Summer travel plans? Consider the risk

As we move firmly into summer, many people in Oregon are planning to travel. After such a long time without feeling safe about taking a vacation or visiting loved ones that live far, it’s exciting to imagine returning to our usual summer activities. It’s also important to consider safe choices for travel this summer. Here […]

Lost your vaccination card? You can use your record of vaccination as proof

If you have lost or damaged your vaccination card, you can use your record of vaccination as proof. Here’s how to get your record (replacement CDC cards are not available).  • Check with your health care provider, or their website, for your immunization record.  • Follow the instructions on the OHA Immunization Resources page. It may take five […]

El COVID-19 puede afectar a cualquier persona

Existe el rumor de que el COVID-19 solo tiene consecuencias graves para las personas mayores. Sin embargo, desde el 3 de abril, los datos a nivel nacional de los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC) han indicado que las personas de 18 a 49 años han representado una mayor proporción de […]

COVID-19 can affect anyone

There’s a rumor that COVID-19 only has serious consequences for older individuals. Since April 3, however, nationwide data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have indicated that people ages 18–49 have made up a greater proportion of COVID-19 associated hospitalizations than people ages 65 and older. For the week ending on May […]

With vaccination, people 12 and older can safely return to more summer activities

Last summer was difficult for most of us, but COVID-19 uniquely impacted younger people. At an age where kids often explore independence and build new relationships, last year they were asked to stay home, stay physically distant, meet up over screens and wear face coverings. While these things were necessary to reduce the spread of […]

Oregon officially establishes new masking and physical distancing guidance

On May 18, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) released updated guidance for masking and physical distancing throughout the state. Significant changes to the guidance include the following: Fully vaccinated individuals will no longer need to wear a mask indoors in public places where vaccination statuses of individuals are checked (masks will be required in areas […]

COVID-19 virus cannot be shed after vaccination

Some of you may be wondering if taking the COVID-19 vaccine can cause you to shed the virus that causes COVID-19.   Health experts agree that people who have received a COVID-19 vaccine cannot shed or release any of the vaccine components. In addition, none of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the United States contain a live virus so shedding the virus is impossible.  […]

Oregon establece una nueva guía oficial para el uso de cubrebocas y distanciamiento físico

El 18 de mayo, el Oregon Health Authority (OHA) publicó una guía actualizada para el uso de cubrebocas y el distanciamiento físico en todo el estado. Los cambios más significativos a la guía son los siguientes: Las personas completamente vacunadas ya no necesitarán usar un cubrebocas en lugares interiores públicos donde se verifica el estado […]

Fully vaccinated people can do more without wearing a face covering

So many of us are longing to do the things we may have taken for granted before COVID-19 disrupted our lives. Getting together with friends at a restaurant. Celebrating milestones with loved ones. Attending a sporting event. Now that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have given fully vaccinated folks the okay to […]

Oregon updates masking and physical distancing guidance for fully vaccinated

On May 13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance, which no longer requires that fully vaccinated people wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, “except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.” Following the CDC’s recommendations, […]