Oregon Governor Announces Closure Of Public Schools For Rest Of School Year

UPDATE (Thursday, April 9 at 10:30 a.m. PT) Public schools will not reopen again this school year, as the state works to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus, Gov. Kate Brown announced Wednesday. In a widely anticipated move , Brown extended a March school closure past its April 28 expiration, ensuring that students and teachers will not congregate in person before summer break. "This decision is important because it is about safety," Brown said at a press conference in which physical...

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival Will Stay Shut Down Until Sept.; 80% Of Staff Laid Off

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival announced Friday morning that the Ashland-based regional theater company's 2020 season will be further postponed until early September due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. They also laid off the majority of their staff.

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Public closures in Lane County have made it difficult for at-risk residents to access supplies without potentially exposing themselves to COVID-19. But the Lane County Mutual Aid Network is working to reach more people.

For the past few weeks, the Lane County Mutual Aid Network has created an online form so people can request supplies. Sara Urzua with the mutual aid network said they have now created a hotline to reach more people who need resources. 

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UPDATE (10:46 a.m. PT) — Oregon state and local health officials reported 1,239 known coronavirus cases as of Wednesday afternoon.

Health officials reported Wednesday that there have been 38 known coronavirus-related deaths in the state.

Washington surpasses 9,000 cases

Clark County Public Health said Wednesday that there are 190 known cases of the virus there. To date, 13 people in Clark County have died.

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In separate press conferences, both the governor of New York and the mayor of New York City said social distancing as well as the restrictions on nonessential businesses are working to flatten the curve of the coronavirus.

Governor Andrew Cuomo, speaking in Albany, pointed to lowering rates in the state of hospitalizations, intubations and people admitted to ICUs, telling reporters, "Our efforts are working. They're working better than anyone projected they would work. That's because people are complying with them."

Under threat of "retaliation" from President Trump, India earlier this week reversed its export restrictions and some companies are ramping up production of a malaria drug Trump has touted as a potential game-changer for fighting COVID-19.

The World Bank has projected that a recession is coming to sub-Saharan African for the first time in 25 years — due to an economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Pope Francis says the COVID-19 pandemic represents a chance for creativity and positive change, urging people to reconnect with the real world and reject "throwaway culture."

The pontiff's comments came by way of an interview with Commonweal magazine published Wednesday. Francis also said the coronavirus crisis has revealed that many decisions are made solely on economic terms; he also says the ongoing outbreak is exposing what he calls "functional hypocrisy" at the highest levels of government.

Over the last few weeks, we've been sharing some of the many 2020 Tiny Desk Contest entries that have caught our eyes and ears. We recently extended our deadline for entries: You now have until until 11:59 p.m. ET on April 27 to enter the Contest.

Senate Democrats blocked a GOP effort to add $250 billion in coronavirus-related small-business loans.

"We need more funding — and we need it fast," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor. "To my Democratic colleagues, do not block emergency aid you do not oppose just because you want something more. We do not have to do everything right now."

Congressional Republicans and the White House want to increase the total amount of loans available through the Paycheck Protection Program from $350 billion to $600 billion.

Almost everyone knows each other in Camp Hill, Pa., a cozy little community of about 7,500 people near Harrisburg.

But like many places across the country, Camp Hill is on lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic. So last week, Leigh Twiford, president of the local borough council, held an online town hall using a Zoom video conference.

"We just wanted to get the word out to our residents that ... we're here, we're open, you know, the doors are locked, but we're still working," Twiford said.

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