Amelia Templeton of Oregon Public Broadcasting
Hospitalizations due to the flu this year are still just a fraction of normal. That could change as our masks come off.
The governors of Oregon, Washington and California have announced masks will no longer be required in schools after Friday, March 11.
The proposal includes health coverage for prisoners preparing for reentry and allowing children to stay enrolled until age 6.
The omicron variant is less severe, but Oregon’s health system is as fragile as ever.
In two more hearings Monday, state officials heard criticism of a ‘permanent rule’ that they promise will be rescinded when pandemic conditions improve.
A look at what is known so far.
Researchers at OHSU emphasize the importance of booster shots to fight the new variant.
While all three cases were found in fully vaccinated Oregonians, research suggests booster shots may be particularly important.
Researchers at Oregon State University are analyzing wastewater for omicron, while a team at Oregon Health and Science University are searching for the virus in nasal swabs.