UPDATE (2:21 p.m. PT) — Oregon’s death toll from COVID-19 remains at 153 Sunday. The Oregon Health Authority number is unchanged from Saturday.
Presumptive cases are people who have not tested positive for the virus but have symptoms and have had close contact with a confirmed case.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown fires state employment director after COVID failures
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has fired the head of the state’s embattled employment department, the culmination of technological and logistical breakdowns at the agency that resulted in tens of thousands of newly out-of-work Oregonians being forced to wait weeks and months for unemployment benefits in the midst of a global health crisis that has all but shuttered the state economy.
Brown announced that she had asked for and received the resignation of Kay Erickson on Sunday, a day after state lawmakers grilled Erickson over her department’s poor performance during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Oregon’s unemployment rate was 3.5 percent before COVID-19 struck here, a historic low. In April, it hit 14.2%. About 266,000 Oregonians reported losing their jobs that month.
The resulting rush of unemployment insurance claims has overwhelmed state government, which was asked to process an unprecedented deluge of claims and simultaneously adapt its archaic computer system to handle new rules authorized by the CARES Act.
Officials within the Employment Department have said old technology and inadequate staffing have created the massive backlog Brown has ordered them to clear.
Clark County at more than 550 cases
Health officials in Clark County announced Friday that there are 551 confirmed coronavirus cases there, and 25 people have died.
The most recent available data from the Washington Department of Health show 21,071 confirmed coronavirus cases in the state and 1,111 known deaths.