PORTLAND, Ore. — 2,284 Oregon state workers have requested an exemption to Gov. Brown's COVID-19 vaccine mandate, according to data provided by the Department of Administrative Services (DAS). That's about 5% of the approximately 42,000 employees impacted by the vaccine requirement. Of those, 90% were religious exemption requests and 10%...
This Is the County in the Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA Metro Area Where COVID-19 Is Growing the Slowest
After adding over 934,000 new cases throughout the last week, the U.S. now has more than 42.1 million confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been more than 670,000 COVID-19-related deaths — the highest death toll of any country. New cases continue to rise at a steady rate. In the past week, there were an average […]
PORTLAND, Ore. (Portland Tribune) — Commissioners’ ongoing disagreements over Chair Tootie Smith’s recent resolution urging the state to reevaluate future COVID-19 vaccine mandates reached a boiling point on Thursday, resulting in a 3-2 vote to table the resolution, overruling Smith’s refusal to call an official poll on the matter. Despite...
PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon regulators are looking into complaints about tainted CBD drops sold in the state. According to the state Cannabis Commission, at least eight people say they bought drops that made them feel paranoid, foggy-minded and high, which are symptoms associated with THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.
Lying on a hospital bed, oxygen rushing toward his lungs, Roger Mitchell reached for his phone and typed out a message. “I need your prayers this covid is no joke,” he told his friends Sept. 12 on Facebook, the same social media platform where he received so much disinformation about the pandemic.
VANCOUVER – Clark County has implemented and currently operates eviction prevention rent assistance programs, to assist people who are low-income impacted by the pandemic. These programs have provided an unprecedented $25.2M in financial assistance to 3,447 households, paying for 25,867 months of rent and utilities since August 2020. Approximately $750,000...
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — COVID-19 booster shots have the green light in Oregon and Washington for a targeted group of people who got the Pfizer vaccine. At this time, the booster shot – approved for people 65 and over, those in nursing homes and people at high risk of severe disease due to their job or a medical condition — is for Pfizer-vaccinated people who got their second dose at least 6 months ago.
Oregon officials don’t know number of students and staff infected, quarantined for COVID-19 this school year
How many COVID-19 cases have there been in Oregon schools this fall? How many students and staff have been quarantined? Which schools have closed?. The Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority can’t say for certain. Two to three weeks after many K-12 schools returned to full-time, in-person...
NEWBERG, Ore. (Gray News) - An Oregon school employee was placed on administrative leave for wearing blackface during a protest against the school district’s COVID-19 policies. A Newberg Public Schools District employee, who did not give her name, said she showed up to school on Sept. 17 with a darkened...
WOODBURN, Ore. (KPTV) – Juma Power runs Juma's Farm in Woodburn. FOX 12 shared her story on Thursday as she says she's overwhelmed with pot belly pig donations because she says people are losing their homes in the pandemic and can no longer take care of them. The pandemic's having...
PORTLAND, Ore. — The pandemic has been difficult on everyone, but for people living on Portland's streets and for those facing mental health issues and addiction, it has become a humanitarian crisis. Scott Kerman, the executive director of the nonprofit Blanchet House in Old Town, witnesses the suffering daily. "What...
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Michael and Ebony Williams sell t-shirts outside the New Seasons in Northeast Portland. They thought the pop-up COVID testing site on a public sidewalk was suspicious. “They were right by that tree right there, right at the end,” Michael Williams told KOIN 6 News. “I seen...
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TUALATIN, Ore. — Horizon Christian Elementary and Middle School is temporarily transitioning to remote learning for two weeks after dozens of students and staff have been sent home, largely as a precaution for possible COVID-19 exposure. The school principal confirmed Friday that an email was sent out to Tualatin parents...
MOLALLA, Ore. (KPTV) - Three weeks into the school year, the Molalla community remains split over the COVID-19 protocols inside schools. A group of parents, who have been vocal in school board meetings in the past, met Thursday night to voice more concerns about mask mandates and using district property for vaccine clinics. Molalla High School was a vaccine clinic site over the summer.
BEAVERTON, Ore. — An effort to raise money to fight childhood cancer will happen in Beaverton this weekend. It's called the Sam Day Buddy Run, and it's a 12 mile run named after a 15-year-old boy who passed away from cancer a week before his freshman year at Sunset High School in 2016.
PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 testing is generally available if you're willing to make an appointment and wait. For people looking to get tested sooner, an at-home COVID-19 test kit may be their best bet. But it also might take a while to track one down. Cynthia Trendell knows all too well.
PORTLAND, Ore. — Earlier this week, the Food and Drug Administration authorized booster shots of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for some specific groups of people. After reviewing the federal process, a group of West Coast scientists is now signing off on the recommendation as well. The FDA on Wednesday greenlit...
As part of this 2021 partnership grant, $632,986.40 in grant funding will be made available to Sea Mar to hire three new mental health responders, in addition to the three full-time positions which were established with this grant program in 2020. VANCOUVER – In July 2021, the Vancouver Police Department...