After 20 more deaths were reported this weekend, the state reached another grim record in the COVID-19 pandemic.
The roughly 3,000 skilled health care workers represented by Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals have been in contract negotiations since April.
Up from 48 the previous week, the numbers are likely an undercount or behind current case information.
Staffing shortages and high demand for COVID testing put the squeeze on Oregon health care systems.
COVID-19 vaccination rates for 12- to 17-year-olds in Oregon vary by county, with 59.6% vaccinated statewide.
Experts say when the test positivity rate is between 5-8%, they expect hospital populations to drop. In some Central Oregon counties, the rate is between 18-26%.
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Primary and urgent care providers face high patient demand — and are increasing services — as hospitals remain crammed with COVID-19 and other patients.