COVID-19 Information Center

Latest post. Information about COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA)

Omicron Variant: Viruses constantly change through mutation and sometimes these mutations result in a new variant of the virus. A surge of COVID-19 infections are driven by the variant B.1.1.529 commonly known as Omicron, a highly transmissible and less susceptible to vaccines than other variants.

Symptoms: COVID-19 symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus, and range from mild to severe illness. Most common symptoms are:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Severe symptoms:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone

Transmissibility: The Omicron variant spreads more easily than the original SARS-CoV-2 virus. Fully vaccinated people still get this highly contagious strain.

Reinfection: Prior COVID-19 infection is not effective against the Omicron variant and could offer less protection against it. Scientists are still gathering more information in this regard.

Vaccines: Breakthrough infections in people who are fully vaccinated are expected, but vaccines are effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations, and death. Early evidence suggests that fully vaccinated people who become infected with the Omicron variant can spread the virus to others. All FDA-approved or authorized vaccines are expected to be effective against severe illness, hospitalizations, and deaths.  The recent emergence of the Omicron variant further emphasizes the importance of vaccination and boosters.

Type of vaccines: Three COVID-19 vaccines are authorized or approved for use in the United States to prevent COVID-19.

Pfizer-BioNTech

Moderna

Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen

Ages Recommended

5+ years old

Ages Recommended

18+ years old

Ages Recommended

18+ years

Primary Series

2 doses

Given 3 weeks (21 days) apart

Primary Series

2 doses

Given 4 weeks (28 days) apart

Primary Series

1 dose

Booster Dose

Everyone ages 18 years and older should get a booster dose of either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (COVID-19 vaccines) 5 months after the last dose in their primary series.

Booster Dose

Everyone ages 18 years and older should get a booster dose of either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (COVID-19 vaccines) 5 months after the last dose in their primary series.

Booster Dose

Everyone ages 18 years and older should get a booster dose of either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (mRNA COVID-19 vaccines) at least 2 months after the first dose of J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine.  You may get J&J/Janssen in some situations.

Teens 12-17 years old should get a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine booster 5 months after the last dose in their primary series.

 

 

When Fully Vaccinated

2 weeks after 2nd dose

When Fully Vaccinated

2 weeks after 2nd dose

When Fully Vaccinated

2 weeks after 2nd dose

Quarantine and Isolation: Check here CDC recommendations

Testing: you can now order 4 free at-home COVID tests from the US government, to be delivered for free via the Postal Service: https://www.covidtests.gov/

COVID-19 Vaccine centers in Oregon:

Washington County Only: In-home COVID-19 test for individuals who are homebound

Washington County is accepting in-home vaccination request for individuals that are homebound and who answers yes to this question:

“Can you confirm that you are not able to attend a vaccination clinic due to a disability, mental or physical health issue?”

If you’re helping someone who meet this eligibility criteria and need in-home vaccination, please send your homebound referrals/requests to [email protected] or send the requests over the phone to the Vaccine HelpLine at 1-833-907-3520.

Recommended information resources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Oregon Health Authority OHA 

Legal Resources:

On sick leave:

OregonLawHelp.org:

Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI):

On right to workers' compensation:

Ombudsman for Injured Workers

On employer required vaccinations:

Regarding unemployment for COVID closures:

On wage and hour rights:

U.S. Department of Labor:

About getting paid wages if businesses close: