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Oregon coronavirus updates May 31: State employment director steps down

As COVID-19 continues to impact Oregon and Southwest Washington, get the latest updates here.

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:


7:05 p.m.

  • On Monday, Washington County enters Phase 1 of reopening and that is welcome news for many business owners. Phase 1 means places like restaurants, salons and gyms can reopen with social distancing and safety guidelines. Gatherings of up to 25 people are also allowed. Learn more

2:15 p.m.

  • Kay Erickson, the head of Oregon’s Employment Department, has resigned at Gov. Kate Brown's request. The OED faces a backlog of tens of thousands of unprocessed unemployment cases. Oregon Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Division Director David Gerstenfeld will immediately take over as interim director of the department. Learn more
  • State health officials on Sunday reported no new deaths due to COVID-19 in Oregon. The state's death toll remains at 153 people. Health officials also reported 58 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases. Learn more

10:15 a.m.

  • State health officials announced Saturday that two more people have died of COVID-19 in Oregon. The state also reported 55 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases. Learn more
  • Business across Washington County are spending this weekend getting ready to open again on Monday as the county enters Phase 1 of the gradual reopening plan put into place by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown. Learn more
  • Clark County's Phase 2 application was put on hold after 85 people connected with Firestone Pacific Foods tested positive for coronavirus; 70 were workers, the other 15 close contacts. Meanwhile, many businesses are left waiting for the green light. Learn more


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