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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Here is the latest information from April 22, 2020, in Oregon and Southwest Washington in the ongoing coronavirus pandemic:
No new deaths in Oregon
The latest COVID-19 numbers released Wednesday by Oregon health officials show the confirmed number of cases in the state increased by 57 from the previous day to reach a total of 2,059. No new deaths were reported in the state. Oregon’s COVID-19 death toll stands at 78.
Wednesday’s new cases are in the following counties: Clackamas (10), Coos (1), Deschutes (2), Jefferson (1), Linn (1), Marion (7), Multnomah (24), Washington (10) and Yamhill (1).
Washington nears 700 deaths
Washington state health officials reported a total of 12,494 cases and 692 deaths as of Tuesday night. The number of cases increased by seven in Clark County from Tuesday to Wednesday. One more case was reported in Cowlitz County. There are no new deaths in either county.
Oregon Humane Society donates pet food
The Oregon Humane Society filled 3 trucks with dog food, cat food and litter and hit the road to deliver it to shelters, rescues and food pantries in Hood River, Pendleton and Eugene.
The twice-weekly deliveries will continue for the next month and will go to all 36 counties in Oregon.
About 27,000 pounds of pet food was supplied by GreaterGood, and overall, more than 50,000 pounds of food will be distributed in the next month.
Tualatin awards small business grants
Last week, the Tualatin City Council announced that 54 small businesses will receive grants through the city’s $250,000 Economic Stabilization Fund. With over 143 applications in a one-week period, the city identified over $1.3 million in need.
Between the 54 businesses selected, grants ranging from $579 to $10,000 were distributed, with the average grant being $4,600. Seventy-five percent of those grants went to retail, restaurant, services, hospitality, entertainment, and wellness-classified businesses, according to the city council.
Bonamici announces $12M for older adults and people with disabilities
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici announced on Wednesday that Oregon programs for older adults and people with disabilities will receive an additional $12 million from the Department of Health and Human Services in order to help with the coronavirus response
The new grants will provide support to programs that are included in legislation that the congresswoman Bonamici led earlier in the year, called the Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020. The grants are funded by the CARES Act.
“Older adults and people with disabilities are at the highest risk during this pandemic, but they often face the greatest challenges to accessing the support and resources they need to stay home and stay healthy,” said Bonamici. “Keeping critical services like meal delivery and caregiver supports available to seniors and people with disabilities is more important than ever, which is why I fought for this increased funding in the CARES Act. This is a vital aspect of our coronavirus response, and I will continue pushing for the additional resources our communities need.”
Emergency Household Stabilization Funds Available Beginning April 27
Emergency Household Stabilization Funds will be available beginning on April 27, the Portland Housing Bureau announced on Wednesday. The bureau stated that $1 million has been reallocated to the COVID-19 Emergency Household Stabilization Fund for households that have seen income lost throughout the pandemic.
Limited cash assistance will be sent to at least 2,000 households to help cover various expenses such as groceries, rent, utilities, and medical expenses. Out of the fund, $200,000 will be available to the public, with $250 sent to each household through an application that will open on April 27. Remaining funds will be distributed through internal resources, according to PHB.
Once the application goes live, people can apply online.
McMenamins reopens for takeout
The local pub chain posted the good news on Facebook Tuesday night — they are reopening their doors for takeout!
The restaurant said they will offer food and beer to-go orders starting this Friday at 11 a.m. McMenamins also says they’re adding new meals for families of four.
Last month, McMenamins laid off 3,000 people after it closed all locations in Oregon and Washington.
Updates from April 21, 2020
Oregon tops 2000 confirmed cases
The latest COVID-19 numbers released Tuesday by Oregon health officials show the confirmed number of cases in the state stands at 2,002 with 78 total deaths.
This includes the latest numbers: 46 new cases and another 3 deaths. Those who have died include a 47-year-old man and a 61-year-old woman, both in Washington County, and a 65-year-old Multnomah County man—all of whom had underlying medical conditions. The new cases are in the following counties: Clackamas (2), Coos (1), Klamath (2), Linn (1), Marion (10), Multnomah (22), Umatilla (2), Wasco (1), and Washington (7).
A total of 41,128 people have been tested.
The total number of cases in the state of Washington reached 12,282 by Monday night and the statewide death toll was 682, according to the Washington State Department of Health.
On Tuesday, Clark County reported a total of 306 cases. Sixteen people have died in Clark County. In Cowlitz County, there are 33 cases and no deaths.
Kroc Center offers free childcare to essential workers
The Kroc Center is offering free childcare to essential workers.
Free mask for every American
“Portland-based DHVANI, which has already donated masks to Providence St. Vincent, is drawing on its experience in fabrics and apparel manufacturing, and import/distribution, to supply masks. DHVANI also unveiled a billboard in Times Square, New York, announcing the giveaway.”
Gas prices in free fall
Prices at the pump just keep falling.
The national average is down to $1.81 per gallon. In Oregon, the gallon price is $2.47—in Washington, it’s about $2.51.
Many headlines refer to oil prices plummeting into “negative” territory for the first time in history, leaving many people wondering what that means for them at the gas pump.
OHA reworks testing protocol to include more patients
The Oregon Health Authority has revised its steps for COVID-19 testing in two major ways as a route to get more people tested.
The agency released the new set of guidelines Monday night that prioritize testing for underserved populations and frontline workers. Additionally, people without symptoms within congregate care or group living systems will be considered for testing if “supplies allow.”
Wyden wants answers on Trump’s signature
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin recently said it was his idea to put President Trump’s name on the stimulus checks mailed to Americans for pandemic relief.
But Mnuchin said this 2 days after Treasury officials said they didn’t know how that decision was made.
On Tuesday, Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden — who is the ranking member on the Senate Finance Committee — wants Mnuchin to provide info how this decision actually came to be made.
“I am concerned by reports that Economic Impact Payments to Americans will be delayed by the unprecedented decision to print ‘President Donald J. Trump’ on the checks, as well as conflicting reporting on how this decision was made,” Wyden wrote in a letter to Mnuchin. “You stated during an interview that this decision ‘was [your] idea.’ This answer is surprising as my staff twice asked Treasury officials questions about signatures on the Economic Impact Payment checks and they did not answer them. If adding the signature was in fact your idea that information could have already been made available to Congress. To set the record straight, I request details about how you made this decision to benefit the president politically, which may delay delivery of critical funds to millions of Americans struggling to pay the rent and put food on the table.”
USA Track and Field Olympic trials rescheduled
The Olympic USA Track and Field trials have been rescheduled for June 18-27, 2021, at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.
The new dates were announced by the national governing body for track on Tuesday. The decision was made due to the coronavirus pandemic postponing the Tokyo Olympics to 2021.