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Covid-19 Update – 9.1.20

Covid-19 Virus
As September 1

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September 1, 2020

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Setting up a safe workspace for online work and school

If you’re working mostly at home or have children who will be spending at least part of their school year at home, it’s important to have workspaces for both that are safe and healthy. For example:

  • The computer should be set up with the screen at eye level so you or your child can sit up straight and practice good posture.
  • The chair should provide enough comfort and back support to sit for long periods of time.
  • Take breaks to stretch and take a walk to avoid sitting all day.

In addition to making things ergonomically correct, it’s important to make sure the workplace is conducive to work and learning. For example:

  • Is the workspace free of clutter and distractions?
  • Are supplies like paper, books and pencils at hand and ready to use?
  • Are things organized so you and your student can easily find things?

To learn more about setting up a good student workspace, view Oregon OSHA’s Computer Ergonomics for Elementary School website.

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Gov. Brown extends foreclosure protections through Dec. 31

Yesterday, Governor Kate Brown extended protections from foreclosure for Oregon homeowners and business owners through executive action, until Dec. 31. Executive Order 20-37 will extend House Bill 4204’s current moratorium on foreclosures, as allowed by that legislation.

 “Every Oregonian deserves a warm, dry, safe, affordable, and accessible place to call home,” said Governor Brown. “That’s especially true during a pandemic, when physical distancing and limiting trips away from home are critical to stopping the spread of COVID-19. Extending the moratorium on foreclosures will ensure that more Oregonians do not lose their homes this year, and that businesses can continue to provide vital goods and services to our communities.”

The Governor’s Office will be working with landlords, lenders, and other stakeholders in the coming weeks to craft a long-term solution for the Legislature to consider. The Governor is also continuing to have conversations with community leaders and stakeholders to look at options surrounding a moratorium for evictions for renters, which does not expire until September 30. Learn more in yesterday’s press release.

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OHA releases Weekly Testing Summary

Yesterday, OHA released its Weekly Testing Summary, which showed that of the 26,550 people tested the week of Aug. 23-29 whose results have been reported to OHA, 1,173 or 4.4 percent were positive. As in past weeks, the total for that week is likely to rise as test results continue to be reported to OHA. As of Aug. 29, Oregon’s cumulative positivity rate is 4.6 percent of people tested. This is considerably lower than the national average of 9 percent.

A declining positive test rate shows that Oregonians’ efforts to use face coverings, physically distance, and avoid gatherings is helping to slow the spread of COVID-19. But we all need to continue to follow these measures, especially over the upcoming Labor Day holiday.

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Oregon reports 243 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 6 new deaths

COVID-19 has claimed six more lives in Oregon raising the state’s death toll to 465, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

OHA reported 243 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 26,946.

The new cases are in the following counties: Baker (4), Benton (4), Clackamas (26), Clatsop (1), Deschutes (1), Douglas (1), Hood River (2), Jackson (10), Jefferson (4), Josephine (4), Lane (9), Lincoln (2), Malheur (10), Marion (39), Morrow (2), Multnomah (50), Polk (4), Umatilla (15), Union (1), Washington (42), and Yamhill (12).

Oregon’s 460th COVID-19 death is a 41-year-old man in Washington County who tested positive on Aug. 7 and died on Aug. 23 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 461st COVID-19 death is an 86-year-old woman in Linn County who tested positive on Aug. 24 and died on Aug. 28 at Samaritan Albany General Hospital. She had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 462nd COVID-19 death is a 66-year-old man in Umatilla County who tested positive on July 31 and died on Aug. 28 at Good Shepherd Hospital. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.

Oregon’s 463rd COVID-19 death is a 27-year-old man in Washington County who tested positive on July 31 and died on Aug. 28 in his residence. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 464th COVID-19 death is a 91-year-old man in Multnomah County who tested positive on Aug. 22 and died on Aug. 27. Location of death is being confirmed. He had underlying conditions.

Oregon’s 465th COVID-19 death is an 88-year-old woman in Multnomah County who tested positive on Aug. 7 and died on Aug. 28 in her residence. She had underlying conditions.

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