Tips to help make COVID-19 testing easier for kids

Getting tested for COVID-19 might feel scary to some children. As parents or guardians, we want to make it as easy as possible for them. Preparing our kids for a COVID-19 test ahead of time can help make it less uncomfortable. You know your kids best and you know what works for them. Think ahead […]

With vaccinations, precautions, and care, we can reverse the surge

As we see an increase in cases and hospitalizations, many of us may be remembering how we have flattened the curve when our hospitals and health care systems were threatened in the past. Let’s recommit to taking steps to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our communities. We can rise to the challenge. Get vaccinated […]

Medical staff deployed to support Oregon health care facilities facing surge of COVID-19 patients

Today, Governor Kate Brown announced that Oregon had finalized contracts with the medical staffing companies Jogan Health Solutions and AMN Healthcare to deploy much needed health care personnel to health care facilities managing the ongoing surge of COVID-19 patients. “The deployment of crisis response teams should provide some welcome relief to our hospitals, particularly in […]

Oregon’s reopening: Questions answered in Facebook Live

Note: On July 27, 2021, in response to a large jump in cases and hospitalizations and new national guidance calling for masking measures to prevent the spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant, the Oregon Health Authority recommended universal mask use in public indoor settings throughout the state to protect Oregonians from COVID-19. You can […]

Fourth of July safety

This weekend will mark the first holiday in over 15 months without COVID-19 restrictions in place. While that’s cause for celebration, there is also still reason to stay cautious. People who have not yet been fully vaccinated — including children under 12 who can’t yet get the vaccine — are still vulnerable to the virus. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Relaxed precautions, social gatherings and the B.1.1.7. variant increase the spread

You may be wondering why cases have been on the rise recently, especially as we see an increase in vaccination across the state. There are two answers to this question – variants that are more transmissible and increased social gatherings without face coverings.   The CDC and OHA are closely monitoring variants of concern (VOC). VOCs are variants that have mutations in the virus […]

I’m fully vaccinated. Why do I have to continue safety precautions? 

It’s been a tough year for everyone and so many of us are, frankly, tired. Tired of not seeing our loved ones. Tired of wearing a face covering. Tired of staying close to home. But we are so close to helping end the pandemic! Even if we are fully vaccinated, many other people are not. And until we reach […]

Getting your vaccine: Know before you go

If you have a vaccination appointment coming up, you may be wondering what it will be like and how to prepare for it.  Here’s what you can expect at the appointment:  You, and the person who is vaccinating you, will need to wear a face covering that covers your mouth and nose.    The shot will be given in your shoulder […]