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She stands at odds with public health officials and health care professionals who are worried about the surge in cases caused by the delta variant.
After eight years as executive director of the Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation, Serena Cruz will depart.
"We are now seeing the resulting demand for emergency services provided by our hospitals," said Dr. Dana Hargunani, chief medical officer for the Oregon Health Authority, about the heat wave.
Documents and interviews reveal that managers either haven't taken safety precautions seriously enough to prevent outbreaks or made decisions that have increased the risk of infection.
In the past two weeks, cases have risen more than 24% in Oregon, a development that marks a "stark reversal" of gains the state had made previously on tamping down the virus spread.
Public records reveal tension between political and health concerns at the highest levels of Oregon's government in late April, as reopening plans were finalized.
Hospitals claim they have enough personal protective equipment but health care workers disagree.
Citing unsafe conditions, health care workers in Oregon for weeks have been pushing for greater transparency around how much personal protective equipment hospitals have on hand.
A new state breakdown of confirmed Oregon COVID-19 cases indicates that Hispanic Oregonians are over-represented, while African Americans are not.