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The Columbia County Unified Fire Services Vaccination Group is a cooperative of Columbia County, Columbia River Fire & Rescue, Mist-Birkenfeld Rural Fire Protection District and Scappoose Rural Fire Protection District with assistance from the Scappoose Police Department.

Editor's note: In an effort to provide a comprehensive look at local and state COVID-19 case rates, The Chronicle will now be publishing weekly COVID-19 status reports rather than daily case number updates. To keep up with daily case reports, visit the Oregon Health Authority's data dashboard.

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A day after Gov. Kate Brown directed the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to achieve the benchmark of 12,000 COVID-19 vaccinations administered in Oregon per day by the end of the next two weeks, health officials detailed plans of how they plan to meet that goal.

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In the four weeks since the first COVID-19 vaccine was approved for emergency use in the United States, over 50,000 doses have been administered in Oregon. Within Columbia County, 270 doses have been administered.

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Ten new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Columbia County today, bringing the county total up to 892. The county death toll remains at 15.

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The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has expanded its multilingual Safe + Strong education and outreach campaign with a new theme and materials to help communities find simple, culturally specific information on safely connecting with family and friends this winter.

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG), and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are warning the public about several emerging fraud schemes related to COVID-19 vaccines.

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reported four new cases of COVID-19 in Columbia County today, the lowest daily case count in the county since Dec. 12. 

Columbia County's cumulative COVID-19 case count rose to 714 today, with 18 new cases reported by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). The county death toll remains at eight, following the report of a new death yesterday.

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Oregon hospitals are expected to begin administering the first COVID-19 vaccinations in the state to front line health care workers on Wednesday, Dec. 16.

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Governor Kate Brown has announced new measures the Oregon Department of Revenue will take to provide tax relief to Oregon small businesses suffering from the economic impacts of COVID-19.

Eight new COVID-19 cases were reported in Columbia County today, raising the new cumulative county total to 648. The death toll remains at seven.

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As the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines is expected to arrive in Oregon next week, Gov. Kate Brown urged residents across the state to continue to follow public health recommendations.

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The total number of cases in Columbia County rose to 640 today, with 26 new cases reported. Today's new case count is the highest single-day count since the onset of the pandemic. No new deaths were reported, leaving the county's death toll at seven.

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Columbia County set a new COVID-19 record Saturday, Dec. 5, with 25 new cases and two deaths reported. On Tuesday, Dec. 8, another death occurred. 

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The total number of COVID-19 cases since the onset of the pandemic rose to 597 in Columbia County today, with seven new cases reported. The county death toll remains at six, following two deaths reported on Saturday. 

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COVID-19 has claimed 30 more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 1,003, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

The fourth pandemic-related death in Columbia County was reported today by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA): A 75-year-old man who tested positive on Nov. 22 and died on Nov. 27 at Kaiser Westside Medical Center. He had underlying conditions.

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COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Columbia County, with a total of 42 reported from Friday to Sunday, Nov. 27-29. On Friday there were 13 cases, on Saturday there were 11 cases and on Sunday there were 18 cases, according to data from the Oregon Health Authority.

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COVID-19 cases are continuing to surge around the county, state and country. Sunday, Nov. 22, marked the fourth day in a row that the state reported a record-breaking high number of new daily cases, at 1,517. On Monday, another 1,174 were reported, bringing the total to 66,333.

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Oregon has received approval by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to allow Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Disaster SNAP recipients in 23 counties to purchase hot or prepared foods from authorized SNAP retailers until Dec. 31, 2020.

COVID-19 has claimed six more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 826, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Cases of COVID-19 continue to surge across the state and in the county. The state-issued two-week freeze started today and health officials have said it will likely be a couple of weeks until the result of the freeze are reflected in the number of cases reported.

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COVID-19 has claimed three more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 737, according to the Oregon Health Authority, which also reported 771 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 51,909.

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The state has continued to break its own record for highest number of new COVID-19 cases reported in a day—988 were reported Saturday, Nov. 7, according to the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). Three of those cases were within Columbia County.

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Columbia County saw nine new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend bringing the total to 310, according to the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). Two people have died since the onset of the pandemic in March. One person died in early August and another person died in early October.

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With the sharp rise in the COVID-19 pandemic cases in Oregon, Gov. Brown and local and state health officials are urging us all to step up health and safety practices. That includes reducing social gatherings.

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The Oregon Health Authority's (OHA) COVID-19 Weekly Report shows that during the week of Monday, Oct. 26, through Sunday, Nov. 1, OHA recorded 3,542 new cases of COVID-19 infection — up 34% from last week’s tally of 2,642.

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Columbia County has recorded five new COVID-19 cases, according to the Oregon Health Authority, which reported 597 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 bringing the state total to 47,049, as of Wednesday, Nov. 3.

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COVID-19 has claimed nine more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 701, the according to the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), which also reported 495 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as Tuesday, Nov. 3, bringing the state total to 46,460.

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The COVID-19 pandemic is especially adverse for children, according to Kaiser Permanente Northwest pediatricians, who are seeing significant weight gain in children as they come in for their annual well-child physicals.

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More than 2,000 people have been approved to receive benefits under a new state program that helps people who work in Oregon and need to quarantine or isolate due to COVID-19 exposure, but do not have access to COVID-19-related paid sick leave.

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Despite two straight days of record high reported COVID-19 cases, the State of Oregon and Oregon Department of Education (ODE) has adjusted their reopening schools metrics, which will allow some students to return back to the classroom.

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Eleven new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Columbia County from Monday to Wednesday, Oct. 26-28, bringing the total to 270 cases since the pandemic began, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reported.

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COVID-19 has claimed two more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 655, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reported on Monday, Oct. 26.

COVID-19 has claimed 11 more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 646, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.