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FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 17
Key data shows curve starting to flatten for Oregonians sick with COVID-19
In Oregon, the number of people getting sick with COVID-19 each day looks to be on the decline, though the trend is less clear in Marion County. Here's your latest local data update.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN SALEM, OREGON April 17
Salem firm keeps farmers stocked in tractors as ag industry plows ahead
Across Salem, businesses have been adapting to stay open and serve customers while meeting state regulations about social distancing.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN SALEM, OREGON April 17
For mourning Salem families, limits on funerals changing memorials
The quiet dignity of funeral services have given way to new ways for families and friends in Salem to remember those who have died.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 17
Tourism was a growing industry in Salem and Oregon. Then the COVID-19 outbreak hit
The outbreak of COVID-19 has emptied hotels, undermining the primary way that tourism promotion is funded. Some are looking at how travel to Oregon may be more appealing after the outbreak subsides.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: BEHIND THE SCENES April 17
PHOTOS: In Salem, superintendent runs school district from an empty office
With stay home orders, social distancing requirements and many public agencies closed, government leaders are adapting to a new way to staying in touch and making crucial decisions. Salem Reporter is following key leaders - at a safe distance - to document this historic change in how these leaders are performing. Salem-Keizer Superintendent Christy Perry is the second in our series.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN SALEM, OREGON April 17
SALEM IN NEED: Salem YMCA looks ahead to new building, relies on web to serve members for now
Activities were already disrupted at the Salem YMCA as its long-time downtown building disappeared, making way for a new modern structure. Then, the pandemic hit. The local nonprofit adapted to continue serving the community.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 16
New numbers show fewer Oregonians seeking unemployment
While the most recent numbers from the Oregon Employment Department could indicate the damage from the COVID-19 outbreka is slowing, the department still faces a record backlog.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 16
Local business owners feel fear and hope as a federal program runs out of money
The $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program was one of the key measures of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. After a rocky start, the program has run out of money. Now, business owners are looking to Congress for help.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN SALEM, OREGON April 16
Move, breathe, click: Salem yogis embrace virtual classes during COVID-19 quarantines
Yoga studios remain closed amid COVID-19 concerns. But two Salem studio owners are embracing virtual conferencing solutions to stay connected with students. And some are reaching a new audience of yoga fans.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 16
Federal funding to keep workers on the payroll has run out
A $349 billion program to help companies keep employees on the payroll has been exhausted less than two weeks after launching. Another federal program has run dry.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN SALEM, OREGON April 16
PHOTOS: Stuck at home, Salem's seniors turn to meal delivery
Salem's Meals on Wheels program has added more than 100 new drivers to help deliver hot meals to seniors Monday through Friday as demand for the meal service increases in the wake COVID-19 restrictions.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 16
Without state's help, OSU lab found its own way to help COVID-19 testing
The Oregon State University veterinary laboratory teamed up with a private lab to use its expertise to boost testing and tracking of the COVID-19 virus, even after its offer of help drew scant interest from state health officials.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 15
After closure of Salem’s senior center, more needing home delivery
Salem’s Meals on Wheels program is delivering an additional 147 meals each day as more seniors are staying home and the area’s senior center closed.
FreeLOCAL SCHOOLS April 15
PHOTOS: Old Leslie Junior High School building demolished
The brick building, which opened its doors in 1927, was the former home of Howard Street Charter School and is being demolished to make way for a South Salem High School expansion.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 15
After rapidly running out of money, Marion County throws another lifeline to small businesses
The initial $200,000 commissioners made available for a grant program was almost instantly soaked up by struggling businesses. On Wednesday, they made another $800,000 available.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 15
"The Class of COVID-19" - seniors reflect on the end of high school that wasn't
Without knowing it, thousands of Salem-Keizer seniors had their last day of school on Friday, March 13. We asked the Class of 2020 how they're feeling as they prepare for college or take on work with little chance to celebrate, see friends or say goodbye.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN SALEM, OREGON April 15
PHOTOS: In Salem, find refuge from the pandemic at Bush's Pasture Park
With acres and acres, Bush's Pasture Park affords Salem residents a chance to get out of their homes and away from the virus news without breaking the social distancing rules. Photographer Ron Cooper takes you on a virtual tour of the spring glory of the park.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 14
Key data shows new COVID-19 cases across age groups, but fewer people in hospital for Salem area
Over the past week, the number of patients at Salem Hospital with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 has declined. Marion County continues to have more people testing positive per capita than any other Oregon county.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 14
Oregon suspends Chemeketa contract for teaching inmates at Salem-area prisons
The change affects hundreds of inmates at Salem-area prisons who were working toward GEDs, and about 15 college employees who taught classes.
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 14
After a surge in COVID-19 complaints, Oregon Occupational and Safety Health Administration will begin checking up on businesses
The workplace safety enforcement agency will begin dropping in on businesses to ensure that they are following social distancing requirements. The move by the agency comes after thousands of workers complained that employers were putting them at risk of contracting the virus.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 14
And now for a break from the pandemic
The statue of former Gov. Tom McCall in Riverfront Park has gotten a timely update, with a mask placed over its mouth.
FreeLOCAL SCHOOLS April 13
AGENDA: Salem-Keizer board considers charter renewal, superintendent contracts
The school board's April 14 meeting will be all online, but you can still submit a public comment by calling in.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 13
While much of the economy comes to a halt, the construction industry stays at work — but at a slower pace
The construction industry is considered an "essential" industry that's been allowed to stay open under a state order that's shut many other businesses. While the construction industry has taken a hit, there's optimism it'll bounce back quick.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 13
PHOTOS: Alluvium to make house calls for COVID-19 patients
The nonprofit, which aims to keep patients out of hospitals and emergency rooms through house calls, started work on Monday, April 13.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 13
Aiming to keep patients out of the ER, new mobile unit will make Salem house calls
Salem residents who suspect they have COVID-19 now can get at-home help through a new mobile service that went from idea to done in two weeks.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 13
PHOTOS: ARCHES places homeless people in motels to slow the spread of COVID-19
The ARCHES Project started placing people in motels on March 19, and last week had 113 housed across five motels in Marion and Polk Counties.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN SALEM, OREGON April 13
SALEM IN NEED: Liberty House loses benefit event, seeks help to serve Salem-area children
Donations online are needed to help sustain Liberty House's programs to serve children who have endured trauma and have other needs.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 13
As outbreak drags on, a source of cash for those on the economy's margin stays open
Serving as financial institutions, pawnbrokers in Oregon have also shifted their business models to stay open. That's meant more cash leaving their businesses than coming in.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 13
Salem tucks homeless into motels, hoping to avoid virus
The ARCHES Project is spending around $67,000 per week to house homeless people who at a higher risk should they contract COVID-19. The agency said they committed to operating the program as long as needed.
FreeCOMMENTARY April 13
Government leaders around Salem let the public have a look at how they are doing their jobs
Decisions that affect lives, businesses and the economy are made daily by elected and appointed government leaders. Salem Reporter is taking readers behind the scenes to see how that work looks in an era of no meetings, no contact. Who do you want us to shadow?
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN SALEM, OREGON April 13
Santiam Brewing owners innovate and experiment with food, beer, and community amid COVID-19
COVID-19 changed the business model for Santiam Brewing. But the managers they've never backed down from a challenge, and they aren't about to start now. They explain the steps they've taken to survive a global pandemic.

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