Omicron variant spreading faster than expected in Oregon, hospitals face surge of patients

Oregon Health & Science University issued a new forecast on Dec. 31, 2021, showing climbing hospitalizations for Covid. (OHSU/Christine Torres Hicks) Oregon goes into the new year with the omicron variant of covid spreading faster than expected, setting the stage for record hospitalizations through January, according to the latest forecast[Read More…]

Slowing effects of climate change among priorities for Oregon’s new watersheds director

The Klamath River watershed extends throughout south central Oregon to northern California and to the Pacific Ocean. It is one of many watersheds in Oregon that Lisa Charpilloz-Hanson will work to protect as new director of the state’s Watershed Enhancement Board. Lisa Charpilloz-Hanson learns best out in the field, which[Read More…]

OHSU’s Covid hotline helps to save lives

Dr. Anthony Cheng set up Oregon Health & Science University’s Covid-19 hotline in March 2020. (OHSU) Seven days a week, nurses are ready with answers on a special hotline established to help Oregonians deal with Covid. Hundreds of calls come through every day on the free Covid hotline created in[Read More…]

OSU horticulturist helps Oregonians fortify lawns, landscapes for climate change

Oregon State University Horticulturist Weston Miller in his Portland garden. Miller stands next to a pineapple guava, a fruiting shrub from South America that can survive in Oregon’s now longer, warmer months. (Alex Baumhardt/Oregon Capital Chronicle) Weston Miller is helping Oregonians plant for a future of more heavy rains, winds,[Read More…]

New Oregon forecast dials back hospitalizations for Covid – but still an omicron surge

Moderna vaccine doses at a drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Centennial Park in Woodburn in April 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) Oregon’s bout with the omicron variant of the coronavirus will be less severe than expected but hospitalizations are still forecast to reach a system-straining peak in February. Oregon Health &[Read More…]