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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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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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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.

THE DALLES — The Wasco County Board of Commissioners will resume limited in-person board meetings in July, with a hybrid format that will allo…

Hood River County Fair July 21-24; Hood River summer reading program; Newspaper to publish foreclosure list; Subdivision lots platted; USFS contracts with Wasco County for law enforcement

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Timber burned in the White River fire last summer has been successfully salvaged for lumber due in large part to the work of the Wasco County Forest Collaborative, an advisory work group focused on building relationships and trust among a mixed group of forest users and land owners working with the Barlow Ranger District of Mt. Hood National Forest.