Erin Ross is a writer and researcher for Oregon Public Broadcasting, specializing in science and environmental coverage. Her work also appears on "Oregon Field Guide."
Erin is a science journalist and communicator who designed and gave live presentations for science museums before transitioning to journalism. Since then, her work has appeared in national and regional publications including Axios, NPR, Nature, Science and Scientific American. Erin has been with OPB since 2018.
Erin graduated from the Graduate Program in Science Communication at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
COVID questions: It’s been a long time since we talked about testing
Every other week, OPB breaks down your COVID-19 questions as we figure out how to adjust to a life where COVID-19 never really goes away. This week: the importance of testing for the virus.
What you need to know about Monday’s mega-mandate for vaccinations against COVID-19
Trying to sort out where things stand on Monday when the deadline arrives in Oregon? We've got answers.
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Oregon schools are keeping COVID numbers down in part by relying on quarantining
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Redefining what a COVID-safe school year looks like with delta and vaccines
School is back in session, but the pandemic isn't over. Vaccines and the delta variant have changed everything.
Oregon’s COVID-19 hospitalizations could be peaking, but it’s a long way down
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The surge of Oregon COVID-19 patients is stretching hospitals’ limits
A state with relatively limited hospital capacity is being overwhelmed with patients.
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