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UPDATES: Chemeketa inks transfer agreement for art students with PNCA

about 2 months ago

Salem man hospitalized after being struck by vehicle Thursday morning

A Salem man was hospitalized after being struck by a vehicle on Northeast Commercial Street Thursday morning.

Brandon Musser of Dallas was driving southbound on Northeast Commercial Street near the intersection of Northeast Chemeketa Street around 6:50 a.m. when he struck Charles Bernbeck, Lt. Treven Upkes, spokesperson for the Salem Police Department, wrote in an email.

The department's investigation found Musser had a green light and that Bernbeck was crossing the road south of a crosswalk - but not in the crosswalk - when he was struck.

Bernbeck suffered "significant lower body injuries" and was transported to Salem Hospital for treatment, Upkes said.

Musser was cited for failure to carry and present a license and driving while suspended.

-Ardeshir Tabrizian

about 2 months ago

Data digest: Covid by the numbers for Oct. 14, 2021

A screengrab of a chart showing the number of Covid-positive patients hospitalized in the region which includes Benton, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties.

Salem Reporter is keeping you informed of the latest Covid numbers. Here’s our report for Thursday, Oct. 14. 

New Covid cases reported in Marion County: 98

New Covid cases reported in Polk County: 37

Total Salem Hospital patients with Covid: 63 as of Thursday morning, a decrease of one from Wednesday. Of those, 10 are in the intensive care unit, and five are on ventilators. 

Fifty-one of those in the hospital are not vaccinated against Covid.

Total Salem Hospital bed occupancy: 464 of 494 licensed beds in use

Total people hospitalized with Covid in Region 2 (Marion, Polk, Yamhill, Linn, Benton, Lincoln counties): 98, a decrease of six from Wednesday. Of those, 21 are in the intensive care unit and eight are on ventilators.

Total Region 2 hospital bed occupancy: 85 of 87 staffed ICU beds and 563 of 571 non-ICU beds in use. 

New Covid deaths reported: 24

There was one Marion County death reported Wednesday, an 83-year-old woman who tested positive on Aug. 25 and died on Sept. 22 at Salem Hospital. She had underlying conditions.

No Polk County deaths were reported. 

New Covid vaccines in Oregon: 6,401 new Covid doses on Oct. 12, including 1,110 first doses, 1,150 second doses and 4,104 third doses. 

Source: Oregon Health Authority, Salem Health

-Saphara Harrell

about 2 months ago

Oregon hospitals, outpatient care gain workers; nursing homes see decline

Oregon Employment Department. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Nursing homes are continuing to lose workers in Oregon even as other health care sectors in the state have picked up more employees after shedding jobs in the early months of the pandemic.

As of August, the Oregon Employment Department reported outpatient care jobs increased by 3,100 during the past year, the department wrote in a Wednesday news release. Hospitals statewide gained 300 jobs.

Employment at nursing and residential care facilities declined by 1,300 jobs in the past year.

Oregon's health care employment is largely in keeping with national trends, the news release said. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that outpatient health care services nationwide have recovered 99.7% of jobs lost in spring 2020, with 4,700 remaining.

Hospitals nationwide are 93,000 jobs short of February 2020 employment and have recovered 28% of jobs lost during the pandemic. Nursing and residential care facilities have continued to lose jobs since the pandemic started, losing 426,000 jobs during the recession.

The state employment department last week paid around $28 million in benefits to 30,000 Oregonians, the news release said.

The department dished out $11 billion in benefits to more than 620,000 people from March 15, 2020 to Oct. 9, 2021.

Oregon's unemployment rate in August was 4.9%, down 0.3 percentage points from July, according to employment department data. 107,417 Oregonians were unemployed in August, dropping by 6,519 from July.

-Ardeshir Tabrizian

about 2 months ago

New agreement gives Chemeketa students easier pathway to 4-year art degree

Chemeketa Press' "Art for Everyone" textbook on display in the Chemeketa Community College bookstore (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter)

Aspiring artists attending Chemeketa Community College will have an easier time earning a four-year degree.

The college announced Wednesday it had entered an agreement with the Portland-based Pacific Northwest College of Art allowing Chemeketa students admitted to the art school to earn guaranteed scholarships and credit transfer, according to a news release.

Chemeketa students who complete a two-year program at the community college and earn admission to PNCA will enter as juniors and earn $22,000 in scholarships per year for up to three years, the release said.

“Chemeketa transfer agreements with Oregon colleges and universities are essential for smoothing out our students' pathways to their educational and career goals. This agreement with Pacific Northwest College of Art provides our art majors a guaranteed pathway in terms of credit and a scholarship to help with the financial requirements," said Don Brase, Chemeketa's executive dean of general education and transfer studies, in a statement.

PNCA merged with Willamette University this summer, becoming the fourth college within the private Salem-based university. The art college will maintain its own admissions process and campus in Portland, but the merger was intended to allow more opportunities for Willamette students to study studio art, and expand the range of courses available to art students.

Chemeketa students interested in transferring to PNCA should contact art instructor Laura Mack at [email protected]

-Rachel Alexander