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Oregon COVID-19 updates, Nov. 17: 935 new cases, 13 more deaths

As COVID-19 continues to rise dramatically in Oregon, Southwest Washington and beyond, get the latest updates here.
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PORTLAND, Ore — Cases of COVID-19 began showing up in the United States in January of this year. 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

BY THE NUMBERS

As of Tuesday afternoon:

INTERACTIVE: Oregon coronavirus map

REAL-TIME UPDATES

9:35 p.m.

  • Amid the spike in coronavirus cases in Oregon and the Portland metro area, grocery workers want more testing to protect the public and themselves. Learn more
  • While the rest of the state will be under a two-week "freeze," Multnomah County and Portland will have the new restrictions in place for at least four weeks. Learn more
  • Health experts have advice for your Thanksgiving celebration. There are steps you can take to limit your risk for the coronavirus. Learn more
  • When Oregon's two-week freeze takes effect starting Wednesday, two Oregon gyms have publicly said they will not close their doors. Learn more
  • Newly-elected Clackamas County Board Chair Tootie Smith says she'll have a huge Thanksgiving, and she calls Gov. Brown a hypocrite for enforcing the COVID-19 freeze. Learn more

2:40 p.m.

  • The statewide two-week "freeze" with new COVID-19 restrictions begins in Oregon on Wednesday. Here are answers to some of your most common questions. Learn more
  • Thousands of victims are dealing with bogus debts after billions of dollars meant for struggling small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic ended up in the hands of identity thieves. Learn more
  • Clark County Public Health (CCPH) reported 277 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. This comes amid a string of record daily case counts in the Portland area and throughout the Pacific Northwest. In the past month, cases in Clark County have increased by 50%, with more than 2,000 new cases during that time. Learn more

12:45 p.m.

  • Oregon health officials announced 13 more deaths due to COVID-19 and 935 new cases of the virus. Learn more
  • Oregon’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.9% in October, the Oregon Employment Department said. In September, the state’s unemployment rate was 7.9%. The decrease mirrors the national unemployment rate, which also dropped from 7.9% in September to 6.9% in October. Learn more

8:55 a.m.

  • New social restrictions are in effect in Washington as the state tries to curb COVID-19. The new restrictions include closing indoor service for restaurants and bars and prohibiting indoor social gatherings. The rules will remain in effect until Dec. 14. Gov. Jay Inslee also announced $50 million in aid to businesses who have been impacted. KGW spoke to several Washingtonians in Clark County, who reacted in varying ways to the new restrictions. Most expressed concern about how the new rules would impact businesses, but were supportive of the governor's decision. Learn more
  • Here's what's open in Oregon and Washington under the states' new restrictions. Learn more
  • Dr. Matt Hansen, an emergency room physician at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) said his hospital is "running at very high capacity, close to 100%." There's also a shortage of nurses in the region. That paired with rising case numbers is concerning for Hansen. Learn more
  • The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reported 781 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 on Monday. There have now been 57,646 reported cases in Oregon since the pandemic began. OHA also reported that four more Oregonians have died from the novel coronavirus, including a 41-year-old man from Washington County who had no underlying health conditions. Learn more

INTERACTIVE: COVID-19 Cases in Oregon

INTERACTIVE: Hospitalization by severity

INTERACTIVE: Oregon Hospital Capacity and Usage

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