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The federal government has given a veterinary lab at Oregon State University clearance to expand its testing program for COVID-19.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Tuesday announced the extension of her coronavirus-related state of emergency declaration for 60 days, now lasting until Nov. 3.

“When I last extended the COVID-19 state of emergency in June, I told Oregonians that we were at a crossroads: we could work together to stop the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon, or we could watch infections and hospitalizations spike,” Brown said in a statement.

A 29-year-old man with no underlying medical conditions died of COVID-19 at OHSU Hospital last week, the Oregon Health Authority reported Friday.

In keeping with a policy of protecting private health information, the state provided few details on his death, other than to say he tested positive on Aug. 22 and died the same day. His was one of nine coronavirus deaths announced Friday, bringing the pandemic’s death toll in the state to 447.

The other deaths were:

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Eugene-based company, Emerald Broadband, was awarded $1.5 million of CARES Act funds as part of Business Oregon’s Rural Broadband Capacity Program. The grant money was awarded to finish an existing program in Western Lane County.

This summer, 20 friends rented a beach house on the Oregon coast for a three-day celebration. Nobody felt sick at the time.

But four of the friends were likely infected with COVID-19 and silently spreading it.

Twelve people in the group eventually got sick — but only after they’d first returned to work, unwittingly spreading the virus further.

“They have been linked to five workplace outbreaks, with a total of more than 300 cases so far,” said Dean Sidelinger, the state’s epidemiologist.

He declined to specify where and when the beach party took place.

The University of Oregon told students Wednesday that it will shift to nearly all remote learning this fall to minimize the spread of COVID-19. A day earlier, Western Oregon University made a similar decision.

The Oregon Department of Corrections announced a fifth inmate has died after testing positive for COVID-19.

The unidentified man was between 50 and 60 years old, the DOC said in a release. He was serving a sentence at the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution in Pendleton and died at a local hospital.

This is the fourth DOC inmate to die from the virus this month.

Inmates are at greater risk for COVID-19 because it’s nearly impossible to socially distance inside jails and prisons.

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The City of Eugene will be one of dozens across the state to have its wastewater analyzed for the presence of the coronavirus.

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A Lane County Public Health official, Jason Davis, said the daily rate of COVID-19 cases and rate of infection are still trending downward. And Davis said they want those to keep going down, especially as college students return to the area for fall term. 

Oregon has lost six more lives to COVID-19, bringing the coronavirus’ death toll in the state to 433, the Oregon Health Authority said Wednesday.

The fatalities include two people in their 50s: a 55-year-old Jefferson County man with underlying medical conditions, and a 55-year-old Marion County woman who tested positive May 5 and died Aug. 25. The woman’s death certificate listed COVID-19 as a “significant condition contributing to death,” health officials said.

While many businesses closed their doors at the start of the pandemic, Eugene's Greenhill Humane Society has managed to stay open. They've seen nearly the same number of pet adoptions as in previous years.

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As the University of Oregon prepares for the upcoming school year, President Michael Schill provided an update on Wednesday about fall operations. The UO will have predominantly remote and online instruction for the fall.

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Oregon State University is making it easier for students to avoid the requirement to live on-campus during their first year at the school.

COVID-19 has claimed three more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 420, the Oregon Health Authority reported Monday.

The OHA also reported 220 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19, bringing the state’s total to 25,155 since the start of the pandemic.

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Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Lane County is urging people to get a flu shot.

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  Springfield School District plans to start the fall with distance learning for the majority of its classes, but it’s bringing K through 3 students back to the classroom. Some faculty feel their concerns and input have not been considered in this plan. 


The Oregon Health Authority reported no new COVID-19 deaths on Sunday, leaving the death toll from the virus unchanged at 417 people. The agency also reported 231 new diagnoses of the virus, bringing confirmed and presumptive cases to 24,937 since the start of the pandemic.

Multnomah County had the most new cases, with 64; the county has seen higher case counts for several consecutive days.

Marion County had 41 new COVID-19 diagnoses Sunday, and Malheur County had 28.

Oregon applies for $300 weekly unemployment boost

Aug 24, 2020

Oregon is applying for President Trump’s $300 weekly boost to unemployment benefits. But the move is far from a ringing endorsement.

The supplemental benefit is expected to last just three to five weeks, according to David Gerstenfeld, acting director of the Oregon Employment Department.

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A landmark hotel in Lincoln City is the site of a COVID-19 outbreak.

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Eugene is well known for its bicycle culture and many enthusiasts. Since the pandemic, more and more local residents are taking up biking as a means of transportation and recreation.

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A racetrack in Coos County had its liquor license suspended after violating public health social distancing and face covering requirements.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 259 confirmed and presumptive cases, spread across 24 of the state’s 36 counties. Marion County had the most — 55 cases, or more than one-fifth of the state’s total.

Oregon Coast Aquarium

The Oregon Coast Aquarium's indoor exhibits will reopen to visitors on Monday. The popular Newport attraction was closed for five months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It recently opened its outdoor exhibits to the public.

Jackson County Added To Oregon COVID-19 Watch List

Aug 21, 2020

“Unfortunately, we’ve now added Jackson County to the county watch list because they have seen an increase in unexplained, community spread of the virus,” Gov. Kate Brown said during a press conference on Friday. “State officials will work with local public health leaders to help the community get this under control.”

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The Oregon House Speaker and Senate President explained how the Emergency Relief Check program was developed in a press conference Friday.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown called on community leaders, business owners and citizens Friday to step up their compliance with guidelines to defeat the spread of COVID-19 — warning that if that doesn’t happen, mandatory restrictions will be necessary, despite their accompanying hardships for Oregon’s economy and households.

“If we don’t step up to the next level then I am going to have to take more restrictive action,” she said.

Brown said the daily tally of new cases would be her measuring stick: that figure has stabilized at about 300 but it needs to drop to roughly 60.

Oregonians stood in long lines Thursday seeking $500 in emergency funds, after the rollout of a lawmaker-approved relief fund aimed at helping people caught in unemployment limbo. People had claimed close to half of the $35 million allocated by the end of just the second day of the program’s operation.

UPDATED: Friday, Aug. 21, 4:00 p.m. ... A line of about 50 people stretched around the outside of the Rogue Credit Union in Ashland on Thursday. Like many Oregonians who experienced severe financial hardship during the pandemic, they were there to get $500 emergency checks from the state, meant for people who haven’t gotten all their unemployment benefits.

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A small group of volunteers called Visible Helpers have placed several red heart-shaped pantries around Eugene. The idea is to make food, water, and other supplies easily accessible for people in need.

The Oregon Health Authority said Wednesday that the number of people getting infected with the coronavirus, entering the hospital while infected, or dying of the virus is trending downward.

In its weekly report, which compares Aug. 10-16 with previous weeks, the agency reported a 7% drop in new infections and a 19.5% drop in new hospitalizations. Deaths were down 20%, from 39 a week earlier to 31 in the week under review.

The state also reported that 5.4% of COVID-19 tests administered came back positive - that’s similar to the previous week.

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