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Oregon reports 1,054 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 19 new deaths
Oregon Health Authority - 11/30/21 4:34 PM

November 30, 2021

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

Oregon reports 1,054 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 19 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — There are 19 new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 5,161, Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

OHA reported 1,054 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 391,099.

COVID-19 hospitalizations

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 404, which is eight more than yesterday. There are 94 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is three more than yesterday.

There are 52 available adult ICU beds out of 687 total (8% availability) and 317 available adult non-ICU beds out of 4,118 (8% availability). 

11/30/2021 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

52

(8%)

28

(8%)

4

(5%)

7

(8%)

2

(3%)

1

(10%)

1

(2%)

9

(35%)

Adult non-ICU beds available

317

(8%)

67

(3%)

10

(2%)

53

(9%)

41

(10%)

5

(10%)

90

(21%)

51

(43%)

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.

Oregon reaches another milestone administering COVID-19 vaccines

With the expansion of pediatric COVID-19 to children ages 5 to 11 and the approval of booster doses to anyone 18 and older, Oregon recorded more than 6 million COVID-19 doses administered to people eligible for vaccination last week.

On Nov. 23, the ALERT IIS registry that tracks immunizations tallied 6,007,214 doses of Pfizer Comirnaty, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson doses to all age groups. The count includes all shots in a primary vaccine series, including pediatric doses, third doses and boosters.

“We want to thank Oregonians of all ages who continue to take the most effective measure available to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep themselves and others safe by getting vaccinated and following recommendations provided for COVID-19 vaccination, including boosters and third doses,” said Dr. Dean E. Sidelinger, state health officer and state epidemiologist.

“This also represents a major public health milestone involving all our health systems, providers, pharmacies, Tribal clinics and public health partners who achieved this goal in less than a year since the first doses were administered last December.”

OHA continues to work on its goal of closing gaps in vaccination coverage by setting a target of vaccinating 80% of those in Tribal communities and communities of color and working with vaccine partners to ensure access to pediatric vaccine for families in these groups.

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 17,408 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry on Nov. 29. Of that total, 1,757 were initial doses, 1,366 were second doses and 7,691 were third doses and booster doses. The remaining 6,535 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on Nov. 29.

The seven-day running average is now 13,576 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered 3,510,467 doses of Pfizer Comirnaty, 66,421 doses of Pfizer pediatric, 2,254,066 doses of Moderna and 243,152 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

As of today, 2,946,263 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,658,165 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 (7), Benton (13), Clackamas (55), Clatsop (6), Columbia (12), Coos (64), Crook (19), Curry (9), Deschutes (97), Douglas (52), Harney (5), Hood River (18), Jackson (73), Jefferson (10), Josephine (14), Klamath (50), Lake (12), Lane (79), Lincoln (14), Linn (30), Malheur (4), Marion (65), Morrow (4), Multnomah (121), Polk (50), Sherman (1), Tillamook (3), Umatilla (28), Union (2), Wallowa (3), Wasco (12), Washington (77) and Yamhill (45).

Oregon’s 5,143rd COVID-19 related death is a 70-year-old woman from Josephine County who tested positive Aug. 11 and died Oct. 14 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,144th COVID-19 related death is a 60-year-old woman from Klamath County who tested positive Nov. 13 and died Nov. 26 at Sky Lakes Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,145th COVID-19 related death is a 90-year-old man from Josephine County who tested positive Nov. 18 and died Nov. 28 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,146th COVID-19 related death is a 72-year-old man from Jackson County who tested positive Nov. 18 and died Nov. 27 at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,147th COVID-19 related death is a 68-year-old woman from Jackson County who tested positive Nov. 8 and died Nov. 27 at Providence Medford Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,148th COVID-19 related death is a 60-year-old woman from Jackson County who tested positive Nov. 4 and died Nov. 27 at Providence Medford Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,149th COVID-19 related death is a 70-year-old woman from Harney County who tested positive November 9 and died November 24 at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,150th COVID-19 related death is a 41-year-old man from Douglas County who first became symptomatic Nov. 22 and died Nov. 25 at Mercy Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,151st COVID-19 related death is an 89-year-old woman from Douglas County who tested positive Nov. 15 and died Nov. 29 at her residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,152nd COVID-19 related death is a 46-year-old man from Douglas County who tested positive Nov. 15 and died Nov. 27 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,153rd COVID-19 related death is a 69-year-old man from Douglas County who tested positive Nov. 14 and died Nov. 26 at Mercy Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,154th COVID-19 related death is an 84-year-old man from Clackamas County who tested positive Nov. 18 and died Nov. 24 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,155th COVID-19 related death is a 69-year-old woman from Yamhill County who tested positive Sept. 23 and died Nov. 16 at her residence. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,156th COVID-19 related death is a 70-year-old woman from Union County who tested positive Nov. 20 and died Nov. 29 at Grande Ronde Hospital. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,157th COVID-19 related death is an 87-year-old woman from Multnomah County who tested positive Nov. 17 and died Nov. 27 at Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,158th COVID-19 related death is a 60-year-old man from Multnomah County who tested positive Nov. 15 and died Nov. 28 at Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,159th COVID-19 related death is a 62-year-old woman from Multnomah County who tested positive Nov. 11 and died Nov. 23 at Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,160th COVID-19 related death is a 78-year-old man from Malheur County who tested positive Nov. 3 and died Nov. 27 at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,161st COVID-19 related death is a 95-year-old woman from Lane County who died Sept. 23 at McKenzie-Willamette 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. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Note: Updated information is known about Oregon’s 4,349th death, a 43-year-old woman from Umatilla County who first became symptomatic Sept. 24 and died Oct. 22 at CHI St. Anthony Hospital. She had underlying conditions. She was originally reported as a male and unknown location of death. This person was originally reported as having died Sept. 4.

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 Alliance of Independent Colleges & Universities' Members See Enrollment Growth in 2021-22
Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges & Universities - 11/30/21 4:30 PM

TUALATIN, OR – The headcount enrollment of the Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges & Universities’ (The Alliance) thirteen member institutions increased by 1% from fall 2020 to fall 2021. Comparably, the most recent data from the Higher Education Coordinating Commission reported a 0.4% drop in community college headcount enrollment and a 0.5% drop in public university headcount enrollment during the same time period.

“It is clear that students continue to view Alliance member colleges and universities as a tremendous value and pathway to securing a brighter future. In a constantly changing world, our member institutions are preparing the next generation of leaders to recognize and solve problems, to communicate ideas and solutions persuasively, and learn new skills and adapt to change quickly throughout their lifetime,” said Brent Wilder, President of The Alliance. “Our members work diligently to help students minimize debt, graduate on time and prepared for a life of meaningful contributions while at the same time having a significant impact on Oregon’s economy, which was $1.58 billion in 2018-19.”

Additionally, we're pleased with our high levels of vaccination, the willingness among students to engage in COVID-19 safety measures, and the low rate of cases across our 13 member colleges and universities. Our members have implemented a variety of systems and plans to manage potential roadblocks or virus resurgence, including requiring masks/face coverings in all indoor spaces, cleaning protocols developed from CDC guidance, sanitizing stations throughout campus, COVID-19 surveillance testing, and proof of vaccination for sporting events. 

Further 2021-22 Highlights:

  • Total enrollment at Alliance institutions is 26,331 students.
  • 16.7% of students are first-generation.
  • 49% of transfer students have previously attended an Oregon community college.
  • Alliance institutions enroll a higher number of diverse students compared to Oregon’s population data from the 2020 census.
    • 10.4% of The Alliance’s aggregate student population are Asian American, compared to the 4.6% of Oregon’s population.
    • 3.7% of The Alliance’s student body population are African American, compared to 2.0% of Oregon’s overall population.
    • 14% of The Alliance’s student body population are Hispanic/Latinx, compared to 13.9% of Oregon’s overall population.
  • The percentage of undergraduate first-time, full-time, degree seeking, and Pell eligible students is 25.4%.
  • Oregon students constitute 45% of enrolled learners, an increase of 1.1% over the last year.
  • Alliance institutions have a split of 66% undergraduate and 34% graduate.

The Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities (“The Alliance”) is comprised of 13 private, nonprofit, independent colleges and universities in the state of Oregon. These institutions deliver high-quality experiential learning with high-impact teaching strategies. The Alliance is the collective voice of Oregon’s independent, nonprofit higher education sector. For more information, visit www.oaicu.org.


Oregon Employment Department to Hold Media Availability
Oregon Employment Department - 11/30/21 3:01 PM

WHO:                   David Gerstenfeld, Acting Director, Oregon Employment Department and  
Gail Krumenauer, State Employment Economist 

 

WHEN:                Wednesday, 1 p.m. PST, Dec. 1, 2021 

 

WHAT:               The Oregon Employment Department is hosting a video conference media availability and will share updates on economic and workforce-related trends,  PFMLI program, employment services, unemployment claims processing, and more.  

 

WHERE:             Via Zoom video conference: Members of the media must RSVP by emailing  OED_Communications@employ.oregon.gov by 12 p.m. PST on Wed., Dec. 1. Video conference information will be provided to all reporters who RSVP. RSVPs must indicate if the reporter wants to ask a question of the presenters. 

 

OTHER:              The Oregon Employment Department has revised its claims processing dashboard and updates it weekly. Visit this link for updates. After the briefing concludes, a recording of the video conference will be emailed to reporters who RSVP’d.  

 

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Equal Opportunity program — auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Contact: (503) 953-2366. For people who are deaf or hard of hearing, call 711 Telecommunications Relay Services. 

 




Attached Media Files: 2021-11/930/150501/12.1.21_Media_availability.pdf

OSP Fish & Wildlife is seeking public assistance identifying a suspect in a deer poaching -Clackamas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 11/30/21 1:56 PM
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The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division and Metro Park Rangers are working together to investigate unlawful hunting activity that occurred on public property along SW Grahams Ferry Rd outside Wilsonville in Clackamas County between October 25, 2021, and November 14, 2021. Several deer carcasses were found on the property and Troopers currently have probable cause for multiple hunting-related crimes. 

One suspect has been identified but the second suspect is still outstanding. OSP Troopers are trying to identify the person in these photos, who is believed to be connected with this case.

The Oregon State Police is requesting public assistance with information about the identity of this person or 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 # SP21320391.

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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Joint Task Force Serves Search Warrant in Central Point After Child Porn Uploaded From Local Residence (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/30/21 1:31 PM
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JCSO Case #21-4855

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – The Southern Oregon Child Exploitation Team (SOCET) joint inter-agency task force alongside Central Point Police Department served a search warrant Tuesday morning at a residence on the 500 block of Briarwood Drive in Central Point. Investigators discovered numerous images of child pornography were uploaded from the residence. Investigators are interviewing possible witnesses and involved parties, and investigations are ongoing.

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) tips started the investigation, which led to subpoenas, followed by the search warrant at the residence. Digital devices were seized, and will be forensically examined by the Southern Oregon High Tech Crimes Task Force for evidence of child exploitation.

SOCET is a joint inter-agency task force that started in June of 2020 to combat child exploitation and human trafficking. The task force consists of investigators from Jackson County Sheriff’s OfficeOregon State Police, Medford Police Department, Grants Pass Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Homeland Security Investigations; as well as prosecutors from our local, state and federal law enforcement partners in Jackson and Josephine County.

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Attached Media Files: Searching , Warrant 3 , Warrant 2 , Warrant 1 , Morning Brief

OHCS to hold media briefing to update status of Oregon's emergency rental assistance program
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 11/30/21 12:20 PM

Nov. 30, 2021

 

Contact: Delia Hernández

503-986-2051

equests@oregon.gov">HCS.MediaRequests@hcs.oregon.gov

 

OHCS to hold media briefing to update status of Oregon’s emergency rental assistance program

 

Salem, Ore. - Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) will hold a media briefing at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, to discuss the pause in accepting new applications for the Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program (OERAP) and updates on the status of applications and funding. OHCS Executive Director Margaret Salazar will be available to speak to the media. Interested media can participate via this Zoom link.

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Attached Media Files: 2021-11/1810/150491/11-30-2021-Media-Advisory.pdf

"Freeze the Day" and Plan a Visit to the Oregon Historical Society's Newest Exhibition on Oregon's Winter Sports History
Oregon Historical Society - 11/30/21 11:30 AM

MEDIA TOURS: Schedule an exhibit tour with OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk and Olympic luger Jack Elder by contacting achel.randles@ohs.org">rachel.randles@ohs.org.

PRESS KIT (WITH IMAGES): https://bit.ly/ohsfreezetheday

 

Portland, OR — November 30, 2021 — Oregon’s unique topography and climate have created an environment of endless possibility for outdoor recreation. Whether engaging in leisure activities on the weekends or competing in professional athletic events, Oregonians have long enjoyed experiences shaped by snow and ice. As the chill of winter enters the air, the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) invites visitors to discover the magic, awe, thrill, and camaraderie Oregonians have enjoyed for generations in its newest original exhibition, Freeze the Day! A History of Winter Sports in Oregon.

Countless individuals have shaped the history of winter sports in Oregon, including Native people who developed and adapted technology and cultural practices to survive and thrive with the snow and ice of winter months. Euro-American emigrants who arrived in the nineteenth century began to explore ways to recreate in the mountains, lakes, and rivers. In the beginning of the twentieth century, Oregonians started building alpine resorts, sporting clubs, and recreational facilities across the state.

This work set the stage for championship athletes to grow and blossom. Freeze the Day profiles 13 such athletes, including Olympic snowboarders Ben Ferguson and Chris Klug, luger Jack Elder, figure skater Tonya Harding, and Special Olympics Oregon snowboarder Henry Meece. Innovators also flourished, such as Hjalmar Hvam, who developed the world’s first workable safety ski binding, and Oregon Adaptive Sports, which provides snow opportunities to community members with disabilities. Visitors will also discover many of the ice sports that people enjoy throughout the state as well as beloved teams past and present, from the Portland Rosebuds to the Portland Winterhawks.

“With the Winter Olympics coming up, a visit to Freeze the Day is the perfect way to brush up on your Oregon sports history as we anticipate cheering on Team USA next February,” said OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk. 

While snow may not be falling in the gallery, visitors can “catch a snowflake” within the exhibit, and rather than melt, watch the snowflake come to life in their hand. Visitors can also look for friends and family in a community scrapbook and share their love of Oregon’s wintry weather online using the hashtag #OHSFreezeTheDay. 

“Whether or not you are a winter sports afficionado, or simply an admirer of Oregon’s natural wonders, this fun and immersive exhibition has something for visitors of all ages,” said Tymchuk.

Discover how winter sports continue to shape Oregon’s cultural fabric with a visit to Freeze the Day! A History of Winter Sports in Oregon, on exhibit December 3, 2021, through July 17, 2022. The Oregon Historical Society’s museum is open seven days a week, Monday – Saturday from 10am – 5pm and Sunday from 12pm – 5pm. Admission is $10, with discounts for students, seniors, teachers, and youth. Admission is free every day for OHS members and Multnomah County residents.


About the Oregon Historical Society

For more than a century, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state’s collective memory, preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms & website (ohs.org), educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon’s history open and accessible to all. We exist because history is powerful, and because a history as deep and rich as Oregon’s cannot be contained within a single story or point of view. 


Oregon Faith Leaders Come Together for Abortion Justice
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon - 11/30/21 10:31 AM

As the U.S. Supreme Court hears a pivotal case that could overturn Roe vs. Wade, leaders and members of Oregon’s faith community — voices often overlooked in the fight to defend reproductive freedom — are gathering in of support for abortion access, honoring the dignity and worth of every person who seeks care, and calling upon the Supreme Court to uphold this fundamental right.

The press event sponsored by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon, the ACLU of Oregon, Pro-Choice Oregon and Family Forward will be held at 10am Wednesday, December 1st in Portland. For the location, RSVP to PPAO Communications Director Jimmy Radosta at 503.232.9632 or jimmy.radosta@PPAOregon.org. For those unable to attend in person, the event will be livestreamed at facebook.com/PPAOregon and instagram.com/PPAOregon.

Speakers will include Rabbi Rachel Joseph of Congregation Beth Israel, a Board Member of Planned Parenthood of Oregon; State Senator Kayse Jama; the Rev. Bill Sinkford of First Unitarian Portland; the Rev. Dr. Deb Patterson, a State Senator who serves as a minister at United Church of Christ in the Mid-Willamette Valley; the Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie of United Church of Christ; and the Rev. Eilidh Lowry, Portland Public School Board Chair and pastor at United Methodist Church’s Southeast Portland Parish. Other attendees will come from across the state, including Bend and Eugene. 

In 2021, a record-breaking number of anti-abortion and anti-transgender bills have been introduced and enacted in state legislatures across the nation. 

Texas is already providing a glimpse of what a post-Roe world could look like. Politicians there passed a heinous law banning abortion at six weeks, decimating access to abortion in the state. Due to structural racism and inequities, abortion restrictions disproportionately harm Black, Brown and Indigenous people; LGBTQ+ people; young people; immigrants; people with low incomes; and those living in rural areas.

This week the court will hear oral arguments in a case that challenges Mississippi’s cruel 15-week abortion ban and that could upend nearly 50 years of precedent. If Roe is overturned, abortion access will be jeopardized for nearly half of the people who can become pregnant in the United States. 

“The sacred right to bodily autonomy and the human right to health care are under attack like never before. We are in the fight of our lives,” says An Do, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon. “In this moment of crisis, we are so grateful for faith leaders who proudly affirm and fight for the moral agency of people seeking abortions, their bodily autonomy and their moral authority to make reproductive decisions. Because justice can’t be achieved until every person can make their own decisions about their bodies, their lives and their futures.”

If states like Idaho are allowed to ban abortion, studies show that Oregon health centers would see a 234% increase in out-of-state patients forced to travel long distances for care. And even though abortion is protected in Oregon statute, Eastern Oregonians could see up to a 35% decrease in abortion access because of the longer travel burden.


Smash and Grab Burglary Arrests (Photo)
Medford Police Dept. - 11/30/21 9:54 AM
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On November 28th, 2021, at 5:00 a.m., Medford Police officers responded to a business alarm at 1411 Hilton Road, which is a marijuana dispensary called Cloud 9 Wellness. Upon arrival, officers discovered the business was badly damaged, with windows broken and a metal roll up door was ripped from the building. The suspects were gone, and officers ultimately learned cash was taken from the cash registers, and an entire ATM machine was stolen, which contained an undisclosed amount of cash. 

A review of surveillance camera revealed approximately seven suspects, all wearing masks, committed the burglary. Three vehicles were also observed associated with the suspects. The suspects worked quickly to commit the burglary, and used one of their vehicles to rip off the roll up door. 

On November 28th, 2021 at about 5:45 p.m., the ATM was found in a field near Judy Way in west Medford. The ATM was heavily damaged and the cash was removed. 

On November 29th, the case was turned over to detectives who learned that Ashland Police were investigating a similar marijuana dispensary burglary earlier that morning, in which a safe was stolen (APD Case 21-2428). Medford Police officers later found this stolen safe on November 29th, at 10:17 a.m., lying in the middle of the street in the 4100 block of Hemlock Drive.

Detectives received a tip of suspicious activity occurring at an Air-BnB residence in the 1500 block of Red Hawk Drive. Around 2:00 p.m., detectives responded to the address and observed the same vehicles seen on video in the Medford burglary, parked in the backyard, behind a fence, in what appeared to be an attempt to conceal them. Detectives conducted surveillance and observed suspects coming and going from the residence who matched the surveillance video. Additional police personnel responded, to include elements of the SWAT team. The residence was surrounded. Officers attempted contact, but the suspects ran inside. Officers began making announcements to exit the residence at 2:19 p.m. At 2:44 p.m., the suspects exited the residence and were taken into custody. Six suspects were arrested.

Detectives obtained a search warrant on the property and located evidence linking the suspects to both Medford and Ashland burglaries. 

All six suspects are from the Oakland and Sacramento area of California, and all were charged with:

  • Burglary 2nd Degree
  • Criminal Mischief 1st Degree
  • Theft 1st Degree

Bail: $22,500.

The suspects are facing similar charges for the Ashland case.

Suspects’ Names:

Haynes, Leon Eugene, 23 years old

Scott, Vintreal, 20 years old

Mitchell, Isiah Trevor, 26 years old

Climmons, David Leandre, 23 years old

Bailey, Amari Markell, 19 years old

Norman, Tiwian Joshua, 27 years old




Attached Media Files: Norman, Tiwian , Bailey, Amari , Climmons, David , Mitchell, Isiah , Scott, Vintreal , Haynes, Leon

Oregon FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Medicare Fraud (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 11/30/21 9:00 AM
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Welcome to the Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday segment. Today: Building a digital defense against Medicare Fraud.

December 7th is the end of the open enrollment period for Medicare recipients. It’s a chance to change your health and prescription drug options, if you wish. It’s also a prime time for scammers to target seniors with fraud.

Here’s some helpful information from our partners at Medicare and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC):

In addition to regular mail notifications that you may receive from Medicare or Social Security, seniors may be receiving information and solicitations from insurance companies that offer Medicare health and prescription drug plans. If you live in Oregon and need help navigating the Medicare system, you can contact the Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance agency (SHIBA).

Bad actors often try to take advantage of seniors by getting between them and official sources of information. They may show up at your home or contact you by phone, email, text message, or social media post. Here are some important things to keep in mind:

  • Medicare will never contact you for your Medicare number or other personal information unless you’ve given it permission in advance.
  • Medicare will never call you to sell you anything.
  • You may get calls from people promising you things if you give them a Medicare number. Don’t do it. 
  • Medicare will never visit you at your home.
  • Medicare can’t enroll you over the phone unless you call first.
  • If someone calls claiming to be from Medicare, asking for your Social Security number or bank information to get your new card or new benefits, that’s a scam.
  • Don’t give personal information to a caller claiming to be from Medicare. You can’t trust caller ID. These calls can be spoofed so they look like they’re coming from Medicare even when they’re not. 

Before you give any personal information, initiate your own call to Medicare at 1-800-MEDICARE. You should also call this number if you feel as though you have been scammed.

Also, if you are the victim of this or any other 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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Mon. 11/29/21
Oregon reports 2,598 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 27 new deaths
Oregon Health Authority - 11/29/21 4:48 PM

November 29, 2021

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

Oregon reports 2,598 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 27 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — There are 27 new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 5,142, Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

OHA reported 2,598 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 390,066.

The 27 new deaths and 2,598 new cases reported today include data recorded by counties for the period between Nov. 24 and Nov. 28.

COVID-19 hospitalizations

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 396, which is 21 more than yesterday. There are 91 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, with no change from yesterday.

There are 68 available adult ICU beds out of 679 total (10% availability) and 368 available adult non-ICU beds out of 4,092 (9% availability).

11/29/2021 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

68

(10%)

28

(8%)

6

(7%)

12

(13%)

7

(12%)

3

(30%)

5

(11%)

7

(27%)

Adult non-ICU beds available

368

(9%)

95

(5%)

16

(3%)

68

(12%)

38

(9%)

6

(13%)

96

(23%)

49

(41%)

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 7,772 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry on Nov. 28. Of that total, 385 were initial doses, 861 were second doses and 1,722 were third doses and booster doses. The remaining 4,790 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on Nov. 28.

The seven-day running average is now 15,401 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered 3,568,720 doses of Pfizer Comirnaty, 64,464 doses of Pfizer pediatric, 2,245,750 doses of Moderna and 286,453 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

As of today, 2,942,427 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,655,974 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 (17), Benton (32), Clackamas (300), Clatsop (29), Columbia (54), Coos (27), Crook (22), Curry (9), Deschutes (282), Douglas (87), Gilliam (1), Grant (2), Harney (2), Hood River (6), Jackson (136), Jefferson (25), Josephine (77), Klamath (23), Lake (1), Lane (177), Lincoln (35), Linn (123), Malheur (6), Marion (230), Morrow (1), Multnomah (417), Polk (28), Tillamook (20),Umatilla (11), Union (18), Wallowa (7), Wasco (1), Washington (340) and Yamhill (52).

Oregon reports 861 confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases on Nov. 24, 306 confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases on Nov. 25, 467 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases on Nov. 26, 519 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases on Nov. 27 and 445 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases on Nov. 28.

Note: Oregon’s 5,108th and 3,621st COVID-19 related deaths, reported on Nov. 23 and Sept. 21 respectively, were identified to be the same person. Because of this update, we are renumbering our reports to start with 5,116 today.

Oregon’s 5,116th COVID-19 related death is a 91-year-old man from Jackson County who died Oct. 19 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 5,117th COVID-19 related death is a 74-year-old man from Jackson County who died Sept. 10 at Sky Lakes 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. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,118th COVID-19 related death is a 69-year-old woman from Curry County who died Sept. 7 at Providence Medford 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 5,119th COVID-19 related death is a 78-year-old woman from Curry County who died Sept. 7 at Providence Medford 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 5,120th COVID-19 related death is an 80-year-old woman from Curry County who died Aug. 30 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 5,121st COVID-19 related death is a 70-year-old woman from Polk County who tested positive Aug. 15 and died Aug. 27 at Salem Hospital. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,122nd COVID-19 related death is an 85-year-old man from Jackson County who tested positive Nov. 6 and died Nov. 21 at Providence Medford Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,123rd COVID-19 related death is an 81-year-old woman from Jackson County who tested positive Oct. 11 and died Nov. 19 at her residence. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,124th COVID-19 related death is a 72-year-old woman from Grant County who died Sept. 4 at St. Charles Bend. 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 5,125th COVID-19 related death is an 83-year-old woman from Douglas County who tested positive Nov. 2 and died Nov. 20 at David Grant Medical Center in Fairfield, Calif. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,126th COVID-19 related death is a 75-year-old woman from Clackamas County who tested positive Nov. 8 and died Nov. 24 at Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,127th COVID-19 related death is an 81-year-old woman from Baker County who tested positive Nov. 19 and died Nov. 26 at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. She had no underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,128th COVID-19 related death is a 67-year-old woman from Baker County who tested positive Nov. 2 and died Nov. 27 at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. She had no underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,129th COVID-19 related death is an 85-year-old man from Jackson County who tested positive Nov. 21 and died Nov. 23 at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,130th COVID-19 related death is a 75-year-old woman from Jackson County who tested positive Nov. 15 and died Nov. 21 at Providence Medford Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,131st COVID-19 related death is a 72-year-old woman from Jackson County who tested positive Nov. 9 and died Nov. 24 at Providence Medford Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,132nd COVID-19 related death is an 87-year-old man from Washington County who tested positive Nov. 12 and died Nov. 20 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,133rd COVID-19 related death is a 58-year-old man from Washington County who tested positive Nov. 4 and died Nov. 19 at OHSU Hillsboro Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,134th COVID-19 related death is a 64-year-old man from Polk County who tested positive Nov. 5 and died Nov. 23 at Salem Hospital. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,135th COVID-19 related death is a 62-year-old woman from Marion County who tested positive Nov. 4 and died Nov. 26 at Salem Hospital. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,136th COVID-19 related death is a 60-year-old woman from Marion County who tested positive Nov. 2 and died Nov. 26 at Salem Hospital. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 5,137th COVID-19 related death is a 76-year-old man from Linn County who tested positive Nov. 9 and died Nov. 23 at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,138th COVID-19 related death is a 72-year-old man from Linn County who tested positive Oct. 31 and died Nov. 20 at Salem Hospital. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,139th COVID-19 related death is a 70-year-old woman from Jefferson County who died Sept. 29 at St. Charles Bend. 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 5,140th COVID-19 related death is a 78-year-old man from Benton County who tested positive Nov. 9 and died Nov. 23 at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 5,141st COVID-19 related death is a 65-year-old man from Josephine County who died Aug. 19 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 5,142nd COVID-19 related death is a 57-year-old man from Josephine County who tested positive Nov. 1 and died Nov. 23 at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center. He had no underlying conditions.

Updated information is known about Oregon’s 4,990th COVID-19 related death, a 42-year-old-man from Josephine County who tested positive Sept. 4 and died Sept. 3. He was originally reported as having died Sept. 4.

Updated information is known about Oregon’s 4,957th COVID-19 related death, an 84-year-old woman from Josephine County who tested positive Sept. 1 and died Sept. 12. She was originally reported as being an 83-year-old woman.

Updated information is known about Oregon’s 4,764th COVID-19 related death, a 59-year-old man from Josephine County who tested positive Aug. 23 and died Sept. 6 at Oregon Health & Science University Hospital. He had underlying conditions. He was previously reported as a 58-year-old man from Josephine County who died at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center with no underlying conditions.

A date was incorrectly reported on Nov. 24. Oregon’s 5,095th COVID-19-related death is a 65-year-old man from Clackamas County who died Nov. 24, 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. 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.

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OHA expresses concern about Omicron, recommends vaccination
Oregon Health Authority - 11/29/21 4:37 PM

November 29, 2021

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

OHA expresses concern about Omicron, recommends vaccination

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon Health Authority is issuing a statement on the new COVID-19 variant known as Omicron, which the World Health Organization has classified as a variant of concern. The following is from Dean E. Sidelinger, M.D., M.S.Ed., health officer and state epidemiologist:

We know the emergence of the new variant of COVID-19, called the Omicron variant, is concerning for many Oregonians. We share that concern, and Oregon Health Authority epidemiologists are closely monitoring its transmission in other parts of the world.

What we do know is that the basic prevention steps we have long talked about remain the best ways to protect yourself against Omicron, Delta or any variant of COVID-19 that is circulating. Vaccination remains the best protection against COVID-19 infection and transmission, including most circulating variants.

Omicron has not yet been detected in the United States, but we expect it will be in the coming days due to its reported high transmissibility. Oregon has one of the most robust variant surveillance systems in the United States, and so far, no cases of Omicron have been detected in Oregon.

Omicron is reported to be more transmissible than the Delta variant as it’s quickly outcompeted Delta in South Africa, but we do not yet know how much more transmissible it is. We also don’t know how Omicron affects vaccine effectiveness against severe infection (hospitalization and death). The vaccines have remained highly effective against other variants, and we expect the same to be true with Omicron. We should have early answers in the coming weeks.

The best way to protect yourself against Omicron, or any variant of COVID-19 that is circulating, is to be vaccinated. Vaccination remains the best protection against COVID-19. Those who are not yet vaccinated should get their first COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. Those due for a booster – all adults either two months after a Johnson & Johnson vaccination or six months after a Moderna or Pfizer vaccination – should get it as soon as possible. Wearing a mask when inside public places as well as social distancing and handwashing remain incredibly important in the face of an emerging variant and high levels of community transmission.

We know that news of Omicron’s emergence will cause many people to experience some anxiety about the unknown. We also know there is a great deal of “pandemic fatigue” as cases, hospitalizations and deaths are reported daily. COVID-19 continues to disrupt our lives. I share these anxieties as we continue to face COVID-19.

I want to thank all of my public health colleagues and health care partners who continue to help protect us from COVID-19 and provide us all with quality care. Some communities – our communities of color and our Native American neighbors – have been especially impacted by COVID-19. But no Oregonian has been spared, so I want to thank all Oregonians for the steps they continue to take to protect themselves, loved ones and communities from this pandemic.

View a video statement by Dr. Sidelinger at https://youtu.be/3LqIt3v7qJw.


Fatal Crash on Hwy 197-Wasco County
Oregon State Police - 11/29/21 3:43 PM

On Monday, November 29, 2021, at approximately 8:36AM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash on Hwy 197 near milepost 12. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a southbound Ford Windstar van, operated by Barbara Dillon (77) of Klamath Falls, drifted into the oncoming lane of travel and collided with a northbound Ford F-350, operated by Stephen Hart (66) of Tygh Valley. 

Dillon sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Hart was transported to the Mid-Columbia Medical Center with injuries. 

Hwy 197 was closed for approximately 3.5 hours. 

OSP was assisted by the Wasco County Sheriff’s office, ODOT and Dufur Fire and Rescue.


System of Care Advisory Council meets remotely Tuesday, December 7, 2021
Oregon Health Authority - 11/29/21 1:33 PM

November 29, 2021

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

Program contact: Hilary Harrison, 503-209-1949, y.harrison@dhsoha.state.or.us">hilary.harrison@dhsoha.state.or.us  

System of Care Advisory Council meets remotely Tuesday, December 7, 2021

What: A regular public meeting of the System of Care Advisory Council

When: Tuesday December 7, 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Where: By webinar at ZoomGov

Meeting ID: 160 347 3675, Passcode: 123456

Dial by your location +1 669 254 5252 US (San Jose)

Agenda: The full agenda can be found at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/HSD/BH-Child-Family/Pages/SOCAC.aspx. The meeting will include time for public comment.

Details: Senate Bill 1 (2019) established a Governor-appointed System of Care Advisory Council to improve the efficacy and effectiveness of the state and local continuum of care that provides services to youth and young adults.

The council will be discussing its System of Care Plan for Oregon for 2022-2023 to the Governor and legislature, the appointment of an Executive Director and the issue brief received from the Children’s System Advisory Council.

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:

  • 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 Hilary Harrison at 503-209-1949, 711 TTY, or y.harrison@dhsoha.state.or.us">hilary.harrison@dhsoha.state.or.us at least two business days before the meeting.


Public Health Advisory Board meets Dec. 6, Dec. 9 for member trainings
Oregon Health Authority - 11/29/21 12:51 PM

November 29, 2021

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

Public Health Advisory Board meets Dec. 6, Dec. 9 for member trainings

What: The Public Health Advisory Board is holding trainings for board members.

Agenda: Training sessions will focus on health equity education.

When: Monday, Dec. 6, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., and Thursday, Dec. 9, 2-4:30 p.m. The meetings are open to the public. No public comment will be offered at these meetings, which will be focused on board training. Members of the public can submit comments via email to lichealth.policy@dhsoha.state.or.us">publichealth.policy@dhsoha.state.or.us, or join the public comment period offered at the regular Public Health Advisory Board meeting on Dec. 16 from 2-5 p.m.

Where: Zoom conference call.

  • 6: (669) 254-5252, participant code 1606015481#.
  • 9: (669) 254-5252, participant code 1619638665#.

Background: Oregon’s Public Health Advisory Board provides guidance for Oregon’s governmental public health system and oversees the implementation of public health modernization and Oregon’s State Health Improvement Plan.

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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 materials in other languages.
  • Braille.
  • Large print.
  • Audio and other formats.

If you need help or have questions, please contact Cara Biddlecom: at 971-673-2284, 711 TTY, or a.m.biddlecom@state.or.us">cara.m.biddlecom@state.or.us, at least 48 hours before the meeting.


DOGAMI names finalists for position of State Geologist and Executive Director
Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries - 11/29/21 11:00 AM

After initial interviews earlier this month, the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) has named two finalists for the State Geologist and Executive Director of DOGAMI. They are: 

• Ruarri Day-Stirrat, Senior Specialist Research Geoscientist with Shell International Exploration & Production, Inc. 

• Michael Kortenhof, Land Quality Manager with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality 

Final interviews will take place on December 8 and 10, 2021. Candidates will meet with members of the community, employees of DOGAMI and will interview during the board meeting scheduled for December 10, 2021. The Board will meet in executive session prior to the closing of the board meeting to consider employment of the director. The agenda for the Governing Board meeting is available at

https://www.oregongeology.org/about/govboard/Board_agenda_12_10_2021.pdf 

The governing Board consists of five members, confirmed by the Senate and appointed by the Governor. The Board works at the pleasure of the Governor. The Governing Board sets agency policy and oversees general operations. The Board adopts a strategic plan every six years. This guides DOGAMI's mission and objectives. They meet at least quarterly at sites around the state. The Governing board provides an important connection between the agency and Oregon communities. 

 

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Two Rivers Correctional Institution reports in-custody death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 11/29/21 10:18 AM
Loren E. Sicks
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An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody, Loren Eugene Sicks, died the morning of November 28, 2021. Sicks was incarcerated at Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) in Umatilla and passed away in the infirmary while on hospice care. As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified.

Sicks entered DOC custody on December 7, 1999, from Lane County with an earliest release date of March 3, 2023. Sicks was 81 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.

TRCI is a multi-custody prison in Umatilla that houses approximately 1,800 adults in custody. TRCI participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including institution and industrial laundry, mattress manufacturing, and sewing. Other institution work programs include reparation and cleaning of irrigation ditches, maintenance of local baseball fields, and work with local cities and the Hermiston School District. The facility provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, religious services, and behavioral health services. TRCI opened in 2000.

 

 

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Attached Media Files: Loren E. Sicks

UPDDATE--Fatal Crash on Hwy 30-Multnomah County
Oregon State Police - 11/29/21 9:36 AM

UPDATE: The female pedestrian has been identified as Amy Bybee (41) of Portland. 

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.


Fatal Crash on Hwy 97-Deschutes County
Oregon State Police - 11/29/21 9:31 AM

On Saturday, November 27, 2021 at approximately 10:00 PM, Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a vehicle versus pedestrian crash on Highway 97 near milepost 124. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a pedestrian, Kara Shepherd (44) of Redmond, was attempting to cross four lanes of travel and was struck by a northbound Lexus RX330, operated by Erin Behzadian (37) of Redmond. 

Shepherd sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Behzadian was not injured and remained on scene and cooperated with the investigation.

OSP was assisted by Redmond Police Department and ODOT. 


Sun. 11/28/21
DOGAMI Governing Board to meet December 10
Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries - 11/28/21 7:25 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Governing Board of the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) will meet on Friday, December 10 at 8:30 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. To adhere to the state’s social distancing requirements and to slow the spread of COVID-19, this public meeting will be conducted as a virtual meeting. This meeting includes an executive session of the Governing Board to conduct interviews of the two finalists for the State Geologist and Executive Director of DOGAMI. The meeting agenda is available at

https://www.oregongeology.org/about/govboard/Board_agenda_12_10_2021.pdf 

The DOGAMI Governing Board sets policy and oversees general operations, and adopts a strategic plan every six years. The Board meets at least quarterly. As active members of their communities, Board members provide an important connection between Oregonians and DOGAMI's mission of providing earth science information and regulation to make Oregon safe and prosperous.


Sat. 11/27/21
Oregon State Penitentiary reports in-custody death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 11/27/21 11:18 AM
Roberto Ruiz
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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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Attached Media Files: Roberto Ruiz

Wed. 11/24/21
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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Nov. 24, 2021 

 

Contact: Delia Hernández 

503-986-2051 

equests@hcs.oregon.gov">HCS.mediarequests@hcs.oregon.gov 

 

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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Final Almeda Fire Victim Identified (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/24/21 4:38 PM
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ASHLAND, Ore. – The final unidentified victim of the September, 8 2020 Almeda Fire has been positively identified. Derrick Glenn Mills, 55, originally from Yreka, Calif. was found deceased approximately one mile from the fire’s origin. Mills was reported missing in March of 2021. Late last month, an extended family member provided a DNA sample that ultimately identified him as the remaining Almeda Fire victim.

Mills has been a Jackson County community member since at least 2002, after being born and raised in nearby Yreka, Calif. On the day of the Almeda Fire, Mills’ remains were found at the 8.9-mile marker of the Bear Creek Greenway between Ashland and Talent, Ore. An autopsy conducted on September 9 confirmed Mills perished in the fire. His cause of death was determined to be thermal injuries and inhalation. There are no indications of suspicious circumstances surrounding Mills’ death.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) Medical Examiner detectives worked alongside Ashland Police Department (APD) to identify the remains of the final unidentified victim of the Almeda Fire. JCSO ME detectives worked diligently to identify the remaining fire victim, eventually tracking down and ruling out more than 20 missing person leads during their investigation. 

In June 2021, Mills was determined to be a possible match for the unidentified fire victim, but authorities were unable to obtain a DNA standard from the close identified relative. Mills’ extended family out of Kansas contacted JCSO after seeing a news story about the unidentified person case. At that point they were able to provide the DNA sample that ended up identifying their missing family member. Oregon State Police (OSP) Medical Examiner Division obtained the positive scientific identification while working with the DNA technology company, Parabon Nanolabs to process potential DNA matches and create a victim composite. 

The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing. APD is heading the criminal homicide investigation. For further information contact the OSP Medical Examiner’s office at (971) 673-8200. For information on the criminal homicide investigation call APD at (541) 488-2211.

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Skeletonized Remains Found Alongside Ashland Railroad Tracks (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/24/21 3:18 PM
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UPDATE 11/24/2021:

The decedent was Brian Lee Grodzik, 64, of Akron, Ohio. We are still trying to locate next of kin. If anyone has any information, please call the JCSO Tip Line at (541) 774-8333 and reference case #21-6087.

Original News Release 11/18/2021:

JCSO Case #21-6087

ASHLAND, Ore. – A mushroom hunter discovered the skeletonized remains of a deceased male approximately 65-years-old near the greenway bike path in Ashland Thursday morning. The body was found alongside the railroad tracks near the Mountain View Cemetery. There are no immediate indications of suspicious circumstances. 

At 9:52 a.m. Ashland Fire & Rescue along with the Ashland Police Department responded to the scene and initiated a death investigation. The body was located within Jackson County jurisdiction so Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies and Medical Examiner detectives responded to take over the investigation. 

The body was in an advanced stage of decomposition and there are no apparent suspicious circumstances, although investigations are ongoing by JCSO ME detectives. An Oregon State Police forensic pathologist will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death. The name of the decedent will be released pending next of kin notification. There is no further information available at this time.

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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
 




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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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Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee meets Dec. 3 via Zoom
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 11/24/21 10:32 AM

SALEM, Ore – The Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee will meet virtually via Zoom at 2 p.m. Friday, December 3. Items on the committee’s agenda include:

  • January Board of Forestry topic: Management focus of forestlands
  • Forest Management Plan strategy development update
  • Forest Management Plan and Habitat Conservation Plan timeline updates

This meeting is open to the public, and public comment is scheduled for the beginning of the meeting. The Zoom log-in is at https://odf.zoom.us/j/92577107750. The meeting agenda and materials will be posted on the department’s web site at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/FTLAC.aspx.

The Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee is comprised of seven county commissioners representing 15 Oregon counties where state forestlands are located. The FTLAC is a statutorily established committee that advises the Board of Forestry on matters related to forestland managed by ODF.

Questions about accessibility or special accommodations can be directed to the Oregon Department of Forestry at least 48 hours prior to the meeting at 503-945-7200.


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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Dec. 7: Public invited to update on Western Oregon State Forest Management Plan and Habitat Conservation Plan
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 11/24/21 7:30 AM

SALEM, Ore. – Join the Oregon Department of Forestry for an update on developing the Western Oregon State Forest Management Plan and Habitat Conservation Plan virtually via Zoom at 1 p.m. Tuesday, December 7.

This meeting will provide updates on the Forest Management Plan (FMP) & Implementation Plans (IPs) for ODF-managed forestland west of the Cascade Mountains and will also provide an update on the Western Oregon State Forests Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process focused on that HCP. RSVP is requested.

To view and participate in the webinar, go to: https://odf.zoom.us/j/96526807736 from your computer.

The meeting will take place from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, including:

  • 1–3 p.m.: Background information, process updates, presentations, and an opportunity for Q&A/discussion and to provide feedback. 
  • 3-4 p.m.: An informal discussion period to provide participants with an open discussion on any topics presented during the meeting. 

Use computer audio or call-in from your phone using the following call-in information: 

  • Dial: 1 (253) 215-8782
  • Meeting ID: 965 2680 7736

A post-meeting recording will be posted on the ODF YouTube channel. Previous meetings open to the public can be viewed there as well.

For more information on the process, please visit the HCP website and the FMP website.