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Union of healthcare professionals in Bend set to strike tomorrow

| Mar 3, 2021 | Oregon

The Oregon Federation of Nurses & Health Professionals (OFNHP), a union representing over 150 health care professionals, filed a strike notice on Feb. 22 in Bend. St. Charles Health System’s medical technology employees are attempting to negotiate for competitive pay and to adjust to the cost of living in Bend,...[ Read More ]

Governor Kate Brown announces COVID-19 vaccine prioritization schedule

| Feb 26, 2021 | Oregon

Today, Governor Kate Brown announced the prioritization for the next groups of Oregonians to be included in Oregon’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution schedule, including Oregonians with underlying health conditions and frontline workers. Additionally, the Governor announced that Oregon will be receiving vaccination support through new federal staff and resources from FEMA....[ Read More ]

Gov. Kate Brown extends state of emergency declaration as COVID-19 restrictions ease across the state

| Feb 25, 2021 | Oregon

Governor Kate Brown extended Oregon’s COVID-19 State of Emergency declaration for the sixth time today as COVID-19 cases start to fall.  As many county restrictions are eased, Gov. Brown urges residents to stay vigilant and patient.  According to Executive Order 21-05, which extends the State of Emergency:   “Although we...[ Read More ]

OHA releases report adding to data on racial disparities in COVID-19 testing and treatment

| Feb 24, 2021 | Oregon

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) released a report on Friday detailing the racial inequities and language barriers of  COVID-19 care. The report found a significant “inequitable impact” of cases and health care resources amongst many underprivileged communities.  Hispanics and African Americans were disproportionately impacted, according to study with less access...[ Read More ]

Oregon Health Authority releases a new monthly suicide related surveillance update

| Feb 18, 2021 | Oregon

On Tuesday, the Public Health Department of the Oregon Health Authority released a new monthly suicide surveillance update for Jan. 2021, which included updated numbers for 2020. The data in the report comes from the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) suicide death data, emergency department and urgent care center...[ Read More ]

'Breakthrough cases' of COVID-19 in four Oregonians after fully vaccinated: Should we be alarmed? Expert says "No"

| Feb 18, 2021 | Oregon

Dr. Louis Picker, associate director and professor at the Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute at Oregon Health and Science University, said there is no reason to be alarmed about “breakthrough cases” of COVID-19 after vaccination.      A “breakthrough case” is an infection from an illness in which the vaccinated...[ Read More ]

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