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FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Mar. 21
25 Oregon mayors: Gov. Brown must issue stay-at-home order
Mayors of Portland-area cities on Saturday insisted the state issue orders for people to stay home and away from others to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Mar. 21
THE LATEST: Headlines from around Oregon, the NW on the outbreak
DIGEST: You can see all the latest local and regional news coverage from Salem Reporter and other news organizations in one place.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Mar. 21
For Oregonians, time to stay home in a matter of life and death
Government leaders and medical professionals say it's now up to Oregonians on how far the spread of COVID-19 will go. They are calling on people to stay at home, and appear ready to order that happen as Oregon records its fourth death from the disease.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Mar. 20
UPDATED: Marion County announces first death resulting from COVID-19 infection
Marion County officials said a county resident has died from the novel coronavirus, the fourth reported death in Oregon from the disease.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Mar. 20
Seniors in Salem could use a little Skype to combat isolation, fear
Barbara Halliday, a Bonaventure Salem resident, recounts her experience feeling like there’s a “bullseye” on her for the novel coronavirus.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Mar. 20
Salem Hospital doesn't yet need your sewing skills
Some U.S. hospitals are asking people to sew masks and gowns at home, but Salem Hospital isn't among them. Instead, hospital leaders are asking people to stay home.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Mar. 20
Amid the coronavirus outbreak, the state wants workers to telecommute and people to keep their distance. Is it following its own advice?
State employees can work remotely more easily. But union representatives say such arrangements have encountered technological constraints and a public that is increasingly turning to state government for help with health care or economic insecurity.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Mar. 20
Alone at home, a Salem pastor prays as his wife fights for her life against the coronavirus
Since Sunday, Pastor Jerry Miranda has been at home, anxiously awaiting calls from the hospital as his wife of 38 years battles COVID-19 in intensive care. “I know God’s on the throne and I know a miracle’s coming now,” he said.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Mar. 20
Legislators propose stopping evictions, expanding unemployment and requiring interest-free loans to businesses to help Oregon survive coronavirus
Oregonians would be more assured of food, a home and a job or unemployment benefits under an emergency relief plan framed by two Oregon legislators. Their proposal would require a fresh infusion of state money into a variety of programs and leniency on state regulations, all intended to help Oregonians manage over the next 90 days.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Mar. 20
Salem's vacant streets and businesses take on holiday feel, but unease lingers as the novel coronavirus outbreak continues
Businesses and entertainers turn to the internet while others adjust with bare-bones crews to remain open. Services are reduced or canceled amid the outbreak. Some wonder how long they can go on while others settle into a new normal.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Mar. 20
Oregon education system reeling from challenges presented by COVID-19 outbreak
Oregon officials are considering what to do about lost school days, approaching high school graduations and online learning. State money will continue to flow to Oregon's school districts
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Mar. 19
Inside Salem Hospital's "incident command center" for COVID-19
At a daily briefing on the novel coronavirus outbreak, Salem Hospital doctors, nurses and other leaders track a scarce supply of masks and plan for adding more hospital beds if needed. Doctors said the outbreak's effects on the medical system are "unprecedented" in their lifetimes.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Mar. 19
Salem's Divine Distillers joins craft spirit producers making free hand sanitizer
Can't find hand sanitizer in the store? Jason Greenwood, co-owner and distiller at Divine Distillers, can hook you up. He's asking those able to donate to local arts organizations.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Mar. 19
Worried they'll be overrun by the coronavirus outbreak, hospitals call on governor to make the most restrictive move yet
The hospital association is asking Gov. Kate Brown to issue a shelter-in-place order that would confine most people to their homes. Brown isn't planning on an order but that could change.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Mar. 19
Oregon is running out of masks, gloves and gowns needed to protect health care workers from contracting the coronavirus
State officials say that they've only gotten a fraction of supplies requested from the federal government. With supplies dwindling, they're now seeking creative solutions and donations.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Mar. 19
THE LATEST: Headlines from around Oregon, the NW on the outbreak
DIGEST: Get all the latest local and regional news coverage from Salem Reporter and other news organizations in one place.
OREGON STATE GOVERNMENT Mar. 19
Oregon prison system, facing escalating costs, cutting employees but no corrections officers
The Oregon Department of Corrections, trying to cover a $60 million shortage in its budget, this week started laying off some employees and cutting other expenses. Prisons are experiencing unexpectedly high medical costs for inmates.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Mar. 18
As school closure extends to six weeks, Salem-Keizer grapples with instruction, meals, graduation
Keeping kids fed and making sure the Class of 2020 can still graduate are top priorities for state and local education leaders. Many questions about the school year remain unanswered.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Mar. 18
Legislative panel tasked with coronavirus response presented with a bleak overview of the outbreak and possible responses
A special committee formed to establish the groundwork for an upcoming special session dedicated to the pandemic had its first hearing Wednesday. Some ideas to help businesses and workers have emerged. But the questions remain on how to pay for it all.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Mar. 18
Kaiser Permanente shuts down some clinics to free up space for sick patients
Keizer Station and west Salem’s clinic are temporarily closing so the medical provider has the capacity and gear to care for patients with COVID-19. North Lancaster Dental Office and Skyline Dental Office are also closing.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Mar. 18
Coronavirus economic advisory council examining every option in providing support to Oregonians
Oregon's top business and government leaders started meeting this week to sort out steps to take as the state's economy teeters. Getting money to businesses is considered one key step to maintain employees and services. Who's on the council? We have the list.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Mar. 18
Temporary hospital to be installed on state fairgrounds in Salem, governor says
State officials bracing for a significant increase in patients needing hospitalization for the novel coronavirus plan to erect a 250-bed hospital at the Oregon State Fair and Exposition Center. Gov. Kate Brown said this was part of a plan to add 1,000 beds to Oregon's current capacity.
FreeSALEM COMMUNITY Mar. 18
In uncertain times, Salem cellist turns to music for connection
Joseph Harchanko could be seen playing his cello underneath the cherry blossoms at the Oregon State Capitol on Sunday. He said people should use this time of social isolation as an opportunity to tap into their creative side.
FreeSALEM AREA EVENTS Mar. 18
Awesome 3000 postponed until August
The fun run for kids of all ages has been held for nearly 40 years on the first weekend in May, but organizing an event with 600 volunteers without large in-person meetings is nearly impossible.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Mar. 18
Day by day, life in Salem is changing as Oregon confronts coronavirus outbreak
Businesses are closing. Bus ridership becomes free. Nursing homes stop all visits. And bicycle riders lose a major event. From one end of Salem to the other, restrictions are changing life as the state implores people to obey rules to save lives.
FreeSALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Mar. 17
Salem declares state of emergency, bans loitering on sidewalks and allows city camping
During an emergency meeting Tuesday night, Salem city councilors declared an emergency over COVID-19 to move people congregating on downtown streets.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Mar. 17
School closures in Salem, around Oregon, extended through April, governor orders
The 580,000 public school students scheduled to return to classes on April 1 will now stay home until at least April 28, according to a new order from Gov. Kate Brown.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Mar. 17
Here are the Salem restaurants offering takeout or closing during Oregon's restaurant shutdown
We've updated our local restaurant list for Friday, March 20. Here's where you can get takeout, which restaurants are closed and who's still selling beer.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Mar. 17
EDITOR'S NOTE: How we're covering the COVID-19 impact on Salem
At Salem Reporter, we understand the stress and confusion of unfolding developments as the community faces the spread of the novel coronavirus. Here's what guides our reporting to help you stay informed and make your choices about how to respond. One way we're helping is making our coverage available at no cost.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Mar. 17
The Legislature is expected to convene to take up the coronavirus outbreak. But it's not clear what legislation will be considered
State leaders are waiting to see how what the federal response shapes up before lawmakers return for what's expected to be a focused session.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Mar. 17
Turner City Hall closes indefinitely after employee's spouse tests positive for COVID-19
Turner City Administrator David Sawyer said the man fell ill while visiting family in Kansas over the weekend and is being treated in Topeka. He decided to close city hall based on employee and public feedback.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Mar. 17
THE LATEST: Headlines from around Oregon, the NW on the outbreak
DIGEST: Get all the latest local and regional news coverage from Salem Reporter and other news organizations in one place.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Mar. 17
Salem restaurants, bars lay off workers after dining-in ban takes effect
Gov. Kate Brown announced Monday afternoon that restaurants and bars would no longer be allowed to open their doors to dining patrons and would instead shift to to-go orders for the next month.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Mar. 17
As coronavirus pandemic enters 'stark new phase,' hospitals prepare for a shortage of beds
With an already low per-capita hospital bed rate, Oregon could find itself with too many sick people and not enough places to treat them as soon as next month. Four major Portland area hospital systems have formed a new front to coordinate and increase hospital bed capacity.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Mar. 16
In one day, Salem-Keizer puts together plan to feed thousands of kids out of school
On the first day of a statewide public school closure, thousands of kids showed up at local schools to grab a bagged lunch. District leaders will add breakfast pick-up at 36 schools starting Tuesday.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Mar. 16
Could Oregon health care leaders unite under 'coronavirus czar?'
Former Gov. John Kitzhaber and others say more hospital coordination is needed now.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Mar. 16
Salem Health among first Oregon providers offering private COVID-19 testing at single Salem clinic
You'll still need a referral from your doctor to get tested - call first, and don't show up at the emergency room or a Salem Health clinic with a cough and expect to get a test.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Mar. 16
Marion County declares state of emergency due to COVID-19
The commissioners met for a special meeting Monday morning to request money from the state to help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. There are two presumptive cases in Marion County.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Mar. 16
Salem Public Library closes
The decision followed a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation on Sunday that advised against gatherings of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks and a study that found the virus can live on some materials for up to 72 hours.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Mar. 15
Gov. Kate Brown holds off imposing curfews or closures of bars and restaurants — for now
In the latest step to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, Gov. Kate Brown said Sunday she is considering ordering restaurants across the state to close. But she declined to make the move after hearing from local elected officials about the role restaurants play in serving the vulnerable.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Mar. 15
Oregon officials working to prepare hospitals for expected surge in infected patients
State health and medical officials are working to divert some care away from emergency rooms and hospitals to free up beds to care for seriously ill patients with the disease COVID-19. Federal supplies are flowing to beef up local stocks - but at a fraction of what Oregon officials say they need.

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