Hospitals face staffing crisis; FEMA pulls out of the Grove

PHOTO PROVIDEDSen. Ron Wyden speaks at PeaceHealth RiverBend in Springfield last week.

As the Omicron variant continues to surge, an unprecedented staffing crisis has smacked local hospitals, leaving the remaining staff stretched thin and exhausted as we enter the third year of the pandemic. Outside of the hospitals, public officials are working to squelch flared tensions among some residents, whose reactions are inflamed in part because of pediatric vaccination eligibility in recent months. 

All the while, the message remains clear across all public health and local government sectors: Getting vaccinated and boosted . . .