Coronavirus (COVID-19) Timeline

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JOHN DAY — With the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s authorization of booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, the Grant County Health Department announced it would begin administering the jabs on Monday, Nov. 1. Read more

HERMISTON — Not every company is feeling the employment pinch equally, according to some local construction companies and at least one economist. People at N.W. Crane Service Inc. and other companies say they are not having the same problems with staffing other industries. And when they do have personnel issues, they are not related to the pandemic. Read more

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PORTLAND — One in five Oregon adults say they are not planning to get vaccinated against COVID-19, according to a new survey of Oregonians by the Oregon Values and Beliefs Center. Read more

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Seven more people in Grant County have been identified as being positive for COVID-19. Read more

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Twenty-three more people in Grant County have been identified as being positive for COVID-19. Read more

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Schools should cancel or curtail some extracurricular activities to help Oregon maintain what appears to be the beginning of a decline from record high numbers of COVID-19 infections, Gov. Kate Brown said Tuesday. Read more

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Seven more people in Grant County have been identified as being positive for COVID-19. Read more

Twenty more people in Grant County have been identified as being positive for COVID-19. Read more

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Seventeen more people in Grant County have been identified as being positive for COVID-19. Read more

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Tensions boiled over during the Grant School Board’s Aug. 25 meeting after the board appeared to violate Oregon public meetings law in a closed-door executive session and the district superintendent sent a letter warning parents that students refusing to wear masks would be referred to onlin… Read more

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LA GRANDE — As cases of COVID-19 continued to rise in Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown on Aug. 13 issued an emergency order to deploy nearly 1,500 Oregon National Guard soldiers throughout the state to help support hospitals. Read more

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The steep rise in COVID-19 cases that began in July could peak on Labor Day and begin a two-month decline, according to a new state report. Read more

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Thirteen more people in Grant County have been identified as being positive for COVID-19. Read more

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The Grant County Health Department and the Blue Mountain Hospital will hold a COVID-19 testing clinic Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. in the hospital's emergency room parking lot at 170 Ford Road in John Day. Read more

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Thirteen people in Grant County have tested positive for the coronavirus. Read more

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Gov. Kate Brown has expanded a mandatory mask order to include large outdoor gatherings as well well as indoor gatherings. Read more

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Grant County Sheriff Todd McKinley said it is not the role of his office to enforce the mandate that people wear masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Read more

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Ten people in Grant County have tested positive for the coronavirus in the last two days. Read more

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Facing a sharp surge in COVID-19 infections driven by the delta variant, Gov. Kate Brown Thursday ordered all K-12 educators, school staff and volunteers to be vaccinated, along with health care workers. Read more

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Four people in Grant County have tested positive for the coronavirus in the last two days. Read more

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Six people in Grant County have tested positive for the coronavirus. Read more

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Gov. Kate Brown has extended a temporary halt to residential foreclosures through Dec. 31. Read more

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Up to 1,500 National Guard troops will be sent to 20 Oregon hospitals to help medical staff deal with a surge of COVID-19 cases. Read more

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The COVID-19 delta variant is spreading so fast that that it will hit most of the state's unvaccinated population before the six weeks needed to be fully immunized if they were inoculated now. Read more

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Gov. Kate Brown ordered a statewide requirement to wear masks indoors beginning Friday in public places as state health officials worry the delta variant of COVID-19 is getting out of control. Read more

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SALEM — With COVID-19 cases surging across the state of Oregon, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced Tuesday, Aug. 10, two new health and safety measures — a vaccination requirement for state employees and statewide indoor mask requirements, according to a press release from the governor’s office. Read more

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The faster, stronger delta variant of the coronavirus is causing soaring numbers of COVID-19 infections and sickness across Oregon, state statistics revealed Tuesday. Read more

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Two more Grant County residents have tested positive for COVID-19. Read more

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Oregon reported 2,056 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend, a surge driven by the highly contagious delta variant that swept from India to the United States since May. Read more

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Seven residents over the last week have tested positive for COVID-19 as the Grant County Health Department reported Tuesday a resident in the John Day ZIP code tested positive. Read more

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Grant School District’s superintendent is pushing for local control after Gov. Kate Brown said students in kindergarten through 12th grades would be required to wear masks to prevent COVID-19 in the upcoming school year. Read more

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COVID-19 vaccination rates drop significantly outside of the Portland metro area, according to results of an Oregon Values and Beliefs Center survey. Read more

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Gov. Kate Brown Friday morning ordered most state workers to immediately begin wearing masks indoors at state facilities and to require visitors to also mask up. Read more

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A possible fifth wave of the COVID-19 is swelling in a pandemic-exhausted Oregon that less than a month ago seemed to be on the verge of recovery. Read more

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Four more Grant County residents have tested positive for COVID-19. Read more

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The highly contagious COVID-19 delta variant has caused a steep increase in the number of infections in Oregon — but with different impacts across the state. Read more

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A Grant County resident tested positive for COVID-19. Read more

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Oregon will lift pandemic limits in place for over a year no later than next week, Gov. Kate Brown said Friday. Read more

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Another Grant County resident tested positive for COVID-19. Read more

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Another Grant County resident tested positive for COVID-19. Read more

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Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday announced what she said would be the last adjustments in the state's county COVID-19 infection risk levels. Read more

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Oregon needs just over 65,000 more people to get their first COVID-19 vaccination shot for the state to lift most restrictions statewide. Read more

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Grant County’s state representative introduced legislation that would ban vaccine passports in Oregon. Read more

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Oregon is about 90,000 people short of its goal to get at least one shot of vaccine into the arms of the state's eligible adults in order to lift most COVID-19 restrictions by June 25, state officials said Friday. Read more

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With COVID-19 vaccination rates lagging behind the statewide average, Grant County leaders are offering $50 gift certificates and other prizes to people who roll up their sleeves to get the shot. Read more

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Mike Nearman became the first state legislator to be expelled in Oregon's 162 years of statehood for his part in aiding anti-lockdown protesters, some of them armed, to breach the closed Capitol during a Dec. 21 special session of the Legislature. Read more

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Another Grant County resident tested positive for COVID-19. Read more

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The seventh Grant County resident has died after contracting the coronavirus. Read more

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Most Oregonians will see no change this week to local COVID-19 risk level restrictions as 30 counties retained their current tiers, Gov. Kate Brown said Tuesday. Read more

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Nearly all COVID-19 restrictions could be lifted in as early as two weeks, Gov. Kate Brown said Friday. Read more

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A Grant County resident tested positive for COVID-19. Read more

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A COVID-19 vaccine clinic will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, June 18, at Strawberry Wilderness Community Clinic in John Day. Read more

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Gov. Kate Brown is getting blowback from political opponents who are leveraging the actions of her allies in an attempt to derail a new state policy requiring Oregon residents to show proof of vaccination at some venues and businesses with more relaxed COVID-19 rules. Read more

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The Medford area has less than half the number of COVID-19 cases than the Bend area. Read more

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The Thursday tip-off of the NBA Western Conference playoff game between the Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets will test Oregon’s plan to set aside seating for those who can prove they are vaccinated for COVID-19. Read more

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Work search requirements will resume in stages for more than 100,000 Oregon workers who receive unemployment benefits, now that the economic downturn triggered by the coronavirus pandemic is easing. Read more

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For Oregon’s state budget, and for Oregon taxpayers, it appears everything’s coming up roses these days. Read more

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Gov. Kate Brown is the final stop for a bill that reinstates a moratorium on Oregon residential foreclosures through June 30, and possibly to the end of this year if she chooses to extend it by executive order. Read more

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Five Oregon counties — including Washington County, the state's second-most populous — will move to the most permissive risk category for the spread of COVID-19 this Friday, May 21. Read more

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Two more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Grant County. Read more

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Two hundred people attended a town hall at the Grant County Fairgrounds May 12 to express their frustrations with statewide lockdown measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Read more

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State legislators requested $1.5 million from the American Rescue Plan Act for John Day’s Wastewater Treatment Plant. Read more

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Han Ly Hwang is one of almost 1,000 Oregon restaurant owners who shared a total of $138 million from a Small Business Administration program spearheaded by U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer and Oregon restaurateurs. Read more

Two more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Grant County. Read more

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People who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 are no longer required to wear masks in most places. Read more

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COVID-19 has claimed another life in Grant County. Read more

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Three people tested positive for COVID-19 in Grant County on Wednesday and Thursday. Read more

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Gov Kate Brown laid out some basic math on Tuesday for Oregon residents hoping for as near a "normal" as possible. Vaccination = vacation. Read more

Grant County will be moving to the moderate risk level for COVID-19 restrictions Friday. Read more

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Four more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Grant County. Read more

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The latest rise in COVID-19 infections in Oregon has peaked and is heading down, though Central Oregon continues to have some of the top case numbers and infection rates in the state. Read more

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Another Grant County resident has died of COVID-19. Read more

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A Grant County man has died after contracting COVID-19. Read more

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Two more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Grant County. Read more

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Hoping to pick up the pace of vaccinations, state and federal health officials are ditching their population-based distribution game plans to get more doses where they are wanted and needed. Read more

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Two more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Grant County. Read more

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The indoor dining ban and other major restrictions under COVID-19 rules will be lifted Friday for 15 counties because a key metric was missed by .1%. Read more

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Eight more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Grant County. Read more

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Grant County will be bumped down to the 'high risk' category Friday, allowing indoor dining up to 25% capacity as state health officials saw a dip in coronavirus hospitalizations. Read more

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A variant has likely contributed to the uptick in COVID-19 cases in Grant County. Read more

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Seven more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Grant County. Read more

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Gov. Kate Brown said Friday that she has no intention of rolling back orders issued this week to fight the nation's worst rate of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations now hitting Oregon. Read more

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