Case counts rising again

COVID-19 cases are on the rise again in Malheur County, and the Health Department urges everyone to be mindful of others as we go about our business, by wearing masks in indoor public spaces, frequent handwashing, get tested at the first sign of symptoms and get vaccinated.

To be tested for COVID-19, contact your primary care physician, your local clinic or pharmacy, or you may be able to find an at-home test in a pharmacy – contact your local pharmacy to ask about availability. Testing sites may be found at https://govstatus.egov.com/or-oha-covid-19-testing and vaccine sites may be found at https://getvaccinated.oregon.gov. If you have a child who attends a Malheur County school and has symptoms or was exposed to the positive case at school, contact their school, which may have free testing available.

COVID-19 vaccinations are available at local physician’s offices and clinics, pharmacies, the Health Department, and at various vaccine events throughout the county. To stay up-to-date on vaccine events, keep an eye on the MCHD calendar of events.

Three vaccination events coming soon

There are three COVID-19 vaccination events coming in the next few days in Malheur County – two in Nyssa and one in Vale.

Friday, Dec. 17, at Vale City Hall, 150 A St. E, Eastern Oregon Center for Independent Living will host a vaccine clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event will be for people 18 and older, and will feature all doses of Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines, as well as high and regular dose influenza vaccines and the flu mist. Flyers for the event are in English and Spanish.

Saturday, Dec. 18, COVID-19 vaccines will be given by Eastern Oregon Center for Independent Living for people ages 5 and older at the Tex-Mex Express, 400 Thunderegg Blvd. in Nyssa from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. All three brands of vaccine will be available. Flyers for the event in English and Spanish.

Tuesday, Dec. 21, all three COVID-19 vaccines, as well as flu vaccines, will be available at the Nyssa Middle School, cafeteria, 101 S. 11th St., from 3-5 p.m. This event is hosted by the Malheur County Health Department, and is for anyone 5 and older. Look here for flyers in English and Spanish.

Rides to vaccine events can be accessed by calling 541-889-3119.

COVID-19 vaccination clinic Thursday

A drive-through COVID-19 vaccination and testing clinic will be held Thursday, Oct. 28, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Malheur County Fairgrounds, 790 NW 9th St. in Ontario. Moderna and Johnson and Johnson boosters will be available, as well as all doses of all three vaccines, and vaccine recipients will receive a $25 gift card.

Enter through the southern entrance to the fairgrounds, off 9th Street, and follow signage and verbal instructions. There will be two lines for vaccines, in an effort to move the line more quickly, but don’t forget to allow for an observation period lasting 15 minutes after your injection.

Reminder: if you have already received a dose, or two doses of vaccine, please bring your vaccine card, or show a photo of your vaccine card, to save time.

For information about who qualifies for a booster dose, follow the links on this post.

This will be the last drive-through event at the fairgrounds this year, due to cooler temperatures.

Moderna, J&J boosters available now

The Oregon Health Authority team will administer Moderna and Johnson & Johnson booster doses, as well as first, second and third doses of Moderna and Pfizer, first doses of J&J and booster doses of Pfizer today at the Malheur County Fairgrounds, 790 NW 9th St., in Ontario, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. At the same time, the Malheur County ICS team will offer COVID-19 rapid testing.

Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the ICS team will offer vaccines, including booster doses, and the OHA will provide COVID-19 testing, with results coming back in a few days.

OHA graphic repeats information in post.

More information about booster doses can be found here.

Information about which conditions make people more likely to get very ill from COVID-19 is here.

If you aren’t sure whether to get your child vaccinated against COVID-19, some information is here.

Some frequently asked questions and their answers are here.

Beginning Nov. 3, every Wednesday in November and December (except the weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas), the Malheur County Health Department will offer extended hours in its clinic, opening from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. for walk-in clients who wish to receive a vaccine (COVID-19, flu, childhood vaccines, etc.). Additionally, in anticipation of the FDA and CDC’s authorization of COVID-19 doses for children 5-11 years old, MCHD is planning Saturday drive-through vaccination clinics. More information to follow.

Every person who receives a dose of any of the COVID-19 vaccines will receive a $25 gift card.

Weekend peace of mind

If you have plans for the weekend, but want to make sure you won’t infect your friends with COVID-19, don’t forget the free testing and vaccine event happening today at the Malheur County Fairgrounds, 795 NW 9th St., in Ontario.

In partnership with the Oregon Health Authority, Malheur County’s ICS team, will be at the Fairgrounds until 4 p.m. today, and every Thursday, offering PCS tests with results emailed to the patient, and all three COVID-19 vaccines for those who wish to have one. Pfizer doses will be available to anyone age 12 and up (with parental consent required for those age 12-15). Pfizer third doses and booster doses will also be available to those who qualify. Details are here. Moderna doses will be available for people age 18 and up, and third doses are available for those who qualify. Booster doses are not yet approved for Moderna. J&J is available as a one-dose vaccine only at this time for ages 18+. $25 gift cards for every dose given. We hope to have Pfizer approved for ages 5+ late this month or early November, so stay tuned to malheurhealth.org for updates.

Leon is a Registered Nurse in the local Emergency Department. He sees patients come in with severe COVID-19 symptoms almost daily. He recently received his booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine, and said he made the decision to protect himself, his patients and his family, including a son who is too young to be vaccinated.

Please share these flyers with others, and help protect your loved ones from this virus.

Second weekday testing and vaccination clinic added

Angela chose to get a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine because “It is required for my job. I give service to migrant families – much of it face-to-face – this makes me feel like I can give better service, and I’m not scared of giving someone the Covid.”

Vaccinations and testing are available Tuesdays at the Malheur County Fairgrounds, 795 NW 9th St., Ontario, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, COVID-19 tests will be available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Beginning Oct. 14, vaccinations and testing will be available on Thursdays through October from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Events will all be held at the fairgrounds.

All three vaccines will be available, with third doses of Pfizer and Moderna available for those who qualify, and booster doses of Pfizer for those who qualify. For more information on third doses and booster doses, the Oregon Health Authority has information here.

Testing and vaccination Tuesdays and Thursdays at Malheur County Fairgrounds

Free COVID-19 testing and vaccination is available every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through October, at the Malheur County Fairgrounds, 795 NW 9th St. in Ontario.

Members of the Malheur County Incident Command System, the Oregon Health Authority, as well as volunteers from local nonprofits, will be on hand to provide the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, including third doses and booster doses, to those who qualify.

County crosses COVID-19 threshold

This week, Malheur County saw its 5,000th case of COVID-19 since the pandemic began. With fewer than 10,000 eligible county residents fully vaccinated, case numbers will continue to increase. Since March of 2020, 69 Malheur County residents have died with COVID-19, and yesterday 14 Malheur County residents were reported hospitalized with COVID-19.

Free drive-up testing and vaccinations are available throughout October at the Malheur County Fairgrounds, 795 NW 9th St., in Ontario Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Third doses of Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are available for people who are immunocompromised, and booster doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be available to people whose last dose of the Pfizer vaccine was six months ago or more, and who meet the following criteria:

Those who should receive a booster dose of Pfizer:

  • Adults age 65 and older and those living in long-term care facilities
  • Adults age 50-64 with underlying medical conditions or who are at increased risk of social inequities

Those who may receive a booster dose:

Adults age 18 through 64 years:

  • with underlying medical conditions, or
  • who are at increased risk for SARS-CoV-2 exposure or transmission because of where they work or live.

Proof of qualification is not needed.

Testing and vaccines continue until 4 today

COVID-19 rapid tests and vaccines are available at the Malheur County Fairgrounds, 795 NW 9th St., in Ontario today (Tuesday) until 4 p.m., and every Tuesday through October. The Malheur County Incident Command System team is operating the event, with the assistance of community volunteers, and the Oregon Health Authority is providing the vaccinations.