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ENTERPRISE — Flu season has arrived throughout Oregon, and medical professionals in Wallowa County also are on the lookout for a possible recurrence of COVID, along with a relative newcomer — the respiratory ailment known as RSV. Read moreRSV cases on the rise in Wallowa County

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ENTERPRISE — As Wallowa County schools prepare for a new school year, another look at keeping kids safe from COVID-19 is a major part of administrators’ concerns. Read moreSchools get COVID-ready for start of classes

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SALEM — The Oregon Health Authority reported 15,716 new cases of COVID-19 from July 24 to Aug. 6 in its biweekly report released on Wednesday, Aug. 10. Read moreWallowa County reports 42 new cases of COVID-19 during latest reporting period

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JOSEPH — It may seem the COVID-19 pandemic is all but through, but the residents of the Alpine House senior living facility in Joseph would have to disagree. Read moreCOVID surge strikes Alpine House

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A new omicron variant of COVID-19 is driving a rise in infections, but is not expected to be a significantly severe wave of the now 110-week pandemic in Oregon, state health officials said this week. Read moreCOVID-19 infections rising even as severe cases drop

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ENTERPRISE The Oregon Health Authority has reported a new COVID-19-related death in Wallowa County, the first the agency has listed that occurred in 2022. Read moreCOVID cases in Wallowa County see major drop in March

An upswing in COVID-19 cases in Oregon is expected to hit next week, driven by infections of the hyper-contagious BA.2 version of the omicron variant, according to a new state report. Read moreCOVID-19 infections expected to rise as new version of omicron spreads

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Oregon OSHA is updating its COVID-19 workplace guidelines. In an email to the Capital Press, agency spokesman Aaron Corvin confirmed that changes to workplace rules are coming. Read moreOregon OSHA plans to revise COVID-19 workplace guidelines

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WALLOWA — The Wallowa School Board made it official during an emergency session Tuesday, March 1, and eliminated the requirement that students and employees wear face masks to guard against the COVID-19 pandemic. Read moreWallowa Schools make end to mask mandate official

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SALEM — Oregon will drop its indoor mask mandate on March 11, more than a week earlier than announced last week. Read moreMask mandate now to be lifted March 11

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WALLOWA COUNTY — Schools and other indoor public settings will no longer require people to wear face masks Friday, March 11, about two years after such mandates were first ordered because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a press release from the Oregon Health Authority. Read moreState to lift face mask mandate March 11

When you read the details of Josh Barnett’s story on A1 about trying to right the record on his mother’s apparent COVID-19-related death, something doesn’t add up. Read moreOur View: Something in OHA data does not add up

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SALEM — The family of a Wallowa County woman who died in December is disputing an Oregon Health Authority report that COVID-19 had anything to do with her death. Read moreFamily disputes OHA report that COVID-19 had a cause in Wallowa County woman's death

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ENTERPRISE — January 2022 ended up seeing by far the most spread of COVID-19 in Wallowa County to date during the pandemic.  Read moreMore than 330 COVID cases in the county in January

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SALEM — Wallowa County has surpassed 1,000 cases of COVID-19, and has had its worst month in terms of case count with still a week to go in January. Read moreWallowa County surges past 1,000 COVID-19 cases

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SALEM — The Oregon Health Authority reported 20 new cases of COVID-19 in Wallowa County among a one-day record of 10,947 in the state in its report Friday, Jan. 21. The state also reported 20 new deaths, but did not say which counties the deaths were from. For now, Wallowa County stays at 13.  Read moreTwenty more cases, 992 for the pandemic

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SALEM — The Oregon Health Authority reported 13 more new COVID-19 cases in Wallowa County in its report Thursday, Jan. 20, bringing the total to 972 for the pandemic, and in the last seven days to 96. There are were no new deaths in the county in the report, with the total staying at 13.  Read moreWallowa County passes 970 COVID cases

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ENTERPRISE — Wallowa County has surpassed 950 COVID-19 cases, as the Oregon Health Authority on Wednesday, Jan. 19, reported 22 new cases in the county. That moves the county total to 959 for the pandemic, and to around 160 for the month of January.  Read moreWallowa County has 22 more cases

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WALLOWA — The Wallowa School District is moving its junior high and high school students to comprehensive distance learning the rest of the week, it announced on its Facebook page late Wednesday morning, Jan. 19. Read moreWallowa moves 7-12 grades to virtual learning the rest of the week

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ENTERPRISE — With high volumes of COVID-19 tests being requested at Wallowa Memorial Medical Clinic locations, Cloverleaf Hall will be the site of COVID tests in an effort to help relieve congestion at the clinics. The tests will be done in an outreach trailer in the Cloverleaf parking lot.  Read moreCOVID testing at Cloverleaf meant to alleviate congestion

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Wallowa County is moving closer to 900 COVID-19 cases.  Read moreCase count closes in on 900

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ENTERPRISE — Thirteen more cases of COVID-19 were reported in Wallowa County by the Oregon Health Authority Wednesday, Jan. 12, moving the count in the pandemic to 862. More than 60 cases have been reported this month. Read moreCounty moves past 860 COVID-19 cases

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JOSEPH — The Joseph boys basketball team has had its weekend slate of games postponed, while the Joseph girls have had one contest moved. Read moreJoseph sees three basketball games postponed due to COVID-19

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ENTERPRISE — Wallowa County had one of its highest one-day totals of COVID-19 cases during the pandemic reported on Tuesday, Jan. 11. Read moreNineteen new COVID-19 cases

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SALEM — COVID-19 cases are moving upwards again during the first full week of 2022. Read moreCOVID-19 cases on the rise once again

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ENTERPRISE — Two health care facilities in Wallowa County are the recipients of part of more than $118 million going to 481 rural providers in Oregon for COVID relief under the American Rescue Plan Act, according to a Nov. 30 press release from U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley. Read moreLocal health care to benefit from ARPA funds

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ENTERPRISE — About 22% of children ages 5-17 have received a complete series of COVID-19 vaccinations in Wallowa County, according to data reported by the Oregon Health Authority on Monday, Dec. 27. Read moreChildren getting vaccinated against COVID-19

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ENTERPRISE — Wallowa County had another low weekly count of new COVID-19 cases.  Read moreLow COVID-19 cases again last week

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SALEM — December started with a low COVID-19 case count in Wallowa County. Read moreMonthly COVID-19 numbers continue decline

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ENTERPRISE — COVID-19 numbers ticked upward in Wallowa County the last week after a two-week run of single-digit case counts.  Read moreCase count ticks upward in last week

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ENTERPRISE — A 13th individual from Wallowa County has died from COVID-19, the Oregon Health Authority announced late Tuesday morning, Nov. 23. Read moreFour new cases in last week; 13th death in county reported

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SALEM — Wallowa County had COVID-19 numbers last week that more resembled what it saw during the spring prior to the Delta variant spike. Read moreCOVID-19 count at lowest number in months

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ENTERPRISE — Wallowa County in the past week bucked what had been a positive trend in local COVID-19 cases, but the count is still well below the highs of recent months.  Read moreLocal case count increases in last week

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ENTERPRISE — Running marathons has become an annual tradition for Emily Sheahan. Read moreEnterprise woman supports causes by running marathons

The Oregon Health Authority reported nine new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, Nov. 2, bringing the county's total to 714. The state reported 1,123 cases and 29 deaths Tuesday, though it has not yet stated which counties the fatalities were in. Read moreNine new COVID-19 cases

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WALLOWA COUNTY — No employees at two of Wallowa County’s primary senior living facilities had to leave their jobs in late October when the state’s mandate requiring health care workers be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved exemption to the vaccine took effect. Read moreSenior living centers meet vaccine deadline

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ENTERPRISE — A walk-in clinic for people interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine will take place at the Cloverleaf Hall in Enterprise on Friday, Oct. 29, according to a press release from Wallowa Memorial Hospital. Read moreVaccine booster clinic at Cloverleaf Hall on Friday

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PORTLAND — Brooke Langerman, one of the Wallowa County 911 dispatchers, was celebrated Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Portland Trail Blazers game as “our hometown hero.” Read moreHometown hero honored at Trail Blazers game

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ENTERPRISE — For the second year in a row, the Wallowa Valley Health Care Foundation’s Healthy Futures Dinner Auction will have a virtual flavor. Read moreHealthy Futures Dinner Auction moves online again

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ENTERPRISE — Nearly all faculty and staff at schools in Wallowa County have complied with Gov. Kate Brown’s mandate that they receive the coronavirus vaccine or obtain medical or religious exemptions to the requirement, school administrators said. Read moreSchools in compliance with vaccination mandate

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ENTERPRISE — A corner may be turning on COVID-19 cases in Wallowa County. Read moreCOVID-19 case count slows in the last week

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 moreNine new COVID-19 cases in the last two days; regional hospitalizations down

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

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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 moreWallowa County passes 600 COVID-19 cases

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 moreWallowa County passes 600 COVID-19 cases

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

Wallowa County had four more cases of COVID-19 reported by the OHA on Oct. 1, bringing the overall total to 582.  Read moreFour new COVID cases, September ends with 163

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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 moreSeven new cases reported on last day of September

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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 moreCounty has 11 new COVID-19 cases

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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 moreVaccine mandate has a range of impacts in Wallowa County

The Oregon Health Authority reported that in Wallowa County the total number of cases during the pandemic has risen past 550. Read moreEighteen new COVID-19 cases

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 moreTwelfth COVID-19 death in Wallowa County

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 moreEleven more COVID-19 cases

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 moreThirteen new COVID-19 cases in Wallowa County

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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 moreWhere are the workers?: Manufacturing, hospitality among worst hit industries

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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 moreOHA reports five new COVID-19 deaths in Wallowa County, four during most-recent spike

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 moreWallowa County surpasses 460 cases

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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 moreFestival of the Arts still on, but altered

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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 moreBiz Buzz: As COVID hits again, businesses plod along

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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 moreWallowa County has 23 more COVID-19 cases

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

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 moreThree new COVID-19 cases in Wallowa County

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 moreSeven more COVID-19 cases, 419 in the county

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 moreSeven new COVID-19 cases, 412 overall

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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 moreWallowa County surpasses 400 cases as COVID-19 surge continues

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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 moreWallowa Memorial capacity severely tested during most recent surge

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 moreEight new COVID-19 cases

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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 moreEight new cases of COVID-19, 365 during pandemic, 126 this month

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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 moreWallowa jamboree, first football game canceled due to COVID-19

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 moreFive more cases in Wallowa County, 357 total

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ENTERPRISE — Coronavirus has taken out another major local event for the second year in a row.  Read moreMule Days pushed to 2022 due to COVID-19

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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 moreWallowa County passes 350 cases of COVID-19

SALEM — Gov. Kate Brown has expanded a mandatory mask order to include large outdoor gatherings as well as indoor gatherings. Read moreMasks now required at outdoor events as COVID-19 swamps Oregon

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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 moreTeachers and health care workers required to get COVID-19 vaccination, Brown orders

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 moreTen more COVID-19 cases in the county

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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 moreCounty reaches new threshold as 300th COVID-19 case is reported

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 moreSix more COVID-19 cases in Wallowa County

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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 moreWallowa County with seven new COVID-19 cases, 280 total

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 moreTwo new cases in Wallowa County on day Brown announces mask mandates

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 moreBrown orders masks worn indoors as COVID-19 hits record levels in Oregon

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 moreWallowa County passes 270 COVID-19 cases

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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 moreBrown to announce new statewide measures to address rising COVID-19 hospitalizations

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 moreCase count slows for a day: One new case in Wallowa County

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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 moreEight more COVID-19 cases in Wallowa County as cases rise at fastest rate of pandemic

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 moreCounty nears 250 total COVID-19 cases

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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 moreWallowa County sees new one-day mark for COVID-19 cases

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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 moreJosephy Center again requires masks

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