260% increase in new 97303 COVID-19 infections

Officials from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) identified 248 new cases of COVID-19 in the 97303 zip code between Dec. 2 and Dec. 9. Each week, the OHA is releasing pandemic-related statistics on the virus’ spread throughout Oregon. On Dec. 2, the OHA reported Keizer had 94 new cases of[Read More…]

Keizer’s pandemic loans topped $18M

Businesses in Keizer received a whopping $18.01 million in pandemic relief throughout the past nine months.  New data released by the Small Business Administration (SBA) on Dec. 1 provided the most complete accounting yet of more than $700 billion in forgivable loans made available for small businesses across.  When Keizertimes[Read More…]

Courthouse fined $90K for COVID defiance

Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials have fined Courthouse Club Fitness $90,000 for defying Gov. Kate Brown’s COVID-19 order and remaining open throughout a current two-week freeze. The penalty is the result of citations against each of the club’s facilities — Courthouse has three locations in Salem and one[Read More…]

County to provide relief grants for hospitality businesses

Marion County announced it will provide business relief grants for hospitality businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19. The county is offering grants to establishments licensed by Marion County Environmental Health. These include restaurants, mobile food carts, commissaries, camps, hotels, RV parks, pools, warehouse and vending.  The county expects to distribute approximately[Read More…]

A week in 97303: Nearly 100 new COVID cases

UPDATE: The most recent COVID case numbers are now part of this story. Changes appear in italics. Officials from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) identified 94 new cases of COVID-19 in the 97303 zip code between Nov. 18 and Nov. 25. Each week, the OHA is releasing pandemic-related statistics on[Read More…]

Free COVID testing at the Oregon State Fairgrounds

The Oregon State Fairgrounds is hosting a free, drive-thru COVID testing today from 3 to 6 p.m. Enter through the aqua gate at 2330 17th St. N.E., Salem. Appointment and voucher required. Register and schedule your appointment at, while registering you will be required to pick one of the[Read More…]

Pandemic pause in effect until Nov. 25

Parts of Oregon, including Marion County, entered a two-week pause in its phased reopening Wednesday, Nov. 11. Gov. Kate Brown announced the changes in nine counties where community transmission of COVID-19 is on the rise. The pause in Marion County extends through Wednesday, Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving. “We[Read More…]

Lo que debe saber sobre el COVID-19 de cara al invierno

COVID-19 es una enfermedad transmitida por el aire que ataca el sistema respiratorio. Los casos más leves son síntomas parecidos a los de la gripe o, a veces, asintomáticos; los casos más graves pueden provocar la hospitalización o muerte. Los síntomas de COVID-19 pueden tardar hasta dos semanas en manifestarse.[Read More…]

KFD using AeroClave to battle COVID-19

KFD firefighter Victor Hess sets up the district’s new AeroClave machine (KEIZERTIMES/Matt Rawlings). Ever since the spread of COVID-19 hit Marion County in March, the Keizer Fire District (KFD) has done everything in their power to prevent the spread of illness, including drastic deep cleaning of all medical equipment after[Read More…]