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Oregon coronavirus updates April 4: 100 more positive cases reported in Oregon bringing total to 999

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:

6 p.m.

  • Four Oregon distilleries are coming together to make hand sanitizer for healthcare professionals fighting COVID-19. Learn more.

4 p.m.

  • 100 new positive COVID-19 cases have been reported in Oregon as the state continued to test people. An additional four deaths were also reported. Learn more.

9:30 a.m.

  • Surviving on Portland’s streets was already a daily struggle before the coronavirus pandemic reached Oregon. Now, Gov. Kate Brown’s “Stay Home, Save Lives” order and the ensuing closures have taken away the few respites that houseless people had from Portland’s damp and frigid springtime weather. Learn more

8:30 a.m.

  • Gov. Kate Brown announced the Oregon is sending ventilators to the New York. She wrote on Twitter Saturday morning: "We'll be sending 140 ventilators to help NY because Oregon is in a better position right now. We must do all that we can to help those on the front lines of this response." Learn More

Overnight updates:

  • Thirteen of the 16 people who contracted coronavirus at a Lebanon, Oregon veterans’ home have recovered, state health officials said Friday. Learn more
  • After weeks of school closures due to COVID-19, several students and teachers reunited Friday, from a distance. Teachers drove through the school’s neighborhoods where students and families lined the streets. Learn more
  • If your driver's license expired on or after March 1, and you are unable to renew it, it will still be accepted as identification at checkpoints. Learn more
  • The CDC and the White House are now recommending that we all wear cloth protective masks when we go out in public. Here's how you can make one at home. Learn more

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GLOBAL UPDATES

Saturday morning

  • Delta Air Lines pilots union says over 50 pilots tested positive
  • The U.S. Embassy in Russia is trying to repatriate Americans
  • Spain moved ahead of Italy as the country with the second-most infections behind the United States.
  • Britain may ease some nationwide lockdown measures by the end of May.
  • Couple in India name their newborn twins Corona and Covid.
  • China held a three-minute nationwide moment of reflection to honor those who have died in the coronavirus outbreak. Learn more

The worldwide total of confirmed COVID-19 cases is just over 1.1 million with almost 60,000 deaths and 233,000 recoveries.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death.