Health

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon is the latest member of Congress to test positive for Covid

BY: - April 26, 2022

Oregon’s senior U.S. senator, Ron Wyden, tested positive for Covid on Tuesday. On Twitter and in a news release, he said the infection was caught during routine testing. He’s experiencing “minor symptoms” and is working from his residence in Washington, D.C., the statements said. He will quarantine according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

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Parents, recovery advocates call for immediate Oregon action on addiction crisis

BY: - April 25, 2022

Moms and others concerned about addiction rallied in Portland on Saturday, calling for the Oregon Health Authority to take effective and immediate action against substance use.  They included a father who lost his son two years ago after he consumed a counterfeit opioid pill he bought online that was laced with fentanyl.  They included a […]

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State funding $3 million in projects to improve lives of elderly, those with disabilities

BY: - April 22, 2022

The Department of Human Services is looking for proposals to improve the quality of life for elderly people and those with disabilities across the state. It will allocate $3 million to the projects, hoping to reach a broad array of the population, including those who have difficulty accessing services. Two-thirds of the money will be […]

Interested in helping Medicaid patients? The state seeks applicants for a workgroup

BY: - April 22, 2022

Oregonians interested in creating strategies to keep and retain people on Medicaid can apply to a new workgroup the state is forming. It seeks 12 volunteers, from a union representative to individuals who’ve lost Medicaid coverage to take part in the year-long workgroup. They will meet twice a month in May and June, then monthly […]

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Oregon needs more financial aid for nursing students and more educators, experts say

BY: - April 20, 2022

More scholarship money and perhaps tax credits would help stem Oregon’s nursing shortage, according to nursing students and deans of Oregon nursing schools. In an one-hour online discussion on Wednesday, they told U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Oregon, that having enough money to pay for housing, food and other necessities and pay for their education is […]

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Oregon medical providers rely on diminishing number of out-of-state nurses, study finds

BY: - April 20, 2022

Thousands of patients in rural areas of the state might not get high quality medical care in the future if the number of out-of-state nurses practicing in Oregon continues to fall, according to a new study. The research found that rural health care settings are the most reliant on out-of-state nurses, putting them at higher […]

Dozens of companies that defied Covid mandates are fighting nearly $1 million in fines

BY: - April 19, 2022

Though most pandemic restrictions in Oregon are gone, several dozen businesses cited by state safety officials for violating Covid mandates still owe hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines to the state. More than 200 companies were fined between March 2020 and March 2022 for violating state mask, capacity, physical distancing and closure mandates. The […]

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Oregon’s psilocybin program stands on thousands of years of indigenous experience

BY: - April 13, 2022

As the first state nationwide to develop a psilocybin treatment program, Oregon is standing on the shoulders of thousands of years of expertise among indigenous people from Mexico to South America. A new paper recently published in the journal Fungal Biology summarizes centuries of psilocybin use among shamans and guides who treated people for a […]

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Planned Parenthood leasing clinic space in Ontario

BY: - April 13, 2022

ONTARIO – Planned Parenthood is planning to open an Ontario clinic as one of its affiliates challenges a strict new abortion law in Idaho. Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette, based in Portland, is leasing what had been the clinic for Four Rivers Health Care at 604 S.W. 4th Ave. in Ontario, according to Joe Recla, Four […]

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State marks first step towards keeping tens of thousands on health care coverage

BY: - April 11, 2022

State officials have taken the first step towards crafting a new health care plan to ensure medical care for tens of thousands of low-income Oregonians. Gov. Kate Brown announced Monday the appointment of 13 people to a new task force that will develop a plan by September. The appointees have expertise in health equity, health […]

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Thousands of low-income residents seeking state aid wait longer than they should

BY: - April 6, 2022

A state online enrollment system that was launched a year ago continues to make thousands of people wait longer than they should for state help buying food, caring for children and paying for medical care. As of March 18, the state had failed to meet federal deadlines in processing more than 8,000 applications. Nearly 5,500 […]

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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 […]