Long-term care facilities, agricultural workplaces continue to report new Covid outbreaks

Viviana Gourley, medical assistant at Salud Medical Center, waits between patients at the center’s COVID-19 testing area on Wednesday, April 29. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) Long-term care facilities are continuing to drive case counts in Marion County, with two facilities reporting new outbreaks in the last week, according to the latest[Read More…]


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…]


DATA: Despite placement on watchlist, Marion County meeting other state targets for Covid

Katrina Rothenberger, incident commander, sits for an interview in the COVID-19 incident command at the Marion County Health and Human Services office on Monday, July 13. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) Salem-area health authorities reported about as many new cases of Covid this week as the week prior, with state data showing[Read More…]


Governor puts Marion County on alert after county struggles to trace new Covid cases

A woman wearing a mask walks along Liberty Street in downtown Salem on Thursday, April 16. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) Marion County has been added to a state watch list intended to guide additional resources to counties struggling to contain Covid outbreaks, Gov. Kate Brown announced Thursday. Marion County will remain[Read More…]

The state has made progress on unemployment claims, but tens of thousands still waiting

The number of initial unemployment claims have risen sharply and are now declining after the outbreak of COVID-19. (Courtesy/Oregon Employment Department). The Oregon Employment Department has made progress in processing the record backlog of unemployment claims caused by the coronavirus pandemic. However, tens of thousands of unemployed people will still[Read More…]


Five more coronavirus deaths reported at south Salem assisted living facility

An image of the coronavirus from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Long-term care facilities continue to drive new deaths from the coronavirus, and two new Marion County workplaces, including Oregon State Hospital, now have active outbreaks. Five residents at Farmington Square Assisted Living, 960 Boone Rd SE,[Read More…]