Coronavirus (COVID-19) Timeline

SALEM — After 21 days of being sick, Steven Richardson was finally starting to feel better. Read more


SALEM — The new head of the Oregon Employment Department faced lawmakers Monday, just hours into his new job. Read more

WASHINGTON — Fallout from the coronavirus pandemic will shrink the size of the U.S. economy by roughly $8 trillion over the next decade, according to new projections released by the Congressional Budget Office on Monday. Read more


The attorney for the plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed May 6 in Baker County challenging Gov. Kate Brown’s executive orders during the coronavirus pandemic reiterated his claim, in a brief filed today with the Oregon Supreme Court, that the governor’s orders have legally expired. Read more


HEPPNER — Officials in Umatilla and Morrow counties believe their counties are ready for the next phase of reopening. Read more


PENDLETON — With fire engine lights flashing, chairs set 6 feet apart, a red carpet and dozens of balloons, the parking lot behind the Pendleton Walmart was more festive than usual on Friday, May 30, as several employees donned caps, gowns and masks. Read more


It may be hard not to balk at the idea of creating a game based on a worldwide pandemic. Read more


UMATILLA COUNTY — Four additional cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Umatilla County on Monday, June 1, bringing the county total to 121 cases, according to a press release from the Umatilla County Public Health Department.  Read more


SALEM — Several Oregon state park campgrounds reopened on Friday, May 29, with limited services and over two dozen more state park campgrounds are set to reopen in two weeks. Read more


SALEM — Gov. Kate Brown fired the head of the Oregon Employment Department on Sunday, responding to the department’s long delays in delivering jobless benefits to out-of-work Oregonians and the agency’s inability to communicate the status of workers’ benefits claims. Read more


PENDLETON — This was graduation pandemic-style. Read more


HERMISTON — More than 100 people came out to the festival street in downtown Hermiston on Saturday, May 30, in defiance of COVID-19 guidelines against large gatherings for a “Hermiston Freedom Rally,” subsequently sparking a protest in opposition elsewhere in the city. Read more

PENDLETON — When Pendleton High School senior Seth Scott delivers a speech to the class of 2020, he will cover some of the traditional themes of this kind of oratory: nostalgia, resilience and potential. Read more


MISSION — The Wildhorse Resort and Casino is back in business. Read more

WASHINGTON — U.S. consumer spending plunged by a record-shattering 13.6% in April as the coronavirus pandemic shuttered businesses, forced millions of layoffs and sent the economy into a deep recession. Read more


PENDLETON — Since COVID-19 arrived, hunger is on the rise. Read more


UMATILLA COUNTY — There were 116 cases of COVID-19 in Umatilla County as of Friday, representing a 23-case increase in the two weeks since the county entered the first phase of reopening on May 15. 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


The Oregon Health Authority late Thursday announced it would disclose large coronavirus outbreaks at workplaces mere hours after the agency acknowledged it previously did not alert the public to 53 infections tied to a fruit company in Fairview. Read more


SALEM — Parents, teachers and school superintendents will find out in early June how schools are expected to function this fall after months of being closed. Read more


Employment Department officials have defended their performance in handling a record number of Oregon unemployment claims filed within the past two months, while Congress added three new programs extending benefits and expanding eligibility during the coronavirus pandemic. Read more


LA GRANDE — Oregon has seen a much lower breakout of coronavirus cases when compared to most of the nation. Read more


SALEM — Nearly half of Oregon jobless claims filed during the coronavirus outbreak have gone unpaid, the state disclosed on May 27, significantly ratcheting up the scale of the state’s benefits crisis. Read more

PENDLETON — Independence Day will be a lot quieter this year. Read more


HERMISTON — The “Hermiston Freedom Rally” is scheduled to take place on Festival Street starting at noon on Saturday, May 30, for what organizers are calling an “information campaign” and an opportunity for residents to unite behind their constitutional right to gather. Read more


Umatilla High School seniors will celebrate graduation on Saturday with a drive-in ceremony, parade and fireworks. Read more


HERMISTON — While most districts are planning a drive-in style graduation ceremony, Hermiston School District will provide an opportunity for students to walk across a stage. Read more


PENDLETON — Blue Mountain Community College announced Wednesday that it laid off 11 employees. 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

HERMISTON — Oregon Gov Kate Brown has directed the distribution of approximately 1 million KN95 masks and 5,000 gallons of hand sanitizer for farmworkers and agricultural producers.
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SALEM — On March 23, Gov. Kate Brown issued an order to child care centers in an effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus — abide by strict new emergency rules, or close. Read more


UMATILLA COUNTY — County circuit courts will be closed for three days over the next three months due to statewide furloughs brought on by coronavirus-induced budget cuts, a press release stated.  Read more


MOUNT HOOD — Oregon's tallest mountain will reopen for recreation over two months after trailheads and day-use areas were closed amid the coronavirus pandemic. Read more


LA GRANDE — As universities wrap up spring term, Eastern Oregon University announced that it is developing campus reopening plans. Read more


Two more Oregon churches are suing Gov. Kate Brown, alleging her coronavirus restrictions on social gathering violate their constitutional right to the freedom of religion and assembly. Read more

WASHINGTON — Only about half of Americans say they would get a COVID-19 vaccine if the scientists working furiously to create one succeed, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Read more


SALEM — Oregon recorded its first COVID-19 death on March 14. Over the next eight weeks, 6,799 Oregonians would die — well above the five-year average for that period. Read more

UMATILLA COUNTY — Four additional cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Umatilla County Tuesday, bringing the county total to 113 cases, according to a press release.  Read more


Baker County Circuit Court Judge Matt Shirtcliff is standing by his May 18 opinion that Oregon Gov. Kate Brown exceeded her legal authority in issuing executive orders related to the coronavirus pandemic. Read more

PENDLETON — In the midst of a coronavirus pandemic, the residents of Suttle Care & Retirement radiated joy. Read more

OMAHA, Neb. — As food banks have struggled to meet soaring demand from people suddenly out of work because of the coronavirus pandemic, it has been especially troubling to see farmers have to bury produce, dump milk and euthanize hogs. Read more


SALEM — The Oregon Supreme Court on Saturday issued a deadline to the Baker County judge who granted a preliminary injunction nullifying Oregon governor’s emergency coronavirus orders: Read more

SALEM — New research out of Oregon Health and Science University provides indirect evidence that humans may develop some immunity to COVID-19. Read more

LA GRANDE — When the coronavirus pandemic led to the cancellation of race after race that cyclists Elijah Romer and Sean Lerner had planned to enter, the La Grande duo decided to improvise. Read more

Weekly state reports tracking coronavirus infections by ZIP code have obscured a large outbreak at the Oregon State Penitentiary. Read more

New research out of Oregon Health and Science University provides indirect evidence that humans may develop some immunity to COVID-19. Read more

SALEM — 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

On Friday, President Donald Trump said that he had deemed churches and other houses of worship “essential” and called on governors across the country to allow them to reopen this weekend, even as some parts of the nation remain under coronavirus lockdown. Read more

UMATILLA COUNTY — While stay-home orders were designed to curb the spread of COVID-19 and save lives — and models have shown they’ve done so in Oregon — the orders have had an inadvertent impact on women experiencing intimate partner violence. Read more

MISSION — Wildhorse Resort & Casino is moving ahead in the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation’s phased reopening plan. Read more

MISSION — The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation are extending the closure of Kayak Public Transit due to COVID-19 until May 30, a press release said. Read more

We live in a new normal of strange days and that is why the traditional elements to our daily life — such as Memorial Day — carry a little more meaning this year. Read more

I’ve traveled and been to a number of countries, and what I found was Americans are by far the most touchy-feely. That’s why social distancing is beyond hard for us. It’s part of our DNA. Read more

PENDLETON — By the time the Pendleton School District’s budget committee got hold of a draft of the 2020-21 budget on Thursday, it already needed some updating. Read more


UMATILLA COUNTY — It’s a tug-o-war like no other. Read more

HERMISTON — The Maxwell Market will open for its summer season on Thursday. Read more

PENDLETON — For decades, Pendleton’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 922 has helped host Memorial Day ceremonies in the city. Read more

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Friday that he has deemed churches and other houses of worship “essential" and called on governors across the country to allow them to reopen this weekend despite the threat of spreading the coronavirus. Read more

PENDLETON — Another local event has been shelved due to the coronavirus pandemic. Read more

SALEM — The Oregon Health Authority disclosed an array of statistics Thursday showing many counties are already struggling to meet all public health benchmarks meant to protect residents from the coronavirus amid reopening efforts. Read more

SALEM — The Office of the State Fire Marshal's temporary rule change allowing Oregon gas retailers to provide self-service on a voluntary basis ends at midnight on May 23. 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

UMATILLA COUNTY — Two new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Umatilla County Thursday, according to a press release.  Read more

Salem – The Resource Education and Agricultural Leadership Program — REAL Oregon — announced the successful completion of Class 3. Read more

A portion of Oregon's federal COVID-19 relief may go toward reimbursing farms to comply with more stringent worker protections heading into the busy summer harvest season. Read more


Hermiston seniors may not have a traditional graduation ceremony to look forward to, but the school district is providing an opportunity for them to experience the cheers of friends and family while donning a cap and gown. Read more

The number of Oregonians who could be tested for coronavirus each week now stands at nearly 38,000, according to new figures from the Oregon Health Authority, representing a 70% surge in reported testing capacity as most counties start a return to more normal life. State health officials say the reported testing capacity grew from about 22,000 tests a week for two reasons: Oregon is now ... Read more

SALEM — The Oregon Air National Guard is scheduled to continue flying multiple flyovers over hospitals and other locations throughout Oregon Friday and Monday in order to salute Oregonians on the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic, lift morale during a time of severe health and economic impa… Read more

SALEM — 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

PENDLETON — As Oregon residents work to get back to some sort of normalcy, the Oregon Health Authority is increasing efforts to recruit health care professionals to join the State Emergency Registry of Volunteers across the state. Read more


When one group of Hermiston-area residents rallies on May 30 to protest restrictions put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19, some essential workers those rules could help protect are planning to make their voices heard in counterprotest. Read more

UMATILLA COUNTY — Harris Park is back open to the public with some new guidelines in place due to COVID-19. Read more

BAKER CITY — Baker County Circuit Judge Matthew B. Shirtcliff, who invalidated Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s emergency “stay home” orders this week, is Facebook friends with the pastor of the Baker County church that’s the lead plaintiff in the case. Read more

PENDLETON — The Salvation Army was stretched thin. Read more

HALSEY — The run on toilet paper that occurred at the start of the coronavirus pandemic left many stores with a severe shortage of the product for weeks — and some still are unable to keep it on the shelves. Read more

One out of 8 jobs in Oregon was idled or lost in the month of April, a dubious record caused by statewide lockdowns to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Read more

PENDLETON — After being closed since March 20 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Salvation Army’s reopened its Pendleton thrift story Tuesday. Read more


Baker County Circuit Court Judge on Monday declared all executive orders that Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has issued related to the coronavirus pandemic as “null and void.” Read more

PENDLETON — The Pendleton School District has spent the past two months providing grab-and-go lunches, and now its applying the same concept to high school diplomas. Read more

UMATILLA COUNTY — Umatilla County is up to 103 confirmed cases of COVID-19 after four more were announced Tuesday.  Read more

UMATILLA COUNTY — Life has been upended for humans in recent months, but animals are still finding their forever homes. Read more

UMATILLA COUNTY — Three days after Umatilla County began lifting some of its stay home restrictions, the public health department announced the county’s third death from COVID-19 and six new positive cases of coronavirus. Read more

PENDLETON — Blue Mountain Community College is confronting a rough financial reality. Read more


BAKER CITY — A Baker County judge on Monday granted 10 churches who sued the governor a preliminary injunction, finding Gov. Kate Brown’s restrictions on religious gatherings “null and void” because her emergency order due to the coronavirus pandemic had exceeded its 28-day limit. Read more

SALEM — The number of Oregonians applying for help because they can’t afford food has exploded more than 40-fold since the pandemic began. Read more

SALEM — Oregon Chief Justice Martha L. Walters issued an order Friday relaxing court restrictions for counties that have begun Phase 1 of Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s reopening plan. Read more

SALEM — The COVID-19 pandemic delayed the U.S. Census Bureau’s ability to hand-deliver materials and make sure everyone is counted in the 2020 census, the official count of every person in the United States done every decade. Read more

WASHINGTON — An experimental vaccine against the coronavirus showed encouraging results in very early testing, triggering hoped-for immune responses in eight healthy, middle-aged volunteers, its maker announced Monday. Read more

PORTLAND — Amazon reported another case of COVID-19 at its Troutdale warehouse Sunday, the second infection there in just over a week. Read more

PORTLAND — Oregon hospitals will be provided with an experimental drug that has shown some promise treating extreme cases of COVID-19, state health officials said Sunday. Read more

SALEM — Pendleton-based CAPECO last week received more than $186,000 of state funding to use as emergency housing assistance for residents of Umatilla County, according to a press release from Oregon Housing and Community Services. Read more

Kevin McKay felt the shock of defeat when he discovered the coronavirus had infiltrated the Southeast Portland nursing home he has owned and managed for over two decades. Read more

Oregon earned a notorious note of distinction last month when Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, called the state out by name as being one of only a handful without sufficient testing capacity. Read more

Most Oregon counties can started easing COVID-19 restrictions Friday – but even as some communities prepare to reopen, it’s not quite a return to “business as usual.” Gov. Kate Brown has outlined a multi-stage approach for reopening the state. Here’s what you need to know. Read more

MISSION — Most of Oregon began reopening Friday, but when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation operates on its own timeline. Read more


UMATILLA COUNTY — Following weeks of closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Umatilla County was back open for business Friday. Read more

PENDLETON — Community Action Program of East Central Oregon was among a long list of Eastern Oregon organizations that received funding in Oregon Community Foundation’s latest round of grants to support COVID-19 response efforts. Read more

PENDLETON — The Pendleton Downtown Association and Pendleton Chamber of Commerce are combining to help local businesses with the creation of the Community Recovery Grant. Read more

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