National Scenic Area Fund of Gorge Community Foundation Changes Name to Honor Kate Mills

The National Scenic Area Fund of the Gorge Community Foundation is pleased to announce that it has changed its name to the Katharine Leadbetter Mills National Scenic Area Fund in order to honor the memory and legacy of Kate Mills and all she did in her life to advocate for protection of the Gorge.

For 60 years, Kate was a fearless and untiring champion of Oregon’s natural beauty, most especially the Columbia River Gorge and Hood River Valley. As her friend and fellow Gorge advocate Bowen Blair wrote, “Kate, along with a handful of other Gorge residents—many recruited by Nancy Russell, including Kate McCarthy and Barbara and Bob Bailey—were worried that development would soon transform the Gorge.

So they spoke out. They persevered. And Kate, with her legion of friends, gentle manner and hard backbone, was a particularly effective advocate. She recruited friends, raised and donated money, wrote letters, and testified, time after time—frequently in hostile environments where her statements were often drowned out by boos and worse.

Every successful movement, especially contentious ones like protecting the Gorge, relies upon people being willing make sacrifices, work hard, lose friends, and risk being ostracized in their communities. And Kate Mills was one of the best. Without people like her, the Columbia Gorge would be a very different place today.”

The Katharine Leadbetter Mills National Scenic Area Fund is an endowed Designated Fund of the Gorge Community Foundation. It is dedicated to using its annual distribution to support conservation, climate change action, education and outreach programming and services for historically excluded or vulnerable individuals in the Columbia River Gorge’s National Scenic Area to protect its scenic, natural, recreation and cultural values and to support the economic vitality of Gorge communities.

Contributions to the Fund may be made to: Gorge Community Foundation, PO Box 1711, Hood River, OR 97031 or online at www.gorgecf.org.

Columbia River commerce halts for extended period for annual outage

The Dalles Dam Navigation Lock Repair from March 15th, 2021

PORTLAND, Ore. – Commerce moving up and down the Columbia River, which is a $23 billion industry, will be at a stand-still for up to five weeks beginning Feb. 13. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) closes its navigation locks on the Columbia and Snake river dams on an annual basis for maintenance and repairs; however, this year the Corps is extending the closure an extra three weeks – in part – to repair the downstream miter gate at The Dalles.

Engineers will also perform annual maintenance on the navigation locks at Bonneville Dam (ending March 12) and John Day Dam (ending March 5) during the outage. 

Technicians found damage at The Dalles navigation lock during last year’s planned closure, forcing an emergency extended outage. Engineers will perform repairs during the five-week closure, which will end March 19.

“These series of locks on the Lower Columbia are a vital piece of transportation infrastructure – the highway that moves our regions exports,” said Kym Anderson, Portland District Operations Division chief. “Keeping the locks maintained during scheduled outages ensures that these systems stay open on a reliable schedule. We actively communicate any changes in our operating status to all river users to minimize impacts to navigation in this system.”

Anyone interested in status updates for the work at The Dalles Dam can do so on a regular basis, starting January 19 at 2:30 p.m.

Dates & Times: January 19; February 2, 9, 16 and 23; and March 2, 9 and 16

Link: https://usace1.webex.com/meet/david.a.tucker

Phone: 1-844-800-2712

Access Code: 1993 59 4598

Portland District navigation locks on the Columbia River are located at Bonneville Dam at river mile 145, The Dalles Dam at river mile 191 and John Day Dam at river mile 216.

Typically, Portland and Walla Walla districts send a single closure update, but with closures ending at various times, each district is announcing its own outages. You can find Walla Walla’s outage information, here: https://www.nww.usace.army.mil/Media/News-Releases/Article/2900498/22-005-columbia-and-snake-river-navigation-locks-will-close-in-february-for-ann/.

To maintain safe and reliable passage through this valuable navigation system, the Corps coordinates the annual lock closures with inland shippers and cruise lines to minimize impacts to those users. For Portland District navigation lock information, visit www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation.

Portland District locks on the Columbia River pass 10 million of the 50.5 million tons of commerce shipped annually in the nation. Navigation is Portland District’s oldest mission, dating back to 1871.

The Columbia River is the number one U.S. export gateway for wheat and barley, the number two U.S. export gateway for corn and soy, and the number one U.S. export gateway for West Coast mineral bulk. The Columbia River system is also a national leader for wood exports and auto imports and exports. As far as tourism dollars go, approximately 15,000 passengers a year go through on cruise ships, which accounts for $15 to 20 million in revenue for local economies. 

2022 Distinguished Citizens Awards Banquet Moves to Virtual Event

The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce has made the difficult decision to move the 2022 Distinguished Citizens Awards Banquet to a virtual event airing January 27th

THE DALLES, OR, January 12th, 2022 – The Dalles Chamber along with their title sponsor ISU Insurance Services – The Stratton Agency and Mid-Columbia Health Foundation have made the decision to move the 2022 Distinguished Citizens Awards Banquet to virtual event.

Due to rising COVID numbers our registrations are at 25% of normal. Because of the Omicron surge and low registration rates we will be recognizing local community leaders with a virtual presentation. The banquet will air Thursday, January 27th at 6:00 PM. Our awards will highlight Volunteer of the Year, Youth of the Year, Man of the Year, Woman of the Year, First Responder of the Year, Educator of the Year, Agricultural Achievement of the Year, and Business of the Year. The Mid-Columbia Health Foundation will honor the Philanthropist of the Year.

Shellie Campbell, Public Health Director at North Central Public Health District supports the Chamber’s decision. “Due to rising Omicron numbers in our community and the safety of our citizens I support moving the Distinguished Citizens Banquet to an online presentation.”

The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors put out this statement, “We understand the difficulties of this decision and fully support the chamber to change the Distinguished Citizens Banquet to a Virtual Presentation due the rising numbers in our community. As always, the safety and well-being of our community members is our top priority. Thank you for understanding and we look forward to seeing our Award Winners honored in a virtual presentation.” 

Keep watching the Community Connector as well as our social media and website for updates about the banquet.

Mosbrucker’s overseas voter pamphlet bill among first to pass House in 2022 session

During the first official House floor action of the 2022 legislative session on Wednesday, lawmakers passed several bills to the Senate, including a measure by Rep. Gina Mosbrucker that would help inform Washington voters overseas.

House Bill 1357 would require county auditors to mail a statewide and local voters’ pamphlet to registered Washington voters overseas, including military voters.

“This bill was suggested to me by a soldier from overseas who receives his election ballot while serving our country, but he doesn’t get a voters’ pamphlet with it. Without that information, he has to spend valuable time trying to look up candidates online. That’s time he could be spending talking to or FaceTiming his family or loved ones,” said Mosbrucker, R-Goldendale.

“The voters’ pamphlet is an essential tool to help voters make informed choices on the ballot. All voters should have equal access to this, including those serving our country overseas,” added Mosbrucker. “This legislation would accomplish that goal.”

Mosbrucker originally introduced the bill last year and it passed the House unanimously, but failed to advance in the Senate and was returned to the House at the end of last session.

During Wednesday’s floor action, lawmakers again gave unanimous approval to the bill, 95-0. The measure heads back to the Senate where the 14th District representative says she is optimistic it will advance to full legislative passage.

Mosbrucker closed her floor remarks by thanking overseas servicemen and women.

“I’m very grateful for all those who have served our country and continue to serve overseas,” she concluded.

MCMC Announces Strategic Partnership Exploration Journey

MCMC Board of Trustees, Leadership and Physician Leadership take a
proactive step that will consider options to enhance and grow
local access to high-quality healthcare

(THE DALLES, Ore.- Jan. 13, 2022) – Leaders from Mid-Columbia Medical Center (MCMC) announced today they have taken a proactive step forward to launch a strategic and partnership exploration process that will consider all options to enhance and grow access to high-quality healthcare in The Dalles and surrounding region. As a part of this process, MCMC will explore whether to remain independent, or partner with a compatible healthcare organization that will invest in and grow the health system.

“MCMC has a proud history of serving this community for more than 120 years, thanks to our dedicated team of healthcare professionals and physicians,” said Phil Brady, Chair of the MCMC Board of Trustees. “We are singularly focused on doing everything possible to secure the best future for local healthcare in the Columbia River Gorge region, while managing the complexities of a constantly evolving healthcare industry. We are excited to embark upon this journey, which will ensure our high-quality, local healthcare continues for decades to come.”

The Board of Trustees, in conjunction with senior and physician leadership, has begun a strategic process to thoughtfully evaluate potential partners based on certain priorities, including the capacity to make needed investments in a new hospital campus, the ability to achieve economies of scale and maximize access for the community, as well as to develop information systems, expand provider care resources and create access to needed service lines for all residents of our region.

“As a part of this process, MCMC will explore whether to remain independent, or partner with a like-minded healthcare organization that is open to collaboration and interested in further investing in the advancement of healthcare in our region,” said Dennis Knox, President & CEO of MCMC. “We are committed to developing the best strategy and exploring the right potential partnership for the future of healthcare in the Columbia River Gorge region.”

The healthcare industry has continually evolved, particularly in recent years, with rural community hospitals around the nation facing the strongest headwinds. To remain strong, MCMC must continually adjust to advancements in technology, payment structures, and the ongoing challenges of staff needs, even in the midst of the pandemic.

“We are in a position to choose the best partnership with a healthcare system that aligns with our goals and has the resources to advance them,” Brady said. “We recognize that partnering with another system could potentially help us move forward with our plans in a way, and at a pace, that we could not achieve on our own. The Board takes seriously the importance of planning and preparing for the future to secure accessible and affordable healthcare in our region for the long-term.”

Over the course of the coming months, the MCMC Board, Leadership and Physician Leadership will thoughtfully evaluate potential partners based on the following priorities:

•             Keeping more care local by investing in and building a more robust physician and provider team, with a focus on primary care and specialty services

•            Maintaining and enhancing employee and provider satisfaction and retention

•            Investing in its employees through development and educational resources

  • Improving rural and community care with a person-centered focus and a commitment to bettering the overall health of the region
  • Exploring innovative rural healthcare models that position MCMC as a leader in person-centered care and increasing access to care close to home
  • Embracing its unique status as a rural hospital with a wide breadth and depth of specialty services, and supporting further development as the community’s healthcare provider of choice
  • Supporting its Planetree person-centered mission, inspiring caregivers to make patients true partners in their care, meeting their human needs and improving outcomes
  • Creating a superior healthcare campus, with all private rooms, and expanded high-quality care in a collaborative, technologically advanced environment
  • Ensuring local input and a commitment to collaborate with our community partners 

“MCMC is an anchor institution in The Dalles and Columbia River Gorge, with a strong, diverse and talented medical staff who are committed to this community and providing the best possible medical care,” said Dr. Serene Perkins, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at MCMC. “The breadth of specialty services currently available at MCMC is a truly valuable benefit for a community of our size. To continue to grow and expand services, the time is right to explore all our options.”

MCMC’s priority will continue to be providing exceptional care to patients and the communities. The strategic and partnership exploration process will not impact the health system’s daily operations, and nothing changes today for patients or staff.

“We are only in the beginning stage of this journey and are excited about what this may mean for the future of healthcare in the Columbia River Gorge,” said Knox. “We’re committed to keeping our community, patients, and staff informed every step of the way.”

Visit MCMC.net/partnership-exploration to learn more about the strategic and partnership exploration process and next steps.

About Mid-Columbia Medical Center

Founded in 1901, Mid-Columbia Medical Center is a nationally recognized hospital dedicated to serving residents of The Dalles and its surrounding communities. In 1992, MCMC became the first hospital in the nation to integrate the Planetree philosophy of patient care, which emphasizes the need to address a person’s intellectual, environmental, emotional and spiritual concerns in addition to their physical needs. As a Planetree-affiliated hospital, MCMC works to provide a caring, nurturing and educational environment; puts great efforts into humanizing and demystifying the medical experience; and strives to empower people to become active partners in their own healthcare. For more information visit mcmc.net.

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Klickitat PUD Board of Commissioners approved the suspension of the delinquent process for January

On January 11, 2022, Klickitat PUD Board of Commissioners approved the suspension of the delinquent process, including late fees and interest penalties issued in January. Klickitat PUD recognizes that severe weather conditions delay postal services and impacts timely receipt and delivery of customer bills and payments.

Late fees or penalties already assessed in January will be reversed on the next billing cycle. Late notices will NOT be issued for the remainder of January, but we strongly recommend customers reach out to make payment arrangements if they have fallen behind.

To avoid future unforeseen delays, sign up for our paperless billing option and/ or enroll in auto-pay. These options and more are available on SmartHub, or by calling one of our offices for more information.

North Wasco County School District & The Dalles Police Department Joint Statement

1/22/2022

Dear D21 Families,

The Dalles High School was placed into a Secure status this morning after a report was made to local law enforcement regarding the potential threat of a student coming to campus with a weapon.

The initial call came in this morning at 7:46 am, with law enforcement from the City of The Dalles Police Department, Wasco County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon State arriving to the school within minutes.  Simultaneously, school officials began activating their Secure procedures, in which the students arriving to school are brought inside to safe, internal locations while securing all entrances and exits to the school. Once secured, the school was then briefly placed into a full lockdown while a thorough investigation could take place. Out of an abundance of caution, several other district schools were also placed into the Secure status.

After further investigation, it was found that the report contained information that was second-hand and outdated and that no direct threat had been made. The individual in question was also not located on the school campus.

The safety of our students and staff is our highest priority and while today’s event unfolded without incident, it is a reminder of why we diligently practice and plan for these scenarios. We would like to express our gratitude to all parties involved today, who acted without hesitation to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our students.

Increased security measures will be in place for the remainder of the day.

Dr. Carolyn Bernal Superintendent, North Wasco County School District

Eric Macnab Sergeant, The Dalles Police Department

Omicron COVID-19 Variant Identified in Klickitat County

Klickitat County Health Department Urges Community Members to Schedule Their Vaccinations

Goldendale, WA, January 11, 2022 – The Klickitat County Health Department (KCHD) was notified today that the COVID-19 Omicron variant has been identified in Klickitat County. The Omicron variant is recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Washington State Department of Health as a concerning variant because of its potential increase in transmission. Based on current information found on the CDC’s variant information website:

  • The Omicron variant is likely to spread easier than the original virus. However, it is unclear at this time if it is more easily spread than the Delta variant.
  • Breakthrough infections in people who are fully vaccinated are expected, but vaccines are effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations, and death. 
  • Anyone who contracts the Omicron variant can spread the virus to others even if they are vaccinated or not having any symptoms.
  • The recent emergence of the Omicron variant further emphasizes the importance of vaccination and boosters.
  • Scientists are still working on determining whether or not existing treatments for COVID-19 will be equally as effective for this variant.
  • Vaccine boosters are recommended for anyone who has completed their Moderna or Pfizer vaccination series more than six months ago or received a J&J vaccine more than two months ago.
  • For more information on the Omicron variant, please visit the CDC website.

This variant information was gathered through the state public health surveillance program which tests for variant strains not for the purposes of clinical or public health management of individuals. As a result, no information was provided that would allow us to identify the individual that the sample belonged to at this time. 

KCHD will continue to respond to COVID-19 with the current course of action. This includes encouraging community members to get vaccinated in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Community members can schedule their vaccinations online through KCHD at or by calling NorthShore Medical, Skyline Health, or Klickitat Valley Health for a vaccine appointment.  Masking and good hand hygiene are still recommended for everyone.

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About Klickitat County Public Health
Klickitat County Public Health is always working for a safer and healthier community.  As the region’s public health leader and partner, we are committed to excellence through innovative programs, community partnerships and a fundamental dedication to promote and protect the health of all Klickitat County residents. 

For More Information:
Klickitat County Public Health: www.klickitatcounty.org/289/Public-Health
Klickitat Valley Health: www.kvhealth.net
Skyline Health: www.myskylinehealth.org
Northshore Medical Group: www.northshore-medical.com
COVID-19 Risk Assessment Dashboard: https://coronavirus.wa.gov/what-you-need-know/covid-19-risk-assessment-dashboard

Local Hospitalization Rate Spikes

Hospitalization rates are rapidly climbing in Oregon and in the Gorge as COVID cases spike. Now is the time to get vaccinated if you haven’t — and get your booster dose if you haven’t.

On Jan. 3, there were just two people with COVID in the hospitals in The Dalles and Hood River. Just a week later, on Jan. 10, there were 13. Not all of them are hospitalized due to COVID, but most are. (Some incidentally have COVID and are hospitalized for other reasons.)

Today, all 10 ICU beds at Mid-Columbia Medical Center and Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital were full, and 46 of the 50 non-intensive care hospital beds were full.

“These numbers change daily, but this is an indication of the strain on our local and statewide hospital systems,” said Dr. Miriam McDonell, Health Officer for North Central Public Health District.

“COVID-19 vaccinations remain the best way to prevent contracting COVID-19, and also preventing hospitalizations and death from COVID-19 infections. Mask wearing, maintaining physical distance and staying in isolation or quarantine as directed are also incredibly important measures we all need to employ to ensure our health care system is not overwhelmed, and all those in need of hospitalization can get the care they need,” McDonell said.

The rapid spread of cases and symptoms can wreak havoc for businesses and healthcare facilities, and that has been the case for Canyon Rim Assisted Living in Maupin.

The facility had gone the whole pandemic without a single case. Then last week a man fell and was taken to the hospital, where he tested positive for COVID, though he was asymptomatic. That triggered mandated testing of all 26 residents and 17 staff.

Seven residents and four staff were positive, but all have mild cases, said Executive Director Virginia Sheer. At around the same time, 14 of the 17 staff became symptomatic, reporting body aches, sniffles and sore throat. All 14 have been out for a number of days.

“It spreads whether you’re vaccinated or not, whether you’re careful or not. It’s definitely had a huge impact on us, but we’re trucking through. It’s just what we do,” Sheer said. She said 25 of the 26 residents are fully vaccinated and boosted, and 14 of the 17 staff are fully vaccinated and boosted.

“Yesterday we all worked from sunup to sundown,” she said of the now skeleton crew of just four people working there. “I had staff who were symptomatic but I couldn’t send them home because there was no one else to work.”

Members of the skeleton crew also sleep there at night in case they are needed. Normally 10-11 people would work over a 24-hour period. “It’s tough out there. People need to be careful,” Sheer said.

Sheer is happy that tonight, two staff can leave quarantine and return to work, and hopefully more can come out soon, since most became symptomatic at the same time.

Studies have shown the effectiveness of vaccines can wane over time, and booster doses are now authorized for everyone 12 and up, five months after the second dose of either Pfizer or Moderna, or two months after the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Boosters become quickly effective, with antibodies increasing in just 2-3 days. According to state data, just 24.9% of Wasco County residents have gotten a booster dose.

Booster doses are widely available at local pharmacies, and NCPHD has a vaccine clinic Jan. 20. Visit https://www.ncphd.org/book-vaccine to book your own appointment, or call us at 541-506-2600 and we can book it for you.

(For more information, please visit COVID-19 Vaccine in Oregon, contact North Central Public Health District at (541) 506-2600, visit us on the web at www.ncphd.org or find us on Facebook.)

More than $3.6 Million for Fire Suppression Efforts during White River Fire

Washington, D.C. –U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley this week announced that more than $3.6 million from the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) will go toward recovery from the White River Fire that burned in the Mt. Hood National Forest in August 2020.

The White River Fire demonstrated how quickly wildfire can spread with a changing climate causing high winds and drought,” Wyden said. “Wildfire season is starting earlier, lasting longer and destroying more of our treasured natural spaces, homes and businesses, not to mention killing people trapped in the blazes. I will continue to fight every day for nationwide efforts to battle climate change and prevent wildfire by caring for the health of Oregon’s forest land.

“Like so many other wildfires that devastated communities and forests across the state, the White River fire put lives in jeopardy, homes in harm’s way, and left thousands of forest acres in serious need of restoration,” said Merkley. “I am pleased that Oregon will receive federal reimbursement for fire suppression efforts, and I will continue fighting for resources that ensure Oregon stays prepared and resilient against climate chaos and wildfire disasters.” 

This award provides $3,678,520 in federal reimbursement to the Oregon Department of Forestry for fire suppression measures. On August 17, 2020, the White River Fire began from lightning in Mt. Hood National Forest, threatening more than 1,700 residences and burning more than 17,000 acres.

A web version of this release is here.

1/10 The Dalles City Council Meeting

The Dalles City Council covered a lot of ground in last night’s meeting, the first in a month due to the holiday season. Councilors unanimously approved a $65,000 expenditure to contract with a consultant on obtaining accreditation for the city’s police department. Chief Tom Worthy told councilors why the accreditation is valuable and that funds were provided from the federal government:

“It’s outside evaluators coming in to take a look at our practices, our policies, our training, our procedures, the way that we run our operation. This is all funded and supported through a federal COPS grant through the Department of Justice, with no match to the city, so it’s spending federal money for its intended purpose.”

Chief Worthy noted that many police departments in the state have chosen to go through this process, in an effort to make the departments more accountable and efficient.

There were a couple of split votes on the council last night. Councilor Dan Richardson was a lone “no” vote on a decision by the city to loan $750,000 to Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue jointly with Wasco County. The request came because the district will have increased responsibilities in covering the two new proposed Google data centers, particularly during their construction. Richardson said he felt the city was moving too quickly and wanted more specifics from the fire district on how the money would be spent.

And by a 3 to 2 vote councilors approved only a three percent increase in local garbage fees, rejecting a request by Waste Management for a five point oh five percent increase. Mayor Rich Mays tallied the votes:

“I’m getting McGlothin and Runyon opposed to the motion and Long, Randall and Richardson – is that correct? – voted for it.”

And that was correct. The proposal originally came before the council in December, but Councilor Darcy Long said that she hadn’t received enough information about the company’s profits to know whether the proposed five point oh five percent was justified. And she based her reduced increase on information provided by the company:

“A three percent increase would be over $100,000 in income to Waste Management. If we gave them the five point zero percent, that would be over $175,000 increase in just one year, and I just wanted to bring that to people’s attention.”

That three percent increase was retroactive to January 1.

Councilors also discussed the concept of selling the state office building, which the city owns and gets monthly rent from the state. The lease is coming up for renewal and the state’s Department of Administrative Services says it’s willing to increase the rent it pays, but will no longer allow the city to pass on any costs for building improvements, such as the $140,000 for a new generator last year. City staff explored the option of selling the building and land, which has been appraised at just under $5 million, but councilors asked for more information, and the item will come up at a future meeting.

COVID-19 booster recommendation expands to everyone age 12 and older

Eligibility expansion will further increase protection as omicron variant spreads

OLYMPIA – Youth ages 12 to 17 should receive a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at least 5 months after completing their primary vaccination series. The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has expanded booster dose eligibility to include everyone 12 and older following guidance and recommendations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunizations Practices, and the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup.

“We know booster doses increase an individual’s protection against COVID-19, which is especially important as the highly contagious omicron variant spreads across our state,” said Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH, Secretary of Health. “Many Washington residents as young as 12 are now at that five month mark and will benefit from a booster. We highly encourage everyone who is eligible not to delay and get your booster shot today.”

Everyone 12 and older should get a booster dose at least:

  • Five months after completing the Pfizer primary vaccination series,
  • Six months after completing the Moderna primary vaccination series, or
  • Two months after receiving the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Across the state, nearly 2 million people have received an additional dose, which includes both boosters and third doses. Boosters can be mixed and matched, which means adults can get any mRNA COVID-19 vaccine available. Pfizer is currently the only COVID-19 vaccine authorized for people ages 17 and younger.

Additional doses now recommended for certain immunocompromised children

This week the CDC expanded recommendations for additional doses for certain immunocompromised children ages 5 through 11, which are consistent with prior recommendations for adults. Moderately or severely immunocompromised people ages 5 and older should receive an additional dose of Pfizer or Moderna (if age 18 or older) 28 days after receiving their second shot. A full list of conditions is available on the CDC’s website.

“Children and adults who are immunocompromised are at increased risk for severe infection, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19,” said Tao Sheng Kwan-Gett, MD, MPH, Chief Science Officer. “Vaccination continues to be the most effective way to protect our communities from the worst outcomes of this disease. Staying current with vaccination recommendations is essential to protecting our most vulnerable.”

Make your vaccine appointment today

To make a vaccine or booster appointment, visit Vaccine Locator, Vaccines.gov, or call the COVID-19 Information Hotline at 833-VAX-HELP. Language assistance is available. Those with further questions are encouraged to visit DOH’s COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions webpage or talk to their trusted health care provider.

The DOH website is your source for a healthy dose of information. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Sign up for the DOH blog, Public Health Connection. 

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