Free guidance and education available for radon testing in Oregon’s multifamily housing buildings

Not too long ago, when a multifamily housing owner in Oregon wanted to test their building for radon levels, they were hard pressed to find easy-to-follow and affordable information on how to do it. It’s not required for private property owners, and most of the existing materials on the subject are overly technical and costly. […]

Bivalent COVID-19 boosters prevent severe disease, hospitalization

Available in Spanish The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released two reports showing the bivalent COVID-19 booster provides significant protection against COVID-19-related hospitalization, especially for people age 65 and older.  These new reports follow a recent study showing that symptomatic people who received the bivalent vaccine were less likely to test positive […]

New data show updated COVID-19 vaccines work well

Available in Spanish New research published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers the first real-world data showing how well the updated (bivalent) COVID-19 vaccines work. The updated mRNA shots were designed to target newer strains of the virus and provide better protection from a COVID-19 infection compared to the original (monovalent) […]

The mystery of COVID-19 “super-dodgers”

Available in Spanish You may know someone – or multiple people – who haven’t gotten COVID-19 yet, even if they were exposed. You might know people who have tested positive and didn’t have symptoms. You might even be one of those people! These people have become known as “super-dodgers.” There are a few reasons for […]

Free telehealth service increases access to COVID-19 treatments

Available in Spanish 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bivalent COVID-19 boosters available to everyone 5 years and older

Available in Spanish Children as young as 5 years old are now eligible to receive an updated COVID-19 booster. The bivalent boosters, developed by Pfizer and Moderna, are designed to protect people from the currently predominant Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5, as well as from the original COVID-19 strain. It’s a single dose that can […]