Some Oregon school districts pause, ignore, or lack supplies for test-to-stay protocol

BY: - January 10, 2022

Testing meant to detect unvaccinated students exposed to Covid-19 in schools is hitting supply and staffing challenges, according to school district leaders.  As Covid-19 cases declined in November, the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Education Department announced a new protocol to keep more students in the classroom. Under the program, unvaccinated students who are […]

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Oregon reaches dire stage in pandemic as state issues guidelines for rationing care

BY: and - January 7, 2022

The Covid-19 pandemic in Oregon has reached a dire stage, with the Oregon Health Authority advising hospitals how to ration care when they run out of beds, and officials warning the public that widespread infections will disrupt everyone’s life. During a news conference on Friday, Dr. Dean Sidelinger, Oregon’s state epidemiologist, said the highly infectious […]

Covid-19 cases start to overwhelm Portland area health officials

BY: - January 6, 2022

The accelerating spread of Covid-19 is beginning to overwhelm Portland-area health officials. With infections growing exponentially and hospitalizations sharply rising, health officials in the three metro counties said Thursday they’re shifting resources away from investigating cases to vaccination. Those who test positive for Covid-19 will get their test results but they are unlikely to get […]

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Health Care Heroes: Medford physician uses video visits to keep contact with patients

BY: - January 5, 2022

When the pandemic hit in early 2020, Dr. Nat Fondell switched to video visits with his patients. Many were reluctant to make office visits over fears of catching Covid-19. But Fondell had another reason for using video.  Just treated with chemotherapy for cancer, he was immunocompromised. Video visits had advantages, too. Fondell used it to […]

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‘We’re definitely into the omicron wave,’ says Oregon’s top health care official

BY: - January 4, 2022

After watching coronavirus skyrocket elsewhere in the country, Oregon health officials are now tallying a spike in coronavirus cases in the state. On Tuesday, the Oregon Health Authority will be reporting more than 4,500 cases, marking by far a new one-day high, the agency’s director, Patrick Allen, told the Health Policy Board. Tuesday’s numbers always […]

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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 […]

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Health Care Heroes: OHSU’s Covid hotline helps to save lives

BY: - December 27, 2021

Seven days a week, nurses are ready with answers on a special hotline established to help Oregonians deal with Covid. Hundreds of calls come through every day on the free Covid hotline created in March 2020 by Oregon Health & Science University. By phone, nurses work to answer questions about the coronavirus and help those […]

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New Oregon forecast dials back hospitalizations for Covid – but still an omicron surge

BY: - December 24, 2021

Oregon’s bout with the omicron variant of the coronavirus will be less severe than expected but hospitalizations are still forecast to reach a system-straining peak in February. Oregon Health & Science University said in a statement Thursday that the forecast was modified to account for “expected booster shots and behavior modifications by Oregonians to reduce […]

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 […]

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To protect elderly, advocacy group wants boosters mandated in Oregon long-term care facilities

BY: - December 23, 2021

The advocacy group Disability Rights Oregon is asking leaders of the Oregon Health Authority and the state Human Services Department to mandate booster doses for employees in nursing homes and long-term care facilities in Oregon. The state’s nearly 700 long-term care facilities with approximately 40,000 residents accounted for the highest share of deaths from Covid-19 […]

Oregon faces short staffing and not enough customers to inject 1 million booster shots 

BY: - December 22, 2021

Oregon officials are still working out details on how they will get 1 million booster doses into the arms of Oregonians by the end of January in the scramble to head off a feared surge of the omicron variant. Gov. Kate Brown announced the ambitious goal just last Friday after getting an alarming new forecast […]