Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced new regulations Thursday for long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes, that could give families better visiting options. These facilities, where people with vulnerable conditions reside, were put on lockdown as the pandemic began to spike in spring.
New state guidelines say it would be unsafe for most schools in Washington to reopen this fall, and officials in Clark and Cowlitz counties say they are now parsing that data ahead of pivotal decisions.
Thursday's the day Oregon announced its 20,000th coronavirus diagnosis. According to the latest data, people in their 20s continue to be the most likely to test positive for coronavirus, although only one Oregon 20-something has died of the virus so far. Meanwhile, the state has updates on three outbreaks across Oregon. Watch this story for live updates through the day.
Kanani Cortez reports for NPR’s Next Generation Radio. Pacific Islanders are being hit hard by COVID-19, and have higher rates of illness than any other racial group. Joe Enlet is from Chuuk, Micronesia, and is a pastor and advocate for the Micronesian community in Oregon. Enlet says despite the grief and mourning, he remains hopeful because his community is finally being heard.
Oregon reported 342 new confirmed or presumed cases of the coronavirus Tuesday, with five new deaths linked to the contagious disease. The new numbers put the state’s total cases at 19,699 since the outbreak reached the state earlier this year; 333 people have died from the virus as of Tuesday.
The Trump administration’s plan to provide every nursing home with a fast COVID-19 testing machine comes with an asterisk: The government won’t supply enough test kits to check staff and residents beyond an initial couple of rounds
COVID-19 has claimed one more life in Oregon, bringing the pandemic’s death toll in the state to 325. In Hermiston, a door-to-door study suggests 17% of the population may be infected. And even the wilderness is affected, according to forestry officials who see a coronavirus connection to recent wildfires.