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Today, OHA reported that 27,503 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 17,823 doses were administered on April 11 and 9,680 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on April 11. Cumulative daily totals can take several days to finalize.
Oregon Health Authority reported 294 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 170,850.
On Monday, April 19, everyone 16 and older will be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine.
FEMA has selected Jackson County as a site for a Pilot Community Vaccination Center (CVC)—the first in Oregon. The CVC will begin operations on April 21, bringing an additional 1,000 vaccine doses per day to support Jackson, Klamath and Josephine counties, an area of the state that was hard hit during last year’s historic wildfire season
The US Small Business Administration (SBA) tried to launch its Shuttered Venue Operators Grant portal last week. This is a $16 billion grant program that was set up to help qualifying live music venues, independent theaters, museums and other live-event spaces hit hard by pandemic-prompted shutdowns. However, a technical glitch crashed the website and the SBA temporarily suspended the portal and will re-open it as soon as possible to ensure all applicants have fair and equal access. As of today, Monday, they are still determining an exact reopening date. They have also updated the applicant user guide & FAQs to further clarify information. Applicants may continue to register for a new account. More: https://sba.gov/svogrant
Last week, President Biden released an outline of his FY2022 budget request to Congress, which is the first step in the annual government funding process. US Travel has put together a summary on how the proposed budget impacts the travel industry – highlight
Language that recommends the International Trade Administration—which houses the National Travel and Tourism Office—be given enough staff and resources to address foreign barriers to U.S. exports (such as foreign travel restrictions).
$1.2 billion in border infrastructure investments to process travel, trade and commerce more efficiently at U.S. ports of entry.
$20 million to expand access to the over 70 national parks that represent the history and culture of underrepresented or marginalized groups.
$6.8 billion for the Army Corps of Engineers to improve water infrastructure, including U.S. coastal ports, beaches and natural aquatic ecosystems.