Good morning, Portland! It's been TWO MONTHS since the coronavirus came to town. If you got up this morning, you're doing great. We're proud of you. And remember: If you feel compelled to express your pandemic emotions through film, be sure to enter our Confinement Film Festival! And now, for the weekend's news:
Coronavirus in the West Wing: The news of two White House staffers testing positive for COVID-19 has Trump administration officials concerned that they're still expected to work in the West Wing—which they believe is now a coronavirus hot spot. In the words of one of Trump's economic advisors: "It’s a small, crowded place. It’s, you know, it’s a little bit risky. But you have to do it because you have to serve your country.” Counter point: You don't have to do it.
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Temperature Check: The new tech tools businesses are using to check workers' temperature and screen them for COVID-19 symptoms might not be that accurate—and may risk employees' privacy in the process.
Biased COVID-19 Care: Decades of research has shown that Black patients receive inferior medical care to white patients, due to racial bias. Unsurprisingly, this trend appears to be continuing during the coronavirus pandemic, leading to a higher death rate for African American patients whose symptoms might have been ignored by medical professionals.
Justice for Ahmaud? Georgia's Attorney General Chris Carr has asked the US Department of Justice to conduct an investigation into state and local law enforcement's handling of the February murder of Ahmaud Arbery, a black man shot while on a neighborhood jog.
RIP to the Biggest Little Dude: Little Richard, the self-identified "queen of Rock and Roll" died Saturday at 87. Need to let go of some pent-up quarantine anxiety? Put on your most billowy blouse and dance it out to some of Little Richard's most electrifying and joyful songs.
RIP to the Father Of Festivus: This weekend also saw the death of Jerry Stiller, the lifelong comedian known for portraying George Costanza's dad in Seinfeld and co-creating Ben Stiller.
Outbreak at VA Hospital: Seventeen people have tested positive for the coronavirus at the Portland's Veterans Affairs Medical Center, including 14 staffers. This outbreak has forced the hospital's emergency department to stop accepting ambulances and to reconsider reopening the medical center to non-essential outpatient services.
Tourist Trap: Cannon Beach police asked nearly 800 people (mostly out-of-towners) to leave the beach this weekend, due to overcrowding. Officers didn't make any arrests, but they did face some resistance from questioning visitors. What about "stay home, save lives" don't you understand, my dudes?
Who's Open? Last week, Gov. Kate Brown laid out the ground rules for counties hoping to reopen in the wake of COVID-19. By Sunday, at least 20 Oregon counties had already submitted their requests to Brown's office to do so. (Multnomah is definitely not one of them).
Involuntary Home Schooling: For Oregon students already struggling in school, the switch to distance learning during the pandemic has only made keeping up more difficult. Here's how these students—and their resilient teachers—are working hard to make sure they don't get left behind.
If You Read One Thing Today, Make it This Essay:
“The new world order is rearranging itself on the planet and settling in. Our touchstone is changing color. Our criteria for earning a life, a living, is mutating like a virus that wants badly to stay alive.” https://t.co/4hYoFBbJE5— The Paris Review (@parisreview) May 8, 2020