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Oregon reports 865 new known coronavirus cases

December 29, 2020 GMT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Health Authority reported 865 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and six deaths Monday.

More than one-third of the new known cases are in Washington County, the state’s second most populous county that borders Portland.

The latest figures brought the state’s coronavirus totals to 110,545 cases and 1,433 deaths.

The first COVID-19 vaccine doses in the state were administered mid-December to health care workers. Since then more than 20,000 Oregonian health care workers and residents at staff at nursing homes have received a dose. The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs said Monday that residents and staff at its veterans’ homes in Lebanon and The Dalles recived their first vaccine doses over the weekend.

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Additionally, Oregon Department of Corrections employees began receiving vaccines on Monday, agency officials said in a news release.

Vaccinations at Corrections are going first to individuals who are in close contact with COVID-19-positive people and infectious materials, Corrections Chief Medical Director Dr. Warren Roberts said. “This includes medical providers and nurses, transport employees, security staff working on COVID-19 units and/or performing hospital watches, and a small number of AICs (adults in custody) whose work assignments involve cleaning and disinfecting in COVID-19-positive units.”

Currently, 515 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19 across Oregon.