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COVID-19 News & Updates

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

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:

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

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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

Thursdays, March 19, 26, and April 2, & 9 - Balance Class

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

April 20 and May 18 - Parkinson's Support Group

Now through April 30 - All Basic Life Support (BLS) Classes

Postponed until May 6 - Growing through Grief Support Group

Trusted Sources for COVID-19 Information

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