Regional COVID-19 updates: 2 deaths, 90 new cases in Oregon


Updates for Oregon, SW Washington for April 2, 2020

This story will be updated throughout the day

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Here is the latest information from April 2, 2020, in Oregon and Southwest Washington in the ongoing coronavirus pandemic:

Oregon numbers as of 8 a.m.

The coronavirus claimed two more lives in Oregon, the Oregon Health Authority said. The state’s death toll is now 21.

OHA also reported 90 new cases of COVID-19 in the following counties: Benton (2), Clackamas (5), Deschutes (5), Hood River (1), Jackson (5), Josephine (2), Klamath (3), Lane (3), Lincoln (1), Marion (13), Union (2), Multnomah (26), Washington (22), and Yamhill (1). The statewide total is now 826.

Marion County officials test positive

A member of the Silverton Police Department tested positive for COVID-19 and has not been at work since March 27, the City of Silverton said. Since City Hall has been closed to the public since March 18, officials said the person had limited contact with members of the community.

Two staff members at the Marion County Jail tested positive for the coronavirus on March 30, according to Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

Oregon state prison inmate

An adult at Santiam Correctional Institution in Salem tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, the Oregon Department of Corrections said. The person was in stable condition and being treated on site before being moved to a facility with 24-hour nursing care. This marks the first person in the Oregon DOC system to test positive, officials said.

The DOC said anyone showing signs and symptoms of the flu or COVID-19 will be tested for the coronavirus and placed in “respiratory isolation.”

Washington numbers as of April 1

As of 11:59 p.m. on April 1, the Washington Department of Health reported a statewide total of 262 deaths and 6,585 cases. There are eight deaths and 131 cases in Clark County.

New testing devices

Oregon will receive 15 new rapid COVID-19 devices to run so-called “Abbot ID NOW” tests, according to the Oregon COVID-19 Joint Information Center. The devices were recently approved by the FDA and can detect positive results in just five minutes. OHA is working to figure out where to send the devices based on testing priorities. It’s unclear when the state will receive the devices.

Portland Farmers Market offers online sales

The Portland Farmers Market is now offering different ways to buy the items they sell during the pandemic.

The PSU Farmers Market remains open on Saturdays, just spaced out much differently to allow for social distancing.

But they’re also offering online sales through

Portland Opera cancels season

Big Night, Pagliacci, and Three Decembers will have to wait. Portland Opera cancels the remainder of its 2019-2020 season on Thursday.

The 2020-2021 season is scheduled to begin in September.

Multifamily NW

In a letter to Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, Multifamily NW addressed the Portland City Council’s request for rent and mortgage payment suspension, calling the proposal “dangerous to our community in the near term.”

Multifamily NW said the request would “result in a cascading series of events threatening our basic economic structures” and instead appealed for the state to employ different tactics: temporarily expanding the Rental Assistance Vouchers program.

More details: Portland Opera

Oregon unemployment numbers continue to skyrocket

Oregon’s initial claims for unemployment benefits have continued to skyrocket, shattering previous records in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.

The Oregon Employment Department received 92,700 initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits for the week of March 22. That’s a 21% increase from the previous record — which was set during the week of March 15 when they saw 76,500 claims. OED received 4,900 initial claim filings during the week of March 8. 

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Notably, the greatest number of those initial claims for unemployment benefits came from those in the leisure and hospitality sector, which includes hotels and restaurants. That number comes in at a hefty 15,500 claims.

Sherwood utility relief program announced

The City of Sherwood Utility Billing Department announced that qualifying residents affected by COVID-19 can receive a one-time utility credit in the amount of $58.99 on their next bill. Residents will need to fill out an online application in order to receive the credit. The application asks residents to answer a few questions on how they have been impacted by the coronavirus crisis.

Find the online application here and more information here. If customers do not have internet access, they may directly contact the Utility Billing Department at 503.925.2315.

Continuing Coverage: Coronavirus

Previous updates from April 1, 2020

Oregon numbers on April 1

COVID-19 has claimed another life in Oregon, bringing the state’s death toll to 19, according to the Oregon Health Authority. Officials said a 70-year-old woman in Multnomah County who tested positive on March 27 died two days later at her home. OHA added that she had other medical conditions.

OHA reported 47 new cases in the following counties: one in Benton, six in Clackamas, three in Deschutes, one in Douglas, one in Jackson, two in Lane, one in Lincoln, 10 in Marion, 18 in Multnomah, three in Washington and one in Yamhill. One case previously reported in Hood River County was identified as a resident of another state.

The total case count in Oregon is 736.

New testing devices

Oregon will receive 16 rapid COVID-19 test devices to help in the state’s medical response, OHA said. More information—including the name of devices, when they are expected, what they do, where they will be deployed and if more can be expected—is expected to be released on Thursday.

Brown announces 90-day commercial eviction halt

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has announced a 90-day commercial building eviction moratorium, starting April 1.

Brown’s executive order also expanded her other moratorium on residential evictions by prohibiting landlords from incurring late fees from tenants impacted by the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic.

Legacy rapid testing

Legacy-GOhealth Urgent Care is now using the rapid COVID-19 test at its clinics in Oregon and Washington.

The test can confirm an infection in just 5-15 minutes. The curbside tests will be done by appointment only and will be prioritized for frontline medical staff and first responders.

If you believe you have COVID-19, you can schedule a virtual video visit. A medical professional will let you know if you need to be tested.

Mask kit drop-off hours expanded in Salem

Salem Health has added several hours to each of its collection days for its mask-making project — a donation system for health care providers.

New extended drop-off hours

Salem — Town Park security booth (former K-Mart parking lot off Mission St. SE and 25th St. SE)

  • Wednesday, April 1, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 2, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Friday, April 3, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Dallas — West Valley Hospital parking lot

  • Thursday, April 2, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Friday, April 3, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Going the Social Distance Relay

You don’t have to wait for social distancing restrictions to be lifted in order to be part of an upcoming worldwide relay “race”….

Amy Theberge, founder of Portland’s Revel Events, announced she is producing a series of virtual relays called Going the Social Distance Relay. The series, which launches with the inaugural relay on April 5, 2020 at 8 a.m. benefits Meals on Wheels programs.

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