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Oregon coronavirus updates May 3: Portland principal uses TikTok app as part of distance learning

COVID-19 continues to spread in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Get the latest updates here.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Cases of COVID-19, a new strain of coronavirus, began popping up in the United States in January. The first case in Oregon was reported on Feb. 28.

We post a new blog post every day that tracks the daily changes in Oregon and Southwest Washington as we get them. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE LATEST UPDATES


As of Sunday night:


8:45 p.m.

  • For low-income families and trauma survivors who were already struggling to meet their basic needs, the stresses and burdens added by the pandemic can be overwhelming. That's why support from the Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries is more critical now than ever. Relief Nurseries serve families in 16 counties across Oregon that struggle with a number of risk factors, including homelessness, poverty, drug and alcohol addiction, and domestic violence. Learn more

4:15 p.m.

  • A principal at a Northeast Portland elementary school is using the popular TikTok app to connect with students. “It’s like, 'Oh my gosh, I’m way too old to be on TikTok and doing dances!' But you know that’s OK,” said Megan McCarter, the principal at Scott Elementary. Learn more

2:15 p.m.

  • The number of Oregonians sick enough to be hospitalized with coronavirus hit a new low Sunday, with state officials reporting 92 active hospitalizations. That number represents a significant drop of more than 40% from the 156 reported hospitalizations on April 8, the first day state officials disclosed active hospitalizations for confirmed cases of COVID-19. The overall decrease in hospitalizations in recent weeks means fewer people are being admitted with new cases of coronavirus, even after accounting for deaths. Learn more


  • On Sunday, Oregon Health Authority reported no new deaths due to COVID-19. Since March 29, this is only the second day that Oregon health officials have reported no deaths from COVID-19. The last time was April 22. OHA did announce Sunday that an additional 45 people have tested positive for COVID-19. Learn more

10:40 a.m.

  • In a document released to counties throughout Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown laid out specific details on seven prerequisites that must be met before any county or region can enter phase one of the governor’s "Reopening Oregon" plan. Brown said rural parts of the state with few or no COVID-19 cases can likely start reopening as soon as May 15. But it will take longer for counties that have had more than five cases. Learn more
  • Students all over have found they’ve got a little extra time on their hands these days. But two Portland high school students weren’t about to sit around and do nothing. Rye Scholin and her friend, Zumee Hasan, who both attend St. Mary’s Academy, created the Portland Student Pandemic Response, a website connecting high school students with organizations that need help. Learn more
  • Saturday's report from the Oregon Health Authority showed that 57 more people had tested positive for COVID-19 and five more people had died. A total of 2,635 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Oregon and 109 people have died. Learn more

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