Breakthrough cases of COVID-19 are on the rise. That’s when a person becomes infected despite having been vaccinated. The reason for the current rise is twofold.
A breakthrough case is when a vaccinated person gets infected with the virus they were vaccinated against. When more people get vaccinated, there are more people in the pool who can get a breakthrough infection. As vaccination rates go up, breakthrough infections may also go up.
Today, OHA’s Medical Director of Respiratory Viral Pathogens Dr. Melissa Sutton spoke with medical officials from across the state to provide an update on the COVID-19 situation in Oregon. Here’s what you need to know. New CDC data displays further proof of vaccine effectiveness Dr. Sutton highlighted information from the Centers for Disease Control and […]
There’s been talk in the news and online about the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant — what it is, where it has spread and whether it’s something to be concerned about. Here’s what you need to know. Delta variant defined The Delta variant is classified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a “variant […]
We’ve heard several questions lately about where COVID-19 cases are coming from, and if they’re a result of breakthrough cases. On Wednesday, June 23, State Epidemiologist and Health Officer Dr. Dean Sidelinger and Sky Lakes Medical Center Chief of Medical Staff Dr. Robert Jackman provided answers. Here are the timestamps for each question: 7:19 – Are you tracking which vaccine the breakthrough […]
Dr. Robert Jackman is a practicing family physician in Medford who was vaccinated in December, but came down with COVID-19 later. Watch him tell his story by clicking on the screenshot below. This article first appeared in the June 28, 2021 issue of Oregon Coronavirus Update.
Governor Kate Brown was joined by OHA Director Patrick Allen and State Epidemiologist Dr. Dean Sidelinger to discuss Oregon’s vaccination progress and to outline the details on the state’s future reopening plans. Here’s what you need to know. Oregon nearing statewide vaccination goal On May 11, Governor Brown announced that Oregon could all but terminate […]
Through May 31, Oregon Health Authority has identified 1,009 COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough cases. In May, there were 16,097 cases of COVID-19 and 98% of these cases were among people who were unvaccinated. More than 9 in 10 of the 126 COVID-19 associated deaths in May were among people who were not vaccinated. The majority of […]
On Wednesday, April 28, our experts answered post-vaccination questions. You can watch a recording of the video below and use the timestamps listed to jump to specific questions: 10:13 – How effective are the vaccines against the variants? 11:01 – What do I do if I lose my vaccination card? 11:38 – Will county-based restrictions be the same for […]
We’ve seen some talk online about COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough cases. While these cases are rare, we’ll use this blog post to break down what a breakthrough case is, why they occur and how state and nationwide health authorities are responding. COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough cases COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough cases are defined as instances in which an […]