COVID-19 Updates– Defunct

Everything you need to know about the Coronavirus, updated daily.

Tazwell Brandabur

The Charter News


The ongoing outbreak of the SARS-CoV2 virus has given rise to an information storm, as news organizations, social media platforms, and governments scramble to keep the public informed. Much of this coverage has proven false. 

This page will be updated daily to include the most recent, accurate information about the virus, from credible sources, covering government actions, ACA’s current situation, and what is known about the virus. 

This Page is no longer in use– please see our more recent Live Updates Page:

The Numbers:

WorldwideUnited StatesOregon
Confirmed cases:2,564,190824,6982,002
Updated daily according to the World Health Organization, Center for Disease Control, the New York Times, Oregon Live, World of Meters, and Oregon Public Broadcasting

The outbreak has caused extensive economic destruction- 3.3 million people filed for unemployment in 2020, shattering previous records by an order of magnitude. One third of Americans say their families have experienced job loss as a result of the outbreak. America now leads the world in confirmed cases.

The policy:

The CDC, the WHO, government at national and local levels, and Alliance Charter Academy admin, all recommend stringent social distancing and frequent hand washing. Schools in most states have closed in response to the pandemic. In Oregon, state parks are closed, and gatherings of more than 25 are prohibited, as is seated dining. The Federal Government has approved a major disaster declaration for Oregon, ordering federal aid for the state. Governor Kate Brown has issued a ‘Stay at home‘ order, mandating social distancing and prohibiting unnecessary close contact. Violation of the Oregon guidelines is a class C Misdemeanor. Oregon schools will be operating virtually for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year.

More on the Coronavirus from the Charter: Student reactions to the school shutdown, Portland during the Pandemic, ACA students come together virtually.

The Virus:

The novel CoronaVirus, or SARS-CoV2, is the organism responsible for the disease COVID-19. It is transmitted through droplets of the bodily fluids of those who are infected. These droplets can float in air –and infect people– for up to three hours

The main mode of transmission is touch; between humans, or via contaminated surfaces. The virus can survive up to 72 hours on steel and plastic. 

For typical individuals under 65 years of age, COVID-19 mostly causes flu-like symptoms, such as a cough, digestive upset, and fever; as well as sensory complaints– like lack of smell or taste. However, older individuals, and those with pre-existing conditions, often develop more severe respiratory symptoms.

Scientists are fairly sure that hot or cold weather does not have any noticeable effect on the virus.

There is currently no vaccine for the virus, and no cure. Scientists don’t expect to complete development of a vaccine until the beginning of 2021. Holding one’s breath is not an effective test for the virus. Attempts to develop home treatments have included rinsing the nasal cavity with saline, eating garlic, or vigorous use of a hair dryer. These have all proved ineffective. Attempts to self-medicate using fish tank additive have caused two fatalities. Handwashing and rigorous social distancing remain the only effective prevention methods.

The Charter would like to make it clear that no credible sources recommend drinking Corona™ beer to treat the virus, contrary to the viral social media post. 


* All sources are checked each time this page is updated. The listed access date is the date of first access.

Campuzano, Eder. “School coronavirus closures likely to last into summer, Oregon students go online through April.” Oregon live. 31 Mar. 2020. Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

“Cases in U.S.” National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), Division of Viral Diseases. Updated Daily. Accessed 17 Mar 2020.

“Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Global Map As of 12:00 p.m. ET March 18, 2020.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 18 Mar. 2020. Accessed 18 Mar. 2020.

“CoronaVirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Report 56.” WHO. Accessed 17 Mar. 2020.

“Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Myth busters.” WHO. 9 Mar. 2020. Accessed 17 Mar. 2020.

“Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Symptoms.” National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), Division of Viral Diseases. 16 Mar 2020.  Accessed 17 Mar. 2020.

“Crackdown on Southern Border Is Planned; U.S. Records 100th Death.” The New York Times. 17 Mar. 2020. Accessed 17 Mar. 2020.

Doremalen, Neeltje. “Aerosol and Surface Stability of SARS-CoV-2 as Compared with SARS-CoV-1.” The New England Journal of Medicine. 17 Mar. 2020. Accessed 17 Mar. 2020.

Gharib, Malaka. “Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus.” NPR. 28 Feb 2020. Accessed 17 Feb 2020.

Gilfillen, Jule. “Is it Still a Good Idea to Enjoy Oregon’s Outdoors?” OPB. 26 Mar. 2020. Accessed 29 Mar. 2020.

Gorman, James. “Summer heat may not diminish coronavirus strength.” The New York Times. 8 Apr. 2020. Accessed 9 Apr. 2020.

Gulland, Anne; Knapton, Sarah. “How long will we have to wait for a coronavirus vaccine?” The Telegraph. 18 Mar. 2020. Accessed 18 Mar. 2020.

Langer, Gary. “A third report job loss, half a pay cut as Coronavirus crisis grips economy.” ABC News. 26 Mar. 2020. Accessed 27 Mar. 2020.

Mandavilli, Apoorva. “How Long Will Coronavirus Live on Surfaces or in the Air Around You?” The New York Times. 17 Mar. 2020. Accessed 17 Mar. 2020.

Morath, Eric. “Record rise in unemployment claims halts historic run of job growth.” The Wall Street Journal. 26 Mar. 2020. Accessed 27 Mar. 2020.

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Office of the Governor of the State of Oregon. Executive Order 20-12. “Stay at home, save lives.” 23 Mar. 2020. Accessed 23 Mar. 2020.

Palma, Bethania. “No, a Hair Dryer Won’t Stop Coronavirus.” Snopes Fact Check. 17 Mar. 2020. Accessed 17 Mar. 2020.

Powell, Meerah. “Woman Who Died In Lane County Found To Have Coronavirus.” OPB. 17 Mar. 2020. Accessed 17 Mar. 2020.

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The Associated Press. “Coronavirus concerns lead Minnesota, Arizona, Hawaii, North Carolina and many other states to close schools.” 16 Mar. 2020. Accessed 18 Mar. 2020.

The Associated Press Wire Service. “The Latest: Trump Approves Disaster Declaration for Oregon.” 29 Mar. 2020. Accessed 29 Mar. 2020.

Vigdor, Neil. “Man Fatally Poisons Himself While Self Medicating For CoronaVirus, Doctor Says.” The New York Times. 24 Mar. 2020. Accessed 24 Mar. 2020.

Wang, Vivian. “Most Coronavirus Cases Are Mild. That’s Good and Bad News.” The New York Times. 27 Feb 2020. Accessed 17 Mar. 2020.