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Frontline workers and their families eligible for vaccine Monday

Frontline workers and their family members will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine Monday, April 5, Gov. Kate Brown said Friday.

"If you are a frontline worker as defined by the CDC, when you make a vaccine appointment for yourself, make them for your whole family, too,“ Brown said. ”If you’re attending a community vaccine event, bring your family with you. We know it is not easy for everyone to find the time and transportation to get a vaccine. If you’re a frontline worker making the effort, bring your family, and do it all together."

Frontline workers are defined by the Centers For Disease Control as essential workers at highest risk for COVID-19 “because their work-related duties must be performed on-site and involve being in close proximity to the public or to co-workers.”

Other groups that become eligible Monday include multi-generational households and people between the ages of 16 and 44 with one or more underlying medical conditions.

All Oregonians 16 and older become eligible May 1. Oregon’s complete vaccine schedule can be viewed online at https://covidvaccine.oregon.gov/#prioritization.

Brown urged Oregonians to get get vaccinated when they become eligible, especially with a recent rise in cases and hospitalizations in the state.

"It’s clear that, in Oregon and across the country, the fourth surge of this virus is at our doorstep,“ Brown said. ”While Oregon’s case numbers fortunately haven’t matched those of other states seeing large spikes, our numbers are rising and we are back on alert.“

Statewide, 723,179 Oregonians were considered fully vaccinated as of Friday, and 490,493 others had received one shot in a two-dose regimen, according to OHA. Vaccination data for Jackson and Josephine counties was not available Friday.

OHA reported 499 new cases of COVID-19 in the state Friday, raising the cumulative total to 166,013. The state’s death toll remained at 2,385.

Jackson County reported 29 new cases Friday, raising the county total to 9,321, with 121 deaths.

Josephine County reported 10 new cases, raising its total to 2,829, with 60 deaths.

On Friday, 157 Oregonians were hospitalized with the disease, two more than Thursday, with 42 in intensive care, three more than Thursday.

Twenty-one people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Jackson and Josephine counties Friday, three fewer than Thursday, with five in ICU, three fewer than Thursday, according to state data.

OHA released new modeling Friday that said if the current level of transmission stays the same between April 7 and 20, the state would see an average of 390 new daily cases and 17 new daily hospitalizations. If transmission increases by 20% during that two-week period, the average daily number of new cases would go up to 585, with an average of 27 new daily hospitalizations.

If transmission drops by 20%, new daily cases would decrease to an average of 260 daily cases and an average of 11 daily hospitalizations.