Oregon's request for COVID-19 supplies exposes 'canyons' in federal health care system, Gov says

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. government is rushing protective equipment to states, packing dozens of flights and hundreds of trucks with supplies for medical workers who will be on the front lines of the coronavirus fight.

Oregon faces layoffs, shut downs; Governor announces 250-bed fairgrounds hospital

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Tens of thousands of workers laid off, losing income as rent or mortgage payments are due. Small businesses shut down because of the coronavirus outbreak, and at risk of never reopening their doors again.

A new committee of the state Legislature, which has its inaugural meeting on Wednesday, is tasked with finding solutions to these cascading problems affecting so many across the state. The panel met as authorities said two more people died of coronavirus, raising the total number to three, the Oregon Health Authority reported Wednesday. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Oregon rose to 75.

Governor closes schools to end of April; Oregon coronavirus cases now at 65

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Oregon rose sharply by 18 cases to at least 65, the Oregon Health Authority reported Tuesday as officials in the Portland area announced plans to house the vulnerable homeless.

Virus threatens labor for farms, food processors in PNW

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is threatening to worsen labor shortages experienced by Pacific Northwest farms and food processors.

Portland to put homeless in public buildings, end evictions

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Authorities in Multnomah County – the home of Portland, Oregon – announced Tuesday that they will be opening hundreds of new shelter beds in public buildings throughout the city to try to stem the spread of the coronavirus in the homeless community.

Oregon governor orders closure of bars and restaurants for four weeks

By GILLIAN FLACCUS and ANDREW SELSKY Of The Associated Press PORTLAND — Gov. Kate Brown on Monday ordered the closure of bars and restaurants in Oregon for four weeks to fight the spread of coronavirus. “I ...

Oregon's largest hospital preps for coronavirus surge

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's largest hospital is preparing for a surge in coronavirus patients by reducing non-essential surgeries and halting all medical research except that dedicated to the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of COVID-19, Oregon Health & Science University said Monday.

Oregon governor pleas with young people to prevent spread

SALEM — Oregon's governor made a plea Monday for younger, healthier people to keep their distance from others, warning they could be asymptomatic carriers of the coronavirus and that “following the guidelines on social distancing is a matter of life and death for others.”

 

In Seattle, coronavirus vaccine test opens with 1st doses

SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. researchers gave the first shot to the first person in a test of an experimental coronavirus vaccine Monday -- leading off a worldwide hunt for protection even as the pandemic surges.

Washington governor to order all bars and restaurants to close to fight virus

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday will order all bars, restaurants, entertainment and recreation facilities to temporarily close to fight the spread of COVID-19 in the state with by far the most deaths in the U.S. from the disease.

Oregon governor: state will help find childcare for children of frontline medical workers, first responders

SALEM — Gov. Kate Brown said Friday that the state will help find childcare for the children of frontline medical workers and first responders as schools statewide are closed for two weeks to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.

 

 

Oregon bans mass gatherings, will close schools Monday due to virus

SALEM — Oregon is closing its schools and should prepare for thousands of cases of coronavirus, Gov. Kate Brown said.

Brown on Thursday announced a ban on all gatherings of more than 250 people statewide for four weeks to try to stop the spread. She later said schools will close statewide from March 16 through March 31 due to staffing challenges and health concerns.

Washington governor bans large gatherings in greater Seattle area

By The Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) — Hoping to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday banned gatherings and events of more than 250 people in three Western Washington counties covering hundreds of miles and millions of people.

Oregon governor issues executive order targeting climate change

SALEM — In an end run around Republican legislators, Oregon’s Democratic governor ordered the state on Tuesday to lower greenhouse gas emissions, directing a state agency to set and enforce caps on pollution from industry and transportation fuels.