Coronavirus (COVID-19) Timeline

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

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All Grant County public offices are open by appointment only. Read more

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The Grant County Health Department reported nine new COVID-19 cases Thursday. Read more

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Five new COVID-19 cases have been reported in Grant County. Read more

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Regardless of whether the state moves Grant County to either the high or extreme risk levels, the county will continue to have high school sports this week. Read more

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Due to ongoing restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative’s 2021 annual meeting will be held virtually on Saturday, May 15, at 10:30 a.m. Read more

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As Grant County residents began to line up to get the COVID-19 vaccine, CASA and Community Counseling Solutions partnered up to talk to people about their reasons for getting the vaccine. Read more

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Eleven people in Grant County have tested positive for COVID-19 over the last two days. Read more

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With the state opening up access to the COVID-19 vaccine for anyone 16 and older, Oregon Health Authority kicked off its drop-in Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine clinics Tuesday at the Grant County Fairgrounds. Read more

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Oregon will add a sixth congressional seat in the 2022 election, the U.S. Census announced Monday. Read more

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Fifteen Oregon counties were put back under the extreme risk category for COVID-19 spread on Tuesday as Gov. Kate Brown sought to stem the latest spike in pandemic infections. Read more

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A steep surge in COVID-19 cases will likely lead to the shutdown of indoor dining and other severe restrictions in at least 12 counties, Gov. Kate Brown said Friday. Read more

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

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

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Grant School District 3 schools returned to on-site education on April 26. Read more

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

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Dayville middle and high school students have transitioned to distance learning after a positive case was confirmed at the school. Read more

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COVID-19 infections are rising in Oregon, putting two-thirds of all counties into what, for now, is the highest possible level of restrictions, Gov. Kate Brown said Tuesday. Read more

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

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Grant Union Junior/Senior High School and Humbolt Elementary transitioned to distance learning on April 19 because of an uptick in COVID-19 cases. Read more

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Grant County risks missing out on summer events again this year with the highest COVID-19 infections per capita in Oregon and the state’s worst vaccination rate. Read more

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Another person infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus has prompted yet another shutdown of floor sessions of the Oregon House. Read more

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

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As the state opens up access to the COVID-19 vaccine for anyone 16 and older, the Oregon Health Authority will offer free shots to those interested at five walk-in clinics beginning April 27. Read more

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The Oregon Health Authority will deploy vaccination vans to hard-to-reach communities as a way to eliminate the disparities created between those with easy access to COVID-19 vaccines and those facing barriers. Read more

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

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The Grant County Health Department will be holding a COVID-19 free testing event from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at the Grant County Health Department parking lot, 528 E. Main St., John Day. Read more

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The COVID-19 outbreak in Grant County continues with the largest single-day increase in cases reported Wednesday. Read more

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Oregon has "paused" using the Johnson & Johnson one-shot COVID-19 vaccine even though none of six newly reported severe reactions to the vaccine occurred in the state, health officials said Tuesday. Read more

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Grant School District 3 announced it is looking into a possible two-week pause for the school district because of the uptick in Grant County COVID-19 cases. Read more

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Last week, Grant County had the highest rate of COVID-19 infections per capita in Oregon, and the county also has the worst vaccination rate in the state. The county’s rate of COVID-19 infections was 625 per 100,000 people, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more

Hope is on the menu for Grant County restaurants, bars and other food service businesses. Read more

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Disease, dysfunction, and deadlines are challenging the Oregon Legislature as it starts the second half of the 2021 session. Read more

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A decision by the Oregon Supreme Court will enable lawmakers, not Secretary of State Shemia Fagan, to get first crack at redrawing legislative district boundaries despite a pandemic-caused delay in federal census data. Read more

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

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

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Former U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith, R-Oregon, announced this week that he will step down two years early as head of the National Association of Broadcasters. Read more

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Anyone in the community interested in getting tested for COVID-19 can pull into the Grant County Health Department parking lot on Saturday between 11 and 2 p.m. at no charge. Read more

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Seventeen more people have tested positive for COVID-19. Read more

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The surge in COVID-19 cases has shuttered two restaurants in Grant County. Read more

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Hundreds of commercial landlords and tenants who applied for state funding to cover unpaid rent went away empty handed last month — a disappointment worth approximately $15.5 million. Read more

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COVID-19 infection rates are rising again in Oregon, but the growing number of vaccinated residents will likely blunt the severity far short of last year's spikes, state health officials said Wednesday. Read more

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Money for summer educational and recreational programs, wildfire recovery and other purposes is included in budget bills on their way to Gov. Kate Brown. Read more

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Eleven more Grant County residents have COVID-19. Read more

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