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Oregon State University researchers have found the British variant, B.1.1.7, which is about 50% more contagious and likely more deadly, in Grants Pass an McMinnville.
The Portland metro area is not included — but counties across much of the state can start vaccinating “Group 7” right away.
The low case counts in Oregon and Washington are laudable, but they create an unusual position: The states may have a more difficult time achieving herd immunity to COVID-19.
The protest event was promoted by the People’s Rights Network, a far-right catchall group organized by Ammon Bundy.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls for vaccinating essential workers ahead of people 64 to 74 but Gov. Kate Brown is making grocery and other workers wait eight more weeks.
The move was reminiscent of Republican walkouts of the previous legislative session, which denied the majority Democrats enough people to be able to vote on bills.
With a population topping 4 million, the state would need to have just under 3 million people immune to the coronavirus to stop the virus from spreading.
Some Oregonians said a Legacy Health website for scheduling vaccine appointments would not let them complete a reservation Monday morning.
Researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle found that race and ethnicity data were often absent in trial results.