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Governor Kate Brown today launched a statewide public awareness campaign with Portland-based ad agency Wieden+Kennedy to inform Oregonians about the urgent importance of wearing face coverings when out in public.

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The latest COVID-19 numbers released on Tuesday, June 30, by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) show Columbia County's total cases at 30 with no deaths associated from the virus.

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Columbia County's cases of COVID-19 have risen to 29 with no deaths associated with the virus as of June 28, according to the Oregon Health Authority (OHA).

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Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) is distributing $55,000,000 in COVID rental relief funds and $15,000,000 in Energy Assistance to local organizations statewide.

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Columbia County Health now reports 27 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of one case since Wednesday, June 24, but still no deaths related to the pandemic.

While Columbia County Health reports the total of 26 COVID-19 cases has held steady over the past few days with no deaths reported since the pandemic began in March, statewide the number of cases continue to climb.

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As public protests continue in Oregon and across the nation demanding police accountability, and the state works through the COVID-19 pandemic, Oregon Governor Kate Brown is calling legislators back to Salem for a special session.

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The widespread and long-term total economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Oregon and across the nation is yet to be determined, but a just-release report from the Oregon Employment Department's Damon Runberg gives us insight into the current impacts, and hope.

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The City of St. Helens has applied for two community development block grants (CDBG) to provide funds for to assist small businesses and micro-enterprise assistance during the pandemic.

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The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) has issued Ready Schools, Safe Learners as its initial 2020-21 school year guidance following the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Following weeks with a low rate of the pandemic cases, Columbia County Health officials are now reporting the 17th case of COVID-19 in the county.

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As Oregon moves slowly toward a more normal economy and social setting under the governor's reopening framework, Columbia County is one of 26 that will enter Phase 2 of the reopening.

Traditionally, Columbia County veterans, state and local dignitaries gathered at Columbia City’s Veterans Park for an annual Memorial Day tribute.

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Oregon’s unemployment rate rose from a near-record-low 3.5 percent, as revised, in March to a record- high 14.2 percent in April, as COVID-19 business closures shut down a large portion of the economy, according to the Oregon Employment Department.

The Oregon Division of Financial Regulation has joined an international enforcement task force organized by the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) to investigate investment fraud during the COVID-19 outbreak.

A key Oregon location indicator of the financial impact of COVID-19 is the Portland metro area's unemployment claim rate.

There are new and encouraging details emerging concerning Oregon's battle with the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a newsletter issued May 19 by Oregon Speaker of the House and State Representative Tina Kotek.

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Public health measures implemented in March to combat the rapid spread of COVID-19 are having an unprecedented economic impact on Oregon and the United States.

Editor's Note: In the May 13 print edition of The Chronicle we first told you about a Columbia County group making a positive difference in our community during the pandemic.

The City of Columbia City has entered its Phase I re-opening for City buildings, which were closed to the public pursuant to Mayor Casey Wheeler’s Emergency Declaration for the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic.

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As part of Governor Kate Brown’s plan for building a safe and strong Oregon, the Governor’s Office, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), and the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) have released finalized statewide and county guidance as counties and businesses across the state begin the reop…

During the week of May 3 to May 9, the Oregon Employment Department received 14,100 initial claims for unemployment benefits. The agency has received 396,000 initial claims since COVID-19 business closures began in mid-March.

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Columbia County’s plan to re-open has been approved by Governor Kate Brown and the Oregon Health Authority, according to a release this morning from the Columbia County Economic Team.

Columbia County Health reports no new cases of COVID-19 for the past few days, and the total since the pandemic began in March stands at 15.

The Board of Columbia County Commissioners has participated in daily calls regionally, locally, and at the state level with the Governor, related to COVID-19.

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While the St. Helens City Council is embracing plans to provide community showers for the homeless, it is not endorsing a local park restroom shower facility for the effort.

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Following Governor Kate Brown's Reopening Oregon Phase 1 announcement on May 7, Oregon counties are now able to apply to the state to begin the reopening process following closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March.

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The Oregon Health Authority reports only one death from COVID-19 on Monday, April 27 and 43 new cases, bringing the state total to 92 deaths and 2,354 cases.

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The Oregon Health Authority has released a modeling report update that indicates the efforts of Oregonians to stay home and practice physical distancing has helped prevent as many as 70,000 COVID-19 cases in Oregon.

The St. Helens City Council might make a final determination in May whether or not to open the McCormick Park restroom showers to the homeless on a temporary bases.

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Columbia County's COVID-19 cases have been holding steady for the last 10 days at 14 cases and no deaths since the pandemic.

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Oregon’s Legislative Emergency Board is scheduled to meet Thursday, April 23, to allocate more than $30 million in emergency funding to support Oregonians in need of relief due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Oregon Health Authority reports no new COVID-19 deaths in Oregon today, but the OHA's daily report shows 57 new cases. The state's cases now total 2,059. Seventy-eight people have died from the virus in Oregon.

Oregon programs supporting older adults and people with disabilities will receive more than $12 million from the Department of Health and Human Services to aid their coronavirus response.

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The Oregon National Guard is distributing approximately 395,000 pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) to all long-term care facilities across Oregon, according to a release from Oregon Governor Kate Brown. 

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In the week ending April 11, 2020, the Oregon Employment Department processed 22,204 initial claims for unemployment insurance filed by residents of the Portland Metropolitan Area (Oregon portion); 48 percent of the statewide total.

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COVID-19 has claimed one more life in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 75, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reported at 8 a.m. today.

The Oregon Health Authority has released an update to its epidemic modeling report, which helps Oregon’s leaders understand the progression and the projections for the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Demand for gasoline in the U.S. has fallen to its lowest level since 1993 as Americans are urged to stay at home because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reports 49 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state's total to 1,785 as of Friday, April 17.

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Even though Oregon's Stay Home Save Lives order is still in place until Governor Brown's reopening plan is finalized, state officials say improving weather has triggered a return to the outdoors for many.

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As Oregon Governor Kate Brown works to define the states's framework to reopen society and the economy, she is reaching out to health experts, as well as business, industry, retail leaders and others.

COVID-19 has claimed six more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 64, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

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School teachers, administrators, students and parents across Columbia County are working to adjust to the state’s Distance Learning following Gov. Brown’s extension of her school closure order due to the coronavirus.

COVID-19 has claimed two more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 55, according to the Oregon Health Authority (OHA).

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“We have to be careful,” Oregon Gov. Kate Brown cautioned as she outline the state’s framework for reopening Oregon following the initial impact of the coronavirus. "We have to be cautious or it will backfire.”

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The state's workplace watchdog, Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration, (Oregon OSHA) is launching spot checks following a sharp jump in complaints about businesses not complying with the state's social distancing requirements.

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California Governor Gavin Newsom and Washington Governor Jay Inslee have joined Oregon Governor Kate Brown announcing an agreement on a shared vision for reopening their economies and controlling COVID-19 into the future.

Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with U.S. Representatives Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer, Greg Walden, Kurt Schrader, and Suzanne Bonamici, have announced that 3,454 hospitals in Oregon will receive a total of $291 million in funding to enhance their coronavirus resp…