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Vaccine likely to hit Oregon this month, but worsening Covid spread is still expected

Gov. Kate Brown in her Portland office (FILE/Salem Reporter)

SALEM - Gov. Kate Brown said Friday that Oregon stands “on the brink of a full-blown crisis” with its pandemic and warned the number of daily Covid infections could double by Christmas.

The forecast came as the state on Friday crossed a grim threshold, reporting that deaths related to Covid topped 1,000. The state listed 30 more deaths on Friday, adding up to more than 100 in just the past week out of 1,003 since the pandemic hit in January.

Those trends suggest the virus is spreading more quickly among Oregonians, raising the number of people who will become seriously ill and . . .