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oregonlive.com
“Changing this name is overdue,” Ray said. “While not intended as reference to the actual Civil War, OSU sports competition should not provide any misconstrued reference to this divisive episode in American history. That we did not act before to change the name was a mistake.”
Happy to see that OSU and UO are willing to examine their traditions and make changes to make them more inclusive.
Davis Lake in Oregon with mountains in the background and small rocks in the foreground
Large and Small
oregonlive.com
Cowie said state officials never expected each county to meet every indicator all the time. Public health authorities plan to monitor progress and offer support to counties. But they have no plans to push for new closures based on what they’ve seen so far.
Oregon has detailed criteria that must be met (loosely) for opening counties but only vague criteria for closing them again.
Life at OSU
"The Corvallis study will be completed over four consecutive weekends and will provide important public health information that has been lacking throughout the pandemic. A limited pilot phase of the study in several Corvallis neighborhoods will be conducted Sunday, April 19, to test procedures the study will use in gathering and testing samples."
OSU is doing some randomized testing study to see how much covid-19 has spread in Corvallis.
gov.ca.gov
"This effort will be guided by data. We need to see a decline in the rate of spread of the virus before large-scale reopening, and we will be working in coordination to identify the best metrics to guide this."
Maybe we could get all states to band together somehow.
oregonlive.com
“New York needs more ventilators, and we are answering their call for help,” Brown wrote. “We’ll be sending 140 ventilators to help NY because Oregon is in a better position right now. We must do all that we can to help those on the front lines of this response.”
Very happy to see this! I could read stories like this or this or this all day.
Life at OSU
“This is a really dire situation statewide and I was really impressed by how OSU responded,” said Mike Bamberger, Oregon State University’s emergency preparedness manager. “We gathered everything from a single box of gloves to a pallet of them. University programs really stepped up at a time of great need.”
Happy to see Oregon State contributing resources like this!
oregonlive.com
“Schools are experiencing critical shortages in staff, and superintendents are concerned for school personnel who are at elevated risk such as those over age 60 and those with underlying medical issues.”
oregonlive.com
"The Oregon Health Authority had recommended against closing campuses where cases of COVID-19 are not present. But Oregon has conducted limited testing for the virus, creating a misleading picture of the virus’s community spread. Not everyone who has wanted to be tested has been."
The right call.
oregonlive.com
Oregon is between two known outbreak locations but can’t determine if it also has an outbreak:
"The state lab had just 130 tests remaining as of Monday night, according to an agency spokesman. That translates to about 65 people, given that it takes about two tests per person to diagnose the disease."
In the absence of accurate information I think state officials should assume the worst to protect people. Currently they’re using lack of known cases to justify their decisions.
oregon.gov
Oregon students will not be staying home:
Oregon Department of Education Director Colt Gill: “Keeping schools open is the best option for our state and, most importantly, for our students. Our safety efforts should focus on practicing good hygiene, staying home when we are not feeling well, and cleaning surfaces in our schools. We can all play a part with these simple steps to protect ourselves and our friends, classmates and community.”
It sounds like the justification is that there are no existing cases. We also have a very low testing capacity in Oregon right now, so.
The Atlantic
This is a difficult article to read because it’s about a massive failure, but it’s important to face the truth of where we are. This was especially surprising:
"Oregon, situated between the California and Washington hotspots, can test only about 40 people a day."
We have some catching up to do:
"Today, more than a week after the country’s first case of community transmission, the most significant finding about the coronavirus’s spread in the United States has come from an independent genetic study, not from field data collected by the government. And no state or city has banned large gatherings or implemented the type of aggressive “social distancing” policies employed to battle the virus in Italy, Hong Kong, and other affluent places."
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