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At the direction of Governor Kate Brown, and in keeping with the guidance that all Oregonians should stay home and stay healthy, the Oregon State Park system will close at the end of the day Monday, March 23. Day-use areas will be closed starting March 23 at 5 p.m. Campers need to check out no later than 1 p.m.

Tens of thousands of workers laid off, losing income as rent or mortgage payments are due. Small businesses shut down because of the coronavirus outbreak, and at risk of never reopening their doors again.

PORTLAND (AP) — Gov. Kate Brown late Tuesday announced an extension of her previous statewide school closure order to combat the spread of coronavirus, saying now schools will be shuttered until at least April 28.

PORTLAND (AP) — Gov. Kate Brown on Monday banned on-site consumption at bars and restaurants around the state for at least four weeks in a bid to slow the spread of the new coronavirus and said gatherings will be limited to 25 people or fewer.

A former pharmacist is suing Central Oregon's largest health care provider for $1.2 million saying the hospital maintained a hostile work environment that included gender discrimination and sexual harassment.

PORTLAND (AP) — Oregon's largest hospital is preparing for a surge in coronavirus patients by reducing non-essential surgeries and halting all medical research except that dedicated to the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of COVID-19, Oregon Health & Science University said Monday.

Oregon's governor made a plea Monday for younger, healthier people to keep their distance from others, warning they could be asymptomatic carriers of the coronavirus and that “following the guidelines on social distancing is a matter of life and death for others.”

The Oregon Department of Human Services has designated a licensing oversight team assigned to launch illness-prevention reviews at all nursing, assisted living and residential care communities statewide, including those providing memory care, beginning yesterday. The specialized reviews will focus on pandemic response plans and infection control procedures, according to a news release from DHS.

In an end run around Republican legislators, Oregon's Democratic governor ordered the state on Tuesday to lower greenhouse gas emissions, directing a state agency to set and enforce caps on pollution from industry and transportation fuels.

Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley announced Tuesday the expansion of a pilot program that will allow Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients in Oregon to use their benefits to purchase food online from Amazon and Walmart. The program is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service.

SALEM (AP) — As Democratic Gov. Kate Brown finalizes an executive order to cut Oregon's greenhouse gas emissions, a panel of Oregon lawmakers on Monday allocated $5 million to back the effort, though Republicans opposed it and predicted a court fight.

SALEM (AP) — Oregon has reached an agreement with private health insurance companies to waive co-payments, co-insurance and deductibles for Oregonians who undergo testing for COVID-19 at a facility that's within their insurance network, Gov. Kate Brown announced.

A total of three bills passed while hundreds died as the Oregon legislative session went down in flames and cost taxpayers a half-million dollars, including $151 per diems to minority Republican lawmakers who went into hiding to kill environmental legislation.

The 2020 Girl Scout Cookie season will end on March 8 when cookie booths close up for the last time until 2021. This year, Girl Scouts introduced Lemon-ups™—a crispy lemon cookie baked with messages inspired by Girl Scout entrepreneurs—and brought back such iconic favorites as Thin Mints®, Samoas®, and Trefoils®.

Oregon’s unemployment rate declined to 3.3 percent in January, the lowest on comparable records dating back to 1976. The December unemployment rate was revised downward to 3.4 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate was 3.6 percent in January.


Attorney General William P. Barr was joined by U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams, FBI Director Christopher A. Wray and Chief Postal Inspector Gary R. Barksdale Tuesday, March 3 to announce its largest coordinated sweep of elder fraud cases in history as prosecutors this year have charged more than 400 defendants.

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Oregon needs 400,000 respirator masks, gowns and gloves, disposable protective suits and up to 100 ventilators in case the coronavirus spreads more widely in the state, Gov. Kate Brown told Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday.

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The following report includes ODOT highways in Josephine, Jackson, Coos, Curry and Douglas counties. This report will cover from Feb. 28-March 6, 2020.

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The following report includes ODOT highways in Josephine, Jackson, Coos, Curry and Douglas counties. This report will cover the three-week period from Feb. 21-28, 2020.


PENDLETON (AP) — Waters covering roads in flood-hit northeastern Oregon were starting to recede, allowing residents to return and assess the damage from weather that appears to have left one person dead.

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