Category Archives: Salem Reporter

AROUND OREGON: Another Oregon county is sent back to a step as virus spreads | Salem Reporter

Gov. Kate Brown made Malheur County the third one in recent weeks where she has directed tighter restrictions in the face of a spreading coronavirus. Brown announced the modest change on Thursday. Source: AROUND OREGON: Another Oregon county is sent back to a step as virus spreads | Salem Reporter | News about Salem – […]
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Salem gets money from Legislature for increased water capacity

The project at Woodmansee Park will add additional pumps to increase the amount of water the city is able to provide in lean summer months and will treat the water to lower its acidity for old pipes. Salem is getting $20 million in fresh state money to help the city avoid another water crisis like […]
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Some Oregon superintendents, parents report ‘whiplash’ as state school reopening rules change again

In Salem-Keizer, Superintendent Christy Perry says she appreciates state agencies are working overtime to plan for fall, but said it’s difficult to communicate clearly to families and teachers when plans shift with little warning. Source: Some Oregon superintendents, parents report ‘whiplash’ as state school reopening rules change again | Salem Reporter | News about Salem […]
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Are Salem businesses enforcing state mask mandate? State records suggest many aren’t

A database of complaints to the state’s workplace safety agency has been flooded with recent complaints of employees and customers not wearing masks at Salem businesses. Calling it an issue of worker safety, one labor union is calling for more aggressive enforcement. Complaints have flooded into Oregon’s worker safety agency ever since it was charged […]
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Cuts loom as lawmakers prepare to meet

Decisions that lawmakers make next week will affect social services, schools, parks and provide jobs for tens of thousands particularly in the Salem area. As of Friday, details, including how long the session would last, were unclear. Oregon legislators will meet on Monday to shore up a state budget decimated by the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. […]
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When workers get sick with Covid, should workers compensation pay up?

Policymakers are considering whether to revamp the state’s workers’ compensation system for the pandemic. The central question has been whether there should be a presumption that frontline workers who test positive for the virus contracted it while on the job. Source: When workers get sick with Covid, should workers compensation pay up? | Salem Reporter […]
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Long-term care facilities, agricultural workplaces continue to report new Covid outbreaks 

Two assisted living facilities in Salem have reported new cases in the last week and a berry farm east of Brooks has also reported an outbreak. Source: Long-term care facilities, agricultural workplaces continue to report new Covid outbreaks | Salem Reporter

Are Salem businesses enforcing state mask mandate? State records suggest many aren’t

A database of complaints to the state’s workplace safety agency has been flooded with recent complaints of employees and customers not wearing masks at Salem businesses. Calling it an issue of worker safety, one labor union is calling for more aggressive enforcement. Source: Are Salem businesses enforcing state mask mandate? State records suggest many aren’t […]
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Businesses ask for Covid legal liability shield. But critics say it’ll shield bad actors

Lawmakers could revisit legislation that would give employers immunity from Covid-related lawsuits if they’re following the rules. Business advocates say they need the protection. But others say it could leave front-line workers out to dry. Source: Businesses ask for Covid legal liability shield. But critics say it’ll shield bad actors | Salem Reporter | News […]
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State employees lawsuits target the Oregon Health Authority and the Department of Justice

A pair of lawsuits filed in Marion County Circuit Court by state workers allege mistreatment by two different government agencies. Source: State employees lawsuits target the Oregon Health Authority and the Department of Justice | Salem Reporter | News about Salem – In-depth, Accurate, Trusted