Coronavirus (COVID-19) Timeline


Grant County Health Department officials said Wednesday that the state will likely report a second COVID-19 case in the county because a person who tested positive listed their address in Grant County despite being in Idaho.  Read more


A steep drop in lottery funds due to the COVID-19 crisis has killed the sale of $273 million in state bonds to pay for major projects, state officials said Wednesday. Read more


With the number of COVID-19 cases in Oregon reaching new heights last week and masks being required indoors statewide, some local residents say they have been treated differently for wearing a mask. Read more


As planning continues for school districts around the state on how to best conduct the new school year for their students and staff, insurance was a part of a recent discussion by state Rep. Mark Owens, R-Crane, and Sen. Lynn Findley, R-Vale. Read more


The future of Grant County’s Emergency Operations Center is uncertain as the number of positive cases continue to increase at a break-neck pace. Read more


After a contentious Grant County Court session last month that saw department heads criticizing the court members for lack of leadership and communication regarding operations of its departments amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Grant County Judge Scott Myers and Commissioner Jim Hamsher establish… Read more


Community Counseling Solutions announced a pilot program offering free counseling services to medical workers and first responders that live or work in the counties of Morrow, Wheeler, Grant and Gilliam. Read more


Drug decriminalization, a cigarette tax increase and limits on political campaign financing are on a historically short list of ballot measures that will go before voters in the Nov. 3 election. Read more


Planning on having a group of friends over for a party this Fourth of July weekend? Going to the beach for fireworks and a picnic? Read more


The North Fork John Day Ranger District opened part of Olive Lake Campground for day-use and overnight camping on July 1. Read more


Temperatures in John Day averaged colder than normal during the month of June, according to preliminary data received by NOAA’s National Weather Service in Pendleton. Read more


U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden has renewed his effort for an extension of unemployment benefits as the Oregon Employment Department continues to work on 70,000 claims filed by people newly eligible for those benefits. Read more


Oregon’s COVID-19 infection rate is rising so fast that unless checked, businesses may have to close again and reopening schools this fall could be jeopardized, top state officials said Wednesday. Read more


DMV online services will not be available from 6:30 p.m. July 2 through 8 a.m. July 6, as part of the DMV computer system replacement. Read more


The plaintiffs, including a Baker City church, who sued Oregon Gov. Kate Brown in early May, claiming she had exceeded her legal authority in restricting activities due to the pandemic, have voluntarily dismissed their complaint. Read more


Small businesses in Grant County will be able to apply for grant money July 6. Read more

Grant County department heads last week criticized county court members for lack of leadership and transparency regarding operations of the county amid the global pandemic. Read more

One special session of the Oregon Legislature is history, but a second is coming. Read more

Gov. Kate Brown says she is committed to maintaining the $9 billion that state lawmakers budgeted for the operation of Oregon’s public schools in the current two-year cycle. Read more

All Oregon residents will be required to wear masks or face coverings in indoor public spaces starting Wednesday to help curb the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Kate Brown announced Monday. Read more

One down and one to go. Read more

Oregon residential and commercial tenants will still be shielded from evictions through Sept. 30, after which a new law will give them six months to pay back rent owed their landlords. Read more

The Oregon Legislature convened a special session on Wednesday amid a worldwide pandemic that has killed over 121,000 people in the United States. Read more

Tempers flared during the June 17 Grant County Court Session as residents demanded accountability of how county commissioners spent thousands of dollars at the Emergency Operations Center and flouted Oregon public meeting law while overspending its budget by $75,000 in less than four months. Read more

As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Union County soared to 240 last week, Grant County health Read more

As the Emergency Operations Center faced scrutiny for its budget shortfall and lack of transparency during the June 17 Grant County Court session, the court received news that the county will receive $335,000 from the state’s local government reimbursement program from the Coronavirus Relief Fund. Read more

State Reps. Mark Owens, R-Crane, and Daniel Bonham, R-The Dalles, and state Sen. Lynn Findley, R-Vale, gathered together for their fifth town hall to talk about developments that have happened in phase two of reopening, their thoughts on the upcoming special session and education. Read more

As the June 17 session of Grant County Court winded down, County Judge Scott Myers told the court that the future and location of the county’s Emergency Operations Center is “not defined.” Read more

SALEM — Two days of proposed legislation and public testimony have led up to a special session of the Oregon Legislature, which is set to open Wednesday to consider police accountability and pandemic after-effects. Read more

Sen. Ron Wyden’s virtual town hall on June 22 provided an opportunity for residents from Grant, Baker, Harney and Malheur counties to ask questions on current events and their concerns. Read more

About 70,000 Oregonians newly eligible for unemployment benefits — the self-employed, independent contractors, gig and temporary workers — await state processing of their claims. Read more

Union County commissioners voted June 17 to recommend rolling back to phase one COVID-19 reopening guidelines. Read more

A new shutdown of Union County is possible if tracing and quarantining don’t halt a spike in the county that pushed the state to a record 278 new COVID-19 infections on Tuesday. Read more

Oregon health officials Tuesday pinned Union County's spike of COVID-19 on one church. Read more

Grant County Court members approved a $37,000 budget transfer to cover the COVID-19 Emergency Operations Center’s $75,000 budget shortfall to make payroll, pay bills and continue functioning. Read more

Grant County Oregon Extension Office/4-H is working on modified plans to hold livestock auctions and youth activities that work within the Phase 2 state guidelines, 4-H Coordinator Bonni Booth said Monday. Read more

As phases roll out, allowing business and buildings to open their doors, one building remains closed as they continue to work hard to be ready to open: the Grant County Library. Read more

Hospital patients are now allowed one visitor after a health screening. Read more

OHA has announced funding opportunities for community-based organizations throughout the state of Oregon to support three areas of work as part of the COVID-19 response. Read more

Bills to tighten the accountability of police after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis would lead a list of about two dozen action items proposed for a special session of the Oregon Legislature targeted for June 24. Read more

The American Red Cross is now testing blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies. Read more

Oregonians split sharply along political lines over lifting COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, according to a statewide poll released last week. Read more

Phase 2 began June 5, which gave an opportunity for pools in the approved counties to reopen for the 2020 summer season, but restrictions, costs and staff are some of the reasons why Gleason Pool will remain closed this year. Read more

Oregon legislators will begin to review Gov. Kate Brown’s proposed spending cuts, hear what the public has to say about them, and come up with their own plans. Read more

Oregon Republican chairman Bill Currier is trying to unseat Oregon Gov. Kate Brown again with his “Stop the Abuse: Recall Kate Brown” petition, and Wallowa County volunteers are providing opportunities to sign it here before time runs out Aug. 31. Read more

College life will look a lot different when students return to school in the fall, with students being asked to stay 6 feet apart and many traditional campus activities off limits. Read more

Oregon reported a new record for COVID-19 infections on Thursday as health officials cautioned the phased “reopening” of the state depended on residents not returning to pre-pandemic patterns. Read more

This fall, Orgon's K-12 students may finally get to return to their classrooms for the first time in half a year, based on new state safety guidelines. But school won't look the same as it did before COVID-19. Read more

Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle Services had bad news and good news for customers stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. Read more

A smaller, modified version of the 99th annual ’62 Days Celebration that organizers say will fit within Gov. Kate Brown’s guidelines is scheduled June 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Read more

The new interim director of the Oregon Employment Department says the staff has made measurable progress in reducing the backlog of regular claims and increasing the number of phone calls answered. Read more

Beginning Friday, people in 31 Oregon counties will be eligible to return to work in offices, have larger parties, enlarge religious congregations, play tennis, and stay at bars and restaurants until midnight, Gov. Kate Brown said Wednesday. Read more

Grant County has been given approval to move to the second phase of reopening the county, County Commissioner Jim Hamsher said Thursday. Read more

Gov. Kate Brown’s executive orders during the coronavirus pandemic have already expired under state law, the lawyer for a group of churches and other plaintiffs argues in a brief filed Tuesday in the Oregon Supreme Court. Read more

The Emergency Operations Center Grant County established amid the COVID-19 pandemic has overspent its $125,000 budget by almost $75,000. Read more

Grant County Court members confronted criticism from department heads over a lack of leadership and clarity amid the closure of the county’s offices during its May 27 session. Read more

Grant County’s interim Emergency Management Coordinator and Emergency Operations Center Incident Commander Dave Dobler has resigned from those positions, according to County Commissioner Sam Palmer. Read more

State Reps. Mark Owens, R-Crane, and Daniel Bonham, R-The Dalles, and state Sen. Lynn Findley, R-Vale, gathered together for their fourth town hall to talk about developments that have happened since phase one of reopening from when the coronavirus closures began. Read more

Abnormal is the new normal for thousands of students from kindergarten to Ph.D. programs in Oregon during the COVID-19 crisis, lawmakers were told Friday. Read more

Clyde Holliday State Park near Mt. Vernon is among a handful of state park campgrounds that opened Friday, May 29. Read more

Starting June 1, the Malheur National Forest will begin opening previously closed recreation sites. Read more

Oregon’s solicitor general argues in a brief to the state Supreme Court that the Legislature did not intend to limit the duration of an emergency declared by the governor. Read more

Oregon voters love vote-by-mail. So does the governor and two senators, all Democrats. Plus the secretary of state, a Republican. Read more

Oregon lawmakers will get a new chance to question officials about the much-criticized performance of the Employment Department in handling a record number of claims during the shutdown of business activity in the coronavirus pandemic. Read more

State legislators heard a parade of woes ranging from ruined businesses to crippled conservation education programs to the likelihood of devastating wildfires, all during a fast-paced hearing on Thursday. Read more

Oregon has to prepare for a possible second spike of COVID-19 in the fall, fight wildfires while not spreading the infection to crews, and do it with budgets slashed by the state's dire finances, lawmakers were told Wednesday. Read more

As grim economic statistics continue to roll in, with unemployment reaching an all-time high of 14.7% in April and 20.5 million people losing their jobs, the coronavirus pandemic has left many without the means to buy food. Read more

Allison Field announced her resignation as director of Grant County Economic Development after about a year on the job at a county court meeting May 19. Read more

Community Connection of Northeast Oregon, Inc. announces the release of $162,250 in rental assistance funds for the counties of Baker, Grant, Union and Wallowa to assist households who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

Blue Mountain Hospital District has several ways to order COVID-19 tests, including a rapid test on an Abbott ID NOW machine, as well as, utilizing St. Charles Medical Center and Oregon State Public Health laboratories, according to a press release from Health Information Manager Lori Lane. Read more

Oregon is moving into the third stage of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, but still has a long way to go until it is over, the House Interim Committee on Health Care heard Thursday. Read more

More than two months since the sports world went into hibernation, plans for the return of athletics have started to take shape. Read more

Grant Union has made several adjustments to its planned graduation ceremony May 30 after Grant Union Principal Ryan Gerry had a chance to speak with graduates’ parents. Read more

The Oregon Air National Guard is scheduled to continue flying multiple F-15 Eagle flyovers over hospitals and other locations throughout Oregon Friday, May 22, and Monday, May 25, in order to salute Oregonians on the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic, lift morale during a time of severe hea… Read more

Gov. Kate Brown says federal aid must go hand in hand with spending cuts to offset almost $3 billion that state tax collections and other sources will be short. Read more

May 15 marked a day of peak sunshine and anticipated work as many businesses participated in Phase 1 of reopening. Read more

Blue Mountain Hospital now has a device that can provide rapid testing for COVID-19 in Grant County. Read more

Summer 2020 in Grant County will be like no other. Read more

As the hallways of Grant Union Junior-Senior High School and Humbolt Elementary remain eerily quiet, bus drivers, education assistants and cooks have been reporting to work every day to prepare and deliver nearly 2,000 meals five days a week since the statewide closure of schools to slow the… Read more

Cycle Oregon announced that, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the nonprofit organization is canceling all of its 2020 events — Classic, Gravel, Joyride and Weekender. Read more

There is not a single person who has not been affected in some way by the fact many businesses have been forced to temporarily close. However, don’t assume you should not continue to market your business, especially as the economy begins to open. Here are some tips to consider: Read more

Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local public health authorities, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is increasing recreational access. Read more

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S Department of the Treasury, released the Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness application and detailed instructions for the application May 18. Read more

Gov. Kate Brown announced Thursday morning that most Oregon counties will be allowed to take the first step toward lifting emergency limits on activity put in place since March by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

EO Media Group, an Oregon family-owned multimedia company, has established a Community Marketing Grant Program to assist businesses impacted by COVID-19 restrictions in the markets served by the company’s 12 newspapers, including the Blue Mountain Eagle. Read more

Grant County began to reopen Friday after the state approved its plan. Read more

The Oregon Legislature is preparing to meet as early as next month at the Capitol to deal with an estimated $3 billion gap in the state budget due to the financial fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. Read more

The Oregon State Police would make the “heartbreaking” decision to lay off almost 200 personnel and close nine field offices under a proposal submitted to Gov. Kate Brown. Read more

The Emergency Operations Center successfully submitted Grant County’s reopening plan Friday to the state for approval. Read more

Teachers and administrators in Grant County continue to teach students and themselves as distance learning enters its fourth week of implementation amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Read more

The Grant County Emergency Operations Center is planning to ask for an additional $25,000 in funding for personal protective equipment at the next county court session as the county looks to ease into the first phase of its reopening plan, according to the county’s interim Emergency Manageme… Read more

While the country finds itself in an era where toilet paper, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes are in short supply as COVID-19 continues to ransack the U.S. economy, a couple of local small business have shown there is a surplus of hope and business savvy, especially when it comes to acc… Read more

State Reps. Mark Owens, R-Crane, and Daniel Bonham, R-The Dalles, and state Sen. Lynn Findley, R-Vale, talked about the fallout from Gov. Kate Brown’s three-phase plan to open businesses during a virtual town hall hosted by Findley on May 7. Read more

Baker County Circuit Court Judge Matt Shirtcliff issued a preliminary injunction declaring Gov. Kate Brown’s executive orders related to the coronavirus pandemic as “null and void” Monday morning. Read more

Due to concern for the health and well-being of its member-owners during the COVID-19 pandemic and following federal and state guidelines barring gatherings of large groups, Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative’s 2020 annual meeting, scheduled for Saturday, May 30, will be held virtually at 10:30 a.m. Read more

Gov. Kate Brown says she hopes federal aid will cushion the blow of proposed state spending cuts that could amount to 17% of their shares of the tax-supported general fund. Read more

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