Vaccine Voices: ‘I believe in doing the safest thing’

Rain Jordan describes herself as a pragmatic and “safety-first” person, so it’s not surprising that she has continued to take COVID-19 precautions, including wearing a mask when appropriate, since getting vaccinated early in the summer. A former college professor, Rain shares that having auto-immune risk factors, previous adverse reactions to vaccines and some skepticism about […]

Vaccine Voices: Vaccines will help us ‘get to freedom’

Sharon Porter, a retired educator in La Grande, did not hesitate at all to get the COVID-19 vaccine. As a cancer patient, Sharon is grateful for the treatments that have kept her alive for many years. As Sharon explains, “I have been vaccinated for measles, smallpox, polio, shingles, flu, and all the other childhood diseases. I felt I had a load […]

Vaccine Voices: ‘If we all start caring, we can defeat this pandemic’

Ricardo Cobar, an IT network technician for Greater Albany Public Schools, got COVID-19 in December 2020. Most of his family members also got COVID-19, but for Ricardo and his mother, the experience was life-threatening. As Ricardo shares, “My mother and I had to go to the Intensive Care Unit. I was close to death. I […]

Vaccination rules for health care and K–12 staff

On Aug. 25, Oregon Secretary of State posted the new vaccination rules for health care and K–12 employees in Oregon. Here’s what you need to know. COVID-19 vaccination requirement for healthcare providers and healthcare staff in healthcare settings In response to the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant, Governor Brown and OHA officials determined […]

Governor Brown reinstates statewide masking mandate

Aug. 13 Update: The official masking rule has been posted online and can be found here. Today, Governor Kate Brown and Oregon Health Authority leaders announced that indoor mask use will be mandatory starting Friday, Aug. 13, in response to surging COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. On July 27, in response to a large jump in […]

How to get a COVID-19 test

Thinking about getting tested for COVID-19 can be stressful, especially if you aren’t feeling well. Here’s what you need to know about getting tested in Oregon:  Who should get tested?  If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or if you were a close contact of someone with COVID-19, you should get tested regardless of vaccination status. Close contact means […]

Make a plan to vaccinate your student in time for school

If you are preparing to send your child back to the classroom this fall, you may have questions about vaccinating them against COVID-19. It’s OK to have questions. Reliable sources of information include the CDC, the FDA and OHA’s website. For personal questions, your health care provider is your best source for you and your family. They have firsthand knowledge of the vaccine, how it works and what […]

Vaccine Voices: Union man honors oldest friend who died of COVID-19

“If you meet folks that ask, ‘Well, do you know anyone who’s actually died from this made up government hoax?’ Just send them my way so I can tell them about my friend KP.” 70-year-old Jim Arnott has lost three friends to COVID-19. “John and Maz were touchstones of my history, but KP was my oldest friend.” […]

OHA recommends universal mask use for all public indoor settings

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, OHA is now recommending universal mask use in public indoor settings throughout the state to protect Oregonians from COVID-19.  “Today’s reported sharp rise in cases and hospitalizations in […]

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 — […]