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PNS Daily Newscast - August 11, 2020 


Small business owners say postal delays make it harder to survive the pandemic; federal stimulus funding falls short for mental health treatment.


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Connecticut updates its election rules, and two Trump allies face off in Georgia's state runoff. Plus, a preview of next week's Democratic National Convention.

Public News Service - OR: Health

Health professionals say it's important to maintain social connections, such as over the phone, while in isolation from COVID-19. (sewcream/Adobe Stock)

MEDFORD, Ore. -- The coronavirus crisis is disrupting people's lives, but a few tips can help folks stay healthy while they stay home. Andy Luther, medical director of Jackson Care Connect, says physical distancing is important, but Oregonians should maintain their social connections. He says pe

Some workers are relying on homemade cloth masks during the coronavirus pandemic. (ravipat/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Oregon workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic are in desperate need of protective gear. Masks and gloves are in short supply or nonexistent in hospitals and grocery stores and for home-care workers across the state. Head of the Oregon Nurses Association Sara Lasle

An Oregon clinicians stresses that people should practice physical distancing but stay in contact with people in their social circles. (macondos/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. - With Oregonians ordered to stay at home during the new coronavirus pandemic, isolation could be creeping into people's lives, and that's increasing the risk of suicide. Greg Borders is chief clinical officer of Lines for Life, a nonprofit based in Portland that works to prevent su

Among Portland airport workers' demands is a call for three paid sick days. (EchoGolf Photography/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Challenges due to the COVID-19 outbreak are showing why employees at the Portland International Airport need more support, workers say. Airport workers, including the folks who push wheelchairs, clean airplane cabins and help with baggage, are calling on the Port of Portland to i

Oregon pantries are getting creative with assistance, including delivering food boxes. (happy_lark/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Food assistance programs are making sure people have the resources they need during the COVID-19 outbreak. Oregon Food Bank CEO Susannah Morgan says there's no worry of her network running out of food at the moment. The food bank warehouse has 4 million pounds of food at any giv

Older folks are being told to stay at home if possible in order to avoid the novel coronavirus. (luciano/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- As the threat from the novel coronavirus increases, health officials are underscoring safety measures for older Americans. To keep crowds to a minimum, AARP Oregon has canceled all of its in-person events for the time being. State director Ruby Haughton-Pitts also advised people

More than three-quarters of Americans believe the CDC and doctors will help reduce their risk from coronavirus. (JHDT Productions/Adobe Stock)

EUGENE, Ore. -- Despite these politically divided times, Americans still are ready to listen to health officials during the coronavirus epidemic. That's according to a February survey from the University of Oregon, which finds trust is high in doctors, and in the Centers for Disease Control and Pr

Under an Oregon bill, part-time college and university faculty would have to pay only 10% of their insurance premium costs. (Gorodenkoff/Adobe Stock)

SALEM, Ore. - Part-time college professors are struggling to afford health care. A bill in the Oregon Legislature would change that. Adjunct faculty at Oregon colleges and universities may not be eligible for health insurance, even if they teach a full load by working at multiple institutions. Sar

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