Hospitals Still Offering Flu Shots

MEDFORD, Ore. — Hospitals are still offering flu shots for people who haven’t gotten them yet. On Saturday, La Clinica is welcoming people to drop in for their flu vaccination from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The vaccine is free to most insured patients, including members of the Oregon Health Plan. It costs $15 to … Continue reading »

Oregon Patient Monitored for Ebola

  MILWAUKIE, Ore. — An Oregon woman is being tested for Ebola. She spiked a fever this morning, after recently spending time in West Africa. The unidentified woman is now in the Providence Milwaukie Hospital, outside of Portland. The Oregon Health Authority is testing the Portland woman for other illnesses as well. Oregon health experts … Continue reading »

Suicide Prevention Walk Raises Awareness

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Suicide is the second leading cause of death among Oregonians aged 10 to 24, according to the Oregon Health Authority. Nationally, we lose one person to suicide every 13 minutes. On Saturday, dozens of people walked around Central Point, raising money and awareness for suicide prevention. Each person was walking for … Continue reading »

Dramatic Increase in Gonorrhea Cases

MEDFORD, Ore. — An emerging trend in STD’s in Southern Oregon has state health experts both concerned, and baffled. The Oregon Health Authority documented a sudden increase in the number of people testing positive for Gonorrhea. Jackson County experienced a 387% jump. 31 cases in 2012 turned into 151 cases last year. Josephine County increased … Continue reading »

Health Advisory at Applegate Lake

APPLEGATE LAKE, Ore. — Fishermen headed to Applegate Lake may want to think twice before bringing home their catch of the day. For some fisherman in southern Oregon, Applegate Lake is their favorite place to cast their line. Now, the Oregon Health Authority is advising those fishermen to limit their consumption of what they catch. … Continue reading »

New State Health Authority Director

SALEM Ore. — For the third time in the last six months, the Oregon Health Authority has a new director. Governor John Kitzhaber has asked Suzanne Hoffman to lead Cover Oregon’s transition to a national health care exchange. She will be responsible for coordinating efforts among various state and federal agencies to ensure the state … Continue reading »

OHP Partnership with Clinics

MEDFORD, Ore. — Aside from raising the income level, adding on dental coverage and other benefits, the Oregon Health Authority is also helping to fund health care positions in local clinics. January 1st, OHP will pay what they are calling non-medical coaches to change the way those on the plan get health care. The funds … Continue reading »

Health Advisory for Alsea River Beach

ALSEA RIVER BEACH, Ore. — A health advisory is in effect after higher-than-normal bacteria levels were found at Lincoln County beach. The Oregon Health Authority issues the advisory for Alsea River Beach on Thursday. The Health Authority says the higher-than-normal level was found in the river upstream of the Alsea Bay Bridge. Samples taken from … Continue reading »

Water Advisory at Short Sand Beach

SHORT SAND BEACH, Ore. — The Oregon Health Authority has issued a health advisory for water contact at Short Sand Beach. The Health Authority says higher-than-normal bacteria levels were found at the Tillamook County beach. They said water samples taken from the area indicate higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria, which can result in diarrhea, stomach … Continue reading »