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3195 cases
Union County Total Case Count Source: Center for Human Development

Case count updated on October 22, 2021.

Helpful information for our community:

  • All patients, employees, vendors, and visitors will be screened upon entering the hospital and all clinic locations.
  • You will be asked to wear a mask when in our facilities. COVID-19 restrictions remain in place at hospitals and healthcare facilities, in airports and on airplanes, and in all modes of public transportation in the state of Oregon.

  • 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.
  • Union County Public Health: Center for Human Development's COVID-19 webpage.
  • Current State of Oregon case numbers: Oregon Health Authority's COVID-19 webpage.
  • COVID-19 vaccine availability at GRH Clinic locations

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.

Current Visitor Guidelines:

  • Adult Patients-Inpatient: May have one visitor at a time, not to exceed more than two total designated visitors per day.
  • Clinic Patients: One adult visitor per encounter.
  • Adult Patients-Special Circumstances: Patients with physical, cognitive, intellectual, and/or developmental disabilities may have up to three designated support persons, but only allowed one support person may accompany them throughout the facility.
  • Patient Receiving End-of-Life Care: One visitor is allowed to be with a patient who is receiving End-of-Life Care. Additional visitors may be allowed to visit one at a time, up to three designated people.
  • Minor (pediatric) Patients (<18 yrs): Up to two adults may be present at the same time in both hospital and outpatient settings.

Check your symptoms using this free tool from the CDC

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.

COVID-19 Hospitalized Patients in July and August 2021

September 3, 2021 | ANNOUNCEMENT

There have been questions recently regarding the vaccination rate of hospitalized COVID-19 patients here at GRH. We hope this infographic is helpful information for our community. Thirty COVID-19 patients were admitted and cared for throughout the months of July and August. All of them were unvaccinated patients and a greater percentage of them were under the age of 65. Of those 30, 16 were in ICU and five of those in ICU required ventilators.

ALERT: OHA Cancels 8/31Testing Event

August 31, 2021 | ANNOUNCEMENT

The Oregon Health Authority has cancelled the COVID-19 testing event scheduled for this morning, August 31, in the La Grande Bi-Mart parking lot. They have canceled several events across the state today due to technical difficulties with their pre-registration process.

As far as we know, the next event in La Grande set for Tuesday, September 7 is still on. For more information, visit DoINeedaCovid19Test.com where you may also search for other testing events still taking place in Oregon today.

GRH activates HICS due to community-wide COVID-19 surge in cases and announces community-wide testing event

August 24, 2021 | PRESS RELEASE

Today, Grande Ronde Hospital and Clinics activated our Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) under our emergency operations planning due to the current surge of COVID-19 cases in our community. We have been monitoring our daily census and bed capacity needs closely, as well as the statewide shortage of testing supplies. Both situations are presenting logistical challenges and causing strain on our capacity to serve our community.

Under Incident Command, we have been working with our local partners at Union County Emergency Management Services and our Public Health Department for assistance from the Oregon Health Authority for a mass community testing event for Union County. We have just confirmed that there is a FREE community-wide testing event now scheduled. (READ MORE)

Virtual Town Hall Event

August 18, 2021 | VIRTUAL EVENT

From CHD: COVID-19 Public Health Update

July 23, 2021 | CHD PRESS RELEASE

Union County, Oregon — Center for Human Development (CHD) public health is reporting an increase in COVID-19 cases this week. Cases have more than doubled when compared with last week and so far are the highest we have seen in one week since early February. This is a trend that is being seen statewide and nationally. Our test positivity rate has also increased, which means there may be more people with coronavirus in the community who have not been tested yet. Most of the people testing positive are cases of community spread, meaning they are not sure how or where they became infected. (READ MORE)

An open letter to our community from President and CEO Jeremy Davis

July 6, 2021 | PRESS RELEASE

Back in March of 2020, the best defense against COVID-19 was to limit exposure. There was no official cure and no effective treatment. Less than 18 months later, we have a variety of coronavirus treatment options and new vaccines. We are experiencing a downward trend in the numbers of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. The best news may be that as of June 30, most of Oregon is able to fully open. Health care, however, is one of the industries excluded from the lifting of restrictions. We ask for your patience as we comply for your protection and that of our workforce. (READ MORE)

On the fence? Talk to your health care provider.

July 1, 2021 | ANNOUNCEMENT

If you’re still deciding whether or not to get vaccinated for COVID-19, we encourage you to talk it over with your trusted health care provider.

It’s your choice to make. You and your provider know your health and your body best. Trust your provider to understand, listen to and respect your questions and concerns. Talk about it. Then, make up your mind.

There is a lot of information and misinformation surrounding the COVID vaccines.

Before you say no, talk to your provider.

We’re here for you when you need us.

From CHD: Vaccine Events Transitioning to Walk-In Availability at CHD

June 7, 2021 | CHD ANNOUNCEMENT

Beginning June 11,, 2021, COVID-19 vaccine clinics will be conducted as walk-in clinics onsite at the Center for Human Development (CHD) located at 2301 Cove Avenue, La Grande, Oregon 97850. Previously scheduled second dose booster appointments on June 11th, 18th, and 25th will still be honored but performed at CHD.

Moving forward primary and unscheduled booster doses will be available on a first come, first serve, walk-in basis while supplies last on Fridays from 2:00PM-4:00PM starting June 11, 2021.

If you are interested in getting vaccinated at these upcoming walk-in clinics you can expedite the process by filling out your registration online at www.chdinc.org/gv and can arrive anytime during the designated clinic hours. If you do not preregister by 3:00PM the day before the clinic, you can fill out your registration onsite when you arrive.

If you have questions or need assistance please call 541-962-8800 or email vaccine@chdinc.org

From UCES: Union County to Move to Moderate Risk Category

February 23, 2021 | UCES PRESS RELEASE

This week the Union County Commissioners were able to successfully dispute a three-case discrepancy incorrectly posted to Union County by the Oregon Health Authority. The case dispute will drop the county two levels to a Moderate Risk Category effective Friday, February 26. (READ MORE)

From CHD: Upcoming COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

February 12, 2021 | CHD EMAIL NEWSLETTER

CHD will be opening vaccine clinics over the next few weeks. Please read each clinic carefully before scheduling. We will be adding new groups and providing booster clinics. As we move through these next weeks, We ask our community to please be patient as this may be a long and slow process and we anticipate that our clinics will fill up very quickly due to this shortage. Click READ MORE to view vaccine clinic dates and times. (READ MORE)

From OHA: Vaccination Call for Administrators and Providers

February 2, 2021 | ORH EMAIL NEWSLETTER

The Oregon Health Authority is putting out a call to current and previously licensed health care providers in Oregon to register with SERV-OR to volunteer in support of COVID-19 vaccination efforts. As you know, health care resources are strained, and communities need health care professionals who can make themselves available to join the response. Please help this effort by inviting any qualified medical staff at your practice to register with SERV-OR. (READ MORE)

From OHA: COVID-19 Update: Jan. 26, 2021

January 26, 2021 | OHA EMAIL NEWSLETTER

Getting your vaccine: What to know before you go; County risk levels updated: Changes take effect Jan. 29; Oregon reports 796 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 22 new deaths. (READ MORE)

From CHD: Subscribe to Receive Email Updates

January 20, 2021 | CHD ANNOUNCEMENT

This week public health is working diligently conducting closed vaccine clinics with the staff and residents of our long term care and congregate care facilities. We are currently working on getting another vaccine distribution event scheduled. We are waiting on securing additional vaccine allocations.

We encourage our community to sign up for our vaccine emails by subscribing here https://www.chdinc.org/subscribe to receive email updates about vaccine distribution.

Statement on COVID-19 vaccinations and regional efforts

January 13, 2021 | PRESS RELEASE

To date, Grande Ronde Hospital and Clinics (GRH) has vaccinated a total of 380 employees and Union County first responders with an initial dose of the Moderna vaccine. This protection for front line hospital and emergency services workers against COVID-19 is outlined under the Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) tiered plan to vaccinate Oregonians. (READ MORE)

Dr. Hunsaker's LIVE Interview with EOAlive.TV

January 12, 2021 | VIDEO

From CHD: Vaccine Distribution Phase 1a Groups 1-4

January 11, 2021 | CHD PRESS RELEASE

We are currently vaccinating eligible individuals under Phase 1A Groups 1-4. Please contact CHD if you are interested in getting scheduled for your COVID-19 Vaccine. (READ MORE)

2020: A Year in Review

January 4, 2020 | VIDEO

First Moderna COVID-19 vaccines administered to GRH health care workers

December 23, 2020 | PRESS RELEASE

Grande Ronde Hospital received its first 200 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, December 23 for frontline workers. First vaccines were administered by infection preventionist/employee health nurse Amy Miles, RN, within hours of receipt. Hospitalist Blake Gornowicz, MD, and Emergency Department (ED) physician Stephen McIlmoil, DO, were first to receive the vaccine, followed by registered nurse Jaymi George, RN. (READ MORE)

Visitor Entrance Opens for Screening 12-1-20

November 25, 2020 | PRESS RELEASE

Visitors Entrance OPEN From 7AM—4:30PM except for holidays. For patients with appointments, visitors and those not seeking emergency medical care, please come through the Visitor’s Entrance for screening inside at the Visitor’s Desk. After hours, please continue to use the ER Entrance.

Emergency Entrance: Our Emergency Entrance will revert back to patients seeking emergency medical care. Patients are still required to be screened.

NOTE: Patients with COVID-like symptoms, or those who are within two weeks of a COVID diagnosis, please remain in your car and call #541-963-8421 for screener assistance to your car.

From CHD: Union County Reports 17 New Cases

November 20, 2020 | CHD PRESS RELEASE

Center for Human Development (CHD) public health is reporting 17 new cases bringing the total case count for Union County to 655. To ensure the most accurate, up to date, and easily understood information we are currently directing deeper level data inquiries to the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). The OHA continues to monitor trends in case counts, hospital and healthcare capacity, and zip code and age distribution of cases. (READ MORE)

GRH Update on Potential Workplace Outbreak

November 17, 2020 | PRESS RELEASE

Union County is experiencing a second community-wide outbreak of COVID-19 that appears to be more organic and wide spread than we experienced last June. It has now impacted our workforce at Grande Ronde Hospital and Clinics (GRH). We fully anticipate GRH will be added to the weekly reporting from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as a workplace outbreak for meeting the minimum threshold of cases for OHA reporting. We anticipate little disruption to our services at this point, as we are monitoring and managing staffing levels to compensate as needed. The good news is that the internal processes we follow for tracing COVID-19 among our staff has worked well. Unfortunately, we are not completely immune from the current spread in our community. (READ MORE)

Changes to GRH visitor policy effective 11-13-20

November 12, 2020 | PRESS RELEASE

Grande Ronde Hospital and Clinics has announced a proactive stance to support Governor Brown’s call for a Two-Week Pause in Union County. In order to do our part to slow the current community-wide spread of COVID-19 in Union County, we are proactively implementing the following change to current visitor restrictions. Basically, we are returning to the earlier restrictions we had implemented last August by allowing one visitor at a time per patient during hospital visiting hours and clinic hours of operations. (READ MORE)

From UCES: Union County Placed on Two-Week Pause

November 10, 2020 | UCES PRESS RELEASE

Union County COVID-19 cases continue to increase and have exceeded the 60 cases in 14 days benchmark put forth by the Governor last week. As such, Governor Brown has placed Union County on a two-week pause, beginning Wednesday, November 11 and continuing until November 25. (READ MORE)

Changes to GRH visitor policy effective 9-28-20

October 2, 2020 | PRESS RELEASE

We understand how important a support person is for the health and well-being of our patients. We are pleased that we are now able to announce the following changes to our support person and visitor policy. (READ MORE)

GRH Deactivates Hospital Incident Command

October 1, 2020 | PRESS RELEASE

Effective Wednesday, September 30, 2020 Grande Ronde Hospital and Clinics (GRH) has stepped down our Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) structure for the COVID-19 response. This deactivation was announced by Incident Commander (IC) Elaine LaRochelle yesterday afternoon. (READ MORE)

From CHD: Union County Reports Four New Cases

September 25, 2020 | CHD PRESS RELEASE

Center for Human Development (CHD) public health is reporting four new cases. The total case count for Union County is 443. The Center for Human Development will be temporarily limiting testing to individuals identified through investigations or individuals that meet Oregon State Public Health Lab criteria. (READ MORE)

Back to School Statement from Dr. Zach

August 21, 2020 | VIDEO

With students returning to the classroom (both in-person and virtually), Dr. Zach wants to remind you we are advocating for you daily, and we are here to help you navigate the changes that continue to come our way. We are here for you, and we're in this together!

GRH Announces Changes to Current Visitor Policy for All Facilities

July 29, 2020 | PRESS RELEASE

Effective Monday, August 3, 2020 Grande Ronde Hospital and Clinics (GRH) has amended its visitor policy in compliance with standards set by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). GRH is very pleased to announce that all patients may have one visitor and/or support person when admitted into the hospital, or while being seen in our clinics and hospital-based outpatient services such as ultrasound, etc. Visitors/support persons will have limited access to our facilities to help protect our patients and employees, and they must wear a mask and go through the screening process. (READ MORE)

From Oregon Health Authority: Update 7-27-20

July 27, 2020 | OHA DAILY CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

The state’s death toll from COVID-19 is unchanged from yesterday and remains at 289, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today. Oregon Health Authority reported 340 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 17,088. (READ MORE)

From NE Oregon Joint Information Center: Return to Phase Two

July 15, 2020 | NEO JIC PRESS RELEASE

The Union County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a Resolution this morning to return Union County to Phase 2 COVID-19 Reopening Guidelines. After a brief discussion at the regularly scheduled meeting, the Resolution passed unanimously. Phase 2 Guidelines as well as the Resolution may be read at: http://union-county.org/county-returns-to-phase-2-covid-19-reopening/ (READ MORE)

From CHD: Important Testing and Recovery Update

July 11, 2020 | CHD PRESS RELEASE

Over the past three weeks, demand for COVID-19 testing has increased greatly across the state and nation. This has directly impacted and surpassed the abilities for the laboratories to process and release results as expected. Due to the high volume of testing we would like to update the community our current testing, reporting and potential national testing supply shortages. Testing: Center for Human Development will be temporarily suspending testing and testing clinics. (READ MORE)

From CHD: Union County Reports Four New Cases; Second COVID-19 Related Death

July 9, 2020 | CHD PRESS RELEASE

Center for Human Development (CHD) public health is reporting four new cases. The total county cases is 367. The Center for Human Development Public Health is also announcing the second COVID-19 related death in Union County. The person was a 62-year-old male who tested positive on June 16th and died on July 2nd at St Alphonsus in Boise, Idaho. He had underlying conditions. (READ MORE)

From NE Oregon Joint Information Center: Daily Update

July 2, 2020 | NEO JIC PRESS RELEASE

Today, five new COVID-19 cases were announced for Union County bringing the total to 347. Of this total, 20 have recovered. Union County has had a total of 1,704 negative tests processed. Wallowa County has a total of 10 positive cases, one listed as recovered, and 432 negative tests processed. Oregon Health Authority announced 375 new cases today in the state of Oregon, bringing the state-wide total to 9,294. The Union County Incident Management Team (IMT) will be transitioning the COVID-19 incident response back to Center for Human Development (CHD) Public Health tomorrow, July 3. Members of the IMT will stand ready to support the Center for Human Development or to stand up again should the situation necessitate reactivation. (READ MORE)

Our Statement on Workplace Site Listing

July 1, 2020 | PRESS RELEASE

Tuesday, our President and CEO Jeremy Davis was notified by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) that Grande Ronde Hospital (GRH) has been included in their most recent COVID-19 Workplace Outbreak Report. Per the OHA, case counts for the listed employers include all persons linked to the outbreak, which may include household members and other close contacts of employees. Employers that report five or more positive COVID-19 test results are included in the report. (READ MORE)

From NE Oregon Joint Information Center: Live Forum

June 30, 2020 | NEO JIC VIDEO

From NE Oregon Joint Information Center: Daily Update

June 26, 2020 | NEO JIC PRESS RELEASE

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. (READ MORE)

From CHD: Union County Reports First COVID-19 Related Death; 12 New Cases

June 26, 2020 | CHD PRESS RELEASE

Center for Human Development (CHD) public health reports 12 new cases. This brings the total cases in the county to 309. The Center for Human Development Public Health is announcing the first COVID-19 related death in Union County. The person was a 90-year-old female who tested positive on June 13 and died on June 25 at Grande Ronde Hospital. She had underlying conditions. (READ MORE)

From NE Oregon Joint Information Center: Community Briefing Planned

June 25, 2020 | NEO JIC PRESS RELEASE

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. (READ MORE)

From CHD: Union County Reports 10 New Cases

June 25, 2020 | CHD PRESS RELEASE

Center for Human Development (CHD) public health reports 10 new cases. This brings the total county cases in the county to 297. Numbers indicate 609 COVID-19 tests were conducted on Thursday and Friday of last week in Union County. Due to the high volume of testing, notifications will be made as quickly as possible. We will update the testing event numbers as they become available. (READ MORE)

Union County COVID-19 Reponse: WRAP Resources

June 23, 2020 | CHD ANNOUNCEMENT

The County Incident Management Team is working hard at putting information and supports together in our community to ensure that individuals and families impacted by COVID-19 have access to all the services and supports available in our county. The mission of Union County WRAP Resources is to help you stay home and healthy. A comprehensive list has been compiled. (READ MORE)

From CHD: Union County Reports Two New Cases

June 20, 2020 | CHD PRESS RELEASE

Center for Human Development (CHD) public health reports 2 new cases. This brings the total county cases in the county to 255. The Union County Incident Management Team conducted approximately 561 COVID-19 tests in La Grande on Thursday and Friday. Due to the high volume of testing, notifications will be made as quickly as possible. (READ MORE)

From NE Oregon Joint Information Center: Daily Update

June 19, 2020 | NEO JIC PRESS RELEASE

The volunteers and community involvement for the drive-through testing the last two days have been outstanding. Having so many concerned citizens coming together to support the community shows how much care is reflected in our community. There was a total of 40-50 critical volunteers assisting with the drive-through clinics. (READ MORE)

From CHD: Union County Reports Six New Cases

June 19, 2020 | CHD PRESS RELEASE

Center for Human Development (CHD) public health reports 6 new cases. This brings the total county cases in the county to 253. Yesterday the Union County Incident Management Team conducted approximately 400 COVID-19 tests at a drive-through testing clinic in La Grande. The testing clinic will be held again today (Friday, June 19) from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. Appointment times are still available. (READ MORE)

From NE Oregon Joint Information Center: Daily Update

June 17, 2020 | NEO JIC PRESS RELEASE

Today the Union County Board of Commissioners met in regular session to discuss the local COVID-19 outbreak. At the recommendation of the Union County Incident Management Team (IMT), the Commissioners passed a community-wide voluntary rollback to Phase 1. This is not a mandate, but a recommendation that the community implement mitigation measures consistent with Phase 1. The IMT and the Board of Commissioners believe these actions will be in the best interest of the community. (READ MORE)

From City of La Grande: COVID-19 Surge Mayor Clements Message

June 17, 2020 | CITY OF LA GRANDE PRESS RELEASE

The recent surge in COVID-19 cases in Union County has brought the reality of the pandemic into sharp focus. Let’s face it, many of us let our guards down a bit over the last couple of months. And why not? With only a handful of cases locally, the pandemic seemed a problem for the rest of the world. Why wear masks and social distance when, it appeared, the possibility of infection was so low or non-existent? As we moved through Phase I, we thought we were in the clear, but that is, sadly, not the case. We now have a major outbreak. (READ MORE)

From NE Oregon Joint Information Center: Voluntary Return to Phase One

June 17, 2020 | NEO JIC PRESS RELEASE

The Union County Incident Management Team (IMT) issued a recommendation to the Union County Board of Commissioners at a regularly scheduled meeting this morning requesting citizens voluntarily return to Phase 1 regulations. The Board approved the request as a recommendation to the community. (READ MORE)

From CHD: COVID-19 Public Health Update

June 17, 2020 | CHD PRESS RELEASE

Center for Human Development (CHD) public health reports 2 new cases. This brings the total county cases in the county to 242. The Union County COVID-19 outbreak is an unprecedented situation that requires an unprecedented response from our community. It is critically important that we all do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 including washing our hands frequently, maintaining physical distances, and wearing a face covering when out in public. We are working closely with OHA, Union County Incident Management Team, and many other partners to best protect the residents of Union County. We are still actively investigating and tracing the outbreak and we will continue to provide updates. (READ MORE)

GRH Response to Significant Increase in New Cases

June 16, 2020 | ANNOUNCEMENT

We understand there’s significant concern regarding the recent outbreak in our county. Let us reassure you, Grande Ronde Hospital and Clinics (GRH) is prepared to handle what may come our way in the next several weeks, and have been preparing for significant numbers since early March.

We initiated our Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) on March 2nd, using the Hospital Incident Command System (HICS). HICS is a system we have used for many years for planning, preparing, training and mitigating all types of emergencies. In early March, GRH and our Union County Emergency Services (UCES) were advised of Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) modeling that showed a potential massive influx of COVID-19 cases that could impact our communities. We began to prepare for a worst case scenario under planning, operations, logistics, communications and more. For example, we began assessing and procuring the necessary Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) our staff would need to treat an influx of patients. We constructed and have used an onsite decontamination room that allows us to significantly extend the life of our N95 mask supply. We continue to take our role as stewards of the supplies we have seriously. In addition, even though we are a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital, we are licensed to increase our capacity for up to 40 acute care hospital patients during an emergency such as this. We have also developed an alternative care site at the GRH Pavilion and are prepared to staff that for at least 160 patients who may still need nursing care, but are transitioning to going home.

Please continue to be diligent with physical distancing, hand hygiene, and wearing a mask when appropriate. We continue to ask for your support, patience, and understanding as we care for those who need us. We’re in this together, Union County, and we’re here for you every step of the way.

From NE Oregon Joint Information Center: Daily Update

June 16, 2020 | NEO JIC PRESS RELEASE

Over 100 additional COVID-19 cases were announced today in Union County by the Center for Human Development (CHD), bringing the county total to 240. Of this total, seven have been listed as recovered. Officials anticipate the number of confirmed cases will continue to increase as contact tracing, investigations, and additional tests are conducted. (READ MORE)

From CHD: Union County Reports 119 New Cases

June 16, 2020 | CHD PRESS RELEASE

Center for Human Development (CHD) public health reports 119 new cases. This brings the total county cases in the county to 240. “Our mission has never been clearer and we are doing everything possible to protect the health and safety of our community” said Carrie Brogoitti, Public Health Administrator CHD. “Right now, more than ever we need our community to work together to help limit the spread of this virus and protect our most vulnerable populations.” (READ MORE)

From CHD: Union County Reports 99 New Cases

June 15, 2020 | CHD PRESS RELEASE

Union County, Oregon — Center for Human Development (CHD) public health reports a jump in COVID-19 cases in Union County. 365 residents were tested by public health over the weekend. Of those tests, 99 new cases have been identified so far. This brings the total cases in the county to 123. Officials anticipate the numbers may increase as many test results still being processed. (READ MORE)

From CHD: Eight New Union County Cases Announced

June 14, 2020 | CHD ANNOUNCEMENT

The Center for Human Development (CHD) Public Health is in the early stages of investigating an outbreak of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Union County. CHD is working closely with the Oregon Health Authority conducting investigations. At this time it is anticipated that Union County will be announcing a large number of confirmed positive cases tomorrow. We will be reporting numbers at one time tomorrow so we can provide the most accurate counts. In response the Union County Incident Management Team will be reactivated. Additional information and press release will follow tomorrow. In the meantime, we know that there is a significant amount of the virus circulating throughout or community and we urge Union County residents to stay home if they have any symptoms of COVID-19. Stay away from others and call your health care provider if you are ill enough to need care. Physical distancing, handwashing, and face coverings are critical tools to stop further spread of this virus.

Today the Center for Human Development, Inc. (CHD) is reporting eight confirmed positive cases of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19. These new cases bring Union County’s total to twenty-three. These additional cases may be part of a cluster of related cases, often referred to as an outbreak, which public health is currently investigating. There have been no COVID-19 related deaths in Union County.

Mandatory Masks On Policy Now In Effect

June 12, 2020 | PRESS RELEASE

Effective immediately, Grande Ronde Hospital and Clinics is temporarily mandating a Masks On policy for all employees, patients, and visitors throughout our facilities and locations. Due to the announcement of new community-acquired cases in Union County, we believe it is timely to implement a Masks On policy. (READ MORE)

From CHD: Five New Union County Cases Announced

June 12, 2020 | CHD PRESS RELEASE

Today the Center for Human Development, Inc. (CHD) is reporting four confirmed positive cases and one presumptive case of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19. These new cases bring Union County’s total to thirteen. (READ MORE)

From CHD: Eighth Confirmed Case

June 11, 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 eight. 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 tomorrow. (READ MORE)

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

June 4, 2020 | PRESS RELEASE

As Union County works to maintain the Governor’s criteria for Phase Two, what does that mean for your health care? To be honest, much of the focus for the next phase is on the public health aspect with testing requirements and contact tracing initiatives as set forth by the State of Oregon. At Grande Ronde Hospital and Clinics, we provide medical care and we remain focused on that. (READ MORE)

From NE Oregon Joint Information Center: Final Daily Update from NEO JIC

June 2, 2020 | NEO JIC PRESS RELEASE

Today, the Union County Incident Management Team transferred command of the Union County coronavirus response to the Center for Human Development, Union County Public Health. The local response to COVID-19 has slowed to a pace that allowed this transition. Public information functions will return to local public agencies. (READ MORE)

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

GRH Foundation Gala
Free Community Blood Screening events
Parkinson's Support Group
Balance Class
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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