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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Businesses in Clatskanie, still reeling from the pandemic, are anxious to reopen and are taking measures to begin Phase One of the state's reopening once Columbia County's submission has been approved.

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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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Due to COVID-19 precautions, the Monday, May 18, meeting of the Rainier City Council will be a phone-in meeting for the public and media, according to a release from Rainier City Hall.

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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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The Columbia River flows past Clatskanie, Rainier and St. Helens drawing many for water recreation, but there are dangers on the popular waterway and others across the state.

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The Oregon Air National Guard will conduct its second multiple F-15 Eagle flyovers over hospitals and other locations throughout Oregon on Friday, May 15.

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The Chief office has now been consolidated with our partner publication, The Chronicle, at 1805 Columbia Blvd. in St. Helens.

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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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4-H members, crafters, and others across Columbia County are getting details today of the cancellation of a popular traditional event that many participate in every summer.

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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.

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The weather is improving, and people are ready to get back outdoors and enjoy the special place that we love.

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 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.

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With the release this week of Gov. Brown’s Reopening Oregon Draft Plan, Columbia County Commissioner Margaret Magruder said the plan provides a framework to move forward.

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The Oregon Health Authority reports no new COVID-19 deaths in Oregon today, but the OHA's daily report shows 57 new cases.

Even though Oregon's Stay Home Save Lives order is still on until Governor Brown's reopening plan is put into place, state officials say improving weather has triggered a return to the outdoors for many.

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.

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reports 49 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state's total to 1,785 as of Friday, April 17.

COVID-19 has claimed six more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 64, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

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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.

COVID-19 has claimed two more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 55, according to the Oregon Health Authority (OHA).

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COVID-19 has claimed one more life in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 53, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

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The number of COVID-19 cases in Columbia County has risen to 10. No deaths have been reported linked to the coronavirus in the county as of April 9, according to the Columbia County Health Department.

With the restrictions of the coronavirus and concern for the safety of not only our audience members but our performers, the Clatskanie Arts Commission has canceled the rest of its 2019-20 season.

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The coronavirus has claimed a total of 38 lives, according to the latest report from the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Emergency Coordination Center.

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Teachers and staff in Clatskanie and other Columbia County school districts are now sending out Distance Learning materials to students at home under Gov. Brown's Stay at Home order to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The latest statewide count show three cases of coronavirus in Columbia County, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

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The Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association (OSSA) has issued a letter outlining its concerns about the Concealed Handgun Licensing (CHL) renewal process following the onset of COVID-19 and the state’s social distancing order.

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COVID-19 has claimed one more life in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 22, according to the Oregon Health Authority, which also reported 73 new cases of COVID-19 as of Friday, April 3.

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The OSAA Executive Board announces that it will continue its current suspension of Spring activities but chose not to cancel any other remaining state championships at this time, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Equipment, such as respiratory masks, gloves and surgical gowns, designed to help keep first responders, doctors and nurses safe in Clatskanie, across the county and the state are in short supply during the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19 has claimed three more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 16, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 8 a.m. today.

Many people in Columbia County who would normally be working from their offices in Clatskanie and across the region, may now be working from home as a proactive safety effort due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Governor Kate Brown has announced Oregon's progress acquiring personal protective equipment (PPE) in the wake of her directive to collect as much available supply as possible from around the state.

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As thechiefnews.com continues to provide our viewers with the latest details about fraud and scams, we find the U.S. Justice Department warning Columbia County residents and those across the state about several new fraud schemes seeking to exploit the evolving coronavirus public health emergency.

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Spring is normally a time for recreational boating on the Columbia River at Clatskanie and on area lakes, but under the current coronavirus health crisis, boaters must take in consideration Governor Brown’s Stay Home executive order.

The fight against the coronavirus depends on Oregon hospitals having enough beds to treat the coming surge in patients who will become seriously ill with the virus, according to state officials.

Oregon is in the initial phase of what is expected to be an unprecedented health care crisis related to the impacts of COVID-19 caused by a novel coronavirus.

The Oregon Health Authority reports two new deaths from coronavirus in Oregon, raising the statewide death toll to 10. The OHA also reports 57 new cases as of Wednesday, March 25.