(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.
(VENETA, Ore.) Going into Memorial Day Weekend, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office is warning boaters that water levels at reservoirs are low and rescue resources are for you, not your boat, KATU reports.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(SALEM, Ore.) A bill that would make the second Monday in October Indigenous People’s Day in Oregon was approved by the state Senate on Tuesday, KATU reports. House Bill 2526 passed the House on a 50-5 vote last month. It passed in the Senate with a 22-7 vote.
(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.
(EUGENE, Ore.) Ballots for the May 18 special districts election are due back to official ballot drop boxes or county election offices by 8 p.m. Tuesday, KATU reports. The issues featured on your ballot will depend on what county you live in.
(SALEM, Ore.) Gov. Kate Brown said Thursday that the majority of Oregon’s mask and social distancing restrictions will be lifted for fully vaccinated people after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidance, KATU reports.
(SALEM, Ore.) Senate Bill 704, which would end the “gay panic” and “trans panic” defense in Oregon, is headed for Gov. Kate Brown’s desk after unanimously passing during a House vote on Thursday, KATU reports.
(SALEM, Ore.) Following the trend of decline in demand for COVID-19 vaccines around the country, Salem Health has seen the number of people coming to its clinic drop by 40% in the last month, KOIN reports.
(SALEM, Ore.) On Tuesday, Gov. Kate Brown said Oregon will see most of its COVID-19 restrictions lifted when 70% of the population ages 16 and older are vaccinated, a target the state is expected to hit in June, KOIN reports.
(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.