The Center for Human Development Public Health has announced the first COVID-19 related death in Union County…. a 90-year-old woman who tested positive on June 13 and died on June 25th at Grande Ronde Hospital. She had underlying conditions. The Union County Incident Management Team will be holding a community briefing on Tuesday at 6pm so county leaders can answer questions that have been surfacing locally regarding COVID-19. Due to physical distancing requirements, the briefing will be provided virtually and live-streamed on the NE Oregon Joint Information Center Facebook page.
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Wallowa Resources’ Community Solutions Inc is taking small hydro development to the next level with the launch of a county-wide Micro Hydro Outreach and Scoping Study. If you have a stream, ditch or canal running across your property, you may have the opportunity to use that moving water to generate electricity and lower your electric costs. A Hydro Intake Questionnaire will be ready for use in early July. To find out more, call 650.387.7194 or 541.561.4426
La Grande is extending State of Emergency in response to COVID-19. The City Manager has been authorized to take necessary and appropriate actions to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the City and City’s Citizens.
An additional testing clinic has been set up for today and is being supported by the Union County Incident Management Team to assist the Center for Human Development, Union County Public Health. The appointments have been filled through contacts identified from investigations and contact tracing. An estimated 80 tests are scheduled to be completed.
More wolf attacks on cattle in both Wallowa County and in Union County. In the first, a 1.5-month-old 150 lb. calf was injured on rangeland pasture on private property. In Union County a landowner found the carcass of a 200 lb. calf in a 200-acre private-land grass pasture. Both exhibited injuries consistent with wolf attacks.
The Northeast Oregon Public Transit in La Grande is continuing service, but due to the increase of cases of the COVID-19 there are some restrictions. All staff, drivers, and passengers are now required to wear a mask. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided. A 3-foot distance between riders who are not members of the same household will be observed, which means limited ridership.
The Union County Incident Management Team on Wednesday, issued a recommendation to the Union County Board of Commissioners, requesting citizens voluntarily return to Phase 1 restrictions. The Board approved the request as a recommendation but not a mandate. This decision was made due to the significant rise in confirmed COVID-19 case numbers, concerns for the protection of the community, and concerns for impacts to Grande Ronde Hospital.
Union County deputies were involved in a vehicle pursuit in the Elgin area after the deputy tried to stop a vehicle after a traffic violation. Speeds reached Eighty miles per hour before it all ended when the driver crashed into a ditch on Bean Coffin Road. Both the driver and passenger fled on foot. Both were caught minutes later. The driver turned out to be Dustin Mathis. Both he and an unnamed passenger were treated for minor injuries at Grande Ronde Hospital and then released. Mathis was locked up in the Union County Jail on an outstanding Union County felony warrant, 3 counts of Recklessly Endangering Another, Attempting to Elude, Reckless Driving, Assault, and Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver when a person is injured.
The Oregon Health Authority says if you are contacted by someone claiming to be a contact tracer gathering information due to COVID-19 there are some things that they will not ask. For instance, a legitimate contact tracer will never ask you for your social security number, immigration status or any banking or credit card information.
If you receive a call from someone claiming to be a contact tracer and they ask for that sort of information, hang up immediately.
Governor Kate Brown said yesterday, that she is now putting all county applications for further reopening on hold for seven days… calling it a statewide ‘yellow light.’ The governor said she will work with doctors and public health experts to determine whether to lift the pause, extend it, or make other adjustments.