HEALTH POLITICS AROUND THE U.S.: Leaders react, mobilize in states in wake of Supreme Court decision

A ‌leaked‌ ‌draft‌ ‌of‌ ‌a U.S. ‌‌Supreme Court majority opinion overturning Roe v. Wade triggered a large protest to protect abortion rights outside the Georgia State Capitol ‌on‌ ‌May‌ ‌14‌. (Ross Williams/Georgia Recorder) Reaction was swift across the U.S. Friday as the U.S. Supreme Court erased nearly 50 years of[Read More…]

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Governor won’t relent on vaccine mandate, saying Covid deaths ‘unacceptable and preventable’

Gov. Kate Brown pushed back hard Thursday on public officials urging her to drop her vaccination mandates, saying “I am focused on solving a public health crisis, not a political problem.” The governor said she wouldn’t retract her mandate that health care workers, school employees and state workers get vaccinated.[Read More…]

Salem-Keizer schools not likely to open again, shift to ‘distance learning’ coming

Third-grade student Levi Black cuts out a shape during an art lesson at Salem Heights Elementary School on Oct. 18, 2019. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Students in Salem-Keizer are expected to return to class, though virtually and not in schoolhouses, after the state Monday night announced a major shift in strategy.[Read More…]

Oregon sees first death from COVID-19, legislator calls for cash infusion for Oregonians as economy staggers

Dr. Dean Sidelinger, Oregon’s state health officer, speaks about new measures to contain COVID-19 at a news conference in Portland on March 12, 2020 (Jake Thomas/Salem Reporter) A 70-year-old veteran died Saturday at a Portland hospital from COVID-19, the first known fatality in Oregon as the number of people testing[Read More…]

State authorities expand restrictions in face of estimates that coronavirus could infect 75,000 Oregonians

NOTE: Keizertimes is providing free access to its content related to the coronavirus as a community service. Subscriptions help support this. From playgrounds to prisons, Oregon is facing ever-expanding . . . You have reached content available exclusively to Keizertimes digital subscribers. Receive a 3-day free trial of unlimited digital access. Already[Read More…]