The Biden administration is encouraging Oregon and other states to hold on to hundreds of thousands of soon-to-expire COVID vaccine doses from Johnson & Johnson.
Lane, Coos, and Wasco counties move to lower risk in Oregon’s COVID-19 framework but Harney County slips in its ranking.
The improved ranking will lift some public health restrictions as a reward for the counties vaccinating at least 65% of adult residents.
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A Lund Report analysis indicates that at least 85% of hospital providers are vaccinated but only about 75% of all employees have been inoculated against COVID-19.
Experts says that if unvaccinated people now stop wearing masks or wearing them as much as they did before that the virus will spread.