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Oregon COVID-19 updates, Aug. 25: Multnomah County a long way from reopening schools

As COVID-19 continues to impact Oregon and Southwest Washington, get the latest updates here.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Cases of COVID-19 began popping up in the United States in January. The first case in Oregon was reported on Feb. 28.

We've been posting a daily blog to track the changes in Oregon and Southwest Washington as we get them. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE LATEST UPDATES


As of Tuesday evening:

INTERACTIVE: Oregon coronavirus map


8:45 p.m.

  • In Multnomah County, the call to wear masks and keep our distance is working to hold the line on the resurgence of COVID-19. But the number of cases is not down nearly far enough. The county needs to hit roughly 80 known cases per week for schools to open in-person under Gov. Kate Brown’s guidelines. The county announced 107 new cases in just the last two days. Learn more
  • Theaters are open in parts of Oregon, but not in the Portland metro area because it is still in the first phase of reopening. Some independent movie theater owners are asking Gov. Kate Brown to change that. Learn more
  • The City of Vancouver has come up with what its calling a "distance learning day camp" to help working parents. Registration opened on Tuesday for families living in Vancouver. Learn more
  • From now until the end of September, finding out if you have COVID-19 antibodies is as easy as donating blood. Bloodworks, which has clinics in Vancouver and Eugene, is looking for donors. Learn more

12:50 p.m.

  • Oregon health officials reported seven more COVID-19 deaths and 247 new cases. Learn more

11:30 a.m.

  • The Portland metro area's unemployment rate dropped to 11% in July. In June, the unemployment rate was 11.6%. Learn more
  • The school year is about to start again and most kids will still be distance learning. As a result, they'll be missing out on important social interactions with their classmates. A Portland mom is worried about her kids' lack of social interaction. Learn more

8:30 a.m.

  • The Oregon Health Authority reported in its weekly testing report yesterday that the state's cumulative positive testing rate is 4.5%, which is lower than the national average of 9%. The positive testing rate for Aug. 16-22 was 5.1%. "It is reassuring that test positivity is relatively stable, which suggests that the number of people newly infected with COVID-19 each week is no long increasing," OHA said in a press release. Learn more

INTERACTIVE: COVID-19 Weekly Testing Summary

  • Multnomah County announced a 34-year-old resident died from COVID-19 on Sunday. The county's health director said the person's death is a "sad and stark reminder" of the dangers of COVID-19. Learn more
  • A man in West Salem randomly received an at-home test kit. He was skeptical and asked KGW to investigate. Here's what we found. Learn more
  • The Oregon Employment Department announced it will apply for a federal assistance program that could get Oregonians an extra $300 weekly unemployment benefit for three to five weeks. Learn more

INTERACTIVE: Active workplace outbreaks with five or more confirmed cases

INTERACTIVE: Oregon coronavirus data by age group

INTERACTIVE: COVID-19 Cases in Oregon

INTERACTIVE: Oregon COVID-19 Hospitalization Data

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