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FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 2
Salem parents swarm schools to snap up computer pads as class-at-home looms
As the Salem-Keizer School District pivots hard to launch schooling at home, parents and other adults lined up patiently on Thursday to grab Chromebooks for their students. The giveaway continues on Friday at the area's high schools.
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FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 2
Two deputies test positive for COVID-19 at Marion County Jail
A Marion County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said he couldn’t definitely answer if each inmate is going to be tested.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 2
Separated for weeks, Salem couple reunites after wife's "miracle" recovery from coronavirus
For nearly a week, it didn't look like Teresa Miranda would wake up as she battled a critical case of COVID-19 at Salem Hospital. But on April 2, she was released and reunited with Pastor Jerry Miranda, her husband of 38 years.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 2
As the coronavirus outbreak continues, unemployment claims reach new high
Figures released by the state and federal governments show record numbers of people seeking help after losing jobs. But the numbers don't tell the whole story of the outbreak's ongoing damage to the economy.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 2
Employee at Oregon State Hospital tests positive for coronavirus
An employee at the state-run mental hospital in Salem has tested positive for COVID-19. The state notified staff Wednesday evening, saying no patients so far have been infected.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 1
Employee complaints allege Salem employers aren't complying with orders meant to prevent coronavirus spread
After the governor issued social distancing orders, hundreds of complaints were filed with Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration. While no citations have been issued, an OSHA spokesman called it "an all-hands-on-deck project."
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 1
Salem couple plans to livestream wedding after postponing big celebration
Anna Scheler and Konner Monk had planned to invite more than 100 people to their wedding next weekend, but after COVID-19 has forced the closure of many venues the couple decided to scale down their ceremony.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 1
Salem Health resumes COVID-19 testing after running low on supplies
Salem Health, Kaiser Permanente and Santiam Hospital can all test people with symptoms of the novel coronavirus at outpatient clinics in the Salem area, though needed supplies remain limited.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 1
With shutdown of public transit, riders left wondering how to get to work
Many area residents rely on Cherriots bus service to get to work or to run errands. After the transit service’s historic closure Tuesday, riders say taking a taxi will be too expensive of an alternative.
FreeLOCAL SCHOOLS April 1
Salem-Keizer schools scramble to switch to distance learning after state says schools likely won't re-open
An abrupt change from Oregon's education department came late Monday night, requiring Salem-Keizer schools to plan for remote learning for 41,000 students. Districts still have no guidance on how graduation requirements might change for the Class of 2020.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK April 1
Signs of the times - your favorite in Salem?
Help us find the locally-made signs posted by Salem businesses and others about being closed or otherwise limiting operations. This is history in the making.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 31
With doors closed and customers cooped up, businesses turn to carryout or delivery
Salem residents can get carryout groceries. Mechanics, vitamins, skincare products and more will be delivered to their doors. Depending on how long the outbreak continues, it could result in more lasting changes to how companies serve customers.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 31
Adjusting to another week of self-isolation, west Salem retiree turns to Skype for workouts, connection
Susan Coburn Hughs said online classes from a Salem gym provide her an emotional outlet as she tries to find a new purpose while stuck at home.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 31
Salem schools not likely to open again, shift to 'distance learning' coming
The state Education Department notified local school superintendents and principals to prepare to teach Oregon's 582,000 students from long distance. The state's top education official said in a statement Monday night there was a "strong possibility" schools wouldn't open again this school year.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 30
Cherriots to suspend service starting Tuesday as 7 employees test positive for COVID-19
Starting Tuesday, March 31, the agency is suspending bus routes throughout Salem and Keizer as many of its employees have fallen ill from the novel coronavirus.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 30
West Salem's Building Codes Division office closes after four employees test positive for COVID-19
The division is taking new measures to prevent the spread of the virus and the building will undergo a deep clean.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 30
Willamette Workforce Partnership has been a pipeline between employers and job-seekers. With the economic crisis, it has even more to do
The workforce development organization is trying to help businesses stay afloat and lending a hand to laid-off workers. After years of economic growth, the partnership expects to pivot.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 30
For the first time in 70 years, Salem won't have an art fair this summer
Salem Art Association's annual Art Fair and Festival, which draws 35,000 people to Bush's Pasture Park in July, is the latest event to be cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The organization has laid off three employees and cut hours for the rest to make up for lost revenue.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 30
Got questions about coronavirus? Santiam Hospital doctors want to help
Santiam Hospital's Dr. Steve Vets, emergency room medical director, and Dr. Janine Vansant, infectious disease director, are offering a Facebook Live Q&A Monday evening to address COVID-19.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 30
Salem-Keizer board will meet virtually Monday to hear the latest on local school closure
With no end to social distancing in sight, Salem-Keizer's school board is voting on a policy change allowing virtual meetings, and testing a call-in system for public comments.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 30
Amazon worker at Salem warehouse infected with COVID-19
An employee at Amazon's Salem distribution center was diagnosed with COVID-19 but the company was releasing little information about the matter.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 28
As Oregon stations lose workers, plea to lift self-service gas ban is answered
As COVID-19 spread in Oregon, workers at gas stations increasingly were reluctant to pump gas and have contact with customers. On Saturday, state officials lifted the ban on self-service fueling to ensure essential workers could get gas.
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 28
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FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 28
State clears way for self-service gasoline across Oregon - for now
Under new rules announced Saturday, Salem drivers can fuel their vehicles on their own as Oregon becomes a self-service state through at least April 11.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 27
Salem-Keizer will let students borrow district laptops during school closure
Wi-fi hotspots for students without Internet access are also on order as tens of thousands of local students are stuck at home with little idea if classes will resume this school year.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 27
Facebook becomes Salem's top live music venue during the quarantine
Salem musicians connect with fans and make some much-needed cash as the ban on public gatherings stretches on.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 27
As southeast Salem food pantries close, teachers step up to feed families
About 10 Marion Polk Food Share pantries have closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, so the food share has paired up with the Salem-Keizer School District to distribute food out of local schools instead.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 27
State Transportation HQ in Salem shuttered after employee tests positive for coronavirus
The state Transportation Department notified employees Thursday evening that an employee in the agency's headquarters building in downtown Salem had tested positive for COVID-19. The agency closed the building on Friday.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 26
Kaiser begins COVID-19 testing at North Lancaster clinic
Kaiser Permanente can process COVID-19 test kits at a Portland lab and is now testing patients referred by a doctor or public health agency at one Salem clinic.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 26
Homeless person in Salem quarantined in motel after testing positive for COVID-19
The Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency is working on getting people into motels after the first case of COVID-19 has found its way into the community’s homeless population, considered to be the most vulnerable to contracting the virus.
FreeCORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK March 26
Oregon attorney general targets four stores for excessive price hikes of essentials during outbreak
The Justice Department has sent letters to four convenience stores, three in the Salem area and one in Portland, in response to multiple complaints. The department expects more.
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