Community, Year in Review 2022

Lane nurses to bargain; virus lingers

Health infrastructure in Lane County has dogged challenge after challenge this year – the ongoing Covid pandemic, the nationwide nursing shortage and rural access to health care are just some of the issues that arose. 

New, immune-evasive versions of the Omicron variant are spreading, and Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths are once again rising, although the figures remain far below last winter’s peak. Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 936,721 cases have been reported in Oregon. At least one in 471 residents have died from the coronavirus, a total of . . .