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Oregon coronavirus updates April 11: Feds send new PPE amid shortage

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. 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. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE LATEST UPDATES

BY THE NUMBERS

As of Saturday morning:

REAL-TIME UPDATES

4:30 p.m.

  • Portland Public Schools and Portland Community College are working to get students who need internet access a connection. Find out how here.

2:30 p.m.

  • The latest studies show that Oregon's social distancing and stay home order is working. It may have prevented as many as 18,000 positive cases. Learn more.

12:45 p.m.

  • Oregon announces an additional three deaths and an additional 76 cases on Saturday. Learn more.

12:30 p.m.

  • Registered nurse Shannon Liedtke, 44, said she tested positive for coronavirus March 20. But two weeks later, Liedtke said no one asked for her close contacts. Originally reported by The Oregonian. Learn more.

10:30 a.m.

  • Oregon received thousands of masks, scrubs and other gear from the federal government Friday, just as the state reported that its emergency stockpiles of highly-prized N95 masks and face shields had dwindled to zero. Learn more

10 a.m.

  • In eastern Oregon, internet providers, cellphone carriers and school districts are stepping up to extend distance learning access to students without internet service. Learn more

9 a.m.

  • Following an influx of unruly crowds, the Oregon Department of Transportation announced it will shut down seven additional miles of the Historic Columbia River Highway, which leads to many of the area’s most popular hikes and waterfalls. Learn more

Overnight updates:

  • A new data model from the University of Washington predicts the United States will peak in the number of "active" coronavirus cases on or around April 20.  Learn more
  • Boeing says it will call 2,500 workers back on Monday, April 13, to resume work on the KC46 tanker made in Everett, and the P-8 anti-submarine aircraft for the U.S. and other Navies in Renton. Workers will also go back to work maintaining the grounded 737 MAX jets in Moses Lake. Learn more
  • Every Friday night through mid-June the lights at a number of high school football stadiums in the Portland area will shine for 20 minutes to honor the class of 2020. Learn more
  • With stimulus payments set to begin, the IRS will soon launch an online tool to let people know when their money should arrive. Learn more

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Global updates

  • British Health Secretary Matt Hancock says it is too soon to determine whether the peak of coronavirus infections in the country has passed.That's despite data suggesting that the rate of increase in the number of people being hospitalized with the COVID-19 disease is leveling out.
  • In a controversial step, South Korea’s government says it will strap electronic wristbands on people who defy self-quarantine orders as it tightens monitoring to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.
  • Italy’s special commissioner for the virus emergency urged people to stay at home for Easter and Easter Monday, days when Italians customarily visit friends and relatives or take outings into the countryside.
  • About 1,300 Australian travelers being kept in mandatory quarantine in Sydney ended their two-week confinement.

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