Coronavirus (COVID-19) Timeline

Face masks must be worn outdoors when social distancing is not possible and private gatherings must be limited to no more than 10 people, Gov. Kate Brown announced Monday. Read more

Umatilla County’s rising COVID-19 cases continue to touch more workplaces in the area, as the county passed the 1,000-case mark over the weekend of July 11-12. Read more

On July 8, the Good Shepherd Health Care System announced it was holding a free drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic on Monday, July 13 from 7-11 a.m. in the parking lot of the Columbia Professional Plaza, 1050 W Elm St. in Hermiston (enter on the Elm Street side). Read more

Online registration has officially opened, as of July 1, for the Hermiston School District. Read more

On July 1, Walmart announced it had met its goal of hiring more than 250,000 veterans nationwide by the end of 2020. Read more

While masks have been encouraged by public health experts at organizations, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, they are now mandatory in Oregon. Read more

Umatilla County’s seventh COVID-19 death came just two days after its sixth, according to Umatilla County Public Health. Read more

UMATILLA COUNTY — As the gush of new COVID-19 cases continues, the state is identifying more Eastern Oregon businesses as workplace outbreaks. Read more

UMATILLA COUNTY — Some Umatilla County churches have reexamined their church service protocols following a COVID outbreak at a Union County church. Read more

Umatilla County hit a record new number of hospitalizations for COVID-19 on Tuesday, June 30, according to Umatilla County Public Health. Read more


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The Oregon Health Authority reported 37 COVID-19 cases linked to Lamb Weston’s Hermiston facility on June 23 in its weekly reporting of worksite outbreaks. Read more

Hermiston and other Eastern Oregon restaurants, bars and hotels said they are happy to be back, with many reopening their dining room floors, hiring additional staff members and rehiring old ones too. Read more

PENDLETON — Outdoor recreation and sports, such as tennis and mini-golf, are considered lower risk activities for contracting COVID-19 than indoor activities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more

Umatilla County continues to see a surge in COVID-19 cases, announcing 32 new confirmed cases and 21 presumptive cases on June 23, bringing the county’s total to 313 confirmed cases so far, with 171 recovered. Read more

Umatilla County’s cases of COVID-19 rose to 174 confirmed cases and 13 presumptive cases on Tuesday, June 16, up from 140 confirmed cases one week prior. Read more

The Class of 2020 left high school under unique circumstances with “socially distant” graduations this month, but for their younger peers, the effects of COVID-19 on their education continue. Read more

UMATILLA COUNTY — Four new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Umatilla County on Tuesday, June 9, bringing the county's case total to 149, according to a press release.  Read more

HERMISTON — As the Oregon Health Authority starts releasing data on worksites with outbreaks of COVID-19, Medelez Trucking and Good Shepherd Health Care System both made the list. Read more

HERMISTON — Oregon Gov Kate Brown has directed the distribution of approximately 1 million KN95 masks and 5,000 gallons of hand sanitizer for farmworkers and agricultural producers.
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For the first time in nearly two months, diners were able to sit down to eat at restaurants on Friday as Umatilla County entered phase one of Gov. Kate Brown’s reopening plan. Read more

When one group of Hermiston-area residents rallies on May 30 to protest restrictions put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19, some essential workers those rules could help protect are planning to make their voices heard in counterprotest. Read more

UMATILLA COUNTY — Life has been upended for humans in recent months, but animals are still finding their forever homes. Read more

A third Umatilla County resident has died of COVID-19, Umatilla County Public Health announced Monday. Read more

HERMISTON — Hermiston's biggest events of the year have been put on hold to protect people from COVID-19. Read more

UMATILLA COUNTY — While 28 other counties were approved to enter Phase 1 of reopening their economies starting Friday, Umatilla and Morrow counties' applications are "still under review," Gov. Kate Brown said during a press conference Thursday morning.  Read more

HERMISTON — Students’ last day of distance learning for the year will take place on May 29 for Hermiston School District. Read more

What’s for dinner? “It depends on what’s available at the local market” is going to be the answer for a while. Read more

Some of the city of Hermiston’s summer recreation programs will go on and some are already canceled, but opening the city’s aquatic center remains in question. Read more

PENDLETON — Umatilla County reported its second death of a confirmed COVID-19 patient on Sunday. Read more

UMATILLA COUNTY — Thirty-five Umatilla County businesses have received Paycheck Protection Loans through Umpqua Bank so far. Read more

HERMISTON — As the first phase of reopening businesses in Oregon approaches on May 15, some Hermiston business owners want to see the government go much farther. Read more

UMATILLA COUNTY — Umatilla County is establishing a center to answer calls and coordinate COVID-19 investigations in its quest to begin reopening local businesses by May 15, Umatilla County Commissioner George Murdock said Tuesday. Read more

Gov. Kate Brown hopes that some rural areas with few or no COVID-19 cases could reopen for business and other activities on May 15. Read more

Umatilla County reported its first death of a confirmed COVID-19 patient Friday. Read more

UMATILLA COUNTY — Umatilla County announced another 11 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, passing Tuesday's report of eight new cases for the largest single-day increase since the county began tracking the virus on March 2.  Read more

UMATILLA COUNTY — The Umatilla County Public Health Department unveiled its latest data on the county’s confirmed cases of COVID-19 Thursday, and the numbers don’t look good for the hopes of reopening local businesses by May 15. Read more

HEPPNER — Morrow County is still drafting a plan for reopening businesses and lifting restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic in hopes of submitting a proposal to the state at its next board of commissioners meeting on May 6. Read more

UMATILLA COUNTY — Optimistic of its ability to meet the state’s public health requirements, Umatilla County submitted a plan Monday to begin lifting restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic and reopening businesses by May 15. Read more

Umatilla County’s confirmed COVID-19 cases rose by eight on Tuesday, for a total of 45 known cases in the county since the pandemic began. Read more

HERMISTON — As stimulus money helps prop up the economy, sole proprietors are getting left out of some types of help. Read more

When Dr. Bruce Goldberg encountered a difficult case as a family physician, he would gather a bunch of smart consultants in the room for their advice on how to help the patient. Read more

UMATILLA COUNTY — Three Umatilla County residents are now hospitalized with COVID-19 as Umatilla County Public Health announced four new cases of coronavirus on Monday. Read more

UMATILLA COUNTY — At a time when many family-owned small businesses have temporarily closed, one niche business in Stanfield has found itself busier than ever. Read more

UMATILLA COUNTY — After COVID-19 closed schools for the rest of the year, school bus drivers are transporting food instead of students. Read more

UMATILLA COUNTY — The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 continued to rise Friday as Umatilla County Public Health reported three new people have been infected with the virus. Read more

HERMISTON — The Umatilla Electric Cooperative Business Resource Center will host a two-part webinar (also appearing on Facebook Live) on the second round of stimulus funds for businesses on Monday beginning at 5:30 p.m. Read more

Hermiston Herald editor Jade McDowell goes behind the headlines with Hermiston's assistant city manager Mark Morgan to discuss the city's response to COVID-19. Read more

PENDLETON — The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation are extending the closure of Kayak Public Transit due to COVID-19 until May 2, a press release said. Read more

Umatilla County Public Health announced one new confirmed case of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the county's total to 30. Read more

Hermiston Herald editor Jade McDowell goes behind the headlines with Good Shepherd Health Care System CEO Dennis Burke to discuss the state of the Good Shepherd Health Care System, PPE and testing. Read more

Gov. Kate Brown says she will not recommend a suspension of Oregon’s new corporate activity tax, contrary to what groups such as the Portland Business Alliance have asked her to do. Read more

When Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and her Washington counterpart, Jay Inslee, started issuing executive orders to stop the spread of COVID-19, worried rumors flew around social media in Umatilla that the Interstate 82 bridge over the Columbia River would close. Read more

By the week of May 4, Gov. Kate Brown could have a firm plan for reopening parts of Oregon’s economy, probably starting with rural counties. Read more

Umatilla County announced three new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the county's total to 27 known cases. Read more

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation are extending the closure of Kayak Public Transit due to COVID-19 until April 25, a press release said. Read more

HERMISTON — When the COVID-19 pandemic changed life in the United States, it changed what people eat, too. Read more

PENDLETON — Politicians and health experts puzzling about how and when to restart the economy acknowledge a huge blind spot in data. Read more

UMATILLA COUNTY — Umatilla County Public Health announced two new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the county total to 24. Read more

HERMISTON — Following the launch of Hermiston School District’s Distance Learning for All plan, HSD is offering families with more than two children the ability to checkout a third Chromebook. Read more

UMATILLA COUNTY — A financial life preserver thrown to small businesses is out of money. Read more

UMATILLA COUNTY — Two long-term care facilities in Umatilla County were awaiting COVID-19 test results for residents and staff at the end of last week. Administrators from both confirmed this week that those results were negative and there are currently no active cases in the facilities. Read more


Record numbers of Oregonians have lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic but the pace is slowing, the state Employment Department reported Thursday. Read more

UMATILLA COUNTY — Umatilla County Public Health announced four more cases of the coronavirus on Thursday, raising the total number of people diagnosed with the disease to 22. Read more

PENDLETON — Blue Mountain Community College furloughed nine employees this week. Read more

HERMISTON — The Hermiston Lions Club, a 501(c)(3) organization, has allocated emergency funding to support charities in the communities of Echo, Stanfield, Hermiston, Umatilla, Irrigon and Boardman. This Emergency Response Grant Program has been established to help support the implications from COVID-19 as needs arise in our local communities. Read more

HERMISTON — COVID-19 is motivating people to pick up a trowel and get gardening. Read more

Local businesses may be hoping to reopen soon after Gov. Kate Brown’s March executive orders shutting them down, but it could be a while. Read more

UMATILLA COUNTY — Umatilla County Public Health announced two new cases of the novel coronavirus on Monday, bringing the total number of cases in the county to 16. Read more

The surge in grocery buying and disruptions to the supply chain sparked by COVID-19 are having a trickle-down effect on food banks. Read more

HERMISTON — To reduce the spread of COVID-19, Good Shepherd Pharmacy is providing free prescription delivery to patients' homes. Read more

PENDLETON — Stuck on who to vote for in the crowded Oregon 2nd Congressional District race? Read more

PENDLETON — Population at the Umatilla County Jail in Pendleton has dropped nearly 25% from its usual daily average since the COVID-19 pandemic has led to more conditional releases, fewer people being booked into jail and a majority of court proceedings being put on hold. Read more

UMATILLA COUNTY — As households and businesses adjust their budgets in reaction to COVID-19 shutdowns, cities and counties are also trying to navigate uncharted waters as they budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year. Read more

UMATILLA COUNTY — After Oregon students got the news on Wednesday that they will be "distance learning" for the rest of the school year, students who don't have internet access are at a disadvantage. Read more

Scammers, fraudsters and price gougers are preying on Oregonians, capitalizing on their concerns about coronavirus. Read more

It was always a possibility, but now it’s official: Oregon schools will remain closed for the rest of the school year. Read more

UMATILLA COUNTY — For anyone with court-ordered community service hours to complete, it hasn't been easy to find opportunities in the age of social distancing. Read more

HEPPNER — COVID-19 is changing how we say goodbye. Read more

If there’s an upside to a global pandemic, it might be that everything is cleaner than usual. Read more

In an effort to keep Eastern Oregon’s immigrant communities informed about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, local Latino leaders and a grassroots organization recently launched a live Spanish radio series called Accion Rural Hispana. Read more


SALEM — The Oregon Health Authority reported Monday that 400 patients were hospitalized with COVID-19 or suspected symptoms, including 82 patients on ventilators to assist their breathing. Read more

HERMISTON — When the thing you were looking forward to gets canceled, sometimes you have to just make do with what you've got. Read more

UMATILLA COUNTY — Umatilla County Public Health announced Monday that three new cases of COVID-19 were identified, bringing Umatilla County’s total since the beginning of the outbreak to eight. Read more

UMATILLA COUNTY — The Oregon Health Authority recently dished out $4 million in funding to support local COVID-19 responses across the state, and most health departments in Eastern Oregon are using that to keep paying their personnel during the pandemic. Read more

MISSION — The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation are extending the closure of Kayak Public Transit due to COVID-19 until April 11, a press release said.  Read more

UMATILLA — The country may be trying to "flatten the curve" when it comes to coronavirus, but when it comes to distance learning, Umatilla School District is ahead of the curve. Read more

UMATILLA COUNTY — When a large part of political campaigns is about exposing yourself and your ideas to the public, a global pandemic isn’t the most conducive environment to run one. Read more

Before the federal government opened up $349 billion in funding for small businesses on Friday, the city of Hermiston, Hermiston Chamber of Commerce and Hermiston Downtown District were encouraging business owners to talk to their banks about it. Read more

UMATILLA COUNTY — Census Day has come and passed, and Umatilla County is lagging behind the rest of the country in making sure they’re represented in the 2020 U.S. Census. Read more

PENDLETON — Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Oregon East Symphony has announced it will be canceling the remainder of its 2019-20 season, after the online presentation of its annual Spring Chamber Music Concert on Saturday, April 18. Read more

MORROW COUNTY —The Morrow County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday night that the county had discovered a second positive case of COVID-19. Read more

Oregonians are slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus, state officials announced Wednesday. Read more

UMATILLA COUNTY — Small businesses in Umatilla County now have another resource for some economic relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

UMATILLA COUNTY — An out-of-state resident who was “temporarily in the area for essential employment” has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a Umatilla County Public Health press release. Read more

It seems unimaginable that just a few weeks ago, details like the color of the napkins or flavor of the cake seemed important for a wedding. Read more

As the country faces unprecedented challenges, local institutions are forging ahead the best they can. Read more

PENDLETON — Social distancing, meet farmers markets. Read more

UMATILLA COUNTY — A fifth person has tested positive for COVID-19 in Umatilla County. Read more

SALEM — Oregonians can now pump their own gas across the state after the Oregon State Fire Marshal suspended self-service regulations and implemented additional health and safety guidelines for gas stations Saturday. Read more

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