Regional COVID-19 updates: Gov. Brown apologizes for unemployment delays

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Updates for Oregon and SW Washington for April 26, 2020

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Here is the latest information from April 26, 2020, in Oregon and Southwest Washington in the ongoing coronavirus pandemic:

Oregon death toll creeps near 100

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management reported four new deaths Sunday related to the novel coronavirus. Additionally, 58 new cases were confirmed.

The new coronavirus cases were diagnosed in the following counties: Benton (1), Clackamas (3), Coos (4), Deschutes (2), Jefferson (1), Josephine (1) Linn (3), Marion (4), Multnomah (29), Polk (1), Umatilla (1), Washington (7), Yamhill (1). In total, the state has reported 2,311 cases of COVID-19.

Of the four recently reported deaths, two were residents of Multnomah County: a 70-year-old man and a 75-year-old woman.

A 93-year-old woman in Marion County succumbed to the virus on Saturday, April 25. She was diagnosed just the week before on April 18.

A 51-year-old man in Wasco County also died from the virus on Friday, April 24. The OHA said he first tested positive on April 19 and later passed at the Mid-Columbia Medical Center.

The state’s death toll from COVID-19 now sits at 91.

Washington cases, deaths continue to rise

On Sunday, Washington state’s Department of Health reported that a total of 13,521 cases of the coronavirus had been diagnosed in the state.

COVID-19 has claimed the lives of 749 Washington residents.

Of those reported figures, Clark County accounts for 297 cases and 18 deaths from the coronavirus. So far, Cowlitz County has only seen 39 cases and has zero reported deaths.

Gov. Brown apologizes for unemployment delays

Late Sunday morning, Governor Kate Brown took to Twitter to acknowledge the frustrations of the thousands of Oregonians who are struggling with their unemployment claims.

“I hear your frustration. I’m sorry for the delays,” Brown’s tweet read, in part.

In the two-part thread, the governor mentioned that the state’s Employment Department is currently processing “an unprecedented 333,700 applications.” The department has also increased staffing from 106 to 520 employees, with plans to hire almost 300 more.

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