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Oregon Officials Estimate Social Distancing Effects; Transit Reduced

   Saturday March 28, 2020 - 10:47 AM
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Oregon has 415 known cases of the novel coronavirus as of Friday afternoon, according to state and local health officials.

The actual number of cases is believed to be higher given the lack of tests available.

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The Oregon Health Authority announced 98 new diagnosed cases across 16 counties Friday and one additional death.
The state has 12 known deaths related to the virus.

Oregonâ??s 12th coronavirus-related death is an 82-year-old woman in Marion County who had underlying health conditions, according to OHA.

Josephine County also reported an additional positive coronavirus case Friday.

Washington cases
Clark County Public Health said Friday that 28 more people have tested positive for the coronavirus and a sixth person has died.

The total number of confirmed cases in the county is now 76.

Washington has 3,700 diagnosed cases of the coronavirus and 175 related deaths as of Friday afternoon, according to the Washington Department of Health.

Oregon health officials estimate social distancing effects
Oregon public health officials Thursday laid out new estimates for how social distancing measures could improve the stateâ??s chances of not overwhelming hospitals.

Oregon Health Authority released its latest modeling March 26, 2020, giving Oregonians a sense of how many COVID-19 cases the state could see if various actions are taken.

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The modeling, formulated by the Institute for Disease Modeling in Bellevue, Washington, is an approximation of what could happen, with large ranges in its predicted outcomes.

It suggests:

If Oregon were to go back to normal, lifting all social distancing measures that have been put into place since March 11, the state would expect to see between 6,000 and 26,000 cumulative infections by May 8. More than 1,000 hospital beds statewide would be occupied by COVID-19 patients.
If Oregon stayed with the incremental social distancing measures in place before the governor issued the stay-at-home order, the state would see between 2,000 and 12,000 cumulative infections by May 8, with 340 beds needed.
If Oregonians obey the stay-home order Brown issued Monday, the state could see between 700 and 3,800 cumulative infections by May 8, with â??minimal people needing care in the hospital,â?쳌 according to Dr. Dean Sidelinger, state epidemiologist with the Oregon Health Authority.
Final paychecks to workers owed in full
The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) sent out a reminder Friday that amid business closures and layoffs, employees are still owed their wages.

â??If you are laid off, you must receive all of the wages you have earned by your next regularly scheduled payday after layoff,â?쳌 the bureau said in a statement. â??If your employer has a policy of paying out vacation time, you must receive it in full at that time as well.â?쳌

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BOLI said employees who believe they have not been paid in full should keep documents such as pay stubs and work schedules and can make a claim online or email [email protected]

â??I want to be clear: this is not a moment for employers to take advantage of workers or violate civil rights,â?쳌 Labor Commissioner Val Hoyle said in a statement. â??Using a crisis to harm employees is unacceptable and I will use the full weight of my office to prevent and remedy those efforts.â?쳌

Workers can get up to $10,000 back in unpaid wages, BOLI said.

Man charged for trying to infect Bend police officer
A Deschutes County grand jury charged a man Friday after he allegedly attempted to infect a Bend police officer with COVID-19.

According to the county prosecutorâ??s office, 35-year-old Bend resident Daniel Ray Stubblefield attempted to cough, spit and ...

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