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Oregon coronavirus updates April 27: Oregon up to 92 deaths, 2,354 cases

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 evening:


11:20 p.m.

  • In Camas, a small nursery business says they’ve experienced record sales as more people grow their own food while staying at home. Learn more

8:40 p.m.

  • Despite the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic and statewide restrictions on mass gatherings, several Oregon universities say they are planning to hold in-person classes this fall. Learn more

6:45 p.m.

  • With talk of opening up some parts of the economy, business and political leaders in Oregon are making plans for how and when that will happen. Recently we’ve seen two very different approaches. Learn more

6:20 p.m.

  • Hundreds of bars and restaurants already struggling to survive are now facing another financial setback. The Oregon Lottery is collecting taxes on each video lottery machine, even though the machines are shut down. Learn more
  • Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced a partial reopening of state lands and parks on May 5. However, not all state parks will be reopened on that date, coastal lands and beaches will remain closed, and gatherings and overnight use are still not allowed. The state will allow day use of some state parks, day use of state lands, and day use of state Fish and Wildlife areas. This includes fishing, hunting and the ability to play golf. Learn more
  • The White House is aiming for states to have enough tests and needed supplies to test at least 2.6% of their populations per month — a figure needed to catch asymptomatic spread. Learn more
  • With people stuck at home, baking is as popular now as it usually is at Christmas time. Bob's Red Mill is working hard to meet the high demand for baking supplies. Learn more
  • With the Portland Rose Festival postponed for at least a couple of months, organizers are putting together virtual parades this spring. Learn more

2:30 p.m.

  • The second round of funding for the Paycheck Protection Program became available Monday morning. It's good news for small businesses who are still in need of financial help, but experts said this second round of money could go as quickly as the first did. Learn more

1:30 p.m.

  • The Oregon Health Authority reported one more death and 43 new COVID-19 cases. There has been a total of 2,354 known COVID-19 cases in Oregon, including 92 people who have died. Learn more

9:30 a.m.

  • Colorado and Nevada are joining Washington, Oregon and California in the Western States Pact, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced. The pact is between the governors of the five states, who have a “shared vision for modifying at-home orders and fighting COVID-19.” The pact was established earlier this month when Inslee, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and California Gov. Gavin Newsom said they’d work together to gradually modify stay-at-home orders based on “public health data and science.” On Tuesday, Inslee said that Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak deciding to join the pact “will strengthen this regional partnership and save lives.”

7:50 a.m.

  • If you live in Portland and are in a tough spot financially because you’ve lost your job due to COVID-19, the city has a little help available. Starting this morning, people can apply to get money from the Portland Housing Bureau’s COVID-19 Emergency Household Stabilization Fund to help pay for things like groceries or rent. Learn more
  • Thousands of businesses who missed out on the first round of funding through the Paycheck Protection Program hope their loans will get approved when the additional $320 billion in funding becomes available this morning. One of those businesses is Gimre’s Shoes, which was founded in 1892 by Sven Gimre in Astoria, Oregon. Learn more
  • Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum threatened civil or even criminal action in a letter to Oregon City Mayor Dan Holladay after learning he was considering reopening all city businesses. On Sunday, the Oregon City Commission issued a statement saying they unanimously agree that the Governor's orders will remain in effect, that the city commission never considered issuing a directive to open businesses and that the mayor did not speak for the commission. Learn more
  • Oregon Gov. Kate Brown took to Twitter on Sunday to apologize to Oregonians waiting for their unemployment claims to be processed. She wrote: "I hear your frustration. I'm sorry for the delays. I'm committed to ensuring that eligible Oregonians receive the maximum benefits available, as quickly as possible. These benefits are critical during this stressful time." Learn more

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