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Oregon reaches dire stage in pandemic as state issues guidelines for rationing care

A rising number of patients will need emergency and critical care in the days ahead, officials said Friday. (Oregon Health & Science University)

The Covid-19 pandemic in Oregon has reached a dire stage, with the Oregon Health Authority advising hospitals how to ration care when they run out of beds, and officials warning the public that widespread infections will disrupt everyone’s life.

During a news conference on Friday, Dr. Dean Sidelinger, Oregon’s state epidemiologist, said the highly infectious omicron variant will sicken more people much more quickly than other variants, causing a steep rise in hospitalizations.

More than 10,000 people added in one day to the rolls of those infected, and hospital admissions for Covid continued to climb around the state.

Sidelinger said the thousands of unvaccinated Oregonians should consider the . . .