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Hood River County Health Department issued a press release March 30 encouraging community members to continue to take precautions as statewide mask mandates are lifted and students return to classes after the Spring Break holiday.

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El Departamento de Salud del Condado de Hood River emitió un comunicado de prensa el 30 de marzo alentando a los miembros de la comunidad a continuar tomando precauciones a medida que se levantan los mandatos de máscaras en todo el estado y los estudiantes regresan a clases después de las va…

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HOOD RIVER — The expected omicron surge is here, but the focus remains on keeping students in classrooms, Superintendent Rich Polkinghorn told Hood River County School Board members at the Jan. 26 virtual meeting.

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HOOD RIVER — A new Curative COVID-19 PCR testing site is now open to anyone looking for no-cost testing. Located in the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn parking lot (1108 E. Marina Drive, Hood River), the testing booth is open to the general public. The site is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mon…

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HOOD RIVER — COVID-19, and the fast-moving omicron variant, was the focus of Hood River County School District Superintendent Rich Polkinghorn’s opening communication at the Jan. 12 school board meeting.

Hood River County School District is working to strengthen partnerships with families and community members — as well as reopen district sites, a challenging task in this time of COVID.

Hood River Rotary demonstrated its ongoing support with a new sign on the front of the FISH Food Bank. Volunteers from the Rotary Club have been working since March 18, 2020, to help their community. Paul Crowley and a team of 14 volunteers work three days a week to organize and distribute f…

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Prepare yourself and your loved ones for the holidays by getting vaccinated if you haven’t already, or plan to get a booster dose if you are eligible. Beginning this week, there will be a drive-thru vaccine clinic at the Hood River Marina that can accommodate 1st, 2nd, and 3rd doses and boos…

Oregon Humanities has awarded $717,000 in COVID-19 Emergency SHARP grants to 60 nonprofit organizations and federally recognized tribes across the state. Seventy-eight percent of the organizations that were awarded are led by Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color (BIPOC) communities, are…

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When the COVID-19 pandemic hit and classes were suddenly online, a lot of teachers found themselves thrust into different roles. Though many just went from teaching their subject in-person to teaching it in an online format, Jen Hart found herself teaching a new subject entirely.

HOOD RIVER — Hood River County School District was notified Aug. 19 that Gov. Kate Brown had issued a new directive legally requiring all K-12 school district staff, substitutes and volunteers to become fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 18.

FEMA — Federal Emergency Management Act — is providing financial reimbursement for funeral and cremation expenses for those who have lost a loved one due to COVID-19, and Jack Trumbull, owner of Anderson’s Tribute Center, is providing assistance to anyone interested in accessing these funds,…

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The board of directors for Hood River County School District (HRCSD) have adjusted two protocols for school board meetings. The school district will implement these revised protocols on Wednesday, Oct. 13, when the board is scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Nathaniel Coe Administration Center.

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HOOD RIVER — Due to the recent rise in new COVID-19 cases throughout Hood River County, the Health Department is currently unable to reach out to positive individuals in a timely manner regarding case investigation and quarantine guidance, according to a press release from the department. “W…

Hood River County School Board met Sept. 8 at the Nathaniel Coe Administration Center, on what was the second day back in the classroom for most of the district’s sites.

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The ongoing surge COVID-19 , driven by the highly contagious delta variant, appears to have peaked in Oregon and the Columbia River Gorge, but hospitals, healthcare workers and emergency responders continue to see an increase in patients needing emergency and critical care.

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HOOD RIVER — In response to a positive COVID-19 case within Columbia Center for the Arts, the center is announcing the following changes to the gallery schedule to enable full completion of quarantine, testing, and sanitation protocols:

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The CDC issued a health advisory today about a rapid increase in ivermectin prescriptions — now up 24-fold over pre-pandemic levels — and reports of severe illness associated with use of ivermectin products to prevent or treat COVID-19, according to North Central Public Health (NCPHD) in The Dalles.

Ivermectin is not FDA approved for use in preventing or treating COVID, and has not been proven as a way to prevent or treat it. Calls to poison control centers have gone up nationwide as a result of people taking ivermectin improperly, NCPHD reported.

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HOOD RIVER — Hood River County School District Superintendent Rich Polkinghorn shared the district’s operating and COVID precaution plans at the Aug. 25 board meeting. The first day of school will be Sept. 7.

“This year we start the year still gripped in a COVID pandemic,” Polkinghorn told the board in his opening remarks.

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Vaccination rates continue to rise steadily in Wasco, Sherman and Gilliam counties, but COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are also climbing as the surge in Delta variant COVID cases continues.

As of Friday morning, Aug. 27, MCMC had no open ICU beds, and 26 percent of its patient beds were taken by COVID positive patients. It has had to turn away ambulances due to increased volume in its ER. Also Friday, it re-instituted its policy of not allowing visitors due to the surge.

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The beginning of the new week brought a torrent of bad numbers that measure the skyrocketing spike in COVID-19 cases in Oregon.

Oregon’s hospitals continue to head toward unknown medical territory as the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients hit 937 in a report Monday, 37 more than Sunday. There 253 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit beds, up 22 from the day before.

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Since Friday, July 23 through late morning Friday, July 30, Wasco County has had 62 cases of COVID-19. More were coming in Friday afternoon.

Of those 62 cases, 55 were in unvaccinated people.

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Peace Corps volunteers are going door to door in The Dalles to spread the word about the mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinic at St. Mary’s Academy. The clinic is only here through next Wednesday, July 14, and this is a final push to get the word out.

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Hood River County Health Department gave a big thanks to all of the volunteers who helped Hood River County reach the 70% vaccination mark with a luncheon June 21 at Toll Bridge Park in Parkdale. Hood River remains a leader among the state.

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Nearly all COVID-19 restrictions could be lifted in as early as just over two weeks, Gov. Kate Brown said Friday.

The state is about 127,000 adults short of the goal of getting at least one shot of vaccine into 70 percent of eligible residents.

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HOOD RIVER — Hood River Valley High School will double the size of its summer school program and offer students more options to regain credit, participate in experiential learning classes, and get back on track for graduation this year.

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After receiving reports of three positive COVID-19 cases last weekend, Klickitat County Health Department announced notification of an additional 14 COVID-19 cases in individuals associated with Goldendale High School last Friday.

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Five Oregon counties — including Hood River County — moved to the most permissive risk category for the spread of COVID-19 on Friday, May 21. Washington County, the state’s second-most populous county, is also among the five.

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Thursday mornings in May from 9 a.m. to noon, business owners can pick up free business Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and residents can get free Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccines at Hood River County’s COVID Vaccine Clinics, held at Hood River County Health Department, 1109 June…

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Five Oregon counties — including Hood River County — will move to the most permissive risk category for the spread of COVID-19 this Friday, May 21. Washington County, the state’s second-most populous county, is also among the five.

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On Monday, May 10, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved to expand the use of Pfizer vaccine among adolescents 12-15 years old. Hood River County will be able to begin administering Pfizer to this age group once regional approvals are received in the following days. Those age …

The cities and counties of the Columbia Gorge are making plans now to spend the millions coming next month from the American Rescue Plan Act, the same act that awarded stimulus funds to individuals. The funds to governmental bodies are meant to offset losses caused by the pandemic.

HOOD RIVER — The City of Hood River’s revenue did not decline last year as expected, due in large part to in-coming federal pandemic stimulus funds known as the American Rescue Plan. City Manager Rachael Fuller and Finance Director Will Norris presented the fiscal year 2021-22’s proposed bud…

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