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Delta Variant Found In Benton County

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Public health officials in Benton County say the delta variant of the coronavirus has been identified in three cases there.


The CDC says the variant is highly transmissible and is blamed for a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases nationwide.

"Unvaccinated people are the most vulnerable to COVID-19, so we urge everyone to get vaccinated if you haven’t already," said April Holland, deputy director of public health for Benton County.

Benton County is continuing efforts to offer vaccinations to everyone age 12 and above. The county is holding a free vaccine clinic Sunday afternoon at the Boys and Girls Club, located at 1112 NW Circle Blvd. in Corvallis. Appointments are not required.  The clinic runs from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Other upcoming clinics in Benton County include:

  • Monroe High School Clinic (365 N 5th St, Monroe)
  • Drop-Ins Only
  • Tuesday, July 27, 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 28, 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 29, 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, July 30, 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 31, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • Philomath High School Clinic (2054 Applegate St, Philomath)
  • Drop-Ins Only
  • Tuesday, July 27, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Alsea School Clinic (301 3rd St, Alsea)
  • Drop-Ins Only
  • Wednesday, July 28, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Drop-in Appointments at SamCare Express (990 NW Circle Blvd Suite 101)
  • Individuals can visit SamCare Express in Corvallis without an appointment for their first or second dose from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., 7 days a week. SamCare Express is located at 990 NW Circle Blvd Suite 101, Corvallis, OR 97330.

Chris Lehman has been reporting on Oregon issues since 2006. He joined the KLCC news department in December, 2018. Chris was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. His public broadcasting career includes stops in Louisiana and Illinois. Chris has filed for national programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”
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