Coronavirus (COVID-19) Timeline

Hermiston School District has announced that Maria Durón will serve as the district’s new family engagement specialist. Read more

Hermiston School District has narrowed its finalists for a new elementary school on Theater Lane down to three options, and is asking the public to help them choose between the three names: Artemisa Elementary School, Loma Vista Elementary School or La Senda Elementary School. Read more

As the economy continues to shift due to the pandemic, Umatilla Electric Cooperative is reminding area entrepreneurs of its revolving loan fund. Read more

After announcing an online-only start to the 2020-21 school year, Hermiston School District is encouraging parents to keep their child with the district. Read more

Businesses that received a Paycheck Protection Program loan now have more information available on how they can go about seeking forgiveness of that loan. Read more

Umatilla County’s new COVID-19 cases are still high compared to the rest of the state, but increasing less rapidly. Read more

UMATILLA COUNTY — Money from the federal government’s COVID-19 relief package continues to trickle down to Umatilla County, which is using some of it for a small business COVID-19 relief grant program. Read more

HERMISTON — The Umatilla County Fair board has made additional adjustments to its plans for the fair on Aug. 11-15 in light of the county being sent back to baseline instead of Phase 1 status. Read more

HERMISTON — New workplaces in Umatilla and Morrow counties were added to the Oregon Health Authority's weekly report on workplace outbreaks of COVID-19, but some worksites were also moved to the "resolved" category after 30 days without a new case. Read more

HERMISTON — Umatilla Morrow County Head Start offers a wide variety of educational programs to children ages birth to 5 and pregnant mothers in both counties. Eligibility for federal and state-funded programs is based on income, with other programs considering higher income levels. Read more

Umatilla County Public Health announced two new deaths of residents diagnosed with COVID-19 on Tuesday, Aug. 4, bringing the county’s total to 25 deaths. Read more

Good Shepherd Health Care System has welcomed Dr. David Shanley, a family medicine physician, to the Good Shepherd Primary Care Clinic at 620 N.W. 11th St., Suite 103, in Hermiston. Read more

Umatilla County residents had been bracing for a possible return to Phase 1 reopening restrictions after the county’s cases of COVID-19 per capita continued to outpace the rest of the state, but on Friday, July 31, the county got sent all the way back to the baseline “stay home” level first … Read more

UMATILLA COUNTY — The Greater Eastern Oregon Development Corporation has $370,000 in state grant funds available for small businesses and 501 (c) (3) nonprofits in Eastern Oregon. Read more

Hermiston School District had already seen the writing on the wall for an online-only start to the school year, but for some Eastern Oregon school districts, new metrics from the Oregon Department of Education mean a change in plans. Read more

HERMISTON — Oregon State University researchers believe 17% of Hermiston residents were positive for COVID-19 during the university's door-to-door testing period on July 25-26. Read more

HERMISTON — The Umatilla County Fair has announced a change in plans for fair week, Aug. 11-15. Read more

In addition to an online-only start, Hermiston School District will also start school later than usual in the fall. Read more

The new government mandated restrictions under Phase 2 have affected some businesses in Hermiston. Read more

Umatilla County Public Health continues to report deaths at Hermiston nursing homes after an outbreak at Regency Hermiston Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Read more

HERMISTON — Umatilla County had another triple-digit weekend for confirmed COVID-19 cases, but none of those cases was from door-to-door testing conducted by Oregon State University researchers in Hermiston during the same weekend. Read more

HERMISTON — The Oregon Health Authority has reported an outbreak of COVID-19 at Regency Hermiston Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Read more

SALEM — Gov. Kate Brown announced at a Wednesday, July 22, press conference that there will be additional statewide restrictions under Phase 2 of reopening plans as soon as Friday, July 24. Read more

Four months since thousands of Umatilla County residents filed for unemployment benefits as a result of COVID-19, some say they still haven’t received any money, while others just received months of unprocessed payments as of last week. Read more

Health experts from Oregon State University will be conducting door-to-door COVID-19 testing in Hermiston on Saturday, July 25, and Sunday, July 26. Read more

UMATILLA COUNTY — A 72-year-old man who lived at Regency Hermiston Nursing and Rehabilitation Center died Tuesday, July 14 after testing positive for COVID-19 on July 8, a press release from the Umatilla County Public Health Department stated.  Read more

HERMISTON — Hermiston’s Walmart Distribution Center and Marlette Homes joined the Oregon Health Authority’s weekly list of workplace COVID-19 outbreaks in its Wednesday, July 15, report. Read more

As Umatilla County’s COVID-19 numbers continue to grow by leaps and bounds compared to the rest of Oregon, I’m seeing a lot of arguing over how accurate the numbers are, and much less discussion about what we can do to protect people in our community. Read more

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

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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

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