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There are 27 new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 5,142, Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reported Monday, Nov. 29.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.