Hospitals across the state are full of COVID patients, prompting the Washington State Medical Association last Friday to issue a letter asking the Governor to mobilize the National Guard.  Statewide, preliminary data from the Department of Health shows that hospitals were nearly 95% full last week as the omicron variant fuels the largest COVID wave … Read more

On Aug. 13, Gov. Kate Brown announced the deployment of the National Guard to hospitals across Oregon to assist frontline health care professionals in the midst of a COVID-19 surge and staffing shortage. Shortly after, she announced a deal with medical staffing agencies to supply contract nurses to Oregon hospitals.  Doug Merrill, M.D., chief medical … Read more