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Salem parents swarm schools to snap up computer laptops as class-at-home looms

Angel Gallardo takes two Chromebooks from instructional assistant Marissa Vraafladt during a distribution event at McKay High School on Thursday, April 2. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) NOTE: Salem Reporter is providing free access to its content related to the coronavirus as a community service. Subscriptions help support this. Parents and students caused an[Read More…]

As the coronavirus outbreak continues, unemployment claims reach new high

A closed sign in Engelberg Antiks in downtown Salem on Thursday, March 19. (Saphara Harrell/Salem Reporter) NOTE: Salem Reporter is providing free access to its content related to the coronavirus as a community service. Subscriptions help support this. The number of people seeking unemployment benefits in Marion and Polk counties doubled in[Read More…]

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Employee at Oregon State Hospital tests positive for coronavirus

Oregon State Hospital in Salem (Salem Reporter/file) NOTE: Salem Reporter is providing free access to its content related to the coronavirus as a community service. Subscriptions help support this. An employee at the Oregon State Hospital has tested positive for COVID-19, the second large state institution in Salem to report an infected[Read More…]

Employee complaints allege Salem employers aren’t complying with orders meant to prevent coronavirus spread

The 1-million-square-foot fulfillment center in southeast Salem owned by online retail giant Amazon was one of the companies named in recent OSHA complaints. (Troy Brynelson/Salem Reporter) NOTE: Salem Reporter is providing free access to its content related to the coronavirus as a community service. Subscriptions help support this. Several prominent employers in[Read More…]

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Salem couple plans to livestream wedding after postponing big celebration

Konner Monk and Anna Scheler decided to scale down their wedding after COVID-19 made them cancel a big celebration they had planned for April 11. (Courtesy/Konner Monk) NOTE: Salem Reporter is providing free access to its content related to the coronavirus as a community service. Subscriptions help support this. Anna Scheler and[Read More…]

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Salem Health resumes COVID-19 testing after running low on supplies

Guidelines for patients with respiratory illness posted on the back door of Salem Health’s clinic on River Road South on March 16, 2020 (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) NOTE: Salem Reporter is providing free access to its content related to the coronavirus as a community service. Subscriptions help support this. Salem Health has resumed[Read More…]

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With shutdown of public transit, riders left wondering how to get to work

The Downtown Transit Center sat empty Tuesday, March 31 after Cherriots announced it was suspending service. (Saphara Harrell/Salem Reporter) NOTE: Salem Reporter is providing free access to its content related to the coronavirus as a community service. Subscriptions help support this. Caleb Wechsler uses Cherriots each weekday to get from his home[Read More…]

Salem-Keizer schools scramble to switch to distance learning after state says schools likely won’t re-open

Judson Middle School students in a seventh grade language arts on Oct. 30, 2018. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) NOTE: Salem Reporter is providing free access to its content related to the coronavirus as a community service. Subscriptions help support this. Any hope of resuming a normal school year for local teachers, parents and[Read More…]

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Signs of the times – your favorite in Salem?

A sign at a west Salem business helps customers understand the new rules. (Ron Cooper/Special to Salem Reporter) Salem Reporter wants to chronicle the variety of signs businesses have posted to show they are closed or otherwise changed operations. Please send us the name and address of any business in[Read More…]