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Conditions in the jail make it very challenging to stop the virus. Inmates have been given basic cloth masks to wear, and haven’t been vaccinated yet.
The measure requires the Oregon Health Authority to establish a 24/7 telephone addiction recovery center and an Oversight and Accountability Council to deal with all the people expected to take a health screening rather than paying civil fines for drug possession.
The group recommended that adults 65 and under with underlying health conditions, frontline essential workers, people 16 years and older in custody and those living in low income and senior housing.
The governor told the Oregon Health Authority it could release the information weekly but the agency said it will stick to daily reporting.
State health officials report that the largest active COVID-19 outbreaks in Oregon are in its prisons: More than 3,000 inmates have tested positive for the disease, while 38 have died.
In Portland and Salem over the weekend, hospital providers held COVID-19 vaccination clinics for thousands of home health care workers and others not affilitated with hospital systems who risk becoming infected.
The outbreak at Rosemont Court, a North Portland senior housing complex, was traced to the water supply.
Oregon State University researchers conducted a nationwide survey on COVID-19 which found that 25% thought is was a hoax.
"Oregon has not seen an increase in the number of suicides for the first nine months of 2020 when compared to the same time period in 2019,” an Oregon Health Authority communications official said.