Oregon’s online schools also subject to Gov. Kate Brown’s coronavirus closure order

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s mid-March order shuttering the state’s public schools also applies to publicly funded online academies, state education officials said. Source: Oregon’s online schools also subject to Gov. Kate Brown’s coronavirus closure order – oregonlive.com

Coronavirus in Oregon (March 27): State may avoid worst-case crisis — if people stay home

Oregon may avoid the worst of the coronavirus, according to a new forecast issued by state health officials. But people must stay home. Source: Coronavirus in Oregon (March 27): State may avoid worst-case crisis — if people stay home – oregonlive.com

Aggressive measures can slow COVID-19 spread, Oregon officials say

If state officials lifted the range of measures they have taken to slow the spread of the new coronavirus, an estimated 15,000 Oregonians could be sickened by the virus by May 8, according to forecasting models released by the state Thursday. Source: Aggressive measures can slow COVID-19 spread, Oregon officials say

Is Oregon ‘governable?’

The 2019 Legislature devolved into a debacle when Republicans didn’t show up to play. Is that the new playbook for the state? A new dynamic in Oregon politics is emerging following the collapse of the 2020 legislative session. And the top leaders in the Oregon Senate knew that as the final hours ticked off. Source: […]
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Coronavirus pandemic suspends family visits for Oregon foster children

For the next couple of weeks, at least, Oregon foster children will not be able to visit their birth families, part of a statewide effort to reduce social contact to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Source: Coronavirus pandemic suspends family visits for Oregon foster children

New Projections Show Aggressive Social Distancing Could Prevent 14,000 COVID-19 Cases in Oregon in the Next Six Weeks 

On Thursday, the Oregon Health Authority announced new forecasts of the number of COVID-19 cases in the state between now and May 8 under three different scenarios depending on how aggressively Oregonians practice social distancing. Source: New Projections Show Aggressive Social Distancing Could Prevent 14,000 COVID-19 Cases in Oregon in the Next Six Weeks – Willamette Week

Data Bank: A county-by-county view of Oregon’s hospital beds per elder population based on data from the Oregon Association of Hospitals & Health Systems, PSU’s Population Research Center and the Kaiser Family Foundation

State distribution of hospital beds does not align with the population most vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic. See which counties may be most challenged by a spike in virus-related hospitalizations. Source: Data Bank: A county-by-county view of Oregon’s hospital beds per elder population based on data from the Oregon Association of Hospitals & Health Systems, […]
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Oregon receives federal waiver to make Medicaid more flexible during COVID crisis

Oregon was among seven states that on Wednesday received federal waivers giving them more flexibility for their Medicaid programs during the COVID-19 crisis. Source: Oregon receives federal waiver to make Medicaid more flexible during COVID crisis – Portland Business Journal

Unemployment claims hit 76,500 in mid-March

More than 70,000 Oregonians filed for unemployment benefits in mid-March. The state Employment Department reported Thursday, March 26, that it received more than 76,500 initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits during the week of March 15. For the first three days of the week of March 22, initial claims have been tracking at record levels. […]
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Oregon projections: ‘Significant surge, PPE shortage’ coming

The projected patient influx to Oregon hospitals in the coming week — if the inflection rate continues — will cause a significant surge and a shortage of personal protective equipment throughout the state, the Oregon Health Authority said Thursday, March 26. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Oregon projections: ‘Significant surge, PPE shortage’ coming