Gov. Brown to address Oregons COVID-19 response, path to reopening – OPB News

Gov. Brown to address Oregons COVID-19 response, path to reopening - OPB

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown will address the ongoing pandemic at 11 a.m. Friday, and provide more information on the path to reopening. Watch live here:

The state can reopen when 70% of eligible Oregonians over the age of 18 have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, Brown has previously announced. The state is inching closer to that goal: As of Thursday, 67.2% of eligible adults have gotten at least one jab.

Lane County passed another vaccination milestone: Over 65% of eligible adults there have received a first dose. That allows Lane County to move from medium-risk restrictions to lower-risk restrictions. Benton, Deschutes, Hood River, Lincoln, Multnomah and Washington counties are the only other counties to have reached that goal.

That means 29 of Oregons 36 counties have not yet reached that particular benchmark. But when the state hits the 70% vaccination rate benchmark, which is expected to happen sometime in the next few weeks, they will also reopen, regardless of vaccination levels and the amount of COVID-19 spreading locally.

This is a developing story. Watch for updates.

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Over a dozen states where rural rates were actually beating urban ones seven weeks ago have flipped, so they now trail their urban counterparts. Those include Oregon where rural places now trail urban by 9 percentage points and Maine where they're now behind by 7 points.

The U.S. is confronted with an ever-growing surplus of COVID-19 vaccines, looming expiration dates and stubbornly lagging demand at a time when the developing world is clamoring for doses to stem a rise in infections

Oregon turned to a gamification expert to help boost vaccine numbers. Should more social programs come equipped with prize winnings?

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