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Despite Surge, Hood to Coast is a Go

By Joanne Rideout.  The Hood to Coast Relay Race will proceed this weekend, bringing thousands of runners to Seaside, during a time when COVID-19 cases are rising again and rural hospitals risk being overwhelmed. Rebecca Coplin is interim chief executive at Providence Seaside Hospital. “I would say that in many ways this is a typical…

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Over Capacity Leads to Deaths at Columbia Memorial Hospital

by Jacob Lewin. Columbia Memorial Hospital says several patients have died there because they could not be transferred to larger, more specialized hospitals. These are not covid deaths, although it is overcrowding due to covid that kept them from getting treatment. In a brief statement made to the Astorian, Columbia Memorial’s CEO—Erik Thorson– says that…

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COVID-19 Confirmed in 4 Additional Wahkiakum County Residents

Wahkiakum County Health and Human Services (WHHS) has received positive test result notifications for 4 additional COVID-19 cases in Wahkiakum County residents. This brings Wahkiakum to a cumulative total of 195 cases with 23 of those potentially active  and 5 fatalities. Health and Human Services is working to identify anyone who may have an exposure…

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Washington governor orders state employees, health care workers to get COVID-19 vaccine

  By Austin Jenkins, Northwest News Service.      With COVID-19 cases once again surging and vaccination rates lagging in many parts of the state, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday ordered most state employees, as well as workers in private health care, long-term care and congregate settings to get fully vaccinated by October 18…

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Whistle Will Return

(Whistle Will Return).  Reporter:  Jacob Lewin For years, Fort George Brewery blew a work whistle at its downtown brewery every day, audible in and near downtown Astoria. For some, it was a kind of connection during the pandemic. The whistle was moved earlier this year, but that’s not the end of the story. Ever since…

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Clatsop Public Health Endorses Mask Guidance

PUBLIC HEALTH ENDORSES NEW STATE, FEDERAL MASK GUIDANCE Clatsop County Public Health is asking the public to observe new state and federal recommendations to wear face masks indoors to help control the spread of COVID-19. On Tuesday the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in response to a nationwide surge in cases, issued guidelines…

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Oregon’s Clatsop County Vaccine Update

By  Joanne Rideout.  COVID-19 vaccination efforts continue in Clatsop County, as the health department pushes toward herd immunity. Clatsop County Vaccine Task Force Incident Commander Chris Laman said that last week the county administered close to 3,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine, including almost 1,000 second doses. “Twelve thousand five hundred people have now been…

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Clatsop County Reaches Out To Get More Residents Vaccinated

By Jacob Lewin.   The Oregon Health Authority is calling it a fourth wave of covid and it may push a dozen or so counties into the extreme risk category. Clatsop will likely NOT be getting yet more restrictions, but the numbers here have also surged. Meanwhile the county is doubling down on its vaccination…

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Oregon’s Clatsop County Increases Covid-19 Vaccine Availability

By Joanne Rideout.      COVID-19 vaccines will soon be more available than ever in Clatsop County. Officials hope that will help reverse a trend toward fewer people seeking a vaccine, even though the county is still far from the herd immunity needed to stop the pandemic. KMUN’s Joanne Rideout reports. At a Clatsop County…