White House pushes COVID antiviral amid funding stalemate with Congress

BY: - April 26, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration hopes that a new push to get a Covid antiviral into more pharmacies, along with getting the message through to doctors that it’s no longer in short supply, will help reduce hospitalizations. The plan to ship out more of the antiviral comes as Congress returns from a recess this week […]

Former Oregon Health Authority worker accused of embezzling $1.5 million in federal Covid funding

BY: - April 20, 2022

An Oregon Health Authority employee who processed requests for vendor payments has been indicted for embezzling nearly $1.5 million, state officials said Wednesday. A Marion County grand jury indicted Marzieh Abedin of Portland on 21 criminal counts, including theft, forgery, identity theft and computer crime – all felonies, according to a statement from Attorney General […]

Oregon Attorney General Rosenblum sues Covid testing company

BY: - April 7, 2022

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum on Thursday sued a Covid testing business that the state Justice Department alleges provided questionable test results and took advantage of Oregonians.  Center for Covid Control, an Illinois-based business that opened hundreds of testing sites nationally and five in Oregon, has been under scrutiny from state and federal officials for […]

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Study says state failed farmworkers during Covid; OSHA denies findings

BY: - April 7, 2022

The past two years have been difficult for everyone, but some 87,000 farmworkers in Oregon have faced some of the worst hardships, with state officials sometimes failing to protect them, according to a report published Tuesday. The Covid-19 Farmworker Study involved in-depth interviews with 48 farmworkers from 11 counties statewide, from Marion to Malheur to […]

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Report: Harney County has highest Covid-19 death rate on West Coast

BY: - April 5, 2022

Harney County had the highest Covid death rate on the West Coast, according to a report published on Monday. A Poor People’s Pandemic Report 2022 shows that 36 people died in Harney County between February 2020 and this February, giving the county a death rate of 487 per 100,000 people. That’s higher than any other […]

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CDC to update federal masking guidance in coming weeks

BY: - February 16, 2022

WASHINGTON — The federal government will likely update its guidance on masking and other COVID-19 mitigation efforts in the coming weeks as the omicron surge continues to wane, U.S. public health officials indicated Wednesday.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky said at a White House briefing that the agency will continue looking […]

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House plan would give mental health facilities nearly $200 million for staffing

BY: - February 14, 2022

Oregon lawmakers are proposing nearly $200 million to help treat more Oregonians struggling with mental health issues and addiction problems. Hundreds of thousands of people rely on outpatient and residential programs for treatment for addiction, severe depression and other disabling mental disorders but during the pandemic they’ve often had to wait months for help.  House […]

Federal judge dismisses school masks challenge in The Dalles

BY: - January 18, 2022

Four parents who had sought a court order to end the enforcement of mask mandates in the North Wasco County School District have been denied by a federal judge. The parents – Jennifer Rae Gunter, Robert Jay Schwartz, Holly Lynn Gove and Chelsea Elizabeth Perritt – sued the district, naming the superintendent and school board […]

Supreme Court blocks Biden workplace vaccine rule, allows health care workers mandate

BY: - January 13, 2022

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday dealt a blow to the Biden administration’s fight against the pandemic, blocking a federal mandate that workers be vaccinated or regularly tested for COVID-19 — though the court allowed a separate rule requiring vaccinations for some health care workers. The two rulings represented a split victory for Republican […]

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Omicron variant spreading faster than expected, Oregon hospitals face major wave of patients

BY: - December 31, 2021

Oregon goes into the new year with the omicron variant of covid spreading faster than expected, setting the stage for record hospitalizations through January, according to the latest forecast from Oregon Health & Science University. The forecast by Dr. Peter Graven, director of OHSU’s Office of Advanced Analytics, reversed course from a more hopeful report […]

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Oregon buys 6 million at-home test kits to give away free through community outlets

BY: - December 31, 2021

SALEM – The Oregon Health Authority has ordered 6 million home test kits to be given away free to help detect the coronavirus, the agency announced Thursday. The kits, each containing two tests, will be sent to health agencies, schools and community organizations to distribute. They also will go to farm and agricultural workers, health […]

Oregonians can directly question state government about omicron in Thursday event

BY: - December 23, 2021

SALEM – Oregonians can ask government officials directly about booster shots and the omicron variant of the coronavirus in a midday Facebook event on Thursday, Dec. 23. This is the chance for residents instead of the press to question a top state official about these matters. The live Q&A is scheduled to start at 12:30 […]