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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…



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…


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…



Clatsop County Health leaders hold joint COVID press conference

The head of the Clatsop County Health Department held a news conference today with head nursing staff from hospitals in Astoria and Seaside, to talk about the renewed and escalating pandemic in the county, fueled by the delta variant. She called the rebounding crisis a “wildfire” that is beyond containment. Joanne Rideout reports.  Scroll down…


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…



Clatsop County Health Dept changes COVID testing to appointment only as demand rises

In response to the new surge in coronavirus infections, demand for COVID-19 testing is outstripping the capacity of local health providers. As a result, the Clatsop County Public Health Department will provide testing to the public by appointment only beginning this coming Wednesday, Aug. 18. The change is necessary to allow Public Health to focus its resources…