Urban hospitals in Oregon lose hundreds of employees over mandate but largely adjust

Treatment rooms for seriously ill patients in the Salem Hospital emergency department are larger to allow more people and medical equipment inside (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Oregon’s urban hospitals have lost hundreds of employees and some have consolidated services over the state’s vaccine mandate but they’re continuing to admit patients, perform[Read More…]

Federal judge rejects last-ditch effort to block Oregon Covid vaccine mandate

Lane Hawkes, emergency room nurse, receives a Covid vaccine at Salem Hospital on Dec. 17 (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) A federal judge on Monday struck down a last-minute attempt to block Oregon’s vaccination mandate for teachers, health care workers and state employees, while another heard arguments in a similar case.  Most[Read More…]

OREGON NEWS: Report shows parts of Oregon spent months last year with elevated air pollution levels

Smoke from fires in southern Oregon during 2020 settle over a farm further north in Washington. (Peter Stevens, Flickr) Klamath Falls had as many elevated pollution days as cities like Phoenix, Cincinnati and San Antonio in 2020, according to a new report.  The non-profit Environment America, part of the left-leaning[Read More…]

OREGON NEWS: Oregon nursing group, resigned to mandate, wants ‘bold’ action to address staffing shortages

The intense care required for Covid-19 patients has exhausted nurses and other health care staff. (Oregon Health & Science University photo) With the Covid-19 vaccine mandate looming, the Oregon Nurses Association stepped into the fray on Thursday, calling on the state to take “bold” action to give relief to nurses[Read More…]