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Q&A: What are PPEs, N95 masks and ventilators?

March 25, 2020, 9:36am Business

As hospitals and medical workers across the country man the front lines in the battle to control and treat novel coronavirus, a constant theme is the shortage of key safety and treatment supplies. Three such supplies are often talked about: personal protective equipment or PPEs, N95 masks and ventilators. Here is a brief look at those items. Read story

State review of Kalama methanol plant may progress without second study

March 25, 2020, 8:49am Business

LONGVIEW — Signaling a potential “change in attitude,” the state Department of Ecology may back off its demand for second study of the potential climate change impact of the proposed $2 billion Kalama methanol plant, according to area legislators. Read story

Fred Meyer installing plexiglass at registers, allowing employees to wear masks

March 25, 2020, 8:00am Business

PORTLAND — Fred Meyer is making some in-store changes to promote social distancing and give employees a safer place to work during the COVID-19 pandemic.Plexiglass partitions are being installed at cash registers and pharmacy counters, and educational decals will be placed on the floors near the registers to remind people about the importance of standing away from others while waiting in line. Read story

YouTube to limit video quality around the world for a month

March 25, 2020, 6:03am Business

YouTube will reduce the quality of videos around the world starting Tuesday, an effort by the world's most popular video site to ease internet traffic during the coronavirus outbreak. Read story

Intel suspends stock buybacks due to coronavirus

March 25, 2020, 6:01am Business

Intel took its first public steps to reposition its business for the coronavirus outbreak Tuesday, suspending stock buybacks indefinitely. Read story

Woodland business still cranks out toilet paper amid outbreak

March 25, 2020, 6:00am Business

Before the schools and restaurants closed, Lydia Work saw signs that her business would skyrocket during the COVID-19 outbreak. Read story

Intel expansion contractor tests positive for coronavirus

March 24, 2020, 3:53pm Business

Intel said Tuesday that a contractor working on its major Hillsboro expansion has tested positive for the coronavirus. Read story

State’s jobs deemed essential in ‘stay’ order

March 24, 2020, 2:31pm Business

Gov. Jay Inslee’s emergency stay-at-home order closes many businesses but allows those deemed essential to fighting the COVID-19 outbreak and supporting communities around the state to remain open. Read story

Dow has best day since 1933 as Congress nears deal on aid

March 24, 2020, 12:55pm Business

NEW YORK — The Dow Jones Industrial Average surged to its best day since 1933 as Congress and the White House neared a deal on Tuesday to inject nearly $2 trillion of aid into an economy ravaged by the coronavirus. Read story

Burgerville furloughs 68 percent of workforce

March 24, 2020, 12:30pm Business

Vancouver-based fast-food chain Burgerville announced Monday that it will partially or fully furlough more 1,000 workers, or approximately 68 percent of its total workforce, in response to the changing operating conditions caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. Read story