Health and Wellness

New Covid-19 booster could be available this week

Federal authorities last week authorized the use of new updated bivalent COVID-19 boosters for people 12 and older, and the updated boosters are expected to be available in Oregon as early as this week. The recommendation comes after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA)[Read More…]

‘Concerning Drop’ in blood donations

Just as most cars need to be refueled constantly, so does the nation’s blood supply. The American Red Cross has faced a concerning drop in blood and platelet donations this summer. Donors are needed to make an appointment to give in August to help prevent a blood shortage. The decline[Read More…]

Lane County releases pandemic recovery plan

Lane County has released its Annual Recovery Plan, providing residents with transparent information regarding efforts to respond to the coronavirus pandemic and promote economic recovery.   Lane County was directly awarded $74.2 million in Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021. To date,[Read More…]

It’s tomato time

You know it’s summer when you bite into your first juicy ripe tomato. If you’re growing your own, you know once they start ripening, they don’t stop. Luckily, there are so many ways to use the bounty (besides sharing them with others), that you won’t have to worry about them[Read More…]

Blueberries a plentiful harvest in Willamette Valley

Beautiful blueberries ready to be picked at Adkins Blueberry Farm. They’re round. They’re sweet. They’re good for your health and for the local economy. With the blueberry season in full swing, Oregon nearly leads the pack of production harvest nationwide. Next to Washington, Oregon is second in the nation for[Read More…]

OHA, county monitoring wastewater during Worlds

The World Athletics Championships in Lane County, July 15-24, will feature some of the planet’s greatest track athletes competing at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field, with tens of thousands of expected attendees coming from across the country and the world. For scientists who track the spread of diseases, the[Read More…]

County: Masking recommended

Lane County Public Health announced that due to sustained community transmission and a strained medical system, all community members in Lane County should mask up in indoor spaces. This recommendation follows Oregon Health Authority and Centers for Disease Control guidelines and is especially timely as thousands of visitors are in[Read More…]

Local Blood Drives

Bloodworks Northwest pop-up blood drives Monday, July 25 – Cottage Grove Elks Lodge, 755 North River Road, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 26 – Cottage Grove Elks Lodge, 755 North River Road, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Aug. 4 Hilton Garden Inn Willamette Room, 3528 Gateway St., Springfield,[Read More…]