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A nurse cares for a critically ill patient in the Intensive Care Unit at Oregon Health and Science University.  The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 increased to 692 statewide this week, but hospitalizations were still about 40% below their peak during a summer surge. (Photo courtesy OHSU)

A nurse cares for a critically ill patient in the Intensive Care Unit at Oregon Health and Science University. The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 increased to 692 statewide this week, but hospitalizations were still about 40% below their peak during a summer surge. (Photo courtesy OHSU)

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Impacts Grow from COVID Surge

Growth in cases brings back distant learning in schools

A growing number of schools in Portland and Vancouver returned to distance learning this week because of COVID-related staffing issues impacting the number of teachers available for classroom instruction.