70% of adult Oregonians have had at least one vaccine dose
Oregon on Friday reached the milestone of 70% of adults having received at least their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Oregon Health Authority.
"The 70% adult vaccination goal means we have a better chance to sustain a safe reopening," said OHA Director Patrick Allen. "But COVID-19 hasn't gone away. It's our goal to vaccinate eight in 10 people across Oregon, particularly adults in communities of color and other under-vaccinated groups."
As of Friday, 2,404,609 Oregonians 18 or older had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 2,194,103 had completed a COVID-19 vaccine series.
Health officials say the state reached the vaccination goal through the efforts of more than 660 vaccination sites, operated by health care providers, community-based organizations, tribal partners, health authorities, pharmacies, volunteers, the Oregon National Guard and retired health care workers.
Earlier this week, after more than 15 months of restrictions, Oregon fully reopened — lifting mask requirements, physical distancing and capacity limits.
There are some exceptions, including federal rules; masks are still required at airports, on public transportation and in health care settings. In addition, businesses can still require customers to wear masks or provide proof of vaccination to forgo wearing them.
In May, Gov. Kate Brown said statewide COVID-19 restrictions would be lifted when the state reached the vaccination target of 70% — with the goal of reopening by June 21.
However, the goal turned into a slow crawl, and last week Brown announced the state would open by June 30, even if the statewide target had not been meant.
OHA on Friday reported 209 new COVID-19 cases and three more deaths, pushing the death toll to 2,781.
Jackson County added 14 new cases, bringing local totals to 11,664. No new deaths were reported.
On Thursday, 3,562 vaccine doses were administered, bringing the seven-day running average to 7,037 doses per day.
On Friday, 132 people were hospitalized because of COVID-19, two fewer than Thursday, with 28 people in intensive care, one fewer than Thursday.
The Associated Press contributed information to this story.