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📈 Upwards of 80% of fatalities related to COVID-19 in August were from unvaccinated Oregonians, according to the Oregon Health Authority. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the state has identified 13,166 breakthrough cases — when a person who tests positive 14 days or later after receiving the full course of vaccinations. That’s slightly more than one half of 1% who have been infected with the disease after being fully vaccinated. The health authority report says 650 people with breakthrough cases have been hospitalized - 0.027% of vaccinated Oregonians. And the 113 Oregonians who died after a breakthrough case amount to 0.0047% of those vaccinated. (OregonLive / OHA / KATU)
Quotable: “Both hospitalizations and deaths are extremely small in terms of percentage of those vaccinated. That’s why we call the current surge a pandemic of the unvaccinated.” -Chunhuei Chi, director of the Center for Global Health at Oregon State University
🗳️ Portland’s city council votes today whether or not to boycott Texas in protest of their recent restrictive abortion legislation. If the resolution passes, it would effectively ban buying goods and services from Texas, as well as stop city employee travel there until the state withdraws its legislation or it’s overturned in court. This comes shortly after the Supreme Court declined to block the law last week, which restricts abortion services when a fetal heartbeat is detected, typically at six weeks. Texas officials responded to the city’s proposal with vitriol and jibes. This wouldn’t be the first time Portland has boycotted a state — former Mayor Charlie Hales banned employee travel to Indiana when the state introduced a law that wouldn’t provide protections against discrimination for LGBTIQIA+ people. (OregonLive / AP News / KGW)
💵 OHSU won’t be sponsoring this year’s 2021 Portland Marathon. The school released a statement addressing the crushing number of COVID-19 cases that are stretching state hospitals to capacity. Marathon organizers responded with understanding in an interview with KOIN: “We understand and appreciate their decision to postpone their sponsorship of the race so that they can focus on the monumental task at hand.” The marathon is still taking place October 3, and organizers plan to strictly adhere to all current health protocols enacted by local authorities. Additionally, all runners in this year’s race will be required to provide proof of vaccination or negative test results prior to participating. (KOIN / KGW / OHSU)
😋 Portland’s newest food cart, Baon Kainan, has you covered for Filipino comfort food. Owners Ethan and Geri Leung pay homage to the dishes they grew up with as Filipino Americans, whipping up deliciousness like Tocino Kawali (garlic rice served with a soft-boiled egg and crackly pork belly) and melt-in-your-mouth kare-kare covering crispy steak fries. (OregonLive’s YouTube / Baon Kainan)
🐱 This is Portland Reddit’s stance on kitty cat fat-shaming: Stop it right meow. Ranger is up for adoption at the Oregon Humane Society (and in our opinion, he’s a very handsome and austere gentleman), and this adorable tabby clocks in at 16 lbs of snuggles. The Portland subreddit became VERY protective of Ranger, with one user issuing a truly iconic threat to would-be bullies, “I want everyone reading this to be clear: If you bully Ranger, I will leave a passive-aggressive note on your windshield.” (Oregon Humane Society / Portland subreddit)
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