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.
The Oregon Health Authority is reporting 281 new confirmed or presumptive COVID-19 cases. It is the largest spike of cases since the pandemic occurred in Oregon in March.
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.
Governor Kate Brown announced today that Oregonians statewide will be required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces, beginning Wednesday July 1.
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.
New modeling of the COVID-19 virus shows that COVID-19 is spreading more rapidly in Oregon, according to the latest model released today by the Oregon Health Authority and the Institute for Disease Modeling.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Oregon Supreme Court has ruled that Governor Kate Brown's Stay Home order is valid and the state's cononavirus restrictions should remain in place.
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.
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.
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.
As Oregon legislators review the dollars and cents economic impact of COVID-19, they are now also looking at how the pandemic is affecting the environment.
Employees from the St. Helens Burgerville, 715 S. Columbia River Highway, are participating in the restaurant's company-wide Burger Break Brigade by delivering burgers to local frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A hiring freeze, pandemic-related uncertainties and a potential $1.5 to $2.5 million dollar budget reduction now face the St. Helens School District.
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.
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…
Columbia, Clatsop and Tillamook counties Community Action Teams (CAT) have received $299,610 of $8.5 million in state funding to assist families in paying their rent.
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.
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.
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.
Columbia County officials are now waiting to hear if their application has qualified for Phase One of Governor Brown’s Reopening Framework.
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.
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.
As cities across the state help local small businesses with emergency loans during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of St. Helens has not yet established such a loan effort.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is extending its temporary rules change allowing Oregon gas retailers to provide self-service on a voluntary basis.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown has announced Phase One of her Oregon Reopening framework that includes county’s formally requesting permission to restart businesses and other functions.
Even though many workers in Columbia County and across the state are expected to return to their jobs in the new several weeks under Oregon's Reopening Plan, unemployment claims continue to rise.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown has announced the limited opening of some state parks, outdoor recreation facilities, and areas across Oregon for day use effective today, May 5.
After more than two months of treatment, Hector Calderon, the first person in Oregon to test positive for COVID-19, has been discharged from KaiserPermanente Westside Medical Center in Hillsboro.
Oregon families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals will get cash benefits for the meals they would have received at school.
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.
Columbia County COVID-19 cases continue to hold steady at 14 with no deaths, 769 people tested negative and 12 people have recovered as of May 4, according to Columbia County Health.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown has released draft sector-specific guidance documents that could be used in the state's reopening frame work.
Oregonians will be living with a “new normal” once the state reopens, according to Jennifer Purcell, Oregon Regional Solutions coordinator.
As cities across the state look ahead to events they can offer as Oregon begins to reopen following the COVID pandemic, difficult decisions are being made.
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.
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.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown has announced that she will be lifting her order delaying non-urgent procedures for health care providers.
Oregon’s Legislative Emergency Board is scheduled to meet Thursday, April 23, to allocate more than $30 million in emergency funding to support Oregonians in need of relief due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Oregon Health Authority reports no new COVID-19 deaths in Oregon today, but the OHA's daily report shows 57 new cases. The state's cases now total 2,059. Seventy-eight people have died from the virus in Oregon.
Oregon programs supporting older adults and people with disabilities will receive more than $12 million from the Department of Health and Human Services to aid their coronavirus response.
The Oregon National Guard is distributing approximately 395,000 pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) to all long-term care facilities across Oregon, according to a release from Oregon Governor Kate Brown.
In the week ending April 11, 2020, the Oregon Employment Department processed 22,204 initial claims for unemployment insurance filed by residents of the Portland Metropolitan Area (Oregon portion); 48 percent of the statewide total.
The Port of Columbia County is stepping in to help small businesses in the county navigate the process for state and federal relief funds.
The Oregon Health Authority has released an update to its epidemic modeling report, which helps Oregon’s leaders understand the progression and the projections for the COVID-19 outbreak.
A partnership forged between the St. Helens School District and Columbia County is now providing easier access to meal services for area children 0 to 18.
Even though Oregon's Stay Home Save Lives order is still in place until Governor Brown's reopening plan is finalized, state officials say improving weather has triggered a return to the outdoors for many.
As Oregon Governor Kate Brown works to define the states's framework to reopen society and the economy, she is reaching out to health experts, as well as business, industry, retail leaders and others.
School teachers, administrators, students and parents across Columbia County are working to adjust to the state’s Distance Learning following Gov. Brown’s extension of her school closure order due to the coronavirus.
“We have to be careful,” Oregon Gov. Kate Brown cautioned as she outline the state’s framework for reopening Oregon following the initial impact of the coronavirus. "We have to be cautious or it will backfire.”
The state's workplace watchdog, Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration, (Oregon OSHA) is launching spot checks following a sharp jump in complaints about businesses not complying with the state's social distancing requirements.
California Governor Gavin Newsom and Washington Governor Jay Inslee have joined Oregon Governor Kate Brown announcing an agreement on a shared vision for reopening their economies and controlling COVID-19 into the future.
Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with U.S. Representatives Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer, Greg Walden, Kurt Schrader, and Suzanne Bonamici, have announced that 3,454 hospitals in Oregon will receive a total of $291 million in funding to enhance their coronavirus resp…