Deserted Streets and Empty Parking Lots: COVID-19 Sweeps Across Clackamas

Reilly Smith, Media Editor

34 days after the decision was made to close La Salle, and 23 days since Oregon governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order 20-12, also known as the stay at home order, new cases of the coronavirus in Oregon are beginning to level out, but that does not mean the end is near, yet.

Here is how places around La Salle are looking almost a month into the government-mandated quarantine:

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  • Since the closure on March 12, La Salle's campus has been quiet and sparsely populated.

  • The drop-off and pickup area in front of the school, which is usually filled with cars, parents, and students, sits deserted at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15.

  • Even during the campus closure, construction on the Saalfeld Athletic Center continues.

  • One of the busiest entrances to Clackamas Town Center sits empty.

  • A view into one of the parking lots of Clackamas Town Center from an outdoor escalator.

  • The intersection at SE 82nd Ave. and one of the main entrances to Clackamas Town Center during rush hour.

  • The intersection at SE 82nd Ave. and one of the main entrances to Clackamas Town Center during rush hour.

  • After the stay home order was passed, Brookfield Properties Retail Group, the owner of Clackamas Town Center, temporarily closed the mall.

  • Drive-through restaurants, such as Chick-fil-A, are now packed with customers.

  • Drive-through restaurants, such as Chick-fil-A, are now packed with customers.

  • Target, along with other stores, are now limiting the number of people in the store at a time. Guests are required to stay six feet apart.

  • While many parking lots across the Portland area remain largely empty, parking lots outside of stores such as Target are relatively full while people shop.

  • While many parking lots across the Portland area remain vastly empty, parking lots outside of stores such as Target are relatively full while people shop.

  • Multiple restaurant chains have temporarily closed some of their locations.

  • The usually-packed parking lot shared between Dave and Busters and The Cheesecake Factory is completely empty.

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