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Oregon to eventually expand coronavirus testing with up to 20,000 tests from Quest

Gov. Kate Brown made the announcement Wednesday. More Oregonians eventually will be tested for coronavirus through a new agreement with a private laboratory for 20,000 tests, Gov. Kate Brown announced Wednesday. The Oregon Health Authority has an agreement in place with Quest Diagnostics, one of the nation’s largest private laboratories. Oregon’s initial allotment will be […]
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Oregon governor freezes all ‘non-emergency procedures’ to preserve masks, medical supplies

Brown’s executive order followed a statement earlier Tuesday by OHA’ director about supply shortages. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Wednesday ordered all Oregon hospitals, outpatient clinics and health care providers to cease all “non-emergency procedures,” in order to preserve equipment like masks, gowns and gloves for doctors and others treating coronavirus patients. Source: Oregon governor freezes […]
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Oregon corrections officer files $7M hazing suit against state

An Oregon Department of Corrections officer is suing the state, a former coworker and corrections officials for $7 million after he was attacked with a stun gun. Source: Oregon corrections officer files $7M hazing suit against state – oregonlive.com

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s administration warns of economic ‘sea change’ in update to lawmakers

Top staffers in Gov. Kate Brown’s administration delivered an update on their coronavirus response to state lawmakers on Wednesday. Source: Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s administration warns of economic ‘sea change’ in update to lawmakers – oregonlive.com

First coronavirus-related emergency homeless shelter to open in North Portland

The first 120 of at least 400 emergency homeless shelter beds are expected to open Thursday in a North Portland community center. Source: First coronavirus-related emergency homeless shelter to open in North Portland – oregonlive.com

Metro considers hitting ‘pause’ on $7 billion transportation bond, but not walking away from November yet

The coronavirus crisis likely means Metro won’t be able to finalize its $7 billion transportation bond this spring, but the regional government has until August to decide what it wants to do. Source: Metro considers hitting ‘pause’ on $7 billion transportation bond, but not walking away from November yet – oregonlive.com

Coronavirus in Oregon (March 19): Portland weighs shelter in place order

The three Oregonians who died while infected with COVID-19 all had preexisting health conditions, state officials said. Source: Coronavirus in Oregon (March 19): Portland weighs shelter in place order – oregonlive.com

Oregon hotels lay off workers, question futures after wave of coronavirus cancellations

A wave of customer cancellations has hotels bracing for survival. Source: Oregon hotels lay off workers, question futures after wave of coronavirus cancellations – oregonlive.com

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown orders college classrooms closed through April 28

The ban on on-campus teaching lasts through April 28. Source: Oregon Gov. Kate Brown orders college classrooms closed through April 28 – oregonlive.com

Oregon adds job protections for parents who miss work due to coronavirus school closures

Bureau of Labor and Industries Commissioner Val Hoyle put the rule into place Wednesday. The order to extend statewide school closures until the end of April could force many parents to stay home from work to care for their children. Source: Oregon adds job protections for parents who miss work due to coronavirus school closures – oregonlive.com