KATU: Over 1,200 National Guard members to assist Oregon hospitals as state sees COVID surge

KATU: Over 1,200 National Guard members to assist Oregon hospitals as state sees COVID surge. “More than 1,200 Oregon National Guard members will be deployed to hospitals across the state by Tuesday as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations surge. Of those members, 500 were deployed last week to help hospitals care for patients. Gov. Kate Brown recently announced that she would deploy an additional 700 national guard members.”

OPB: Oregon announces long-awaited crisis care standards for hospitals as COVID-19 numbers rise

OPB: Oregon announces long-awaited crisis care standards for hospitals as COVID-19 numbers rise. “The Oregon Health Authority has published new directions for hospitals in the event they need to triage patients and decide who gets urgent, life-saving care in a crisis — and who may not — when there aren’t enough critical resources, such as intensive care beds, available.”

Oregon Office of Economic Analysis: Pandemic Poverty and Progress

Oregon Office of Economic Analysis: Pandemic Poverty and Progress. “This morning the Census Bureau released ‘experimental’ estimates for the 2020 American Community Survey. It’s a rather limited number of published tables available at the state level. It’s better than nothing, but this is what we get since all of us did such a terrible job filling out our surveys last year. The hope is the underlying microdata will allow our office to dig a bit deeper into the numbers which aren’t currently published, in particular this includes breakdowns by geography and race and ethnicity. All that said, let’s go over the headline numbers which are broadly in line with expectations and are continued good news.”

Trade Secrets Trends: City Claims Google’s Water Use Is A Trade Secret and Exempt from Oregon’s Public Records Laws

Trade Secrets Trends: City Claims Google’s Water Use Is A Trade Secret and Exempt from Oregon’s Public Records Laws . “After a reporter from The Oregonian inquired into Google’s water use, the City of Dalles (‘Dalles’) filed a Complaint against both the reporter and the newspaper (the ‘Defendants’) seeking declaratory relief, requesting that the court declare Google’s water use a trade secret under Oregon’s Public Records Law, ORS 192.311 et seq, and the Oregon Uniform Trade Secrets Act, ORS 646.461 et seq. As described below, the issue is whether Google’s water use is a trade secret, and if so, if the public interest exception, which may permit public disclosure of trade secrets, applies.”

Register-Guard: Hyperlocal COVID-19 data shows what influences transmission, vaccination rates across Oregon

Register-Guard: Hyperlocal COVID-19 data shows what influences transmission, vaccination rates across Oregon. “Across Oregon, communities with higher COVID-19 vaccination rates tend to have lower case rates, though the correlation varies based on factors like access to health care, race and income level. The Register-Guard examined thousands of data points around Oregon’s vaccination rates and case rates, looking at ZIP codes, groupings of ZIP codes and demographics within those areas.”

Oregon Public Broadcasting: Computer error led Oregon to miss more than 10 percent of state’s COVID deaths

Oregon Public Broadcasting: Computer error led Oregon to miss more than 10 percent of state’s COVID deaths. “The agency said state epidemiologists were unaware of the deaths until recently due to a computer error. A quality assurance check in the last week revealed problems with the way OHA was gathering data from COVID-19 death records and case reports. OHA said it expects to add about 550 deaths that occurred between May and August to the state’s official total in the coming weeks. That amounts to missing more than 10% of all official COVID-19 deaths in Oregon.”

Willamette Week: On Indigenous People’s Day, Researchers Publish Database of Those Buried at Chemawa School

Willamette Week: On Indigenous People’s Day, Researchers Publish Database of Those Buried at Chemawa School . “In conjunction with Indigenous People’s Day, two researchers are providing public access to a new database of more than 300 people who died at Chemawa School, a federal boarding school for Indigenous people located near Salem. The genocidal legacy of boarding schools for Indigenous students received new attention this May in British Columbia, where the bodies of 215 children were discovered at one site. The history of Oregon’s schools is less known, but the two researchers examined what happened in their Washington County town.”

Oregon Public Broadcasting: 3 Vancouver schools placed on lockdown after Proud Boys try to enter during masks protest

Oregon Public Broadcasting: 3 Vancouver schools placed on lockdown after Proud Boys try to enter during masks protest. “Vancouver Public Schools officials confirmed on Friday that the Skyview High School, Alki Middle School and Chinook Elementary were put in lockdown after members of the far-right Proud Boys tried to gain access to school grounds, according to witnesses.”

The Oregonian: Rural Oregon school superintendent fired after enforcing state mask mandate

The Oregonian: Rural Oregon school superintendent fired after enforcing state mask mandate. “Kevin Purnell was fired Monday as superintendent of the Adrian School District just one week after students returned to school. The Adrian School Board, convening in an emotionally charged special meeting, voted 4-1 Monday evening to terminate Purnell after meeting in an executive, or closed door, session for less than half an hour to consider the matter.”

The Columbian: Oregon hospitals near breaking point as COVID surges

The Columbian: Oregon hospitals near breaking point as COVID surges. “As of Wednesday, 850 coronavirus patients were hospitalized in Oregon — surpassing the state’s record, which was set the previous day. Before this month, the hospitalization record was 622 in November, during a winter surge and when vaccines were not yet available. More than a third of the state’s 652 adult ICU beds are being used for COVID-19 patients. Health officials say the overwhelming majority of hospitalized virus patients are unvaccinated.”

KTVZ: Oregon, Washington partner on tool to access, share cultural heritage digital archives

KTVZ: Oregon, Washington partner on tool to access, share cultural heritage digital archives. “The Oregon Heritage Commission, State Library of Oregon and Washington State Library have partnered to launch Northwest Digital Heritage, an online platform for Oregon- and Washington-based libraries, museums and cultural heritage organizations to digitize and make accessible cultural heritage materials.”