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Oregon coronavirus updates April 6: Oregon's peak could come sooner

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


As of Monday evening:


11:20 p.m.

  • Washington students and parents shift focus as Governor cancels in-person classes for the rest of the school year. Learn more
  • Airbnb and its hosts say it is important for workers on the front lines of the global pandemic to have a place to rest in order to keep their own loved ones safe. Learn more
  • Seven pharmacy employees at the Kaiser Westside Medical Center in Hillsboro have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Kaiser closed Westside pharmacy. Learn more

8 p.m.

  • A group of inmates with underlying medical conditions concerned about contracting COVID-19 files a lawsuit against Gov. Kate Brown and the leaders at the Department of Corrections, arguing the agency provided willful and deliberately indifferent medical care to those in custody. Learn more 

6:45 p.m.

  • Updated modeling shows Oregon's surge of coronavirus patients could come sooner than previously anticipated, but also be less deadly. The new projections by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington estimates Oregon's peak could come in about two weeks. Learn more
  • Washington announces the total number of COVID-19 deaths is up to 372 and the number of confirmed cases is up to 8,384. Learn more

6:10 p.m.

  • Fred Meyer is now limiting the number of shoppers that can enter its stores at a time to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. Starting Tuesday, stores will limit the number of customers to 50% of the building's calculated capacity to allow for enough physical distance between people inside. Learn more

4:50 p.m.

  • Cellphone location data shows most Oregonians, but not all, are staying home since Gov. Brown issued a stay-home order two weeks ago. The data, which does not include personally identifiable information is broken down by state, and even county by county. It could help health officials determine if public policies are working. Learn more
  • Washington state in-person classes at public, private and charter K-12 will be closed through the end of the school year. But schools will continue distance learning through the end of the school year. Learn more
  • Three WinCo workers in Oregon have tested positive for the coronavirus. The employees work at the Tigard and Oregon City stores. Each of the employees has been off work and in self-quarantine for at least seven days. Learn more
  • Several Portland food carts are providing free meals for health care heroes. Matta, JoJo, Gracie’s Apizza and many more local eateries are sharing their talents in the kitchen with health care workers on the front line of the coronavirus. Learn more

2 p.m.

  • Two more people have died, and 64 new cases of coronavirus have been identified in Oregon. A total of 29 people in the state have died from COVID-19. There has been a total of 1,132 cases.
  • Oregon inmates could be one solution to the coronavirus face mask shortage. They are already making masks for guards and inmates and are prepared to sew them to medical grade standards for front line COVID-19 workers. Learn more
  • Three more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Southwest Washington’s Cowlitz County, including a teenage boy. There is now a total of 21 cases in the county.
  • The number of people who die per day in Washington state due to coronavirus may have peaked on March 27, when 24 people died, according to the latest data. Though Washington state could see another spike in deaths in the coming days, the data model shows a downward trend into the beginning of May. Fewer than 20 deaths per day are expected between April 6 and May 6. Learn more

10:05 a.m.

  • Dutch Bros Coffee will donate all its profits from the month of April to medical first responders, the company announced. The funds will be donated to First Responders First, an initiative that provides essential supplies and equipment to help medical front-line workers. Learn more

7:45 a.m.

  • KGW reached out to several cities and counties to find out if domestic violence-related calls and arrests have increased during the stay-home order for the COVID-19 pandemic. Police reported dramatic jumps in calls compared with the same time period a year ago. Learn more
  • A Portland volunteer initiative effort to sew masks for medical staff and first responders in Oregon is swamped with orders and desperate for volunteers, its founders told KGW Sunday. Learn more
  • The CDC and the White House are 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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