Lisa Balick, KOIN News

Lisa Balick


Portland, OR, United States

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Recent articles by Lisa:

The big motivator behind recent surge in Oregon vaccinations

Multnomah County leaders told KOIN 6 News they are down to about 25 employees out of 6000 who refuse to get a shot and don't have an exemption. → Read More

Oregon nursing board to vote on sanctions for unvaxxed nurses

All healthcare workers in Oregon and Washington will have to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 18 — or else they will need an exemption to keep their jobs. → Read More

Here’s the difference between booster shots and 3rd doses

COVID-19 booster shots and third doses aren't one and the same. → Read More

Health officials: Pregnant women should get vaccinated

Health officials are sending an urgent plea to pregnant women and those planning to have children: get vaccinated. → Read More

Goodie bags show some love for stressed health care workers

Volunteers with Positive Charge PDX arrived at OHSU on Thursday with dozens of goodie bags to distribute to the health care workers. → Read More

PPS board mulls phased vaccine requirement for students

Board members with Portland Public Schools are currently considering whether to implement a vaccine requirement for students in the district -- and the impact such a mandate may cause. → Read More

COVID booster? Oregon, Washington plans come into focus

At this time, the booster shot – approved for people 65 and over, those in nursing homes and people at high risk of severe disease due to their job or a medical condition — is for Pfizer-vaccinated people who got their second dose at least 6 months ago. → Read More

Pfizer vaccine for kids 5-11 is one-third the adult dose

Pfizer is reporting its studies show the COVID-19 vaccine is safe for kids between 5-11. But there is one big difference from the shot older kids get: Each of the 2 doses is one-third the amount that's given to people 12-and-older. → Read More

Restaurants prep outdoor dining as rainy season nears

With a major rainstorm heading toward Oregon, eateries have to come up with ways to provide protection for outdoor diners, since that extra seating is critical to their survival. → Read More

Columbia Sportswear CEO meets with Biden to discuss vaccine rule

President Biden met with Oregon business leaders Wednesday to discuss sweeping new federal vaccine requirements. → Read More

Man seen in Reynolds bus lot before catalytic converter theft

New photos could be helpful in figuring out who was involved in stealing catalytic converters off 19 school buses in the Reynolds School District. → Read More

Catalytic converters ripped off Reynolds district buses

Nearly 20 school buses from the Reynolds School District are out of commission after criminals stole their catalytic converters. → Read More

COVID vaccine for kids 5-11 may soon be approved

Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the Pfizer vaccine could be approved for use in children between the ages of 5-11 sometime in the next few weeks. → Read More

Apple patches exploit attributed to hacker-for-hire firm

The flaw affected all Apple’s operating systems. → Read More

One year later: Riverside Fire ‘changed how we live’

Peter Fuller said he spotted smoke and flames in the distance a few weeks back and panicked. But it was the fire still burning under stumps and roots in remote areas that the Forest Service said is highly unlikely to spread. → Read More

OHSU to open free drive-up COVID testing site in Portland

Oregon Health and Science University plans to reopen a drive-up COVID-19 testing site next week in Portland as demand for testing increases amid the delta variant surge. → Read More

Teacher is ‘walking, talking example of what COVID does’

In January, just before the vaccine was available, Bridlemile Elementary School teacher Rick Barde got COVID -- and battled for his life. → Read More

Some OK’d for 3rd COVID shot now, booster shot possible

Federal guidelines and the state of Oregon have approved giving a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to residents who are immunocompromised -- but this is not the same as a booster shot. → Read More

From one thing to another: Restaurants fight the heat

Restaurants fighting to survive during the pandemic are now having to fight the heat -- and a statewide mask mandate returns on Friday. → Read More

Portland ICU nurse: Patients are younger, getting sick quickly

An ICU nurse at Providence Portland Medical Center tells KOIN 6 that their patients with COVID are unvaccinated. → Read More