Oregonians who’ve delayed filing their personal income taxes suddenly have one less urgent item on their to-do list.
Oregon officials have started disclosing key metrics about confirmed coronavirus cases, as well as more information about their own preparedness efforts. The move followed calls for greater transparency by media outlets statewide. Among the new details: more detailed age ranges for the 268 people in Oregon who have so far tested positive for COVID-19.
At the direction of Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, the Oregon Health Authority on Wednesday began disclosing more information about the growing number of coronavirus cases and the capacity of the state’s hospitals to handle them.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown used her daily media briefing Wednesday to call out federal authorities for the ongoing shortage of protective equipment for healthcare workers during the coronavirus outbreak.
On Wednesday, the governor spoke with “Think Out Loud” host Dave Miller about the state’s response, criticisms of her “stay home” request and then order, school closures, frustration with the federal government and other issues.
A new shipment of COVID-19 test swabs, combined with additional testing capacity at Oregon hospitals, will allow thousands more tests to be performed across the state in the next few days.
Regardless, experts say the state is certainly looking at a severe contraction, though the depth and length are almost wholly dependent on whether the spread of COVID-19 is quickly curtailed and day-to-day economic activity can resume.
This is the season when Oregon initiative campaigns normally crank up their canvassing drives to gain enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot.
In a bid to impress the seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic on residents, Gov. Kate Brown’s office is working with high-profile ad firm Wieden+Kennedy to craft a messaging campaign anticipated to roll out in coming days.
Faith leaders said the biggest issue with only providing livestreaming and virtual services is the lack of interactivity, especially as many people are already feeling isolated.
The number of coronavirus infections closed in on a half-million worldwide Thursday, with both Italy and the U.S. on track to surpass China, and a record-shattering 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week in a stark demonstration of the damage to the world’s biggest economy.
The number of Americans filing initial applications for unemployment benefits jumped nearly twelvefold to a record 3.28 million last week, the Labor Department said Thursday, offering the most vivid evidence yet of the outbreak’s widespread damage to the economy.
The first payment of Oregon’s new Corporate Activity Tax — a 0.57% assessment on most corporations’ activity above $1 million in the state — is due April 30. Now, however, with the novel coronavirus pandemic creating problems for businesses large and small, legislators are talking about delaying collecting the tax, at least for some. It’s the wrong approach. The tax should be put on hold across the board.