Casino Shutters Doors; New Number: 75; Executive Order Details School Responsibility; PeaceHealth: No Visitation; Permits on Hold

Casino Shutters Doors

The Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians announced yesterday that it would temporarily cease operations at Three Rivers Casino Resort, virtually shutting down the hotel, gaming and food service.  At around 4 pm yesterday there were about a dozen cars in the parking lot and none of the Recreational Vehicles that usually fill up the southern part of the casino parking area.  Inside there were about 2 dozen gamers trying to get their last winnings secured before the 5 pm closure.  An announcement over the sound system counted down the minutes until all activities would cease.  In a letter from director of Marketing, Rich Colton, he expressed that the shutdown would be for a two week period with plans to reopen on April 1st.  the letter also said that the tribe would be providing emergency paid leave and benefits for casino resort employees.

New Number: 75

The Oregon Health Authority now lists 75 as the number of cases that have arisen in Oregon since testing began for the coronavirus.  The list includes the two latest cases in Lane County.  The majority of cases have been confirmed in Washington County with 23 and followed by Linn County with 15.  There have also been 1118 negative test results and 361 still pending.

Executive Order Details School Responsibility

The Executive Order issued by Governor Kate Brown that extends school closures reached the public yesterday afternoon.  The Order lays out the process by which schools can still educate students in a non-congregate setting and allows for the continuation of food services.  It also says that all school employees will continue to receive pay during this period and that it may be necessary for some employees to continue to work to assist in supplying supplemental services.  Schools have also been tasked with providing child care services for first responders, emergency workers, and health care professionals.

PeaceHealth: No Visitation

Peace Health announced that they would be restricting access to patients.  There are a few exceptions which allow one support person to help with a patient’s mobility challenges or discharge instructions, one support person for Emergency Department  patients, two parents of a minor patient, two persons for end of life patients, and two support persons for labor and delivery.  Peace Harbor has also cancelled all elective surgeries for patients and is prepping surgery waiting rooms to handle a potential overflow of patients.

Permits on Hold

The Oregon Department of Transportation says that they are putting special events permits on hold for the foreseeable future.  The plan is to begin allowing permits following April 14th and permits issued prior to those dates have been cancelled.