Coronavirus in Oregon: 8,672 new cases as state limits contact tracing in schools

The Oregon Health Authority on Friday announced 13 new COVID-19-related deaths and 8,672 new cases, slashing contact tracing requirements for schools amid the record omicron surge.

The state said it would stop considering “masked contact” at K-12 schools as exposure, “regardless of distance.”

The press release quotes unnamed officials calling it a “‘common sense’ change to contact tracing and notification that will allow schools to focus resources on identifying high-risk, indoor, unmasked exposures the more likely to result in transmission”.

The state said updated guidelines would be released “in the coming days,” but the new rules would take effect immediately.

In the most recent published guidelines, which matched recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The OHA said, “If a school cannot confirm that a 6-foot distancing was consistently maintained or that a 3-foot distancing with consistent mask use was maintained during the school day, then each person that the confirmed case was in contact with would be considered a close contact.”

Close contacts exposed without symptoms should either quarantine for seven days or be part of a “test to stay” program.

Where new cases are by county: Baker (36), Benton (196), Clackamas (806), Clatsop (40), Columbia (58), Coos (179), Crook (96), Curry (56), Deschutes (746), Douglas (79), Gilliam (1), Grant (5), Hood River (50), Jackson (424), Jefferson (99), Josephine (150), Klamath (122), Lake (10), Lane (590), Lincoln (116) , Linn (246), Woe (153), Marion (787), Morrow (38), Multnomah (1,660), Polk (202), Sherman (4), Tillamook (29), Umatilla (249), Union (42 ), Wallowa (3), Wasco (47), Washington (1,184) and Yamhill (169).

Who is dead: The 5,871st COVID-19 death in Oregon is a 68-year-old Marion County man who died on December 2, 2021 at his home.

Oregon’s 5,872nd death is a 68-year-old Lane County man who died Dec. 3, 2021, at his home.

Oregon’s 5,873rd death is an 87-year-old woman from Lane County who tested positive Jan. 7 and died Jan. 12 at McKenzie Willamette Medical Center.

Oregon’s 5,874th death is an 80-year-old Josephine County woman who tested positive Jan. 1 and died Jan. 12 at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center.

Oregon’s 5,875th death is a 60-year-old Josephine County woman who tested positive Dec. 31 and died Jan. 12 at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center.

Oregon’s 5,876th death is a 76-year-old Josephine County woman who tested positive Dec. 24 and died Jan. 12 at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center.

Oregon’s 5,877th death is a 66-year-old Jackson County woman who tested positive Jan. 8 and died Jan. 12 at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center.

Oregon’s 5,878th death is a 99-year-old Jackson County woman who tested positive Jan. 9 and died Jan. 13 at Providence Medford Medical Center.

Oregon’s 5,879th death is a 91-year-old Coos County man who tested positive for COVID-19 and died Jan. 12.

The 5,880th death in Oregon is a 44-year-old man from Clackamas County who tested positive Jan. 8 and died Jan. 9 at Adventist Health Portland.

Oregon’s 5,881st death is a 68-year-old man from Clackamas County who tested positive Jan. 3 and died Jan. 11 at his home.

Oregon’s 5,882nd death is a 64-year-old man from Clackamas County who tested positive Dec. 30 and died Jan. 7.

The 5,883rd death in Oregon is a 66-year-old man from Multnomah County who tested positive Jan. 11 and died Jan. 12 at Adventist Health Portland.

Each person had underlying health conditions or the presence of problems was being investigated.

Hospitalizations: 811 people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 are hospitalized, up 34 from Thursday. That includes 153 people in intensive care, up nine from Thursday.

Vaccines: 3,645 people have been declared newly vaccinated since Thursday.

From the beginning : Oregon has reported 513,391 confirmed or presumed infections and 5,883 deaths, among the lowest per capita numbers in the nation. To date, the state has reported 6,974,396 doses of vaccine administered, fully vaccinating 2,799,040 people and partially vaccinating 289,316 people.

To see more data and trends, visit https://projects.oregonlive.com/coronavirus/.

-Lizzy Acker

503-221-8052, [email protected], @lizzzyacker