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Meerah Powell is a general assignment and breaking news reporter for OPB. She previously worked as a news reporter and podcast producer for Eugene Weekly in her hometown of Eugene, Oregon. Along with writing and audio work, Meerah also has experience with photography and videography. She graduated from the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communication. Send Meerah story ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Oregon Department of Corrections said Wednesday it has notified people who have come in close contact with the employee of the diagnosis.
Oregon had a total of 736 diagnosed cases of the virus and Washington had 5,984 diagnosed cases of the coronavirus and 247 related deaths as of Wednesday.
With K-12 schools closed statewide, children have fewer eyes watching out for them, said Jake Sunderland of Oregon's Department of Human Services.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal said the self-service regulation is effective immediately and will be in place until at least April 11.
The Portland-area transit agency said it will be reducing service on its MAX and WES trains and most bus lines starting April 5.
Oregon has nearly 500 diagnosed coronavirus cases, according to state and local health officials. The number of known deaths in the state is 13.
The Metro regional government will lay off approximately 40% of its staff, but the agency will move forward with a ballot measure to raise $250 million for homeless services.
State health officials have estimated the effect of social distancing, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival lays off staff and delays its season until September. Plus, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries sends out a reminder that employees are still owed their wages.
The public transportation agency for the Portland region said it saw 140,000 fewer riders than usual in just one day.
The Metropolitan Mayors Consortium is asking Oregon Gov. Kate Brown to order all Oregonians to comply with social distancing requirements and all non-essential businesses to cease operations.
Oregon has 137 known cases of the novel coronavirus as of Saturday afternoon; Oregon leaders are urging people to stay at home and stay healthy.
Oregon law enforcement agencies said Friday they would exercise discretion and flexibility in their enforcement of driver licenses, vehicle registrations and trip permits that expire during the COVID-19 outbreak.