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.
The U.S. public health system has been starved for decades and lacks the resources to confront the worst health crisis in a century.
Gov. Kate Brown's expanded mask order came after pressure from local health officials and advocates.
As consumers consider traveling again, they discover the public health guidelines in place for flying often are a messy patchwork of precautions that lack the teeth to protect passengers.
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Starting Wednesday, residents in Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Hood River, Marion, Polk and Lincoln counties will have to wear masks in indoor commercial settings, in line with the fast-swelling ranks of cities, counties and states around the country.
The federal award will help the university train more physicians in addiction medicine, an area that's sorely needed in Oregon.
The Oregon Health Authority undereported Multnomah County's COVID-19 hospitalization numbers to Gov. Kate Brown, but the plan to reopen the county will move forward regardless.
Leaders at the Oregon Department of Corrections said Wednesday the spike in positive cases of COVID-19 outside its prisons poses an obstacle to resuming in-person visits between families and inmates.