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Pilots to host Oregon Ducks women's basketball on Portland's CW
Source:  KOIN 6
Saturday, 04 December 2021 08:05

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- The University of Oregon Ducks women's basketball team is heading up north to Portland to take on the University of Portland Pilots this weekend.

The NCAA Division I Women's Basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 4 starts at 6 p.m. on Portland's CW.

KRCW, KOIN's sister station, is the broadcast home for numerous Pilot games after reaching a partnership with the University of Portland.

Celts look to reload with experienced roster
Source:  Keizertimes
Saturday, 04 December 2021 07:00

McNary returns the vast majority of their team for the 2021-22 season.

Scientists call omicron 'most mutated virus we'd ever seen.' Why does that matter?
Source:  KOIN 6
Saturday, 04 December 2021 06:16

(NEXSTAR) – There's a lot we don't yet know about the omicron variant of COVID-19, which is starting to spread around the world and has been detected multiple times here in the U.S. There are signs out of South Africa it may cause different symptoms – but it's too early to draw broad conclusions. It's also not yet clear if it's better at evading vaccine protection than previous variants.

But there's one thing we keep hearing from the scientists who've gotten a close look at the omicron version of the virus: It's really mutated.

“This is probably the most mutated virus we’d ever seen,� Alex Sigal told CBS News. Sigal leads a team of researchers working to learn more about omicron.

Lawrence Young, a virologist at the University of Warwick, described omicron as “the most heavily mutated version of the virus we have seen,� including potentially worrying changes never before seen all in the same virus.

More mutations don't necessarily make a virus more dangerous, either. “In principle, mutations can also work against each other,� Jesse Bloom, an evolutionary biologist in Seattle, told the New York Times.

But viruses, like other organisms, evolve over time to increase their chance of survival. A stronger virus, of course, is generally bad news for us people. That's why scientists are initially concerned when they see a highly mutated virus.

Of omicron's many mutations, about 30 of them are on a part of the virus called the spike protein. That concerns scientists because it could affect how transmissible the variant is.

Sharon Peacock, who has led genetic sequencing of COVID-19 in Britain at the University of Cambridge, said the data so far suggest the new variant has mutations “consistent with enhanced transmissibility,� but said that “the significance of many of the mutations is still not known.�

But scientists who've gotten a close look also note omicron lacks some of the mutations that delta has that make it highly contagious. There's a chance the delta variant, the dominant strain in the U.S. right now, is still more transmissible than omicron, so omicron may never take off.

"That's really the big question. You know, when it gets into a population that has Delta, is it going to out-compete or not out-compete?" Robert Garry, a virologist at Tulane University, told CNN.

In addition to mutations that make omicron more contagious, scientists are also looking at any mutations that might cause more severe disease or more easily evade the vaccines.

“There is currently no information to suggest that symptoms associated with omicron are different from those from other variants,� the World Health Organization said. It said there's no evidence – yet – that COVID vaccines, tests and treatments are any less effective against omicron.

Some experts say that all of omicron's mutations could mean that vaccine makers may have to adapt their products at some point. That also remains to be seen.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Volunteer-run tool library draws together Santiam Canyon community
Source:  Statesman Journal
Saturday, 04 December 2021 06:00

"The community just poured out to give donations, the whole community, people I didn't even know," said organizer Linda Webb.


Oregon Adopts New Rules to Reduce Polluting Emissions from Truck Engines
Source:  The News Guard
Saturday, 04 December 2021 00:00

Diesel pollution fouls the air and contributes to climate warming, but the road forward in Oregon will be cleaner with the adoption of rules that will help reduce toxic emissions from big rigs, school buses and delivery vans.

Planning ahead pays off: Aging Driver Awareness Week
Source:  The News Guard
Saturday, 04 December 2021 00:00

What happens when we lose – or someone we know and love begins to lose – the skills required to drive safely?

Planning ahead pays off: Aging Driver Awareness Week
Source:  Headlight Herald
Saturday, 04 December 2021 00:00

What happens when we lose – or someone we know and love begins to lose – the skills required to drive safely?

Effort underway to recall two Josephine Co. commissioners
Source:  KOBI
Friday, 03 December 2021 23:27

JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. —A petition to recall Josephine County Commissioners Dan DeYoung, and Herman Baertschiger, launched just this week. It points to poor leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic, as a reason for removal. “The whole petition is false,” said Commissioner DeYoung. DeYoung is on his second term as commissioner. He was surprised to find out […]

The post Effort underway to recall two Josephine Co. commissioners appeared first on KOBI-TV NBC5 / KOTI-TV NBC2.

Covid-19 continues due in part because many Americans say “NO!” to the vaccine
Source:  News Lincoln County
Friday, 03 December 2021 22:41

Oregon reports 1,352 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 16 new deaths

We want to keep you informed about COVID-19 in Oregon. Data are provisional and change frequently.

  • Samples for 536,989 tests have been reported positive.
  • Samples for 7,605,102 tests have been reported negative.

COVID-19 hospitalizations

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 397, which is 13 more than yesterday. There are 94 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is four more than yesterday.

There are 55 available adult ICU beds out of 692 total (8% availability) and 327 available adult non-ICU beds out of 4,094 (8% availability). 

Note: Please do not visit an emergency department for COVID-19 testing, unless you require emergency care for your symptoms.

Emergency departments in Oregon are under significant strain. You can find a test here.

If you have a medical condition that doesn’t require emergency care, contact your provider. An urgent care center may also help you get the care you need and will save emergency departments from added strain.

More information about hospital capacity can be found here.

Vaccinations in Oregon

Today, OHA reported that 29,675 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry on Dec. 2. Of that total, 1,956 were initial doses, 3,545 were second doses and 9,898 were third doses and booster doses. The remaining 14,182 were administered on previous days but were entered into the vaccine registry on Dec. 2.

The seven-day running average is now 11,710 doses per day.

Oregon has now administered 3,541,522 doses of Pfizer Comirnaty, 81,874 doses of Pfizer pediatric, 2,285,262 doses of Moderna and 244,984 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

As of today, 2,958,346 people have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,673,871 people have completed a COVID-19 vaccine series.

These data are preliminary and subject to change.

Updated vaccination data are provided on Oregon’s COVID-19 data dashboards and have been updated today.

COVID-19 cases and deaths

There are 16 new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 5,243, OHA reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

OHA reported 1,352 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 394,569.

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (3), Benton (21), Clackamas (95), Clatsop (7), Columbia (21), Coos (40), Crook (45), Curry (8), Deschutes (74), Douglas (45), Grant (6), Harney (8), Hood River (14), Jackson (63), Jefferson (19), Josephine (35), Klamath (22), Lane (181), Lincoln (16), Linn (92), Malheur (2), Marion (105), Multnomah (150), Polk (55), Sherman (2), Tillamook (4), Umatilla (3), Union (12), Wallowa (1), Wasco (9), Washington (159) and Yamhill (35).

For all the latest data on COVID-19 in Oregon, visit OHA’s data dashboards.

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine situation in Oregon, visit our webpage (English or Spanish), which has a breakdown of distribution and other information. 

Depoe Bay: Adjusting tax levies where needed –
Source:  News Lincoln County
Friday, 03 December 2021 21:09

Depoe Bay –
Cecille Kennedy photo

City of Depoe Bay Notice of System Development Charge Methodology and Public Hearing February 15th

The City of Depoe Bay has issued a 90-day public notice of its intent to amend local system development charges for water and wastewater facilities. A technical report addressing the methodology and calculation of the proposed charges can be found at the link below.

A public hearing to take comments regarding the proposed system development charges is scheduled for 7:00 PM on February 15, 2022 at 570 Shell Avenue, Depoe Bay, Oregon 97341. If you wish to comment but cannot attend the public hearing, please address written comments as follows:

City of Depoe Bay
Attention: Barbara Chestler, City Recorder
P.O. Box 8
570 SE Shell Avenue
Depoe Bay, 97341
(541) 765-2361 ext. 11

Or by email:

Written comments about the system development charge methodology must be received by the public hearing date 4:00 PM February 15, 2022 to be considered.

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