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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.

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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.

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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.

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Oregon could be fully reopened in two weeks if the state can maintain its current COVID-19 vaccination rate.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued new guidelines for wearing facing coverings during the COVD-19 pandemic.

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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 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.

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On Tuesday, The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) asked all of the state’s vaccine providers to immediately stop administering the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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In two weeks, Columbia County businesses and residents may face new stricter health and safety restrictions under the state's pandemic precautions classifications. 

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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.

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Governor Kate Brown today announced that all Oregonians over the age of 16 will be eligible to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine on April 19. 

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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.

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After careful review by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and the Oregon Department of Education (ODE), Oregon will shift to allowing 3-feet of physical distancing under certain conditions in schools, including county COVID-19 case rate levels for students in middle and high school.

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The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and pharmacies in Oregon providing COVID-19 vaccines confirmed today that the pharmacies in Oregon can continue to serve Oregonians age 65 years and older.

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Oregon turned a corner in its efforts to vaccinate residents against the coronavirus Friday, Feb. 26, setting a schedule for the eligibility for every adult in the state to receive a shot.

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There are 32 new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 2,194, as of Thursday, Feb. 25, according to the the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), which also reported 437 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 154,062.

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Just when restaurants in Columbia County were given the green light to reopen in-person dining at 25% capacity, a snowstorm rolled through and complicated those plans for many.

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Declining COVID-19 case rates in Columbia County have allowed the county to move down to the 'high risk' category, which means limited in-person dining, along with other indoor activities, can return starting Friday, Feb. 12.

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and state health officials are attempting to clear up concerns of chaos and confusion over Oregon's efforts to effectively provide COVID-19 vaccines.

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Declining COVID-19 case rates in Columbia County may allow the county to move down to the 'high risk' category next week and allow certain restrictions to ease.

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The Columbia County Public Health Department will soon have a waiting list for people interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine when they become eligible said Michael Paul, county public health director.

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Genetic sequencing of COVID-19 samples done by Oregon State University’s (OSU) Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing has detected multiple variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 in samples from around the state, including the highly contagious U.K. strain in one sample f…

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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.