Where is the reporting? Large local businesses have been shut down due to recent COVID infections. Locally, people have been hospitalized and are getting sick but what are the numbers?

Since OHA has taken over the county statistics, there has been little recent information given. The "free" COVID test that the government offers comes with a local billing of $86 for a required telehealth visit, something that surely discourages any subsequent tests. Breakthrough cases can be very debilitating but are simply dismissed as minor if they do not require hospitalization or result in death. Statistics show the county rate of vaccination to be under 45% which is comparable to the southeast states that are now being overwhelmed with hospitalizations.

The recent main paper headline warns us of a local tree disease but regarding current local facts about our COVID problem where is the reporting?

Kevin Vanginderen

Brookings

 
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