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FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN SALEM OREGON Apr. 4
PHOTO GALLERY: Signs of the times crop up across Salem
In shop windows and doorways, on sidewalks and park paths, Salem residents encounter the signs of the COVID-19 era, a time of historic change.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN SALEM Apr. 4
PHOTOS: With joy, local teachers and their students cheer each other – from a distance
The teachers at Clear Lake Elementary School went looking for their students, parading through neighborhoods on Friday, April 3. They found a warm welcome.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Apr. 3
Teachers at Clear Lake, Chapman Hill parade through neighborhoods to wave at students
"Our job and our wiring and our personality is to give and to love kids and that’s been taken away, which is really hard,” said Diana Warnek, a Chapman Hill Elementary teacher.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Apr. 3
Cherriots to resume some bus service Tuesday
The agency is working out the details of which routes will be operating starting Tuesday, April 7 after shutting down service earlier this week for the first time in 41 years. Seven employees at Cherriots have tested positive for COVID-19.
STATE GOVERNMENT Apr. 3
Department of Consumer and Business Services gets a new director
Andrew Stolfi will serve as head of the department, which has a large role in regulating businesses and protecting workers.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Apr. 3
For one Salem congregation, church goes on in the era of social distancing
The River, a nondenominational church in north Salem, continues to hold smaller in-person services as most houses of worship have closed their doors. Leaders say they've providing a vital services, but it's drawn concern from some.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Apr. 3
How one Salem company is helping out with the shortage of personal protective equipment
WaterShed, Inc. has focused on making gear for front line workers. With the COVID-19 outbreak outbreak, those front line workers are now doctors, nurses and others.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN SALEM Apr. 3
Computers, apps, chats and gloves: Salem's churches turn to new tools to stay connected
Salem's churches, mosques and synagogues remain shuttered. But behind those closed doors, leaders are developing new and innovative ways to spread messages of hope with their congregants.
FreeCOMMENTARY: LIFE IN SALEM Apr. 3
To catch the changes in life, Salem Reporter puts new photography team to work
In ways big and small, noticeable and obscure, life in Salem seems to be changing by the day. A new squad of photographers is going to help the community see the history unfolding before us by the hour. This is another step Salem Reporter has taken to serve the community in a time of crisis.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Apr. 3
Businesses prepare as the floodgate on federal relief money is lifted
The Paycheck Protection Program is expected to be a lifeline to businesses and workers. Banks are busy for its rollout today amid concerns of a rocky rollout.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Apr. 3
PHOTOS: Not exactly the first day of school, but Salem students ready to resume studies
PHOTOS: The Salem-Keizer School District handed out an estimated 15,000 Chromebooks on Thursday, April 2, as teachers prepare to give online teaching a try. The handout continues Friday morning at area high schools.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Apr. 3
Oregon inmate in Salem tests positive for COVID-19, the first in the state prison system
The Oregon Department of Corrections said it would screen all 480 inmates at the Santiam Correctional Institution after an inmate tested positive for COVID-19.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Apr. 2
Two deputies test positive for COVID-19 at Marion County Jail
A Marion County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said he couldn’t definitely answer if each inmate is going to be tested.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Apr. 2
Salem parents swarm schools to snap up computer laptops as class-at-home looms
As the Salem-Keizer School District pivots hard to launch schooling at home, parents and other adults lined up patiently on Thursday to grab Chromebooks for their students. The giveaway continues on Friday at the area's high schools.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Apr. 2
Separated for weeks, Salem couple reunites after wife's "miracle" recovery from coronavirus
For nearly a week, it didn't look like Teresa Miranda would wake up as she battled a critical case of COVID-19 at Salem Hospital. But on April 2, she was released and reunited with Pastor Jerry Miranda, her husband of 38 years.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Apr. 2
As the coronavirus outbreak continues, unemployment claims reach new high
Figures released by the state and federal governments show record numbers of people seeking help after losing jobs. But the numbers don't tell the whole story of the outbreak's ongoing damage to the economy.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Apr. 2
Employee at Oregon State Hospital tests positive for coronavirus
An employee at the state-run mental hospital in Salem has tested positive for COVID-19. The state notified staff Wednesday evening, saying no patients so far have been infected.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Apr. 1
Employee complaints allege Salem employers aren't complying with orders meant to prevent coronavirus spread
After the governor issued social distancing orders, hundreds of complaints were filed with Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration. While no citations have been issued, an OSHA spokesman called it "an all-hands-on-deck project."
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Apr. 1
Salem couple plans to livestream wedding after postponing big celebration
Anna Scheler and Konner Monk had planned to invite more than 100 people to their wedding next weekend, but after COVID-19 has forced the closure of many venues the couple decided to scale down their ceremony.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Apr. 1
Salem Health resumes COVID-19 testing after running low on supplies
Salem Health, Kaiser Permanente and Santiam Hospital can all test people with symptoms of the novel coronavirus at outpatient clinics in the Salem area, though needed supplies remain limited.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Apr. 1
With shutdown of public transit, riders left wondering how to get to work
Many area residents rely on Cherriots bus service to get to work or to run errands. After the transit service’s historic closure Tuesday, riders say taking a taxi will be too expensive of an alternative.
FreeLOCAL SCHOOLS Apr. 1
Salem-Keizer schools scramble to switch to distance learning after state says schools likely won't re-open
An abrupt change from Oregon's education department came late Monday night, requiring Salem-Keizer schools to plan for remote learning for 41,000 students. Districts still have no guidance on how graduation requirements might change for the Class of 2020.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Apr. 1
Signs of the times - your favorite in Salem?
Help us find the locally-made signs posted by Salem businesses and others about being closed or otherwise limiting operations. This is history in the making.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Mar. 31
With doors closed and customers cooped up, businesses turn to carryout or delivery
Salem residents can get carryout groceries. Mechanics, vitamins, skincare products and more will be delivered to their doors. Depending on how long the outbreak continues, it could result in more lasting changes to how companies serve customers.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Mar. 31
Adjusting to another week of self-isolation, west Salem retiree turns to Skype for workouts, connection
Susan Coburn Hughs said online classes from a Salem gym provide her an emotional outlet as she tries to find a new purpose while stuck at home.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Mar. 31
Salem schools not likely to open again, shift to 'distance learning' coming
The state Education Department notified local school superintendents and principals to prepare to teach Oregon's 582,000 students from long distance. The state's top education official said in a statement Monday night there was a "strong possibility" schools wouldn't open again this school year.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Mar. 30
Cherriots to suspend service starting Tuesday as 7 employees test positive for COVID-19
Starting Tuesday, March 31, the agency is suspending bus routes throughout Salem and Keizer as many of its employees have fallen ill from the novel coronavirus.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Mar. 30
West Salem's Building Codes Division office closes after four employees test positive for COVID-19
The division is taking new measures to prevent the spread of the virus and the building will undergo a deep clean.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Mar. 30
Willamette Workforce Partnership has been a pipeline between employers and job-seekers. With the economic crisis, it has even more to do
The workforce development organization is trying to help businesses stay afloat and lending a hand to laid-off workers. After years of economic growth, the partnership expects to pivot.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Mar. 30
For the first time in 70 years, Salem won't have an art fair this summer
Salem Art Association's annual Art Fair and Festival, which draws 35,000 people to Bush's Pasture Park in July, is the latest event to be cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The organization has laid off three employees and cut hours for the rest to make up for lost revenue.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Mar. 30
Got questions about coronavirus? Santiam Hospital doctors want to help
Santiam Hospital's Dr. Steve Vets, emergency room medical director, and Dr. Janine Vansant, infectious disease director, are offering a Facebook Live Q&A Monday evening to address COVID-19.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Mar. 30
Salem-Keizer board will meet virtually Monday to hear the latest on local school closure
With no end to social distancing in sight, Salem-Keizer's school board is voting on a policy change allowing virtual meetings, and testing a call-in system for public comments.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Mar. 30
Amazon worker at Salem warehouse infected with COVID-19
An employee at Amazon's Salem distribution center was diagnosed with COVID-19 but the company was releasing little information about the matter.

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