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(Portland, OR)  --  Health officials say there was an increase in deaths from non-COVID-19 related conditions during the pandemic.  A Providence Health study found unplanned hospitalizations were cut up to 50-percent while deaths increased 20-percent.  People held off going to hospitals for heart issues, strokes and care for chronic conditions due to fear they'd get COVID-19.  Doctors say people need to know that medical clinics, hospitals, and emergency rooms are safe places to get medical care.

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