Factors, including broadly-crafted religious exemption policies, appear to be blunting the impact of the mandate in counties with low vaccination rates.
Because the variant now has fewer willing hosts in the state, another surge that would stretch hospitals to their limits probably isn’t in the cards.
Some urban hospitals have consolidated services over the state’s vaccine mandate, but they’re continuing to admit patients, perform necessary surgeries and conduct lab tests.
As one of three chaplains at St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton, Ann Marie Hardin’s job is to walk around the hospital and talk to health care workers.
So far, the agency has approved exemptions for nearly 16% of its workforce, which corrections officials said were largely for religions reasons.
Employees represented by SEIU Local 503 and AFSCME Council 75 who have received at least one dose of vaccine by Oct. 18 must now complete their immunization by Nov. 30.
After 20 more deaths were reported this weekend, the state reached another grim record in the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nurses say they are at their breaking point and would love public support.
Up from 48 the previous week, the numbers are likely an undercount or behind current case information.