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Helpful information for our community:

  • For safety reasons, visitors are only allowed under special circumstances at the hospital and all clinic locations.
  • All patients, employees, vendors, and visitors allowed under special circumstances are screened upon entering the hospital and all clinic locations.
  • If you need medical care and have mild to severe respiratory illness, cough with fever, or shortness of breath, please call ahead to discuss next steps. We may have additional instruction to prevent the spread of all respiratory illness.
  • Current Union County case numbers: Center for Human Development's COVID-19 webpage.
  • Current State of Oregon case numbers: Oregon Health Authority's COVID-19 webpage.
  • Hand-sewn non-medical mask donations are being accepted at this time. Mask pattern and guidelines are located here. Thank you for your support!

We are open and ready to help. While COVID-19 is new, preparing for responses to public health issues, medical emergencies, and disasters is not new to our hospital. In fact, emergency preparedness training is a year-round activity that is done within our hospital and clinic system. We take preparedness seriously 365 days a year. We're taking every possible safety precaution, including separating patients with possible COVID-19 or other infectious illness from others. Our hospital has special negative pressure spaces, keeping patients isolated from those who need to remain healthy. Please continue to seek the care you need, emergent or otherwise.

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CDC's COVID-19 Symptom Checker

The purpose of the Coronavirus Self-Checker is to help you make decisions about seeking appropriate medical care. This system is not intended for the diagnosis or treatment of disease or other conditions, including COVID-19.

From Oregon Air National Guard: La Grande Flyover Planned for 9:25 AM Friday Morning

May 21, 2020 | OREGON AIR NATIONAL GUARD PRESS RELEASE

The Oregon Air National Guard is scheduled to continue flying multiple F-15 Eagle flyovers over hospitals and other locations throughout Oregon Friday, May 22 and Monday, May 25 in order to salute Oregonians on the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic, lift morale during a time of severe health and economic impacts, and remember those brave service members who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom. (READ MORE)

From CHD: Sixth Confirmed Union County Case

May 18, 2020 | CHD PRESS RELEASE

Today the Center for Human Development, Inc. (CHD) is reporting one new Union County case of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19. The new case brings Union County’s total to six. There have been no COVID-19 related deaths in Union County. Union County’s total cases and other information can be found on the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) website: https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19. This case will be reported on the website today. (READ MORE)

From CHD: Fifth Confirmed Union County Case

May 15, 2020 | CHD PRESS RELEASE

Today the Center for Human Development, Inc. (CHD) is reporting one new Union County case of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19. The new case brings Union County’s total to five. There have been no COVID-19 related deaths in Union County. Union County’s total cases and other information can be found on the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) website: https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19. This case will be reported on the website today. (READ MORE)

Help Us Keep Union County Open

May 15, 2020 | VIDEO

Phase One of reopening Union County begins today. It might be tempting to relax some of the guidelines enforced over the past several weeks, but we want to be sure and note how important it is to keep up the good work so we can STAY open and receive approval to move on to Phase Two. We are open, we are safe, and we are here for your care. Please continue to seek medical attention - emergent or otherwise.

From NE Oregon Joint Information Center: Union County Receives Approval for Phase 1 Reopening

May 14, 2020 | NEO JIC PRESS RELEASE

Union County has received approval from Governor Kate Brown to begin Phase 1 of the reopening process effective May 15, 2020. Phase 1 does not allow for a full reopening of all businesses, and there are very specific safety guidelines that must be followed. Phase 1 guidance for all applicable sectors can be viewed in entirety at https://govstatus.egov.com/or-covid-19. The following is a listing of updated sector specific guidance made available on May 14. (READ MORE)

From NE Oregon Joint Information Center: Remember Health & Hygiene Advice

May 12, 2020 | NEO JIC PRESS RELEASE

As the Governor considers lifting restrictions, it is important to remember health and hygiene advice that slows the spread of illness applies now more than ever. While Union County may enter Phase 1 as soon as this Friday, it will be the collective actions we take that will allow us to stay in Phase 1 and move on to Phase 2. (READ MORE)

From NE Oregon Joint Information Center: Awaiting Response for Reopening

May 8, 2020 | NEO JIC PRESS RELEASE

The Union County Reopening Plan was submitted to Governor Kate Brown early this morning as directed through her press conference held yesterday. The submitted plan was an updated version containing the new statewide guidance received through May 7. This afternoon, Union County received feedback from the Governor’s office requesting minor changes to the Plan. These changes have been submitted and the County is again awaiting a response. (READ MORE)

From Baker County Health Department: First Baker County Case

May 6, 2020 | BAKER COUNTY PRESS RELEASE

The Baker County Health Department has been notified by Oregon Health Authority that Baker County has a confirmed case of COVID-19. This is the first confirmed case in Baker County. The individual has been directed to isolate from others for the duration of their illness, which is until they are symptom-free for 72 hours (3 days). The Baker County Health Department is performing contact tracing to identify and isolate anyone who may have come in close contact with this individual in the last 14 days. (READ MORE)

From NE Oregon Joint Information Center: Removing Barriers for Reopening

May 5, 2020 | NEO JIC PRESS RELEASE

City and County officials share the frustrations community members are feeling with state-mandated closures and ask for patience as we work through the ever-evolving state regulations. We hope that our public remembers Union and Wallowa Counties did not impose the statewide closures, but we are working diligently to remove all barriers for reopening. The Governor’s benchmarks for reopening are rapidly changing, making it difficult to satisfy requirements. (READ MORE)

From NE Oregon Joint Information Center: County Reopening Plan Requirements

May 4, 2020 | NEO JIC PRESS RELEASE

The Union County Reopening Plan was submitted to Governor Kate Brown’s office last week for approval. The reopening includes a three-phase plan. This does not mean that the County will be immediately reopening. Before Union County can begin phase one of the reopening, the following steps must be met: (READ MORE)

From NE Oregon Joint Information Center: Union County Reopening Plan Updates

May 1, 2020 | NEO JIC PRESS RELEASE

The Union County Board of Commissioners met in an emergency session today to consider the Union County Reopening Plan prepared by the local Incident Management Team (IMT). The Commissioners agreed to submit the Plan to Governor Kate Brown for approval. Receiving Governor approval of the Plan is the first step towards an incremental reopening. The Plan will be emailed today, however, the IMT will begin immediately revising the Plan to meet new criteria presented this afternoon by the Governor in a regional conference call. (READ MORE)

From NE Oregon Joint Information Center: Working Together Within the County and Region

April 29, 2020 | NEO JIC PRESS RELEASE

Union County remains at four confirmed cases of COVID-19, of which three of the cases have recovered. Wallowa County remains with one confirmed case, who has recovered. This morning, the total number of positive cases reported by Oregon Health Authority was 2,446 and 101 deaths. There have been over 52,000 negative COVID-19 test results for the state. On Wednesday, April 22, Grande Ronde Hospital (GRH) was made aware of a request to their regional Hospital Preparedness Program liaison with the Oregon Health Authority that Pioneer Memorial Hospital (PMH) in Heppner had been seeking a ventilator with no success. GRH submitted the request through their internal Incident Command System for approval. (READ MORE)

An Open Letter to Our Community from Medical Staff President Dr. Andy Pearson

April 29, 2020 | PRESS RELEASE

As Medical Staff President for Grande Ronde Hospital and Clinics, I’d like to share some thoughts on our current situation with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the most challenging issues a physician faces during this trying time is finding the balance between providing preventive health care while practicing social distancing. On one hand, care provided now may prevent future health care problems; potentially avoiding hospitalization, surgery, etc. On the other hand, because there currently is no official cure or treatment for COVID-19 coming from the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC), the best defense we have today is to limit our exposure to the virus. (READ MORE)

From NE Oregon Joint Information Center: Working to Develop Reopening Plan

April 24, 2020 | NEO JIC PRESS RELEASE

On April 14, Governor Kate Brown announced her framework for reopening Oregon: a plan to restart public life and business while maintaining healthy Oregon communities. The framework stated that there are requirements Oregon communities must meet to begin reopening. Union County is working towards development of the plan addressing the Governor’s requirements for reopening. (READ MORE)

Answering Your Coronavirus-Related Questions: Dr. Reynolds

April 18, 2020 | DOC TALK Q&A

Q: Should I be traveling? Should I go out of town for the day? For the weekend? A: Travel limitations have now been recommended by our Governor, the President, local and state Public Health Departments, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Unless your job requires it, or you have a special exception due to family needs, I urge you to stay home and practice physical distancing. (READ MORE)

An Open Letter to Our Community from President/CEO Jeremy Davis

April 16, 2020 | PRESS RELEASE

In spite of the uncertainty that the novel coronavirus has caused for countries, businesses and families, the outpouring of humanity from the community we have the privilege to serve has been humbling and inspiring to all of us at Grande Ronde Hospital and Clinics. It has meant more than I can possibly express. First, let me reassure you that GRH is on solid financial footing. I know it can be hard to read the headlines that some rural hospitals across the nation, already vulnerable to closure, may not survive this pandemic. Thanks to years of good financial stewardship and loyal local support, GRH entered into this crisis in a strong position. We will not, however, emerge unscathed. (READ MORE)

From NE Oregon Joint Information Center: Commissioner Statement

April 15, 2020 | NEO JIC PRESS RELEASE

As your elected public officials, we would like to assure all citizens of Union County that we are working together to navigate the COVID-19 challenges affecting communities across the nation. We are appreciative of established relationships between the County and City governments; in these trying times we are relying heavily upon each other. We are in contact with mayors, city councils, and state and federal representatives. We trust in their professionalism and dedication to serving the people of Union County. (READ MORE)

From NE Oregon Joint Information Center: Live Forum

April 15, 2020 | VIDEO

Answering Your Coronavirus-Related Questions: Dr. Szumski

April 11, 2020 | DOC TALK Q&A

Q: How do I self-quarantine or self-isolate? A: ​If you develop COVID-19 or have been exposed to the virus, you may be asked to "self-isolate” (if you're sick) or "self-quarantine" (if you might be sick). In some people, COVID-19 is mild enough that you can safely recover at home. Here’s how you can protect others in your household while you recover: (READ MORE)
Find more details on how to self-quarantine in our health library article located here.

From NE Oregon Joint Information Center: Update 4-10-20

April 10, 2020 | NEO JIC PRESS RELEASE

Union County Incident Management Team (IMT) will be holding a public meeting on Wednesday, April 15 at 6:00 p.m. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the local response of COVID-19. Due to physical distancing requirements, the meeting will be virtual and live-streamed on the NE Oregon Joint Information Center Facebook page. Participants of the meeting will include the Union County IMT, Union County Board of Commissioners, Grande Ronde Hospital, Center for Human Development - Union County Public Health, local EMS, local law enforcement, Eastern Oregon University and local cities. These entities will be participating in the meeting from various remote locations. (READ MORE)

From CHD: Fourth New Union County Case

April 9, 2020 | CHD PRESS RELEASE

Today the Center for Human Development, Inc. (CHD) is reporting one new Union County case of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19. The new case brings Union County’s total to four. There have been no COVID-19 related deaths in Union County. All this information is shared publically and additional information about cases can be found on the Oregon Health Authority website: https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19. This new case was community acquired meaning that the individual does not have a direct epidemiological link to a known confirmed case. (READ MORE)

From the Oregon Health Authority: Update 4-8-20

April 8, 2020 | OHA DAILY CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Governor Kate Brown announced in-person learning closure for the remainder of the school year, Brown has convened a COVID-19 Medical Advisory Panel to advise on response efforts, new COVID-19 cases, and more. (READ MORE)

Hand Sewn Non-Medical Mask Guidelines

April 8, 2020 | ANNOUNCEMENT

We have had several community members reach our regarding hand sewn non-medical mask donations, and greatly appreciate every single inquiry and donation received thus far. We are currently accepting mask donations using the pattern and guidelines located here. Thank you for your support!

From NE Oregon Joint Information Center: Update 4-7-20

April 7, 2020 | NEO JIC PRESS RELEASE

Over 20,000 individuals across the nation are reported as recovered from COVID-19. Statewide confirmed cases have increased to 1,182, up from 1,132 reported yesterday. Union County remains at a total of three confirmed cases. There are no new cases reported in Wallowa County which remains at one confirmed case. The Wallowa County case is not located in Wallowa County but is a resident of the County. There has been some confusion over the terms frequently heard from the Oregon Health Authority and other public health experts surrounding discussions of COVID-19. Some of these terms include Person Under Monitoring, Person Under Investigation, Isolation and Quarantine. (READ MORE)

From CHD: Two New Union County Cases

April 1, 2020 | CHD PRESS RELEASE

Today the Center for Human Development, Inc. (CHD) is reporting two additional Union County cases of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19. The two cases bring Union County’s total to three. “We are seeing the number of cases increase across the nation and throughout Oregon so we are not surprised to be sharing this news today,” says Union County Public Health Administrator, Carrie Brogoitti. (READ MORE)

Clinic Visitor Restrictions Effective 3-31-20

March 31, 2020 | PRESS RELEASE

In order to protect our patients, our employees and our community from the spread of COVID-19, effective March 31, 2020, Grande Ronde Hospital and Clinics has also implemented a NO VISITORS policy AT OUR CLINC LOCATIONS until the situation changes. Patients Only. The ONLY exceptions to this policy will be to allow ONE support person for children OR one support person for patients unable to attend alone based on medical conditions. (READ MORE)

How Have We Been Preparing for This?

March 26, 2020 | VIDEO

Symptoms, Symptom Management, and When to Seek Emergency Care

March 24, 2020 | VIDEO

From CHD: Local COVID-19 Testing Information

March 19, 2020 | CHD PRESS RELEASE

We understand that there are a lot of questions about testing for COVID-19 in our community. Testing is being conducted within the county on people that meet testing criteria. Depending when the test is performed as well as which lab the test is being sent to, it is taking on average 4-5 days to receive test results. The number of tests that are being conducted are only released for the state in total. The number of tests conducted local are unavailable. Positive test results will only be released at a county level. (READ MORE)

CHD Confirms First COVID-19 Case in Union County

March 19, 2020 | PRESS RELEASE

La Grande, OR – “Our hearts and our support are with the individual and their family as they care for their loved one,” says Union County Public Health Administer, Carrie Brogoitti. “We knew we couldn’t stop the virus from coming to our home, and we’ve worked hard as a community to slow it down. We know that many people are concerned; it is difficult when we are dealing with uncertainty and unexpected changes to our day-to-day lives. Now more than ever, we have to band together to protect and support our family, friends, and neighbors who may be at higher risk of becoming ill and needing care and assistance.” (READ MORE)

Important GRH COVID-19 Update: March 18, 2020

March 18, 2020 | ANNOUNCEMENT

If you are experiencing symptoms such as mild to severe respiratory illness, cough with fever, or shortness of breath, and you feel you need non-emergent medical attention, PLEASE call your provider FIRST to discuss next steps.

If you are experiencing the symptoms above AND have been in close contact with a confirmed case or traveled internationally in the last 14 days, but don't need medical attention, please call CHD at 541-962-8800.

If you have other questions regarding COVID-19, including experiencing symptoms but NOT meeting the travel/close contact criteria, we encourage you to call 971-673-1111 or 211 for the most current information. Please be conscious of social distancing and virus spread prevention strategies - it is possible to not show any symptoms, or mild symptoms, and still be a carrier. We are here for you, and are working diligently to keep our patients, employees, and community safe and healthy. We will update information as it becomes available at grh.org/covid19.

Updated presumptive case numbers for the state of Oregon, listed by county, and other web resources can be found on the Oregon Health Authority's web page here: healthoregon.org/coronavirus.

Visitor Restriction Changes at GRH Effective 3-18-20

March 17, 2020 | PRESS RELEASE

In order to protect our patients, our employees and our community from the spread of COVID-19, effective March 18, 2020, Grande Ronde Hospital will implement a NO VISITORS policy until the situation changes. The ONLY exception to this policy will be to allow ONE support person for the laboring and recovering mothers and newborns in our Family Birthing Center (FBC). (READ MORE)

Updates to Screening Guidelines & Visitor Restrictions

March 13, 2020 | ANNOUNCEMENT

SCREENING: In order to protect our patients and our community from COVID-19, we are screening patients and visitors with a few simple questions.

VISITOR RESTRICTIONS: During this time, we are taking further precautions by enforcing our standard visiting hours of 11 AM to 8:30 PM.

Due to the nature of the COVID-19 virus, and the evidence that young people can have the virus without showing any symptoms, or may have extremely mild symptoms, we are restricting all visitors age 13 and under. We believe visitors are part of the healing process for our patients, however, at this time we also believe it is in everyone’s best interest to keep these restrictions in place as we work to keep our community safe.

FAMILY BIRTHING CENTER visitors are restricted to immediate family only, with one support person for the laboring and recovering mother and newborn. Thank you for your patience! (READ MORE)

When to Seek Treatment

March 13, 2020 | Media provided by the Oregon Public Health Division

Upcoming Foundation Gala Cancelled

March 12, 2020 | PRESS RELEASE

In response to recent statewide developments regarding COVID-19, the Grande Ronde Hospital Foundation has made the decision to cancel our annual Gala event scheduled for Saturday, March 14th... (READ MORE)

Free Community Blood Screening Events Postponed

March 12, 2020 | PRESS RELEASE

In response to recent statewide developments regarding COVID-19, Grande Ronde Hospital & Clinics has made the decision to postpone our annual Free Community Blood Screening events scheduled for April 4 in Union, April 11 in Elgin, and April 25 in La Grande... (READ MORE)

Supporting Those at Higher Risk

March 11, 2020 | Media provided by the Oregon Health Authority and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC has reported that older adults may be at a higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 and we know many of you are wondering what this means for the health of your loved ones.

We know how important it is to protect our parents, grandparents, and other older populations. We all have a role to play in protecting at-risk groups. Here are some things you can do to protect the older adults in your life and those at higher risk.

COVID-19 What to do if you are at higher risk

COVID-19 What other can do to support older adults

Respiratory Illness Prevention Tool: Hand Hygiene

March 9, 2020 | Media provided by the Oregon Public Health Division

Grande Ronde Hospital & Clinics Statement on Preparedness for COVID-19

March 3, 2020 | PRESS RELEASE

Union County health officials Closely Monitoring Developments Related to 2019 Novel Coronavirus

January 29, 2020 | PRESS RELEASE

Postponed & Cancelled GRH Events

Saturday, March 14 - GRH Foundation Gala

Saturdays, April 4, 11, & 25 - Free Community Blood Screening events

Now through May 18 - Parkinson's Support Group

Now through May 29 - Balance Class

Postponed - Growing through Grief Support Group

Trusted Sources for COVID-19 Information

Center for Human Development
Oregon Health Authority
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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