Health officials predict another COVID surge in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Following three confirmed cases of the highly omicron variant in Oregon, health officials warn the state’s peak number of hospitalizations since the start of the pandemic — about 1,200 —could more than double by the end of February. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and health officials on Friday urged people to get their COVID-19 booster shot.  The health authority announced it is working to expand booster vaccination —  with a goal of administering booster shots to an additional million residents, doubling the current number people who have already received the booster.