June 26, 2020

Center for Human Development, Union County Public Health announced a COVID-related death today.  The individual was a 90-year old woman who tested positive on June 13 and died on June 25 at Grande Ronde Hospital.  She did have underlying conditions.  There has been a total of 202 deaths in the state of Oregon due to COVID-19.  This morning, a total of 12 COVID-19 confirmed cases were announced bringing the county total to 309. 

Today, the remaining COVID test results were returned from the drive-through testing clinic and other testing held last week in Union County.  Over 600 tests have been processed.  Of these tests, there were a total of 33 positive test results.  Some of these numbers may have already been reported in the daily totals.  Wallowa County has a total of eight confirmed cases.  Investigations, contact tracings, and additional testing continue in both counties.  Statewide, there are a total of 7,818 cases. 

The Union County Incident Management Team will be hosting a community briefing on Tuesday, June 30 at 6:00 p.m.  The purpose of the meeting will be an opportunity for leadership to answer key 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.  The briefing will also be available for later viewing at www.neojic.union-county.org.

Multiple resources are available through wraparound services for individuals who have been instructed to isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19.  Some of these resources include financial assistance, food bank information, grocery pickup/delivery, health insurance, and Veterans services.  Information is available at: http://neojic.union-county.org/2020/06/23/wrap-resources/

The City of La Grande has authorized the Farmers Market to relocate back to Max Square and 4th Street effective immediately.  Visitors to the market are asked to wear a protective cloth face covering or mask and to observe six feet physical distancing requirements. 

Yesterday, Oregon Health Authority released information for General Mask, Face Shield and Face Covering Guidance for Business, Transit, and the Public.  Local businesses may require all patrons to wear a mask.  If the businesses require this, the business must also provide masks for those that do not have them.  Additional information can be found here: https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2288K.pdf