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County adds 112 new cases over three days

Yamhill County added 112 new cases of COVID-19 from Saturday to Monday, breaking its previous records, as Oregon also experienced three consecutive one-day records. The county does not update its numbers ...

Oregon hits milestone, enters partial lockdown

Oregon recorded more than 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 in a day for the first time last week, Thursday through Saturday, leading Gov. Kate Brown to order a statewide partial lockdown from Nov. 18 to ...

Schools continue under state’s two-week freeze

Gov. Kate Brown’s newly announced “two-week freeze” won’t have much impact on local schools, McMinnville Superintendent Maryalice Russell said. Most students are attending classes ...

 
Free COVID tests available Tuesday, Nov. 17

Free COVID-19 screenings and flu vaccines will be offered in McMinnville on Tuesday, Nov. 17. The Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center will offer the tests and vaccines from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at ...

 
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announces 14-day statewide 'freeze'

SALEM — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Friday announced a statewide two-week “freeze” which will limit restaurants and bars to take-out only and close gyms, indoor and outdoor recreational facilities during that period.

The freeze will be in effect from Nov. 18 through Dec. 2 and aims to limit group activities and slow the spread of COVID-19. The state is experiencing a spike in coronavirus infections and has reached record high positivity rates so far in November.

COVID-19 increased 34% in Oregon last week; daily cases surpass 800

Cases of COVID-19 continued to spike in Oregon, as they did across the nation, last week. The Oregon Health Authority said in its weekly report on Wednesday that cases in the state increased 34% over the ...

 
Oregon daily case counts set records

Oregon posted two new records for daily COVID-19 case increases last week, with 575 new cases on Thursday, and 600 on Friday. Case counts remained well above 500 a day over the weekend, and on Monday, ...

Oregon announces new COVID metrics for school reopening

SALEM — Oregon officials on Friday announced new COVID-19 metrics to determine when students can return to K-12 schools for in-person learning, with the aim of getting more children back into the classroom.

However even under the new, relaxed metric requirements, about 80% of Oregon students will still not be eligible for in-person learning, state officials said.

COVID-19 in Yamhill County - At a Glance

[Tuesday, Nov. 24] Yamhill County reported 24 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the county total to 1,604. The Oregon Health Authority reported 21 deaths associated with COVID-19 on Tuesday, ...

 
Getting creative with arts education

Vocal teacher Robin Pederson was thrilled when the McMinnville High School Twilighters started rehearsing in-person again last week. “This is huge,” she said of the 45-minute rehearsals held ...

State sees highest one-week jump in new cases

Oregon recorded its highest-yet weekly jump in new cases of COVID-19 the week of October 19-25, the Oregon Health Authority said in its weekly report this week; a 14% jump that added 2,642 new ...

County at 960 cases; state tightens mask rules

Yamhill County reached 960 cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday, while the state announced it was tightening the rules for face masks in an attempt to slow the spread of the disease. A new workplace outbreak, ...

Yamhill County COVID cases exceed 950

Yamhill County’s COVID-19 case count increased to 951 on Tuesday and McMinnville neared 500 cases. Cases have been recorded throughout the county, though than half of the cases are in the McMinnville ...

Oregon mask requirements expanded as COVID cases rise

By SARA CLINE Associated Press/Report for America SALEM, Ore. (AP) — As the total number of COVID-19 cases in Oregon nears 40,000 people, health officials announced Monday that face-covering requirements ...

Oregon reports 418 new COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths as cases spike at 'alarming rate'

By SARA CLINE Associated Press/Report for America SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The transmission rate of COVID-19 continues to increase as Oregon health officials announced an additional 418 new confirmed ...

 
Linfield takes steps to balance budget

Linfield University has ceased contributing to employee retirement funds as part of an effort to balance its budget during the coronavirus pandemic. The school, which employs more than 500 people on its ...

 
Harvest of Hope: Yamhill County winemakers navigate 2020's unique challenges

Joel Kiff always hoped that one year he could pick all the grapes from his 9-acre McMinnville vineyard himself, to say he had personally completed each step of the winemaking process. In a normal year, ...

 
Carlton family, neighbors planning Halloween fun

Carlton residents are planning a socially distanced Halloween event for children and adults. Kathy Park had the idea of setting up a haunted tunnel through which kids could walk one-by-one. It wouldn’t ...

 
Business as Unusual: Farmworkers face COVID, wildfire risks

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, farmworker Carlos Ramirez didn’t take the virus risk too seriously. He treated it like something of a joke, he said, until it started infecting people he ...

 
Business as Unusual: Ag sectors rebound in fits and starts

In the middle of the pandemic, agriculture customers are going green. Investments in trees, plants and forage are persisting during the economic downturn, despite a sluggish pace in early spring. During ...

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