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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.

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“The path is clear for students to return to full time, in-person instruction next year," Oregon Department of Education Director (ODE) Colt Gill said.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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Ten new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Columbia County today, bringing the county total up to 892. The county death toll remains at 15.

The total number of cases in the county rose to 831 today, with 12 new cases reported by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). The county death toll remains at 14.

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reported five new cases of COVID-19 in Columbia County and 865 new cases across the state.

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The Oregon Health Authority reported 612 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as Sarurday, Dec. 26, bringing the state total to 108,326.

Columbia County's COVID-19 case count has risen by nine to 785 as of Friday, Dec. 25, with the death toll remaining at 12, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG), and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are warning the public about several emerging fraud schemes related to COVID-19 vaccines.

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School leadership at Clatskanie Middle/High School acted swiftly this week when they were notified by local public health authorities that a student who had been in the building last week had tested positive for COVID-19.

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Columbia County's cumulative COVID-19 case count rose to 714 today, with 18 new cases reported by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). The county death toll remains at eight, following the report of a new death yesterday.

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Governor Kate Brown has announced new measures the Oregon Department of Revenue will take to provide tax relief to Oregon small businesses suffering from the economic impacts of COVID-19.

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Columbia County, along with 28 other counties in Oregon, is at an “extreme risk” of spreading COVID-19. Six counties are classified as lower risk, one county is classified as moderate risk and no counties are classified as high risk.

Eight new COVID-19 cases were reported in Columbia County today, raising the new cumulative county total to 648. The death toll remains at seven.

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The total number of cases in Columbia County rose to 640 today, with 26 new cases reported. Today's new case count is the highest single-day count since the onset of the pandemic. No new deaths were reported, leaving the county's death toll at seven.

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The total number of COVID-19 cases since the onset of the pandemic rose to 597 in Columbia County today, with seven new cases reported. The county death toll remains at six, following two deaths reported on Saturday.