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Oregon coronavirus updates May 4: Homeless infection rate remains low

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 Monday night:


11:00 p.m.

  • A Salem salon owner is planning to defy Governor Kate Brown's orders and re-open Tuesday morning. She says the move is for her family and fellow business owners. Learn more
  • Phase 1 of reopening Washington's economy starts Tuesday. Learn more

7:35 p.m.

  • Of the 2,037 people living unsheltered in Multnomah County, per the most recent Point In Time Count, four have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Monday. Officials believe that total has remained low because they took action early to keep Portland’s homeless apart, including setting up shelter beds in local community centers and in the Oregon Convention Center. Learn more

6:25 p.m.

  • Stimulus checks are being sent to dead people. KGW has heard from at least five different people whose deceased loved ones received coronavirus relief payments. Learn more
  • While local 911 calls are down compared to this time last year, Lines for Life is seeing an increase in callers among certain groups. Calls have increased since February, which was prior to COVID-19 being declared a pandemic. Now, the virus is a big topic of anxiety. Learn more

5:30 p.m.

  • The Salvation Army of Portland handed out hundreds of food boxes outside the Lloyd Center mall Monday morning, and it will hold free food box giveaways three times a week at different locations around the Portland area from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., three days a week. Learn more

4 p.m.

  • County jails in Oregon have released more than 2,300 inmates in the past few weeks to allow for more social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic, nearly cutting the state's jail populations in half. Learn more
  • Oregon's contact-tracing system, which may be the first of its kind in the U.S., will require volunteers to take their temperature every day for a year and report it to researchers. Learn more

3:30 p.m.

  • An Oregon seafood company has closed its facilities in Astoria after at least 13 workers tested positive for COVID-19. Thirty-five Bornstein Seafood employees were tested on Saturday after showing symptoms of the coronavirus, according to a company news release, and vice president Andrew Bornstein on Monday told KGW that at least 13 workers have tested positive. Learn more

1 p.m.

  • For the second day in a row, Oregon health officials reported no new deaths due to the coronavirus. The state's death toll remains at 109. Learn more
  • Gov. Brown has extended the Oregon state of emergency order, which led to some confusion about the separate stay-home order. Here's a look at the difference between the two orders

8 a.m.

  • The Oregon Brewers Festival, a 33-year-old event that draws a worldwide crowd, has been canceled due to concerns about spreading the COVID-19 virus, founder Art Larrance announced Monday. The festival will return in July 2021. Learn more

7:50 a.m.

  • The Portland Bureau of Transportation says to expect potentially high traffic congestion near the Lloyd Center Mall this morning as the Salvation Army holds its first food box giveaway at that location. The event is expected to be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on a weekly basis during the COVID-19 emergency. Learn more
  • 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
  • Graduation at the University of Portland had a much different feel this year. Because of the pandemic, it was a virtual affair. More than a thousand students got their undergraduate and graduate degrees Sunday. But for the first time, every student watched the ceremonies on their screens, in accordance with Oregon's stay-at-home order. Learn more
  • 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. Learn more

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