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9 months ago

Salem's vaccine allocation doubled for week of Feb. 15 as more seniors become eligible for shots

Syringes of the Pfizer vaccine during a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Oregon State Fairgrounds on Thursday, Jan. 28. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

The Oregon Health Authority is increasing its vaccine allocation for the Salem area, doubling the number of people who can receive shots in Marion County the week of Feb. 15.

Figures released by Oregon Health Authority Thursday afternoon show Salem Health is slated to receive 3,900 first doses of the Pfizer vaccine, and Santiam Hospital 975 doses. The Marion County Health Department will receive 400 first doses of the Moderna vaccine, bringing the county's total allocation to 5,275 doses.

Polk County will receive a total of 1,100 first doses of Moderna vaccine: 900 for West Valley Hospital, and 200 for the public health department.

On Feb. 15, Oregon will begin vaccinating people 75 and older. The higher allocation means more appointments will be available for seniors in the Salem area.

The news comes after two weeks where Salem Health was allocated no fresh vaccine doses by the state, forcing the hospital to stop offering shots to new recipients at the state fairgrounds.

This week, Marion County received a total of just 2,600 first doses of vaccine as Oregon expanded eligibility to people 80 and older. The news prompted anger from local health providers, who pointed to the county's high rate of Covid cases.

Covid vaccines require two doses spaced three or four weeks apart, and second doses are allocated separately to ensure people can get fully vaccinated.

Oregonians eligible to receive a vaccine can schedule a vaccine appointment using the chat tool in the bottom right corner of the screen at https://covidvaccine.oregon.gov/.

-Rachel Alexander

9 months ago

Local arts nonprofits bolstered by Oregon Arts Commission grants

Oregon Spirit Chorus was one of the recipients of an Oregon Arts Commission grant. (Courtesy/Oregon Legislature)

Eight Salem arts nonprofits are among 97 groups across the state to receive a grant from the Oregon Arts Commission. 

Each nonprofit received $1,159 as part of the commission’s Small Operating Grants program, according to a press release. The grants are awarded to arts nonprofits with budgets under $150,000 and sustained artistic programming and outreach. They can be used for expenses like rent and utilities or specific projects.  

The Salem nonprofits include Festival Chorale Oregon, Keizer Creative Art Association, Oregon Artists Series Foundation, Oregon Spirit Chorus, Salem Philharmonia Orchestra, Salem Pops Orchestra, The Verona Studio and Willamette University. 

-Jake Thomas

9 months ago

Salem has snow plows on standby

The latest forecast for Salem from the National Weather Service on Thursday, Feb. 11.

Salem is gearing up its “snow and ice response staff” from the Public Works Department to prepare for freezing rain forecasted for Salem Thursday night and through the weekend.

“City snow plows and sanding equipment have been tested and are ready for use,” the city said in a news release.

Up-to-date information on Salem road conditions, street condition web cameras, and emergency closures can be found on the City’s Current Road Conditions Map

The city is urging people to use extra caution is they must drive, because there’s a potential for falling trees and power outages.

People can report road concerns to the 24-hour Public Works Dispatch Center at 503-588-6311.

-Saphara Harrell

9 months ago

Hallie Ford now open to members with reservation; public visits begin Feb. 23

"The Market" by Virginia Darce, one of the paintings on display in the Hallie Ford Museum of Art until March 27. (Courtesy/ Hallie Ford Museum)

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art is reopening to the public on Feb. 23, but visitors must purchase tickets or reserve spots in advance.

The museum will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday with a limit of nine visitors per hour.

There will more information about how to make online reservations on Hallie Ford’s website next week.

Starting Feb. 11, the museum is allowing members to visit Thursday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. Members can call 503-881-3396 to make a reservation.

“As a special thank you to our members, and your generous support and patience during these times of closure, we have reserved the opening days for you,” the museum said in a newsletter. 

-Saphara Harrell

9 months ago

Forecasters say Salem to get it all - rain, freezing rain, snow

The latest forecast for Salem from the National Weather Service on Thursday, Feb. 11.

The National Weather Service describes the next couple of days as “a tale of two storms.”

That means Salem will likely see rain, freezing rain and snow but the amounts remain uncertain.

The area for now is under a winter weather advisory starting at 4 p.m. Thursday.

The central Willamette Valley will be a bit of a collision zone between an arctic front dropping south out of Canada and coming from the east and a front coming in off the ocean bearing a lot of moisture.

The latest: Weather Service forecast

The temperature is forecast for up to a half inch of rain during the day Thursday with the temperature heading toward freezing by Thursday night. That means a chance of freezing rain early Friday morning, according to the weather service.

Another storm moves in Friday night, with 1 to 3 inches of snow possible before the freezing level climbs. That shift means that freezing rain is likely on Saturday morning, according to the forecast.

Freezing rain can produce an ice accumulation on branches and power lines that can lead to power outages.

To report an outage:

PGE: 503-399-7717

Salem Electric: 503-362-3601

To find road conditions: Oregon TripCheck