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Gov. Kate Brown gave her final State of the State address Thursday, with an eye toward pushing Oregon beyond COVID-19 and expanding the state’s health care workforce.
Brown decided to more than double the state's National Guard deployment following an update from the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Military Department.
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.
Groups eligible for a Pfizer booster shot include seniors, people living in long-term care facilities, those with certain underlying medical conditions, and people working in higher risk occupations.
After mask opponents speak out at a commission meeting, the Board of Commissioners votes to oppose a mask mandate for school children.
Oregon acts in face of COVID-19 surge that is swamping hospitals, but it is unclear how school districts, health care providers will enforce the requirement.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced the deployment of up to 1,500 National Guard members who will assist at 20 hospitals around the state.