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Bingen — Washington Gorge Action Programs (WAGAP) has announced that it will require all employees and volunteers throughout the organization to become fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 18.

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Between Sept. 1 and Sept. 8, schools in Wasco and Sherman counties reported 19 cases of COVID-19. School-based cases can be reported among students, staff or volunteers. None were due to transmission in the school setting, according to a press release from North Central Public Health District (NCPHD).

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Columbia Gorge Community College is postponing a ribbon-cutting originally planned for Saturday, Sept. 11, as COVID cases escalate throughout the region.

‘Medical Freedom’: Demonstrators gathering in support of “medical freedom” rally at 12th and May streets in Hood River Saturday, Sept. 5. Signs protested mask mandates (“Unmask our Kids”) and vaccine mandates for some (“No jab, No job, No Way”) as well as gun rights. According to organizer K…

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As part of the state-wide “We Care” movement, a group of The Dalles locals took 12 boxes full of snacks and other treats to Mid-Columbia Medical Center as a ‘thank you’ to medical professionals working through the COVID-19 pandemic.

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COVID cases, hospitalizations and deaths have continued to rise in the Gorge area, with Wasco and Klickitat counties seeing several deaths this past month, and all local hospitals — Providence Hood River, Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles and Skyline Hospital in White Salmon — report…

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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 DALLES — The Dalles Kiwanis Club has decided to cancel this year’s Steak Feed fundraiser out of care and concern for the community’s health and well-being. The event was initially scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 9. This is the second year the important and popular fundraiser has been canceled.

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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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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 DALLES — On Aug. 19, the entire District 21 School Board and leadership team came together for an in-person work session at The Dalles Middle School, where they went into detail on a comprehensive draft plan for reopening D21 Schools for the 2021-22 School Year.

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Sheriff Bob Songer is planning on being back to work after recovering from his COVID-19 illness, he said in an interview with Columbia Gorge News.

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THE DALLES — As the Delta variant of COVID-19 raises public concern over large gatherings, Columbia Gorge Community College is modifying its plans for a ribbon-cutting at the college’s new workforce skills center and student residential hall in September.

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Facing a sharp surge in COVID-19 infections that threatens to swamp Oregon hospitals, Gov. Kate Brown ordered a double dose of mandatory vaccination mandates on Aug. 19.

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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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THE DALLES — School District 21 in The Dalles is planning for a return to full-time, in-person learning this fall, but is also making contingency plans should state guidelines change and considering alternative learning options for “medically fragile” and immunocompromised students.

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Remember to bring your face mask when you go to a DMV office. Masks are required inside DMV offices and during drive tests conducted by DMV, regardless of vaccination status.

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August 19, 2021. 4:20 p.m. Update: Oregon Public Broadcasting published a report confirming Sheriff Songer recently contracted COVID-19. Songer said in the report he was hospitalized for five days and is recovering at home with the help of oxygen. He plans to return to work in "a couple days."

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 Gov. Kate Brown ordered face masks be worn indoors in public places beginning Friday as state health officials worry the highly contagious delta variant of COVID-19 is getting out of control.

 

Gov. Kate Brown ordered face masks be worn indoors in public places beginning Friday as state health officials worry the highly contagious delta variant of COVID-19 is getting out of control.

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The Employment Department has reopened a total of 35 WorkSource Oregon centers in its push to help as many people as possible obtain jobs or training before federal unemployment benefits expire Sept. 4.

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Gorge communities continue to see a sharp increase in COVID-19 infections, with Wasco County reporting 96 cases over the last two weeks, an infection rate which would have placed the county into the “extreme risk” category under previous state metrics.

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Gorge communities continue to see a sharp increase in COVID-19 infections, with Wasco County reporting 96 cases over the last two weeks, an infection rate which would have placed the county into the “extreme risk” category under previous state metrics.

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As a Buddhist monk and a registered nurse, Kozen Sampson has made it his mission to help others. Even now, in his 70s and faced with a global pandemic, he finds ways to be present and active in his community.

As many people have heard, across the country, in Oregon, and in our own region, COVID-19 cases have increased significantly over the past two weeks. The delta variant of the virus, which is much more transmissible, is estimated to be responsible for 80% of the new cases in Oregon and in the U.S.

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Gov. Kate Brown Friday ordered mandatory masking inside state buildings, an order covering workers and visitors whether vaccinated or not.

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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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Starting July 29th, any Wasco County resident who receives their 1st COVID-19 vaccine at participating locations will get a $50 Visa gift card.

Meanwhile, Wasco County reported 44 COVID cases in just three days this week, 39 of them amongst unvaccinated people. The highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19 is surging in Oregon and is driving increasing cases and hospitalizations.

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Even as the highly transmissible delta variant of COVID-19 rapidly spreads, vaccines continue to remain effective at preventing illness, hospitalization and death. In June, 36 of 37 people who got COVID-19 in Wasco County were unvaccinated, according to North Central Public Health District (NCPHD).

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed an executive order to lift all COVID-19 health and safety restrictions, which includes Oregon’s statewide mask mandate and county risk level system, effective June 30.

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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.

GOLDENDALE — Klickitat County Health Department (KCHD) was notified June 9 that the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7, commonly known as the UK variant, has been identified in Klickitat County, according to a press release.

This year our dine and drink business locations throughout the Gorge have suffered with closures. You can help support your favorites by purchasing take out and gift cards. Many of these business will offer curb-side delivery and some will deliver to your home. Let’s keep the Gorge going strong!

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