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SALEM — Oregon employers had a notoriously difficult time filling jobs all last year. Read more

SALEM — Oregon’s unemployment rate inched down again in December, though it was measured too early in the month to account for the widespread disruption of the omicron surge. Read more

SALEM — The omicron variant wave of COVID-19 will peak over the next two weeks and begin a steep decline, according to a new state forecast. Read more

SALEM — State health officials are proposing a permanent rule that would be rescinded when it’s no longer necessary. Read more

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LA GRANDE — The La Grande and North Powder school districts are being hit hard by COVID-19 but three other Union County school districts are faring much better. Read more

SALEM — The Oregon Health Authority released its daily COVID-19 report on Thursday, Jan. 20, revealing 61 new cases in Union County. The report indicated 13 new cases in Wallowa County. Read more

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LA GRANDE — The La Grande School District released a statement on Wednesday, Jan. 19, which stated that the school is encountering a recent surge in COVID-19 cases. Read more

SALEM — The state’s average four-year high school graduation rate fell just two percentage points during the last school year despite major hurdles to instruction from the pandemic, according to data released Thursday by the Oregon Department of Education. Read more

SALEM — The Oregon Health Authority released its daily COVID-19 report, revealing 52 new cases in Union County and 22 cases in Wallowa County. Read more

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LA GRANDE — In the midst of a spike in the COVID-19 pandemic, Eastern Oregon University Athletics announced on Wednesday, Jan. 19, that it will not offer concessions or hospitality dining at home sporting events. Read more

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LA GRANDE — The La Grande School District’s COVID-19 infection rate is spiking. Read more

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SALEM — The Oregon Health Authority released its weekend COVID-19 report on Tuesday, Jan. 18, showing 106 new cases in Union County over the extended weekend from Jan. 14 to Jan. 17. The report indicated 58 new cases in Wallowa County during that same time frame. Read more

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

SALEM — The omicron variant is creating a sharp rise in pediatric COVID-19 cases. Read more

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

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SALEM — The Oregon Health Authority announced its daily COVID-19 update on Friday, Jan. 14, documenting 42 new cases in Union County. Wallowa County tallied three new COVID-19 cases in the report. Read more

UNION COUNTY — The Elgin School District has no students or staff out because of COVID-19 but it is feeling the impact of the pandemic. Read more

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SALEM — Oregon to receive nearly one million more test kits in the next week, according to health officials. Read more

SALEM — The Oregon Health Authority released its daily COVID-19 brief on Thursday, Jan. 13, revealing 31 new COVID-19 cases and one new COVID-19 death in Union County. Wallowa County recorded 15 new cases in the report. Read more

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SALEM — Oregon has given most of its initial supply of Paxlovid, a promising new antiviral drug from Pfizer to treat COVID-19, to community health clinics across the state. The clinics, also known as Federally Qualified Health Centers, provide primary care to low-income, uninsured, rural, an… Read more

SALEM — The Oregon Health Authority released its latest daily COVID-19 report on Wednesday, Jan. 12, revealing 38 new cases in Union County and 13 new cases in Wallowa County. Read more

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OLYMPIA, Wash. — A scheduled matchup between the Eastern Oregon University men’s basketball team and Evergreen State will no longer take place due to COVID-19 issues, the Cascade Collegiate Conference announced on Wednesday, Jan. 12. Read more

HELIX — The Powder Valley basketball teams will have one less game this weekend after a recent COVID-19 outbreak on the Griswold High School teams led to cancellations. Read more

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SALEM — Oregon Democrats are reviving a proposal to provide essential workers who stayed on the job through the pandemic with a one-time stimulus payment of up to $1,000. Read more

SALEM — The Oregon Health Authority released its daily COVID-19 report on Tuesday, Jan. 11, revealing 19 new cases in Wallowa County and 13 in Union County. Read more

SALEM — Coronavirus hospitalizations rose gradually over the weekend amid an unprecedented run of infections, with the state on Monday, Jan. 10, averaging more than 6,750 cases a day in the past week. Read more

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PORTLAND — A study out Thursday, Jan. 6, from Oregon Health and Science University found that while vaccines for COVID-19 did affect menstrual cycles for some people, that impact was minimal and generally resolved itself quickly, as soon as the next cycle. Read more

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SALEM — The Oregon Health Authority reported 27 new cases of COVID-19 in Union County in its report from Thursday, Jan. 6, with that total among 7,615 new cases in the state. There were no new Union County deaths in the report. The county now has had 3,635 cases during the pandemic, and ther… Read more

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LA GRANDE — Something returned to Eastern Oregon University’s athletic schedule that the school wishes could have been left behind in 2021 — forfeits due to COVID-19. Read more

The omicron variant is driving a skyrocketing number of new COVID-19 cases, with hospitalizations in Oregon nearing 500 per day. Read more

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Oregon kids could lose out on after-school activities this month if school districts follow new state guidance that extracurricular activities be canceled to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 omicron variant. Read more

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ENTERPRISE — More than 700. Read more

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SALEM — The Oregon Health Authority released its daily COVID-19 report on Wednesday, Dec. 29, revealing one new case in Union County and two new cases in Wallowa County. Read more

SALEM — The Oregon Health Authority released its daily COVID-19 update on Tuesday, Dec. 28, which revealed eight new cases in Union County. Wallowa County saw five new cases on the report, the largest single day total during the month of December. Read more

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Nearly half of Oregonians know someone who died from COVID-19, yet their familiarity with the disease doesn’t make them more likely to get vaccinated against it, University of Oregon researchers have found. Read more

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Oregon politics saw another intense year in 2021, as leaders’ handling of the ongoing pandemic continued to shape voters’ opinions and politicians started to go public with their electoral aspirations for 2022. Read more

SALEM — The Oregon Health Authority released its COVID-19 report on Monday, Dec. 27, which showed 20 new cases in Union County from Dec. 23 to Dec. 26. Read more

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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ENTERPRISE — More than 45% of children ages 5-17 have received a complete series of COVID-19 vaccinations in Wallowa County, according to data reported by the Oregon Health Authority on Tuesday, Dec. 21.

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SALEM — Oregon officials are still working out details on how they will get 1 million booster doses into the arms of Oregonians by the end of January in the scramble to head off a feared surge of the omicron variant. Read more

SALEM — It’s only been five days since Oregonians first learned the omicron variant could double the hospitalization rate of delta. Read more

SALEM — The Oregon Health Authority released its latest COVID-19 daily update on Thursday, Dec. 23, which showed two new COVID-19 deaths and seven new cases in Union County. Wallowa County reported three new cases. Read more

SALEM — The advocacy group Disability Rights Oregon is asking leaders of the Oregon Health Authority and the state Human Services Department to mandate booster doses for employees in nursing homes and long-term care facilities in Oregon. Read more

SALEM — The Oregon Health Authority released its daily COVID-19 report on Tuesday, Dec. 21, showing two deaths and nine new cases in Union County and one new case in Wallowa County. 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

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SALEM — Hospitals in Oregon are still understaffed and struggling. Read more

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SALEM — The Oregon Health Authority released its latest COVID-19 update on Wednesday, Dec. 15, which showed 28 new cases and one new death in Union County. Wallowa County added one new case on the report. Read more

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SALEM — Incomes and wages have been rising in Oregon, and continued that growth last year during the the steepest, deepest economic downturn in Oregon history. And the income gains spanned the entire state, reaching all 36 counties, according to the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis. Read more

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LA GRANDE — The COVID-19 vaccination rate among Union County residents who are from the Marshall Islands in the South Pacific is experiencing an uptick. Read more

SALEM — The Oregon Health Authority released its weekend report on Monday, Dec. 13, which showed four new positive COVID-19 cases in Union County. Wallowa County did not record any cases in the report. Read more

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SALEM — In the Oregon Health Authority’s daily COVID-19 report on Thursday, Dec. 9, Union County tallied six new positive cases. In Wallowa County, one new case was reported. Read more

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The arrival of the highly worrisome omicron variant in the U.S. — and soon, Oregon — has prompted weighty questions about the state’s future: Will Oregon need to bring back old COVID-19 restrictions? Will lives and the economy be crippled? Will the pandemic slog on, when so many are so ready for it to end? Read more

SALEM — The Oregon Health Authority released its daily report on Wednesday, Dec. 8, which showed 10 new positive COVID-19 cases in Union County and zero in Wallowa County. Read more

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 daily report on Tuesday, Dec. 7, revealing five new COVID-19 cases in Union County. The report showed two new cases in Wallowa County. Read more

SALEM — New COVID-19 infection risk levels rose in Oregon according to the latest report from the County COVID-19 Community Transmission Report, released Monday, Dec. 6. Read more

SALEM — The likely arrival of the new omicron variant and questions about its strength and speed are clouding an otherwise cautiously optimistic outlook of the course of COVID-19 in Oregon, according to a new state report. Read more

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LA GRANDE — The Center for Human Development, starting this weekend, will be offering many opportunities this month for people in Union County to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Read more

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SALEM — The Oregon Health Authority released its latest COVID-19 daily update on Thursday, Dec. 2, which detailed three new cases in Union County. Wallowa County totaled two new COVID-19 cases in the report. Read more

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SALEM — The Oregon Health Authority released its updated daily COVID-19 report on Thursday, Dec. 2, showing five new cases in Union County and three new cases in Wallowa County. Read more

PORTLAND — Officials in Oregon say at least 99 state workers have been fired for failing to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Read more

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SALEM — The Oregon Health Authority's daily COVID-19 report on Tuesday, Nov. 30, showed one new death in Union County. Read more

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WASHINGTON — After a slow start, the United States has improved its surveillance system for tracking new coronavirus variants such as omicron, boosting its capacity by tens of thousands of samples per week since early this year. Read more

SALEM — The newly discovered omicron variant of COVID-19 is raising concerns just as Oregon hit two key markers in its recovery from the deadly delta variant that swept through the state last summer. Read more

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SALEM — There’s a world of difference between this Thanksgiving and last. A year ago, Oregon was deep into its third COVID-19 surge, vaccinations hadn’t yet started and Gov. Kate Brown limited celebratory gatherings to no more than six people, warning that violators could be fined up to $1,250. Read more

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The Oregon Health Authority is offering to pay pharmacies $35 for each dose of COVID-19 vaccine they give, a move that possibly could help pharmacies hire employees to deal with the growing workload that has resulted in long lines in Baker City and across the state.

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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