Oregon State University researchers have found the British variant, B.1.1.7, which is about 50% more contagious and likely more deadly, in Grants Pass an McMinnville.
Oregon researchers found a case of a rapidly spreading coronavirus variant that was first detected in Britain combined with a mutation that could be more resistant to vaccines.
Scientists say unprepared immune cells appear to be responding to the coronavirus with a devastating release of chemicals, inflicting damage that may endure long after the threat has been eliminated.
Federal rules around who can be told about the variant cases are so confusing that public health officials may merely know the county where a case has emerged.
With a population topping 4 million, the state would need to have just under 3 million people immune to the coronavirus to stop the virus from spreading.
Since 2016, Oregon women have had the option to end their early pregnancies at home with an abortion through TelAbortion, a telemedicine program that allows women to bypass in-person visits.
As with everything covid right now — testing, vaccinations and hospital capacity — ramping up contact tracing has become a race against time as new, more contagious variants of the virus threaten to accelerate transmission of the disease
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Oregon Health & Science University told The Lund Report it has identified a case of the variant that first emerged in Britain, following earlier announcements by the state of three cases.