Coronavirus (COVID-19) Timeline

The Oregon Health Authority reported nine new cases of COVID-19 in Wallowa County over the last two days — five on Tuesday, Oct. 12, and four on Wednesday, Oct. 13. The OHA website has the county's overall total now at 661. There were no new fatalities among the cases, keeping the total at 12.  Read more

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ENTERPRISE — COVID-19 cases may be dropping slowly statewide, but the count is still quite high in Wallowa County. Read more

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ENTERPRISE — The month of September saw slightly fewer COVID-19 cases in Wallowa County than August, which had recorded the highest monthly total to date. Read more

The Oregon Health Authority reported on Monday, Oct. 4, that there were 20 new cases of COVID-19 in Wallowa County over the weekend, which pushes the count since the start of the pandemic past 600. The 19-month total now stands at 602.  Read more

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SALEM — The Oregon Health Authority has now released just over two months’ worth of COVID-19 breakthrough case data. Read more

Wallowa County had four more cases of COVID-19 reported by the OHA on Oct. 1, bringing the overall total to 582.  Read more

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The Oregon Health Authority reported seven new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, Sept. 30, to bring the overall pandemic total to 578, and the total during the month of September to 159. The total is jut behind August's case count of 180.  Read more

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ENTERPRISE — The Oregon Health Authority reported 11 new cases of COVID-19 in Wallowa County on Wednesday, Sept. 29, and two new cases on Sept. 28, which moves the overall total during the pandemic to 571. Read more

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ENTERPRISE — Wallowa Memorial Hospital is hopeful that by the Oct. 18 vaccine deadline, the vast majority of its staff will be vaccinated or have filed for an exemption. Read more

The Oregon Health Authority reported that in Wallowa County the total number of cases during the pandemic has risen past 550. Read more

The 12th Wallowa County death related to COVID-19, as well as eight new cases, were reported by the Oregon Health Authority on Friday, Sept. 24.  Read more

There were 11 more cases of COVID-19 in Wallowa County, as reported by the Oregon Health Authority on Thursday, Sept. 23, bringing its overall total to 532. That includes 113 cases in the month of September alone. Read more

The Oregon Health Authority reported 13 more COVID-19 cases in Wallowa County on Wednesday, Sept. 22, to bring the pandemic total to 521. Read more

BAKER CITY — Tyler Brown’s family owns one restaurant in Baker City that hasn’t served a meal since before the first COVID-19 case was confirmed in Baker County. Read more

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SALEM — The Oregon Health Authority on Thursday, Sept. 16, reported five new COVID-19 deaths in Wallowa County, bringing the total during the pandemic to 11. Four of the deaths were from cases during the most-recent surge of the virus, which started in July, and a fifth was from earlier in t… Read more

The Oregon Health Authority reported 19 cases of COVID-19 in Wallowa County in its most recent update on Tuesday, Sept. 7, which was the combined total of the previous four days. It brings the total in Wallowa County to 464. That total includes 45 already in the month of September, and comes… Read more

JOSEPH — Due to rising coronavirus cases in Wallowa County and the new mask orders from the Oregon Health Authority, the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture will not be able to produce this year’s Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts as planned, but it is going on, according to a press release. Read more

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WALLOWA COUNTY — As the latest surge of coronavirus hits Wallowa County, few businesses have been forced to close but there is a renewed interest in requiring face masks and sanitizing business premises. Read more

Wallowa County is approaching 450 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic as the numbers that showed during August are rolling into September.  Read more

The Josephy Center for Arts and Culture is hosting a special virtual Brown Bag at noon Tuesday, Sept. 7. Read more

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ENTERPRISE — Wallowa County is angry. Read more

Wallowa County had three new cases of COVID-19, the Oregon Health Authority reported on Thursday, Sept. 2, raising the overall total in the pandemic to 422. Read more

The Oregon Health Authority reported seven new cases of COVID-19 in Wallowa County for the second day in a row on Wednesday, Sept. 1. The county total is at 419. The cases, since the new total was from tests confirmed Aug. 31, put the August total in the county for the month at 180. That cou… Read more

The final report from August from the Oregon Health Authority showed seven new cases of COVID-19 in Wallowa County on Tuesday, Aug. 31, raising the overall total to 412. The number of cases during the month of August is up to 173. Read more

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Wallowa County has surpassed 400 COVID-19 cases, and has now seen its case count double in just over a month. Read more

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ENTERPRISE — Statewide, hospitals have been near or even at their capacity, with more than 1,100 people in Oregon hospitalized due to coronavirus and the state exceeding 90% capacity. Read more

On a day that the Oregon Health Authority reported a new one-day care record with 3,207, there were eight new cases in Wallowa County to bring the total number in the pandemic to 373, and this month to 134. Read more

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ENTERPRISE — The Oregon Health Authority reported eight more cases of coronavirus in Wallowa County on Thursday, Aug. 26, bringing the county total during the pandemic to 365.  Read more

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WALLOWA — Wallowa's jamboree and first football game of the 2021 season have been canceled due to coronavirus, Athletic Director Marvin Gibbs confirmed Thursday, Aug. 26. Read more

The Oregon Health Authority reported five new cases of COVID-19 in Wallowa County on Wednesday, Aug. 25, raising the total to 357 since the start of the pandemic, and 118 this month. Read more

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ENTERPRISE — Coronavirus has taken out another major local event for the second year in a row.  Read more

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The Oregon Health Authority reported four new cases of COVID-19 in Wallowa County on Tuesday, Aug. 24, bringing the total number of cases in the county to 352.  Read more

SALEM — Gov. Kate Brown has expanded a mandatory mask order to include large outdoor gatherings as well as indoor gatherings. Read more

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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 Thursday of mandatory vaccination mandates. Read more

Wallowa County posted its highest one-day total of COVID-19 cases to date. Read more

Wallowa County matched its record for COVID-19 cases in a day, as the Oregon Health Authority reported 10 more cases on Wednesday, Aug. 18, to push the total in the county to 311. The count was among 2,139 new cases statewide and 11 more deaths.  Read more

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Wallowa County had four more new cases of COVID-19, the Oregon Health Authority reported on Tuesday, Aug. 17, including the 300th case in the county since the start of the pandemic. The county is now at 301 cases. Read more

Wallowa County inched closer to 300 total cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, with six more cases reported by the Oregon Health Authority Friday, Aug. 13. The county's overall total is now at 286.  Read more

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Wallowa County had seven more cases of COVID-19 reported on Thursday, Aug. 12, on a day the Oregon Health Authority reported the highest one-day total during the pandemic of 2,387. The total in the county is now 280.  Read more

Two more cases of COVID-19 were reported in Wallowa County according to the Oregon Health Authority on Wednesday, Aug. 11, the same day that Gov. Kate Brown re-instituted mask mandates in indoor locations. The total now in Wallowa County since the start of the pandemic is 273. Read more

SALEM — Gov. Kate Brown on Wednesday, Aug. 11, ordered face masks worn indoors in public places by everyone age 5 and over beginning Friday. Read more

Wallowa County has passed 270 COVID-19 cases after eight new cases were reported by the Oregon Health Authority on Tuesday, Aug. 10. That comes on the heels of Monday's report of seven new cases from over the weekend. The count of total COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic is now a… Read more

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SALEM — With COVID-19 cases surging across the state of Oregon, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced Tuesday, Aug. 10, two new health and safety measures — a vaccination requirement for state employees and statewide indoor mask requirements, according to a press release from the governor’s office. Read more

After high numbers most of the week, the count of new COVID-19 cases in Wallowa County was at just one on Friday, moving the overall total to 257.  Read more

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There are eight more cases of COVID-19 in Wallowa County, the Oregon Health Authority reported on Thursday, Aug. 5. It's the third-highest one-day total in the county during the pandemic, and comes less than a week after the county had its highest single-day count of 10 on July 30. Read more

There have been three more reported cases of COVID-19 in Wallowa County, bringing the total during the pandemic to 248, the Oregon Health Authority reported Wednesday, Aug. 4.  Read more

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ENTERPRISE — Cases of COVID-19 are up again in Wallowa County — this time, to the highest one-day total to date since the start of the pandemic. Read more

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Masks are going to be required back in the classroom this fall. Read more

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JOSEPH — Face masks are once again being required at the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture because of a surge in coronavirus cases, according to a press release. Read more

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Wallowa County has had its second-highest one-day count of COVID-19 cases to date. Read more

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ENTERPRISE — There were 15 new coronavirus cases reported in Wallowa County in the past five days, the Oregon Health Authority reported Tuesday, July 27. Read more

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ENTERPRISE — Three COVID-19 cases and one death were reported in Wallowa County by the Oregon Health Authority on Monday, July 19. Read more

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Oregon will lift pandemic limits in place for over a year this week, Gov. Kate Brown said Friday, June 25. Read more

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SALEM — Eastern Oregon lawmakers are calling for the state to end supplemental unemployment benefits to help out-of-work Oregonians endure the pandemic, saying the programs have spurred a workforce shortage that is hurting regional business economies. Read more

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SALEM — Nearly all COVID-19 restrictions could be lifted in as early as just over two weeks, Gov. Kate Brown said Friday, June 4. Read more

The Oregon Health Authority has reported a new case of COVID-19 in Wallowa County each of the last two days, with a case Tuesday, June 1, and Wednesday, June 2, bringing the overall total in the county to 189. They are the first cases reported in close to two weeks. The last day a case had b… Read more

ENTERPRISE — Mask up, or show proof of vaccination. Read more

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ENTERPRISE — Two major announcements last week — one from the state level and one at the federal level — seek to move toward opening life up more and lift more COVID-19 restrictions. Read more

The recent increase of COVID-19 cases in Wallowa County has slowed again. Read more

ENTERPRISE — Wallowa Memorial Hospital and Medical Clinic will be hosting two walk-in clinics — one Friday, May 14, in Joseph, and one Monday, May 24, in Wallowa — for individuals who want a COVID-19 vaccine. Read more

Gov Kate Brown laid out some basic math on Tuesday for Oregon's way out of pandemic restrictions: Get 70% of adult residents at least one shot of vaccine and "normalcy" can start to return as early as next month. Read more

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ENTERPRISE — Two cases of COVID-19 were reported in Wallowa County by the Oregon Health Authority over the weekend, bringing the countywide total to 182 since the start of the pandemic last year. Read more

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ENTERPRISE — There are two more COVID-19 cases in Wallowa County, the Oregon Health Authority reported Thursday, May 6. That brings the total number of cases in the county to 180, and 20 cases in the past 10 days.  Read more

Wallowa County had two more cases of COVID-19, the Oregon Health Authority reported Wednesday, May 5, raising the overall total since the start of the pandemic to 178. There have been 18 cases reported in the county in the last nine days. Read more

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ENTERPRISE — Fifteen new COVID-19 cases in five days. Read more

The Oregon Health Authority reported three more cases of COVID-19 in Wallowa County on Thursday, April 29, raising the total in the pandemic to 168 and the total in the last three days to eight. The county also had a reported three cases Wednesday and two on Tuesday.  Read more

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WALLOWA — Wallowa High School closed for two weeks, effective Thursday, April 29, after several COVID-19 cases were confirmed at the school, Superintendent Tammy Jones said in a post to the district’s Facebook page April 29. Read more

There were three new cases of COVID-19 reported in Wallowa County on Wednesday, April 28, the highest total of COVID cases in one day in roughly two months.  Read more

ENTERPRISE — The American Rescue Plan signed last month by President Biden provided a major financial boost for community health centers. Read more

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ENTERPRISE — Wallowa County residents who are 16 and 17 years old now have an option to get vaccinated. Read more

Oregon has "paused" using the Johnson & Johnson one-shot COVID-19 vaccine even though none of six newly reported severe reactions to the vaccine occurred in the state, health officials said Tuesday, April 13. Read more

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WALLOWA — COVID-19 has again postponed the annual Tamkaliks Celebration. Read more

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SALEM — The Oregon Health Authority has asked all of the state’s vaccine providers to immediately stop administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, after an announcement from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Federal Drug Administration early Tuesday, April 13. Read more

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MISSION — With more doses than appointments, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation is once again expanding its eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine. Read more

ENTERPRISE — The Wallowa County Health Care District has given more 2,100 first doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and has fully vaccinated close to 1,500 individuals in the county, Wallowa Memorial Hospital Communications Director Brooke Pace said. Read more

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SALEM — All Oregonians age 16 and older will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine on April 19, a week earlier than the previous earliest date, Gov. Kate Brown said Tuesday. Read more

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SALEM — COVID-19 infections are on the rise again in Oregon, a fourth wave of increasing cases since the pandemic began. Read more

SALEM — All adults in Oregon will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations as of May 1 under a binding order from the Biden administration. Read more

WALLOWA COUNTY — More than $2.25 million is slated to come to Wallowa County and its four incorporated cities out of the $1.9 trillion COVID-relief bill signed by President Joe Biden on March 11, and is being distributed to local governments, according to the office of U.S. Democratic Sen. J… Read more

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ENTERPRISE — An ambulance service based in Eastern Oregon that often helps with wildfire victims has turned its attention to the still-raging COVID-19 pandemic that, unlike last year’s wildfires, has not yet subsided. Read more

SALEM — In yet another about face, the state announced Monday, March 22, that it would drastically reduce the amount of spacing required for students going back to school, to align with new guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more

Wallowa County had its first case of COVID-19 in nearly two weeks reported by the Oregon Health Authority Thursday, March 18, moving the total since the start of the pandemic to 145. Read more

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ENTERPRISE — Around a quarter of Wallowa County has received a vaccine against COVID-19 through Wallowa Memorial Hospital, according to the latest numbers from WMH Communications Director Brooke Pace. Read more

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JOSEPH — The ashes of a 911 dispatcher and reserve Wallowa County deputy were delivered by police escort to his parents’ Joseph home Friday, March 12, and a special “last call” over the county’s 911 system was issued for Bret Bridges. Read more

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SALEM — Oregon would need up to double the doses of COVID-19 vaccine it currently receives to fulfill President Joe Biden’s seven-week sprint to allow all adults to be offered inoculation, Oregon health officials said Friday, March 12. Read more

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ENTERPRISE — Wallowa County residents now have a second COVID-19 vaccine available to them. Read more

Counties that might fall back into the state's most restrictive extreme risk level for COVID-19 spread will be given a two-week grace period on heightened restrictions, Gov. Kate Brown announced Thursday. Read more

Wallowa's first football game, scheduled originally for this weekend against Elgin, has been canceled, Wallowa Athletic Director Mitch Frye said Wednesday, March 3. Read more

Every Oregon county will receive 100 doses this week of the new Johnson & Johnson single-shot COVID-19 vaccine that President Joe Biden said Tuesday is a key part of vaccinating all Americans before summer. Read more

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SALEM — Gov. Kate Brown will release the final list of priority groups for the COVID-19 vaccine at a press conference today. Officials with the governor's office say the eligibility and maximum target date will be: Read more

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ENTERPRISE — Enterprise and Wallowa school districts both were closed on Thursday, Feb. 25, after each posted on their Facebook pages late Wednesday night that they had a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the district. Read more

ENTERPRISE — Wallowa County residents have another outlet where they will be able to get COVID-19 vaccinations as they are distributed. Read more

A steep drop in COVID-19 infections nationwide was reflected Tuesday, Feb. 23, with 16 Oregon counties improving their infection risk levels. Read more

JOSEPH — Save the dates! The 75th Chief Joseph Days rodeo is a sure thing for the last full week in July 2021. Read more

Wallowa County has surpassed 140 total cases of COVID-19 as the Oregon Health Authority reported two new cases in the county on Friday, Feb. 19, which puts the count at 141 — with 39 of them coming in the month of February. Read more

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SALEM — Most Oregon counties would maintain or improve their COVID-19 risk rating next week according to preliminary data from the Oregon Health Authority. Read more

Wallowa County had two new cases of COVID-19 in the Wednesday, Feb. 17, report from the Oregon Health Authority, which brings the overall total in the county to 139 since the start of the pandemic. There have been 37 cases in the month of February. The rate of infection in the county is now … Read more

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