The omicron variant is less severe, but Oregon’s health system is as fragile as ever.
The state’s epidemiologist said Friday that the state will be filing permanent mask and vaccination rules in the next few weeks.
After eligible people were being turned away from pharmacies, the health agency reiterated its recommendation.
Patients with weakened immune systems, who are at high risk from COVID-19, say pharmacies are turning them away when they seek additional vaccine doses recommended by federal health officials.
In two more hearings Monday, state officials heard criticism of a ‘permanent rule’ that they promise will be rescinded when pandemic conditions improve.
Oregon hospitals urge lawmakers to refrain from new mandates, saying they’re nearing capacity because they can’t discharge patients like they normally do.
The Biden administration’s effort to distribute free COVID-19 tests nationwide was supposed to start Wednesday, but the government began taking orders on Tuesday.
Mobile COVID-19 testing tents and vans have sprouted on urban sidewalks and street curbs, sparking concerns about risks.
A cross-section of Oregonians discussed what COVID-19 meant for them and their lives.