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Dr. Anthony Fauci says that almost everyone (regardless of vax status) will get the Omicron variant—BUT! The vaccinated will do reasonably well.
Dr. Anthony Fauci says that almost everyone (regardless of vax status) will get the Omicron variant—BUT! The vaccinated "will do reasonably well." Alex Wong / Getty News

GOOD MORNING, PORTLAND! Now I say I trust you, but I want you to know: I'm not a sucker, chill out, your nose is growing, Pinocchio. LET'S GO TO PRESS.

IN LOCAL NEWS:

• As the Omicron variant causes record-breaking numbers of positive cases throughout Oregon, tests of every variety—from those purchased over the counter to appointments at state-approved testing sites—are getting impossible to find, and even those who are able to snag an appointment discover they're ten days out. Needless to say, frustrations are building to a boiling point.

• Schools in the tri-county area continue to move toward remote learning, including (as of yesterday) Jefferson High School, as well the entire David Douglas School District—which means, at this point, more than one-in-ten students over three counties have seen classes canceled or have moved to online learning.

• Another candidate running against Commish Dan Ryan has dropped out of the race. Senator Akasha Lawrence Spence announced yesterday that she would no longer be running against Ryan, citing that "now is not the time and place" and is asking supporters to throw their votes behind newly-announced candidate AJ McCreary. Our Alex Zielinski has more!

• In other local politics news, Metro Council has appointed Duncan Hwang—the co-director of the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO)—to take the council seat vacated by Bob Stacey who left due to health issues. Find out more about Hwang and what he brings to the table in this article by our Isabella Garcia.

IN NATIONAL NEWS:

• Dr. Anthony Fauci predicts that "almost everybody," regardless of vaccination status will probably be infected by the Omicron variant—but the big difference? The vaccinated will "very likely do reasonably well," while those who choose not to get their shots are "20 times likelier to die, 17 times likelier to be hospitalized, and 10 times likelier to be infected than the vaccinated."

• BUT, BUT, BUT! HERE'S SOME POTENTIALLY VERY GOOD NEWS: Scientists are starting to see proof that Omicron cases are already dropping in Britain, and will soon drop in the US, which means we could quickly see a dramatic reduction in new infections.

• With the previously mentioned shortage of at-home COVID tests plaguing Oregon and the nation, will President Biden's new promise to send millions of tests to schools across the country arrive in time?

• Biden now says he is "tired of being quiet" about long-running attempts from Republicans to quell voting rights—though I never noticed a ball gag in his mouth before. Better far too late than never, I suppose?

• Former President Trump, unfamiliar with being confronted with the truth, abruptly left an NPR interview after the journalist continued to push back on Trump's lies about election fraud.


• It’s back for 2022! America’s sexiest, funnest dirty movie fest, HUMP! Coming at ya starting February 24 at Revolution Hall—GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!

• And now... THE WEATHER REPORT: Partly sunny with rain late and a balmy winter high of 57!

• And finally, more proof that nature is returning.