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U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today announced the historic expansion of unemployment insurance he worked to get into the just-passed Senate coronavirus package will work out to an estimated $3.3 billion in much-needed help this year for unemployed Oregonians.

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The U.S. Senate has passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act which will provide emergency relief for American workers and businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including workers and business owners in Wasco County.

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With the amount of panic and uncertainty circulating right now, it’s important for us to take care of our mental health, as well as our physical. Here are some tips from the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) on easing some of the anxiety stemming from the pandemic.

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Gov. Kate Brown said the far-reaching executive order she issued this week should not stop immediate families from motoring for relaxation or driving to a trailhead, as long as they maintain proper social distancing while hiking.

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The United Way of the Columbia Gorge and the Healthy Gorge Initiative (HGI) have established a fund to address the immediate needs faced by nonprofit organizations and their clients resulting from the COVID-19 virus.

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Many food pantries in the Gorge have suspended services due to facility restrictions and staffing needs, but communities continue to be served, according to the Columbia Gorge Food Bank (CGFB.)

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Quilters at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center in The Dalles are busy stitching, and are seeking volunteers to help make fabric masks to give to those who come into frequent contact with the public and vulnerable citizens.

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As COVID-19 continues to spread, local agencies have ramped up their efforts to enforce social distancing guidelines while supporting their communities through the pandemic.

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SALEM—Some Oregon leaders worry that delaying the state’s April 15 income tax deadline could undercut funding for fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

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Para ayudar a implementar la orden de la gobernadora Kate Brown de "quedarse en casa, salvar vidas", en respuesta a la pandemia de COVID-19, el Distrito de Salud Pública del Norte Central está pidiendo a todos los clientes de la clínica que llamen primero antes de venir a la clínica, ya que se pueden proporcionar muchos servicios sobre el teléfono.

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North Central Public Health District NCPHD is asking all clinic clients to call first before coming to The Dalles clinic, since many services can be provided over the phone, according to a press release.

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is working on a multi-pronged mandate to slow the spread of coronavirus, but she is not expected to issue the full-fledged “stay-at-home” order that Portland-area officials want.
Her actions include the closure of all state parks as of Monday

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SALEM – Two key Oregon legislators are proposing a 90-day plan for Oregonians to avoid evictions, get food, and keep health insurance while directing banks to help businesses survive with interest-free loans.

Much is still uncertain for the Hood River County School District during the state-mandated closure — now extended until April 28 — but staff is still working hard to provide resources and information to students and families through the crisis.

There are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Hood River or Wasco counties, but local health and public safety organizations are continuing to take precautionary steps.Providence, which runs Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, has launched coronavirus testing at its regional lab in …

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