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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.

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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.