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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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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 Health Authority assured Oregonians Sunday, March 22, 2020, that walking, running, biking and other activities were acceptable while practicing social distancing (keeping a physical distance of three to six feet between yourself and others while in public.) Eating healthy, getting exercise and plenty of sleep are important ways to help keep your body resilient, OHS said.

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In a new program called “Handle with Care,” area law enforcement agencies are giving local schools a heads up when they learn a student has been exposed to trauma.

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The City of The Dalles declared a state of emergency, effective immediately, during an emergency meeting of the council Friday, March 20, 2020. The declaration will remain in effect through April 17, 2020.

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Ari smiles and laughs as Wilbur the pig nuzzles his ankle, sitting in the grass in front of Colonel Wright school. Ari was taking Wilbur for a walk—on a leash. Schools closures statewide have been extended.

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The Oregon Employment Department enacted temporary rules Wednesday, March 19, 2020, to give more flexibility in providing unemployment benefits to COVID-19 affected workers.

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The Klickitat County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Rex Johnston, along with Goldendale Mayor Mike Canon and Bingen Mayor Betty Barnes, verbally issued Declarations of Emergency Saturday, March 14, 2020, joining White Salmon Mayor Marla Keethler, who had issued their declaration on March 13, 2020. The declaration opens up support services to all the local communities in the county, including emergency services and health care facilities, according to a press release from Klickitat County Emergency Management. T

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In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 across the state, schools in Oregon are now closed through Tuesday, April 28, 2020. This includes all schools in the North Wasco County School District, Superintendent Candy Armstrong said in a press release.

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