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Governor Issues Executive Order For Respiratory Illness Increase

(Salem, OR) -- Oregon Governor Kate Brown has issued an executive order in response to a surge in adult and pediatric cases and hospitalizations for respiratory viruses. The order gives hospitals more flexibility to increase staffing and use volunteer nurses and doctors. The Oregon Health Authority will spend up to 25-million dollars to hire supplemental nurses to help increase hospital staffing. Last month, Governor Brown issued an order that increased hospital flexibility to help with the increase in pediatric RSV cases. The new order expands that flexibility.

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