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THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2020
Klamath Basin Weather
Sunny. Highs in the mid 40s to lower 50s. Northwest winds around 5 mph shifting to the west in the afternoon. Overnight low of 25.
Cloudy with a chance of rain and snow in the afternoon. High around 45.
A chance of snow in the morning, then a chance of rain and snow showers in the afternoon. High near 44.
Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain at times. High near 48.
The Klamath County Public Health Air Advisory is Green until noon today.
COVID-19 has claimed 2 more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll from 8 to 10 the Oregon Health Authority reported yesterday. They also reported 57 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 266.
The COVID-19 cases reported yesterday are in the following counties: Benton (2), Clackamas (4), Douglas (2), Jackson (1), Josephine (1), Lane (1), Lincoln (1), Linn (5), Marion (11), Multnomah (8), Washington (20), Yamhill (1). Oregon’s ninth COVID-19 death is an 80-year-old woman in Clackamas County, who tested positive on 3/23/20, and died 3/24/2020 at Legacy Mt. Hood Medical Center. She had underlying medical conditions. Oregon’s tenth COVID-19 death is a 73-year-old woman in Marion County, who tested positive on 3/22/20, and died 3/23/20 at Salem Hospital. She had underlying medical conditions.
The Klamath Falls City Council is scheduled to hold a special meeting this afternoon focusing on Coronavirus economic impacts. The Council will be considering the creation of a business assistance fund as well as providing emergency help to local businesses.
Deferred rent and deferred utility charges as topics of discussion for the meeting. Most Council members and many staff members will attend the meeting virtually through the web or by telephone.
The Council meeting is scheduled for this afternoon at 3:30 in Council chambers at City Hall.
Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Health Resources and Services Administration will distribute nearly $2 million in funding among 30 health centers across Oregon to help address the coronavirus crisis.
Included in the distribution is over $59,000 to Klamath Health Partners. The grant awards will support emergency planning and response efforts—including but not limited to expanding COVID-19 screening and testing capacity, purchasing supplies such as personal protective equipment and providing safety education.
The Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement task force seized a half-pound of meth and arrested a man at a cabin east of Ashland yesterday.
52 year old Joseph Parker of Gold Hill was arrested near Howard Prairie Lake according to documents filed in Jackson County Circuit Court. On March 13th authorities arrested Parker’s wife 40 year old Amanda Parker on drug charges at their home in Gold Hill where police say they seized small amounts of meth, scales, packaging, drug records and cash. Police say the investigation into the Parkers began in 2017, when police say they seized nearly a pound of meth in Eagle Point.
Joseph Parker was lodged in the Jackson County Jail on $1 million bail on suspicion of manufacturing, delivering and possessing methamphetamine. Amanda Parker remained held on $215,000 bail on similar meth charges, along with a forgery charge accusing her of passing counterfeit bank bills in July 2016.
Country singer Granger Smith will be the Lake County Round-Up headlining act for the 101st Lake County Round-Up.
Smith taught himself how to play guitar when he was 14-years old. He made his first album when he was a freshman at Texas A&M. The album attracted the notice of EMI Music Publishing of Nashville resulting in a songwriting deal. Granger then left for Nashville the following year to follow his dream.
He will be performing at the Lake County Round-Up on Saturday, September 5th. Watch for more information as to when tickets will go on sale. For more information contact Lake County Round-Up member Joseph Utley at 541-947-2161.
Governor Kate Brown yesterday in order to ensure all Oregonians have access to the health insurance they need during this unprecedented public health crisis called on federal Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to open a special enrollment period for Oregonians to buy health insurance and apply for federal subsidies through HealthCare.gov.
The open enrollment deadline passed on December 15th and does not open again until November. According to the Governor many Oregonians are uninsured or underinsured and now find their families’ budgets significantly tightened due to this national emergency. In order to remove any potential barriers that remain it is critical for all Oregonians to have access to a special enrollment period.
A widespread special enrollment period would allow anyone legally present in the United States to buy a private plan and apply for a subsidy to help afford it. The governor requested that the enrollment period open as soon as possible and last at least 30 days.
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