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.
Pandemic-related restrictions will ease Friday in Columbia County as the county moves from High to Moderate Risk under the state's COVID-19 health and safety classifications.
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.
Oregon health officials aren’t quite ready to commit to an ambitious vaccination eligibility timeline laid out by President Joe Biden.
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.
Columbia County remains at High Risk level under the state's public health framework to reduce the transmission and protect Oregonians from COVID-19.
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.
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.
Columbia County’s COVID-19 case rate has risen slightly in the most recent two-week period, but not enough to move the county back up to ‘extreme risk.’
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.
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.
Columbia County has released a vaccination interest form, for people who want to sign up to be notified when they are eligible to receive a vaccine.
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.
InRoads Credit Union is taking applications for the next round of the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
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.
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.
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…
It will be at least another two weeks before restrictions on restaurants, certain businesses and gatherings are eased in Columbia County.
Columbia County begins the week with a total of 1,076 COVID-19 confirmed and presumptive cased and 18 deaths since the pandemic began in March.
State health officials in Oregon recommend that local vaccination sites continue to administer COVID-19 vaccines from Moderna Lot 041L20A.
In partnership with the Columbia County Economic Team (CCET), Columbia County has distributed $929,274 in small business grants to 159 Columbia County small businesses and nonprofits.
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.
Two of the state’s top priorities are to ramp up vaccinations in Oregon and get children back into classrooms, Gov. Kate Brown announced today.
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.
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.
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.
The total number of cases in the county rose to 831 today, with 12 new cases reported by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). The county death toll remains at 14.
Columbia County, along with 23 other counties in Oregon, remains classified as at an "extreme risk" of spreading COVID-19, Gov. Kate Brown announced today.
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.