(The Center Square) – The first nationwide confirmed case of the COVID-19 omicron variant has been detected in California, officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday.
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SALEM — The newly discovered omicron variant of COVID-19 is raising concerns just as Oregon hit two key markers in its recovery from the deadly delta variant that swept through the state last summer.
LA GRANDE — As cases of COVID-19 continued to rise in Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown on Aug. 13 issued an emergency order to deploy nearly 1,500 Oregon National Guard soldiers throughout the state to help support hospitals.
The COVID-19 delta variant is spreading so fast that that it will hit most of the state's unvaccinated population before the six weeks needed to be fully immunized if they were inoculated now.
Gov. Kate Brown Friday morning ordered most state workers to immediately begin wearing masks indoors at state facilities and to require visitors to also mask up.
People who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 are no longer required to wear masks in most places.