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FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN SALEM, OREGON April 11
Riverfront Park remains popular as Salem seeks respite from 'stay home' directive
Salem city parks are busy as spring weather lures people out of their homes. Health officials, however, urge residents to closely follow social distancing rules and avoid traveling very far since state parks are closed and many trailheads are now off limits.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 10
Volunteers deliver food boxes for hundreds through new Marion County effort
A handful of Marion County workers are running a food bank on top of their other jobs, fielding calls from tearful parents seeking formula or diapers, or homebound people who have lost their jobs. They need donations and more help to keep it up.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 10
Salem asks residents to sew homemade masks for local nonprofits
The city will collect the masks starting Wednesday, April 15 at three locations around the city.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 10
You can still get a parking ticket, but that derelict house might go unattended for a bit as city shifts resources in the face of virus
Some Salem employees have taken on new roles, like patrolling city parks to educate about social distancing measures. Parking enforcement officers are still on the clock after the closure of two parking garages and unlimited parking the three-hour spaces downtown.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 10
Marion Polk Food Share seeks drivers during quarantine
They are temporarily not accepting food donations, but need financial support to continue their work
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 9
PHOTOS: Crews from local construction company don protective gear to clean out first responder vehicles
Hoping to take a proactive approach to the COVID-19 outbreak, employees from 3R’s Construction gathered in the parking lot of Morning Star Community Church to disinfect nearly 100 vehicles.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 9
Salem's Grand Hotel, convention center cut staff in area's biggest layoff since pandemic
More than 200 people have lost their jobs as VIP'S Industries advised the state of layoffs at Salem's downtown convention complex and at hotels in Albany, Eugene, Lake Oswego and Tigard. Company officials declined comment Thursday.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN SALEM, OREGON April 9
And now a break from the pandemic....
With spring weather here, Salem residents are getting out more and tackling chores. Health officials urge people to stay on course with social distancing standards - six feet apart.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 9
Unemployment claims continue their rise locally and across Oregon
The most recent figures are another sign that the economic toll of the COVID-19 outbreak has surpassed that of the Great Recession.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 9
Key charts show what's happening with COVID-19 efforts in the Salem area
Salem Reporter has compiled statistics and charts from county, hospital and state authorities show you how the Salem area is faring with hospital bed availability, testing rates and more.
FreeCOMMENTARY April 9
Support for Salem Reporter grows as news coverage expands. Can you help now?
The latest about schools, including teacher parades. The latest about the local economy, including the struggles of being unemployed. The latest act of kindness, including donated lunches for police officers. Salem Reporter delivers it all - and we need help to keep it up.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 8
As COVID-19 outbreak takes its economic toll, uncertainty sets in along with a desire to get back to work
Oregon has seen weeks of record unemployment claims that have upended people's lives.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 8
Crisis cops are as busy as ever, while patrol looks to handling some calls by phone
The Salem Police Department is trying to limit potential exposure to COVID-19 by wearing masks and asking those they serve to come outside.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 8
For Oregon's Class of 2020, high school comes to an abrupt end
Gov. Kate Brown announced Wednesday Oregon schools will not re-open this school year. The new state guidance means thousands of Salem-Keizer seniors have already finished the work needed to graduate.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 8
Salem-Keizer will provide home internet for thousands of families as distance learning begins
Students who didn't get a Chromebook to borrow last week have another shot to pick one up on Friday, April 10 at any of Salem-Keizer's six high schools.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN SALEM, OREGON April 8
PHOTOS: People pursue a sense of normalcy in Salem as officers get donated lunch
With warm weather, more Salem residents are escaping from "stay home" restrictions while still obeying Gov. Kate Brown's orders on social distancing. Meantime, Salem police officers get lunch from a grateful community.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 8
Life adjusts in Salem as COVID-19 outbreak continues
People are still going to farmers' markets and walks for the park, just with lots of face masks and hand sanitizer. There are also those lending a hand.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 8
Lawmakers blast Oregon Health Authority over rural hospitals in ‘freefall’
With virus impact looming, rural hospitals are facing financial challenges just when they are needed most.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN SALEM, OREGON April 7
PHOTOS: And in Keizer, teachers go on parade to track down their students
Gubser teachers and coworkers hit the street to put on a parade for students Tuesday, April 7.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 7
Oregon inmates sue over the Corrections Department's handling of COVID-19 in prisons
The lawsuit was brought with the help of a civil rights organization that points out how the corrections system wasn't built for a pandemic.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 7
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FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 7
Hospital workers saved his mom's life after a stroke. Now he's cheering them on.
Daniel Phillips has become a fixture at Salem Hospital over the past week, standing on the sidewalk to provide moral support (and Easter Bunny costume ears) to workers on the front lines of the pandemic.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN SALEM, OREGON April 7
PHOTOS: And they're off - Cherriots hit the streets again in Salem
After a week off duty, Cherriots drivers rolled their buses out across Salem and Keizer on Tuesday, April 7, resuming limited service in the area.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 7
Salem Dream Center seeks help during quarantine
The west Salem nonprofit is seeking donations of food to help support children and families in need. Some of the items include rice, eggs and beans.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 6
As businesses turn to a federal relief program, questions stand between paychecks
The federal Paycheck Protection Program has kept banks busy since its rollout on Friday. The speed the program was implemented has created questions for businesses and banks.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN SALEM, OREGON April 6
PHOTOS: Cherriots get ready to roll through Salem and Keizer - with limited service
Passengers will get places to stand while waiting for buses at the Cherriots transit centers. And ridership on buses will be limited when service resumes on Tuesday. On Monday, transit employees got ready to roll out clean buses.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 6
After weeklong closure, Cherriots drivers get back to work
Cherriots announced it was restoring 17 routes starting Tuesday, but some drivers are still concerned for their safety by getting back on the road.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 6
Community comes through, sewing more than 10,000 masks for Salem Hospital
Two weeks ago, Salemites flooded a southeast Salem parking lot to grab mask sewing kits to aid local health workers on the front lines. Not sure what to expect, hospital workers were delighted to get 99.4% of the masks back.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN SALEM, OREGON April 6
As Salem grapples with the virus, the old challenges still haunt homeless
Salem city officials are allowing people to camp in two city parks but that doesn't ease much what the city's homeless endure on a daily basis.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN SALEM, OREGON April 6
New fund drive launches to sustain Salem Reporter's free coverage
Salem Reporter has teamed up with the national Local Media Foundation to create a way for donors to make tax-deductible contributions to support essential news coverage in Salem.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN SALEM, OREGON April 6
PHOTO GALLERY: Salem residents adapt to life in time of COVID
Salem residents are learning to live with the new normal of social distancing, business closures and lots of home time.

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