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FreeCOVID IN SALEM August 14
QUICK READ: Low rates of Covid in Salem's unsheltered, whiplash from school reopening rules
DIGEST: A round-up of Salem Reporter stories chronicling the pandemic in the local area to help keep you up to speed in just moments.
PUBLIC SAFETY August 14
Goodwill loss prevention officer stabbed by alleged shoplifter
Salem resident Sean Graham is being charged with attempted murder after allegedly stabbing an employee at the west Salem thrift store.
FreeCORONAVIRUS DATA August 14
DATA: Hospitalizations up, new cases down in Marion and Polk counties
Polk County is currently meeting all state metrics for controlling the spread of the virus, while Marion County reported more hospitalizations and a higher percent of tests coming back positive.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK August 14
YOUR QUESTIONS: How will staff and families be able to get tests done quickly if in-person school returns?
As a community service, Salem Reporter recruited experts to address questions that you had about the coronavirus. We're sharing one question and the answer each day and invite you to submit additional questions. We'll do our best to track down accurate, factual answers.
FreeCOVID IN SALEM August 13
AROUND OREGON: Another Oregon county is sent back to a step as virus spreads
Gov. Kate Brown made Malheur County the third one in recent weeks where she has directed tighter restrictions in the face of a spreading coronavirus. Brown announced the modest change on Thursday.
SALEM PEOPLE AND PLACES August 13
Glass artist uses her work to escape the stress of Covid
Daryle Ryder has been exploring new ways to share her work after the cancellation of summer art fairs and events. She’s hoping to turn her home studio into a place where others can take classes.
BUSINESS August 13
AROUND OREGON: After county shuts down his corn cart, McMinville teen garners community support
A McMinnville teenager who tried to sell spicy corn on the cob from a cart, only to be shut down by county health officials, has received an outpouring of community support for his entrepreneurial efforts.
FreeLOCAL SCHOOLS August 13
Some Oregon superintendents, parents report ‘whiplash’ as state school reopening rules change again
In Salem-Keizer, Superintendent Christy Perry says she appreciates state agencies are working overtime to plan for fall, but said it's difficult to communicate clearly to families and teachers when plans shift with little warning.
FreeSALEM BUSINESS August 13
For Konditorei, pandemic layers on challenges as business opens and closes
Salem's iconic cake shop closed for two months due to Covid concerns. On July 21, Covid forced another closure. The shop now plans to reopen Aug. 17, and the owners hope they'll stay open this time.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK August 13
YOUR QUESTIONS: What share of people testing positive for Covid exhibit symptoms?
As a community service, Salem Reporter recruited experts to address questions that you had about the coronavirus. We're sharing one question and the answer each day and invite you to submit additional questions. We'll do our best to track down accurate, factual answers.
HIGHER EDUCATION August 12
Corban, Willamette universities will open for in-person classes Aug. 24
Dorms, dining halls and classrooms on the campuses of Salem's two private universities will be back this fall, with distancing guidelines, mask requirements and options for students to attend all classes remotely.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK August 12
Keizer In-N-Out Burger is the latest workplace to report a Covid outbreak locally
The popular burger joint saw five employees test positive since July 18. Pan American Berry Growers, a farm near Brooks, also reported additional cases in the last week.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK August 12
YOUR QUESTIONS: Should I get tested for Covid if I'm presumed positive?
As a community service, Salem Reporter recruited experts to address questions that you had about the coronavirus. We're sharing one question and the answer each day and invite you to submit additional questions. We'll do our best to track down accurate, factual answers.
STATE GOVERNMENT August 12
PHOTOS: In a Capitol closed to the public, legislators whittle away at state budget
Oregon legislators dipped into savings and reserve accounts to cover a big portion of the $1.2 billion hole in the state budget. Gov. Kate Brown is hoping Congressional action will provide money to avoid the plan to use state retirement fund reserves.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT August 12
Salem gets money from Legislature for increased water capacity
The project at Woodmansee Park will add additional pumps to increase the amount of water the city is able to provide in lean summer months and will treat the water to lower its acidity for old pipes.
SALEM HISTORY August 12
The history of mental health care in Salem on display, chronicling advances over the years
On the Oregon State Hospital campus, a museum provides a frank look at the changes in treatment of Oregon's mentally ill. Some visitors come to share their own accounts of dealing with mental illness.
FreeLOCAL SCHOOLS August 11
Oregon special education and English-learning students can attend school in-person under new guidelines
In an about-face Tuesday, the Oregon Department of Education said students with academic needs that can't be met remotely can spend up to two hours a day in school buildings, even if their counties have too many coronavirus cases for schools to fully reopen. Salem-Keizer administrators said they'll adjust plans for the fall.
SALEM AREA EVENTS August 11
Video submissions will replace live performances at yearly cultural celebration
Now in its third year, Multicultural Day at the Capitol sought submissions from different cultural organizations so the event could go on – from a distance.
FreeCOVID IN SALEM August 11
YOUR QUESTIONS: Is someone with an asymptomatic case of Covid still contagious?
As a community service, Salem Reporter recruited experts to address questions that you had about the coronavirus. We're sharing one question and the answer each day and invite you to submit additional questions. We'll do our best to track down accurate, factual answers.
FreeCOLUMN August 11
Salem, our reporters need your help to write the first draft of history
As the Salem Reporter team heads into month six of covering a pandemic that's reshaped most of our lives, we want to keep people at the forefront of the stories we tell. You can help by telling us what's on your mind.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK August 11
Local health providers see low rates of Covid in Salem’s unsheltered population
Both the mobile testing unit Alluvium and health provider Northwest Human Services have said the decreased risk of Covid transmission outdoors could be the reason there is a low infection rate among the people living in Salem’s parks.
LOCAL SCHOOLS August 11
PHOTOS: North Salem High School celebrates Class of 2020
Local high schools held almost 50 small graduation ceremonies last week so seniors could collect diplomas while following health guidelines. Here's a slice of graduation in the age of coronavirus.
FreePANDEMIC IN SALEM August 11
Oregon officials explain how they tie a death to Covid, varying from other states
Oregon authorities each day report on new deaths they say are linked to Covid. An investigative report looks at how those deaths are categorized compared to how other states do so.
LOCAL SCHOOLS August 10
AGENDA: School board to hear plans for fall remote classes, vote on homeless alliance agreement
Under state guidelines, the board won't vote on Salem-Keizer's plans for fall reentry, but board members will hear the latest district plans and take public comment.
FreeCOVID IN SALEM August 10
YOUR QUESTIONS: How can in-home spread of Covid be prevented?
As a community service, Salem Reporter recruited experts to address questions that you had about the coronavirus. We're sharing one question and the answer each day and invite you to submit additional questions. We'll do our best to track down accurate, factual answers.
LOCAL BUSINESS August 10
BUSINESS ROUNDUP: Businesses following governor’s orders, distillery’s grand opening, grants for jobs seekers and new insurance office
Spot checks show that businesses are following the mask mandate. Divine Distillers celebrates its new location with drinks and tacos. Help for job seekers. GEICO opens an office.
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK August 10
When workers get sick with Covid, should workers compensation pay up?
Policymakers are considering whether to revamp the state’s workers’ compensation system for the pandemic. The central question has been whether there should be a presumption that frontline workers who test positive for the virus contracted it while on the job.
FreeCOMMENTARY August 10
Reporting on pandemic means focusing on the impacts on the people of Salem
OPINION: With pandemic continuing to alter life in Salem, the news team at Salem Reporter is determined to pursue facts and hold government officials accountable for how they affect your life with their decisions.

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