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Oregon Officials Devise Coronavirus Plan, Hoping To Avoid Fate Of Washington State

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Oregon state regulators have a blueprint to prevent coronavirus from sweeping through a long-term care facility as it did in Washington state, where 10 people have died.

Republican-led Walkout In Legislature Enters Second Week 

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Climate change is taking a toll: Hospital emergency room visits for heat-related problems are on the rise. Wildfires are also on the rise, leaving people with exacerbated breathing problems.

Walkout Jeopardizes Millions of Federal Dollars For Mental Health Care

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Oregon may have to exit a federal project that has expanded access to behavioral mental health services in mostly rural communities if the Republican walkout continues through the rest of the session.

Governor Announces Coronavirus Response Team As Epidemic Fears Grow

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Gov. Kate Brown on Friday announced the creation of a coronavirus response team to coordinate the state’s preparations for a possible outbreak of the respiratory disease in Oregon.

Oregon Announces First Case Of Coronavirus

Oregon announced its first case of coronavirus on Friday evening, becoming the last state on the West Coast to have at least one infection. There are multiple cases in Washington state and California but the source of the infection in this case, like two in California, is a mystery.

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