PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Education officials urged Oregonians to do their part to stop the spread of COVID so that schools can stay open this year.
“Our schools are places of learning and care, and our kids need access again. This won’t be easy, and it will take some sacrifice from the community,” Colt Gill, Director of the Oregon Department of Education, said.
“We need you to do your part to protect this school year,” Gill said.
State epidemiologist Dr. Dean Sidelinger said cases across the state are continuing to surge due to the delta variant.
“OHA has been working closely with OED to ensure that our schools remain protected from COVID-19,” Sidelinger said.
COVID-19 hospitalizations reached record highs last week before receding slightly. Data that shows nearly all of those hospitalized with COVID-19 are unvaccinated.
“This is a crisis that is largely being driven by people who have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19,” Sidelinger said.