Apply now for help paying water and energy bills

If you’re having trouble paying your water, heating or cooling bills, you may be able to get your current and past due bills paid for. Water and sewer bills Oregon’s Low-Income Household Water Assistance (LIHWA) Program is accepting applications through Sept. 30. This temporary federal program was launched during the pandemic to help low-income households […]

COVID-19 and loss of smell: what we know

Available in Spanish One of the most curious symptoms of COVID-19 is loss of smell. It can occur during the illness and linger for weeks, months or years. It can also crop up after the infection goes away. This makes loss of smell a common symptom of long COVID-19. Long COVID can affect vaccinated or […]

Find the mental health support you need

Updated October 9, 2023 Available in Spanish If you’re experiencing stress, grief, political anxiety, loneliness, chronic health problems, financial uncertainty or any stressors, it’s normal to feel low or unsure of how to get help. Mental health challenges, such as anxiety and depression, worsen under these conditions. Reaching out for help is a good first […]

¿Por qué tanta gente se está enfermando este invierno?

Es posible que lo haya visto en las noticias, en redes sociales, en algún grupo de chat, o en la escuela de sus hijos: esta ha sido una temporada de altos casos de enfermedades por virus respiratorios. Con el COVID-19, el virus VRS e influenza, muchas personas han terminado enfermas o en hospitales. La oleada […]

XBB.1.5 on its way to being predominant COVID-19 subvariant

Available in Spanish Since it was first identified in late October (in New York), Omicron subvariant XBB.1.5 has rapidly outcompeted other Omicron subvariants and is believed to now represent more than 70% of cases in the northeast United States. XBB.1.5 comprised an estimated 27.6% of COVID-19 cases in the United States during the first week […]

Do you need to talk? Explore what resources are right for you.

Available in Spanish The COVID-19 pandemic raised new challenges for many of us and brought existing problems into harsh light. When we asked readers how the pandemic changed them, one of the most common responses had to do with feelings of loneliness. Our desire and need for human connection are normal, and COVID-19 isolated individuals in […]

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 […]

Los veteranos buscan una nueva misión en el Hospital Estatal de Oregon

Para muchos, trabajar en el Oregon State Hospital (OSH) no es solo un trabajo; es una llamada al servicio. Pregúntele a cualquiera de los más de 400 veteranos que trabajan allí. “Es un lugar único con una misión muy desafiante”, dijo Adam Giblin, gerente de operaciones de seguridad de OSH y veterano del Ejército de […]

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 […]