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Columbia County has a total of 78 COVID-19 cases with no deaths associated with the virus as of Sunday, August 2.

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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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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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Across the state, the number of confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases has risen sharply over the past few weeks as the state slowly reopens county economies and social settings.

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The widespread and long-term total economic impact of the CPVID-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 some hope.

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

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Oregon has gone three days without a reported death from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Oregon Health Authority's (OHA) daily report issued Wednesday, May 27.

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The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donations to prevent another blood shortage as hospitals resume surgical procedures and patient treatments that were temporarily paused earlier this spring in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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.

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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Oregon Employment Department reports that the state's unemployment rate was 3.3 percent in March, which was the same as in both January and February.

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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.