Governor Brown and the Oregon Health Authority provide updates about Oregon booster shots

Today, the Oregon Health Authority’s Public Health Director, Rachael Banks and Dr. Tom Jeanne, OHA Senior Health Advisor joined Governor Kate Brown to provide an update on Oregon’s plan for delivering booster shots of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to eligible Oregonians. Colt Gill, Director of the Oregon Department of Education (ODE), also answered questions about schools and COVID-19.

Governor Brown, ODE and OHA leadership urge health and safety precautions this school year

Today, Governor Kate Brown, Oregon Department of Education (ODE), Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) leadership urged Oregon families to take five important steps to make the 2021-2022 school year a safe one. Make a plan to vaccinate all eligible household members. Wear a face covering in public and in […]

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 […]

Outdoor mask mandate issued for most public outdoor settings

On Aug. 13, Governor Kate Brown and Oregon Health Authority leaders enacted an indoor masking mandate in response to surging COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Today, Governor Brown announced a new rule would extend that mask requirement to outside areas. “The Delta variant is spreading fast and wide, throwing our state into a level of crisis […]

La gobernadora Brown y los líderes del OHA hablan sobre la crisis hospitalaria y los requisitos de vacunación

Ayer, en una conferencia de prensa la gobernadora Kate Brown anunció nuevos requisitos de vacunación para el personal de atención médica y personal en escuelas de kínder al grado 12 en Oregon. Esto es lo que necesita saber.  Los hospitales están cerca de alcanzar su límite de capacidad  Los requisitos de vacunación surgen durante un alarmante aumento en las hospitalizaciones. “Con más de 845 residentes de Oregon hospitalizados por el COVID-19 y 226 en unidades de cuidado intensivo […]

Governor Brown, OHA leadership discuss hospital crisis, vaccination requirements

Today, Governor Kate Brown announced new vaccination requirements for Oregon health care and K–12 staff during a press conference. Here’s what you need to know. Hospitals close to reaching capacity The requirements come during an alarming increase in hospitalizations. “With over 845 Oregonians hospitalized for COVID-19 and 226 in ICUs, our hospital and ICU beds […]

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 […]

New rule will require workers in health care settings to be tested weekly unless vaccinated

Aug. 6, 2021 update: The new rule for health care workers has been posted here. On Aug. 4, Governor Kate Brown announced that she would direct the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to issue a new rule outlining required health and safety measures for personnel in health care settings. The rule requires weekly COVID-19 testing for […]

Final Take Your Shot, Oregon campaign winners announced

Today, the 36 $10,000 winners of the Take Your Shot, Oregon campaign were announced. One vaccinated individual was selected for each of Oregon’s 36 counties. The winners are as follows: Baker   Cellila Martinez  Benton  Mary Downes  Clackamas   Nan Olson  Clatsop  Scott Jagger  Columbia  Bradley Melville  Coos  Edgar Moon  Crook   Brent Tenpas Curry  Joseph Nilles Jr.  Deschutes  Claire Goffinet  Douglas  […]

Governor Brown recommends mask mandate for K–12 schools

Aug. 6, 2021 update: The K–12 face covering rule has been posted here. Earlier this week, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) released a new set of recommendations to encourage all people in Oregon — regardless of vaccination status — to wear a mask in indoor, public places. The recommendation came in response to the Centers […]