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Lauren Van Sickle, Asante

Health care workers across Oregon are facing an urgent shortage of protective equipment like gloves, gowns and, in particular, masks as they test for cases of COVID-19 and treat patients who have been infected with the virus.

Oregon nurses are being advised to reuse personal protective equipment, known as PPE, that under normal circumstances would not be tolerated, according to health care advocates.

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Erik Neumann/JPR

Medford is a regional hub for mental health services in Southern Oregon. But according to complaints from some patients and therapists, gaps in the mental health system are causing vulnerable people to slip through the cracks.

The holiday season cranks up to full speed this week, with the arrival of two of the region's premier events.

The Providence Festival of Trees returns to the Medford Armory with a display of seasonal beauty that is also a major fundraiser for medical care at Providence Medford Medical Center.