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Smoke bulletin on reducing exposure

When wildfires create smoky conditions it’s important for everyone to reduce their exposure to smoke. Learn steps to take and also how to protect pets and livestock from smoke.

OSU emergency preparedness | Sep 2020 | Fact Sheet

Firefighters exposed to more potentially harmful chemicals than previously thought

The on-duty firefighters in the Kansas City, Missouri, area experienced higher exposures of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, which are a family of chemicals that are known to have the potential to cause cancer.

Chris Branam | Aug 20, 2020 | News story

Lincoln County Extension builds coalition to inform Latino and indigenous communities about COVID-19

The effort has focused on providing urgent video communications in Spanish and Mam – a language spoken by more than a half-million people in Guatemala – in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in the county.

Chris Branam | Aug 7, 2020 | News story

What to do in Umatilla County in response to COVID-19?

In light of community testing results that indicate Hermiston’s rate of COVID-19 is dangerously high, public health leaders are encouraging residents and employees of local businesses to wear face coverings, stay 6 feet apart in...

Jul 31, 2020 | News story

TRACE results suggest 17% of Hermiston community infected with SARS-CoV-2

Preliminary results from random door-to-door TRACE-COVID-19 sampling by Oregon State University last weekend suggest that 17% of the Hermiston community had the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 on July 25-26.

Jul 31, 2020 | News story

Coast to Forest Mental Health Initiative

The Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Family and Community Health (FCH) Program and the OSU Center for Health Innovation are collaborating on the From Coast to Forest: Building on Community Strengths to Promote Mental Health and Reduce Opioid Abuse in Rural Oregon project (Coast to Forest). The project is funded through the Rural Health and Safety Education program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture at the US Department of Agriculture. Project activities will take place in Tillamook, Lincoln, Baker and Union Counties in Oregon.

Jul 2020 | Fact Sheet

Extension coordinates effort to provide 1,000 face coverings to La Grande schools

The Union County Emergency Preparedness Coalition tapped Robin Maille to coordinate the effort to provide 1,000 face coverings to the school district.

Chris Branam | Jul 22, 2020 | News story

Extension adapts High Speed Hand Washing technique for ag industry

Extension recently released a collection of resources for farmers and ranchers and food production or packing plant supervisors to use in the workplace.

Chris Branam | Jul 8, 2020 | News story

As boating season ramps up, Sea Grant Extension educates about waste

Oregon Sea Grant Extension's Jenny East helps highlight free boater waste disposal options.

Kimberly Jacobsen | May 20, 2020 | News story