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FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 25
New county data shows people have tested positive for COVID-19 in nearly every part of Marion County
For the first time this week, Marion County released data showing where COVID-19 has hit residents the hardest.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 24
A program to keep workers employed is about to be restarted. Those in charge of it say small businesses won't be left out
During a conference call with reporters on Friday, Jeremy Field, SBA regional administrator, said that the administration’s local offices have reached out to business owners to help them prepare and to have a lender secured for when the program starts back up.
FreeLOCAL SCHOOLS April 24
With graduation ceremony unlikely, South Salem parents organize mosaic mural to celebrate Class of 2020
The Saxon Class of 2020 won't get to throw their caps in the air at graduation, but a parent effort will capture the moment they might have had on the side of the school for years to come.
Oregon Legislature April 24
Marion County lawmaker will lead Republicans in the state Senate
Fred Girod of Stayton has been elected to lead the minority party in the Oregon Senate. His election comes after two rancorous legislative sessions.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN SALEM, OREGON April 24
SALEM IN NEED: Agency needs masks for staff and clients served in their homes
About 125 people in Marion and Polk counties rely on Partnerships in Community Living. The organization is asking for help with masks and donations as it works through the coronavirus outbreak.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN SALEM, OREGON April 24
Hey, Salem. It's 'kitten season.' Can you help out?
Along with spring blooms comes the spring crop of kittens, born by mothers abandoned or neglected. Salem organizations could use help with fostering these fluff balls.
FreeNATURALLY, IN SALEM April 24
PHOTO: 'Naturally, in Salem' features outdoor scenes from around the area
As an antidote to the ongoing coronavirus news, Salem Reporter is providing nature photography.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 23
Legislative panel approves funds to help homeless, immigrants and businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak
Salem is expected to see money to help the homeless or people on the edge of homelessness, as well as farmworkers who can't access unemployment benefits. While the funding was applauded, the money isn't expected to cover needs created by the outbreak.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 23
Recent spike in COVID-19 cases linked to northern Marion County
The Marion County Health Department is releasing more data about where the recent outbreak was clustered, but still has no answers as to why.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 23
The number of people seeking unemployment locally continues to decrease
The latest Oregon unemployment numbers have some good news and bad news. The good news: fewer people are seeking unemployment. The bad news: the total number of claims is sky high. Fewer in Marion, Polk counties applied than in recent weeks.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 23
While small daycares close or adapt, essential workers are turning to places like the Kroc Center for childcare
Childcare providers were told to shut down or adapt to serving the children of essential workers by governor's order last month. The uncertainty has left many daycares in the lurch while other organizations have stepped up to fill the need.
CORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN SALEM, OREGON April 23
Despite pandemic restrictions, Salem clinic finds a way to help those with mental illness, addiction
Handshakes, hugs, shared meals, shared rooms and group therapy sessions halt for Bridgeway Recovery Services. But the need for community remains for those struggling with addiction and mental illness.
FreeLEADERSHIP IN CRISIS: BEHIND THE SCENES April 23
PHOTOS: Life as a leader during the pandemic - Pat Allen
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. Today, we feature Pat Allen, director of the Oregon Health Authority.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 22
Many Oregon businesses missed out on a federal relief program. They are likely to get a second chance
A new analysis found that Oregon was near the bottom of states that received help under a popular program intended to keep workers employed. Congress is expected to replenish the program with some safeguards this time.
NATURALLY, IN SALEM April 22
PHOTO: 'Naturally, in Salem' will feature outdoor scenes from around the area
As an antidote to the ongoing coronavirus news, Salem Reporter is providing nature photography.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 21
Salem economy was already losing jobs before COVID-19 hit
Numbers from the Oregon Employment Department provide a snapshot of the area's economy right before the public health crisis. Next month's numbers are expected to provide a greater view of its damage to the labor market.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 21
New COVID-19 infections spike in Marion County, with no clear explanation why
Over the weekend, 54 Marion County residents tested positive for COVID-19, the highest three-day increase since testing began. The rise isn't explained by more testing taking place, outbreaks in local nursing homes or any other single cause.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT April 21
Former city employee claims in suit he was forced to quit over hearing loss
Ronald McHenry is seeking around $577,000 from the city after he said he was forced to resign because he didn’t receive a headset that would allow him to continue working with his disability.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN SALEM, OREGON April 21
A month into 'stay home,' Salem residents face unemployment and a virtual way of life
"Can you go in your bathtub and shut the door?" Coping with the pandemic has touched every aspect of life in Salem and people have adapted. Week by week, the orders from Gov. Kate Brown tightened restrictions that changed how people, business and government function in Salem. Here's where we stand a month into "stay home."
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN SALEM, OREGON April 21
You can’t make your own reusable bag or pet an alpaca, but Marion County’s virtual Earth Day event will have to do
Marion County Environmental Services put together a nine-hour show for viewers at home, including segments on cooking with scraps, making beeswax wrap and a tour of a garbage truck.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 20
Making protective masks for social service workers becomes a neighborhood effort
Employees with the Oregon Department of Human Services regularly interact with people seeking services. During the COVID-19 outbreak, residents of the Pringle Creek neighborhood stepped up to provide them face masks.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 20
Hungry? New city map shows if downtown restaurants are open for take-out
The city of Salem's new online map is similar to those developed by other cities to provide information on the hours of local businesses and parking. While the city launched it during the COVID-19 outbreak, it hopes to develop it into a marketing tool.
FreeEDUCATION April 20
Chemeketa faculty work overtime to bring geology labs, nursing classes online
Despite the efforts of faculty and staff to convert courses to an online format, Chemeketa's enrollment is down about 20% over last spring as the college shifts to remote learning.
FreeNATURALLY, IN SALEM April 20
PHOTO: 'Naturally, in Salem' will feature outdoor scenes from around the area
As an antidote to the ongoing coronavirus news, Salem Reporter is adding a new feature to provide spectacular nature photographer.
FreeCORONAVIRUS: LIFE IN SALEM, OREGON April 20
SALEM IN NEED: Relief agency helping those facing adversity needs help itself
With the pandemic, Catholic Community Services is running short of resources to cover costs as it continues serving families and youth. The organization needs specific food items and gift cards to area stores to continue its work.
FreeCOMMENTARY April 20
With community's support, Salem Reporter delivering essential information at no cost
At Salem Reporter, we're getting beyond the "scoreboard" reporting on COVID-19. Our stories reflect our community's challenges with the disease - and the courage of people and businesses facing circumstances not of their making. We provide it for free - but such work costs.

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