OHA leadership discuss increase in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations

Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Director Patrick Allen was joined by State Public Health Officer and Epidemiologist Dr. Dean Sidelinger to discuss Oregon’s recent increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in a public media briefing. Here’s what you need to know. Despite Oregon’s reopening, pandemic continues Director Allen began Thursday’s briefing with a reminder that — […]

Vaccine Voices: Salem mom says getting COVID-19 was not an option

Mary Hoeft says — in all honesty — she was slightly hesitant about getting the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine because she had heard of side effects such as fever, chills and low energy. Being low on energy is not an option for Hoeft, 42, who is a single mother of a 9-year-old child […]

With cases increasing in Oregon, consider taking precautions

You may be wondering why cases are increasing in Oregon. As we’ve seen across the world, cases caused by the Delta variant are spreading in unvaccinated communities.   Here’s what you need to know about the spread of COVID-19:  Vaccination remains the safest and most effective way to prevent serious illness from COVID-19 and all of its variants.  If […]

Oregon’s reopening: Questions answered in Facebook Live

Oregon reopened for business on June 30. Since then, we’ve heard our fellow Oregonians ask how COVID-19 health and safety restrictions have changed in light of reopening and what Oregon residents can expect going forward. Watch the video below to hear answers from State Health Officer and Epidemiologist Dr. Dean Sidelinger and Oregon OSHA Administrator […]

Updates on the Delta variant

There’s been talk in the news and online about the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant — what it is, where it has spread and whether it’s something to be concerned about. Here’s what you need to know. Delta variant defined The Delta variant is classified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a “variant […]

Wondering where COVID-19 cases are coming from? Experts answer

We’ve heard several questions lately about where COVID-19 cases are coming from, and if they’re a result of breakthrough cases. On Wednesday, June 23, State Epidemiologist and Health Officer Dr. Dean Sidelinger and Sky Lakes Medical Center Chief of Medical Staff Dr. Robert Jackman provided answers.   Here are the timestamps for each question:  7:19 – Are you tracking which vaccine the breakthrough […]