What’s happening with the pandemic?

We’ve heard from readers that you’d like more information about what’s happening with COVID-19. The good news is there’s not much to report, but we understand why people are feeling anxious about something that has consumed all of our lives for the past few years. The virus The virus that causes COVID-19 continues to mutate. […]

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 […]

Los beneficios completos del Plan de Salud de Oregon están disponibles para más adultos sin importar el estatus migratorio desde el 1 de julio.

Desde el 1 de julio, los habitantes de Oregon de todas las edades, independientemente de su estado migratorio, comenzaron a tener acceso a los beneficios completos del Plan de Salud de Oregon (OHP/Medicaid) si cumplen con los requisitos de ingresos. La cobertura completa del OHP incluye: En 2022, Oregon Health Authority (OHA, por sus siglas […]

OHP benefits available to people of all ages and immigration status

Available in Spanish Starting July 1, Oregonians of all ages, regardless of immigration status, will have access to full Oregon Health Plan (OHP/Medicaid) benefits if they meet income requirements. Full OHP coverage includes: In 2022, OHA expanded OHP coverage to adults ages 19-25 and 55 and older, no matter their immigration status. Now, all Oregonians […]

New vaccines for COVID-19 and RSV on the horizon

COVID-19 vaccines Federal health officials are asking Pfizer, Moderna and Novavax to create a new COVID-19 vaccine in time for the fall. Instead of another bivalent shot (which Moderna and Pfizer introduced last year), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) advisory committee wants all three companies to produce a monovalent vaccine that targets only […]

Mpox vaccines are free, abundant and available to anyone

Update: May 23, 2023 – This blog has been updated to reflect the latest data for Jynneos vaccine effectiveness. Available in Spanish It’s been almost a year since Oregon reported its first case of mpox. That number has since risen to 279, including two pediatric cases (under age 18). But new cases have been trickling […]

COVID-19 VACCINE NEWS: Additional booster authorized for some people; original vaccine discontinued

Available in Spanish The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized a second COVID-19 bivalent booster dose for people ages 65 and older and for some people with compromised immunity. Following discussion by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the CDC recommended the changes yesterday. The additional […]

State hospital patients nurture plants for Salem nursery

Available in Spanish The thumbs of Oregon State Hospital (OSH) patients are turning green. Through a long-standing partnership with 13th Street Nursery, OSH patients learn what it takes to seed, nurture and deliver plants for sale in the community. This week, OSH staff delivered about 400 young plant starts to the Salem nursery where gardeners […]

Puppies and patients, learning together

Available in Spanish Cuteness alert!! A group of 8-week-old Labrador retrievers visited the Oregon State Hospital (OSH) last week, romping and wiggling as only puppies can do. The visit was part of the hospital’s partnership with Joys of Living Assistance Dogs (JLAD). The Salem-based nonprofit trains and places service dogs in the community, and since […]

What’s next with COVID-19 vaccines or boosters?

Updated 4/4/2023 – This post was updated with a link to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website for the current schedule of COVID-19 vaccinations. Available in Spanish A lot of people want to know the answer to this question. For example, will federal health officials authorize a second dose of the bivalent booster? […]