• Oregon will end mask mandate for healthcare settings in April

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    The mask mandate in healthcare settings ends in April. Learn more here.

    PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Oregon healthcare settings, including hospitals and doctors’ offices, will no longer impose mask requirements for workers, patients or visitors starting next month.

    In a release on Friday, the Oregon Health Authority announced the mask mandate, which has been in place since August 2021, will end on April 3.

    According to Dean Sidelinger, health officer and epidemiologist at OHA, recent data shows a drop in the number of COVID-19, RSV and influenza cases. Current data shows COVID-19 test positivity at 10%, influenza test positivity at 1.2% and RSV test positivity at 1.6% per antigen test and 3.5% per molecular test. In…
  • Oregon math, reading scores drop during COVID; Local schools find positives

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    Proficiency scores in core classes dropped dramatically in Oregon since COVID, but Deschutes county noted achievements. Learn more here.

    English, science and math proficiency scores in Oregon dropped dramatically since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s according to numbers released by the Oregon Department of Education Thursday morning looking at state assessment results.

    School districts in Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook counties did not buck the trend. Some were able to note achievements in specific categories and even, in some cases, finishing above state averages.

    Oregon Department of Education officials say 2022 testing shows students who were already behind before the pandemic had the most learning loss but all children overall lost ground when compared to 2019 test scores.

  • Oregon indoor mask rules will end March 31, at the latest

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    The mask mandate will be lifted on March 31st. Find out all the details here.

    On Monday, state health officials announced a schedule to lift the mask mandate in the coming weeks, based on current hospitalization trends.

    SALEM, Ore. — With COVID case rates declining and hospitalizations leveling off, most of Oregon’s indoor mask requirements are set to be lifted March 31 at the latest, state health officials announced on Monday.

    The mandate will be lifted for indoor public spaces and K-12 schools on March 31, but it will remain in place for health care settings, according to state health officer and epidemiologist Dr. Dean Sidelinger.

    He said…

  • Oregon State Research Shows Hemp Compounds Prevent Coronavirus from Entering Human Cells

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    New studies from OSU show that compounds in hemp can help in the fight against COVID-19. Discover more here.


    Hemp compounds identified by Oregon State University research via a chemical screening technique invented at OSU show the ability to prevent the virus that causes COVID-19 from entering human cells.

    Findings of the study led by Richard van Breemen, a researcher with Oregon State’s Global Hemp Innovation Center, College of Pharmacy and Linus Pauling Institute, were published today in the Journal of Natural Products.

    Hemp, known scientifically as Cannabis sativa, is a source of fiber, food and animal feed, and multiple hemp extracts…

  • OSU-Cascades to host free clinics for COVID vaccinations, boosters, flu shots

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    On January 12 & 13, OSU Cascades will host free clinics for vaccinations. Find out more here.

    BEND, Ore. – Oregon State University-Cascades will host free clinics for COVID-19 vaccinations, boosters and flu shots Jan. 12 and 13 for the campus and Central Oregon communities.

    The clinics are open to OSU-Cascades employees and students, and community members, and will take place in the atrium of Edward J. Ray Hall from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jan. 12 and 3 to 7 p.m. on Jan. 13.

    Free one-hour parking will be available to community members in the campus parking lots.

    No health insurance is necessary to receive a COVID-19 vaccination or booster, or flu shot.

    Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines…