Coronavirus (COVID-19) Timeline

PENDLETON — As the pandemic stretches into 2021, Pendleton’s elected leaders are considering more drastic measures to preserve the city’s restaurant industry. Read more

PENDLETON — Going into 2020, Cesar Ruiz thought Blue Mountain Community College was the right fit for him. Read more

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PENDLETON — Umatilla County residents can expect further delays in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine as health officials announced on Friday, Jan. 15, that the county will not be receiving any doses next week and will be canceling drive-thru clinics originally scheduled on Jan. 21 and Jan. 22, … Read more

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SALEM — Oregon is taking a step back in its effort to vaccinate older residents of the state, after learning that its push to rapidly accelerate COVID-19 vaccinations has been derailed by what Gov. Kate Brown called “mass deception” on the part of the Trump administration. Read more

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UMATILLA — Two inmates at Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla have died in the past week after testing positive for COVID-19, according to press releases from the Oregon Department of Corrections, bringing the recent death toll spurred by the surge in cases at the prison to four … Read more

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PORTLAND — Oregon Association of Nurseries, which represents nearly 700 wholesale growers, retailers, landscapers and suppliers statewide, announced Wednesday, Jan. 13, it will host a virtual marketplace event in February. Read more

PENDLETON — As state health officials look to ramp up and broaden vaccination efforts across Oregon, Umatilla County officials are concerned that the efforts won’t be a cure-all for the already dwindling quantity of vaccines making their way to the arms of county residents. Read more

SALEM — After a brief lull in daily new cases of COVID-19 provided a momentary respite from the unrelenting march of the pandemic early in the new year, Oregonians now face a projected rise in infections and deaths over the coming months on an unprecedented scale. Read more

HERMISTON — As rising COVID-19 numbers spark worry about hospital capacity in Oregon, the ability to quickly move patients between hospitals has been an important part of planning for surges. Read more

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PENDLETON — Umatilla County Public Health announced three COVID-19-related deaths on Wednesday, Jan. 13, and one death on Tuesday, Jan. 12, bringing the county's total to 64. Read more

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SALEM — Gov. Kate Brown said after guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday, Jan. 12, Oregon will expand COVID-19 vaccination to include people age 65 and and older. Read more

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HERMISTON — It was three city councilors’ first meeting in office on Monday, Jan. 11, and several city residents wasted no time in getting in front of them to encourage the council to do something about the COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the state and enforced by state agencies. Read more

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School districts in Umatilla County can see a path forward for bringing students back to the classroom, but it will be a slower journey than many parents hoped. Read more

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SALEM — Four Oregon Counties, including Morrow County, will move into the governor’s “extreme risk” designation for spreading COVID-19, according to a press release from Gov. Kate Brown’s office. Read more

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing a slower-than-hoped coronavirus vaccine rollout, the Trump administration abruptly shifted gears Tuesday to speed the delivery of shots to more people. The move came as cases and deaths surged to alarming new highs. Read more

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Many parts of the U.S. are facing lumber shortages — and experts say the problem is acute in the West after 2020's devastating wildfires. Read more

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SALEM, Ore. — The COVID-19 vaccine rollout is underway in Oregon, but it could be months before farmworkers and others in the food sector receive a vaccination. Read more

The Oregon Legislature returned to the Capitol on Monday amid a raging pandemic that has the Salem area under an "Extreme Risk" list for COVID-19 infections. Read more

HERMISTON — It may look a little different than in years past, but the Umatilla County Fair is making plans for what it hopes is its first year back since the pandemic canceled most events in 2020. Read more

SALEM — The Oregon Legislature is set to deliberate on a new bill aimed at addressing the state’s homeless youth crisis. Read more

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PENDLETON — Roughly 600 people streamed through the parking lot of the Pendleton Convention Center for a pair of COVID-19 vaccination clinics late last week, according to the Umatilla County Public Health Department. Read more

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UMATILLA COUNTY — Umatilla County Public Health reported 182 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, Jan. 11. Read more

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Two Southern Oregon Republican lawmakers back a new group, Citizens Against Tyranny, that formed last month to defy Gov. Kate Brown’s COVID-19 regulations, try to recall elected officials who decline to sign onto their “declaration of basic rights” and publicly name private citizens who file complaints against businesses that don’t comply with Brown’s executive orders. Read more

HERMISTON — David Faaeteete was happy to see the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association move football to Season 1 during its Wednesday, Jan. 6, meeting, but for the Hermiston football coach, the announcement also comes with hesitation. Read more

HEPPNER — Madelyn Nichols has made a name for herself as one of the top small-school runners in Oregon, and even though she lost her junior year of track and field, she did not not fall off the radar of college coaches. Read more

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UMATILLA — Brandon Baker was already feeling symptoms when officials at Two Rivers Correctional Institution carried out a sick inmate from two cells down. Read more

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WASHINGTON — With Democrats in control of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House, and Democrat Joe Biden's Jan. 20 inauguration approaching, Americans can expect a large, long-term package of aid to help get through the COVID-19 pandemic that will likely last well into the year, Sen. Ron. Wyden, D-O… Read more

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A virtual forum on race will take the place of Hermiston’s usual Martin Luther King Day Peace Walk this year. Read more

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LA GRANDE — As 2020 closed out on a year of declining enrollment and tuition revenue for many of Oregon’s public universities, Eastern Oregon University in La Grande opted to increase President Tom Insko’s salary and to award him $22,500 in year-end bonuses. Read more

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PENDLETON — The Oregon Health Authority announced Umatilla County’s 60th COVID-19 death in a Friday, Jan. 8, press release. Read more

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Like elsewhere in Oregon, Umatilla County officials wait and watch to see how much vaccine lands each week to immunize people against the disease. Read more

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UMATILLA COUNTY — Before taking office, new Umatilla County Commissioner Dan Dorran wrote a letter to the governor. Read more

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Milton-Freewater Superintendent Aaron Duff said in his letter that the district could return to limited in-person instruction on Jan. 11, while hybrid schedule for all students could begin Feb. 16. Read more

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PENDLETON — The Umatilla County Health Department announced the county’s 58th COVID-19 death in a Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, press release. Read more

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PORTLAND — Oregon health officials had a goal of administering 100,000 coronavirus vaccines by the end of 2020, but as of Tuesday, Jan. 5, had only administered 51,283. Read more

SALEM — Two Portland hospital systems threw out more than three dozen coronavirus vaccine doses even as Oregon’s top health official said his agency knew of no wasted vaccines. Read more

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SALEM — Oregon isn’t vaccinating people fast enough, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said in a statement Monday, Jan. 4. Read more

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UMATILLA COUNTY — Gov. Kate Brown’s decision to make the school’s COVID-19 metrics advisory rather than mandatory moved the reopening goalposts up again, but it’s unlikely schools will execute a full-scale reopening by the governor’s Feb. 15 deadline. Read more

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UMATILLA COUNTY — Umatilla County Public Health reported 223 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, Jan. 4. Read more

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Oregon trails 40 other states for its slow pace of getting coronavirus vaccine shots in arms, federal data show, leaving the vaccine deployment lagging as the state’s death toll hit 1,500 Sunday. Read more

HERMISTON — Some stood near the warmth of fires in the parking lot of the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center in Hermiston, eating, drinking and sharing stories under the light of a nearly full moon on a clear, crisp and windless New Year’s Eve. Read more

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ENTERPRISE — A health care worker in Oregon was hospitalized after having a severe allergic reaction to the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Oregon Health Authority. Read more

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PENDLETON — The Umatilla County Health Department announced the county’s 57th COVID-19 death in a Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020, press release. Read more

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SALEM — Most out-of-work Oregonians who received unemployment benefits this week will have a welcome experience next week: Those receiving ordinary unemployment will receive an extra $300, and the 72,000 self-employed workers whose special pandemic benefits were to expire will see them conti… Read more

HEPPNER — Despite the cold weather, wind and drizzle, Morrow County Sheriff Ken Matlack appeared in a jovial mood on Wednesday, Dec. 30, awaiting his first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine beneath a tent in the parking lot of the Bartholomew Building in Heppner. Read more

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PENDLETON — The Umatilla County Health Department announced the county’s 56th COVID-19 death in a Wednesday, Dec. 30, press release. Read more

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The coronavirus pandemic brought Oregon a sudden economic catastrophe in March, the sharpest downturn in the state’s history and its highest jobless rate on record, nearly 15%. Read more

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SALEM — Six Oregon counties, including Morrow County, moved out from under the governor’s “extreme risk” designation for spreading COVID-19, according to a press release from Gov. Kate Brown’s office. Read more

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PENDLETON — The atmosphere in the St. Anthony Hospital conference room on Monday, Dec. 28, was upbeat. Ten health care workers who waited there to receive the hospital’s first coronavirus vaccinations could barely contain their elation. Read more

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Owner Grant Richie and store operators Robert Corwin and Shawn Pierce together have steered the 5,000-square-foot facility in a new direction over the past 12 months. [SUBSCRIBER-ONLY CONTENT] Read more

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BAKER CITY — The Powder River Correctional Facility in Baker City has had 18 inmates test positive for COVID-19. Read more

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LA GRANDE — Veterans, including those served by the La Grande VA Clinic, will be among the first in Northeast Oregon to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Read more

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EUGENE — When public health officials asked Oregonians to buckle down to slow COVID-19’s spread in March, people largely listened, holding onto the hope it would mean a return to “normal” life in just a few weeks. Read more

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UMATILLA — After a power outage at Two Rivers Correctional Institution left approximately 600 inmates largely in darkness on the prison’s east side for more than a week during a surge in COVID-19 cases, the power is “back and running as normal,” Jennifer Black, a communications manager for t… Read more

PENDLETON — Umatilla County hospitals have received 1,400 doses of the coronavirus vaccine and are planning to begin immunizations on Monday, Dec. 28, according to county health officials. Read more

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SALEM — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is easing the statewide restrictions placed on school districts with the goal of seeing more students return to in-person instruction by February 2021; the governor’s latest announcement comes despite a continued surge in the number of people being diagnosed wi… Read more

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PENDLETON — The Umatilla County Health Department announced the county’s 55th COVID-19 death in a Wednesday, Dec. 23, press release. Read more

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Jeremy Clawson, 31, of Baker City has been charged with theft of government property for allegedly receiving a federal COVID-19 loan on behalf of a fictitious company and then using the money for personal purposes, including buying a $49,000 car, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Portland. Read more

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UMATILLA — A power outage at Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla has left the east side of the prison largely in darkness since Wednesday, Dec. 16, and has affected the institution’s physical plant, security, food and housing units with no clear end in sight, according to public … Read more

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PORTLAND — For most of the year, Oregonians have faced challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, but Gov. Kate Brown said on Tuesday, Dec. 22, people finally caught a glimpse of the “light at the end of this long tunnel.” Read more

The Legislature held its third special session of 2020 on Monday, amid a pandemic and violent protests at the Capitol organized by a right-wing group. Read more

HERMISTON — It took Joe Gutierrez landing in the hospital to make a COVID-19 believer out of some people. Read more

PENDLETON — From his hospital room 200 miles away from home, Milo Abrahamson got on the phone with his uncle. Read more

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HERMISTON — It was the Sunday after Thanksgiving when Phyllis Hansell awoke to a splitting headache. Read more

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SALEM — State police declared an unlawful assembly at Oregon’s Capitol building on Monday, Dec. 21, as protesters attempted to force their way in during the third special legislative session. Read more

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MISSION — A pickup truck rolled into the parking lot behind the Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center on the Umatilla Indian Reservation on a recent Monday afternoon. Nurse Rena Wickert grabbed a clipboard and three swabs to test each of the people in the vehicle for the coronavirus. Read more

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PENDLETON — While gym doors on school grounds continue to remain closed, every component of Oregon high school athletics are in the midst of a transitional phase. Read more

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MISSION — When it comes to getting shots, Lisa Guzman is typically “a crier,” she said. Read more

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PENDLETON — A Pendleton family is receiving a very special Christmas from an unlikely source from beyond the grave — zombies. Read more

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PENDLETON — The Umatilla County Health Department announced the county’s 54th COVID-19 death in a Friday, Dec. 18, press release. Read more

SALEM — Oregon is receiving thousands of fewer doses of the COVID-19 vaccine this month from the federal government than originally indicated, public health officials acknowledged on Thursday, Dec. 17. Read more

SALEM — A federal judge has ruled that a suit can proceed against the governor and state correctional officials alleging they’ve failed to protect prison inmates from the spread of the coronavirus. Read more

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SALEM — Oregon Health Authority’s weekly report on COVID-19 outbreaks in the state shows nine new workplace outbreaks in Umatilla and Morrow counties in the first two weeks of November. Read more

PENDLETON — Leaders from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation met with Umatilla County Commissioners and other county officials on Wednesday, Dec. 16, to discuss the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Thorn Hollow Bridge and how local communities are jointly pl… Read more

PENDLETON — Monopoly anyone? Read more

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PENDLETON — Despite the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, The Giving Tree at Hamley Western Store in Pendleton saw every tag plucked from its branches this year. Read more

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SALEM — The first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered in Oregon on Wednesday, Dec. 16, beginning a process that won’t likely be finished until summer. Read more

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The vaccine hasn't arrived at the Walla Walla VA yet but staff there is getting ready. Read more

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SALEM — After weeks of negotiations with lawmakers, Gov. Kate Brown announced a one-day special session of the Oregon Legislature will be held Monday, Dec. 21, to deal with COVID-19 related issues. Read more

SALEM — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is set to commute the sentences of approximately 130 Oregon prison inmates this week. Some are at high risk for COVID-19 while others are being released to create more space in the state’s prisons. The inmates are expected to be released from prisons Thursday, … Read more

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SALEM — Most of Oregon will greet the holiday season and New Year’s Eve as “extreme risk” locations requiring tight COVID-19 limits on gatherings, dining and activities. Read more

MISSION — Around midday on Thursday, Dec. 3, more than 25 vehicles sat in front of Wildhorse Resort & Casino, waiting to receive a free COVID-19 test supplied by Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center and the Oregon Health Authority. Read more

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JOSEPH — After more than four decades at Wallowa Lake, Oregon’s Alpenfest will have a new home in 2021. Read more

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SALEM — The first shipments of the long-awaited coronavirus vaccine have arrived in Oregon, although officials don’t expect to begin inoculating any residents on Monday, Dec. 14. Read more

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Blue Mountain Therapeutic Riding, which offers horse riding classes for people with disabilities, has mounted challenges over the years and succeeded with a cavalry of volunteers. Read more

PORTLAND — When Jennifer Arnold’s work phone rings, she never knows what she’ll hear coming from the other end. Read more

PENDLETON — After keeping the gym doors closed the last few weeks due to the “freeze” issued by Gov. Kate Brown and the Oregon Health Authority, the Oregon School Activities Association met virtually to discuss the future of high school athletics amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

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UMATILLA COUNTY — Eastern Oregon chambers of commerce are warning local businesses of a protest effort that could target them. Read more

PENDLETON — Every holiday season, they came to Pendleton in droves from near and far, seeking one thing — corn dogs. Read more

Despite the imminent arrival of the first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, Oregon will likely have thousands more casualties before the majority of residents can be vaccinated, state officials said Friday. Read more

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SALEM — Gov. Kate Brown will not be among the first Oregonians to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Read more

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Gov. Kate Brown wants to resurrect more than 30 projects costing over $200 million that died last summer when the state bond market collapsed during business shutdowns ordered to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Restaurant Association has sent a letter to Congress asking for financial relief for the restaurant industry. Read more

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SALEM — The to-do list is growing for the Oregon Legislature as lawmakers consider a third special session this year, barely a month before the 2021 regular session gets underway on Jan. 11, 2021. Read more

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PENDLETON — The Umatilla County Health Department announced the county’s 52nd COVID-19 death in a Wednesday, Dec. 9, press release. Read more

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SALEM — Memories can be short in politics, goodwill a fleeting commodity. Just ask Oregon’s hospitals. Read more

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