Oregon bans large gatherings, school assemblies to end as two in Lebanon veterans’ home found infected with COVID-19

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Life in Oregon undergoes a dramatic change Thursday, as Gov. Kate Brown bans large gatherings, major universities shift to remote classes for 80,000 students, local schools are urged to cancel events, and medical professionals can ramp up testing for the novel coronavirus.

The developments are unfolding as Oregon health officials on Wednesday announced that six more people have tested positive for COVID-19, including two residents at a veterans’ nursing home in Lebanon. Statewide, Oregon has recorded 21 presumptive cases in 11 counties with health officials warning more are likely.

And in Washington, the Trump administration and Congress are considering pumping money into the American economy. President Donald Trump has suggested stopping payroll taxes and deferring income . . .