This was the first assault by a patient on a National Guard member the hospital has recorded since 30 National Guard members began working on June 24 to help stem a staffing shortage.
Fights between the Proud Boys and counterdemonstrators broke out during an event outside the health clinic Tuesday evening, police said.
Oregon’s total suspected death toll from the heat wave has risen to 116, according to the most recent numbers released by the state medical examiner’s office Wednesday.
The money is earmarked to pay for 30 members of the National Guard to serve meals and care for patients at its Salem campus this summer.
The board, which makes recommendations on patient safety and care, says it has questions about staffing levels and the role of the National Guard.
A spokeswoman said this was the first time since January that employees didn't have to work overtime to staff all shifts because 24 managers and employees volunteered to work.
Oregon State Hospital leaders have still received no response on deploying the National Guard to aid with a staffing crisis, but the Oregon Office of Emergency Management is seeking civilians to help.
Activating the National Guard was the final step in a five-stage crisis staffing plan hospital administrators developed last fall after a COVID outbreak on the hospital campus left more employees unable to work.
A Salem Reporter investigation finds that Oregon is poised to spend millions more on top of the $200 million already spent on addiction treatment even though officials aren't sure what becomes of people once they leave treatment or whether the treatment works.