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More Oregonians have been diagnosed with the coronavirus. The state is offering financial help to encourage exposed agricultural workers quarantine. And artistic performers have found a way to put on a show while maintaining their distance. Watch this story for live updates about COVID-19.
One in 10 Oregon coronavirus diagnoses is of a child. 17% of Hermiston residents could have COVID-19. Oregon's legislators will return to Salem to plug a massive budget hole, and likely will take up pandemic-related workplace legislation. And other live updates throughout the day.
Due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus in recent days, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced Thursday that Umatilla County has been moved back to the baseline of the state’s reopening plan, effective Friday. Morrow County has also been moved back to Phase 1 starting Friday.