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 […]

OHA long-term care facility report shows 84% of residents, 62% of staff vaccinated against COVID-19

A new Oregon Health Authority (OHA) report shows that the state’s push to vaccinate at least 75% of all long-term care facility residents and employees — through vaccine clinics and ongoing vaccination maintenance efforts — is paying off. The Oregon Health Authority Interim Long-Term Care Facility (LTCF) COVID-19 Vaccination Report shows that the percentage of vaccinated […]

Wallowa and Curry Counties increase vaccination incentives

Residents of Wallowa and Curry Counties who receive a COVID-19 vaccine by June 27 will be automatically entered to win the following new prizes in addition to the Take Your Shot, Oregon prizes. Wallowa County: One additional $10,000 prize for adults and two $5,000 education scholarship prizes for youth Curry County: Two additional $10,000 prizes for adults […]

Closer to reopening, Oregon’s vaccinations pass a milestone

On June 21, Oregon celebrated a vaccination milestone. Fewer than 50,000 people in Oregon need to get vaccinated in order to meet the Governor’s goal of vaccinating 70% of adults 18 and over. This article first appeared in the June 21, 2021 issue of Oregon Coronavirus Update.

Vaccinating the crew of the merchant freighter, Crystal, was an adventure

Michael Burton, Public Health Emergency Preparedness Assistant at Coos Health & Wellness, took part in an unusual vaccine clinic earlier this month. “We were approached by a stevedoring company who said that they’d have a ship in, and could we vaccinate some of the crew.” Michael took three volunteers from the Coos County Medical Reserve […]

Making sure to get the vaccine where it needs to go

Wheeler County is a small county in the North central region of Oregon. According to the Wheeler County website, it is the least populated and one of the most beautiful counties in the state. The terrain consists of deep river canyons and high timbered mountains. Close to one-third of the county is forest and towns […]

Oregon is getting closer to reopening

At a press conference today, Governor Kate Brown and State Epidemiologist Dr. Dean Sidelinger gave an overview of the pandemic in Oregon and the state’s progress towards its vaccination goal. Governor Brown said that more than 67% of Oregonians 18 and older have now received their first dose of a vaccine. “We are so close to […]

One Community Health: A testament to collaboration

This Friday, June 11, One Community Health will be administering Pfizer vaccines in style, offering food and live music to all who attend their event in the Dalles. Preventative Health Manager Gladys Rivera readily admits that the event is more of a celebration than a formal clinic. After all, Wasco County has almost reached 65%. […]

Vaccine Voices: Grateful for life-saving efforts and public health measures

As a long-haul truck driver, Randolph Proksch spends most of the day inside the cab of his truck driving with an hour or two each day at truck stops and shipping and receiving offices. The vaccine was important to Randolph as the sole wage earner for his family and because “others in my family won’t […]

OHA issues revised quarantine guidance

New guidance released by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) allows Local Public Health Authorities to consider a shortened quarantine period for a person with COVID-19. OHA is now recommending a 10-day quarantine or a seven-day quarantine with a negative COVID-19 test as acceptable. The shortened quarantine option is not recommended in high-risk settings such as […]