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Amid the COVID-19 Omicron surge in Oregon, concerns about testing also are on the rise.
Amid the COVID-19 Omicron surge in Oregon, concerns about testing also are on the rise.
Testing During the Surge: Dr. Katie Sharff, Infectious Disease Chief, available for questions (Photo) - 01/24/22

PORTLAND, Ore. (January 25, 2022): Amid the COVID-19 Omicron surge in Oregon, concerns about testing also are on the rise. As two new testing centers opened in Portland Monday and free rapid tests from the government begin shipping, many are still wondering when to get tested, which test to take, how reliable are the results and what to do if they test positive.

Dr. Katie Sharff, Chief of Infectious Disease with Kaiser Permanente in Portland, Ore., has been on the front lines of the pandemic from the beginning, treating patients and studying emerging data, and she is making herself available to address media questions about testing this week as the pandemic nears its peak in Oregon. 

Dr. Sharff is prepared to discuss:

Testing:

  • When should you take a test? (ie, how long after exposure, etc.)
     
  • When is an at-home rapid test recommended vs. PCR?
     
  • How reliable are rapid tests, and is one brand better than another?
     
  • Can you really trust a negative result?
     
  • Do you need to confirm a positive/negative test with a PCR test?
     
  • Where can you find a test, and are they free?
     
  • What to do if you can’t get a test.

Interviews available:
Dr. Katie Sharff, Chief of Infectious Disease for Kaiser Permanente Northwest, is available for interviews on Monday, Jan. 24 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; and Wednesday, Jan. 26 from 10:30 a.m.-noon.

ABOUT KAISER PERMANENTE 
For 75 years, Kaiser Permanente has been committed to shaping the future of health and health care — and helping our members, patients, and communities experience more healthy years. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Since July 21, 1945, Kaiser Permanente’s mission has been to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 12.4 million members in 8 states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists, and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery, and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education, and the support of community health.

For more information, please visit: about.kaiserpermanente.org

Vaccines and booster shots are essential for staying safe as Omicron cases rise in Oregon.
Vaccines and booster shots are essential for staying safe as Omicron cases rise in Oregon.
Omicron in Oregon: Dr. Katie Sharff, Infectious Disease Chief, available for questions (Photo) - 01/04/22

PORTLAND, Ore. (January 4, 2022): As cases of the COVID-19 Omicron variant rise in Oregon, the health care situation is changing rapidly and there are questions about the severity of the new variant, breakthrough infections, testing, and how to stay safe in this latest surge.

Dr. Katie Sharff, Chief of Infectious Disease with Kaiser Permanente in Portland, Ore., has been on the front lines of the pandemic from the beginning, treating patients and studying emerging data, and she is making herself available to address media questions this week amid growing concern about the Omicron variant. 

Dr. Sharff is prepared to discuss:

The Omicron variant:

  • Omicron cases and hospitalizations on the rise in Oregon
  • Why we should continue to take Omicron seriously amid some misconception that it is a “milder” variant
  • Breakthrough infections and how this is impacts health care staff

Testing:

  • COVID19 testing and what to do if you can’t get a test

Vaccines:

  • Importance of vaccines and boosters – why they are essential now
  • Why it is not too late to get kids vaccinated, and other return to school safety precautions

COVID treatments:

  • New outpatient anti-viral treatments for Omicron, which are in limited supply

Interviews available:
Dr. Katie Sharff, Chief of Infectious Disease for Kaiser Permanente Northwest, is available for interviews on Wednesday, January 5 from 10-11 a.m., and some additional limited availability Wednesday afternoon and Thursday.

ABOUT KAISER PERMANENTE 
For 75 years, Kaiser Permanente has been committed to shaping the future of health and health care — and helping our members, patients, and communities experience more healthy years. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Since July 21, 1945, Kaiser Permanente’s mission has been to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 12.4 million members in 8 states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists, and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery, and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education, and the support of community health.

For more information, please visit: about.kaiserpermanente.org

CORRECTION Kaiser Permanente welcomed its first baby of 2022 at Sunnyside - 01/01/22

CORRECTED to update hospital to Sunnyside Medical Center. Was incorrectly listed as Westside.

 

Kaiser Permanente Sunnyside Medical Center welcomed its first baby of 2022! 

A baby boy was born Saturday morning at 3:22 a.m. 

Baby and parents are all doing well. Congratulations!

No other information is available at this time. 

Kaiser Permanente welcomed its first baby of 2022! - 01/01/22

Kaiser Permanente Westside Medical Center welcomed its first baby of 2022!

A baby boy was born Saturday morning at 3:22 a.m. 

Baby and parents are all doing well. Congratulations!

No other information is available at this time.