Hermiston Herald - Pulse Of Oregon

A look back for schools during the pandemic

UNION COUNTY — When the coronavirus pandemic hit in March 2020, schools went into crisis mode and reacted with closures through the remainder of the school year. A summer full of fluctuating mandates did not seem to help the situation, but looking back many superintendents feel they did what was best at the time. Read more


Expert column: Back-to-school in a COVID-19 world

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown us all for a loop, challenging families to adapt to a new normal in terms of school, work and child care. Now we face the unease of returning to distanced learning and uncertainty of how the school year will progress. As we search for ways to stay safe, stay sane, and make sure our kids keep learning, here are some tips and tricks to help us all make the best of the new academic year. Read more


School nurses play vital role in taking the temperature of COVID-19

Neither a COVID-19 pandemic nor an outbreak of head lice will keep school nurses from manning the front lines of maintaining school health. Read more


Oregon universities juggle needs of students with health concerns

After months of intense planning, students will be able to return to college campuses this fall, but it will be a vastly different experience. Read more


Abandoning the school cafeteria

The school cafeteria has gone dark these days. Read more


Staying injury free during the long coronavirus-induced layoff

LA GRANDE — High school athletes in Oregon are several months away from having an opportunity to officially start their sports season. Read more


Expert column: How COVID-19 and alcohol use may compound each other

There is no doubt we are experiencing some of the greatest challenges we have ever faced in our lifetimes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a psychologist who has researched addiction for more than a decade, I am especially concerned about the virus’s effects on substance use rates and the health disparities that are created and exacerbated by the pandemic. Recent studies suggest a multitude of ways that COVID-19 and alcohol use are intertwined, and I’d like to focus on four ways that the combination of the two creates an especially concerning the situation. Read more


Pediatricians concerned that children aren't getting their vaccines for other diseases

When the state shut down all non-emergency medical treatments while communities worked to contain COVID-19, some well-child visits were missed as well. Read more


Envisioning the future of St. Charles Redmond

On the eve of the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Charles Health System posed a question to the Redmond community: What should the future of your community hospital look like? Read more


Small daycare providers surviving pandemic, sanitizing and limiting contact among children

Kari Lansdon has owned a daycare in Baker City for 22 years and although the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted her business, the virus hasn’t closed it. Read more

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