Writer/Researcher, Science & Environment
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.
Lincoln County's mask policy was intended to provide safety for people of color. But national media coverage framed it differently. That led to a backlash over race and a change in policy.
OHSU is working on a new approach to studying the spread of COVID-19 after health-care experts from Oregon's communities of color raised concerns about racial bias in the project's original design.
Multnomah County is on its way to reopening, but there are still some benchmarks they've yet to hit. Most of them involve racial disparities in healthcare, exacerbated by COVID-19.
With reports of false negatives and high death rates, it's hard to tell how accurate Oregon's COVID-19 data is. We break down all the things that could have wrong — and how they can go right.
When it comes to reopening during the pandemic, one of the biggest challenges identified by elected leaders in the Portland metro area is hiring contact tracers.
The state has established what it considers an achievable list of requirements that counties must meet to be cleared to enter the first phase of reopening.
The governor warned reopening Oregon wouldn’t happen all at once and would be slower than what anyone wants. But, she said, certain regions of the state could happen as soon as May 15.
Antibody testing is important, but it probably won't give us an accurate enough picture of who is and who is not immune to the coronavirus because of previous exposure. It all comes down to math.
There are some big questions about COVID-19: If you get it, can you get it again? How long does immunity last? Will a vaccine work? A new study in Portland hopes to answer those questions.
Hospitals across Oregon have seen revenues plummet due to COVID-19. Small, rural hospitals will be hit hardest and hit first.
If you think you have COVID-19, you're told to stay home and monitor your symptoms. But what does that mean? When do you need to call a doctor?
After two weeks of drastic moves to head off a calamitous surge of coronavirus patients, Oregon health officials now say they're cautiously optimistic about avoiding some of the worst repercussions.
Oregon’s capacity to test for COVID-19 is ramping up. Providence Health & Services announced they’ve received supplies to begin testing for the disease. And the state announced a new testing contract.
Un FAQ para esta última fase del coronavirus, ahora una pandemia mundial, una emergencia nacional y la razón por la que las escuelas están siendo cerradas y reuniones grandes están siendo canceladas.