The Oregon Capitol Mall was closed to the public on Tuesday, March 24, following an order from Gov. Kate Brown (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter)
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Salem-area residents confirmed to have COVID-19 include a Cherriots bus driver and classroom aide at a local elementary school. County and state health officials have been slow to explain the high number of local patients.
Salem’s transit agency confirmed two of its drivers have been confirmed infected with the disease but otherwise would provide no information to the public about which routes were involved.
Opening Cozzie’s NY Deli was both a dream and a leap of faith for a Salem couple. Despite its glowing reviews and awards, the eatery is the latest to close as a consequence of the coronavirus outbreak. Its owners hope the closure is temporary.
OTHER REPORTING FROM AROUND THE REGION:
THE OREGONIAN/OREGONLIVE: Oregon jobless claims quintupled last week as coronavirus shutdown took hold
New unemployment claims in Oregon shot up fivefold last week in the days after Gov. Kate Brown issued an order shutting bars and restaurants to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus. The volume of layoffs completely overwhelmed the state’s system for phoning in new claims. And last week’s numbers only hint at the economic devastation to come, with more businesses closing following the governor’s “stay home” directive Monday.
THE OREGONIAN/OREGONLIVE: Oregon faces ‘severe recession,’ but its length depends on coronavirus
Legislators meeting to plot the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic have made one thing abundantly clear. They are flying blind, with little visibility on what’s ahead or how much money they have to spend to respond to the outbreak and provide a bigger safety net for Oregonians.
This is the season when Oregon initiative campaigns normally crank up their canvassing drives to gain enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot. But it’s hard to gather signatures when most people are staying at home and don’t want to get close to canvassers carrying a clipboard.
Seafood processors across the Northwest say they’re shifting gears quickly to make up for the loss in restaurant sales. They’re putting more seafood in the freezer and selling more to grocery stores. Northwest seafood processor Andrew Bornstein said grocery stores are buying more seafood now because so many people are stocking up in response to statewide orders to stay home. But that doesn’t mean his business isn’t taking a big hit.
Virginia Rota, an 18-year-old from the small north Italian city of Bassano del Grappa, arrived in Prineville last summer as a foreign exchange student. She was initially worried about Prineville being a closed-minded small town, but quickly found friends while studying at Crook County High School. “I met a lot of people that will always be a part of my life,” Rota said. “It’s not about the city or how big it is, it’s about the connections you made with the people, in my opinion.”
EO Media Group, the parent company of The Bulletin and 12 other newspapers across Oregon and Washington, announced Wednesday that it is reducing its workforce by 47 employees, according to a press release. Fourteen jobs were cut at The Bulletin, and the others are spread across the rest of the newspaper chain.
Columbia Memorial Hospital, directed to scale back care to concentrate on the coronavirus, on Tuesday announced a temporary layoff of 90 employees. Gov. Kate Brown ordered hospitals and other health care providers in Oregon last week to stop nonemergency procedures to preserve surgical masks and other medical supplies for use in responding to the virus. Hospital administrators also said they reduced nonessential and elective services to keep patients and caregivers safe.
ROSEBURG NEWS-REVIEW: CDC says Douglas County one of the four worst counties to be in during COVID-19 crisis
Douglas County is one of the four counties in the United States at the highest risk of having more COVID-19 patients than its hospital can handle, according to a new report from Tech Republic. Tech Republic is an online technology-focused magazine owned by CBS. Its report is based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maps showing how quickly counties across the country could run out of hospital space during the pandemic.
These articles originally published by one of more than a dozen news organizations throughout the state sharing their coverage of the novel coronavirus outbreak to help inform Oregonians about this evolving heath issue. Salem Reporter is part of this extraordinary collaboration. Reports from the Seattle Times are by special permission to Salem Reporter.