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County prepares as COVID-19 numbers rise

Medical-grade masks now required to enter Samaritan facilities


January 12, 2022

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Carol Graham, a Medical Reserve Corps volunteer, administers a COVID-19 booster shot to Megan Jones, of Albany, at the Linn County Expo Center in Albany on Thursday, Jan. 6.

With a massive surge in COVID-19 numbers late last week, local health officials are scrambling to prepare for anticipated demand for vaccines and the impact on local medical facilities. 

The state's counties recorded 18,538 new confirmed and presumptive cases reported to public health authorities between Jan. 7 and 9, and 18 deaths, following reports of 23,271 cases between Jan. 1 and Jan. 6. A record 10,431 cases were reported Thursday, Jan. 6.

In the upper Willamette Valley region, which includes Linn County, 84 of 89 staffed ICU beds were occupied, according to OHA figures, and 547 of 5...

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