As is the case in most areas of the country, the number of COVID-19 cases in Union County has flatlined and hospitalizations are on the decrease. Grande Ronde Hospital now reports in fact, that it was never close to being overrun by patients with COVID-19, despite the early dire predictions of hospitals being swamped with Coronavirus patients. The situation was much the same nationwide actually. In New York, which has reported the highest death toll from the virus in the country, a navy hospital ship that was brought in to handle a predicted overrun, was barely used and released early.
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A woman in Enterprise who was upset that she was required to wear a face mask at a hardware store, was actually cited for trespassing when she refused to get a mask or leave. A Wallowa County deputy said the matter has been turned over to the Enterprise Police Department. The woman was not identified.
The Cove Cherry Fair has been called off this year because of coronavirus. But the parade of cars and trucks that would have marked its kickoff still will roll. The Cherry Fair Parade is August 15 and starts at 10 a.m. The route follows Highway 237 from Ash Street to Church Street. Organizers are encouraging spectators to spread out along the parade route as a way to maintain social distancing.
Republican candidate for US Representative from Oregon’s 2nd District, Cliff Bentz was in La Grande on Monday for a meet and greet with supporters. Bentz, a former state senator and attorney from Ontario, is looking to take the place of Rep. Greg Walden from Hood River, who is retiring after 22 years. Dozens of people met with Bentz under the under the pavilion at Riverside Park yesterday afternoon, despite the heat.
For the 6th day in a row, Union County has reported no new reported cases of COVID-19. The overall number of cases remains at 385. The last day cases were added was July 21st, when two positive cases of coronavirus were reported. So far, there have been two deaths attributed to the virus. The numbers are now showing a slowing of the rise in COVID-19 cases statewide.
Schools in Elgin will open Aug. 31st barring a local spike in the number of COVID-19 cases. The opening would mark the first time Elgin’s public schools have been open since mid-March. Extensive sanitizing will be a part of the work day, students will eat meals in classrooms and students will not move to different sites throughout the building for classes.
A former Enterprise woman who police say ripped off thousands of of dollars from two local organizations now faces similar charges in Linn County. Back in 2010, Amber Wulff entered a plea deal with prosecutors, calling for her to plead guilty to multiple counts of theft and forgery for ripping off the Enterprise Education Foundation and Wallowa Valley Little League. Now Wulff faces one count each of first-degree theft, identity theft and money laundering and eight counts of first-degree aggravated theft… all felonies… after being stealing more than $300,000 from a person.
Fitness enthusiasts are not at all happy with Gov. Kate Brown’s latest directive requiring everyone working out indoors at public health clubs to wear face masks. Some now say they will stop going to area gyms because of the new face mask requirement… and will instead begin to do workouts on equipment at home, and they believe others also will do so too. They say there is no way they can conduct the intense exercise sessions while wearing a mask.
A member of the Joseph City Council passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, July 16th. It is now being reported that Richard Pointer died at his home in Joseph. Pointer had been resting at home after undergoing leg surgery. No cause of death was released. Richard and his wife, Jeanette, had only lived in Joseph a few years. Pointer served on the council only about six months, after having been appointed to fill a vacant seat. Filling the vacancy left by Pointer’s death will be discussed at the next council meeting, scheduled for Aug. 13.
Gov. Kate Brown has ordered bars to close earlier, lowered the age for mask requirements, and placed new limits on crowd sizes. She also threatens to impose travel restrictions because the spread of COVID-19. Effective today, anyone 5 and older must wear a mask in public indoor spaces and outdoors where social distancing is not possible. The maximum number of people allowed in restaurants, bars, churches, theaters and other venues is reduced to 100. Restaurants and bars in Phase 2 counties — which includes most of the state — must close at 10 p.m. Gyms must require face masks even while customers exercise.