Navigating the safety of day-to-day activities in a COVID-19 world

COVID-19 is still present in Oregon, but we now have multiple tools to fight infection and slow the spread. We have widely accessible and highly effective vaccines, proven interventions like masking and distancing, and treatments that are becoming more available every day. With Oregon’s mask requirements lifting on March 12 in most public indoor spaces […]

What we know about Omicron COVID-19 subvariant BA.2

You may have heard of the BA.2 variant of the COVID-19 virus. BA.2 is a subvariant of Omicron, meaning it’s too genetically related to the original Omicron strain (BA.1) to be classified as a new variant. So far, BA.2 has caused less than 1% of COVID-19 cases in Oregon. What do we know about BA.2? […]

Oregon to pause quarantining March 12 as cases and hospitalizations drop

Starting March 12, 2022, contact tracing and quarantine will be paused for the general population in Oregon, including in K-12 and childcare settings. These measures will still be recommended in high-risk settings, including health care settings, jails and prisons, and shelters. “Given how quickly transmission occurs and the number of people who have no — […]

Dr. Bukhosi Dube exhibits a heart of service

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”  –Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 1957 Meet Dr. Bukhosi Dube, senior health advisor for Oregon Health Authority (OHA). Dube’s work on the “Ask a Black Doctor” podcast and other outreach programs has been a frequent source of COVID-19 and vaccination information for […]

La vida después del COVID-19: Reaprendiendo a convivir con la pandemia

Cuando alguien nos pregunta: “¿cómo estás?, la mayoría de las veces contestamos en automático “bien”, pero la realidad es que la pandemia ha dejado al descubierto una serie dificultades que quizá ya estaban ahí y no habíamos visto o nos negábamos a ver, entre ellas, la gran necesidad de hablar de nuestras emociones. Durante dos […]

CDC increases recommended wait period between doses of COVID-19 mRNA primary series vaccines for some people

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that some people, especially males ages 12-39, wait up to eight weeks between the first and second doses of a Moderna or Pfizer primary vaccine series. While the risk is already low, recent studies suggest that a longer wait between doses may further reduce the risk […]

Vaccine Voices: “It’s the only thing that is going to keep him out of the hospital.” A mom takes no chances with her son’s health

The first time Angela Doescher tested positive for COVID-19 was March 2020, back when a vaccine was merely a hope on the horizon. The Bend resident was sick for seven months, and to this day suffers long-haul symptoms. She tested positive a second time in July 2021, after being vaccinated, and felt better just two […]

Mask mandate stays in place for Oregon health care settings

Update (2/28/2022): Oregon’s mask mandates for schools and most indoor public settings will be lifted on March 12. No matter when Oregon’s indoor mask requirement is lifted, there are several places across the state where masks will still be required — health care settings. As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations trend downward, health care settings continue […]

Mascarillas N95 gratuitas disponibles en algunas farmacias en Oregon

Las mascarillas N95 de alta calidad que está proporcionando el gobierno federal estarán disponibles de forma gratuita en algunas farmacias de Oregon que participan en el Programa Federal de Farmacias Minoristas. Esto gracias a la reciente actualización de los Centros para el Control y Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC, por sus siglas en inglés), de sus […]

Straightway Services builds trust through COVID-19 outreach

When the COVID-19 pandemic began, Pastor Dwight Minnieweather wasn’t sure what to think – but he knew he wanted to help. “I deal with a lot of people from many walks of life,” said Minnieweather, “so I thought that [COVID-19] was an issue that I could take up amongst our people and try to make […]