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Oregon reaches daily coronavirus vaccine goal

Jan. 14, 2021 7:43 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Officials from the Oregon Health Authority announced Thursday that vaccination sites have met the goal of administering a total of 12,000 coronavirus vaccine doses a day. But authorities say they must continue to “sustain and expand” their daily totals as the COVID-19...

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown visits with National Guard members at the Marion County and Salem Health COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021 at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem, Ore.(Abigail Dollins/Statesman-Journal via AP, Pool)

Oregon surpasses 1,700 coronavirus related deaths

Jan. 13, 2021 6:19 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon on Wednesday surpassed 1,700 coronavirus related deaths since the start of the pandemic The Oregon Health Authority reported 1,346 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 41 additional deaths, bringing the total amount of cases to 129,109 and raising the death toll to 1,708. More...

Diners sit at the Carver Hangar, a restaurant in Boring, Ore., on Jan. 6, 2021. As coronavirus deaths soar, a growing number of restaurants like Carver Hangar in states across the country are reopening in defiance of strict COVID-19 rules that have shut them down for indoor dining for weeks, or even months. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)

Defiance of virus dining bans grows as restaurants flounder

Jan. 13, 2021 6:08 PM EST

BORING, Ore. (AP) — A line formed out the door during the lunch rush at the Carver Hangar, a family-owned restaurant and sports bar, and waitresses zipped in and out of the kitchen trying to keep up with orders as customers backed up in the lobby. Indoor dining has been banned in much of Oregon for nearly...

Oregon Gov. Brown expands vaccinations to age 65 and up

Jan. 12, 2021 9:20 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Gov. Kate Brown said after guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tuesday, Oregon will expand COVID-19 vaccination to include people age 65 and and older. Vaccination of Oregon seniors, as well as child care providers and early learning and K-12 educators and...

InvestigateWest: Cascadia not on track to cut emissions

Jan. 11, 2021 12:47 PM EST

To the rest of the world, the United States’ Pacific Northwest and Canada’s British Columbia represent one of the supposedly most eco-friendly regions in North America, if not the globe. And yet on climate change, the biggest environmental challenge of this generation, the governments of...

A woman wearing mask to help protect herself from the coronavirus stands in the sun as she walks her dogs in Beijing on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. With next month's Lunar New Year travel rush looming, the government is telling people to stay put as much as possible and not travel to or from the capital Beijing. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: 2 Chinese cities urge people to stay at home

Jan. 9, 2021 12:33 AM EST

BEIJING — Chinese authorities are asking residents in two cities south of Beijing to stay home for seven days as they try to stamp out a coronavirus outbreak in which more than 300 people have tested positive in the past week. According to official notices on social media, the cities of Shijiazhuang and...

Dr. Ralph Yates, chief medical officer for Salem Health Hospital and regional care system in Oregon, poses for a photo on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, at the Oregon State Fairgrounds, in Salem, Ore. where hospital personnel is giving COVID-19 vaccinations to a priority group of health care workers. They gave about 1,700 doses the previous day and expect to give around the same number on Friday. The Oregon National Guard will assist in the coming days. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

Oregon National Guard to support COVID-19 vaccinations

Jan. 8, 2021 8:20 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Hundreds of people received COVID-19 vaccines Friday at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in a mass vaccination that the doctor in charge called “the most meaningful work of my career.” Next week, the operation will be stepped up with the Oregon National Guard having been called...

FILE - Supporters of President Donald Trump demonstrate during a rally on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio.  Statehouses where Trump loyalists have rallied since the Nov. 3 election are heightening security after the storming of the U.S. Capitol this week. Police agencies in a number of states are monitoring threats of violence as legislatures return to session and as the nation prepares for the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.  (Joshua A. Bickel/The Columbus Dispatch via AP, File)

State capitols reassess safety after violence at US Capitol

Jan. 8, 2021 7:57 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The insurrection by supporters of President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol this week has prompted governors and lawmakers in several states to heighten security at their own capitol buildings as they gather amid a pandemic for legislative sessions and inaugural ceremonies. Like...

Shoppers wear masks as they walk around a shopping precinct in Sydney, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021. Masks have been made mandatory in shopping centers, on public transport, in entertainment venues such as a cinema, and fines will come into effect on Monday as the state government responds to the COVID-19 outbreak on Sydney's northern beaches, which is suspected to have also caused new cases in neighboring Victoria state. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

The Latest: Australia moves up vaccination start to February

Jan. 6, 2021 11:38 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia is advancing the start of its coronavirus vaccination program to mid-February, with plans to inoculate 15% of the population by late March. The government had argued there was no reason for an emergency rollout that cut short usual regulatory processes as has occurred in the...

A man wearing a face mask to protect against the spread of the coronavirus walks past a display of lanterns at a public park in Beijing, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021. China has designated parts of Hebei province near Beijing as a coronavirus high danger zone after 14 new cases of COVID-19 were found. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: China's Hebei toughens virus rules over outbreak

Jan. 5, 2021 9:19 PM EST

BEIJING — China’s Hebei province is enforcing stricter control measures following a further rise in coronavirus cases in the province, which is adjacent to the capital Beijing and is due to host events for next year’s Winter Olympics. The National Health Commission on Wednesday reported 20...