Ben Botkin

Oregon Takes First Steps Toward Reopening The State 

Gov. Kate Brown is moving towards reopening Oregon.

As a first step, she said she will allow health care providers to provide non-urgent surgeries and procedures starting May 1 if they meet certain criteria. 

State Didn’t Help, But OSU Lab Found A Way Into COVID-19 Testing Anyway

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Specialists at Oregon State University’s veterinary laboratory wanted to put their state-of-the-art equipment to work testing for the coronavirus. Oregon needs more tests. But neither the Oregon Health Authority nor Gov. Kate Brown's office lent any support. A private company did.

Coronavirus Fallout Affects Family Planning

The coronavirus pandemic has affected family planning, forcing some people to delay fertility treatments. Fertility providers have laid off staff and cut back on non-urgent treatments to preserve personal protective equipment like masks and gloves. And travel restrictions have further crimped revenues by keeping international patients from flying to the United States for treatment. 


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