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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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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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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 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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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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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.

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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.

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.

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GOLDENDALE — Klickitat County Health Department (KCHD) was notified on June 9, 2021 that the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 was identified in Klickitat County, according to a press release. COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 is also known as the United Kingdom variant. It is recognized by the CDC and Washin…

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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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Klickitat County Health Department (KCHD) was notified of an additional fourteen COVID-19 cases in individuals associated with Goldendale High School (GHS) this week after receiving reports of three positive COVID-19 cases last weekend. In response, GHS will move to remote learning only beginning Monday, May 24.

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The Klickitat County Health Department (KCHD) was notified of three positive COVID-19 cases associated with Goldendale High School over the course of the weekend and is currently investigating close contacts and possible transmissions.

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White Salmon — The Klickitat County Health Department (KCHD) was notified of the death of a community member on May 13, according to a press release. The individual was 48 years of age and had tested positive for COVID-19. They were transported from Klickitat County to a Portland area hospit…

White Salmon — The Klickitat County Health Department (KCHD) was notified of the death of a community member on May 13, according to a press release. The individual was 48 years of age and had tested positive for COVID-19. They were transported from Klickitat County to a Portland area hospital where they later died. It is unknown at this time if the individual had any underlying health issues that affected their health in addition to having COVID-19. Klickitat County has had a total of 830 COVID-19 cases to date.

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The Klickitat County Health Department (KCHD) was notified of the death of a community member on May 13, 2021, according to a press release. The individual was 48 years of age and had tested positive for COVID-19. They were transported from Klickitat County to a Portland area hospital where they later died. It is unknown at this time if the individual had any underlying health issues that affected their health in addition to having COVID-19. Klickitat County has had a total of 830 COVID-19 cases to date.

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Klickitat County is establishing a ban on outdoor burning for Klickitat County Burn Ban Zone One from May 1 to Sept. 30, 2021, Klickitat County Emergency Management officials announced this week.

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Over the last week, Klickitat County has seen a dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases compared to the case counts that have been reported over the last couple months, county health officials announced in an April 23 news release. As of April 23, there have been 27 new cases since Sunday, April…

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Goldendale, April 13 – All Klickitat County Providers administering Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine will pause administration of the vaccine until further notice following the guidance of the CDC, FDA, and Washington State Department of Health. Approximately 450 doses of Johnson and Joh…

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Large groups of people are newly eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting April 5, including frontline workers and their age-eligible family members living with them, and those 16 and older with underlying health conditions as defined by the CDC.

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Wasco County reported on 10 cases of COVID-19 in the past two-week reporting period, and the state risk level map shows all of central Oregon, from the Columbia River to California, in the “green” or lower risk category. “We are crushing it here in central Oregon,” said Mimi McDonell, health…

For decades, students living in the White Salmon area have had the opportunity to travel to different countries to study, make important and long-lasting connections, and experience a different culture, thanks to a strong local chapter of Rotary International’s youth exchange program. This y…

In the first regular board meeting since the White Salmon Valley School District’s reopening process, Superintendent Jerry Lewis updated the board on the progress of the multiple bond projects nearing completion, and administrators gave reports to the board on how each school is handling the…

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The Southwest region of Washington is meeting three of the state’s four required targets this week, as it advances — along with the entire state — to Phase 2 of Governor Jay Inslee’s “Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery” reopening plan.

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A fifth person from Klickitat County has died of COVID-19, the Klickitat County Health Department (KCHD) announced late Wednesday afternoon.According to a press release, the KCHD was notified of the death of a community member on January 19, 2021. The individual was from White Salmon, age 71…

The White Salmon Valley School Board is set to vote on a proposal to reopen to in-person instruction, the first time since last March most students in the district would be able to make a return to the classroom.

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Recent high daily COVID-19 case counts in Wasco County are not due to significant outbreaks but rather to the rapidly increasing spread of the disease and its prevalence in the community, according to a Dec. 22 press release from North Central Public Health District (NCPHD.)

Members of the community have been hard at work these past couple of months pulling together Washington Gorge Action Programs’ Tree of Joy program this year, and it was all worth it in the end. With 200 children accounted for, local families in need will be able to give gifts to their little…

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White Salmon — COVID-19 cases are rising in Klickitat County, evidence which Mount Adams Fruit’s management team is pointing to as a factor in the outbreak at the Bingen facility, which was announced Dec. 11.

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Skyline Health is encouraging the use of the Washington Exposure Notifications (WA Notify) tool. The WA Notify app works through smartphones to alert users if they may have been exposed to COVID-19.

North Central Public Health District (NCPHD) has found a significant amount of Wasco County’s recent spike in COVID-19 cases is due to Thanksgiving gatherings, according to a Dec. 9 press release from the district.

Klickitat County Health Department (KCHD) reported Dec. 11 over 30 individuals from a facility in Bingen have tested positive for COVID-19. The positive cases resulted when the facility performed extensive COVID-19 testing for their staff as a part of their commitment to workforce and commun…

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Klickitat County is expecting their first shipment of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines to arrive this week, according to a Klickitat County Health Department press release. The exact date of arrival is still unknown.

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WHITE SALMON — Three Bingen/White Salmon-area organizations — CultureSeed, Gorge MakerSpace and the White Salmon Valley Education Foundation — have received grants from the Washington Youth Development Nonprofit Relief Fund to support out-of-school programming for vulnerable youth.

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WHITE SALMON — Three Bingen/White Salmon-area organizations — CultureSeed, Gorge MakerSpace and the White Salmon Valley Education Foundation — have received grants from the Washington Youth Development Nonprofit Relief Fund to support out-of-school programming for vulnerable youth.

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Abbie Vermiere and her team at Pixán Taqueria & Cantina had originally expected to open up a steakhouse in White Salmon ... until March happened and the coronavirus swept across the country. 

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Drywall and sheet rock were going up last Wednesday on the Skyline Health campus construction site in White Salmon, marking progress on the emergency department expansion and renovation project, which began last August.

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Klickitat County Sheriff Bob Songer doubled-down on his stance on the statewide COVID-19 restrictions, calling Governor Jay Inslee’s latest round of COVID-19 restrictions “illegal and unconstitutional,” and reminded citizens that sheriff’s deputies will not be enforcing the guidelines in a N…

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White Salmon — White Salmon schools will now begin their transition to a hybrid model of in-person and remote learning starting Nov. 30, two weeks later than originally slated.

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