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Factors, including broadly-crafted religious exemption policies, appear to be blunting the impact of the mandate in counties with low vaccination rates.
The state agency has repeatedly dodged questions from providers about which patients should be prioritized, instead offering general 'principles'
The Community Health, Assess and Treat Program, or CHAT, is expected to start mid-November with two pilot teams.
So far, the agency has approved exemptions for nearly 16% of its workforce, which corrections officials said were largely for religions reasons.
Employees represented by SEIU Local 503 and AFSCME Council 75 who have received at least one dose of vaccine by Oct. 18 must now complete their immunization by Nov. 30.
After 20 more deaths were reported this weekend, the state reached another grim record in the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wage increases, a new wage structure that would pay newer staff less and and staff-to-patient ratios are sticking points in contract negotiations.
Nurses and other professional health care workers at Kaiser Permanente in Oregon and southwest Washington voted 96% in favor of authorizing a strike.
A Legacy spokeswoman says the closures will be temporary and include four GoHealth Urgent Care Centers and four labs.