• First, let's make sure you're well fed. Looking for Portland's best list of restaurants that are doing take-out and/or delivery? THE MERCURY HAS THAT, with over 100 places to get something to eat. (Is this a good time to ask for a donation to help keep us in business?)
• There's been a surge of 19 new coronavirus cases in Oregon, bringing the statewide count to 66. (We all know there's a LOT MORE than that, right?) The death toll in the United States has reached 100.
• Multnomah County has declared a moratorium on residential evictions during the COVID-19 crisis—BUT! There are a few "buts" attached. Our Alex Zielinski has more.
• There's also a moratorium on evictions for those who live in public housing that would last through May 31, with future extensions possible. Get the details from our Alex Zielinski.
• Today Gov. Kate Brown announced that she is restricting visitors at "nursing and residential care facilities, adult foster homes" and more in a bid to slow the coronavirus.
• Jesus Christ... McMenamins is temporarily closing most of its locations and laying off (gulp) 3,000 employees.
• We knew Powell's Books was making some temporary layoffs, but now we're learning that some are intended to be permanent.
• Looking for a way to help struggling Portlanders through this crisis? Here's a list from the Mercury that provides a very good place to start.
• Our friends at OPB have a good article on how the pandemic is affecting alt weeklies, in particular the Mercury and Street Roots. Be a dear and donate.
At least they got Smashmouth in under the wire https://t.co/q4wfTXaoWS— 🌼Corbin Smith🌼 (@corbinasmith) March 17, 2020
IN NATIONAL NEWS:
• Trump wants Congress to pass an economic stimulus package that would include sending checks directly to Americans within two weeks. Are we going to get UBI under a Trump presidency?
• The mayor of New York City has warned that the city may be forced to "shelter in place" (i.e. stay the fuck home).
• After its worst drop since 1987, the stock market rebounded today after it appeared that Trump was starting to take the crisis seriously. Tune in tomorrow for when the president says something stupid and the roller coaster starts again.
• Voters in three states are in the midst of a coronavirus shit show at their local polling places.
Sad that it takes a pandemic to get the rest of the country to catch up with us in vote-by-mail states. https://t.co/Oco8CAIwat— Angelica Thornton (@AngelicaKATU) March 17, 2020
• Despite what Trump and his idiot cronies have been saying, we all know the truth: SCIENCE WILL SAVE US.
• Basketball star Kevin Durant has tested positive for coronavirus.
And now a few links provided by our friends at our sister paper, The Stranger:
• Uber and Lyft have suspended shared rides in the United States and Canada.
• Regal and AMC will close their theaters around the country. They anticipate reopening but do not have definite end dates to their closures.
• Scary: Scientists report that for every confirmed coronavirus case there are likely five to ten people in the community with undetected infections.
• Amazon is reporting a surge in orders and is planning on hiring 100,000 more workers across the U.S.
• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is telling people not to go to the doctor if they're sick. COVID-19 tests are only being saved for the "sickest of the sick." Here's what you should do if you're showing symptoms:
If you develop a fever, cough and shortness of breath, the CDC says, call your doctor. Get immediate help if you have “emergency warning signs” such as trouble breathing, chest pain or pressure, confusion, or “bluish lips or face.”
• Why does soap work so well to stop COVID-19? A nanoparticle expert explains.
• Want to follow reliable sources of local and national information about coronavirus on Twitter? Here are some good recommendations.