Courtney Sherwood, OPB

Courtney Sherwood


Portland, OR, United States

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Past articles by Courtney:


Northwest temperatures begin to climb after days of extreme cold

Oregonians woke to ice-coated cars and streets Saturday morning, and a promise of improving conditions as temperatures began to climb after days of abnormal cold. → Read More


Oregon to require health workers, school staff be vaccinated

Gov. Kate Brown said the shots will become mandatory no sooner than Oct. 18, and even then only after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration grants full approval for their use. → Read More


Oregon utilities pledge rapid progress on power failures, but restoration could linger in hardest hit areas

About 85,000 homes and businesses were in the dark as of early Thursday evening. PGE says about 15,000 customers can expect prolonged outages into the weekend or beyond. → Read More


Dark myths, and a sometimes darker historical past, haunt Oregon’s waterfronts

Portlands early waterfront has become the center for legendary stories of an illicit past. Some of those stories are even true. → Read More


Former Portland Trail Blazer Cliff Robinson has died

Former Portland Trail Blazer star Cliff Robinson has died at the age of 53, ESPN reported Saturday. → Read More


Live updates: Coronavirus’ spread slows, as economic consequences persist

COVID-19 deaths and diagnoses continue to tick up in Oregon, but the spread of the virus has been gradually slowing for weeks. The health outlook may be improving, but its not clear how long it will take for the economy to reflect that shift. Some Northwest vineyards are letting grapes rot on the ground rather than bottling wines for closed restaurants and canceled events. And state agencies are… → Read More


Live updates: COVID-19 diagnoses climb, as Oregon Legislature convenes

More than 21,000 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Oregon, and the pandemics far-reaching impacts have touched nearly every corner of life across the Pacific Northwest. → Read More


Oregon Is Hiring Dozens Of Contact Tracers, But Skill Set Is Hard To Find

Contact tracers keep outbreaks from growing by finding out who an infected person has been near and helping those who have been exposed get tested. The job requires an unusual combination of skills. → Read More


An Eastern Oregon Restaurant Reopens To Fewer, Hesitant Diners

Across much of Oregon, coronavirus restrictions are easing and restaurants have been allowed to serve seated-meals once more. But an open door is not always enough to draw a crowd. → Read More


Q&A: What To Expect As Oregon Starts To Reopen

The majority of Oregon’s population still lives under a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order. But residents of 31 mostly rural counties will see restrictions begin to ease on Friday. Here's what you need to know. → Read More


Racial, Ethnic Minorities Hit Harder By COVID-19

Racial and ethnic health disparities were already a problem before the coronavirus. Health officials in Oregon say social and class factors have made things worse during this pandemic. → Read More


Oregon Restaurants Adapt To Survive Amid Coronavirus Restrictions

Few large sectors have been hit as hard by the coronavirus-related economic fallout as restaurants, bars and coffee shops. Many have closed temporarily. Some have shifted to delivery or to-go orders. An increasing number are closing permanently. → Read More


COVID-19 Considerations Bring Confusion, Uncertainty To Northwest Family Farms

Across the Pacific Northwest, small and mid-sized farms are grappling with a range of challenges brought about by the novel coronavirus. → Read More


Concerns About Hospitals Prompt Rise In Calls To Midwives

As the COVID-19 pandemic makes expecting parents nervous about hospital care, many are considering midwives for the first time. → Read More


COVID-19 Concerns Dominate Calls To Emotional Support Hotlines

Clinical workers who take calls from people in crisis are facing their own emotional challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. → Read More


Salem COVID-19 Diagnosis Highlights Challenges Facing The Unhoused

People experiencing homelessness – especially those who do not live in shelters –  are likely to have underlying health conditions that make them especially vulnerable if they become infected with COVID-19. → Read More


Central Oregon Braces For Expected Surge In COVID-19 Patients

Health care workers at Oregon's only level-two trauma center east of the Cascade Mountains is watching as COVID-19 diagnoses climb, and preparing for a surge. → Read More


Red Cross Seeks Donors As Group Blood Drives Cancel

COVID-19 has prompted many offices, churches and other groups to cancel blood drives. The Red Cross is looking for more individual donors to make up the difference. → Read More


Closures, Pandemic Cast Pall On Oregon Coast’s Tourist Towns

Astoria Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director David Reid foresees a ripple effect from restaurant layoffs. “In a community this size, every job is important.” → Read More

Scores of South Asia asylum seekers held in Oregon: U.S. senator

At least 72 South Asian asylum-seekers are being detained at a federal prison in Oregon after getting caught up in the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy for illegal border-crossers, a U.S. Senator's office said on Wednesday. → Read More