Gov. Kate Brown reiterated Tuesday that Oregonians need to take action now to slow coronavirus transmissions in order to avoid “a higher strain on our medical system and greater loss of life to this disease.”
Oregon schools will remain closed through April 28 under an executive order Gov. Kate Brown issued late Tuesday. The decision comes less than a week after Brown closed schools a week early for spring break, with the expectation of reopening them to students April 1.
With the continued outbreak of COVID-19 straining Oregon’s economy and health care systems, legislative leaders are calling for a special legislative session to allocate money and pass laws to ease the outbreak’s impact.
This time the confusion stemmed directly from comments by Brown, in response to a question from reporters about what was being done to increase testing in Oregon.
The mixed messages can be explained in part by the backdoor negotiations—and sometimes public pressure—from others ready to take action if Brown would not.
Claims for unemployment benefits are surging into the Oregon Employment Department as businesses are forced to shut down as a result of the coronavirus epidemic.
The logical question now on many people’s minds: Has the time come for a societal lockdown? What does it look like? And how long would it last?
Oregon’s capacity to test for COVID-19, the infection caused by coronavirus, has remained tight and the prospects of significant expansion in the near-term is low.
From people on the front lines like Sweany to Oregon’s food producers, though, there’s a broad consensus the state’s grocery supply is adequate. Shelves may be barren each evening, they say, but they’re usually restocked every morning – and at some point people will run out of space in their pantries for all the canned soup and rice they’ve been stockpiling.
Lane County officials announced Tuesday night that a woman in the county who died Saturday is now believed to have died from COVID-19.
Kaiser Permanente Northwest will temporarily close clinics and medical offices in the Portland area Thursday and redeploy employees in those facilities to Kaiser hospitals and urgent care clinics. It is another step the health system is implementing in preparation of an expected onslaught of patients infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus.
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Markets have been incredibly volatile for weeks as Wall Street and the White House acknowledge an increasing risk of a recession due to the coronavirus outbreak. The typical day this month has seen the stock market swing up or down by 4.9%. Over the last decade, the median move was just 0.4%.
For restaurant owners, the coronavirus pandemic has meant impossible choices.
BOTTOM LINE: The COVID-19 pandemic could be a disaster for the state’s already massive unfunded pension liability.
An Oregon Department of Corrections officer is suing the state of Oregon, his ex-coworker and corrections officials for $7 million after he was attacked with a stun gun over a Facebook post.
Oregon’s water regulators exceeded their authority by shutting off wells within 500 feet of waterways in the Upper Klamath Basin last year, according to a judge.
However, even as we are keeping our distance from one another, it doesn’t mean we’re completely confined to our own walls. With public spaces closing and events over 50 people canceled, many entities have taken it upon themselves to offer free virtual tours.