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Some state employees question the decision which is part of an overhaul by Steve Allen, who was hired as the agency's behavioral health director last year.
Advocates say a new rule will make it harder for patients with conditions such as cancer and multiple sclerosis who rely on very expensive drugs to afford them.
Trauma, economic inequality, inadequate translation and religious and cultural practices have contributed to the disproportionate spread of the virus among Somali, Congolese and Bhutanese refugees and Pacific Island populations.
"Anytime you find a prevalence of a virus like this at 3.4% of the population, that’s really concerning,” said Dr. Ben Dalziel, assistant professor in the College of Science at OSU and co-director of the project.
The U.S. public health system has been starved for decades and lacks the resources to confront the worst health crisis in a century.
Supporters say they have enough signatures for an initiative which would allow the use of magic mushrooms in a controlled setting as a mental health therapy.
Gov. Kate Brown's expanded mask order came after pressure from local health officials and advocates.
A forecast says the state could see 910 new daily infections by mid-July, with only a fraction identified, and 82 hospital admissions a day.