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6 cases of COVID-19 variant that's ravaged India identified in Oregon

(SALEM, Ore.) According to the Oregon Health Authority, the COVID-19 variant that’s devastated India in the last few months has been identified in Oregon. There have been six cases of the B.1.617.2 variant detected in Oregon, OHA told KATU. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention classifies the variant as a variant of interest.
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Oregon surpasses 200,000 total COVID-19 cases since beginning of pandemic

(SALEM, Ore.) On Thursday, Oregon surpassed 200,000 total COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic, KOIN reports. There were 433 new cases of COVID-19 reported Thursday, bringing the total to 200,210. There were 21 new deaths reported, bringing the state’s death toll to 2,660. Currently 256 Oregonians are hospitalized due to COVID-19, with 68 of those patients in intensive care units.
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Father, daughter rescued from cliff near Cape Arago by Coast Guard helicopter

(COOS BAY, Ore.) A father and daughter were rescued from a cliff near Cape Arago State Park by a Coast Guard helicopter Wednesday afternoon, KATU reports. Around 2 p.m., a woman reported to the Coast Guard Sector North Bend that her daughter and husband were stuck on a cliff and her husband had sustained an ankle injury. A MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew was conducting training nearby and was able to respond within two minutes of the call.
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Roseburg man rescued after spending 17 nights lost in Umpqua National Forest

(DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore.) A 69-year-old man was found alive Sunday by search and rescue teams after being lost for 17 nights in Umpqua National Forest, KGW reports. At 10:15 p.m. on May 7, Harry Burleigh, of Roseburg, was reported missing after he didn’t return home from a camping trip in the Toketee area. According to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, he was expected to return home the day before.
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Vaccinated Oregonians now have the chance to win $1 million

(SALEM, Ore.) Gov. Kate Brown announced Friday that vaccinated Oregonians 18 and older will be able to enter into a drawing to win $1 million as a part of the “Take Your Shot Oregon” vaccination campaign.
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Five Oregon counties will move to 'lower risk' level on Friday

(HOOD RIVER, Ore.) Starting Friday, five Oregon counties will move down to the “lower" COVID-19 risk level, KATU reports. The counties are Benton, Deschutes, Hood River, Lincoln and Washington, Gov. Kate Brown announced Tuesday.
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More Oregon counties vote to consider joining Idaho

(SALEM, Ore.) On Tuesday, five counties in Eastern Oregon voted in support of considering joining Idaho, The Oregonian reports. Baker, Grant, Lake, Malheur and Sherman counties joined Union and Jefferson counties, which had previously voted to require county officials to promote and look into joining Idaho.
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Younger Oregonians could receive COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine as early as this week

(SALEM, Ore.) Though the Food and Drug Administration gave the green light Monday for teens ages 12 to 15 to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, Oregon health officials are still waiting on additional approvals from the federal government before the vaccine can be administered, The Oregonian reports.