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Sobering statistics about COVID-19 have emerged during Columbia County Public Health Director Michael Paul's weekly briefing before the county board of commissioners.

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Columbia County Public Health reported a total of 77 COVID-19 cases as of July 31, with no deaths associated with the virus since the pandemic began in March.

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As COVID-19 case counts continue to rise throughout the State of Oregon, Governor Kate Brown has announced what metrics school districts must meet in order to reopen for in-person instruction during the 2020-21 school year.

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In light of the continued spread of COVID-19 in Oregon - including a troubling rise in cases of community spread that cannot be traced and contained - Governor Kate Brown today announced new statewide health and safety measures, including new requirements for face coverings and businesses, e…

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Columbia County now has 63 total confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, according to the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), which also reports that the county has had 3,686 negative tests for the virus and no deaths since the pandemic began in March.

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Columbia County Public Health reports a total of 60 COVID-19 cases as of July 16. No deaths have been reported in the county linked to the virus.

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State leaders are preparing to take a closer look at how to deal with a projected multi-billion dollar budget shortfall.

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COVID-19 had claimed four more lives in Oregon as of July 7, raising the state’s death toll to 224, according to the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), which also reported 217 new confirmed and presumptive cases of the virus, bringing the state total to 10,817.

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Columbia County Public Health reports 44 COVID-19 cases with still no deaths associated with the virus.

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Governor Kate Brown today launched a statewide public awareness campaign with Portland-based ad agency Wieden+Kennedy to inform Oregonians about the urgent importance of wearing face coverings when out in public.

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The latest COVID-19 numbers released on Tuesday, June 30, by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) show Columbia County's total cases at 30 with no deaths associated from the virus.

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Columbia County's cases of COVID-19 have risen to 29 with no deaths associated with the virus as of June 28, according to the Oregon Health Authority (OHA).

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Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) is distributing $55,000,000 in COVID rental relief funds and $15,000,000 in Energy Assistance to local organizations statewide.

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Columbia County Health now reports 27 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of one case since Wednesday, June 24, but still no deaths related to the pandemic.

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While Columbia County Health reports the total of 26 COVID-19 cases has held steady over the past few days with no deaths reported since the pandemic began in March, statewide the number of cases continue to climb.

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As public protests continue in Oregon and across the nation demanding police accountability, and the state works through the COVID-19 pandemic, Oregon Governor Kate Brown is calling legislators back to Salem for a special session.

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The widespread and long-term total economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Oregon and across the nation is yet to be determined, but a just-release report from the Oregon Employment Department's Damon Runberg gives us insight into the current impacts, and hope.

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Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) purchased in bulk will be available for small businesses to order and pick up starting Friday, June 19 at the Columbia County Fairgrounds.

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The City of St. Helens has applied for two community development block grants (CDBG) to provide funds for to assist small businesses and micro-enterprise assistance during the pandemic.

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The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) has issued Ready Schools, Safe Learners as its initial 2020-21 school year guidance following the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Following weeks with a low rate of the pandemic cases, Columbia County Health officials are now reporting the 17th case of COVID-19 in the county.

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Even as Columbia County and the City of State Helens move into Phase 2 of the state’s reopening framework with less public restrictions, Mayor Rick Scholl tells The Chronicle, the State of Emergency declaration he issued in March is still in place.

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As Oregon moves slowly toward a more normal economy and social setting under the governor's reopening framework, Columbia County is one of 26 that will enter Phase 2 of the reopening.

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Traditionally, Columbia County veterans, state and local dignitaries gathered at Columbia City’s Veterans Park for an annual Memorial Day tribute.

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Oregon’s unemployment rate rose from a near-record-low 3.5 percent, as revised, in March to a record- high 14.2 percent in April, as COVID-19 business closures shut down a large portion of the economy, according to the Oregon Employment Department.

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The Oregon Division of Financial Regulation has joined an international enforcement task force organized by the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) to investigate investment fraud during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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A key Oregon location indicator of the financial impact of COVID-19 is the Portland metro area's unemployment claim rate.

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There are new and encouraging details emerging concerning Oregon's battle with the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a newsletter issued May 19 by Oregon Speaker of the House and State Representative Tina Kotek.

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Public health measures implemented in March to combat the rapid spread of COVID-19 are having an unprecedented economic impact on Oregon and the United States.

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Editor's Note: In the May 13 print edition of The Chronicle we first told you about a Columbia County group making a positive difference in our community during the pandemic.

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The City of Columbia City has entered its Phase I re-opening for City buildings, which were closed to the public pursuant to Mayor Casey Wheeler’s Emergency Declaration for the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic.

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As part of Governor Kate Brown’s plan for building a safe and strong Oregon, the Governor’s Office, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), and the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) have released finalized statewide and county guidance as counties and businesses across the state begin the reop…

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, many of your neighbors, friends and family members may be on the front lines continuing to help us all through these challenging times.

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During the week of May 3 to May 9, the Oregon Employment Department received 14,100 initial claims for unemployment benefits. The agency has received 396,000 initial claims since COVID-19 business closures began in mid-March.

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Columbia County’s plan to re-open has been approved by Governor Kate Brown and the Oregon Health Authority, according to a release this morning from the Columbia County Economic Team.

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Columbia County Health reports no new cases of COVID-19 for the past few days, and the total since the pandemic began in March stands at 15.

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The Board of Columbia County Commissioners has participated in daily calls regionally, locally, and at the state level with the Governor, related to COVID-19.

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While the St. Helens City Council is embracing plans to provide community showers for the homeless, it is not endorsing a local park restroom shower facility for the effort.

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Following Governor Kate Brown's Reopening Oregon Phase 1 announcement on May 7, Oregon counties are now able to apply to the state to begin the reopening process following closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March.

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The Port of Columbia County is offering assistance to small businesses in Columbia County in how to best navigate the application process for federal and state relief funds.

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Columbia County Health reports no new cases of COVID-19 for the past several days.

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The Oregon Health Authority reports only one death from COVID-19 on Monday, April 27 and 43 new cases, bringing the state total to 92 deaths and 2,354 cases.

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The Oregon Health Authority has released a modeling report update that indicates the efforts of Oregonians to stay home and practice physical distancing has helped prevent as many as 70,000 COVID-19 cases in Oregon.

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The St. Helens City Council might make a final determination in May whether or not to open the McCormick Park restroom showers to the homeless on a temporary bases.

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Columbia County's COVID-19 cases have been holding steady for the last 10 days at 14 cases and no deaths since the pandemic.