Update on the baby formula shortage

Update: On 05/18/2022, a federal judge approved the deal between the FDA and Abbott Laboratories. National baby formula maker Abbott Laboratories has reached a deal with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to restart production at its shuttered Michigan facility. If a court approves the deal, Abbott could restart production in a couple of […]

Usar cubrebocas para proteger a los demás

La gente usa cubrebocas por muchas razones. Cuando les pedimos a los lectores de nuestro boletín que nos dijeran qué pensaban sobre el uso del cubrebocas, recibimos casi 4,000 respuestas. Algunos expresaron su preocupación de que se levantara el mandato y otros estaban emocionados de quitarse el cubrebocas. Un tema que surgió fue que muchas […]

Free air purifiers for high-risk wildfire zones

The summer of 2020 broke records in terms of wildfires in Oregon. Flames destroyed approximately 4,000 homes and 1 million acres of land. Smoke entered homes and lungs in every corner of the state. Oregon lawmakers responded by funding air purifiers for people in communities where wildfires are common. The air purifiers make up a […]

Wearing a mask to protect others

People wear masks for lots of reasons. When we asked newsletter readers to share their thoughts on masking, we received nearly 4,000 responses. Some expressed concern the mandate was lifted, and others were excited to remove their masks. One theme that emerged was that many people continue to wear a mask to protect others. Edith […]

How to use regional COVID-19 data to make decisions about day-to-day life

(This story was updated at 9:09 p.m. on May 5, 2022, to include an accurate hyperlink to “vaccination and booster rates” on OHA’s website.) Now that Oregon’s mask mandate has ended for most indoor public spaces, people may feel uncertain or uneasy about venturing out without masks. How do we decide to go to the […]

Clatsop County volunteers came together during challenging times

In December 2020, the phone lines at the Clatsop County Public Health Department were jammed. Hundreds of questions came in every day from worried callers wanting to know about COVID-19 symptoms, isolation and testing. Other callers wanted to report  businesses ignoring COVID-19 state mandates.   Jane Dunkin, Clatsop County human resources assistant and volunteer coordinator, […]

Paxlovid y Molnupiravir: Tratamientos contra el COVID-19 disponibles para pacientes elegibles

A más de dos años después de la pandemia de COVID-19, ahora existen varios tratamientos efectivos para combatir la enfermedad. Dos de ellos son el Paxlovid y el Molnupiravir, Se trata de pastillas antivirales para pacientes no hospitalizados, que pueden obtenerse con receta por personas infectas con el virus COVID-19 que tengan condiciones de riesgo […]

Por qué es importante vacunarse y reforzarse, aunque aún pueda contraer COVID-19

Si aún puede contraer COVID-19 después de la vacunación, ¿cuál es el punto de vacunarse? Esta es una pregunta común, y tiene una respuesta simple. Como la mayoría de las medidas preventivas, las vacunas contra el COVID-19 no pueden brindar una protección absoluta. Sin embargo, estas vacunas claramente reducen el riesgo de infectarse y, lo […]

New app helps Russian, Thai and Persian-language speakers find information about COVID-19

A new app, launched by the Portland non-profit Torus, aims to help some English language learners, specifically refugees, find COVID-19 information in their native languages. The Torus App was developed by Afghanistan-born Ramin Tokhi, whose first language is Dari (a Persian dialect). In 2020 Tokhi founded Torus to provide “a sense of belonging to a […]

Mi Tarjeta Electrónica de Vacunación ofrece acceso digital a su registro de vacunas contra el COVID-19

El registro voluntario de vacunas Mi Tarjeta Electrónica de Vacunación de Oregon, le ofrece una copia electrónica de las vacunas contra el COVID-19 que ha recibido en el estado. Se trata de la misma información que está en su tarjeta de vacunación en papel. Al usar este sistema nuevo y completamente voluntario, usted puede utilizar su teléfono […]