Amelia Templeton, OPB

Amelia Templeton

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Portland, OR, United States

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What Oregonians should know about COVID-19 bivalent boosters

Newly reformulated COVID-19 booster shots have arrived in Oregon this week. The bivalent vaccines target new strains of omicron along with the parent strain of the virus. Here's what to know and where to find them. → Read More

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Oregon delays monkeypox boosters to reach more people with first doses

In Multnomah County, where Oregon’s outbreak is currently concentrated, more than 1,500 people who qualify for the vaccine are on a waitlist due to the shortage of doses, and that list is growing by about 100 people a day. → Read More

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What the end of Roe v. Wade means for Oregon and Washington

The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade yesterday puts the power to allow or ban abortions in the hands of state governments. In Oregon and Washington abortion remains a fully legal health procedure, protected by state law. But that’s not the case in several other states, here abortion clinics are already closing. OPB’s health reporter Amelia Templeton joined “All Things Considered”… → Read More

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Oregon abortion advocacy groups — both pro and con — on the end of Roe v. Wade

"Pro-lifers, take this opportunity & step up in your community," Oregon Right to Life said in a tweet that called for more support for unsupported pregnant people. The ACLU of Oregon, Planned Parenthood and top public health officials, meanwhile, emphasized that abortion remains free and legal in the state. → Read More

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Oregon wastewater data shows far more people have COVID than is apparent through testing

A rise in home testing and a decrease in disease severity has masked a large increase in COVID-19 infections in Oregon, but the state’s poop doesn’t lie. → Read More

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Oregon embarks on ‘bridge’ health insurance plan for people facing Medicaid expansion sunset

A commission created by the Oregon Legislature has a September deadline to propose a plan for people at risk of losing Medicaid coverage. → Read More

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Oregon Medicaid proposal includes kids-under-6 rule change, services for some inmates

In a new federal waiver request, Oregon joins a handful of states asking to spend Medicaid dollars on some people in jail and prison, in spite of a longstanding ban. And in a national first, Oregon has proposed keeping kids continuously enrolled through their sixth birthday. → Read More

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How poop, snot, and cutting edge genomics are helping Oregon prepare for omicron

Researchers at Oregon State University are analyzing wastewater for omicron, while a team at Oregon Health and Science University are searching for the virus in nasal swabs. → Read More

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Q&A: What to know about the COVID vaccine for children

We hear from kids with their thoughts about the pediatric COVID vaccine, as well as a Q&A with Portland pediatrician Shaili Rajput and OPB health reporter Amelia Templeton. → Read More

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Inside OHSU’s fight to save the region’s sickest COVID-19 patients

In room after room at Oregon Health & Science University Hospitals COVID-19 intensive care unit, patients are sedated and on life support, many of them much younger than the people sickened by the coronavirus’ earlier waves. As they tend to patients, the nurses, doctors and support staff on duty report feeling the strain. → Read More

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Perspective on the heat: The Northwest was hotter than the Mojave Desert

How hot was it in Oregon? We look at historic observations, current temperatures in other places, and averages to give context to the historic heat wave of 2021. → Read More

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COVID-19 restrictions easing in Oregon’s largest county — just in time for the Blazers

Multnomah County will be moving to lower risk status on May 27, according to the governor. That’s just in time to allow more fans at the Portland Trail Blazers’ first home game of the NBA playoffs. → Read More

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ZIP code data show vaccine disparities in Oregon based on income

People in wealthier ZIP codes are far more likely to have gotten vaccines than Oregonians in poorer areas. → Read More

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Vaccine gap plagues Oregon’s effort to protect Latino communities

Latinos in Oregon are more likely to be essential workers. They’re more likely to have gotten COVID-19 in the last year. And Latinos in Oregon are more likely to be essential workers. They’re more likely to have gotten COVID-19 in the last year. And when you adjust for their age, they’re more likely to have been hospitalized because of the virus. But they have the lowest vaccination rate of any… → Read More

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3 insights from audit of Oregon’s response to COVID-19 in long-term care facilities

The pandemic has devastated long term care facilities in Oregon. The audit provides the most detailed description yet of how and why. → Read More

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Oregon will use Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to reach hard-to-serve patients

For the first time, some Oregonians will be able to get a COVID-19 vaccine at their local Walmart or Bi-Mart. It’s one example of how the arrival of a third vaccine that’s effective after just one dose and can be stored in a regular refrigerator could reshape the effort to vaccinate all Oregonians. → Read More

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COVID-19 good news: 1st doses of vaccine have reached almost all Oregonians in long-term care

Oregon may have quietly reached a monumental milestone last week in the fight against COVID-19. → Read More

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Multnomah County COVID-19 outbreak sickens 81 inmates

Conditions in the jail make it very challenging to stop the virus. Inmates have been given basic cloth masks to wear, and haven’t been vaccinated yet. → Read More

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What will it take to vaccinate Oregon?

The Director of the Oregon Health Authority says the state has ramped up its ability to administer the COVID-19 vaccine - and now it needs more doses. → Read More

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Oregon Convention Center to be site of mass vaccination clinic

Four health systems plan to join forces to open a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for people who are eligible. → Read More