Oregon reports 44 more COVID-19 related deaths, 1,650 new cases

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The conceit of Dowd’s piece is that Sinema (that is, Dowd points out, a homonym of “Cinema”) (My life is a movie…, I can almost hear Sinema whisper to the wind as she drives around Phoenix in a Nissan Cube or a refurbished Mustang...) is the Senate chamber’s sexiest, most mercurial starlet.

“She sweeps — and sometimes, when the triathlete has a sports injury, limps — through the Senate like a silent film star,” Dowd writes. I wish I could craft a sentence like this. This is one of the only earned usages of the double em dash I’ve ever seen in my long career of stumbling across shoe-horned metaphors while reading opinion pieces for pleasure.

Dowd claims a top Democrat called Sinema “The Greta Garbo of Congress,” but I don’t buy that Dowd didn’t coin that herself in order to set thematic precedent for her piece. Nobody in Congress is creative enough to craft a sobriquet like that. You think Sen. Debbie Stabenow has time for this? And I don’t think The Squad cares much for silent film.

Dowd says Sinema’s leading man is Sen. Joe Manchin, the least compelling guy to ever make it out of West Virginia. Dowd also claims reporters “have come up with Bennifer-style nicknames for them, including Manchinema and Sinemanch.” Maybe, if the Bennifer she’s thinking of is composed of two randos who just met each other and have no chemistry like, I don’t know, Benjamin Netanyahu and Jennifer Love Hewitt.

Another sentence that qualifies as award-winning fiction, based on the fact that it is almost impossible for me to believe that a paper of note published it: “[Sinema’s] spokesman said that she had a doctor’s appointment for a foot injury, but The Times reported that she was also slated to play footsie with donors at her political action committee’s dinner at a fancy resort.”

Dowd hypes plenty of Sinema’s fashions, including her wigs, her “Dangerous Creature” sweater, her newsboy caps, her $15 minimum wage nay vote thumbs-downed with “a ring that expressed the sentiment ‘Kiss off,’ but in a more vulgar way, and Sinema’s bare shoulders, apparently forbidden on the floor. “But the mandarins quit worrying about it for members once their colleague blithely turned the hallowed marble halls into an iconoclastic catwalk,” Dowd writes.

For an opinion piece, Dowd doesn’t take much of a stand on Sinema’s politics, instead allowing anonymous members of Congress to do the talking.

“It’s hard to look at her actions and not conclude that the donations are part of the story. If she’s here to fight for corporate power and lower taxes for the wealthy and get more money for pharma executives, be on the level and say it,” a progressive tells Dowd.

That is quite the story. Rivals anything the two-bit hack Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o could write.

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Oregon reports 1,650 COVID cases, 44 more deaths

KGW.com 06 October, 2021 - 09:42am

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PORTLAND, Ore. — The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reported 1,650 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases and 44 more deaths on Tuesday. The latest daily report marks the highest number of COVID-19 related deaths reported by the OHA in one day since Sept. 28 which had 41 deaths.

There have been a total of 3,867 deaths and 336,598 cases in the state.

Health officials said there are 733 people with coronavirus in hospitals across Oregon, which is 36 fewer than Monday. There are 186 people with coronavirus in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is 21 less than yesterday.

There are currently 67 available adult ICU beds out of 708 (9% availability) and 291 available adult non-ICU beds out of 4,222 (7% availability).

The OHA asks that you do not visit an emergency department for COVID-19 testing unless your symptoms require emergency care.

As of Oct. 5, 2,750,900 people in Oregon have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 2,527,584 people have completed a vaccine series.

The seven-day running average is now 11,039 doses per day.

Marion County had the highest number of new cases with 154, followed by Lane County with 132 and Washington County with 131.

The OHA released the following information about the cases reported Tuesday:

Baker (10), Benton (14), Clackamas (119), Clatsop (8), Columbia (17), Coos (30), Crook (55), Curry (11), Deschutes (100), Douglas (68), Grant (2), Harney (16), Hood River (7), Jackson (81), Jefferson (5), Josephine (7), Klamath (113), Lake (19), Lane (132), Lincoln (8), Linn (71), Malheur (70), Marion (154), Morrow (7), Multnomah (126), Polk (49), Sherman (3), Tillamook (3), Umatilla (110), Union (10), Wallowa (2), Wasco (28), Washington (131), Wheeler (3) and Yamhill (61). 

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