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Clatsop County COVID-19 testing program expands

Clatsop County Public Health announces that it is expanding its COVID-19 drive-thru testing program thanks to the availability of more testing supplies. Public Health, in partnership with Columbia Memorial Hospital and Providence Seaside Hospital, last month began offering regular testing at Camp Rilea in Warrenton. Testing is available by appointment Monday through Friday from 9…

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Clatsop school supers give upbeat assessment of new school year so far

The superintendents of schools in Clatsop County are all giving an upbeat assessment of the start of the school year despite the increase in COVID cases. Meanwhile new data show Clatsop with the state’s lowest COVID infection rate among kids. KMUN’s Jacob Lewin has details: [Scroll down to listen]: Despite fears that an upsurge in COVID…

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Clatsop County firefighters will get federal grant funding for equipment

US Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, who represents Oregon District 1, announced that fire departments in Clatsop County will receive $1,3 million through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. This funding provides firefighters with improved tools and equipment. “Our firefighters and first responders work hard day in and day out to…

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Clatsop health officials give covid update: ‘Don’t get too comfortable’

Health officials in Clatsop County held a press conference Wednesday, to give an update on the status of the pandemic locally. Here’s that story. On hand for the zoom meeting were Margo Lalich, Clatsop County Interim Health Director, Julie Geiger, Vice President of Patient Services at Columbia Memorial in Astoria, and Jason Plamonden, Chief Nursing…

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CMH officials worry about impact of state vaccine requirements

Officials at both Columbia Memorial Hospital and Providence Seaside are worried about the impact of a state requirement that requires all health care workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The requirement takes effect next month. KMUN’s Jacob Lewin has details: [Scroll down to listen] At Columbia Memorial, vice president for patient services Judy Geiger says…

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Privacy laws prohibit releasing personal information about COVID deaths

Since the delta variant hit Clatsop County and deaths have increased, there’s been an understandable rise in anxiety among residents. Something that comes up frequently on social media locally when COVID deaths are announced is a sense of frustration that there isn’t more information available about a person who has died: particularly vaccination status and…

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Providence Health brings in morgue trucks to Portland hospitals, National Guard personnel will assist at hospitals including Seaside

As the volume of COVID patients continues to put pressure on their health care services, Providence Health, which owns a network of hospitals in Oregon, including Providence Seaside Hospital, announced that it has brought in refrigerated morgue trucks to Providence Portland and Portland St. Vincent. National Guard personnel will also be assisting staff at their…

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Bangs asks Brown to reconsider mask and vaccine mandates

As weekly COVID-19 case counts in Clatsop County continue to surge, primarily in unvaccinated residents, Clatsop County Commissioner Courtney Bangs sent a letter to Oregon Governor Kate Brown urging her to reconsider vaccine and mask mandates, especially, she said, with regard to schools. Bangs said in the letter, quote: “While the vaccine is a valuable…