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.
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.
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.
Small businesses in Clatskanie and Rainier and across Columbia County impacted by the coronavirus economic upheaval now have the opportunity to apply for emergency loans.
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.
A wave of of unemployment claims from people out of work due to the coronavirus pandemic is flooding the Oregon Employment Department's system.
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.
Grocery stores and other businesses in Columbia County that supply household items continue to struggle to keep up with public demand during the coronavirus health crisis.
An inmate at the Columbia County Jail has filed a class action federal lawsuit against Columbia County, Columbia County Sheriff Brian Pixley and Columbia County Lt. Brooke McDowall, seeking release from the jail based on his vulnerability to the COVID-19 outbreak and the jail’s alleged failu…
Oregon Governor Kate Brown held a telephone conference call media briefing Monday afternoon, March 23, following her Stay Home executive order to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
The Oregon Health Authority has reported 30 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 191. Five people have died in Oregon from coronavirus as of March 23.
Governor Kate Brown today issued Executive Order 20-12, directing everyone in Oregon to stay at home to the maximum extent possible and adding to the list of businesses that will be temporarily closed to stem the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon.
At the direction of Governor Kate Brown, and in keeping with the guidance that all Oregonians should stay home and stay healthy, the Oregon State Park system will close at the end of the day Monday, March 23.
The number of initial unemployment Insurance claims filed in Oregon rose from approximately 800 on Sunday, March 16 to a total of 18,500 on Tuesday, March 18, according to Oregon Employment Department communications director Gail Krumenauer.
Rates of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19 have now topped greater than 8,700 cases in the United States, according to CNN, with 75 cases and three deaths in Oregon as of Wednesday, March 18, according to the Oregon Health Authority (OHA).
In a continuing effort to slow the transmission of coronavirus in Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown has issued an executive order directing Oregon's higher education institutions to move their curriculum to online learning, prohibiting in-person classroom interactions through April 28.
San Francisco and six Bay Area counties, with a combined population of nearly 7 million, are under “shelter-in-place” orders directing everyone to basically stay inside their homes for the next three weeks in hopes of suppressing the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the region.
As the scope and threat of the coronavirus pandemic becomes clear, people all over the world hunger for two things: an effective vaccine and truthful information about the disease.
COVID-19 has claimed two more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll from this virus to three, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 8:30 a.m. today.
The Oregon Department of Human Services has increased restrictions on visitation policies for all licensed long-term care facilities as well as residential group homes.
In response to the spread of COVID-19 across the state of Oregon, the Emergency Coordination Center (ECC) at the Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM), is now in operation.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed an executive order limiting public gatherings to 25 people as a measure to slow the coronavirus in Oregon.
Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum today sent a letter to Governor Kate Brown asking Governor Brown to immediately declare an “abnormal disruption of the market” in Oregon pursuant to ORS 401.965.
In a morning news conference today, Oregon Gov. Brown is expected to announce her decision on whether to implement a curfew on restaurants and bars to slow the spread of the coronavirus, according to Portland media reports.
As cities in Columbia County and around the state seek guidance during the coronavirus health crisis, they are partnering with the League of Oregon Cities.
In consideration of staffing challenges and health concerns due to the public health threat of coronavirus, Governor Kate Brown has announced a statewide closure of Oregon K-12 schools from Monday, March 16 through Tuesday, March 31.
A State of Emergency declaration has been issued in the City of St. Helens by Mayor Rick Scholls following Governor Brown's new statewide restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) issued the following statement after it was announced that school in Oregon will close from Monday, March 16 through Tuesday, March 31 because of the COVID-19 pandemic:
"If you are an older Oregonian or in the target range of this virus, you should stay home as much as possible. I can't emphasize how dangerous this is."
The Oregon Health Authority today announced Multnomah County’s first presumptive positive case of COVID-19. The new case brings Oregon’s total to 15 cases in seven counties.
The Oregon Department of Human Services has designated a licensing oversight team assigned to launch illness-prevention reviews at all nursing, assisted living and residential care communities statewide, including those providing memory care, beginning today.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has declared a state of emergency in Oregon to address the spread of the novel coronavirus after the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) identified seven new cases of COVID-19 in Oregon, bringing the total to 14.
Public health experts at the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and education officials with the Oregon Department of Education and the Higher Education Coordinating Commission today issued guidance and best practices from public health experts to schools, colleges and universities for decision-m…
Oregon health officials have identified four new presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 among residents in Jackson, Klamath and Washington counties.
Michael Paul, Public Health Administrator for Columbia County confirmed with The Chief today, March 6, that there are no cases of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, in Columbia County.
The Oregon Health Authority's latest Oregon coronavirus numbers as of Wednesday, March 4 are provisional and change frequently, but here are the current totals:
As The Chief closely follows the coronavirus cases in Oregon, we checked in with Columbia County Public Health Administrator Michael Paul to talk about steps that the county is taking to monitor the coronavirus and handle an outbreak should one occur.
Things are still pretty quiet here in the Capitol as the walk-out continues, and we are unable to move any legislation through the House or Senate Chambers.
In response to the global outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the recent announcement of presumed cases here in Oregon, I want to provide some information to help keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy.
School officials in Columbia County are taking preventive steps to ensure student and staff safety in light of the coronavirus presumptive cases that have been reported by the Oregon Health Authority.
Oregon health officials have identified a third presumptive positive case of COVID-19 among state residents. The third case is an adult Oregon resident from Umatilla County who is hospitalized in Walla Walla, Wash.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown has issued the following statement regarding the Oregon Health Authority's (OHA) announcement of an additional case of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Oregon.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown today convened a Coronavirus Response Team tasked with coordinating state and local agencies and health authorities in preparation for response to the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.
As concerns mount concerning the worldwide cases of coronvirus, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has announced plans to begin providing weekly updates about the virus in Oregon.