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Malheur County commissioners declare emergency in response to vaccine mandates

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown at an April 9 mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Portland. On Thursday, the governor extended Oregon's pandemic emergency declaration.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown at an April 9 mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Portland. On Thursday, the governor extended Oregon's pandemic emergency declaration.

Malheur County commissioners have passed an emergency declaration for the county in response to Gov. Kate Brown’s vaccination mandate for state workers, healthcare workers and K-12 employees. The chair of the commission, Judge Dan Joyce, says Malheur is not the only one pleading with the governor to provide vaccine mandate exemptions. Joyce says it’s likely that the region will not have any EMTs after Oct. 18, the deadline for those workers to be vaccinated. We talk with him about the emergency situation and his perspective on how the county should approach COVID-19 outbreaks.

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