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FreeCOLUMN • CORONAVIRUS • EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS March 21
Column | COVID-19: Financial Concerns in a Disaster
In any disaster situation financial concerns arise very quickly as people are unable to get to work or their work is closed because of the disaster. A lot depends on the size and scope of the disaster on how quickly people can get back to work and life resumes per normal.
FreeOregon • weather • wildfire March 21
As warm weather moves in, ODF cautions against burning
With businesses shuttered, people working from home, and students away from school for the next month, it's a good time to clear your yard and prepare for the coming fire season. But ODF officials are asking that landowners hold off on their debris burning until wetter, cooler conditions return.
FreeOREGON • CORONAVIRUS • government March 20
Gov. Brown pleads with Oregonians to take aggressive social distancing measures, with Portland set for "stay at home" order by Monday
In a press conference held jointly by Oregon Governor Kate Brown, Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, the officials pleaded with Oregonians to practice aggressive social distancing, and Wheeler said that Portland would issue an order for residents to stay home for all nonessential travel by Monday.
FreeCOLUMN • CORONAVIRUS • BANKS March 20
Column | COVID-19: Building a Self-Quarantine Kit
Right now, everyone is really worried about who is infected; could I become infected or I am confirmed as an infected person? This then lends one to think of all of the things that they may need during a self-imposed or imposed quarantine.
FreeBanks • Government • coronavirus March 19
City of Banks declares emergency to address the coronavirus
At a special city council meeting held on the afternoon of Wednesday, March 18, the city of Banks adopted a resolution declaring an emergency in response to the novel coronavirus health crisis.
FreeOREGON • CORONAVIRUS • EDUCATION March 17
Oregon schools to remain closed through April 28
Gov. Kate Brown ordered Oregon schools to remain closed through April 28, extending her previously mandated closure period by four weeks.
FreeGovernment • CORONAVIRUS • business March 17
Oregon coronavirus layoffs: What to do when you’ve lost your job
More than 155,000 Oregonians work in restaurants and bars. Many of them – perhaps most – lost their jobs Monday when Gov. Kate Brown ordered all eating and drinking establishments shut down, except for takeout and delivery service.
Salem • Government • Politics March 17
The primaries: A look at Debbie Boothe-Schmidt, candidate for Oregon House District 32
Democrat Debbie Boothe-Schmidt, a Clatsop County trial assistant and co-owner of the Phog Bouncer Antique Mall in Astoria found herself literally in the last minutes filing to run for election in the Democratic primary for Oregon House of Representatives’ District 32 seat, which currently is held by Tiffiny Mitchell (D-Astoria).
FreeOREGON • CORONAVIRUS • BUSINESS March 16
Oregon orders restaurants, bars shut to all but takeout and delivery service for four weeks to prevent spread of coronavirus
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Monday afternoon ordered Oregon restaurants and bars to stop all on-site dining and limit sales to takeout and delivery.
FreeOregon • Coronavirus • Business March 16
Amid coronavirus, Oregon will not yet impose curfew on restaurants and bars, Gov. Kate Brown declares
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Monday morning that she is not ready to impose a curfew or broader shutdown on bars and restaurants, despite a new federal recommendation against events with 50 or more people for the next eight weeks.
FreeBanks • Sports • coronavirus March 16
School sports halted by COVID-19
“Needless to say this is a terrible situation for all of our athletes,” said Ben Buchanan, assistant principal and athletic director for the Banks High School. “I feel terrible for seniors who didn’t get to finish out their winter seasons and the spring is still up in the air.”
FreeCOLUMN • coronavirus • banks March 15
Column | COVID-19: What is known
Today we are being flooded with mass media communication around a very real threat to us, our community and the world at large. With news around the world being updated constantly, this changes what is being presented by the news and our politicians hourly. Here is what is known at this point, writes Erica Harold-Heine.
FreeOregon • business • CORONAVIRUS March 15
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown weighs curfew on restaurants and bars; decision expected Monday
During a Sunday night call with reporters, Brown said she was considering a curfew for restaurants and bars, limiting their occupancy or potentially temporarily shutting them down altogether.