National Guard back at Salem Hospital, with less stress than fall deployment

A national guardsman walks through the halls at Salem Hospital on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) Oregon National Guard soldiers deployed to aid hospitals around the state last fall weren’t required to return in January. But Sgt. Shane Brubaker, a 32-year-old guard member from Woodburn, volunteered to report[Read More…]


As state booster push begins, vaccine appointments in Salem area going unfilled

Sam Bereny, an EMT at Metro West Ambulance, administers a second dose of the Moderna vaccine at a drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Centennial Park in Woodburn, Ore. on Thursday, April 1, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) Vaccinators in the Salem area need to deliver about 100,000 booster Covid shots in[Read More…]

In response to Omicron, Willamette University moves large classes online for start of spring semester

Willamette University’s Salem campus (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) Willamette University will move many of its classes online for the first two weeks of spring semester in hopes of limiting the spread of the Omicron variant once students return from winter break. The university’s Covid advisory team announced plans Friday evening, following[Read More…]

Public health leaders say better translation, quick staffing increases were key lessons in Covid response

Katrina Rothenberger, stands in the COVID-19 incident command at the Marion County Health and Human Services office on Monday, July 13, 2020. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) When Katrina Rothenberger got the call that Marion County had recorded its first Covid infection, she was celebrating her father’s birthday on a Saturday night.[Read More…]