It's a bad time to get sick in Oregon. That's what many doctors are telling their patients and the public, as hospitals full of COVID-19 patients have been forced to postpone some treatments of other medical conditions.
Charlie Callagan had his scheduled bone-marrow transplant postponed. Now he's waiting for a new surgery date, hunkered down at his home in Merlin, a small Rogue Valley town in southern Oregon.
Though he looks perfectly healthy, sitting in the smoky summer air on his outdoor deck, Callagan, 72, has multiple myeloma, a blood cancer of the bone marrow.