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If Oregonians stay home, state hospitals appear capable of handling coronavirus burden

Oregon possibly acted on social distancing quickly enough to avoid becoming the next Italy – or New York – as long as Oregonians actually stay home. New modeling released Thursday by the Oregon Health Authority shows the state’s hospital system appears capable of handling the coronavirus cases that are expected in the next month. Source: […]
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Oregon child abuse reports drop dramatically after schools shut statewide

State workers trained to screen reports of child abuse are getting hundreds of fewer calls about concerns of child abuse and neglect. Calls to Oregon’s child abuse hotline have plummeted since schools closed statewide, leaving child welfare officials worried abuse and neglect may be left unreported. Source: Oregon child abuse reports drop dramatically after schools […]
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PDX air travel down 90% amid coronavirus outbreak

The number of travelers flying through Portland International Airport has fallen 90% during the coronavirus outbreak, according to the Port of Portland, which runs PDX. The port said more than 51,000 travelers passed through PDX on average each day in March 2019. This week, the port said forecasts suggest between 3,000 and 5,000 flyers each […]
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Oregon’s public universities won’t ask for SAT scores in college applications anymore

High schoolers applying to Oregon’s public universities won’t need to submit their SAT or ACT scores anymore. The state’s largest universities on Wednesday announced they’re joining a growing movement among institutions of higher education giving prospective freshmen the option of omitting standardized test scores from their applications. Source: Oregon’s public universities won’t ask for SAT […]
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How hard is it to get coronavirus tests in Oregon? 2 workers exposed at state veterans home had to get sick first

Disorganized and delayed coronavirus testing for employees at the state veterans home in Lebanon left infected caregivers on the job for days while they closely monitored and attended to elderly residents. While it’s impossible to know if the workers spread the virus to residents or staff, accounts from two nursing assistants indicate that strict testing […]
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Lawmakers Grapple With Whether to Delay Collection of a New Billion-Dollar Business Tax

With traditional sources of revenue plummeting, legislators would like to preserve the new tax, but businesses are strapped for cash. In a series of hearings over the past week, the Legislature’s Joint Special Committee on Coronavirus Response has considered ways to ease the financial hardship Oregonians and Oregon businesses will endure because of COVID-19 shutdowns. […]
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Oregon’s Virtual Charter Schools Are the Definition of Social Distancing. The State Shut Them Down Anyway.

The Oregon Department of Education has closed the state’s online charter schools under Gov. Kate Brown’s order to close public schools to halt the spread of COVID-19, according to a document obtained by WW. “The governor’s E.O. 20-08 closed all public charter schools as defined in ORS 338.005(2),” states a March 24 PowerPoint presentation to the state’s […]
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Coronavirus in Oregon: State delays tax filing deadline until July 15, matching new federal deadline

The delay will short change state coffers of hundreds of millions of dollars in the near term, and exacerbate a cash pinch at the state due to the falloff in economic activities due to the coronavirus and a surge in people needing safety net services. Source: Coronavirus in Oregon: State delays tax filing deadline until […]
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After media pressure, Oregon begins disclosing key numbers on coronavirus cases, readiness

At the direction of Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, the Oregon Health Authority on Wednesday began disclosing more information about the growing number of coronavirus cases and the capacity of the state’s hospitals to handle them. Source: After media pressure, Oregon begins disclosing key numbers on coronavirus cases, readiness – oregonlive.com

Amid push toward transparency, several Portland-area hospitals won’t disclose coronavirus patient tallies

On the same day Gov. Kate Brown promised more transparency in the state’s release of data about the coronavirus pandemic, several Portland-area hospital systems said they had no plans to publicly disclose data about their own hospitalizations. Source: Amid push toward transparency, several Portland-area hospitals won’t disclose coronavirus patient tallies – oregonlive.com