens and Parry were extricated and transported to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital with injuries.

Hwy 101 was detoured for approximately five hours.

OSP was assisted by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Seal Rock Fire and Rescue, Central Lincoln Fire Department and ODOT Incident Response.


OSP Fish & Wildlife is seeking public assistance with poaching case- Jackson County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 11/22/21 8:49 AM
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On November 20, 2021, at approximately 930 A.M., Fish & Wildlife Trooper responded to Pair A Dice Ranch Rd in Jacksonville, OR on a report of a poached buck. The Trooper located the buck, which had appeared to have fallen a considerable distance from a ridge, before crossing the road leaving a large blood trail. The Trooper located an access point and hiked to the location where the buck had fallen. There was a quarter-mile blood trail before the ridge that appears to have begun in perfect view of the roadway and where a vehicle made a sudden stop angling toward the buck. No bullet or casings were located. The buck had a large mortal wound on its right side.

The Oregon State Police is requesting public assistance with information about this case. Any person with information related to this incident is encouraged to call the OSP TIP (Turn-In-Poachers) Reward line at 1-800-452-7888 or by cell at OSP (677) or send an email tip to TIP@osp.oregon.gov. Please reference case #SP21325830.

Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or OSP (677)

TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us

The Oregon Hunters Association TIP reward offers preference points or cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat, Moose, Elk, Deer, Antelope, Bear, Cougar, Wolf, Upland Birds, Waterfowl, Furbearers, Game Fish and Shellfish. Cash rewards can also be awarded for turning in people who destroy habitat, illegally obtain licenses/tags, and for the unlawful lending/borrowing of big game tags.

PREFERENCE POINT REWARDS:

5 Points-Mountain Sheep

5 Points-Mountain Goat

5 Points-Moose

5 Points-Wolf

4 Points-Elk

4 Points-Deer

4 Points-Antelope

4 Points-Bear

4 Points-Cougar

 CASH REWARDS:

$1,000 Mountain Sheep, Mountain Goat and Moose

$500 Elk, Deer, and Antelope

$300 Bear, Cougar, and Wolf

$300 Habitat Destruction

$100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl

$100 Furbearers

$100 Game Fish and Shellfish

 




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Fatal Crash on Hwy 22E-Marion County
Oregon State Police - 11/22/21 8:37 AM

On Sunday, November 21, 2021 at approximately 7:12 AM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Highway 22E near milepost 34. 

Preliminary investigation revealed an eastbound Dodge Caravan, operated by Matthew Chappell (48) of Salem, left the roadway for unknown reasons and crashed several hundred feet off the roadway.

Chappell sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. 

OSP was assisted by Santiam Fire and Rescue and ODOT. 


Ten Tips for Shopping Securely Online (Photo)
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 11/22/21 8:34 AM
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Keep your finances safe from sneaky scammers this holiday season. 

 

November 22, 2021 —  It seems just couple of years ago, consumers were skeptical about shopping online, but today, shopping online for everything from groceries to televisions has become the norm. But it comes with some risks. The FBI Internet Crime Report shows that cybercriminals were responsible for $4.1 billion in losses in 2020, with Business Email Compromise (BEC) schemes being the costliest for online shoppers. Not-for-profit, cooperative credit unions around the Northwest have some important tips for your news audiences.

With holiday shopping just around the corner, cybersecurity is — and should be — a top concern for consumers. Here are 10 tips to keep your data safe and your accounts secure:

  • Beware of online deals that seem too good to be true. This is especially important on social media. Many times, scammers set up fake shopping sites in order to steal your personal information and your money. 
  • Be smart about site security. Check to ensure that the site you’re purchasing from has encryption that guards your information. Look at the URL, which should read HTTPS instead of only HTTP. The “S” at the end indicates the site has secure socket labels. You’ll also see a lock at the left of the URL, which is standard for all secure sites. The Google Chrome browser flags any site that is not secure, with the HTTPS designation, and sends a warning message to the user.
  • Be wary of email scams offering amazing bargains. And be careful of claims that there’s a problem with delivery, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the sender. Never open attachments or click links that are included in the email unless you can verify the sender is legitimate.
  • Avoid shopping while connected to public Wi-Fi — it’s a sure way for hackers to spy for your online activity and gain access to your personal information. 
  • Whenever possible, buy with a credit card, not a debit card. Most credit cards offer $0 liability for account fraud, while a debit card gives shady sellers direct access to your bank account. 
  • Guard your sensitive personal information. No legitimate online retailer will ever ask for your Social Security number. If they do, it’s a major red flag. 
  • Pay close attention to the details of the transaction, such as shipping notices and tracking information. If a retailer refuses to give details about your order, such as a shipping date or order status, chances are you may not receive the merchandise. Report the charge to your credit card company to get your money back.   
  • Check your accounts regularly to ensure that all charges are purchases you actually made. If you see a charge you don’t recognize, notify your credit union or credit card company immediately.
  • Choose strong and unique passwords for your online accounts. Never use your or family members’ birthdates, addresses, or other personal information that scammers can easily find online. Combine letters, numbers, and special characters to create complex passwords that are difficult to hack.
  • Report suspicious activity or file a scam complaint with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at https://www.ic3.gov/. You’ll be helping to keep yourself and fellow citizens safe against present and future scammers.

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The Northwest Credit Union Association is the trade association representing more than 175 not-for-profit, cooperative credit unions in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, and their 8.1  million consumer members. As not-for-profit cooperatives, credit unions look out for their members’ financial well-being. Everyone should open their eyes to a credit union.  For more information, please visit: https://yourmoneyfurther.com 

 




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Fatal Crash on Hwy 99E-Marion County
Oregon State Police - 11/22/21 8:20 AM

On Friday, November 19, 2021, at approximately 11:36 AM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash on Highway 99E near milepost 35. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a Nissan Versa, operated by Francisco Alvarez Brionez (80) of Woodburn, entered Highway 99E colliding with a Peterbilt dump truck, operated by Ronald Bode (66) of Warren.  

Alvarez Brionez was transported to Salem Hospital with serious injuries. A passenger in the Nissan Versa, Judith Harley (77) of Woodburn, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Bode was uninjured.

OSP was assisted by Gervais Police Department, Woodburn Fire Department and ODOT.