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Planning on seeing family for Thanksgiving? Head to a free, three-day vaccine clinic Nov. 17-19 and get the updated COVID-19 booster and a flu shot to shore up your immune system before the festivities.

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SALEM — Oregon Housing and Community Services announced that the Oregon Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF) program is open to applicants eligible for Phase 3. The program is a federal temporary COVID-19 emergency mortgage relief program intended to support homeowners who have experienced severe financial hardships due to the pandemic. It provides funding for past-due mortgages and other housing expenses to a limited number of homeowners with low incomes.

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A 2013 Oregon plan to modernize public health practices in the state is being revived in 2022, even as local health departments eye surges in COVID infections and hospitalizations in the region, emphasizing the ongoing need to pivot resources back to pandemic response as conditions fluctuate.

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A two-day free COVID-19 vaccine clinic offering both walk-in and drive-through vaccinations is set for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., this coming Friday and Saturday, June 17-18, at 523 E. Third St., across from Sawyer’s Ace Hardware and Grinders Coffee, in downtown The Dalles.

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The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup (WSSSRW) has recommended that a Pfizer COVID-19 booster dose be made available to children ages 5-11 at least five months after receiving the last dose in their primary vaccine series. The decision comes after the U.S. Food and Drug Admin…

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Hood River County Health Department issued a press release March 30 encouraging community members to continue to take precautions as statewide mask mandates are lifted and students return to classes after the Spring Break holiday.

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El Departamento de Salud del Condado de Hood River emitió un comunicado de prensa el 30 de marzo alentando a los miembros de la comunidad a continuar tomando precauciones a medida que se levantan los mandatos de máscaras en todo el estado y los estudiantes regresan a clases después de las va…

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WHITE SALMON — Comunidades and NorthShore Medical Group welcome all community members in the Gorge to receive COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters free of cost at a Fiesta of Health on Saturday, March 5 from 2:30-5:30 p.m. at the NorthShore Medical Group office in White Salmon.

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SALEM — The Senate has approved Senate Bill 1576 on a vote of 18 to 7. This legislation establishes a program to collect and manage discarded mattresses. This program will be operated by a stewardship organization with oversight from the Department of Environmental Quality.

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Oregon will drop its indoor mask mandate on March 19 and end the two-year COVID-19 state of emergency on April 1, Gov. Kate Brown announced Thursday.

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COVID-19 cases are rapidly declining in Wasco County, regional hospital capacity is opening up and hospital visits are down, according to a presentation before the Wasco County board of commissioners Feb. 16.

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Oregon Health Authority (OHA) continues to sponsor high-volume COVID-19 vaccination and testing sites around the state as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) begins demobilizing its mobile vaccine units over the next two weeks, including a site currently located at the Hood River …

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A free walk-in, weeklong COVID-19 vaccine clinic is coming to The Dalles starting Monday, Feb. 21 and will continue from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, including the weekend, through Monday, Feb. 28. It will be located at 523 E. Third St., the former Griffith Motors building downtown, across from …

Free, walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations will also be available at the Hood River County Fairgrounds, 3020 Wy’east Road, every day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 9-19. No appointment is necessary and CAT rides are available. Boosters, as well as first, second and third doses of Moderna, J&J and …

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The American Red Cross has put out a plea for blood donations. The organization is facing its worst blood shortage in more than a decade at the national level; donations have decreased by about 10% since the beginning of the pandemic. Recent inclement weather has compounded the problem.

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HOOD RIVER — The expected omicron surge is here, but the focus remains on keeping students in classrooms, Superintendent Rich Polkinghorn told Hood River County School Board members at the Jan. 26 virtual meeting.

SALEM — Oregon hospitalizations for COVID-19 will peak at a much lower level than expected as state officials see the steep spike driven by the omicron variant showing strong signs of waning.

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HOOD RIVER — A new Curative COVID-19 PCR testing site is now open to anyone looking for no-cost testing. Located in the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn parking lot (1108 E. Marina Drive, Hood River), the testing booth is open to the general public. The site is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mon…

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The delta variant could still be present in Washington state, Health Officer Dr. Amy Person told the Klickitat County Board of Health at a meeting last Tuesday. But omicron is by far the most prevalent strain right now, she said.

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The leader of Oregon’s hospital association warned on Thursday that a steady increase in COVID patients needing hospital care is pushing the state’s hospitals to a “breaking point.”

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Felipe Rayo, Brenya Rayo, Carmen Grodzki, Marta Yera, and Ubaldo Hernández (left to right) volunteer at the Comunidades booth during a Fiesta of Health on Jan. 15 at NorthShore Medical Group’s office in White Salmon, where 221 people received COVID-19 vaccinations. The event was free of char…

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Every long-term care facility in Wasco and Sherman and Gilliam counties is experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19, and region 6 hospitals (The Dalles and Hood River) had only two Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds and two non-ICU beds available as of Wednesday, Jan. 19, according to a presentation…

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As omicron COVID-19 cases increase, one of the ways to slow the spread is to stay home and away from other people for five days when we test positive, have symptoms, or have been exposed to COVID-19, and wear a well-fitting mask for an additional five days. If you are up to date on your vacc…

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HOOD RIVER — COVID-19, and the fast-moving omicron variant, was the focus of Hood River County School District Superintendent Rich Polkinghorn’s opening communication at the Jan. 12 school board meeting.

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Hospitalization rates are rapidly climbing in Oregon and in the Gorge as COVID cases spike. On Jan. 3, there were two people with COVID in the hospitals in The Dalles and Hood River, according to North Central Public Health District (NCPHD). A week later, on Jan. 10, there were 13.

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The new omicron variant of COVID-19 will sweep into Oregon over the next two to four weeks, setting new records for infections and filling hospitals beyond capacity.

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The WAGAP team at Pathways Health Connect has been coordinating a free COVID-19 vaccination clinic led by Comunidades, Columbia Riverkeeper, and NorthShore Medical group. The event focuses on the Spanish-speaking population and will be held fiesta-style to encourage participation.

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North Central Public Health District reported last week the death of a 47th Wasco County resident from COVID-19. The person tested positive Oct. 1 and died Nov. 2 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland.

During the Delta surge, Dr. Tom Nichol, a hospitalist at Mid-Columbia Medical Center, has managed many COVID patients. At one point, of the COVID-19 patients he saw, 17 in a row were unvaccinated.

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