Fourteenth COVID-19 related death reported

PRESS RELEASE

The Oregon Health Authority announced the fourteenth COVID-19 related death of a Baker County resident today. Health Department Director Nancy Staten says, “This loss weighs heavy on all of us. The Health Department staff all sends our condolences to those who knew her.”

The Oregon Health Authority reported, “Oregon’s 2,451st COVID-19 death is a 71-year-old woman in Baker County who tested positive on April 7 and died on April 14 at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. She had underlying conditions.”

To protect the privacy and well-being of the family, and to maintain compliance with health information privacy regulations, no further information about the individual will be released by the County. We encourage everyone to be respectful as a family in our community grieves.

Johnson and Johnson vaccine paused, County Health Department using Moderna

PRESS RELEASE

The Oregon Health Authority has asked health care providers to pause use of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine after a joint statement released this morning by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Federal Drug Administration. The pause is out of an abundance of caution to provide the agencies time to further review data involving six reported cases of a rare and severe blood clot. The release says, “Right now, these adverse events appear to be extremely rare. COVID-19 vaccine safety is a top priority for the federal government, and we take all reports of health problems following COVID-19 vaccination very seriously.”

No adverse effects from the Johnson and Johnson vaccine have been reported in Baker County.

The Baker County Health Department has been providing doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, but will pause until clearance is given. The Health Department will continue to offer the Moderna vaccine. Both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are still available for use; however, the Health Department has not been carrying doses of the Pfizer vaccine because of the requirements for ultra-cold storage. General information about vaccines is available on the CDC website.

Thirteenth COVID-19 related death reported

PRESS RELEASE

The Oregon Health Authority announced the thirteenth COVID-19 related death of a Baker County resident today. Health Department Director Nancy Staten says, “We’re really saddened to receive this report. All of us here at the Health Department send our condolences to his family and friends.”

The Oregon Health Authority reported, “Oregon’s 2,435th COVID-19 death is a 75-year-old man in Baker County who tested positive on March 24 and died on April 3 at his residence. He had underlying conditions.”

To protect the privacy and well-being of the family, and to maintain compliance with health information privacy regulations, no further information about the individual will be released by the County. We encourage everyone to be respectful as a family in our community grieves.