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Heart disease most common illness linked to fatal cases

New data collected by state officials show the most common underlying health conditions among Oregonians who have died from COVID-19.

Oregon Live, Apr 30, 2020

Heart disease is the most frequent ailment. Neurological or neurodevelopmental conditions are second most common.

Diabetes, lung disease and illnesses such as cancer are also on the list.

Here are more developments to know Thursday:

CASES: The Oregon Health Authority said coronavirus has now claimed 101 lives statewide and infected 2,446 people. The coronavirus has disproportionately affected Latinos in the Willlamette Valley.

REOPENING: In a positive step toward reopening, coronavirus tests have risen sharply as capacity expands. As state officials plan ways to safely reopen the economy, they are weighing whether to ask Oregon restaurants to keep patrons' names for contact tracing.

RESPONSE: The Oregon parole board may consider releasing some seriously ill inmates early amid the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, an Oregon federal judge denied an injunction to halt part of President Donald Trump's coronavirus-era freeze on processing visas for some young immigrants.

ECONOMY: Nearly 7 percent of mortgages were in forbearance as of April 19, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association, which represents the real estate finance industry. That number is up from just 0.25% during the first week of March.

JOBS: Roughly 30.3 million people have now filed for jobless aid in the six weeks since the outbreak began forcing millions of employers to close their doors and slash their workforces.

HELP: Literary Arts has set up a $100,000 emergency relief fund for Oregon writers, including playwrights, cartoonists and poets. The fund will disperse $1,000 emergency awards to as many as 100 writers.

BUSINESS: Ten small businesses on North Mississippi Avenue have come together to request rent relief from their common landlord as the crisis threatens to wipe out an entire cluster of distinctly Portland businesses. Another popular Portland business, Ringside Steakhouse, is planning a second parking lot sale after it sold 2,000 pounds of beef in two hours Saturday.

EDUCATION: The University of Oregon is extending its acceptance deadline from May 1 to Sept. 1, providing prospective students four extra months to plan for college. UO says it is the first school in the U.S. to extend its acceptance deadline until the end of summer.

SHOPPING: Costco joined the ranks of stores that will require shoppers to wear masks during the coronavirus pandemic. The policy begins Monday.

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