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NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon fired a worker who organized a walkout at a New York warehouse to demand greater protection against the new coronavirus, saying the employee himself flouted distancing rules and put others at risk.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned Americans to brace for a "hell of a bad two weeks" ahead as the White House projected there could be 100,000 to 240,000 deaths in the U.S. from the coronavirus pandemic even if current social distancing guidelines are maintained.

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OREGON — COVID-19 has claimed five more lives in Oregon since Sunday, raising the state’s death toll to 18, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

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SALEM — On Monday, Andrew Phelps, director of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, gave his first status update from the Joint Information Center about the state’s response to COVID-19. Following the directive of Governor Kate Brown, OEM has activated Oregon’s Unified Command structure…

COOS COUNTY — Earlier this month, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown ordered the state’s public schools to cancel its classes and close its doors to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus. The closure, which was extended, was ordered to remain in effect until April 28.

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BANDON – Bandon Schools Superintendent Doug Ardiana couldn’t be more excited. He’s figured out a plan to bring teachers back to work and get students on track for graduation or promoted to the next grade level, despite the closure of schools until at least April 28 due to the coronavirus crisis. 

COOS BAY — The Zonta Club of the Coos Bay Area has extended the deadline to apply for their 10 scholarships totaling over $26,000 to May 1, 2020. Application, scholarship descriptions and criteria are available on the club’s Facebook page and website www.zontacoosbay.org.

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SOUTH COAST — Southwestern Oregon Community College is planning for a potential $1.4 million in budget cuts next year as it anticipates a lower enrollment while the pandemic persists.

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MYRTLE POINT — Over the past few weeks, cities across Coos County have been passing resolutions or declaring emergencies in order to combat the novel coronavirus.

Tim Grout - 49, of Myrtle Point, died March 27, 2020 in Myrtle Point.  Arrangements are under the direction of Amling/Schroeder Funeral Service - Myrtle Point Chapel, 541-572-2524.

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OREGON — COVID-19 has claimed five more lives in Oregon since Sunday, raising the state’s death toll to 18, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

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OREGON — COVID-19 has claimed five more lives in Oregon since Sunday, raising the state’s death toll to 18, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

CONCORD, New Hampshire (AP) — Tomie dePaola, the prolific children's author and illustrator who delighted generations with tales of Strega Nona, the kindly and helpful old witch in Italy, died Monday at age 85.

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SALEM — Governor Kate Brown announced Sunday that Oregon's progress acquiring personal protective equipment in the wake of her directive to collect as much available supply as possible from around the state. The effort is underway in anticipation of the surge of COVID-19 patients that will n…

REEDSPORT – Hospitals around the country are suffering a dire need for Personal Protection Equipment during the COVID-19 crisis, but locals have taken the initiative to make or donate supplies and help medical personnel.

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COOS BAY — With the COVID-19 pandemic, the organizers of the upcoming Downtown Farmers Market are looking to how it will operate and when it will open.

Dean Wilson - 62, of Coquille, died March 26, 2020 in Coquille. Arrangements are pending with Amling-Schroeder Funeral Service - Coquille Chapel, 541-396-3846

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STATE -- Oregon’s COVID-19 Statewide Joint Information Center and the Oregon Department of Energy are providing additional clarification related to Saturday’s announcement from the Office of the State Fire Marshal, which temporarily suspended Oregon’s ban on self-service gas stations.

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OREGON — In response to the impacts of COVID-19 on Oregon, the Office of State Fire Marshal is suspending regulations over self-service stations and implementing measures to ensure the health and safety of gas retailers.

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A painting by Dutch master Vincent van Gogh was stolen in an overnight smash-and-grab raid on a museum that was closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, police and the museum said Monday.

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BANDON – At the end of an emotionally charged meeting Thursday night, the Southern Coos Health District Board voted 3-1 to dismiss Southern Coos Hospital & Health Center CEO Amy Fine, effective immediately.

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PORTLAND — Oregon Health Authority reported 69 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 548, as of 8 a.m. Sunday. No new deaths were reported. The number of COVID-19 deaths in Oregon remains at 13, as of 8 a.m. Sunday.

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COOS COUNTY — Since the COVID-19 closures many have adhered to government mandates, while others have chosen not to comply with shelter in place orders, which most likely stems from denial.

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SOUTH COAST — As people stay home to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, many might be wondering when life will return to normal and what “normal” will look like.

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School closings, social distancing, and canceled events are making news headlines today – just as they did a century ago in Coos County. The COVID-19 (or coronavirus) crisis brings to mind an influenza pandemic during World War I that also caused major disruptions of life on Oregon’s South Coast.

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