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A Yamhill County commissioner has threatened to punish her own health department if it fails to publish information discrediting the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines. Read more

The Oregon Department of Education took the rare step this week of withholding federal COVID-19 relief funds from the Alsea School District in Benton County after the small, rural district announced it would forgo the state’s school mask mandate. Read more

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PENDLETON — Following two years of cancellations and curtailments due to the pandemic, most local events have returned in earnest. The latest is the Pendleton Chamber of Commerce’s First Citizens Banquet, an annual dinner to honor exemplary community members and businesses from the past year. Read more

Oregon officials are scrutinizing a coronavirus testing company for possible violations of a law protecting consumers against deceptive business practices. Read more

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New research from Oregon State University reveals that hemp could offer protection from COVID-19, adding to the list of benefits for the versatile crop. Read more

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NORTH POWDER — An outbreak of COVID-19 in the North Powder School District has forced the school district to shut down in-person instruction and provide only online instruction. Read more

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PILOT ROCK — Eastern Oregon Center for Independent Living is holding a vaccination clinic Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2-7 p.m. the Pilot Rock Fire District, 415 N.E. Elm St. Read more

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SALEM — Oregon’s effort to adopt a rule mandating vaccines-or-testing at larger businesses is over for the foreseeable future. Read more

With the omicron variant pervasive throughout the community, it's important to mask up, keep your distance and wash your hands frequently, health officials say. Read more

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Oregon on Thursday had the unhappy distinction of having the fastest rising rate of new COVID-19 infections of all 50 states, new data showed. Read more

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PENDLETON — The Pendleton School District is limiting the number of audience members who can attend sporting events. The district in a press release Tuesday, Jan. 11, announced the move is in response to spiking COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County. Read more

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SALEM — The Oregon Capitol will remain open to the public when lawmakers convene Feb. 1 for a monthlong session. Read more

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An Oregon man who created several hundred employees out of thin air and then fraudulently obtained $3.4 million in COVID-19 relief funds has been sentenced to four years in prison. Read more

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SALEM — Oregon is on a “red alert” of the growing wave of the omicron variant of COVID-19 that pushed the daily new case count to 10,451 Friday, Jan. 7, eclipsing the records set during the past four days. Read more

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UMATILLA COUNTY — During the first full week of 2022, Umatilla County hit some dark milestones in its continuing experience with the coronavirus pandemic. Read more

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SALEM — Oregon’s education and health leaders say if schools continue to host extracurricular activities, “they should expect rapid transmission of COVID-19″ that could prevent students from being able to attend class in-person due to isolation and quarantine periods. Read more

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SALEM — Oregon is in the midst of a sixth wave of COVID-19 infections as the world marked the two-year anniversary of the pandemic on Friday, Dec. 31. Read more

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Oregon’s COVID-19 omicron hospitalization peak won’t be nearly as bad as forecasters predicted a week ago but could still overwhelm the health care system within weeks with about as many people needing hospital beds as did during the delta wave. Read more

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UMATILLA COUNTY — Umatilla County could see its vaccination rate jump without administering another dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Read more

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UMATILLA COUNTY — The total number of fatalities in Umatilla County due to COVID-19 now stands at 187. Read more

LA GRANDE — A bevy of local hospitals and providers are receiving more than $7.8 million in funds through the American Rescue Plan via a program specific to rural hospitals. Read more

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A rapidly spreading deadly virus. Record-breaking fires. Acrid smoke from the Pacific to Pendleton. A riot in the capitol. Read more

NORTH POWDER — The driver of a full-sized Dodge pickup pulling a camper died in a single-vehicle accident on the south edge of North Powder early Wednesday, Dec. 15. Read more

The omicron variant of COVID-19 has been confirmed for the first time in Oregon, the Oregon Health Authority announced late Monday. Read more

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A syringe is prepared with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic in the Norristown Public Health Center in Norristown, Pennsylvania, on Dec. 7, 2021 Read more

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PENDLETON — In many parts of Eastern Oregon, coronavirus infection rates have fallen to the lowest levels in months, according to state data and regional public health officials. Read more

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SALEM — The Oregon Health Authority released its updated daily COVID-19 report on Tuesday, Nov. 23, revealing new COVID-19 deaths in Union and Wallowa counties. Read more

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SALEM — Oregonians no longer must wear masks in public outdoor settings, state health officials said Tuesday, Nov. 23, lifting a COVID-19 pandemic mandate in place nearly three months. Read more

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PENDLETON — Umatilla County set its single-day pandemic record for reported COVID-19 deaths with six reported Friday, Nov. 19. Read more

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MISSION — Luka Worden sat between her parents in the waiting area at Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center, eager to become one of the first children vaccinated against COVID-19 on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Read more

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SALEM — Gov. Kate Brown said Friday, Nov. 12, she is considering calling a special session of the Oregon Legislature to extend legal protections for tenants at risk of eviction while they wait for emergency rental assistance. Read more

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MISSION — The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation on Saturday, Nov. 13, will hold a COVID-19 vaccine clinic aimed at immunizing kids aged 5 to 11. Read more

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PORTLAND — The U.S. Forest Service is waiving fees at day‐use recreation sites in Oregon and Washington on Thursday, Nov. 11, in honor of Veterans Day. Read more

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UMATILLA COUNTY — Restaurants in Umatilla County enduring the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic can apply for some local financial help. Read more

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HERMISTON — Umatilla County Public Health held an immunization clinic at Hermiston High School, Wednesday, Nov. 3. The clinic, which included COVID-19 vaccinations, was during the school’s Student-Led Conferences. Read more

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Several hundred Hanford and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory workers were urged to stand firm against a federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate at a rally Wednesday afternoon in Richland. Read more

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PENDLETON — Umatilla County Public Health in the span of two days reported nine more residents died from COVID-19. Read more

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PENDLETON — Umatilla County’s reported COVID-19 vaccinations more than tripled last week now that residents can receive booster shots, according to data from the county health department. Read more

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PENDLETON — Umatilla County reported two COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday, Nov. 2, raising the county’s pandemic death toll to 155, according to a press release from the health department. Read more

PENDLETON — A line of cars Friday, Oct. 29, stretched from the Pendleton Convention Center to Roy Raley Park as hundreds of people lined up for the long wait to get their COVID-19 booster shot. Read more

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SALEM — State health officials said Thursday, Oct. 28, that 80% of Oregonians who are 18 or older have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Read more

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Only 203 of Oregon's more than 40,000 state workers were put on leave due to the mandate, while more than 4,800 received religious or medical exemptions. Read more

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Five state employees, four of whom work at the Powder River Correctional Facility in Baker City, have filed a lawsuit challenging Gov. Kate Brown’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate. Read more

PORTLAND — There is a clear correlation between COVID-19 vaccination rates and political affiliation in Oregon counties, and experts said it’s about more than just politics — it’s also about where and how people live, how they feel about authority and whether they believe they have a voice i… Read more

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The Umatilla County health department will sponsor two drive-thru vaccination clinics for flu and COVID-19 in Milton-Freewater next weekend, both 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Read more

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SALEM — Schools have opened, and stayed open, this fall, even with COVID-19 still sickening people in Oregon communities. But COVID-19 is affecting schools too, including students and staff who don’t have the virus, as close contacts and exposures to positive cases lead to quarantines, which move people in and out of school. Read more

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SALEM — A week after forecastig the state might reach herd immunity from COVID-19 by Christmas, top state researchers this week said progress on taming the current spike in infections has slowed. Read more

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PENDLETON — At least 150 Umatilla County residents have died of COVID-19, the county’s health department reported Thursday, Oct. 21. Read more

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HEPPNER — The Morrow County Health District did not lose any workers as a result of the state’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, according to Emily Roberts, the interim chief executive officer for the district. Read more

SALEM — Despite millions of dollars paid out by a federal deadline of Sept. 30, thousands of Oregonians continue to await emergency rental assistance as their applications slip past state and local grace periods intended to avert evictions. Read more

Vaccination booths have been a common feature at local events for months. And while workers at these booths often are idle, and vaccination lines can be short or nonexistent, there are victories to be told. Read more

PENDLETON — Coronavirus cases are on a consistent decline in several parts of Eastern Oregon, according to a weekly report from the Oregon Health Authority. Read more

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PENDLETON — As the sun crested the hills over CHI St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton on Tuesday, Oct. 19, a group of health care workers who had just their final 12-hour shift stood in the cold. Read more

SALEM — A deadly spike in COVID-19 infections that began just before Independence Day should near its end around Christmas, a new state forecast said Thursday, Oct. 14. Read more

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UMATILLA COUNTY — More than 2 out of every 5 workers in Umatilla and Morrow counties are subject to the state’s vaccine mandate. Read more

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LA GRANDE — With the vaccine deadline approaching, Eastern Oregon University’s vaccination rate among on-campus students stands at just over 75%, while the staff vaccination rate is above 80%. Read more

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PENDLETON — Fourteen workplaces in Umatilla and Morrow counties reported outbreaks in the Oregon Health Authority’s most recent weekly report. Read more

PENDLETON — Coronavirus cases in Umatilla County are on a steady decline, but the number of cases connected to the Pendleton Round-Up continues to increase. Read more

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MISSION — The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Board of Trustees passed a resolution declaring an end to the COVID-19 public health emergency on the reservation. Read more

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SALEM — Oregon Department of Agriculture faces a potential staffing shortage that could impact the scope of services the department provides to the state's farming community. Read more

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SALEM — Two of Oregon’s most influential unions have bargained with the state to allow employees of the state executive branch more time to comply with Gov. Kate Brown’s mandate, which requires them to be vaccinated by Monday, Oct. 18, or risk losing their job. Read more

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PENDLETON — Four more Umatilla County residents have died with COVID-19, the county health department reported this week, raising the county’s pandemic death toll to 140. Read more

UMATILLA COUNTY — For the second straight year, local districts are working with incomplete report cards. Read more

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The Redmond School Board will hire a Portland-based attorney to oppose state mask and vaccination mandates that have been leveled on K-12 schools to slow the spread of COVID-19. Read more

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SALEM — A group of 25 health care workers, firefighters and paramedics from across Oregon lost a round last week when the Oregon Court of Appeals refused to intervene to stop a state mandate requiring them to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 18. Read more

PENDLETON — An overwhelming majority of Pendleton School District staff will be vaccinated against COVID-19 by the state’s Oct. 18 deadline. But a contingent of district employees are using religious exemptions to avoid getting the shot while keeping their jobs. Read more

UMATILLA COUNTY — Nineteen workplaces in Umatilla and Morrow counties are experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks, according to a weekly report from the Oregon Health Authority. Read more

PENDLETON — The patient had been fighting in the intensive care unit for weeks, and the nurse had grown attached. Read more

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PENDLETON — Umatilla County reported seven new COVID-19 deaths this week, bringing the county’s pandemic death toll to 136. Read more

PENDLETON — Local organizations that helped with COVID-19 vaccination efforts received a funding boost. Read more

SALEM — A recovery from the record-breaking spike in COVID-19 cases has been pushed from Halloween to Christmas, according to an Oregon Health & Science University forecast released last week. Read more

PENDLETON — Kayla Henshaw said she hasn’t paid herself in three months. Read more

PENDLETON — Umatilla County health officials have traced nearly 180 COVID-19 cases to events that occurred during the week of the Pendleton Round-Up. Read more

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In the days leading up to closing his Stanfield store, RetroRagz shop owner Dave Bender was sorting out the antiques inside. He was trying to figure which items he still could sell, which he could give away and which he could keep for himself. Read more

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PENDLETON — Twenty-two workplaces in Umatilla and Morrow counties are reporting outbreaks amid the latest surge in COVID-19 cases. Read more

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UMATILLA COUNTY — The continued surge in new COVID-19 cases in Umatilla County is beginning to take a toll on the local education system. Read more

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SALEM — Gov. Kate Brown said Tuesday, Sept. 28, that she was "gravely concerned" about an alarming spike in COVID-19 cases across Eastern Oregon with a common factor — the Pendleton Round-Up. Read more

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PENDLETON — What was long a fear among Umatilla County’s health care workers appears to be coming true — COVID-19 cases are rising because of the Pendleton Round-Up. Read more

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WALLOWA COUNTY — It's no secret that employers across the state are struggling to find workers. Business owners collectively furrow their brow at the trickle of job applications as more and more businesses open and the share of workers seems to be vanishing into thin air. Read more

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PENDLETON — Eastern Oregon’s health care system could see a mass exodus of workers come Oct. 18, the deadline for Gov. Kate Brown’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Read more

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SALEM — Oregon will spend $23.6 million on hazard payments of up to $1,550 for state employees who were required to work in-person during the first 16 months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

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Police were called to the most recent Walla Walla School Board meeting when a man refused to wear a mask and disrupted the proceedings. Read more

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PENDLETON — The streets are clear, the cowboys are gone and the Round-Up Grounds are dormant once again. The 2021 rodeo is over and local business owners are starting to assess what kind of financial impact the Round-Up had after canceling last year’s event. Read more

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Three weeks after contracting COVID-19, Umatilla resident Andrew Morris is sick and feeling more than a little frustrated. He said he he did everything right, including getting vaccinated, and he still became ill. Read more

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PENDLETON — Umatilla County reported two new COVID-19 deaths on Thursday, Sept. 17, raising the county’s pandemic death toll to 125, according to a press release from the health department. Read more

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BAKER CITY — Tyler Brown’s family owns one restaurant in Baker City that hasn’t served a meal since before the first COVID-19 case was confirmed in Baker County. Read more

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​Oregon's record wave of COVID-19 cases appears to have crested, but the long recovery will likely stretch into the winter holiday season. Read more

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