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In new data released Thursday, April 16, the Oregon Employment Department stated that more than 300,000 Oregonians have been laid off with about 54,000 in the past week alone. That translates to roughly 1 in 7 Oregonians. 

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Our state is known for its local produce, diverse cuisine and top-notch chefs. The economic fallout of COVID-19 has hit them especially hard. The Portland Business Journal’s Jonathan Bach spoke to several in the restaurant industry about their unique experiences and how they’re handling the crisis. 

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In coordination with the governors of Washington and California, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced on Tuesday, April 14, that she will be taking a science-based approach as she decides how to lift her Stay Home, Save Lives executive order and reopen Oregon business.

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This week, the Oregon Employment Department reported it received a total of 269,900 unemployment claims in a three week period as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. By comparison, the state saw net job losses of 147,800 jobs in the entirety of the Great Recession. 

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In light of Gov. Brown’s announcement on Wednesday, April 9, that she would be extending K-12 and postsecondary school closures through the remainder of the school year, and that districts should be putting their Student Success Act spending plans on hold, OBI joined with dozens of other business associations to again ask for a delay in the implementation of the Corporate Activity Tax.

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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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