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We will update this story throughout the day with the latest news on the coronavirus and its effects in Oregon on Friday, April 3.
UPDATE AT 2:25 p.m.
Polk County man dies, 73 new cases reported
A 71-year-old man from Polk County was the last COVID-19 death in Oregon, bringing the state’s death toll to 22.
The Oregon Health Authority reported 73 new cases of coronavirus on Friday. The state has 899 reported cases. On Friday, 14 new cases were reported in Marion County and two new cases were reported in Polk County.
Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Crook, Deschutes, Klamath, Malheur, Morheur, Multnomah, Washington and Yamhill counties have also seen an increase in the number of new cases.
The Polk County man tested positive on March 19 and died in Salem Hospital on April 2. He had underlying health problems.
COVID-19 in Oregon, in figures, as of Friday, April 3:
- 22: Death of COVID-19
- 899: Positive tests
- 16,535: Negative tests
- 17,434: Total number of tests performed since January 24
COVID-19 Cases by Oregon County, Number of Cases and Deaths
- Benton: 17 cases, 1 death.
- Clackamas: 66 cases, 3 deaths.
- Clatsop: 4 cases.
- Columbia: 1 case.
- Crook: 1 case.
- Falls: 36 cases.
- Douglas: 9 cases.
- Grant: 1 case.
- Hood River: 3 cases.
- Jackson: 27 cases.
- Josephine: 12 cases.
- Klamath: 13 cases.
- Lane: 21 cases. 1 death.
- Lincoln: 4 cases.
- Linn: 37 cases, 2 deaths.
- Marion: 178 cases, 4 deaths.
- Morrow: 2 cases.
- Multnomah: 175 cases, 3 deaths.
- Polk: 20 cases, 1 death.
- Tillamook: 3 cases.
- Umatilla: 5 cases.
- Union: 3 cases.
- Wallowa 1 case.
- Wasco: 7 cases.
- Washington: 228 cases. 4 deaths.
- Yamhill: 23 cases, 3 deaths.
Source: Oregon Health Authority
UPDATE at 2:20 p.m.
Dutch Bros. first responder support program launched
Dutch Bros Coffee supports first responders who treat patients with COVID-19 with a dedicated return program.
Throughout the month of April, Dutch Bros, which operates in seven western states, will dedicate 100% of its profits to medical first responders via #FirstRespondersFirst, according to a recent press release.
“Donations are part of our DNA,” said CEO Travis Boersma. “We started this activity not only to sell coffee, but to have a positive impact on our customers and our communities. We hope to be able to do so in April and be a light in these dark and difficult times. “
Dutch Bros organizes multiple redistribution programs each year, officials said, from company-wide efforts to hyper-local programs to help those in need. His philanthropic arm, the Dutch Bros Foundation, spent an additional $ 1 million earlier this week to help those affected by the pandemic.
Donations to #FirstRespondersFirst will provide supplies, equipment and resources to frontline health workers.
More details can be found at dutchbros.com/news-events/community-wellness.
– Natalie Pate
UPDATE at 8 a.m.
COVID-19 Case at the Silverton Police Department
An individual from the Silverton police department has tested positive for COVID-19, city officials announced Thursday.
Officials did not say whether the person was an officer, but confirmed that they had limited contact with the public and had not been at work since March 27.
The person is not believed to be seriously ill and self-quarantines.
Silverton City Hall has been cleaned and workers are following additional health guidelines and precautions.
UPDATE at 6:30 a.m.
Salem prison inmate tested positive for COVID-19
The first confirmed positive test for COVID-19 for an inmate from the Oregon state penitentiary system was received on Thursday.
Inmate from Santiam Correctional Facility, located at 4005 Aumsville Highway, southeast of Salem, will be transferred to another facility offering 24-hour nursing care, officials from the Correctional Services Department said. ‘Oregon.
Authorities have not released any additional information about the detainee.
Detainees in detention who show symptoms of COVID-19 or the flu will be tested and placed in “respiratory isolation”, according to the authorities.
Salem prison suspended visits and volunteer services, canceled group activities, separated vulnerable inmates, and placed distancing measures on food lines.
It was announced Wednesday that an employee of the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem had tested positive for COVID-19.
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“We have been preparing the release of COVID-19 in our institutions, work sites and community correctional services since the beginning of March,” said director Colette S. Peters in a press release.
“Even with all of our preventive measures, such as restricting visits, social estrangement and suspending all programs, we knew that the first case was inevitable because our institutions are the microcosm of our communities. Our agency has focused on this virus and the best way to reduce the impact within our institutions. The necessary protocols are in place to best protect our employees and the adults in our care. ”
The Santiam Correctional Facility is a minimum security prison that houses approximately 480 inmates who are within four years of their release.
Read more: Oregon State Penitentiary Employee Positive on COVID-19
UPDATE at 6:15 a.m.
SAIF opens worker safety fund against coronaviruses
Over 5,000 businesses in Marion and Polk County are eligible to receive a portion of SAIF’s $ 10 million to pay for expenses related to preventing the spread of coronavirus in their businesses.
The $ 10 million SAIF fund is open to 53,000 policyholders in Oregon.
The provider opened the fund for requests Tuesday and Thursday had received more than 700 requests.
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“Our goal is to respond quickly to help businesses in this time of greatest need, and we will continue to explore the need for this type of assistance and the best way to support Oregon businesses and workers,” a said Kerry Barnett, CEO of SAIF.
Some of the items that the funds will pay for include personal protective equipment, site cleaning services, site modification to reduce the risk of transmission, additional staffing for virus treatment, mental health for problems related to the crisis, training on reassignment security and the reopening of businesses safely after closure. for coronavirus.
SAIF is a non-profit workers’ compensation insurance fund in Oregon.
To apply, go to: https://www.saif.com/employer-guide/coronavirus-and-workers-compensation/coronavirus-worker-safety-fund.html
– Bill Poehler
UPDATE at 6:00 a.m.
Poll: Americans support drastic efforts to stop coronavirus
Most Americans say saving lives by preventing the spread of COVID-19 should be the US government’s top priority, as the global coronavirus pandemic is straining the country’s healthcare system and social distancing measures are wreaking havoc. economy, according to a new survey.
The Public Agenda / USA TODAY / Ipsos poll released on Friday found that the nation is accepting more and more drastic interventions to stop the spread of the virus, compared to a poll conducted on March 10 and 11. The increased support for the restrictions comes as Americans believe the effects of the coronavirus will be felt in the foreseeable future, according to the new survey.
“We’re going to have to find something for the economy,” said New York resident Sue Clinton, one of about 1,000 people interviewed. Clinton said she was concerned about the economy, but was more concerned for the safety of several of her family members. who have underlying health conditions, which makes them particularly vulnerable to the virus.
Read more: Americans support drastic efforts to stop coronavirus and expect crisis to last for months on public agenda / USA TODAY / Ipsos poll
– USA TODAY network
Summary of previous updates:
Thursday: Traffic delays due to laptop pickup event
Wednesday: 10 new cases of COVID-19 in Marion county, resumption of tests in Salem Health clinics
Tuesday: Oregon to receive PPE, watch out for COVID-19 scams
Monday: Oregon COVID-19 dead now 16; 2 downtown car parks to close
COVID-19: two deputies from Marion County jail tested positive
Two prison assistants from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office tested positive for COVID-19.
The sheriff’s office was notified of the cases on March 30, and Sheriff Joe Kast informed local law enforcement and Marion County courts on March 31.
Officials do not share the details of the affected employees.
The officials did not say whether other staff or adults in detention had been tested, but “medical staff are monitoring health conditions and who may need additional treatment,” Sgt. Said Jeremy Landers.
Prison officials are using unused accommodation to transfer adults in detention to single cells in the coming days, said Landers.
The prison has approximately 144 employees and currently houses approximately 320 AIC. It has a capacity of 415 without the additional housing.
The on-site unit was closed several years ago for budgetary reasons. Now staff have worked with IT and other resources to get it up and running. Opening the cells will increase social distance and control the potential spread of the virus, he said.
The move-in date has not been set, but Landers said the transition could take place in two to three days.
“We continue to encourage local law enforcement to cite and release on the ground and to house adults in Marion County Jail only for offenses that pose a significant risk to our community,” he said. declared.
The sheriff’s office also acquired personal protective equipment for all staff, increased cleaning protocols and improved medical screening before adults were brought into the facility.
When the sheriff’s office informed Judge Tracy Prall’s office of Judge Marion on Tuesday, Prall informed the annex staff, the Marion District Attorney’s office and the defense bar.
“It seemed inevitable that it would happen,” said Prall.
The Marion County Circuit Court has since ceased most interactions with the prison, including sending staff to obtain documents and to receive money on bail, she said.
The county circuit court has not reported any cases of COVID-19, but staff have called the patients “intermittently”, said Prall.
Courts are trying to get masks next week, especially for annex staff.
– Virginia Barreda
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