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Meerah Powell

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

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Live Updates: Known Oregon Coronavirus Cases Surpass 700

As of Thursday morning, Oregon has a total of 736 diagnosed cases of the virus and 19 known related deaths.

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Oregon State Penitentiary Employee Diagnosed With Coronavirus

The Oregon Department of Corrections said Wednesday it has notified people who have come in close contact with the employee of the diagnosis.

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Known Oregon Coronavirus Cases At More Than 700, Washington Reports More Deaths

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.

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Goodwill To Lay Off More Than 2,600 Employees

The layoffs will be effective April 2, which will allow Goodwill to pay its employees' health insurance premiums through the month.

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Oregon Lottery's Sports Betting App Suspended After Cyberattack

The lottery said its Scoreboard app has been suspended due to a cyberattack on its third-party platform. There have been no reports of any user data being accessed.

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Known Oregon Coronavirus Cases At More Than 600

Oregon has a known 18 deaths related to the virus, as of Tuesday afternoon.

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Child Abuse Reports Drop 70% In 1 Month, Leaving Oregon Officials Concerned

With K-12 schools closed statewide, children have fewer eyes watching out for them, said Jake Sunderland of Oregon's Department of Human Services.

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State Fire Marshal Says Oregonians Can Now Pump Their Own Gas

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.

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TriMet Reduces Train, Bus Service In Response To Decreased Ridership

The Portland-area transit agency said it will be reducing service on its MAX and WES trains and most bus lines starting April 5.

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Oregon COVID-19 Diagnoses Climb, Transit Agencies Reduce Service

Oregon has nearly 500 diagnosed coronavirus cases, according to state and local health officials. The number of known deaths in the state is 13.

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Oregon Metro To Continue With Ballot Measure Even After Its Own Layoffs

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.

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Oregon Officials Estimate Social Distancing Effects; Transit Reduced

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. 

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Metro Announces Layoffs Affecting 40% Of Staff

Metro said in a letter to staff that most of the impacts will be felt at the Oregon Convention Center, Oregon Expo Center, Portland'5 Centers for the Performing Arts and the Oregon Zoo.

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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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Religious And Faith Communities Continue Services Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Faith leaders throughout Oregon are grappling how to offer services amid the ongoing pandemic.

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Oregon Still Needs More PPE, Governor Says

As of Wednesday evening, there are 268 diagnosed cases of the novel coronavirus in Oregon and 10 known deaths.

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TriMet Sees Decrease In Ridership Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

The public transportation agency for the Portland region said it saw 140,000 fewer riders than usual in just one day.

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Portland Area Mayors, Metro Leader Call For Statewide Stay-At-Home Order

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.

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Known Coronavirus Cases Grow In Oregon And Washington, 'Stay At Home, Stay Healthy' Policy

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.

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Oregon Drivers Get 'Grace Period' For Expired Registration, Licenses

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.