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? […]

COVID-19 test requirement dropped for Paxlovid

It just got easier to get antiviral medication for COVID-19. Effective Feb. 1, people no longer have to test positive for COVID-19 in order to receive the oral antiviral medication Paxlovid. In removing the testing requirement, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) acknowledges the limited accuracy of COVID-19 tests, allowing health care providers to […]

Evusheld deauthorized for COVID-19 prevention

Available in Spanish The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced that, until further notice, Evusheld is no longer authorized for emergency use because it is not expected to protect against the COVID-19 subvariants currently circulating in the United States. As a result, it cannot be used for new patients or for patients who have […]

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

This blog is periodically updated to reflect changes in treatment guidelines. Available in Spanish Update, 10/31/23 – The Color Health telehealth service, originally scheduled to end Oct. 31, has been extended through Dec. 15. Update, 3/27/23 – The Color Health telehealth service to receive oral antiviral medication is now available to children ages 12 – […]

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 […]