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Oregon coronavirus updates April 1: COVID-19 peak could come in early May

COVID-19 continues to spread in 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. On Feb. 28, the first case in Oregon was announced.

We will post a new blog every day that tracks the daily changes in Oregon and Southwest Washington as we get them.

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As of Wednesday evening:

Printable poster: Do Your Part, Stay Home by Portland artist Wonder Knack


11:40 p.m.

  • 95-year-old WWII vet from McMinnville survives the coronavirus. Bill Kelly of McMinnville was diagnosed with COVID-19 last month and spent two weeks in isolation. Learn more
  • Oregonians and Washingtonians are showing their appreciation for essential workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak every night at 7 p.m. Here are some of the videos you've shared

9:20 p.m.

  • An employee at the Oregon State Penitentiary has tested positive for the coronavirus. The Oregon Department of Corrections notified all of its staff about the diagnosis via email Wednesday morning. Learn more
  • Amazon employees at the Hillsboro warehouse were notified through a voicemail that an employee had tested positive for the coronavirus. The employee who tested positive was last at the facility on March 14. Workers are concerned they may have been exposed. Learn more
  • New guidelines for distance learning in Oregon will affect every district in the state, as well as students and parents. Teachers in the Tigard-Tualatin and Salem-Keizer school districts have been focused on reaching out to their students. Learn more

7:05 p.m.

  • After days of being unable to report new numbers, the Washington Department of Health announces 52 more deaths and 1,088 new cases. There is now a total of 247 deaths and 5,984 cases in the state. Learn more

6:20 p.m.

  • An institute creating projections used by the White House coronavirus task force is estimating Oregon could see more than 500 COVID-19 deaths before the end of the outbreak. It also estimates Oregon's peak days for deaths and hospital resources coming in early May. Learn more
  • Oregon is scrambling to provide doctors and nurses with more protection and to stockpile PPE ahead of a possible spike in patients. A-dec, a family-owned company in Newberg, normally produces dental supplies, but they retooled their factory to start producing face shields. Learn more
  • Newspaper clippings from more than a century ago reveal what life was like for Oregonians during that pandemic. In many ways, it’s similar to what’s going on today. Learn more
  • Multiple police departments in Oregon are picking up and delivering prescriptions to people over 60 or 65 years old, or people with serious underlying health issues. Learn more

5:30 p.m.

  • New coronavirus testing devices coming to Oregon are designed to give positive results in as little as five minutes, and negative results in 13 minutes. Learn more

4:20 p.m.

  • The latest projections of the COVID-19 pandemic in Oregon show that if people can maintain current social distancing measures for at least another month, the state could meet the expected demand for hospital beds, health officials said. Learn more

3:20 p.m.

  • Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announces an executive order putting a 90-day moratorium on all commercial evictions for nonpayment. Learn more

2:35 p.m.

  • Another person in Oregon has died from COVID-19, the 19th death in the state connected to the virus, health officials announced. The Oregon Health Authority also reported 47 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total of COVID-19 cases in Oregon to 736. Learn more

2 p.m.

  • An Oregon veteran celebrated his 104th birthday at the veterans’ home in Lebanon Wednesday. He was one of the first Oregonians to have COVID-19 but his daughter says he has been declared free of the virus. Learn more
  • Two more coronavirus cases were reported in Cowlitz County in Southwest Washington. The two people who tested positive were a woman in her 70s and a woman in her 30s. There is now a total of 18 COVID-19 cases in the county.

1 p.m.

  • Oregon businesses have pledged millions of dollars to help with economic relief for small businesses and individuals hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more

12:25 p.m.

  • The Washington County Board of Commissioners votes to extend the county’s prior emergency declaration over coronavirus until April 16.

12:10 p.m.

  • Clark County, Washington, reports 14 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the county total to 130 cases. Six people have died. Learn more
  • Some retail stores like Target and Trader Joe's announce they will be closed on Easter Sunday to give employees a break and some time with their family. Learn more

11:50 a.m.

  • A firefighter with Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue has tested positive for COVID-19. The firefighter started feeling ill while off duty and has stayed home for over a week. They did not have any symptoms while working, and it is believed the risk of exposure to others was low, according to TVF&R.

7:45 a.m.

  • Scientists in Portland think they may have figured out a vaccine against COVID-19. Researchers at the Chiles Research Institute at Providence’s Robert Franz Cancer Center have asked the federal government for permission to start trials with human volunteers. Learn more
  • Will our kids go back to school at all this year? We don't know for sure yet. But it's sounding more and more like the answer will be no. State education officials have told school districts to prepare their distance learning plans by April 13. Learn more
  • A new survey confirms what we all know — Oregonians are very worried about the spread of COVID-19, both medically and financially. A DHM Research survey found 28% of Oregonians have moderate levels of anxiety, 19% have moderate-to-severe levels, and 12% have severe levels. Learn more
  • The stimulus will give $1,200 to most American adults. Before the payments go out, you can use this check calculator to see how much you can expect to get. Learn more

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