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Marion County’s coronavirus watch list review shows the challenge of figuring out where the virus is spreading

Katrina Rothenberger, incident commander, stands in the COVID-19 incident command at the Marion County Health and Human Services office on Monday, July 13. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) Marion County epidemiologists have linked about 30 cases of coronavirus in the past two weeks to social gatherings like potlucks and bachelorette parties after[Read More…]

Oregon Employment Department said it’s met its goal. But tens of thousands are still waiting for benefits

A chart comparing unemployment in Oregon caused by the pandemic to the Great Recession. (Courtesy/Oregon Employment Department) Relief is on the way for more self-employed Oregonians affected by the pandemic as the state Employment Department has cleared a goal. During a Wednesday press call, Oregon Employment Department Acting Director David[Read More…]

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Salem high school fall sports season pushed to spring, state association announces

Gibson Hanowell, left, and Leo Elkington, right, warm up during a cross country practice in Bush’s Pasture Park in early August. (Saphara Harrell/Salem Reporter) Cross country runners, soccer and volleyball players won’t start their season until March under new guidelines released by the Oregon School Activities Association Wednesday. Athletes will[Read More…]

Adapting with industry, high school classes in welding, hairstyling and auto detailing shift online

The school district salon at the Career Technical Education Center awaits both students and customers. (Moriah Ratner/Special to Salem Reporter) As Salem-Keizer teachers and principals prepare for remote classes, Rhonda Rhodes has more unusual questions than the average administrator. She’s the principal of the district’s Career Technical Education Center, a[Read More…]

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YOUR QUESTIONS: Does the virus live on surfaces?

NOTE: Salem Reporter is providing this information free as a community service. You can support dissemination by subscribing. Salem Reporter turned to various experts to find out answers to questions from readers ranging from how many people are asymptomatic to who can get tested. The Marion County Health Department, Oregon[Read More…]

COLUMN: The pandemic shut-down hit low-wage workers and minorities the hardest

A graph showing the percent change in the Salem area’s private sector employment from Februay 2020. (Source: Oregon Employment Department) The pandemic-related shutdown of the economy will go into the record books with a lot of “firsts” and we’ve just seen another one. The unemployment rate in the Salem area[Read More…]

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Crime Stoppers offer reward for pallet fire that caused millions in damage last year

Crews clean up a pallet fire in August 2019. (Saphara Harrell/Salem Reporter) Nearly a year after a pallet company in northeast Salem burned down, the Salem Police Department is asking for help finding the arsonist. The department is offering a $2,500 reward through Crime Stoppers and the business’ insurance company[Read More…]