In the most recent report on mortality rates in Oregon counties (January-September 2021) Curry County came out on top and leads all 36 county's by a substantial margin. (See https://bit.ly/3kkmiMS) In second place is Josephine County.

Curry County is 27th in size and 20th in per capita personal income, with only 51% of its citizens fully vaccinated and over 61% of the deaths from COVID-19 happening since August 8.

With all of this, does anyone have a sense of why our mortality rate is so high besides the fact that both counties are the only two Oregon county's who haven't been able to fund their own county health departments and are both at the absolute bottom of county's tax rates to take care of health care, public safety and the other needs of their counties.

Gordon Clay

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