Coronavirus (COVID-19) Timeline

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Doors at Monument School District will reopen Monday, Jan. 25. Read more

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The Blue Mountain Hospital District and the Grant County Health Department have established a COVID-19 vaccine wait list. Read more

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Gov. Kate Brown has praised the proposal by now-President Joe Biden for another round of federal aid to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, including direct aid to states and communities. Read more

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Three more people tested positive for COVID-19. Read more

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Grant County planned to have 400 people vaccinated for COVID-19 by Wednesday. Read more

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More help may soon be available for those affected by COVID-19. Read more

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Prairie City School District’s Superintendent responded to a concern regarding an anti-mask display on a bus entered in the Timber Truckers parade in December. Read more

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Oregon is once against scrambling its priority list for COVID-19 vaccinations, with some seniors pushed from next weekend to March. Read more

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Grant County saw another positive COVID-19 case. Read more

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

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The Grant County Health Department will vaccinate educators from noon to 2 p.m. Friday at the county fairgrounds pavilion, according a Wednesday press release from the health department. Read more

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The Grant County Health Department will offer curbside COVID-19 testing from 10 to 11 a.m. Jan. 20 in the Monument School parking lot located at 127 North St. Read more

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

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The county will vaccinate people over 65 and health and food service workers Tuesday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Grant County Fairgrounds. Read more

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Distance learning isn’t easy — especially without high-speed internet. Read more

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Every time the UPS delivery driver makes a stop at our porch, he is greeted at the gate by a drooling small yellow horse. I would call him a dog, but I know my 16-month-old son could put a saddle on its back without any trouble. Duke, my trusted yellow lab, is a great candidate, high in the … Read more

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Sports may be on hold at the moment, but Grant Union High School now has an open gym schedule. Read more

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

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The Oregon Legislature returned to the Capitol on Monday amid a raging pandemic that has the Salem area under an "Extreme Risk" list for COVID-19 infections. Read more

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Thirty-one people in Grant County have tested positive for COVID-19 since Jan. 5. Read more

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A hundred COVID-19 vaccines won’t be sitting unused on a shelf in Grant County for a month after all. Read more

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With Democrats in control of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House, with Democrat Joe Biden's Jan. 20 inauguration approaching, Americans can expect a large, long-term package of aid to help get through the COVID-19 pandemic that will likely last well into the year, Sen. Ron. Wyden, D-OR, said in a Friday interview.  Read more

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Grant County has five more COVID-19 infections. Read more

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The Grant County Health Department will offer curbside COVID-19 testing from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 12 in the Monument School parking lot located at 127 North St. Read more

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

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

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Four new individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 in Grant County. Read more

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A John Day-based lawsuit has halted further distributions of COVID-19 funds earmarked by the governor for Black-owned businesses and families. Read more

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Grant County has not reported a new COVID-19 since Dec. 29, according to the county’s health department. Read more

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Heads of six rural Eastern Oregon County Public Health Departments, including Grant County, sent an open letter to Oregon’s Public Health Authority requesting its top health official revise the standards used to establish COVID-19 risk categories. Read more

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With the support of Sandy Mayor Stan Pulliam, Estacada Mayor Sean Drinkwine, Troutdale Mayor-elect Randy Lauer and Gresham City Councilor-elect Sue Piazza, among others, multiple metro area businesses plan to open to customers indoors on Friday, Jan. 1. The protest is being called “Open Oregon” and the goal is to highlight how brutal the state-mandated closures have been. Supporters are heralding it as an exercise of First Amendment rights. Read more

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As far back as Grant County Health Department Clinic Manager Jessica Winegar can remember, she always wanted to be involved in taking care of other people. Read more

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Grant County reported just four COVID-19 cases since last Wednesday, according to the county’s health department. The county will remain in the lower-risk level, which allows the most activities. Read more

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Someone else in Grant County tested positive for COVID-19. Read more

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The vast majority of Oregon residents will ring in the New Year under the most restrictive COVID-19 risk levels, Gov. Kate Brown announced Tuesday. Read more

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Blue Mountain Hospital District has received 100 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and has started vaccinating its frontline health care workers. Read more

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Another person has tested positive for COVID-19 in Grant County. Read more

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Gov. Kate Brown abruptly announced new rules for school re-openings on Wednesday afternoon, making former directives optional and allowing districts to open if they follow safety precautions. Read more

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The COVID-19 pandemic has slowed many aspects of life, but a wholesale Christmas tree farm headquartered in Estacada is seeing the opposite effect. Read more

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Grant County Health Department reported three more positive COVID-19 cases in press releases on Tuesday and Wednesday, bringing the county's positive case count to 165. Read more

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Thousands of Oregonians may have to wait a little longer for payments, but action by Congress could ensure that their unemployment benefits will continue through March 13. Read more

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Indoor dining resumed in Grant County Friday as the county began its first day in the “lower risk” level. Read more

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Grant County reported another positive COVID-19 case Tuesday, according to a press release from the health department. Read more

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Five staff members at Blue Mountain Care Center in Prairie City have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 28 days. Read more

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Trees might be leafing out by the time most of us get to decide whether to roll up a sleeve and have a needle pierce our skin and deliver a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Read more

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The Legislature held its third special session of 2020 on Monday, amid a pandemic and violent protests at the Capitol organized by a right-wing group. Read more

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Grant County Health Department reported its 162nd confirmed COVID-19 infection Friday. Read more

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Grant County Health Department reported two more positive COVID-19 cases Thursday in a press release, bringing the county's positive case count to 161.  Read more

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Three Grant County cities obligated $55,000 in COVID-19 relief funds to go to the county. Read more

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The first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered in Oregon on Wednesday, beginning a process that won't likely be finished until summer. Read more

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Extensions of Oregon’s current moratoriums on residential evictions and foreclosures will be among the issues sharing center stage when lawmakers meet Monday for their third special session of the year. Read more

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Grant County Health Department reported three more positive COVID-19 cases from press releases sent out on Monday and Tuesday.  Read more

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Most of Oregon will greet the holiday season and New Year's Eve as "extreme risk" locations requiring tight COVID-19 limits on gatherings, dining and activities. Read more

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For the first time since the start of the pandemic, Blue Mountain Hospital reported to Oregon Health Authority that they hospitalized between one and nine suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients during the week of Nov. 30 to Dec. 6. Read more

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After weeks of negotiations with lawmakers, Gov. Kate Brown announced a one-day special session of the Legislature will be held Monday to deal with COVID-19 related issues. Read more

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Small businesses in Oregon struggling with a drop in income due to the COVID-19 pandemic will receive some tax relief, Gov. Kate Brown announced Monday. Read more

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The first of millions of expected vaccine doses needed to extinguish the COVID-19 virus arrived in Oregon Monday, starting a process that could last into fall 2021. Read more

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Despite the imminent arrival of the first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, Oregon will likely have thousands more casualties before the majority of residents can be vaccinated, state officials said Friday. Read more

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Oregon Employment Department employees continue to whittle away at backlogs of claims and benefit payments despite a COVID-19 outbreak at its major claims center in Wilsonville. Read more

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Three more positive COVID-19 cases were reported Friday by the Grant County Health Department for a total of 156 cases. Read more

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Prairie City School District had a positive case of COVID-19. Read more

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Four more positive COVID-19 cases were reported Wednesday by the Grant County Health Department for a total of 153 cases. Read more

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The to-do list is growing for the Oregon Legislature as lawmakers consider a third special session this year, barely a month before the 2021 regular session gets under way on Jan. 11. Read more

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Seven more positive COVID-19 cases were reported Tuesday by the Grant County Health Department. Read more

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As the state prepares to receive an expected 267,400 COVID-19 vaccine doses by the end of the year, Grant County will receive doses for health care workers and long-term care facility staff and residents around mid-December, according to Public Health Administrator Kimberly Lindsay. Read more

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Congregate living facilities continue to be hotspots of COVID-19 transmission in Oregon, but Grant County has been spared so far. Read more

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It’s been two weeks since at least two tenants in John Day have been able to bathe. Read more

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A state change in counting COVID-19 tests will benefit rural Oregon — once the state figures out how to accurately account for all the tests. Read more

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The Oregon School Activities Association executive board on Monday, Dec. 7, voted to revise the 2020-21 OSAA calendar by moving the start dates of Season 2 to February, with Seasons 3 and 4 to follow in the spring. Read more

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Grant County Court members unanimously approved using $564,000 in state Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funds to help the county’s small businesses, especially restaurants and bars, weather the economic fallout caused by the pandemic. Read more

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The Grant County Health Department reported Monday that a resident tested positive for COVID-19 in Prairie City, bringing the total number of positive cases to 142 in the county. Read more

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Gov. Kate Brown on Friday painted a dark future for Oregon if the COVID-19 pandemic spirals out of control in the several months it will take to get a vaccine to most in the state. Read more

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The Grant County Health Department reported Friday that two people tested positive for COVID-19 in Grant County, bringing the total number of positive cases to 141. Read more

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Oregon on Thursday transitions from a COVID-19 freeze to a frosty list of new restrictions that will likely last into the start of 2021. Read more

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Pending federal approval, the first 35,100 COVID-19 vaccine shots could be administered in Oregon on Dec. 15, the governor's office confirmed on Monday, Nov. 30. Read more

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The Grant County Health Department reported Wednesday that two people tested positive for COVID-19 in Grant County, bringing the total number of positive cases to 139. Read more

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Grant County reported three more COVID-19 cases Tuesday, bringing the county’s case count up to 137. Read more

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With an ongoing pandemic and recession, Black Friday looked much different this year. Read more

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Grant County cities with a population of 750 or more received $50,000 in COVID-19 relief funds. Those with fewer than 750 people received $25,000. Here is a rundown of how those cities plan to spend the money. Read more

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We can argue until we’ve blown a gasket about which cartridges have had the greatest impact on the hunting world at large every day of the week. Valid points can apply more for some than others, although our personal biases for or against anything play a huge role in our validation or lack t… Read more

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Oregonians made it through Gov. Kate Brown’s statewide two-week “freeze,” but there has been much more public resistance to this latest effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 than to her original stay-at-home order in March. Read more

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The Forest Service announced it will expand its Every Kid Outdoors program to offer fourth- and fifth-grade students and family members fee-free access to more than 2,000 sites on national forests and grasslands for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. Read more

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All Oregonians can apply for food, cash and child care assistance provided through the Oregon Department of Human Services from home without having to visit an office in person. Read more

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The Grant County Health Department reported Saturday, Nov. 28, that one person tested positive in Grant County, bringing the total number of positive cases to 134. Read more

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With COVID-19 infection rates rising rapidly in Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown said Wednesday that at least 21 counties will stay in a modified version of the two-week "freeze" through most of December. Read more

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Oregon reported a record-breaking 21 deaths from COVID-19 on Tuesday, as officials warned that a high number of infections and a jump in holiday travel could prove a toxic mix. Read more

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Grant County confirmed six new COVID-19 cases, bringing the county's total case count to 133. Read more

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The first COVID-19-related deaths were reported in both Grant and Harney counties last week. Read more

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More help is available for Grant County’s small businesses that are still reeling from the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

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Grant County Commissioners Jim Hamsher and Sam Palmer were among 51 elected officials who signed a letter asking Gov. Kate Brown to reopen bars, restaurants, schools, state offices and churches. Read more

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The Grant County Health Department reported Tuesday, Nov. 24, that 4 new individuals tested positive in Grant County, bringing the total number of positive cases to 127. Read more

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Oregon's ban on evicting tenants from their homes expires at the end of the year unless the Legislature can go into special session amid a deadly pandemic. Read more

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It will be at least another week of distance learning for many Grant County students. Read more

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The Grant County Health Department reported its 123rd COVID-19 case Monday. Read more

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Oregon's hospitals are in imminent danger of being overwhelmed by a rapid rise in the number of COVID-19 cases, state health officials said Friday. Read more