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Portland Daily Round Up: Gov. Brown extends COVID state of emergency, Washington Co. hosting walk-in vaccine clinics

Emily Scarvie

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By Emily Scarvie

(PORTLAND, Ore.) Hello Portlanders! It's Wednesday, Dec. 22 - Here's your daily round up of all the news happening in the City of Roses.

1. Gov. Brown extends COVID state of emergency as Oregon prepares for omicron surge

On Tuesday, Gov. Kate Brown extended Oregon’s state of emergency for COVID-19 as the state prepares for a surge in cases and hospitalizations due to the omicron variant. The emergency declaration was extended through June 30, 2022, unless it’s rescinded or extended again. It allows the state to utilize additional resources in its pandemic response.

“As Oregon prepares for what could be our worst surge in hospitalizations during this pandemic, I know that this is not the beginning of the new year any of us had hoped for,” Brown said. “Time and again over the last two years, Oregonians have proven that we will stand with each other in our most difficult times. Your actions have saved lives, and it is because we have worked together to keep each other safe that Oregon still has some of the lowest infection and mortality rates in the nation."

The governor also encouraged Oregonians to “do their part” by getting vaccinated against COVID-19, getting a booster shot and wearing masks.

To read the full statement published by the governor’s office, click here.

2. Washington County offering COVID-19 vaccines, boosters at free walk-in clinics

On Wednesday, Washington County Health and Human Services is administering free COVID-19 vaccines and boosters at a mobile clinic located at James Templeton Elementary School. The walk-in clinic will run from 1-7 p.m. and is one of several that the county’s mobile vaccine team is organizing in the coming weeks. The mobile clinic will also be at Beaverton Hoop YMCA on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, as well as boosters, will be available at both events and no appointment is required. All Oregonians 5 years and older are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, but anyone 14 years or younger will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian at Washington County vaccine events.

For more information on Washington County’s vaccine clinics, click here.

3. Nico's Ice Cream cart stolen from front of owner's home

Nearly eight months ago, Portlander Nico Vergara opened an ice cream cart on Mississippi Avenue, selling New Zealand style ice cream and fresh fruit from the Willamette Valley out of a trailer he got in Idaho for $5,000. On Tuesday night, the trailer was stolen from his home on Northeast 65th Avenue.

Surveillance video shows three people breaking the lock and stealing the trailer, then driving away in a vehicle without plates.

“I would just ask that people think a little bit more. This thing, maybe they resell it, maybe they whatever. But this is people’s livelihoods at the end of the day,” Vergara told FOX 12. “Nico’s is all I do, it is my livelihood. I’m not the only one in it. It hurts people and it affects people.”

Vergara is raising money to help buy a new trailer. Anyone feeling generous can donate to his GoFundMe account.

4. Trail Blazers vs. Nets game postponed after Brooklyn's COVID-19 outbreak

The NBA has postponed the Portland Trail Blazers game against the Brooklyn Nets, originally scheduled for Thursday night, after the Nets reported 10 players in health and safety protocols. It marks the eighth virus-related postponement of the season and third consecutive Nets game to be rescheduled. Due to so many players being out, the Nets do not have the league-minimum eight players available for the game.

Brooklyn’s next possible game would be Saturday against the Los Angeles Lakers, but the league says if that game ends up postponed as well, it may move another game into the 8 p.m. Eastern time slot on ABC. Teams scheduled to play on Christmas have been told that game time shifting is a possibility.

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