Real-time coronavirus updates: Oregon in bidding war for personal protective equipment

PORTLAND, Ore. — Cases of COVID-19, a new strain of coronavirus, began popping up in the United States in January. On Feb. 28, the first case in Oregon was announced.

Every few days, we will post a new blog that tracks the daily changes in Oregon and Southwest Washington as we get them. Click here to see updates from March 22-24



As of Wednesday evening:


11:15 p.m.

  • Multnomah County has opened temporary homeless shelters at the Charles Jordan Community Center and the Convention Center. This was to keep the county’s permanent shelters from overcrowding. Learn more
  • Pok Pok joins well-known restaurants including Beast, Eem, Magna, Screen Door and Berlu in changing tack after originally offering takeout. Learn more
  • An employment law firm is offering people free legal information to help during the COVID-19 crisis. Learn more

9:20 p.m.

  • The Senate late Wednesday passed an unparalleled $2.2 trillion economic rescue package steering aid to businesses, workers and health care systems engulfed by the coronavirus pandemic. The bill now heads to the House. Learn more
  • The state of Oregon is embroiled in a brutal bidding war, battling other states, the feds and other countries to purchase needed personal protective equipment for its hospitals, said Governor Kate Brown on Wednesday. Learn more
  • Not only has getting tested been difficult for Oregonians, but those who do have sometimes had to wait nearly two weeks for results. Learn more

6:50 p.m.

  • The Washington State Department of Health reports 9 more COVID-19 deaths and 111 new cases. There is now a total of 132 deaths and 2,580 cases in Washington. Learn more
  • Oregon’s stockpile of personal protective equipment, including masks, gloves and gowns, is already running short before the expected surge of patients has come. Learn more
  • Oregon Gov. Kate Brown blasted the federal government for what she said was a block on private companies that want to make personal protective gear. She said the feds need to protect those companies from lawsuits. Learn more
  • A doctor at an Oregon veterans’ home in Lebanon has been using a combination of drugs to treat coronavirus patients and hasn’t seen any adverse effects yet. Learn more
  • The Portland Police Bureau answered frequently asked questions about how it will enforce Gov. Brown’s stay-home executive order. The bureau will focus on educating, then warning, then citing. Learn more
  • Two Oregonians who are stuck in Italy during the coronavirus pandemic describe their experiences and provide tips to Americans dealing with social distancing. Learn more
  • The White House and Senate leaders agreed early Wednesday on a $2 trillion economic rescue package, the largest in the country’s history. Here’s a breakdown who will reportedly get stimulus checks and when. Learn more

4:40 p.m.

  • A second Oregon postal worker has tested positive for COVID-19. A letter carrier in Oak Grove tested positive for the virus, along with a worker at a sorting facility in Portland. Learn more
  • Portland police said domestic violence arrests have increased since the city declared a state of emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic. The bureau looked at the number of arrests from March 12, when the city declared a state of emergency, to March 23 and compared the number of arrests to the same time period from last year as well as the 12-day period prior to the emergency declaration. Learn more

2:45 p.m.

  • The Oregon Health Authority reports two more people have died from COVID-19 and 57 more people have tested positive for the virus. It’s the largest single-day increase in cases in the state. There is now a total of 10 deaths and 266 cases in Oregon. Learn more

12:45 p.m.

  • The Oregon Poison Center issued a stern warning about dangerous coronavirus remedies circulating on social media. There are no medications, supplements or home remedies that can treat or prevent COVID-19. Learn more

12:25 p.m.

  • The state of emergency for the city of Portland has been extended an additional two weeks, through April 9, according to Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler. “We’re still on the upside of the contagion curve, so now is not the time to suspend an emergency declaration,” Wheeler said. Learn more
  • The deadline for filing state taxes will be pushed back to July 15, according to Oregon Gov. Kate Brown. This falls in line with the deadline for filing federal taxes also being pushed back to July 15 from April 15 due to the coronavirus. Learn more

11:45 a.m.

  • A U.S. Postal Service worker in Portland tested positive for coronavirus, according to a spokesperson for the agency. The employee works at the Portland Processing and Distribution Center plant, near the Portland International Airport. Workers at the facility primarily sort mail and unload trucks and don’t come into direct contact with the public. Learn more
  • Clark County, Washington announced four new cases of coronavirus. All four are recovering at home. Health officials said two of the four had close contact with previously confirmed cases. Clark County now has 20 positive tests and four of those people have died. Learn more

7 a.m.

  • The White House and Senate leaders of both parties announced agreement early Wednesday on unprecedented emergency legislation to rush sweeping aid to businesses, workers and a health care system slammed by the coronavirus pandemic. Learn more
  • Can I still go hiking and fishing? Should I call 911 if I see people gathering? Oregon State Police answers some of the most commonly asked questions, corrects some misconceptions and gives guidance about how to comply with the order. Learn more
  • TriMet will continue providing transit service during the COVID-19 crisis, but is planning service changes because of ridership declines caused by people staying at home and worried about being exposed to others in confined spaces. Learn more
  • An Oregon nurse pulls back the curtain and describes what life is like for front-line health care workers during the coronavirus pandemic. “I’ve never felt more vulnerable,” she said. Learn more
  • As many businesses are forced to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many essential businesses are in need of more help. Here are several businesses in Portland hiring currently. Learn more

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