The outbreak, infecting 49 staff members and patients, started Dec. 20 in a unit that treats patients who need ongoing, intense care for a stroke or brain injury, for example.
Unlike the order by Gov. Kate Brown last spring, this is a voluntary step that hospital administrators are taking to give themselves flexibility to be able to handle an influx of patients.
Classrooms for younger students could open in many districts, including in Clackamas County, through lower benchmarks that measure whether schools may conduct in-person classes.
Oregon Health & Science University will cut the salaries of its non-union employees -- as much as 40% for the top-paid executives -- to cope with what President Danny Jacobs calls a “financial challenge of historic proportions.”
Seven pharmacy employees at the Kaiser Westside Medical Center in Hillsboro have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
Kaiser Permanente confirmed the seven employees’ illness today and closed the pharmacy -- the same day The Oregonian/OregonLive inquired about the novel coronavirus breakout.