Coronavirus (COVID-19) Timeline

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LA GRANDE — Union County has its fourth death from COVID-19. Read more

SALEM — Gov. Kate Brown is standing firm on her decision to close restaurants and bars to in-person dining, telling a federal court Monday, Nov. 23, that saving lives during a rapidly spreading pandemic takes priority. Read more

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UNION COUNTY — The Union County Center for Human Development reported 26 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, Nov. 25, bringing the county’s total since Sunday to 60. Read more

JOSEPH — Third graders all over Wallowa County were the recipients of a unique gift late last month, as the Hurricane Creek Grange handed out student dictionaries as part of its education program. Read more

LA GRANDE — The day after Thanksgiving brings to mind an image of hundreds of shoppers rushing the doors of department stores and retailers in a combative, standing-room-only search for holiday sale markdowns. Read more

LA GRANDE — Legacy Ford of La Grande is launching a new program to inspire car buyers to shop locally this holiday season. Read more

Papa Murphy’s in La Grande broadcasts its closure Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, as COVID-19 continues its unprecedented autumn spread, impacting business and lives across the country. Read more

ENTERPRISE — A letter endorsing a Northeast Oregon high school basketball season pilot program was approved by the Wallowa County Board of Commissioners at its regular meeting Wednesday, Nov. 18. Read more

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UNION COUNTY — The Center for Human Development, La Grande, reported COVID-19 claimed the life of its third Union County resident. Read more

UNION COUNTY — The local surge in COVID-19 cases continued in Union County over the weekend as the Center for Human Development reported 62 new cases in three days, mirroring the unprecedented spread of the virus across the state. Read more

CRATER LAKE — This year has been a roller coaster for Crater Lake National Park. Read more

LA GRANDE — The COVID-19 pandemic will not scuttle the La Grande Police Department’s annual Shop with a Cop event this holiday season, but it will alter it. Read more

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SALEM — A fifth round of grant funding is available to businesses in Eastern Oregon that have lost revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a press release from the Small Business Development Center at Eastern Oregon University, La Grande. Read more

While we just wrote about this, please consider ordering takeout this weekend from your favorite bar or restaurant. Read more

UNION COUNTY — While COVID-19 cases pummeled population centers and coastal areas in Oregon and across the U.S. earlier this year, Union County went largely unaffected. Daily case counts regularly reported one or zero new coronavirus infections, and double-digit days were almost unheard of l… Read more

LA GRANDE — Anytime Fitness in La Grande is refusing to abide by state efforts to curtail the unprecedented spread of COVID-19, which claimed the life of its 800th Oregonian on Thursday, Nov. 19. Read more

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Elected leaders from Eastern Oregon who signed a letter asking Gov. Kate Brown for changes to her approach to COVID-19 shutdowns said this was not in direct response to the current two-week “freeze.” Instead, the letter was crafted over several weeks as an outline of what they hope to see ha… Read more

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LA GRANDE — The immediate budget picture for the La Grande School District looks solid despite the recession Oregon is recovering from. Read more

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UNION COUNTY — The Center for Human Development, La Grande, announced eight new cases of COVID-19 Thursday, Nov. 19, bringing the county’s five-day total to 59. Read more

SALEM — Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced settlements with five Oregon companies for consumer protection violations related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

The Granada Theatre marquee, a longtime staple of Adams Avenue in downtown La Grande, declares the movie house’s closure as part of Oregon’s two-week freeze that began Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, aimed at staunching the rapid spread of COVID-19. Read more

SALEM — Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek on Wednesday, Nov. 18, called for a special legislative session so lawmakers can allocate additional funds to help Oregonians struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

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LA GRANDE — Grande Ronde Hospital in La Grande on Wednesday, nov. 18, made the Oregon Health Authority’s weekly report for workplace outbreaks for COVID-19. According to the report, six employees there have COVID-19. Read more

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SALEM — Oregon is committing $55 million in financial assistance to support Oregon businesses enduring the negative effects of COVID-19 restrictions. Read more

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The news of skyrocketing numbers of COVID-19 infections across the United States is reminding us of the original meaning of the phrase “going viral.” Read more

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LA GRANDE — Union County’s COVID-19 cases continue to spike. The Center for Human Development, La Grande, reported 47 new cases in the span of three days. Read more

LA GRANDE — The two-week pause on social activities that went into effect Wednesday, Nov. 11, is about to become a two-week freeze. Read more

LA GRANDE — La Grande’s annual Festival of Trees began in 1987, the same year 800,000 people gathered at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco to celebrate the span’s 50th anniversary. Read more

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SALEM — Oregon will restrict or close many businesses, curtail activities and put a six-person limit on gatherings, including Thanksgiving, under a statewide “Two-Week Freeze” starting Wednesday, Nov. 18, in an effort to stem rising COVID-19 infection rates Read more

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SALEM — Oregon smashed another coronavirus record with 1,122 cases reported Thursday, Nov. 12, marking the first time the state topped 1,000 in a single day and underscoring the runaway spread that is starting to stretch hospitals. Read more

LA GRANDE — The holiday season has long been a staple of American life. With it comes the comfort of familiar habits — tree lightings, parades, religious services, taking the kids to see Santa — but perhaps none are so loved or so lucrative as that most precious of holiday traditions: Read more

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LA GRANDE — Many readers will be reaching for Cook Memorial Library’s doorbell instead of its bookshelves for the next 2-1/2 weeks. Read more

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PENDLETON — Health officials around Oregon have raised concerns about hospital capacity in the state during the current surge of COVID-19 cases. Local officials and hospitals are confident in the ability to keep up with increases in hospital admissions, but are keeping an eye on the number o… Read more

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LA GRANDE — Eastern Oregon University’s fall enrollment showcases a rise in the number of students learning online and in its masters of arts teaching program. Read more

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SALEM — Oregon’s battle to slow coronavirus fell further behind over the weekend by virtually every key metric, with average daily cases, hospitalizations and test positivity rates climbing to record levels. Read more

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LA GRANDE — La Grande School District kindergarten through third-grade students will return to comprehensive distance learning Monday, Nov. 16. Read more

LA GRANDE — As coronavirus cases surged last week in Union County and winter continued its steady approach, the struggles of the past year were fresh in the minds of many La Grande business owners. Read more

UNION COUNTY — The La Grande School District could return all grades to distance learning as the number of cases of COVID-19 continues to mount. Other local school districts also are working to remain open to in-person instruction. Read more

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UNION COUNTY — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced Monday afternoon, Nov. 9, that Union County would undergo a "two-week pause" beginning Wednesday to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Read more

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LA GRANDE — Union County's Center for Human Development, La Grande, reported 13 new cases of COVID-19 in Union County Monday, Nov. 9, as cases continued to surge across the state. Read more

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LA GRANDE — The La Grande School District will address how Oregon's health metrics and the recent increase in COVD-19 cases affect the district during a virtual Tuesday, Nov. 10, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Read more

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LA GRANDE — Union County has another 10 cases of COVID-19. Read more

LA GRANDE — The Grande Ronde Academy in La Grande opened its doors to in-person instruction Sept. 8. Read more

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LA GRANDE — Two staff members in the La Grande School District this week tested positive for COVID-19, superintendent George Mendoza reported. Read more

LA GRANDE — Eastern Oregon University in La Grande is rolling out a plan to provide classes and student services during the coming winter term just as cases of COVID-19 are trending up locally and statewide. Read more

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LA GRANDE — The Northeast Oregon Regional Food Bank supplies more than 16,000 food boxes annually to residents in Union, Grant, Wallowa and Baker counties. Read more

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LA GRANDE — Licensed nursing, assisted living and residential care facilities in Oregon are open for limited indoor visits. Read more

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LA GRANDE — La Grande Middle School is not shutting the book on an annual tradition despite the pandemic. Read more

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SALEM — The Oregon Health Authority announced eight new cases of coronavirus in Union County Tuesday, Nov. 3, bringing the county's total case count to 35 in the past week. Read more

UNION COUNTY — Greenwood Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Missy Rinker was concerned late last week as she prepared to venture into unchartered territory. Read more

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LA GRANDE — The La Grande School District may fully reopen for all grades within a month. Read more

SUMMERVILLE — It’s not something you see every day. A knight in armor led a cowgirl and others in Halloween costumes through the flowing movements of an ancient Chinese art Friday, Oct. 30, at Summerville’s Pleasant Grove Grange. Read more

WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla Veterans Affairs office announced it is offering a new program to help through the difficulties COVID-19 has created. Led by Troy Parson, the Walla Walla chapter chaplain, the seven week virtual program, The Shalom Project, will facilitate conversations about wa… Read more

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OPA-LOCKA, Fla. — President Donald Trump is suggesting he will fire Dr. Anthony Fauci after Tuesday’s election, as his rift with the nation’s top infectious disease expert widens while the nation sees its most alarming outbreak of the coronavirus since the spring. Read more

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LA GRANDE — The Oregon Housing and Community Services is offering $20 million in coronavirus relief funding to registered affordable rental housing agencies. The funding is to help stabilize the rental market due to tenants not being able to pay rent. Read more

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UNION COUNTY— The Center for Human Development Public Health reported three new positive cases for Union County Friday, Oct. 30. This brings the weekly total to 23 cases, the highest number of cases in a week since June. Read more

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UNION COUNTY — Union County's COVID-19 count increased Thursday, Oct. 29, with another seven cases. Read more

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LA GRANDE — A La Grande-based travel agency and longtime local business is seeking to rebrand itself in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Read more

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LA GRANDE — La Grande High School, for the first time in seven and a half months, periodically has more students on campus than it does teachers. Read more

SALEM — Things are tough all over — even in the Enchanted Forest. Read more

BUIZINGEN, Belgium — Small, yet so divided, Belgium has been hit hard again by the pandemic, and now presents some of the most worrying statistics in a continent reeling under a coronavirus resurgence. Read more

SALEM — Oregon, Washington, and Nevada joined forces with California Tuesday, Oct. 27, to vet any vaccine for COVID-19 before distributing it to the public. Read more

KLAMATH FALLS — Early mornings in October are chilly, but the parking lot of the Klamath Falls Gospel Mission somehow still felt warm on Thursday, Oct. 23, as volunteers helped distribute boxes of food throughout Oregon and Northern California. Read more

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LA GRANDE — The Oregon Health Authority reported nine new cases of coronavirus infection in Union County on Wednesday, Oct. 28, reflecting a recent surge across the United States and the world. Read more

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UNION COUNTY — The Center for Human Development on Wednesday, Oct. 28, reported nine new cases in Union County, bringing the total case count to 477. Read more

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HAINES — Two students at Haines Elementary School recently tested positive for COVID-19. Read more

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BOISE — Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Monday, Oct. 26, ordered a return to some restrictions to slow the spread of the coronavirus as intertwined health care systems across the state showed early signs of buckling. Read more

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LA GRANDE — La Grande City Manager Robert Strope extended the city's declaration of emergency Wednesday morning, Oct. 28. Read more

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SALEM — Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday, Oct. 27, extended her state of emergency declaration for the COVID-19 pandemic for another 60 days. Read more

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UNION COUNTY — Even though the traditional Halloween events have been canceled, residents of Union County are finding alternative ways to celebrate the spooky season while staying safe from COVID-19. Read more

LA GRANDE — The 2020 Eastern Oregon Film Festival was a success, festival Director Christopher Jennings declared, even as the event was all online due to the coronavirus pandemic. Read more

SALEM — With Halloween a week away, it’s not hard to find gravestones adorning local lawns. But Amy Vandegrift’s yard is more memorial than festive adornment. Read more

VALE — Four classes at Vale Elementary School have been suspended because four staff and one student have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, according to Alisha McBride, Vale School District superintendent. Read more

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LA GRANDE — The annual Nov. 11 La Grande Veterans Day Parade has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

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If high schools in Eastern Oregon resume competitive events in 2021, the teams might seek to limit their opponents to relatively nearby schools to reduce travel and make it easier to comply with COVID-19 precautions. Read more

ISLAND CITY — To walk on to Island City Elementary School’s campus on Wednesdays is to almost step back back in time seven months to the pre COVID-19 era. Read more

ELGIN — The game soon will be afoot at the Elgin Opera House. Read more

LA GRANDE — The Grande Ronde Symphony’s concert Oct. 3 reached more than 700 people, showcasing the success of holding virtual performances. Read more

SALEM — The Oregon Health Authority’s latest face covering guidelines require masks, face coverings or face shields in all workplaces, indoor public spaces, outdoor businesses and in outdoor public spaces when physical distancing of at least 6 feet is not possible. Read more

PORTLAND — A vacant Greyhound bus station in downtown Portland will be opened temporarily as a homeless shelter. Read more

CORVALLIS — A Corvallis woman pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide on Thursday, Oct. 22, in Polk County Circuit Court for a 2019 car crash that killed her teenage daughter. Read more

CORVALLIS — The obsolescence of humans is upon us. Read more

OMAHA, Neb. — Nebraska will never be mistaken for a swing state given that it hasn’t supported a Democratic presidential candidate since 1964, but if the race is close this fall, the state could have a key role in choosing the next president. Read more

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PORTLAND — Oregon Health Authority reported the state experienced an spike in drug overdose deaths this past spring compared to last year, and public health experts believe use of illicit fentanyl and methamphetamine is driving the increase. Read more

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WASHINGTON — Their final debate behind them, President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden are packaging their divergent personal styles and policy prescriptions into closing messages for the final sprint to Election Day. Read more

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UNION COUNTY — The Oregon Health Authority on Thursday, Oct. 22, reported Union County has six new cases of coronavirus. Read more

ST. PAUL — Mark Anderson, owner of Champoeg Farm in St. Paul, called to his flock of pasture-raised, broad-breasted white turkeys as he approached the fence. The toms replied with a throaty jumble of gobbling. Read more

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SALEM — State health officials could distribute the first doses of COVID-19 vaccinations as early as the end of this month if it’s approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Read more

LA GRANDE — Local doctors and public health are hopeful the measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 will deliver similar benefits as the flu season takes flight. Read more

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WALLOWA COUNTY — Wallowa County had a second death attributed to COVID-19 reported in the Saturday, Oct. 17, update from the Oregon Health Authority. Read more

SUMMERVILLE — Blacksmithing is one of the oldest trades in the world, yet few people are part of it. Summerville resident Peter Clark is working on getting the next generation of blacksmiths ready. Read more

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The fight against COVID-19 is being undercut by precaution fatigue, willful ignorance and mixed messages between health officials in Oregon and Washington, D.C. Read more

SALEM — Though the coronavirus outbreak is expected to disrupt some aspects of the holiday season, that’s not necessarily a bad omen for Christmas tree farmers. Read more

LA GRANDE — La Grande youths this year will have to go without trick-or-treating at residence halls at Eastern Oregon University. Read more

ENTERPRISE — The city of Enterprise received $58,350.77 from the federal Treasury’s Coronavirus Relief Fund to address unforeseen financial needs and risks created by the COVID-19 pandemic, it was announced at the Monday, Oct. 12, city council meeting. Read more

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LA GRANDE — If the prescriptions in your medicine cabinet have expired or you have other unwanted medications, the La Grande Police Department is offering you a place to safely leave these drugs on Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Read more

SALEM — The Oregon Health Authority reported 909 new and presumptive cases of COVID-19 in the span of two days. Read more

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ELGIN — An Elgin School District staff member tested positive for COVID-19. Read more

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