Oregon Health Authority


Oregon is one of the least prepared among states to serve residents who need and request treatment for substance abuse and addiction. Recently, the federal government approved a “waiver” system to cover treatment for members of the Oregon Health Plan.


OHA Halts Johnson & Johnson Vaccines

Apr 13, 2021

The Oregon Health Authority has asked all of the state’s vaccine providers to immediately stop administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Chris Lehman

Oregon Governor Kate Brown has announced that all Oregonians over 16 will be eligible to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine on April 19. 

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The rate of young people with urgent mental health needs has increased, including in Eugene-Springfield. A new program aims to help.

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Benton County doesn’t think it belongs in the “Extreme Risk” category of the state’s coronavirus risk levels. They’re asking the state to reconsider the way it determines those designations.


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The state of Oregon is offering to help people living in areas affected by last fall’s wildfires to get their wells tested.


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A wood treatment facility in West Eugene is being scrutinized after elevated levels of toxins were detected in the surrounding vicinity.

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Oregon health officials say, pending FDA aprroval, the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer are expected to arrive next week. The first allocation of 125,000 doses will go to frontline health care workers and residents of long term care facilities.

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Officials in Lincoln County say they expect the county to be moved into the “extreme risk” category for the coronavirus when the state updates the list next week.

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With Thanksgiving in the rear view mirror, the Oregon Health Authority is urging Oregonians to stay vigilant as they prepare for the next round of holidays later this month.

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Following the approval of statewide Measure 108 by voters on Tuesday, the Oregon Department of Revenue is moving forward with implementing tax increases on tobacco and adding a new vaping tax. Taxes will apply beginning next year.

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The Oregon Health Authority says wastewater monitoring shows how widespread the coronavirus is in the state.

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Note: In an earlier release dated October 22, 2020, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reported that opioid-related deaths and hospitalizations in Oregon increased by 70%.   The OHA now says that number was for all drugs, not just opioids, and regrets the error.

Drug-related deaths and hospitalizations in Oregon have seen a troubling spike compared to last year.

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As flu season arrives on the U.S. west coast, health officials fear a possible ‘twindemic’ in 2020.


Oregon Health Authority issued a public health advisory Tuesday for higher-than-normal levels of bacteria in ocean waters at Seaside Beach in Clatsop county.

Officials say people should avoid wading in nearby creeks, pools of water on the beach or discolored water, and stay clear of water runoff flowing into the ocean in this area until the advisory is lifted. This applies especially to children and older adults, who may be more vulnerable to illness from waterborne bacteria.

Springfield School District

Springfield Public Schools have announced they’re moving all students to online learning after receiving the Oregon Health Authority's weekly case and testing rate.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A spike in cases of COVID-19 in Lane County has public health officials reminding people of the basics. 72 new cases were announced after the weekend, bringing the total of positive cases countywide to 1,009.

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The staff of caregivers and hospice nurses at a Eugene long term care facility continue to work in the midst of a COVID-19 outbreak. So far, 19 residents and 8 staff at Evergreen Memory Care have been infected with the novel coronavirus, two elder residents have died.

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Lincoln County’s move into Phase Two of Gov. Kate Brown’s re-opening plan has been delayed until after Labor Day.

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Fear of COVID-19 transmission is keeping families out of doctors’ offices. The Oregon Health Authority says because of that, children are falling behind on vaccinations.

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A new online tool helps Oregonians find the nearest COVID-19 testing site, if they suspect they may be infected.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

There are now 39 cases of novel coronavirus in Oregon as of 11am Sunday. The Oregon Health Authority announced three new cases including one involving a staff member at the Oregon Veteran’s Home in Lebanon where nine residents have tested positive. The employee is in isolation.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Oregon’s flu season peaked in mid-January but there is still widespread flu activity in communities, everywhere. Unlike COVID-19, there is a vaccine to protect against Influenza and health officials urge those who haven’t gotten a flu shot yet-- to do it.

Oregon health officials announced Friday the state has its first presumed case of COVID-19, the Novel Coronavirus. And they don’t know how or where the patient contracted the virus.

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Oregon’s flu season has yet to hit the mid-way point. An uptick in influenza activity has health officials reminding “it’s not too late to vaccinate.”

Centers for Disease Control

Updated 10/28/19 at 5:30am to reflect new exposure sites from Oct. 21 in Lane County.

Original story: A Lane County resident and a visitor to Washington County have been diagnosed with measles. Their illnesses are linked to an individual with the disease who passed through Portland International Airport earlier this month.

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Oregon retailers have done better this year in refusing to sell tobacco to minors. But state inspections found one product with a very high rate of illegal sales.

The state uses underage buyers as decoys to see if stores peddling tobacco will sell it to minors without checking IDs. In just over 1,000 inspections, about 16 percent of retailers failed the test…that’s down slightly from the year before.

Water Health Advisory Issued for Odell Lake

Aug 2, 2019
Joe Eilers

Another recreational water use advisory has been issued by the Oregon Health Authority, this time for Odell Lake in Klamath County. This is the fourth notice since the start of summer about algal blooms in Oregon water.

The Oregon Health Authority lifted a public health advisory for contact with marine water at Agate Beach, Seal Rock State Park Beach, and Harris Beach Monday.

Rise in Algal Blooms Threaten Water Recreation

May 15, 2019
Oregon Health Authority

Increasing temperatures have led the Oregon Health Authority to notify citizens about cyanobacterial blooms in lakes, reservoirs, and rivers. Exposure to blooms can give people symptoms resembling a stomach flu and can kill smaller animals.