Comic for kids: Why you should get a COVID-19 Vaccine!

Talking to kids about COVID-19 can be hard, especially when the messages surrounding the pandemic change often. But the importance of COVID-19 vaccines hasn’t changed. They slow the spread of the virus and help keep people safe. Vaccines are the best protection we have against severe COVID-19 illness , hospitalization and death. Although kids are […]

This year’s flu shot more important than ever

Available in Spanish An unexpected upside of COVID-19 precautions such as masking indoors and avoiding crowds is that public health experts saw virtually no major flu outbreaks in the United States during the last two years. That will likely change this year. With most mandatory COVID-19 measures lifted and many people returning to pre-pandemic activities, […]

Improved race and ethnicity data leads to changes in vaccination rates

Starting on Sept. 14, 2022, OHA’s COVID-19 Vaccination Metrics dashboard will include updated population estimates for race and ethnicity data at the state and county level. OHA worked closely with Portland State University’s Population Research Center to incorporate the latest data and methodology from the 2020 American Community Survey (ACS), leading to better estimates of the […]

Understanding personal risk using weekly COVID-19 data

Available in Spanish Oregon Health Authority (OHA) announced last week that some data about COVID-19 will now be updated weekly rather than daily. Starting Sept. 14, weekly updates will include: Although many people relied on daily updates to assess their personal risk, weekly data still shows accurate and useful trends in how COVID-19 is spreading […]

Cómo viajar con seguridad

¡El verano está aquí, lo que significa que es temporada de viajes! Si planea un viaje familiar por carretera, o va a tomar un avión para visitar playas soleadas o un barco en crucero, no importa cuáles sean sus planes de viaje, ya existen maneras de mantenerse a salvo del COVID-19. Lo más importante es […]

La ciencia detrás de las pruebas falsas negativas de COVID-19

Las pruebas de COVID-19 son extremadamente confiables cuando dan un resultado positivo, pero no siempre se puede confiar en un resultado negativo. Los resultados de prueba falsos negativos son pruebas que muestran un resultado negativo incluso cuando la persona está infectada con el virus COVID-19, y son comunes. “Si tiene algún síntoma similar al COVID-19, […]

The science behind false negative COVID-19 tests

Available in Spanish COVID-19 tests are extremely reliable when they give a positive result, but a negative result can’t always be trusted. False negatives test results are tests that show a negative result even when the person is infected with the COVID-19 virus, and they are common. “If you have any COVID-19-like symptoms, you should […]

La propagación de las subvariantes BA.4 y BA.5 de COVID-19 refuerza la necesidad de vacunación y refuerzos

Las subvariantes BA.4 y BA.55 de Ómicron ahora son las variantes predominantes de COVID-19 en Oregon y en todo Estados Unidos. Esto ha llevado a un aumento de las hospitalizaciones (datos en inglés) relacionadas con COVID-19, incluidas las admisiones en la Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos (ICU, por sus siglas en inglés). BA.4 y BA.5 son […]

Art projects make COVID-19 vaccinations fun at Tektronix

Available in Spanish Thursdays are special days at the COVID-19 vaccination and booster clinic at Tektronix in Beaverton. On Thursdays, a long, colorful table — covered in doodles, blobs of molding clay, markers, colored pencils and other  art supplies — awaits children after they brave their COVID-19 vaccination. The Children’s Healing Art Project (CHAP), a […]