With pediatric RSV cases rising, executive order to help strained hospitals

Available in Spanish On Monday, Nov. 14, Governor Kate Brown issued an emergency declaration in response to a surge of pediatric cases and hospitalizations of respiratory viruses, including respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). The declaration will give hospitals more flexibility to staff beds for children, draw on a pool of medical volunteer nurses and doctors and […]

Free telehealth service increases access to COVID-19 treatments

If you test positive for COVID-19 and have difficulty getting a prescription for the antivirals Paxlovid or Lagevrio (molnupiravir), a new free telehealth (remote) service may help. Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has partnered with Color Health, Inc. to offer online or telephone support to get COVID-19 antivirals to eligible people within 24-48 hours, regardless of […]

New COVID-19 subvariants on the rise

Available in Spanish Health officials are closely monitoring new subvariants of Omicron—BA.4.6, BQ.1 and BQ.1.1. New variants and subvariants of the COVID-19 virus emerge regularly, and changes in their genetic codes sometimes make them more contagious. Here are a few things to know about the new subvariants: Public health officials are constantly monitoring COVID-19 variants […]

RSV expected to strain pediatric hospitals in Oregon

Available in Spanish Cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) are increasing nationwide and are likely to rise in Oregon. This will strain the state’s hospital system, especially combined with an expected increase in flu and COVID-19 cases this winter. Pediatric hospital capacity is limited in Oregon and is expected to be heavily strained based on […]

Veterans seek new mission at Oregon State Hospital

Available in Spanish For many, working at Oregon State Hospital (OSH) is not just a job; it’s a call to service. Just ask any of the 400+ veterans who work there. “It’s a unique environment with a very challenging mission,” said Adam Giblin, OSH security operations manager and Unites States Army veteran. “We understand the […]

New data show COVID-19 reinfections on the rise in Oregon

COVID-19 reinfections have been one of the largest unknowns during the pandemic. Can you get sick again? If so, when? How serious would a second or third infection be? Does being vaccinated reduce the likelihood of being reinfected? New data compiled by Oregon Health Authority (OHA) help answer these questions.   Let’s start with some […]

How to talk with others about getting the COVID-19 vaccine

Available in Spanish Here is the truth: COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are safe, and they work. They are highly effective at helping prevent hospitalizations and severe COVID-19 illness. Being vaccinated and boosted allows people to move through life with a semblance of normalcy. Unfortunately, there is a lot of false information out there about COVID-19 […]

Novavax authorized as booster dose in limited circumstances

Available in Spanish On Oct. 19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued emergency use authorization for the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine to be administered as a single booster dose in some situations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention followed by recommending the Novavax monovalent COVID-19 booster be made available to people age 18 and older who […]

Long COVID-19: 5 facts about the legally protected, chronic illness

Available in Spanish Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of people across the United States and the world have experienced lingering or new symptoms in the weeks and months after recovering from a COVID-19 infection. Although not fully understood yet, this condition is known as long COVID-19. Now three years in, researchers are […]

Collaboration bears fruit at Oregon State Hospital

A group of eager apple-pickers recently made a trip to Oregon State Hospital’s (OSH) Junction City campus. Why? To pick apples, of course. They were volunteers with the Eugene Area Gleaners. On this autumn day, they came to harvest apples from the nearly 300 apple trees that line the hospital’s main entrance known as Recovery […]