As deaths set a new record, state health officials warn of case spikes and testing backlogs, urging residents to reduce indoor gatherings.
A group that advocates for limited governmental powers has filed a lawsuit challenging Gov. Kate Brown’s authority to require Oregonians to wear face coverings in public.
Test shortages, delays in processing and demand from other states are undermining Oregon's efforts to stem the virus.
Some researchers and physicians hope the century-old technology can be recruited yet again to help disinfect high-risk indoor settings.
The rollback includes a new requirement for face coverings in gyms and for children aged 5 and older, and a limit on large indoor gatherings to 100 people compared with 250 right now.
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With the COVID-19 pandemic entering its fifth month, virus hotspots have taken a marked leap in recent weeks from Oregon’s urban centers to rural reaches of the state where health officials are scrambling to keep up.
The time lag is rendering contact tracing -- the system of tracking down all known contacts of the infected person to warn them to quarantine or get tested -- much less effective.
The Oregon Health Authority is tracking active outbreaks in at least 30 of what the state calls “congregate care facilities,” while outbreaks at another 38 of these locations have been resolved.