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UPDATES: Oregon health providers get green light to vaccinate kids against Covid

25 days ago

Salem unemployment rate again dropped in September, preliminary data shows

Early figures show Salem's unemployment rate continued to steadily decline in September.

The city's unemployment rate dropped from 4.4% in August to 3.9% in September, according to preliminary Bureau of Labor Statistics data published Wednesday.

The unemployment rate has declined each month since it was 6.7% in January.

The number of unemployed people fell from around 9,420 in August to 8,450 in September. That's down about 10% from around 13,550 people unemployed in September 2020, when the unemployment rate was 6.5%.

Oregon Employment Department data showed Salem's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate, which doesn't include impacts from seasonal patterns, has steadily declined from 5.8% in May to 4.7% in September.

The seasonally adjusted number of unemployed people in Salem has steadily fallen from around 12,240 in April to 9,840 in September, according to state data. During the same month last year, around 14,510 Salem residents were unemployed.

-Ardeshir Tabrizian

25 days ago

Downtown art gallery features Salem artist that experiments with color, layering and texture

“The Truth In Microcosm Is So Loud It Hurts (ii)” by artist M. Shoki Tanabe (Courtesy/Salem on the Edge)

Salem on the Edge, a gallery located at 156 Liberty St. N.E., is featuring Salem artist Shoki Tanabe until Nov. 27.

Tanabe was born in Tokyo and came to Salem with his parents at four months old.

He received his undergraduate degree in painting and writing from Willamette University in 2008. His interest in art developed at a young age when he began flipping through various art books of his mother’s, who majored in art history at Willamette. His work experiments with color, layering and texture to convey form. 

In a memorandum, Tanabe said people are an amalgam of their memories and are a part of the landscapes through which they move.

“I see myself in my paintings. In a greater sense, my paintings are me, because they are my memories and they are the landscapes of my life. And, my paintings are also you, because you also have memories, and you have landscapes (since I believe you are memories and you are landscapes),” he wrote.

“So, my paintings might show you something about yourself. In finding one thing, or more, you are constructing a veritable Venn diagram of our being. How strange and wonderful, don’t you think? Maybe we are not so disconnected, after all.”

-Saphara Harrell

25 days ago

Oregon health providers get green light to vaccinate kids against Covid

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

Oregon kids age 5 to 11 can get a Covid vaccine starting Wednesday, Gov. Kate Brown said.

The governor announced Wednesday morning that the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup on Tuesday night reviewed federal data and unanimously concluded that the Pfizer Covid vaccine is safe and effective for kids age 5 to 11.

The decision comes following federal approval of an emergency use authorization of the shot. The vaccine approved for children is a lower dose vaccine than the teen and adult version of the shot.

"The workgroup thoroughly reviewed safety data for the vaccine, including the absence of any severe adverse events among vaccine recipients in the clinical trial. Reactions were mild and similar to those seen in adolescents and adults and with other vaccines routinely recommended for children and were less common at ages 5-11 years than at 16-25 years," the governor's office said in a news release.

The Oregon Health Authority said Tuesday the state's vaccination providers will receive 120,000 doses of the child-approved vaccine. Another 60,000 doses will be sent directly to pharmacy chains.

"With delivery anticipated this week through Nov. 8, the supply will go to approximately 350 provider sites across the state, guided by our goals to protect children and end health disparities among communities of color," the agency said in a bulletin Tuesday.

See our guide here for information about which Salem-area providers are scheduling vaccination appointments for kids.

-Rachel Alexander