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Oregon COVID-19 updates, Nov. 23: County commissioner travels to Hawaii as cases surge at home

As COVID-19 continues to rise dramatically in Oregon, Southwest Washington and beyond, get the latest updates here.

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


As of Monday evening:

INTERACTIVE: Oregon coronavirus map


9:10 p.m.

  • Multnomah County Commissioner Sharon Meieran is drawing criticism for her decision to travel to Hawaii despite a spike in coronavirus cases in Oregon that resulted in travel warnings. Multnomah County employees, who spoke on a condition of anonymity, said Meieran is sending the wrong message during a critical stage in the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more
  • Health officials continue to urge people to avoid large gatherings as COVID-19 cases rise heading into the holiday season. Cassie Sauer, CEO of the Washington State Hospital Association, said the best "thank you" we can give health care workers is to not get sick by staying home. Learn more
  • Through Dec. 31, Oregon landlords can't evict people who are unable to pay rent. But they can evict them come the new year, unless state lawmakers extend the eviction moratorium. Lawmakers heard a proposal that would extend to the moratorium to June 30, 2021. Learn more
  • Final emergency federal approval of pharmaceutical company Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine is expected by Dec. 10 and Washington state health officials plan to get that medicine to people immediately. The first people to get the vaccine will be frontline health care workers, the elderly and those working in long term care facilities. Learn more

1:30 p.m.

  • Six more people have died of COVID-19 in Oregon, health officials announced Monday. According to the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), 826 people in the state have died from the coronavirus since the pandemic began. OHA also reported 1,174 new cases of COVID-19 Monday, bringing the state total to 66,333. Learn more

11:55 a.m.

  • The Oregon Employment Department (OED) announced it has started delivering waiting week payments to eligible Oregonians. The OED estimates that payments have been delivered to 246,300 Oregonians on Monday, totaling $176 million. Learn more

11:45 a.m.

  • An Oregon State Correctional Institution inmate with COVID-19 died at a local hospital Monday, according to the Oregon Dept. of Corrections (DOC). He was between 50 and 60 years old. Further details were not released. This was the seventeenth adult in custody to die after testing positive for the coronavirus, according to DOC reports.  

11 a.m.

  • Are at-home COVID-19 tests worth it? The KGW Investigates team ordered two of the at-home tests and one at-home surface test to see how quickly they arrived and how soon the results came back. Learn more
  • The FDA will consider emergency use authorization of COVID-19 vaccines next month from several companies. Dr. Gaurav Sahay is an associate professor at Oregon State University's School of Pharmacy. He said he's optimistic about a coronavirus vaccine. "The beginning of the end of the pandemic," Sahay said. Learn more
  • Feeding the hungry this Thanksgiving looks a little different due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Union Gospel Mission in Portland will have to forgo sit-down meals but still plans to feed about 1,000 people. Others are also feeding people in different ways. Learn more
  • The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reported 1,517 new confirmed and presumptive cases Sunday, setting a new single-day case record. The previous records were set Saturday (1,509), Friday (1,306) and Thursday (1,225). Learn more

INTERACTIVE: COVID-19 Cases in Oregon

INTERACTIVE: Hospitalization by severity

INTERACTIVE: Oregon Hospital Capacity and Usage

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