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CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK July 10
Have questions about unemployment? New state website might have answers
As confusion rises along with unemployment claims, the Oregon Employment Department has launched a new website seeking to answer frequently asked questions about the program. It also has an update on progress processing its backlog of claims.
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK July 10
State health authorities warn of exponential growth in virus cases, but Salem area hitting most health goals
The number of new coronavirus diagnoses in the Salem area over the past week was higher than state health authorities want to see, but county health officials say more testing accounts for the rise. Still, six Marion County residents have died from the virus in the past week.
SALEM EVENTS July 10
Capitol will be busy on Saturday - two rallies with differing views of police
No street closures are expected despite the plans for one march and two rallies on Saturday, both starting at the Capitol within hours of each other.
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK July 10
With lingering fears of another shutdown, Salem restaurants adjust to 'new normal'
Salem bars and restaurants have reopened with more cleaning, different menus, adjusted staff levels and reduced sales. Restaurant owners are optimistic they can make the new normal work. But hanging over all of it is concern that Gov. Kate Brown will halt her phased-in reopening or even reverse course if case counts and hospitalizations rise.
LOCAL SCHOOLS July 9
In-person classes will be two days per week for most Salem-Keizer students under early outline for fall
Kindergarten through second-grade students would get four days per week of in-person class, and all parents could choose full-time online school for Oregon's second-largest district. More details will be developed over the next month.
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK July 9
After an early release, one former prisoner faces a world reshaped by the pandemic
Jessica Rogers-Hall was one of 57 incarcerated individuals tapped for early release by the governor. While the pandemic creates new challenges for her transition, she remains upbeat.
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK July 9
Owner of embattled Salem salon files lawsuit against governor
The federal lawsuit filed on behalf of Glamour Salon owner Lindsey Graham alleges that state government violated her civil rights after defying pandemic restrictions. The lawsuit is the latest legal effort challenging Brown’s response to the pandemic.
LOCAL SCHOOLS July 9
With smaller ceremonies and more sanitizer, graduation will go ahead for Salem-Keizer's Class of 2020
Local high schools will host multiple small graduation ceremonies in August to honor seniors while following health guidelines. Nearly all will be outdoors.
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK July 8
Food processing and long-term care facilities driving Salem-area Covid outbreaks
The state’s weekly report shows one new workplace outbreak in Salem and three additional deaths at Brookstone Alzheimer’s Special Care Center.
HIGHER EDUCATION July 8
With or without new ICE rules, Willamette will have fewer international students in the fall
Travel restrictions, a halt to student visa processing and the closure of many study abroad programs means Willamette University expects about 30 international students on campus this fall instead of the usual 200 or more.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT July 8
Why Salem City Council nixed an affordable housing development over an office space
The Salem City Council in June denied federal funding to a project that would have brought 14 units of affordable housing to central Salem. Councilors said they didn’t like a proposal to turn a church parsonage into a commercial office.
SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION July 8
Seismic work, expanded auditorium behind $18 million cost jump for South Salem High renovation
Now budgeted at $84 million, the renovation of South Salem High School is the costliest of dozens of Salem-Keizer school construction projects planned over the next five years. Taxpayers won't be on the hook for more money, however - contingency funds are expected to cover the increases.
FreePUBLIC SAFETY July 8
With program under scrutiny, school resource officer explains role in Salem-Keizer school system
VIDEO: As controversy continues over the fate of police in Salem-area schools, Salem Reporter sat down with a school resource officer to learn about the role. Keizer police officer David Zavala explains the ways he’s helped keep students out of trouble.
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK July 7
A ventilator, paralyzed lungs and a long recovery: how Salem Hospital cared for one of the region's first Covid patients
Salem Hospital nurse Sierra Schneider was shocked when Teresa Miranda came into the ICU on March 15 with her lungs shutting down from a serious Covid infection. Now, Schneider details how she and her colleagues cared for Miranda and what they've learned since about the virus.
SALEM ECONOMY July 7
COLUMN: Unemployment rate dips slightly, but low-wage workers continue to be hardest hit
The dynamics of the current recession are unique and will present a challenge to economic recovery. In a new feature for Salem Reporter readers, Pam Ferrara of the Willamette Workforce Partnership continues a regular column examining local economic issues.
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK July 7
New data reveals how many Salem jobs were propped up by a federal program
The much-vaunted Paycheck Protection Program was set up to help businesses to keep employees. On Monday, the federal government released the most detailed numbers yet on how many jobs were kept and which companies benefited.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT July 6
Salem starts construction on future amphitheater site
The city is laying the groundwork for the future Gerry Frank Amphitheater, which is expected to be complete in 2021.
PUBLIC SAFETY July 6
Chaotic scenes erupted during three nights of protest a month ago, police review describes
Salem Police Chief Jerry Moore’s account of police actions during the protests against police violence describe unprecedented actions in Salem with police facing violent protests like they’ve never seen in Salem.
SALEM NON-PROFITS July 6
Sinatra prepares to lead YMCA into what he sees as a bright future
With new building to rise, the Salem YMCA also readies for new leadership. Tim Sinatra is no stranger to Salem nonprofits, and he's ambitious to see the Y provide even more services to Salem families.

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