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Corvallis Manor outbreak over, OHA reports

Corvallis Manor outbreak over, OHA reports

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A large COVID-19 outbreak at a Corvallis nursing home has been declared resolved by the Oregon Health Authority.

According to a weekly update released Thursday by OHA, the outbreak at Corvallis Manor was reported on Nov. 30 and sickened 121 residents, staff members, members of their households or other close contacts. Six people died before the coronavirus flareup ran its course.

The goal: get as many eligible people as possible equal access to a vaccine.  But supply is still low, and officials are pleading for patience. Tina Curry, chief deputy director of the California Office of Emergency Services: "We do ask the public, again, if you don't see anything in the coming days to keep trying."The good: Two new vaccine sites open in California aiming to distribute shots for up to 6,000 people a day, seven days a week for eight weeks, all funded by the federal government. These are the test runs for the Biden administration's efforts to create 100 mass vaccination sites nationwide in 100 days.The entire time we've been here today, it has really been a steady flow of cars. You can see behind me they go through these lines, and then there are three different tents. Each tent has about five bays where some 100 vaccinators total are just standing by and waiting and getting those shots into arms.The site is open to people in the Bay Area that include health care workers, people age 65 and older, and essential workers in food and agriculture, emergency services, education and child care.Rebecca Kaplan, chair of Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Vaccination Task Force: "We have a lot of front-line workers, people who work in jobs where they have to physically go to work, whether they are bus drivers or cooks or nurses. And a lot of these people are worried they need access to vaccines."Oakland Vice-Mayor Rebecca Kaplan helps run the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Vaccination Task Force. She says without the feds' help, theyd only be able to vaccinate 1,000 people daily. The doses here are coming from a federal supply, extra to what the county was already getting. Officials are picking locations for sites that are easy to get to. Here, the public transit system is offering free train rides. Shuttles will transport people from their homes. By the end of week, mobile vaccine units from FEMA will go into community sites, too.The help is desperately needed. The bad: In the past week, sites like a city-run mass vaccination hub in downtown San Francisco shut down because of low supply. They are planning to reopen only for second doses this Friday.Winter storms are slowing vaccine shipments elsewhere in the country. Storms affecting vaccine distribution hubs in Kentucky and Tennessee have delayed vaccines to at least 13 states. In Colorado, more than 133,000 doses were expected to arrive through Thursday. About 2,000 people in Miami-Dade County, Florida, wont get second doses as scheduled.And feeling the impact most: people hit the hardest by COVID, already getting vaccinated in far fewer numbers. Dr. Nicholas Moss, Alameda County health officer: "We've seen the greatest impacts in our communities where there's a lot of essential front-line workers, particularly communities of color, people living in very dense housing where there's lots of family members or multiple families in a small space."Dr. John Swartzberg, University of California-Berkeley School of Public Health: "Until we can get a dependable, reliable supply of vaccine coming to not just the states, but to the different regions within the states so that we can do proper planning, we're just going to still stumble like this."The Biden administration announced Wednesday it's on track to have enough supply for 300 million Americans by the end of July.  It's averaging 1.7 million shots per day, up from 1.1 million four weeks ago.

Another four people died and 21 became infected in an earlier outbreak at Corvallis Manor. To limit the spread of the virus, the facility set up a separate wing with dedicated staffing to care for residents diagnosed with COVID-19.

Two other outbreaks connected with mid-valley congregate care facilities are still considered active. An outbreak at Quail Run Assisted Living in Albany grew to 12 cases, up four from the previous week, while another case cluster associated with Timberhill Place Retirement and Assisted Living in Corvallis held steady at four.

Since the start of the pandemic, 13,060 cases and 1,180 deaths, including one staff person, have been associated with congregate care facilities in Oregon. OHA does not identify deaths connected with specific congregate care facilities, citing privacy concerns.

Four workplace outbreaks in the mid-valley were taken off the active list by OHA this week. A coronavirus cluster involving 25 people connected with ATI Specialty Alloys and Components (Wah Chang) in Millersburg – either employees, household members or other close contacts – has been declared resolved. Outbreaks involving 22 cases associated with Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital, 16 connected with Selmet in Albany and 11 linked to Coastal Farm & Ranch in Albany are also considered resolved.

Meanwhile, an outbreak connected with National Frozen Foods grew to 16 cases last week, up three from the week before, according to OHA. It was the second outbreak associated with the Albany plant, where an earlier flareup was declared resolved in June after 41 people got sick. Other continuing outbreaks associated with mid-valley worksites include Samaritan Albany General Hospital, with 15 cases; the Linn County Jail in Albany, with six; and Willamette Veterinary Hospital in Corvallis, with five.

To date, 93 people have died and 17,844 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in connection with workplace outbreaks around the state. OHA does not identify deaths associated with specific workplace outbreaks, citing privacy considerations.

Seven mid-valley K-12 schools offering at least some level of in-person instruction have active outbreaks. Three cases have been reported at Central Valley Christian School in Tangent; two apiece at Lafayette Elementary School in Albany and Santiam Elementary School in Mill City; and one each at West Albany High School, North Albany Middle School, Centennial Elementary School in Scio and Jaguar Elementary School in Corvallis. Case counts can include students, staff members or school volunteers.

An outbreak at Alsea Charter School, where four students and one staff member or volunteer got sick, is now considered resolved.

Bennett Hall can be contacted at bennett.hall@lee.net or 541-812-6111. Follow him on Twitter at @bennetthallgt.

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