Umatilla County

Oregon requires COVID-19 vaccination for teachers, staff

Amid a surge in coronavirus cases and as hospitals rapidly near capacity, Gov. Kate Brown announced Oregon is expanding its COVID-19 vaccine requirement to include all teachers, educators, support staff and volunteers in K-12 schools. Teachers are the latest to be added to the growing statewide vaccine mandate — which also includes health care workers and state employees — that requires them to be fully vaccinated by Oct. 18 or six weeks after a COVID-19 vaccine receives full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, whichever is later

100th person dies from COVID-19 in Umatilla County

PENDLETON, Ore. — With two more Umatilla County residents passing away due to COVID-19 complications, the region has now surpassed 100 deaths from coronavirus complications. According to Umatilla County Public Health (UCo Health), an 87-year-old woman with underlying health conditions…

Oregon enters state of emergency due to heat

SALEM, Ore. — Governor Kate Brown announced that the state of Oregon is entering a state of emergency due to high forecasted temperatures sweeping over the area. This decision comes after a large number of Oregonians suffered heat-related illness and…

Oregon to require masks indoors for K-12 schools

The state of Oregon will require students and staff in K-12 schools to wear masks indoors come fall. Governor Kate Brown’s announcement Thursday follows this week’s updated national mask guidance in schools and a spike in COVID-19 cases in Oregon, due to the highly transmissible delta variant. In a statement from the Oregon Department of Education officials say they are working to create a rule requiring face coverings in all indoor school settings — both public and private — for all individuals two years and older. This includes students, staff, contractors, volunteers and visitors. Officials say the rule will take effect upon adoption, but the exact date is unclear. 

Oregon man, 33, dies of COVID at Kadlec in Richland

Umatilla County Public Health announced on Wednesday the COVID-related death of a county resident at a Tri-Cities hospital. A man, who was 33 years old, "tested positive July 24th and died July 24th at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland,"…

COVID-19 Comeback: Local health districts report cases rising

KENNEWICK, Wash. — Several health districts from Washington and Oregon came out Tuesday with new information showing COVID variants are taking hold, powering local infection spikes. RELATED: Washington’s COVID infections are trending back up as vaccination rates slow RELATED: CDC…

EPA orders $65,250 penalty for pesticide company

The Environmental Protection Administration has ordered the J.R. Simplot Co. to pay a $65,250 penalty for pesticide safety violations south of the Columbia River. The penalty covers problems cited by EPA at its Umatilla, Oregon, and Moreland, Idaho, facilities where large amounts of pesticide are stored and sold. Simplot did not respond to a request for comment. EPA says the Oregon warehouse had a 12-inch hole in the floor that could allow spilled pesticide to contaminate the ground under the warehouse. The Idaho facility had pesticide spills that had solidified on the ground, creating a possible exposure for workers.