Health and Wellness

‘Kraken’ variant emerges

Respiratory virus prevention steps such as masking and avoiding gatherings helped limit RSV, COVID-19,  and influenza transmission over the holidays, but health officials say Oregon isn’t out of the woods yet. 

The latest COVID-19 variant, unofficially nicknamed the "kraken," has the potential to be widespread in the state, compounding challenges at already-packed hospitals. 

“While overall respiratory virus activity in our communities remains high and our hospital systems are still under extraordinary pressure, with some operating near, at or even above 100% capacity, we are seeing some improvements in respiratory virus hospitalizations,” said . . .