Oregon governor will lift delay on medical procedures

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Hospitals, dentists’ offices and other healthcare providers on May 1 can resume attending to patients for non-urgent procedures if they take certain steps. Gov. Kate Brown said also Oregon is expecting “extremely large shipments” of protective masks and gowns. Brown noted that hospitals and other facilities have been grievously hurt financially by the pullback on n on-urgent medical procedures. Healthcare workers are also among the highest workforce segment seeking unemployment befits in Oregon. COVID-19 has claimed five more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 83. Health officials warn that Oregon still lacks adequate testing capability to isolate and quash pockets of outbreaks of the coronavirus.