The Oregon Health Authority on Tuesday announced 316 new coronavirus cases and two deaths, with the list of counties expanding vaccine eligibility growing.

Twenty of 36 counties have now granted eligibility to people ages 45 to 64 with underlying health conditions, certain frontline workers and people who are houseless.

Added to the list Tuesday were Douglas, Harney, Josephine, Klamath, Linn, Sherman and Yamhill counties. They join Baker, Benton, Deschutes, Grant, Jefferson, Lake, Lincoln, Malheur, Marion, Morrow, Polk, Umatilla and Union counties.

State officials last week announced counties could choose to begin vaccinating more groups this week or wait until March 29. County officials in the Portland area said they didn’t plan to accelerate the timeline so they could focus on vaccinating seniors.

Meanwhile, the Oregon Health Authority on Tuesday said it expanded the pool of health care professionals eligible to administer vaccine doses. The list includes at least 18 groups of professionals, plus 12 groups of medical students, although it wasn’t immediately clear how many of the groups were actually newly eligible.

Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday also commemorated the one-year anniversary of signing her stay-home order, noting that Oregon had reported among the very lowest cases and deaths per capita in America.

“We must still be cautious as new COVID-19 mutations continue to spread,” she said in a statement. “Each day, we are steadily gaining ground, but we must continue to wear masks, maintain physical distance and get vaccinated. We will come out of this crisis the same way we faced it one year ago today -- together, and with the opportunity to build back a stronger, more just and equitable Oregon.”

Vaccines: Oregon reported 18,241 newly administered doses, which includes 10,845 Monday and the remainder from previous days.

Where the new cases are by county: Baker (3), Benton (2), Clackamas (30), Columbia (2), Coos (4), Crook (2), Curry (4), Deschutes (24), Douglas (7), Grant (1), Hood River (3), Jackson (28), Jefferson (1), Josephine (17), Klamath (11), Lane (17), Lincoln (5), Linn (4), Malheur (1), Marion (21), Multnomah (44), Polk (6), Tillamook (3), Umatilla (10), Union (3), Wasco (1), Washington (56) and Yamhill (6).

Who died: Oregon’s 2,366th COVID-19 death is an 85-year-old Coos County man who tested positive March 16 and died March 21 at Bay Area Hospital.

The 2,367th fatality is a 67-year-old Coos County woman who tested positive March 2 and died March 13 at Mercy Medical Center.

Each person had underlying health conditions.

Hospitalizations: 109 people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 are hospitalized, including 16 in intensive care.

Since it began: Oregon has reported 162,016 confirmed or presumed infections and 2,367 deaths, among the lowest per capita numbers in the nation. To date, the state has reported 1,549,056 vaccine doses administered.

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-- Brad Schmidt; [email protected]; 503-294-7628; @_brad_schmidt

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