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  This week, Deschutes County, like many others in the state, were taken down to a lower COVID-19 risk level because the county had met the 65% vaccination threshold.   The hospital had to transfer two critical care patients to Boise, Idaho as there wasn't space available in hospitals west of the Cascades.  

Story by Joe English, KATU Staff - Story Source
Published on Sunday May 30, 2021 - 3:26 AM
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"We're at capacity. We're beyond capacity," is the way Dr. Jeff Absalon described the situation Friday.

He's the chief physician executive at St. Charles Health Care in Bend.

"We have been experiencing a large number of COVID-19 patients over the last several weeks. I think we're an outlier to the rest of the state and a large part of the country," said Absalon.

Of the 500-plus COVID-19 patients in the hospital in the last three months, most of them had not had a vaccination.

"That is indeed true. So it turns out that since March 1st, 98% of the patients that we have had hospitalized for COVID-19 have not been fully vaccinated. Vaccination is very protective. And we certainly encourage everybody who has not taken advantage of the vaccine to do so," Absalon said...