Pandemic update 09/15/21

Martha McInnes, a public health nurse who was recently hired as clinical program supervisor at North Central Public Health District gave a report to Wasco County Commissioners at their September 15 meeting on the current status of the coronavirus pandemic locally.

Among other things, she emphasized that the horse wormer drug Ivermectin is not a treatment for COVID-19.

“I’m sure people with disagree with this statement,” she said. “However, current evidence that we have is that is not effective against COVID-19. It does not prevent hospitalization. It does not minimize symptoms. It can be very harmful in the way that people are accessing it. because the doses in humans are much different from the doses for livestock or pets.”¬†

She also noted that vaccinations will be approved for younger children shortly.

“The last we heard, ages 5 through 11 would be November for Pfizer, and ages 6 months to 4 years it’s estimated to be approved in January.”

If you were unable to attend that presentation, you can hear it by clicking on the grey podcast bar below, and following the slides below that.