Applying for unemployment if you’ve been impacted by COVID-19

As the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic grow, layoffs are becoming a daily occurrence. The Oregon Employment Department is offering guidance to employers, workers, and job seekers impacted by the COVID-19 coronavirus situation. Unemployment Insurance Benefits The Oregon Employment Department provides Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits to most workers who[Read More…]

KPD continues to respond to all calls for service

Keizer Police Department officials are still responding to all calls for service, but striving to maintain social distancing. “Your police officers are equipped with necessary personal protective equipment to respond to all emergencies while also ensuring we aren’t either getting or spreading the virus,” said Lt. Bob Trump, of the[Read More…]

Watch for COVID-19 symptoms

The recent outbreak of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, may cause fever, cough or difficulty breathing. A majority of people who get the virus will have only mild symptoms. People at risk for more significant symptoms includes the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, lung disease[Read More…]

Childcare benefits expanded during COVID emergency

To support Oregon’s working families dealing with the spread of COVID-19, the Oregon Department of Human Service is making s and the Early Learning Division immediate changes to childcare benefits. The temporary changes are intended to help low-income, working families access childcare and help providers stay in business during the[Read More…]

The Legislature is expected to convene to take up the coronavirus outbreak. But it’s not clear what legislation will be considered

Oregon State Capitol, Legislature (Salem Reporter/file) With the continued outbreak of COVID-19 straining Oregon’s economy and health care systems, legislative leaders are calling for a special legislative session to allocate money and pass laws to ease the outbreak’s impact. However, with the federal government still finalizing its response and as[Read More…]

COVID-19 fears rock Keizer

The first confirmed death of an Oregon patient in connection with COVID-19 was recorded Saturday, March 14.  A 70-year-old veteran died at a Portland hospital from COVID-19. Coronavirus has continued to spread in Oregon and throughout the country as new cases of the virus are confirmed on a nearly hourly[Read More…]

Oregon sees first death from COVID-19, legislator calls for cash infusion for Oregonians as economy staggers

Dr. Dean Sidelinger, Oregon’s state health officer, speaks about new measures to contain COVID-19 at a news conference in Portland on March 12, 2020 (Jake Thomas/Salem Reporter) A 70-year-old veteran died Saturday at a Portland hospital from COVID-19, the first known fatality in Oregon as the number of people testing[Read More…]