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Clatsop County vaccination update

An update on local vaccination efforts in Clatsop County:  Clatsop County Public Health and its local partners will begin offering COVID-19 vaccines next week to members of the next priority groups identified by the state, including adults age 45 to 64 with underlying health conditions. The county is also hosting a vaccination clinic for east-county…

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Clatsop County sees a dozen new cases this week so far, as county goes to Moderate Risk Friday.

Clatsop County sees a dozen new cases this week so far, as county goes to Moderate Risk Friday. The Clatsop County Public Health Department on Wednesday reported seven new COVID-19 cases. Patients include two females and five males, ranging in age from under 10 years old, to their 80s. All seven are recovering at home….

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Clatsop County COVID Vaccine update 3/22/21

Clatsop County COVID Vaccine update 3/22/21 Clatsop County is continuing to vaccinate residents against COVID-19. Joanne Rideout has an update. [Scroll down to Listen…] Last week, the county held four vaccination events and gave about 1200 people their first shot of the two-shot Moderna vaccine. They’ve also administered the Johnson and Johnson vaccine (referred to…

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Clatsop County seeks volunteers for vaccine distribution

Clatsop County seeks volunteers for vaccine distribution Clatsop County is seeking volunteers to help at its COVID-19 vaccination clinics and in the Public Health Department’s Public Information Call Center. You must be a Clatsop County resident, at least 18 years old and pass a basic background check. While medical staff are needed, there are many…

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COVID-19 vaccine events and opportunities

COVID-19 vaccine events and opportunities [Scroll down to Listen. Script below:] Intro: Clatsop County continues to ramp up COVID 19 vaccine distribution. Joanne Rideout reports. The Clatsop County Vaccine Task Force held its largest clinic to date last week, administering approximately 900 first doses Thursday at the county fairgrounds in Astoria. In total, the county…

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New COVID workplace rules and hearings

New proposed COVID workplace rules and hearings Oregon OSHA is proposing to extend protective measures against COVID-19 for workers who rely on housing provided by employers, including as part of farming operations. The risk-reducing measures – which include new options and updates – cover everything from physical distancing and ventilation to face coverings and sanitation….

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Hydrant flushing Monday in Astoria

NOTICE OF HYDRANT FLUSHING On Monday, March 1, 2021, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., the Astoria Public Works Operations Division will be flushing hydrants in East Astoria, Tongue Point, Emerald Heights and Alameda Avenue. Customers may experience temporary low pressure and/or water discoloration during the flushing and flow testing process. If…

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Two new COVID cases in Wahkiakum County

There are two new COVID-19 cases in Wahkiakum County, the county health and human services agency announced today. Patients are in self quarantine. There is a connection to Wahkiakum School District, but no known connection to St. James Childcare. Schools will remain open. This brings Wahkiakum to a cumulative total of 99 cases, with 18…

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Nehalem Bay Health District Virtual Covid-19 Vaccine Update Forum

Nehalem Bay Health District Virtual Covid-19 Vaccine Update Forum Thursday, March 04, 2021 @ 6:00 PM Zoom Link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83260107084 no password necessary The Nehalem Bay Health District board is holding a community town hall that will provide local information and updates on issues related to COVID-19 vaccine.  Participants will include:  Victoria Holt, North Tillamook Public Health Information Group Ed Colson,…

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Clatsop County moves to Lower Risk COVID category on Friday

Clatsop County moves to Lower Risk COVID category on Friday Clatsop County will move to the least restrictive category state-mandated COVID-19 business and social guidelines beginning this Friday, Feb. 26. The change will ease some restrictions on bars and restaurants and indoor recreation and entertainment establishments. The move was announced Tuesday a result of the…

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Bonamici discusses minimum wage and Capitol riot

US Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici held a virtual town hall meeting on Wednesday, where she took questions from constituents who called into the live streaming event. Callers asked about topics ranging from the proposed $15 federal minimum wage, to what’s next for Congress after the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. Joanne Rideout reports. Scroll down…

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Annual Oregon School Exclusion Day is Feb. 17: students need vaccinations

[Note: Image credit: U.S. Navy. Naval Hospital Yokosuka, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons] Annual Oregon School Exclusion Day is Feb. 17: students need vaccinations The State of Oregon is reminding parents about required immunizations kids need to have to attend school. February 17, next Wednesday, is School Exclusion Day, and after that date, or when…

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More on COVID Vaccines

Clatsop County expects to start using a new shipment of six hundred doses of COVID-19 vaccine today. For the first time, some seniors—outside of those in congregate care facilities—will be eligible. KMUN’s Jacob Lewin reports. Two hundred county residents over the age of 80 are expected to get the vaccines this week—one hundred today in Seaside…

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Today’s the day: details on senior vaccinations in Oregon

Oregon will begin vaccinating seniors this week. Joanne Rideout reports on options in Clatsop, Tillamook and Columbia counties.   [Note: scroll down to bottom of story for how to get connected to vaccine resources in your county.] Starting today, Oregon seniors 80 years and older are eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Starting now through the…

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Clatsop County COVID Update 2/5/21

  Clatsop County COVID Update 2/5/21 The Clatsop County Public Health Department on Thursday reported seven new local COVID-19 cases, ranging in age from teens to 70s. All are recovering at home. The county has recorded a total of 758 COVID-19 cases since March. Eighteen of those cases resulted in hospitalization. Five individuals have died….

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Good News: Oregon COVID vaccines for seniors start Monday

Good News: Oregon COVID vaccines for seniors start Monday Starting Monday, Oregon will being vaccinating senior members of the public, as the vaccine rollout enters Phase 1B. Previously, vaccines had been initially distributed to health care and other essential workers. Beginning Monday, Feb. 8, people age 80 and older can begin receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Seniors…

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County plans for vaccine distribution but unsure when supplies will arrive

Clatsop County is completely out of COVID-19 vaccine and isn’t totally sure when it will be getting more. Meanwhile the county is planning mass events for when the vaccine does arrive. KMUN’s Jacob Lewin reports. Chris Laman is the incident commander for the county vaccine task force. To put it mildly, he was surprised when no…

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Food Banks offer relief to hungry familes

Food Banks offer relief to hungry familes During this pandemic holiday season, food is a basic need that may be in short supply for families. I talked with a Clatsop County Food bank administrator about how people, who perhaps may never have needed help before, can access local food banks and food pantries. And for…

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LOCAL NEWS: Local surfer injured in Seaside shark attack

LOCAL NEWS: Local surfer injured in Seaside shark attack There was a shark attack Sunday afternoon in Seaside at the Cove, a popular area surfing spot. John Rahl, Seaside assistant city manager, told KOIN TV in Portland that a shark bite was reported around 3:30 pm. Bystanders had pulled the victim out of the water…

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LOCAL NEWS: A look at high COVID rates in Pacific County

LOCAL NEWS: A look at high COVID rates in Pacific County Pacific County has one of the highest rates of covid infection in Washington and overall its rate is more than twice as high as that of Clatsop County. However new figures released late yesterday show infections have peaked, at least for now. KMUN’s Jacob…

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ELECTION NOV 2020 UPDATES – Local and Regional returns

KMUN November 2020 Election Updates Oregon State of Oregon Oregon Statewide Measures Oregon State Representative Clatsop County  Tillamook County    Washington Races; (Updated 11/6, 6pm) SW WA Congressional District 3 US Representative: Incumbent [R] Jaime Herrera Beutler   219,819    56% (D) Carolyn Long                         …

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LOCAL NEWS: OHA Oregon reports record high COVID case levels Friday

  LOCAL NEWS: OHA Oregon reports record high COVID case levels Friday PORTLAND, Ore. — Today OHA reported the highest daily case count since the beginning of the pandemic. Preliminary data show this increase is due to continued widespread community transmission resulting in small clusters and outbreaks across the state. COVID-19 has claimed three more…

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LOCAL NEWS: New COVID cases Clatsop County reported on Friday

LOCAL NEWS: New COVID cases Clatsop County reported on Friday The Clatsop County Public Health Department on Friday reported two new local COVID-19 cases. The cases are: Male, age 70-79, south-county resident Male, age 50-59, north-county resident Both individuals were recovering at home. The county has recorded a total of 239 COVID-19 cases since March….

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LOCAL NEWS: Wheeler gets FEMA funding to alleviate storm flooding

LOCAL NEWS: Wheeler gets FEMA funding to alleviate storm flooding The Oregon coast is famous for its winter storms, which can make for a cozy getaway if you’re holed up in a beachfront hotel. But if you’ve driven much along scenic US Hwy 101, it soon becomes clear that this country road is pretty much…

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LOCAL NEWS: SNAP recipients affected by wildfire can get help with food replacement

LOCAL NEWS: SNAP recipients affected by wildfire can get help with food replacement The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) has received federal approval for an additional extension for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients in 20 counties to request the replacement of benefits as a result of food loss due to power outages and…

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LOCAL NEWS: Rapid COVID testing has its limits

LOCAL NEWS: Rapid COVID testing has its limits One issue throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has been sufficient testing capacity. Even now, seven months in, Clatsop County press releases about new cases contain a caveat that says “in most cases testing is being limited to those with COVID-19 symptoms or individuals who are contacts of positive…