Tag: COVID IN SALEM

“This is devastating”: Salem Hospital prepares refrigerated truck for bodies as Covid deaths climb

Cheryl Nester Wolfe, CEO of Salem Health, addresses a COVID-19 incident command meeting on March 19, 2020 (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) NOTE: Salem Reporter is providing this free to the community as a public service to keep residents informed. Please share and please subscribe to support this reporting. Cheryl Wolfe didn’t pull any punches[Read More…]

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With Covid case surge comes a longer wait for tests in Salem

Andrea Davila, a nurse at the Kaiser Permanente North Lancaster clinic administers a test for COVID-19 at the clinic’s drive-thru testing site on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) NOTE: Salem Reporter is providing this free to the community as a public service to keep residents informed. Please share and[Read More…]

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State, federal data shows vaccination rates vary widely among long term care facilities in Salem

Syringes of the Pfizer vaccine during a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Oregon State Fairgrounds on Thursday, Jan. 28. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) Vaccination rates among employees are low at many Salem-area long-term care facilities, and industry groups fear a recent state vaccination mandate will worsen staffing shortages.  About half to[Read More…]

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Slow state system is delaying ability to track Covid cases in Marion, Polk counties

Katrina Rothenberger, incident commander, 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) Local public health officials say that a sluggish state system is impairing their ability to reach people testing positive for Covid, a key[Read More…]

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EXCLUSIVE: Video recruiting for unvaccinated medical workers brings storm to Salem care operation

Avi Singh draws up a dose of the Pfizer vaccine during a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Oregon State Fairgrounds on Thursday, Jan. 28. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) A video created by a Salem recruiter for a regional nursing home chain is going viral because she announced she’ll hire unvaccinated medical[Read More…]

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EXCLUSIVE: “There’s no cavalry to come save us”: Salem-area hospital workers exhausted as Covid patients fill beds

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) On Friday morning, Salem Hospital passed a grim threshold. Eighty-one people were in hospital[Read More…]

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Covid quick facts: what you need to know in Salem

Andrea Davila, a nurse at the Kaiser Permanente North Lancaster clinic administers a test for COVID-19 at the clinic’s drive-thru testing site on Wednesday, April 29. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) From new mask rules in school to climbing hospitalizations, Covid is again shaping life in Salem. We help you get up[Read More…]