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Precision Castparts, Evraz and Greenbrier all appear to be reacting to the economic impacts of the coronavirus outbreak. Meantime, Daimler extended its Portland factory shut down that started March 25. 

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My first few months as your OBI Board Chair have been marked by a public health crisis of unprecedented magnitude. Since the first case of the novel coronavirus in Oregon was confirmed, our communities have been enveloped in chaos, fear and uncertainty.

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Gov. Kate Brown announced today that Oregon schools would remain closed for the remainder of the 2019/2020 school year, attributing that decision to the difficulty in implementing social distancing practices in a school environment. 

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Yesterday, April 7, Gov. Brown issued Executive Order 20-14 that extends the prohibition on dine-in food and drink consumption to align with her Stay Home, Save Lives order issued last month. The prohibition will now last until the COVID-19 outbreak is contained. 

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Gov. Brown has pulled together an expert panel of medical professionals, doctors and infectious disease experts from across Oregon to make recommendations on how the state continues to respond to this crisis.

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New data shared by Portland economic research firm ECONorthwest has illuminated the serious impacts of COVID-19 by geography and industry.

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The University of Washington has created a comprehensive website to track various COVID-19 response statistics on a state-by-state basis. Gov. Kate Brown’s stay at home order, and Oregonians’ commitment to social distancing, seem to be working as intended. 

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On Saturday, April 4, Gov. Kate Brown responded to a call for help from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, whose state is impacted particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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On Friday, April 3, the CDC announced it was now recommending the public cover their faces with cloth masks when going to grocery stores, pharmacies, and other essential businesses where maintaining social distancing protocol can be difficult. 

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Beginning this morning, April 3, qualifying businesses can apply for loans under the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). 

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