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Mon Jul 20, 2020, 07:11 PM

'We really need help': Coronavirus overwhelms rural Oregon

SALEM, Ore. (AP) ó Heather Griggs presses a phone to her ear in a makeshift office in the small brick courthouse that once served as a jail in rural Pendleton, a place best known for its annual rodeo.

Her assured tone masks her exhaustion when she tells the person on the other end that they may have been exposed to COVID-19. It's a call she has made thousands of times since March, but lately there has been a heightened sense of urgency.

The coronavirus has torn through the small Oregon community where farmers grow crops such as potatoes, onions and grains. In Umatilla County, where Pendleton is located, the rate of people testing positive for COVID-19 is about 16%. That's a measure of how widespread the disease is in the community, and the World Health Organization recommends it stay below 5%.

In the county with a population of 77,000, the virus has infected more than a thousand people and killed nine, overwhelming its limited resources and employees.

Read more: https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/breakingnews/story/2020/jul/20/we-really-need-help-coronavirus-overwhelms-rural-oregon/527837/
(Chattanooga Times Free Press)

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Reply 'We really need help': Coronavirus overwhelms rural Oregon (Original post)
TexasTowelie Jul 2020 OP
Eliot Rosewater Jul 2020 #1
jimfields33 Jul 2020 #2
Kingofalldems Jul 2020 #3
jimfields33 Jul 2020 #4
Kingofalldems Jul 2020 #5
Kingofalldems Jul 2020 #6
martouf Jul 2020 #7
LizBeth Jul 2020 #8
ploppy Jul 2020 #9

Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Jul 20, 2020, 07:16 PM

1. Muzac to the ears of ALL traitor supporters.

They want you dead.

they want me dead, I have been saying this for 4 yrs, I hope people believe it now

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Reply #1)

Mon Jul 20, 2020, 07:25 PM

2. Oregon is deep blue. I hope nobody dies.

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Response to jimfields33 (Reply #2)

Mon Jul 20, 2020, 07:34 PM

3. What does 'deep blue' have to do with anything?

And by the way, I don't believe rural Oregon is blue in the first place

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Response to Kingofalldems (Reply #3)

Mon Jul 20, 2020, 07:41 PM

4. Hmmm. Have you looked up the make up of the house in Oregon?

Thatís how I do thing through research.

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Response to Kingofalldems (Reply #5)

Mon Jul 20, 2020, 08:05 PM

6. So it's actually republicans responsible.

Refusing to wear masks, opening anything and everything.

Trump and his pals bear full responsibility no matter how many of their internet pals claim otherwise.

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Response to jimfields33 (Reply #2)

Mon Jul 20, 2020, 09:11 PM

7. Oregon is NOT deep blue outside of Portland and Salem.

 

Once you get outside of the metro areas it is RED Trump country.

Every one of those counties in the article went for Trump in 2016. They've gotten what they voted for.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Jul 20, 2020, 10:38 PM

8. These areas of Oregon did everything they could to make it tough for Gov Brown to shut down,

halt the spread and decrease covid. Yes, they are having it tough because they made sure solutions didn't happen.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Tue Jul 21, 2020, 11:51 AM

9. What LizBeth said.

N/t

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