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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Here is the latest information from March 26, 2020 in Oregon and Southwest Washington in the ongoing coronavirus pandemic:
Oregon cases now above 300
The Oregon Health Authority said 50 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the state along with the death of a 69-year-old woman in Washington County.
Overall, there are now 316 cases in Oregon and 11 deaths from the coronavirus.
Authorities said the woman died Wednesday and had underlying medical conditions.
The 50 new cases were scattered throughout 11 Oregon counties, with 14 in Marion County and 12 in Multnomah County.
A healthcare provider at the Health Center clinic in Tillamook is a presumptive-positive case of COVID-19, the Tillamook County Public Health Department announced Thursday. The clinic was immediately closed and staff members were sent home. The employee is between the ages of 35 and 54 and had been using PPE at work, officials said. The clinic will be closed through the weekend for deep cleaning and will tentatively reopen on Monday.
Clark County confirmed cases spike
The Clark County Health Department reported one more person died another 28 people tested positive for COVID-19. That brings the number of deaths in the county to 5 and the confirmed cases to 48.
The man who died was in his 80s. He was previously hospitalized and didn’t have any known contact with a confirmed case, officials said.
The 28 cases hit people between the ages of 20-99, but 18 of the cases were in people older than 50:
- 20 to 29 years: 1
- 30 to 39 years: 4
- 40 to 49 years: 5
- 50 to 59 years: 7
- 60 to 69 years: 6
- 70 to 79 years: 4
- 90 to 99 years: 1
SNAP recipients can now buy groceries online
Oregonians getting SNAP benefits can now buy groceries online from Walmart and Amazon, Oregon DHS officials said Thursday.
The retailers moved up their plans to include online food shopping to help those who have trouble getting to a store.
If your work hours are reduced or you lose your job, you may become eligible for SNAP if you meet eligibility requirements. You can apply for SNAP benefits without visiting an office. Apply online at OHP.Oregon.Gov
TriMet not taking cash on buses
Riders of TriMet buses can’t use cash anymore to buy tickets, the latest modification due to the coronavirus pandemic. Officials said riders must use a plastic Hop card, your phone using a mobile wallet or virtual card, or a Hop ticket purchased at a ticket machine at a MAX or WES station. Details: TriMet Update
Alaska Airlines cuts flights
Alaska Airlines is suspending 70% of its flights as demand has dropped more than 80%. the slimmed-down schedule will last for at least the next 2 months, airline officials said.
The airline also plans to cut contract and temporary jobs and is encouraging employees to take a voluntary leave of absence by letting them keep their health and travel benefits.
Deschutes Brewery lays off 300
Deschutes Brewery announced Wednesday it will lay off 300 employees and close its pubs and tasting rooms.
“The COVID-19 outbreak has had a devasting impact on our pub and commercial beer business. The closure of our Bend and Portland brewpubs and subsequent closure of bars and restaurants across the country has forced us to make some extremely difficult decisions and temporarily lay off approximately 60% of our employees across the company. Once the bar and restaurant closure is lifted, we see many of these people returning to work. We encourage everyone to support their local businesses when they can.”
Deschutes Brewery is Oregon’s leading producer of craft-beer, having sold over 60,000 barrels of beer statewide last year.
PPE donations still being accepted
An outpouring of support has brought cash donations, supplies and personal protective equipment to Providence Medical Center, and more donations are being accepted at new locations.
- Donate to one of our Providence Foundations by choosing “Area of Greatest Need”
Drop off sites:
Donate needed supplies: professional masks sealed in boxes, gloves in sealed boxes, gowns in sealed bags, hand sanitizer, medical swabs – sealed/sterile to these locations (open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday)
Murray Business Center Lobby
3601 SW Murray Blvd.
Beaverton, OR 97005
Call 503.729.5805 to arrange donation time
Providence Office Park Lobby
4400 NE Halsey Street Building 2
Portland OR 97213
Call 509.944.1527 for questions
Providence Newberg Medical Center
Inside main entrance
1001 Providence Drive, Newberg
Spirit Mountain extends closure
Spirit Mountain Casino extended their closure until April 9, 2020, the Grand Ronde Tribal Council and Spirit Mountain Gaming announced Wednesday. “The Casino management and Grand Ronde Tribal Council will continue to monitor the situation and will revisit this decision on a regular basis.”
Hood River limits lodging
The City of Hood River has ordered all lodging stays for discretionary travel to cease immediately. Tourism lodging restrictions will affect motels, hotels, short-term vacation rentals, hosted home shares, bed and breakfasts, RV parks and campgrounds in the City of Hood River from March 26 until April 14, unless extended.
Sherwood announces small business program
Sherwood Mayor Keith Mays announced a Small Business Emergency Relief Program that commits $100,000 to help small businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Qualified businesses are eligible to receive up to $2,500 per business.
For specific questions about the program, contact Bruce Coleman, Economic Development Manager at 503.625.4206 or by email at email@example.com
Salem Health asks for public’s help
Salem Health is asking for help to sew 10,000 masks for those healthcare workers. This week, employees at Salem Hospital have bagged hundreds of mask-making kits – enough for nearly 10,000 masks. The kits include surgical paper fabric, instructions and a bag for the finished product.
March 25 updates below
Oregon reports 2 new COVID-19 deaths, 57 new cases
Two more people have died in Oregon from COVID-19, bringing the overall total in the state to 10. An 80-year-old woman in Clackamas County died Tuesday and a 73-year-old Marion County woman died Monday. Both women had underlying medical conditions and died one day after testing positive for the coronavirus.
As of 8 a.m. Wednesday, another 57 confirmed cases were reported by the Oregon Health Authority in 12 different counties. Of these, 11 were in Marion County.
OHA updates their website with new information once per day.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife suspended all recreational fishing in Washington starting March 25. The closure will last at least until 5 p.m. on April 28.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife decided to follow Washington’s example by closing recreational salmon and steelhead fishing in the Columbia River starting March 26 at 11:59 p.m.