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  Fourth Covid-19 surge warning   Medical experts warn that the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over  

Story By Bradley W. Parks (OPB) - Story Source
Published on Monday April 5, 2021 - 6:41 AM

SALEM, Oregon - Cases of COVID-19 have trended upward in Oregon and across the country, even as vaccines reach more and more people.

Oregon state health leaders have jumped at every opportunity to warn the public that the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over. That warning carries new weight this week as the state and nation brace for a possible fourth wave of infections.

"It's clear that in Oregon and across the country, the fourth surge of the virus is at our doorstep," Gov. Kate Brown said during a Friday news conference.

Brown characterized the present moment in the COVID-19 pandemic as a "race" between vaccines and the virus. Inoculations are going up, but infections and hospitalizations are too. The severity of a fourth wave depends on which goes up faster...