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Donald Orr

Donald Orr is a general assignment reporter for OPB.

Most recently he was a news production assistant for OPB through the Emerging Northwest Journalists Internship created by AAJA-Portland and SPJ Oregon. He is an alum of NPR’s Next Generation Radio.

He’s previously worked as station manager and productions director for his college radio station, KBVR-FM, and was a news contributor for Orange Media Network at Oregon State University.

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Travel Portland Sees Massive Decline In Tourism Revenue, Reduces Staff By 40%

Travel Portland, the destination marketing and management organization for the city, announced Wednesday it’s cutting staff by 40% due to a massive dropoff in tourism and hotel revenue amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.

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Oregon Coronavirus Cases Climb As President Approves Major Disaster Declaration

Oregon state and local health officials have now reported new cases of COVID-19 that brought the state total to 606 as of Monday.

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OSU Student Tests Positive, Malheur County Identifies 1st Case

Oregon reports new COVID-19 diagnoses, including one student at Oregon State University. Columbia Sportswear's CEO has cut his pay in order to maintain employee salaries during store closures.

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Oregon Gives New Projections On COVID Cases

As of Thursday morning, Oregon has 317 diagnosed cases of the novel coronavirus, according to state and local health officials.

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Emergency Action Allows Nearly 4,300 Doctors To Active Practice

Governors in the Northwest have ordered people to stay home as much as possible as COVID-19 cases continue to rise. Suspension of the Tokyo Olympics will likely delay the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for track and field in Eugene.

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As Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Grow, Pressure Mounts For Oregon Gov. To Take Action

The Metro Council and a coalition of Portland-area mayors are calling on Gov. Kate Brown to issue shelter-in-place orders.

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Life In The Time Of Coronavirus: What's Still Open In Oregon?

As the novel coronavirus continues to disrupt daily life, businesses and restaurants are limiting their hours or closing their doors to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon communities.

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Oregon State Parks Sends Whale Watching Volunteers Home Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Thousands of people from around the world flock to the Oregon Coast to go whale watching each year, as nearly 25,000 gray whales migrate north along the coast toward Alaska. But now, Oregon State Parks have asked volunteers to stay home to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

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39 Reported Cases In Oregon, Brown Considering Bar, Restaurant Closures

Gov. Kate Brown wants Oregonians to take social distancing guidelines seriously. 

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30 Known Coronavirus Cases In Oregon, First Clackamas County Case Announced

Local and state leaders held a news conference Thursday morning to outline the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic. As of Thursday afternoon, the total number of confirmed cases in Oregon is 24.

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Live Updates: 2 New Cases Found At Veterans' Home In Lebanon

The Oregon Health Authority reported four new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state Wednesday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 19.

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1st Case Of Novel Coronavirus Reported In Multnomah County, 15 Total Oregon Cases

The Oregon Health Authority announced Tuesday afternoon the first case of the novel coronavirus affecting a person who lives in Multnomah County.

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Oregon Lawmakers Approve $5 Million For Coronavirus Response

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has declared a state of emergency over the novel coronavirus.

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Coronavirus Update: Oregon Numbers Delayed, Washington Cases Increase

Oregon’s count of novel coronavirus cases still stood at three Thursday. Oregon Health Authority said it hadn't been able to run tests by Thursday evening, so new results would wait until Friday.  

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Says More Coronavirus Help Coming From Congress

As of Wednesday morning, Oregon still has three cases of the novel coronavirus.

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Gov. Kate Brown Requests Federal Aid In Wake Of Oregon Coronavirus Cases

In a letter to U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has asked for federal assistance toward stopping the community spread of COVID-19 in Oregon.

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Oregon Health Officials Confirm 3rd Presumed Coronavirus Case

Oregon health officials have identified a third presumptive case of COVID-19 Monday for an adult living in Umatilla County. The person has been hospitalized in Walla Walla, Washington.

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Oregon Health Officials Confirm 2nd Presumed Coronavirus Case

Officials with the Oregon Health Authority announced Sunday evening the second presumptive case of COVID-19 in Oregon.

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Shoppers Clear Store Shelves, Hoping To Prepare For Coronavirus

As presumptive cases of the novel coronavirus appear in Oregon, grocery and department stores notice that shoppers are trying to prepare.