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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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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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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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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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A 32-year-old Baker City man who pleaded guilty in June 2021 to receiving a $145,200 federal COVID-19 relief loan on behalf of a fictitious company and then using the money for personal purposes, including buying a $49,000 car, was sentenced to 10 months in federal prison on Thursday, Sept. 16. Read more

PENDLETON — Umatilla County has reported more than 400 COVID-19 cases for seven consecutive weeks during what many health care workers have called the largest pandemic surge since the pandemic started. Read more

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LA GRANDE — National Guard members have finally arrived at many Eastern Oregon hospitals as the COVID-19 pandemic reaches its apex in recent cases caused by the virulent delta variant. Read more

Event sponsors and organizers came to the conclusion that the yearly hot air balloon convergence, which fills the skies over Walla Walla each year with color and lighter-than-air levity, could not take place while COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise. Read more

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HERMISTON — The Eastern Oregon Economic Summit has been postponed until June 2022 due to the continued surge of the delta variant of COVID-19 and to facilitate full participation by attendees, panelists and speakers. Read more

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Thirty-eight million Americans lived in food-insecure households last year, a 9% increase over the 2019 level of 35 million, according to the USDA. Read more

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SALEM — Leaders of the Oregon School Boards Association recently admonished school board members across the state to uphold their oaths of office and follow all laws, even those they disagree with. Read more

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PENDLETON — Umatilla County has reported five COVID-19 deaths over the past week, raising its pandemic death toll to 123. And neighboring Morrow County on Tuesday, Sept. 14, reported its 21st COVID-19 death. Read more

State lawmakers are poised to meet Sept. 20 to finalize plans to reframe the state’s 90 legislative districts and six congressional districts, but the long-term ramifications are murky and how such a blueprint will help voters remains a mystery. Read more

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PORTLAND — With COVID-19 cases surging in Idaho’s panhandle and hospitals there exceeding capacity, the state of Idaho recently activated its crisis standards of care. Read more

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SALEM — With a deadline to approve new political maps fast approaching, Oregon lawmakers will convene in Salem on Monday, Sept. 20, to try to find agreement on new legislative and congressional districts. Read more

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LA GRANDE — Enterprise isn’t the largest town in Eastern Oregon, with a population of 2,052. But it’s just a few miles from the ever popular town of Joseph and its vistas across Wallowa Lake to the peaks of the Eagle Cap Wilderness. Read more

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LA GRANDE — As fall approaches, so too does one of La Grande’s growing arts traditions. Read more

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Although new winery owners Toby Turlay and Chris Dukelow are fully vaccinated, the risk that a breakthrough case could impact their sense of taste and smell — a common side effect of COVID-19 — is too great, they said. Read more

PENDLETON — The protester accosted the people in Weston’s community hall as they waited to get their COVID-19 vaccine on a recent afternoon in late August. Read more

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SALEM — Gov. Kate Brown will skip the 2021 Pendleton Round-Up. Read more

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SALEM — Schools should cancel or curtail some extracurricular activities to help Oregon maintain what appears to be the beginning of a decline from record high numbers of COVID-19 infections, Gov. Kate Brown said Tuesday, Sept. 7. Read more

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PENDLETON — Umatilla County reported its 118th COVID-19 death on Tuesday, Sept. 7. Read more

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PENDLETON — Many local restaurants may have survived the heaviest COVID-19 restrictions with the help of millions of federal stimulus, but they’re not out of the woods yet. Read more

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SALEM — Nearly 4 in 5 coronavirus deaths in Oregon during the first four weeks of August were among unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals, according to new data released by the Oregon Health Authority. Read more

SALEM — Oregon’s COVID-19 hospitalizations could peak over the course of next week — and possibly, begin to decline, according to a new model out of Oregon Health and Sciences University. But that will only happen if Oregonians continue to wear masks and take precautions. Read more

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Editor’s note: Today is Part One of a series of articles by EO Media Group to publish over the next five weekends, looking at the issue of the lack of workers for jobs in Central and Eastern Oregon; why workers are not returning to previous-held jobs and how businesses functioning without being fully staffed. Read more

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UMATILLA — Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla on Thursday, Sept. 2, reported its first COVID-19 death in months, according to a press release from the Oregon Department of Corrections. Read more

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SALEM — This season's wildfires have already surpassed the average number of acres burned over the last decade and the calendar hasn't even reached September, typically a busy month for wildland firefighters. Read more

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PENDLETON — Workplaces throughout Umatilla and Morrow counties are facing more COVID-19 outbreaks than they have in months. Read more

Oregon, which was already on track to pay up to $1,100 to nearly all low-income and some not-low-income children to help them afford food, will pay those children and some others an additional $389. Read more

ADRIAN — Kevin Purnell was fired Monday, Aug. 30, as superintendent of the Adrian School District just one week after students returned to school. Read more

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PENDLETON — Umatilla County’s weekly COVID-19 vaccinations have more than doubled since mid-June, according to data from the health department. Read more

SALEM — Jobs in restaurants and taverns frequently sit at the bottom end of the pay scale, with waiters, line cooks and bartenders sometimes treated as easily replaceable — and paid accordingly. Read more

HERMISTON — A program to encourage visits to the city’s restaurants soon begins under a partnership between the Hermiston Chamber of Commerce and city of Hermiston. Read more

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HERMISTON — Hermiston High School was buzzing with excitement Friday, Aug. 27, as new students entered for orientation. Read more

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HERMISTON — Thousands of people crowded the Hermiston Butte Park Friday and Saturday, Aug. 27 and 28, to experience Greater Hermiston CityFest with Andrew Palau, a celebration of Christ and fun. Read more

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PENDLETON — Umatilla County reported two COVID-19 deaths Monday, Aug. 30, raising the county’s death toll this month to 19. Read more

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SALEM — Oregon health officials have seen an increase in children with COVID-19 cases severe enough to require hospitalization and said it mirrors a national trend. State health officials said nine babies, toddlers or preschoolers were hospitalized in Oregon last week according to the state,… Read more

BEND — The death toll from COVID-19 in Oregon is climbing so rapidly in some counties that the state has organized delivery of one refrigerated truck to hold the bodies and is sending a second one, the state emergency management department said Saturday, Aug. 28. Read more

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Walla Walla Valley businesses on both sides of the Washington-Oregon border have reported that residents here are also asking for the deworming drug for off-label purposes. Read more

LA GRANDE — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Aug. 13 issued an emergency order to deploy nearly 1,500 Oregon National Guard soldiers throughout the state to help support hospitals. Read more

MISSION — Members of the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation have participated in the Pendleton Round-Up since the early days of the rodeo, but its government has some serious concerns about the 111th edition. Read more

PENDLETON — Gov. Kate Brown’s recent vaccine mandates for state employees, health care workers and school staff drew more than 150 people to Pendleton for a protest. Read more

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PENDLETON — Gail Wickers knew something was terribly wrong with her husband. Read more

PORTLAND — Conspiracy theories about a parasite drug are making people sick in Oregon, according to Oregon Health & Science University. Read more

PENDLETON — Umatilla County reported four new COVID-19 deaths Wednesday, Aug. 25, setting a new pandemic record for deaths reported in a single day. Read more

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The COVID-19 spike that began in July should peak soon after Labor Day and begin a two-month decline in infections, hospitalizations and deaths, according to a new state forecast. Read more

UMATILLA COUNTY — With COVID-19 cases continuing to surge in Eastern Oregon and around the state, Gov. Kate Brown expanded the mask mandate to include outdoor events where social distancing isn’t possible. Read more

SALEM — Millions of U.S. households, including more than 600,000 Oregon families, received payments last month through an expansion of the federal child tax credit. Read more

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SALEM — The Oregon Department of Corrections has been ground zero for some of the largest outbreaks of COVID-19 across the state throughout the duration of the pandemic. Read more

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JOSEPH — For the second year in a row, Oregon's Alpenfest has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Read more

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SALEM — Gov. Kate Brown has expanded a mandatory mask order to include large outdoor gatherings as well well as indoor gatherings. Read more

LA GRANDE — Residents in Umatilla County in a group of 50 have a 57% chance of of meeting someone with COVID-19, while in Morrow Count there is a 73% chance. Read more

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PENDLETON — There have been moments over the past month where Robert Maranville felt that, no matter how hard he tried, he wasn’t doing enough. Read more

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PENDLETON — The Oregon Health Authority reported two more Umatilla County COVID-19 deaths Monday, Aug. 23, raising the county’s death toll to 108 since the pandemic began. Read more

MISSION — In the heart of the Longhouse is the wash, a patch of earth at its center and the place where the casket containing Michael Gavin would lay for the duration of the ceremony. Read more

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