SOUTH BEND - Director at Pacific County Public Health & Human Services Katie Lindstrom addressed more topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic to continue to maintain public awareness.
Lindstrom graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Social Sciences and has worked for the Pacific County Health Department for nearly 19 years. Lindstrom was promoted to director of the department in December 2019.
Below is Part II of Lindstrom's interview.
Herald: What are your thoughts about when a fourth booster is necessary? Should people boost now or boost later or not at all?
Lindstrom: We do recommend that folks get the boosters as soon as they are eligible. Currently, those who are over age 50 and those over age 12, who are immune compromised are eligible for a second booster, and everyone who has completed their initial series at least five months ago is eligible for a first booster. There is a school of thought suggesting value for those eligible to "time" their second booster for a later date when case rates are higher and/ or we have a more virulent variant. While I can understand some of the logic behind this, I think this strategy could be risky for a few reasons. Our case data is not as reliable as it was earlier in the pandemic which makes it difficult to know when the case rates are actually increasing and by how much. This is primarily due to the recent increase in home testing, which is generally a good thing, but does result in less accurate data, as many of those who test positive are not reporting their cases. These factors make it difficult to accurately "time' that second booster because we don't know that cases are increasing sometimes until a few weeks after the fact, once hospitalizations and deaths start to increase.
SOUTH BEND - South Bend School District is in the news with the hiring of a new facilities & transportation director, and for receiving three grants for important upgrades on the school campus.
According to Superintendent Dr. Jon Tienhaara, the school district hired Noah Rumbles as the facilities & transportation director.
This (May 2-9) a draft decision of the Supreme Court of the United States indicated its intent to overturn the country's decades-old constitutional right to an abortion guaranteed by the 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade.
The Vader May Day committee did an awesome job as several hundred enjoyed their May Day festivities. This year the weather was cooperative for the parade but shortly thereafter it rained.
The Mayor of the City of Winlock Brandon Svenson, Chairman of the Lewis County Republican Party has been asked to resign over the bullying of a Republican candidate. The Washington State Young Republicans removed Mayor Svenson in March for bullying, name calling and working against the organization.
On Monday, May 2, the Mayor and Chairman got into a heated discussion, eventually throwing a piece of paper at Sheriff Candidate Tracy Murphy. There are specific rules that must be followed, Chairman Svenson refused, even after several discussions by the Republican Party Executive Board. Tracy Murphy's alliance to the Republican Party has been called into question by Svenson, but in a document from the state party states he voted Republican in 2020. Candidate Murphy is indeed a Republican.
The first official parade of the year in Lewis County begins this Saturday. Vader May Day is back again this year and there are several fun activities planned. It's always a treat that Vader is the first parade of the season, because they always make it look seamless. We know it's not an easy task but Vader Lions Club and the volunteers do a wonderful job!
There are a lot of activities throughout the day, from a free breakfast to a cakewalk. It's all part of the fun.
To start your morning off right, Vader Assembly of God is offering a complimentary pancake breakfast. Pastor Tracy Durham and the group will be ready at 8:00 a.m. and will continue until 10:00 a.m. when the Parade Lineup begins. There is also the judging of the parade entries at 10:00 a.m. so be lined up to count! There is also a Silent Auction starting at 10:00 a.m. and running until 2:00 p.m. Don't forget to purchase your tickets.
Every year the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries hosts a memorial ceremony for workers who lost their lives on the job.
L&I records show 26 people passed away in 2021 after contracting COVID-19 while working in hospitals, prisons, manufacturing jobs, or other workplaces. Another 15 workers died following long battles with other occupational illnesses. This makes COVID-19 fatalities the highest work-related deaths for the second year in a row.
A total of 106 fallen workers were lost. They were all honored in L&I's annual Worker Memorial Day this week.
SOUTH BEND - Director at Pacific County Public Health & Human Services Katie Lindstrom was kind enough to take time from her busy schedule to offer her expertise to the public about a wide range of questions from the Herald about the COVID-19 pandemic and several areas related to it.
Lindstrom graduated from Oregon State university with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Social Sciences in the late '90's because she "knew that I wanted to work in a helping field, but wasn't quite sure what that would be exactly." After a few years of working in social services in the Portland area, Lindstrom was hired by Pacific County and said she "quickly fell in love with both Pacific County and public health."
Local man, Robert Sounvonnakasy is excited to announce the publication of his new book The Prescott Legacy.
The Prescott Legacy is an Urban/Fantasy novel that takes place in Seattle and is about a young man, a university student, who possesses the supernatural power of healing. The main theme of the story is about giving a second chance in life and tackles issues like unhealthy lifestyles, cancer awareness, STDs, domestic violence, violence against women, and a few more. The book is mostly for readers of young adults 18 years of age and older.
The Toledo and Winlock Senior Centers are up and running at full speed. Since they opened, Tess and Nicole have been busy creating new classes and scheduling fun for everyone.
From Tess at the Toledo Senior Center:
We are back open and ready to hit the ground running. We look forward to seeing you back. Come in and join us.
Our pancake breakfast is back also. We hold it on the second Saturday each month. The cost is $7 for all you can-eat-pancakes, breakfast meat and eggs. Or you can get biscuits and gravy with eggs (not all you can eat). This is a fundraiser for our center.
Six Raymond High School students competed at the Washington State High School Math Competition conducted at Central Washington University in Ellensburg over the weekend. All six of the Raymond Mathletics team placed in the competition. The Raymond team was under the guidance of RHS math teacher Coach Thinh Gunnarson.
Three RHS mathletes finished in fourth place at the state competition.
SOUTH BEND - Razor clam enthusiasts get to enjoy the last nine digs of the season after shellfish managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) confirmed Friday that the final round will proceed as planned. The digs get started Friday and run through Saturday, May 7, with a daily limit of 20 clams.
WDFW Coastal Shellfish Manager Dan Ayres said that the spring digs were a "memorable season," and he looks forward to the fall round. Ayres answered questions from the Herald about the factors that contributed to all the record-breaking numbers.
Many of us who have attended the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds know that they have an issue with their old and decrepit water system. Pipes are breaking, and repairs arre not enough, they need something more. They need a replacement of all their pipes.
Commissioner Dr. Lindsey Pollock is looking into improving the infrastructure throughout the county. She understands the need for water banks, she knows the water systems or lines need to be updated, especially those over 100 years old.
"Lewis County Commissioners continue to work on how they will distribute American Rescue Plan Act funds," Pollock said. "At the May 20 meeting, the BOCC allocated $1 million towards replacement of the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds water system. ...
On Friday evening at 4:00 p.m. Toledo High School had its ribbon cutting ceremony. The event was for the community and it was wonderful to see so many people coming to the opening. The pride Toledo has is impressive, they have always been proud of their schools, sports and programs.
This Friday started off with Superintendent Chris Rust, giving the introductory speech. He stated in a separate quote, "We are excited to dedicate this new school for the Toledo community. Thanks to a $10 million grant and State Construction Assistance Program funding, the community is able to realize the dream of having a new school for a total local commitment of $7 million. We expect to deliver a savings to the community of nearly $2 million. We are grateful to the taxpayers for the trust that they placed in us as stewards of public funds and we look forward to the new Toledo High School continuing to be the hub of community events."
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