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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 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. Click here to preorder baked[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…]

Tested by one round, Oregon National Guard deploys for a second tour in hospitals

Blaine Williams of 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Regiment of the Oregon National Guard, helps health care technician Heather Smith change patient bedding at Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg in August 2021. (Maj. W. Chris Clyne, Oregon National Guard Public Affairs) The Oregon National Guard is once again on the move[Read More…]

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

Oregon officials have ordered 6 million test kits to distribute free. (iHealth Labs) 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[Read More…]

New coronavirus strain a ‘variant of concern,’ dubbed Omicron by World Health Organization

File photo: Chas Hundley A new strain of the virus that causes COVID-19 has been reported in South Africa, Botswana, Belgium, Hong Kong and Israel. Little is known yet about what the World Health Organization dubbed the Omicron variant today. Seeking applicants for Computer Lab & Tutoring Coordinator (Program Specialist –[Read More…]

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