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Oregon COVID-19 updates, Nov. 30: OHSU looking for vaccine trial participants

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.

  • Health officials hope people had a quiet holiday and kept any gatherings very small, because the COVID-19 crisis is bad enough already. But officials worry there may be a another spike in a few weeks because of holiday activity. Learn more
  • In a growing outbreak at one of Portland’s longest-running homeless shelters, a spokesperson for the Union Gospel Mission on Monday said 20 people have tested positive for COVID-19. Included in the 20 are 18 residents at the Mission’s downtown shelter and two employees, one of whom was hospitalized. Learn more
  • There's been a big push to shop local this year, more it seems than in years past. Small Business Saturday and the unofficial kickoff to holiday shopping happened over the weekend, bringing with it an uptick for some locally-owned small businesses that have been hurting during the pandemic. Learn more

4:05 p.m.

  • Oregon health officials on Monday reported 1,314 new COVID-19 cases and seven more deaths connected to the virus. There have been 75,431 known coronavirus cases in Oregon during the pandemic so far, including 912 people who have died. Learn more

2:50 p.m.

  • Oregon Health & Science University is looking for adults who live in the Portland area to take part in a research study into the safety and effectiveness of a potential COVID-19 vaccine. OHSU is involved in a Phase 3 clinical trial to evaluate the vaccine candidate developed by Oxford University and pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca known as ASD1222. Learn more
  • As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in Oregon, fire departments in the Portland area are dealing with cases. Portland Fire and Rescue (PF&R) has 74 firefighters quarantined right now, according to John Derr, the department's safety chief. Learn more
  • Washington state is launching its statewide coronavirus exposure app, joining more than a dozen other states that have already enlisted the use of smartphone technology in the ongoing effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Starting Monday, people with iPhones can enable the ‘exposure notifications’ feature that is already in their phone’s settings, and Android devices can download the app. Use of the app is voluntary and users can opt out at any time. Learn more

8:45 a.m.

  • The Oregon Health Authority reported 3,268 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 over the weekend. On Saturday, a record number of daily cases were reported with 1,669, boosted in part because several local health departments were off for Thanksgiving. On Sunday, state health officials reported 1,599 new cases.
  • State health officials reported 20 more deaths due to COVID-19 over the weekend and Oregon surpassed 900 deaths as its death toll rose to 905. The OHA reported 11 deaths on Saturday and nine on Sunday. In a press release, the OHA called 900 deaths a "somber milestone" for the state. Learn more
  • A statewide freeze announced by Gov. Kate Brown expires Wednesday. In its place, state officials will implement new rules that enforce closures and restrictions on a county-by-county basis. The new rules offer at least a little relief for restaurants, which has business owners feeling cautiously optimistic. Learn more

INTERACTIVE: COVID-19 Cases in Oregon

INTERACTIVE: Hospitalization by severity

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