The 3,000 nurses at OHSU have worked without a contract since the end of August, with the two sides disagreeing about staffing and pay.
Many patients don't know about experimental treatments but doctors say they should ask, take notes and be prepared to be pushy with their providers.
One measure that would raise tobacco taxes and tax vaping products for the first time has big money behind it; voters will also consider drug offenses and magic mushrooms.
Health systems worked diligently this spring during the stay-home order creating surge plans to expand capacity, including adding surge beds for patients.
The pharmaceutical industry has donated nearly $280,000 to state lawmakers and candidates in Oregon since the start of 2019, with five Republicans drawing the biggest sums.
The measure would increase the tax on tobacco and create a tax on vaping products in hopes of reducing smoking and vaping.
Ballot Measure 108, which would increase the tax on cigarettes and cigars and vaping products, has attracted the most money.
Besides calling for face coverings in all public and private workplaces, the state advises against the use of face shields which do not provide airtight protection against droplets.
Janice Burger, who oversaw four of Providence’s hospitals in the state including one of Oregon's most profitable, is ending her 34-year career in December.