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AROUND OREGON: ‘I don’t know when … or if I’m going to get better’

The popular statue of former Governor Tom McCall in Salem’s Riverfront Park (Ron Cooper/Salem Reporter)

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story is published as part of "The Human Toll," a statewide collaboration of news organizations sharing stories about the human impacts of the Covid pandemic. The Enterprise is part of the collaboration. 

WEST LINN - According to the Oregon Health Authority, at least 350 people in West Linn have tested positive for COVID-19. For one of those patients, 52-year-old Joan Gaither, the experience has been painful, terrifying and emotionally draining.

Despite taking every precaution against the virus that she could, Gaither tested positive for COVID-19 Nov. 15. She made the appointment to get tested after waking up in the middle . . .