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Brown calls special session for Oregon redistricting

Sep. 10, 2021 18:42 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Gov. Kate Brown says the Oregon Legislature will return to the Capitol Sept. 20 for a special session to adopt new congressional and legislative district maps. The state Constitution does not allow the governor to limit the length of a special...

80% of Oregon's new COVID cases are among unvaccinated

Sep. 10, 2021 17:46 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Oregon and clog the medical system, state health officials say the rate of coronavirus in unvaccinated people is currently five times higher than in those who are vaccinated. A report released by the Oregon...

Multnomah County law enforcement exempt from vaccine mandate

Sep. 09, 2021 19:58 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Officials from Oregon's most populous county — Multnomah — joined Portland on Thursday in exempting law enforcement from a COVID-19 vaccine order after county officials say a vaccination requirement for local officers is now legally dubious due to new guidance from...

Police may be exempt from employee vaccine mandate

Sep. 07, 2021 21:30 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland city officials because of new guidance may need to exempt the police bureau from an order that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or risk losing their jobs. The city attorney’s office said Tuesday the order requiring...

Police, firefighters sue Gov. Brown over vaccination mandate

Sep. 04, 2021 10:02 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A coalition of police and firefighters are suing Gov. Kate Brown over her mandate requiring COVID-19 vaccination for state workers. The lawsuit, filed in Jefferson County Circuit Court, says the plaintiffs are the Oregon Fraternal Order of Police...

Oregon House Speaker Kotek announces run for governor

Sep. 01, 2021 13:16 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Tina Kotek, the Speaker of the Oregon House, announced Thursday she is running for governor. Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat like Kotek, cannot run for re-election in 2022 due to term limits. Kotek, a Portland lawmaker, has led the state House since...

Idaho governor calls in help amid surge in COVID patients

Aug. 31, 2021 15:40 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Tuesday called in 220 medical workers available through federal programs and mobilized 150 Idaho National Guard soldiers to deal with a surge in unvaccinated COVID-19 patients that is overwhelming the state’s hospitals. ...

The Latest: Australia state easing rules as vaccine goal met

Aug. 25, 2021 23:16 PM EDT

SYDNEY — Authorities in Australia’s New South Wales state say they will ease pandemic restrictions for vaccinated adults next month even as they are reporting a record 1,029 coronavirus infections and three deaths from COVID-19. The record reported Thursday surpassed...

'Crisis teams' sent to hard-hit COVID hospitals in Oregon

Aug. 25, 2021 18:51 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon will deploy “crisis teams” of hundreds of nurses, respiratory therapists, paramedics and nursing assistants to regions of the state hardest hit by a surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations that have stretched hospitals to the limit, Gov. Kate Brown said...

Masks to be required in Oregon's outdoor public settings

Aug. 24, 2021 22:33 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — People in Oregon, regardless of vaccination status, will once again be required to wear masks in most public outdoor settings — including large outdoor events where physical distancing is not possible — beginning Friday. The mandate, announced...