The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup today completed its review of the federal process and has recommended a booster dose for recipients of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.
Over the coming weeks, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) will begin reporting approximately 550 deaths among people who died with COVID-19 but whose deaths only became recently known to state epidemiologists due to a technical computer error.
The latest Oregon Health Authority (OHA) report shows 82 new COVID-19 related deaths, three in Columbia County, Oct. 12 and 33 new deaths Wednesday, Oct. 13, raising the state’s death toll to 4,117.
Although the plans were progressing for this annual event at the end of October, with case numbers for COVID-19 increasing in Columbia County and vaccination numbers remaining low, we have reached the decision to cancel this event for 2021.
Since two St. Helens schools have paused in-person instruction due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and other schools across the state face similar health and safety challenges, the state is issuing new advisories.
Lewis & Clark Elementary School's in-person education will pause beginning Monday, Sept. 27, to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
The City of Portland and Multnomah County are mandating that their public employees be vaccinated to help slow the surges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Amani Center (Columbia County Child Abuse Assessment Center) and Columbia Pacific Food Bank, the county’s regional food bank, have decided to postpone their community fundraising events in response to the current rise in COVID-19 cases and to heed the warnings and suggestions provided by…
There are 40 new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 3,155, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reported on Monday, Aug. 30.
St. Helens High School will begin hosting OSAA sanctioned events starting Tuesday, Aug. 31, with Girls Soccer vs. Glencoe at 6:30 PM at Doc Ackerson Field.
This week, classes were to have been in session for the start of the new school year in the Clatskanie School District but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, classes are postponed until Sept. 13 and possibly longer, according to Clatskanie School Superintendent Cathy Hurowitz.
Oregon’s 3,086th COVID-19 associated death is a 55-year-old man from Columbia County who tested positive on Aug. 5 and died on Aug. 19 at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend. Presence of underlying conditions is being confirmed.
Governor Kate Brown today announced that health care facilities around the state—particularly those in hard-hit Central and Southern Oregon—will soon get a boost in nurses, paramedics, and other health professionals to help respond to the surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations fueled by the Delt…
Columbia County recorded 80 new confirmed and presumptive COVD-19 cases between Friday, Aug. 20 and Sunday, Aug. 22, according to the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), which reported 4,701 cases statewide during that same period, bringing the state total to 257,644.
Gov. Kate Brown has announced two new vaccination measures to address Oregon’s hospital crisis, caused by the Delta variant surge.
The Portland Public School District (PSD), Oregon's largest public school district, has announced that all staff, including teachers, will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccinations before the start of the new school year in September.
Columbia River Fire & Rescue will host a free COVID-19 vaccination clinic from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, August 17, at the Columbia County Fairgrounds, located at 58892 Saulser Road in St. Helens.
Governor Kate Brown today announced she is deploying up to 1,500 Oregon National Guard members to support frontline health care workers as Oregon hospitals face a surge of hospitalizations due to the rapid spread of the Delta variant.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is issuing two new health and safety measures to address the spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations being driven by the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant: a vaccination requirement for state employees and statewide indoor mask requirements.
Columbia County recorded 13 new COVID-19 cases and the state saw 3,229 cases between Friday and Sunday, Aug. 6, 7 and 8. The number of COVID-19 cases reached 230,103 as of Monday, Aug. 9, according to the Oregon Health Authority (OHA).
Governor Kate Brown has directed the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to issue a rule outlining new, required health and safety measures for personnel in-health care settings.
The latest pandemic update from the Oregon Health Authority shows 29 new COVID-19 cases reported in Columbia County on Thursday, Aug. 5. Statewide, the OHA recorded 1,382 confirmed or presumptive COVID-19 cases, raising the state's total to 225,919.
The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reports one of the largest three day COVID-19 case surges since the pandemic spread across the state in March 2020.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing financial relief for industries and businesses in Columbia County, across the state and the nation impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and wildfires.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown today announced new mask guidance for Executive Branch state agencies in line with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recently updated guidance, and based on the latest science on the spread of the Delta variant.
The Oregon Health Authority today reported six new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 2,855, and 1,026 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 218,689.
The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reports two new deaths in Columbia County related to the COVID-19 pandemic, increasing the total to 32 since the pandemic spread across the state in March 2020.
As Gov. Kate Brown's executive order reopening the state's economy takes effect today, The Chronicle is reaching out to local businesses and others to see if it is full steam ahead, or if they are continuing COVID-19 health and safety policies.
Governor Kate Brown will meet with reporters Friday, June 25, to discuss Oregon's next steps for lifting health and safety restrictions as Oregon moves into the next chapter of recovery in the COVID-19 pandemic.
As Oregon moves closer to lifting most COVID restrictions, experts at Oregon State University admit the thought of easing government regulations could lead to a surge in new cases.
Public restrictions, business limitations, mandatory face coverings and social distancing are still part of everyday life in Columbia County under Oregon's COVID-19 pandemic health and safety requirements.
Portland Community College has announced that it will not require students or employees to be vaccinated as a condition of employment or enrollment this fall term.
The number of adults in Columbia County vaccinated for COVID-19 continues to be below the 65% threshold to move the county out of the High Risk health and safety classification.
U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley have announced that 28 counties, including Columbia County, and two cities in Oregon will receive more than $19 million in emergency housing vouchers through the American Rescue Plan Act.
Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) intends to repeal the basic face covering and physical distancing requirements of its COVID-19 rule when the state reaches 70 percent of its adults vaccinated against the virus with at least one dose.
Most Oregonians who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will receive emergency allotments in June.
Counties surrounding Columbia County have moved to Moderate and Lower Risk classifications under the state's pandemic health and safety guidelines but Columbia isn't there yet.
Business Oregon has opened the final portion of a program to provide grants for small businesses to help with commercial rent and operational costs in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Oregon Housing and Community Services is distributing $204 million to qualified renters who have experienced financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic and are at risk of homelessness or housing instability.
As the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions ease, businesses in Columbia County and across the state are facing decisions about how to best protect employees and customers as Oregon moves ahead.
Columbia County and all others in Oregon could soon see restrictions under the state's pandemic health and safety risk classifications lifted and the counties no longer facing risk levels.
When the staff at Columbia Health Services (CHS) opens their boxes of vaccine for their clinics at the Sacagawea Health Center, they have to use the doses within five hours.
Under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) of 2021, Oregon is slated to receive $2.6 billion and Monday, May 10, the U.S. Treasury Department announced the specific ways the funds can be used for pandemic relief and when the funds are expected.
Effective Friday, May 7, 15 counties, including Columbia County, will return to High Risk. In total, 24 counties will be at High Risk, four at Moderate Risk, and eight at Lower Risk.
In an unexpected announcement, Oregon Governor Kate Brown has eased pandemic restrictions for Columbia County, allowing the county to move back to High Risk under the state's COVID health and safety classifications.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown is standing firm in her decision to move 15 counties, including Columbia County, to the state's pandemic Extreme High risk classification.
The Columbia County Board of Commissioners is asking Governor Kate Brown to reconsider her latest county risk classifications to slow the surge of COVID-19 cases.
In response to new shutdown orders from Governor Kate Brown to slow the pandemic, House Republicans said they are considering legislative proposals with sponsors from both parties that would roll back COVID-19 executive orders or require additional accountability.
Round two of the Oregon Landlord Compensation Fund program opened April 29 and includes $70 million in assistance covering rent owed by eligible tenants that was accrued from April 1, 2020 through May 2021.
There is one new COVID-19 related death in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 2,491, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reported Thursday, April 29.
Governor Kate Brown today extended her declaration of a state of emergency for COVID-19 for 60 days, until June 28, 2021, unless earlier rescinded or extended.
Following Gov. Kate Brown's directive moving 15 counties, including Columbia County, to the state's Extreme High Risk classification April 30, the Oregon chapter of the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) released a statement critical of the decision.
Due to the rapid spread of COVID-19 in Oregon, Governor Kate Brown today announced updates to county risk levels under the state’s public health framework.
Skyrocketing cases and COVID-19 hospitalizations could put Columbia County and 14 others in the state's highest risk classification, which would mean tighter public health and safety restrictions.
Health officials are investigating the death of an Oregon woman and whether or not it was related to the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating the death of an Oregon woman following immunization with Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine.
As Columbia County residents, and those across the state, practice social distancing in hopes of slowing the COVID-19 pandemic, many are searching for ways to find and maintain social connections across physical distance.
The St. Helens School District has released new details concerning the return to in-person instruction Monday, April 19, for middle and high school students.
The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reports six new COVID-19 related deaths in the state, raising the state’s death toll to 2,455 and 733 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 bringing the state total to 172,931, as of Thursday, April 15.
On Tuesday, The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) asked all of the state’s vaccine providers to immediately stop administering the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.
Kaiser Permanente Northwest (KPNW) is partnering with the Oregon Primary Care Association (OPCA) on an initiative to increase vaccination rates among underserved and BIPOC communities in Oregon.
There are three new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 2,449, according to the the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as of Wednesday, April 14. .
Oregon health officials announced Tuesday plans to pause administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine upon the recommendation of federal officials.
The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has asked all of the state’s vaccine providers to immediately stop administering the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, following the announcement from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) thi…
Columbia County recorded nine new COVID-19 cases with a total of 1,495 cases and 25 deaths as of Sunday, April 11, according to the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). Statewide, the OHA reports no new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, the state’s death toll remains at 2,440.
In two weeks, Columbia County businesses and residents may face new stricter health and safety restrictions under the state's pandemic precautions classifications.
Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has identified 168 COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough cases—when vaccinated individuals test positive for the virus — through April 2, including three deaths.
The Oregon Health Authority’s COVID-19 Weekly Report, released today, shows increased daily cases and increases in hospitalizations and deaths from the previous week.
Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization (CPCCO) has announced a partnership with Oregon Health & Science University’s primary care clinic in Scappoose and Columbia County Public Health to expand access to COVID-19 vaccinations in the region.