Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today visited the Hood River area, with stops at the One Community Health vaccination clinic and Cardinal Glass Industries. At One Community Health, the Governor had the opportunity to learn more about the region's efforts to center equity in vaccine distribution, tour the clinic and vaccine mobile units, and talk with clinic staff and patients. Hood River County has been one of the counties leading the state, with over 68.8% of residents 16 and older vaccinated, thanks to strong community partnerships. Following the clinic visit, the Governor visited Cardinal Glass Industries' insulating glass plant where the company manufactures glass for windows and doors and has recently broken ground on a facility expansion that will add 50 jobs.
"Hood River has always been a special place in Oregon, and that was made ever more clear today as I visited two unique organizations," said Governor Brown. "The efforts of One Community Health to increase vaccination rates, while prioritizing the health of our most vulnerable populations and Black, Indigenous, Latino, Latina, Latinx, Asian, Pacific Islander, and Tribal communities, are extraordinary; their efforts truly show what a community can do when we work together.
"As Oregon recovers from the pandemic, we must also do everything we can to support manufacturers, like Cardinal Glass Industries, in operating to their full potential. Oregon has always relied on good paying jobs in manufacturing, which is why manufacturing is a core tenet of my 10-point plan for economic recovery."
The Governor was joined at One Community Health by Hood River County Chair Mike Oates, Hood River Mayor Kate McBride, Hood River County Public Health Director Trish Elliot, One Community Health Executive Director Max Janasik, and One Community Health Field Services Director Gladys Rivera. She was joined at Cardinal Glass Industries by Plant Superintendent Sorn Peppen and Maintenance Manager Shane Thoms.
Photos from today's visit are available here.