Thousands of residents without power after storm in the Pacific Northwest

PORTLAND, Pray. – Thousands of people were without power Wednesday as a result of heavy rain and wind that hit the Pacific Northwest on Tuesday.

PGE reports outages in the following counties:

Clackamas: 32,291 customers without electricity

Marion: 8,164 customers without power

Multnomah: 7,653 customers without power

Washington: 11,406 customers without power

Yamhill: 1,505 customers without electricity

According to Pacific Power, there are 261 outages in Oregon affecting 6,895 customers.

In Clark County, there are 3,325 customers without power.


You must turn off or unplug electrical equipment after a power failure. This will help avoid a possible voltage load, in case your system overloads when the power is turned on again.

Keep all refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Food can stay cold in the refrigerator for 12 to 24 hours if the doors are kept closed after a power outage.

You must turn on a light both inside and outside the house to know when the light returns.

Portland General Electric (PGE):

For information:

(503) 464-7777 (Portland)

(503) 399-7717 (Salem)

(800) 544-1795 Other areas

Pacific Power:

For information:

To report power outages 1-877-508-5088.

By “OUT” text to 722797

Portland: (503) 865-5267

Klamath Falls: (541) 883-5397

Medford: (541) 774-2600

White City: (541) 774-8184

Clark Public Utilities:

To report blackouts (360) 992-8000.

Canby Utility:

To report blackouts (503) 266-1156 or (503) 721-0532.

Cascade Locks:

To report blackouts (541) 374-8911.

Central Electric Cooperative (Deschutes, Crook, Jefferson, grant, Linn, Wasco & Lake Counties):

To report outages (541) 548-2144 and (866) 495-8651

Consumers Power, Inc. (Benton, Lincoln, Linn, Marion & Polk Counties):

To report blackouts (541) 929-3124

Cowlitz PUD:

To report blackouts (360) 423-1200.

Forest Grove Light & Power:

To report power outages (503) 992-3250, or (503) 412-2444.

Hood River Electric Co-op:

To report blackouts (541) 354-1233.

McMinnville Water & Light:

To report blackouts (503) 472-6158.

Salem Electric:

To report blackouts (503) 362-3601.

Wasco Electric Cooperative:

To report outages (541) 296-2740 or (800) 341-8580.


Fred Meyer to offer COVID-19 vaccines soon

PORTLAND, Pray. – Fred Meyer announced Monday that he will partner with state health departments and the federal government to provide the coronavirus vaccine as it becomes available.

Authorities reported that the store has 133 pharmacies in the Pacific Northwest.

This announcement was made just as the first doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine arrived in Oregon on Monday.

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According to Oregon health officials, Legacy Health is the first provider to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in the state. Two hospitals received nearly 1,000 doses of Pfizer each.

Additional doses are expected to arrive at other hospitals, such as OHSU and Kaiser, later this week.

However, it is not yet known when exactly the vaccine will be available at Fred Meyer pharmacies.


Walmart Store Reopens on 82nd Ave. in Portland Following COVID-19 Outbreak

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PORTLAND, Pray. – The Walmart store, located in Eastport Plaza, reopened on Wednesday after being closed for several days due to a coronavirus outbreak.

According to Multnomah County, the public health department identified at least 10 cases in connection with the store on 82nd Avenue.

The business closed Monday for a deep clean.


Portland Homeless Organization Reports COVID-19 Cases

Operation Overcoat (Union Gospel Mission)

PORTLAND, Pray. – The Union Gospel Mission, which serves homeless people, said some of its staff and residents at the LifeChange men’s recovery program in downtown Portland have tested positive for the coronavirus and are experiencing symptoms.

Union Gospel Mission officials reported that they are temporarily modifying the food distribution services, which takes place outside the downtown location, and has decided to close the thrift store in Tigard to prevent the spread of viruses and to take care of both the residents and staff.

“Our greatest goal is to prevent further spread and to keep our residents, staff, volunteers, and those we serve safe and healthy. We have practiced strict COVID-19 protocols and will continue to do so. We are working with the Multnomah County Health Department and following their recommendations. All personnel and residents who have been exposed will be quarantined and screened, “said UGM CEO Bill Russell.


Consulates of Guatemala and Honduras make call to help victims

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PORTLAND, Pray. – The storms caused by hurricanes Eta and now Iota have caused death and destruction in Central America. This left 130 deaths in the Central American region and dozens of disappeared. At least 19 deaths have been attributed to Iota, but this number is likely to continue to rise, authorities reported.

The consulates of Guatemala in Seattle and of Honduras in San Francisco they make a call to help the victims.

“Among those that we can mention Izabal, El Progreso, Santa Rosa, Quiché, Huehuetenango, Zacapa, Jutiapa are the departments that have been greatly affected, also the Petén as a result of this situation,” said Claudia Gatica, Consul of Guatemala in Seattle .

The Gatica Consul confirmed more than 373 thousand affected, 93 thousand evacuated and 46 deaths only in Guatemala due to the Eta storm. Although due to the pandemic they cannot open collection centers in the Pacific Northwest region, they have other ways for people to make a safe donation.

“Invite compatriots to support us by making virtual purchases for those of us who are in the Northwest of the country and can transfer this support to our collection center, which is the Guatemalan Consulate in Los Angeles, California.”

What is most needed are non-perishable foods and medicines that still have the seal.

If you want to make a monetary donation, Consul Gatica said that you can do it through the Banco de Guatemala and other certified institutions such as the Red Cross of Guatemala.

It is unknown if the Guatemalan community has organized collection centers in Oregon, but the Honduran community has organized and has opened two non-perishable food and item donation centers.

“Honduras really needs us, it needs us to be able to contribute our bit and we are also calling on the entire Honduran community to join this cause,” said Rosa Escalante, owner of the ‘Sabor Catracho’ business, one of the two places in Portland where donations are received. ‘Sabor Catracho is located at 742 NE 181 Ave. They have received donations of clothing, shoes, and diapers. The second donation site for Honduras is located at Mobile Auto Glass Shop, 816 N. Lombard St.

Another way to help is through the Honduran Consulate.

According to Consul Sofia Valverde, Honduras estimates that there are approximately 3 million people affected and 500 shelters. If you want to send items, she suggests that you do so through the consulate to save on shipping costs.

“We are assuming the cost, if they do not consign it to us, we send COPECOS (Permanent Contingency Committee) to Honduras at no cost to people, but we do have to have it in our consulate, in our collection centers as such. ”.

If you wish to make a donation through other community-organized centers or individually, as has been done in Portland, the shipping cost is up to you.

“You can work with churches, with NGOs (non-governmental organizations), the point here is to bring aid to Honduras, that is, either with us as a government, with churches, with NGOs as it is to bring that grain of sand and that light of hope, any help is good ”.

The biggest priority in Honduras, Consul Valverde said, is non-perishable food and mats.

They are moving the food donations by air so that it arrives sooner. Donations of clothes, shoes, among other things, are being sent through containers.

Another option is to shop online with designated supermarkets in Honduras to make direct purchases and avoid the cost of shipping.

Consul Valverde suggests that if you want to make a separate monetary donation without involving the consulate, do so through international organizations such as the Honduras Red Cross, since the Honduran Consulate does not accept such donations.

List of needs in Guatemala:

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What’s next after you test positive for COVID-19?

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PORTLAND, Pray. – Cases of the new coronavirus continue to increase in the state of Oregon. If you test positive, it is important to know what to do.

Since there is a shortage of contact trackers, you should start by notifying those with whom you have been in close contact.

1.Inform your close contacts immediately.

Call your close contacts yourself as soon as possible, even before public health does. After you receive the test results, it may take up to a couple of days for your healthcare worker to be able to contact you.

Close contact means spending more than 15 minutes within 6 feet of a person with or without a mask.

If you had symptoms: Contact people you had close contact with from 2 days before your symptoms started.

If you had no symptoms: Contact people you had close contact with from 2 days before the COVID-19 test was done.

Talk, email, or text each person to let them know that their result was positive.

Your close contacts must quarantine at home for 14 days from the last time you were together. And they should talk to their doctor about getting tested for COVID-19, even if they had no symptoms.

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2. Answer the health worker’s call

A public health worker doing contact tracing will call you if they have a positive result. These workers help stop the spread of the virus by finding out who may have infected it and preventing them from spreading the virus to others.

Inform them about your close contacts and the places you visited. If you have not yet contacted your close contacts, the health worker will help you identify and inform them.

All information you share will be kept private and will not be shared with the federal government, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), or your landlord.

Healthcare workers will not ask for social security numbers, bank information, or credit cards.


This is an example of what you can say to your close contacts:

“After we recently spent time together, I got tested for COVID-19 and the result came back positive. Since we had close contact, public health recommends that you quarantine your home for 14 days from the last time we saw each other.

Talk to your doctor about getting tested, even if you don’t have symptoms. If you don’t have a doctor, you can call 211 for more information about the free trial sites.

I know this is hard news to hear, so if you want to talk, give me a call. Public Health will call you within the next two days to answer questions and confirm how long you should stay home. They offer help with rent, food shipments, and other resources that you may need in quarantine. They can help you connect. You can also call 211 for more information

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Remember 50 years of the explosion of gigantic whale in Oregon

FLORENCE, UNITED STATES.- On November 9, 1970, the beaches of, Florence, Oregon They stank from the huge body of a 14-meter dead whale that was beginning to decompose in that place.

To that place away from the television cameras, many curious people and reporters from different media began to arrive to see what was happening with the corpse of the sperm whale.

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From the Oregon Department of Transportation They began to evaluate how they could remove the body of the gigantic mammal, since being able to get rid of the corpse was a challenge.

In the first place, they thought about burying her, but due to its weight of 8 tons it was impossible to remove the body and it was also stranded on the shore of the beach, so the swells would end up unearthing it.

Days later they found the solution: detonate the body of the whale with dynamite. According to those who proposed this idea, the small remains of the mammal would serve as food for the seagulls and birds of prey that fly over the beach.

It was on November 13, 1970 that dozens of people, regardless of the nauseating smell, were present at the place to see what for them was a “spectacle”, when they saw the body of the whale fly through the air.

A few hours before the explosion, the authorities asked a group of people to move away about 400 meters from the body, since they could not only be affected by the explosion, but also by the pieces of meat that would fly through the air. .

Despite the fact that the experts assured that most of the whale’s remains would go to sea, the opposite happened … at the moment of the explosion, the whale’s remains began to rain even at more than 400 meters that the authorities had recommended.

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Faced with this, the people present began to flee desperately, fearing they would suffer a serious injury, because huge pieces of the whale flew through Florence’s air, even one of them destroyed a car that was parked.

One of the protagonists spoke

Paul Linnman, one of the reporters who covered the event, spoke to ABC about what happened 50 years ago, noting that the decision came from the Oregon Department of Transportation and George Thorton, who according to Linnman, had consulted with the US Navy, who had done similar things in the past.

Linnman revealed that the hope of those responsible for the blast was that the whale would disintegrate and fall into the sea, so 20 boxes of dynamite were used.

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After all the chaos produced after the explosion, the people who were in the place noticed that only one part of the body managed to be exploded, so the other part had to bury it.


Oregon, Washington and California Issue Travel Advisory for COVID-19

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – APRIL 02: A traveler wears a protective mask while waiting for a flight at San Francisco International Airport on April 02, 2020 in San Francisco, California. Due to a reduction of flights and people traveling, San Francisco International Airport has consolidated all of its terminals into one concourse in the international terminal. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

PORTLAND, Pray. – As cases of the novel coronavirus continue to rise on the West Coast, Governor Kate Brown, California Governor Gavin Newsom and Washington Governor Jay Inslee issued travel advisories on Friday urging tourists to enter their states o return home after traveling outside these states undergo a quarantine to slow the spread of the virus.

“COVID-19 doesn’t stop at state lines. As hospitals across the West are overloaded, we must take steps to ensure that travelers do not bring this disease home, ”Governor Brown said. “If you don’t need to travel, you shouldn’t. This will be difficult, especially with Thanksgiving Day just around the corner. But the best way to keep your family safe is to stay close to home. “

This warning applies to people arriving from other states or from other countries. These people must isolate themselves for 14 days after arrival. Additionally, West Coast states recommend that people only interact with people in the same household.

The only ones who will be exempted from this rule are people who make essential trips such as work and study trips, critical infrastructure support, economic services and supply chains, health, immediate medical care and safety and security.

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The Governor’s Office added that non-essential trips include trips that are considered tourist or recreational in nature.

Governor Brown reports that coronavirus cases are increasing in many states and countries. People coming to Oregon from other states or Oregon residents returning from other states or countries could easily spread COVID-19.

In addition, medical experts indicated that the simple act of traveling creates risks especially if you travel in shared transport, such as airplanes, buses or trains.

Governor Brown is expected to speak about the new advisory at 12 pm PST on Friday afternoon.


Oregon exceeds 42,000 COVID-19 infections

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JULY 07: Medical professionals conduct a nasal swab test at the COVID-19 Bondi Beach drive-through testing center on July 07, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. Coronavirus testing continues across NSW as the state recorded seven new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. Six of the new cases are returned travellers in hotel quarantine, while the seventh is a recently returned traveller who tested negative while in quarantine but developed symptoms once he returned home. NSW Health has also increased testing in the regional town of Albury on Tuesday, after two positive COVID-19 cases were confirmed in the area. One of the people who returned a positive rest recently travelled to Melbourne. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

PORTLAND, Pray. – Health officials in Oregon reported 366 additional cases of the new coronavirus on Sunday, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 42,101 since the pandemic began.

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) said there were no new deaths from COVID-19 so the death toll remained at 653.

Most of the new coronavirus cases were reported in Marion County (88), Multnomah County (82), Washington County (82), Lane County (30), and Jackson County (20) .

As of Friday, OHA said just over 3,000 coronavirus patients (or about 7% of all cases) have been hospitalized for the virus.

Currently, there are 197 COVID-19 patients in hospitals. Of these patients, 53 are in intensive care (ICU) and 21 are connected to pulmonary ventilators.

The state has 161 adult ICU beds, 126 pediatric and ICU beds, and 710 ventilators available.


Portland offers monetary aid, there will be $ 500 cards for those affected by COVID-19

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PORTLAND, Pray. – Mayor Ted Wheeler announced a new program aimed at providing 2,800 $ 500 prepaid Visa gift cards to residents affected by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The Portland COVID-19 Home Assistance Program (CVHAP) is a partnership with the United Way of Columbia-Willamette, along with other community organizations.

Portland residents can apply the online CVHAP program. City officials reported that the cards will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Those interested should apply starting October 27 at 9 am and only 1,400 cards will be distributed. Subsequently, the other date to apply will be October 30 from 1 pm, the other 1,400 cards will be distributed.

To be eligible, applicants must be at least 18 years old and live in the City of Portland; have had a loss of income or are at high health risk of contracting COVID-19; and have a household income equal to or less than 80% of the area median income.

“The City of Portland’s emergency response to the COVID-19 crisis prioritizes housing stability, food security and support for the most vulnerable in our community,” said Mayor Ted Wheeler. “This home assistance program will help minimize the daily struggle of those most affected by the severe economic impact of the pandemic.”