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FAQ For Parents Grappling With Kids Homebound By Coronavirus


The rapidly-moving coronavirus has closed schools across Oregon. Parents, what questions do you have?

States Shatter Coronavirus Records As Officials Eye Holiday Weekend With Alarm


Both Florida and South Carolina reported their highest-ever daily totals for new cases. But they're not alone: The caseload is spiking across the U.S., and the Fourth of July may only make it worse.

Green, Yellow, Orange Or Red? This New Tool Shows COVID-19 Risk In Your County


As cases of coronavirus surge in many states, a new color-coding tool backed by a coalition of top scientists provides an apples-to-apples way of comparing outbreak severity, down to the county level.

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Todo Lo Que Necesita Saber Del Coronavirus (Y Otras Cosas, También)

Tenemos respuestas a sus preguntas sobre el coronavirus, incluyendo algunas que no sabías que tenías. Desde usar máscaras hasta los orígenes del virus, todo está aquí.

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Portland Service Industry Reeling And Uncertain With NBA, MLS On Hold

While many white collar workers are now telecommuting to their jobs, service industry workers often rely on the large gatherings now temporarily banned in Oregon to make a living.

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A Glossary Of Coronavirus Terms, From ARDS To Zoonotic

We've compiled a list of COVID-19 jargon. It covers most of the words you'll encounter in the news and more technical writing. Because honestly, what even is an enzyme and why should we care?


Drill Down To County Level And The U.S. COVID-19 Outbreak Looks Even Worse

Local data reveal a deeper picture of where the current hot spots are in the United States — and where new ones could surface.

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Widespread Use Of Face Masks Could Save Tens Of Thousands Of Lives, Models Project

Models developed by mathematical epidemiologists project that tens thousands of lives across the US can be saved by more people wearing face masks.

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Why Some Young People Fear Social Isolation More Than COVID-19

It's not that young adults aren't worried about the pandemic, psychologists say, but they are at far greater risk of dying by suicide. Finding ways beyond screens to foster social bonds is crucial.

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Thousands Of Inmates Quarantined In Eastern Oregon Prison In COVID-19 Outbreak

More than 3,100 inmates at the Snake River Correctional Institution outside Ontario are under quarantine because of an outbreak of COVID-19 at the facility.


Celebrating The 4th? What To Know About The Risks Of Parties And Bars

Alcohol makes people lose inhibitions. And maybe take off their masks, and get up close and personal. Here's why you may want to reconsider going out this weekend. Or how to stay safe if you do.

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Live Updates: Oregon Nearing 10,000 Confirmed Cases

The Oregon Health Authority Saturday reported 303 new confirmed and presumptive coronavirus diagnoses, bringing the state to 9,930 known cases.

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Coronavirus World Map: Tracking The Spread Of The Outbreak

A map of confirmed cases of COVID-19 around the world. The respiratory disease has spread rapidly across six continents and has killed thousands of people.


Tracking The Pandemic: Are Coronavirus Cases Rising Or Falling In Your State?

Cases of COVID-19 have appeared throughout the country but certain areas are hit harder than others. Find out how many cases and deaths have been reported in each state.

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International Flights Are Ramping Up. Slowly. And With Plenty Of Caveats

Many countries shut down international air travel when the pandemic began. Routes are reopening again, but you may need a COVID-19 test before you board.

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Some States To Out-Of-Towners: If You Come Visit, Plan To Quarantine For 2 Weeks

The 14-day quarantine rule — which in some areas carries fines of up to $10,000 — is meant to help contain the spread of COVID-19, but enforcement varies from state to state.

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