School districts in Clatskanie and Rainier are closely monitoring the rise in COVID-19 cases and making necessary health and safety adjustments to help students safely remain in in-person instruction at local schools.
A Friday, Dec. 17 press conference with Oregon Gov. Kate Brown carried with it a sense of urgency, as public health experts described the imminent threat of another COVID-19 surge following the arrival of the Omicron variant in Oregon.
Columbia County Public Health (CCPH) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) have spent the last week hosting a pop-up drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination and booster that began Monday, Dec. 6, at the Columbia County Fairgrounds in St. Helens.
Employers with 100 or more workers in Columbia County, across Oregon and around the nation who were previously facing a federal mandate to either enforce mandatory vaccination in the workplace or have their employees undergo regular COVID-19 testing, now are not immediately facing the mandate.
The Oregon Health Authority has announced approval and guidance for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 booster vaccinations, in addition to the previously announced booster approval for the Pfizer vaccine.
The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reported 26 new COVID-19 related deaths deaths on Sept. 22 and 29 deaths in Oregon Sept. 21, including two new deaths in Columbia County, raising the state’s death toll to 3,649.
The Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) COVID-19 Weekly Report shows decreases in daily cases, hospitalizations and deaths in Columbia County and across the state.
The City of Portland and Multnomah County are mandating that their public employees be vaccinated to help slow the surges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
Today was to have been the start of the new school year for 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.
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…
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.
Gov. Kate Brown has announced two new vaccination measures to address Oregon’s hospital crisis, caused by the Delta variant surge.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Governor Kate Brown has directed the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to issue a rule outlining new, required health and safety measures for personnel in-health care settings.
The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reports one of the largest three day COVID-19 case surges since the pandemic spread across the state in March 2020.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing financial relief for industries and businesses in Columbia County, across the state and the nation impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and wildfires.
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.
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.
As Gov. Kate Brown's executive order reopening the state's economy takes effect today, The Chief 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.
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.
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.
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.
Columbia County remains as a High Risk county under the state's just released COVID-19 health and safety classifications based on the number of current vaccinations.
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.
Oregon Housing and Community Services is distribute $204 million to qualified renters who have experienced financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic and are at risk of homelessness or housing instability.
Columbia County recorded 12 confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 over the past weekend, bring the county's total case count to 1,759, according to the Oregon Health Authority. Columbia County has recorded 29 deaths since the pandemic spread across the state in the spring of 2020.
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 residents and others in Oregon who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will receive emergency allotments in May.
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.
Local residents frustrated with the continued restrictions and limitations imposed by the state to slow the COVID-19 pandemic took their concerns to the Clatskanie City Council meeting Wednesday evening, May 5.
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.
Elected officials in County County have sent Gov. Kate Brown a letter expressing their concerns about what they said are the pending closures of businesses impacted by the state's pandemic health and safety county classifications.
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.
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.
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.
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 11 others in the state's highest risk classification by next week, which would mean tighter public health and safety restrictions.
As Clatskanie and Rainier 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.
On Tuesday, The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) asked all of the state’s vaccine providers to immediately stop administering the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.
The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has asked all of the state’s vaccine providers to immediately stop administering the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.
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.
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.
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.
In two weeks, Columbia County businesses and residents may face new stricter health and safety restrictions under the state's pandemic precautions classifications.
As vaccines spread across the globe and cities around the country thaw from under virus restrictions, one topic has been top of mind: What does a post-pandemic future look like?
Governor Kate Brown today announced that, in light of increasing vaccine supplies from the federal government and the progress counties and health care providers have made vaccinating seniors, Oregon will again be accelerating its timelines for COVID-19 vaccine eligibility for frontline work…
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.
Business Oregon is now accepting grant applications to assist small businesses that are behind on their lease payments due to impacts from COVID-19 between March 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021.
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.
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.’
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.
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.
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, according to Michael Paul, county public health director.
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, criminals have used tactics such as identity theft and social engineering to defraud government and healthcare programs and illegally cash in—and the new year has brought some new material for them to keep up their scams.
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.
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.
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.
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.