Coronavirus

Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen returns to work after weeks of recovery

Oregon Health Authority Director Pat Allen during a press conference held December 17, 2021. Photo from YouTube Patrick Allen, the director of the Oregon Health Authority, returned to duty this week after a long absence. The agency declined to respond to requests for more information. He was working at his[Read More…]

FGSD admins ‘optimistic’ changes coming to masking after March 31

Left to right: Melody Haveluck, a board member of Friends of Historic Forest Grove, David Parker, FGSD superintendent, Kate Grandusky, Forest Grove School Board member and Gales Creek resident, Joyce Sauber, Gales Creek resident, FHFG member, and local historian prepare to lay a plaque on the historic Jennie Ranes building[Read More…]

Peak of omicron hospitalizations and cases in Oregon is over, forecast says

File photo: Chas Hundley The surge of people hospitalized or infected with omicron is over, according to the latest forecast from Oregon Health & Science University. The forecast, which influences the policy of the Oregon Health Authority, indicates that Oregon reached its peak, and the number of Oregonians infected or[Read More…]

Oregon Health Authority will lift indoor mask mandate by end of March

File photo: Chas Hundley In a sudden turnaround, the Oregon Health Authority announced Monday it will lift the state’s indoor mask requirements by the end of March for indoor places, including schools. The announcement came on the same day that the agency filed a permanent state rule requiring masks indoors[Read More…]

Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen hospitalized after fall

Oregon Health Authority Director Pat Allen during a press conference held December 17, 2021. Photo from YouTube The director of the agency tasked with leading the state’s coronavirus response was hospitalized Sunday morning after a fall the Oregon Health Authority described as “serious.”  OHA Director Patrick Allen is currently undergoing[Read More…]

Oregon soon could be on the mend from the pandemic with an expected drop in cases, officials say

File photo: Chas Hundley Oregon’s short-term Covid-19 outlook remains bleak, Oregon’s lead epidemiologist said Friday, with hospitals nearing a peak in the demand for hospital beds and case counts skyrocketing. But after that, the situation could improve, according to Dr. Dean Sidelinger, the state epidemiologist. “The omicron variant continues to[Read More…]

Forest Grove High School, Neil Armstrong Middle School resume in-person classes

The Forest Grove High School. Photo: Brenda Schaffer Students resumed classes Monday at Forest Grove High School and at Neil Armstrong Middle School after shifting to online classes earlier this month. Forest Grove School District Superintendent Dave Parker thanked students families and school staff for bearing with the district as[Read More…]

Want a free Covid-19 test delivered? Households can sign up now

File photo: Chas Hundley The Biden administration’s effort to distribute free Covid-19 tests nationwide was supposed to start Wednesday. Instead, the government quietly began taking orders on Tuesday. Every household can obtain four free rapid antigen tests by going to CovidTests.gov and clicking through to a U.S. Postal Service site signup sheet and filling[Read More…]

Oregon Health Authority creates new hotline, website for Covid-19 patients

File photo: Chas Hundley With cases of omicron skyrocketing, the Oregon Health Authority is taking a new approach to tracking new Covid-19 infections.  Investigators are no longer trying to call those who test positive for the coronavirus. State and county health departments have been using such calls to trace exposures[Read More…]

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