Governor Kate Brown Orders Flags Lowered to Half-Staff to Honor the Victims of the Tragedy in Indianapolis, Indiana

April 16, 2021

Flags to fly at half-staff until sunset, April 20 Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown ordered all flags at Oregon public institutions to be flown at half-staff until sunset, April 20, 2021 to honor and remember the victims of the shooting in Indianapolis, Indiana.

“The violent attack in Indiana and the rise in gun violence all around our country is devastating and must stop,” said Governor Brown. “Dan and I send our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the eight individuals who were killed. We must work together to bring an end to these senseless acts of violence.”

The full Presidential Proclamation is available at the White House website .

Red Flag Wildfire Warning issued for large portion of Northwest Oregon including Lincoln County for Friday, April 16 from 11:00am to 10:00pm. Please utilize extra care and caution.

RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM TO 10 PM PDT FRIDAY FOR WIND AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONES 602…603… 604…605…606…608 AND 612…

The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a Red Flag Warning for wind and low relative humidity, which is in effect from 11 AM to 10 PM PDT Friday.

Affected Area…In Oregon…Fire Weather Zone 602 North Oregon Coast Range…Fire Weather Zone 603 East Slopes of the Central Oregon Coast Range…Fire Weather Zone 604 Willamette Valley… Fire Weather Zone 605 North Oregon Cascade Foothills…Fire Weather Zone 606 Central Oregon Cascade Foothills…Fire Weather Zone 608 below 3500 feet Willamette National Forest and Fire Weather Zone 612 Central Oregon Coast (Lincoln City is in this zone).

Winds…Northeast 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. However, East wind 15 to 30 mph with gusts to 50 mph can be expected near the west end of the Columbia River Gorge in Fire Zones 604 and 605.

Relative Humidity…As low as 15 percent.

Impacts…Conditions may be favorable for rapid fire spread which may threaten life and property. Use extra caution with potential ignition sources, especially in grassy areas. Outdoor burning is not recommended.

Alert here.

Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Immediately Pauses Administering Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

As of April 12, more than 6.8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine have been administered in the U.S. CDC and FDA are reviewing data involving six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the J&J vaccine. In these cases, a type of blood clot called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) was seen in combination with low levels of blood platelets (thrombocytopenia). All six cases occurred among women between the ages of 18 and 48, and symptoms occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination.

As such, the OHA asked all the state’s vaccine providers to immediately pause administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. People who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine who develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks of vaccination should contact their health care provider or seek emergency care.

Pausing the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will temporarily slow vaccination efforts in Oregon. The OHA is still optimistic there will be enough vaccine for all eligible people in Oregon to receive their first dose by early June.

For more information click here.

Reminder: April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and this year we’re launching an e-mail campaign to drive down distracted driving-related accidents. Over the course of this month, we’ll provide resources and training opportunities to support this effort of making our roadways safer for everyone and ultimately save lives.

We need your help to make safe driving a priority within your entity and ask that you pass along these resources each week to your employees. Despite the amount of traffic decreasing since the start of the pandemic, motor vehicle deaths in 2020 were the highest since 2007. The rate of driving fatalities increased 24% from 2019 to 2020, the highest increase in 96 years. That is despite the fact that the number of miles driven decreased by 13%.

Our first resource is a Safety Shorts article for you to share with your employees titledIt Can Wait: Eyes on the Road, Hands on the Wheel.”

In addition, here are some resources from the National Safety Council (NSC) to share with your employees and your community: NSC Social Media Kit5 Minute Safety Talk” Handout”Focus on the Drive” Poster”Just Is All It Takes” Poster
What else can you expect during National Distracted Driving Awareness Month?
The NSC, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) will be running media campaigns all month.

There will be heightened law enforcement presence on our roadways here in Oregon for the entire month.

April 8 is “Connect to Disconnect” (C2D), a 4-hour national distracted driving enforcement and awareness initiative. We hope you and your employees will join us in participating in C2D.

Tips to help yourself and children with stress from COVID-19 provided by Oregon Health Authority

Small things can go a long way towards taking care of yourself and making best decisions for children and family.  

  • Take 60 seconds to focus on breathing.   
  • Give yourself three minutes dancing to a favorite song.   
  • Find five minutes to reflect.   
  • Seven minutes to say a poem, prayer, mantra. 
  • Ten minutes to walk around the block.   

Each of these can reduce stress and help you collect your thoughts.  

Giving yourself the time and space to ask yourself what you need is a first step. Here are some questions to think about:  

  • Are there ways that I can slow down?   
  • What am I really feeling? What worries me, what gives me hope?
  • What do I need?
  • What do I need to prioritize and what do I need to defer?  
  • Who are the people and organizations that support me?  
  • Am I living into my values and priorities?  
  • What can I do to lower my and my children’s risk for COVID-19?   
  • Am I ready for this change? It’s okay to take some time to decide this.  

Thinking of concrete methods of how to get support and lower risk can help to manage anxiety. Slowing down can give you a break from stress and build resilience. It also is helpful to remember that you or your children might not be ready to change your school routine. It’s okay to wait until you are.   

You are not alone. The Safe + Strong Helpline at 1-800-923-HELP (4357) can help you find the resources you need. Help is free and available 24/7.  

Full original Oregon Health Authority Article found here.