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March 19, 2020 8:28 PM

COVID-19 Pandemic

For more information on COVID-19 and how it relates to Grant County, visit the Grant County COVID-19 information page ( It will be updated daily with information on local programs as well as government directives and declarations. For questions or concerns please direct your queries to or call the EOC help line at 541-575-0520.

We would urge those who present with COVID-19 symptoms to call 211 or the Grant County Health Department at 541-575-0429.

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Latest Update:

May 20, 2020 5:03 PM

We have been monitoring the weather and river/stream levels since yesterday. The National Weather Service forecast yesterday did not expect the amount of precision we received and Canyon Creek rising 1 inch an hour for 13 hours. We have asked for and received a special weather briefing from the NWS.

Galena experienced flooding in some areas today and middle fork road is closed at this time in and around that area with water and debris over the roadway. One home is surrounded by water and we have had contact with them, they do not have any requests for assistance at this time. No idea when middle fork will reopen. The County Road Department has equipment on site. Contact the road department for details.

Minor flooding usual areas Hwy 395 South of Canyon City and along Canyon Creek. No evacuations no sand bagging at this time. Canyon City will monitor the creek and bridges tonight and SAR will check again in the morning and as needed. The County has filled sandbags around the County and at the County Shops if they are needed. We have been visually checking Canyon Creek since yesterday morning. SAR has made contact with several residents along Canyon Creek, Hwy 395 and in CC and JD. SAR helped two residents remove pumps and equipment near Canyon Creek along SW Brent Drive.

Other areas in county checked today and look okay at this time. NWS says maybe 2/10 more rain till 9pm and about 3/10 inch precipitation tomorrow afternoon then clearing weather patten.

Prior Updates

May 14, 2020 2:19 PM

Grant County has been approved for Phase 1 reopening on May 15. For information on Reopening Guidelines and resources for business as they reopen go to
March 30, 2020 1:58 PM

The Grant County Health Department has decided to release information on a daily basis and will be available on the Grant County COVID-19 Information Page. This information will also be released to various media outlets. The information on the OHA’s (Oregon Health Authority) web site may or may not be the same as you find there, but the information found there will be the most accurate, up-to-date information.

Grant County COVID-19 Information
March 28, 2020 9:21 AM

From Grant County Public Health:

Recently the Institute for Disease Modeling, out of Bellevue, Washington, released results on COVID-19 epidemic trends for Oregon. It is a good read and I encourage you to review it.

In short, the social distancing and hygiene practices that we are engaged in currently are critical to slowing progression and reducing the impact upon our already burdened medical system. Given that it is harder to find information specific to Oregon, I thought this important to share.

On the bright side, for all you movie buffs, many movies that were released or are soon to be released in theaters can now be watched on Amazon Prime or Netflix. You can access their websites for additional information.

Last but not least, activity and exercise are very important for your emotional well being. I encourage you to take walks, move around often and in general stay active. Its both good for your heart and good for you mind.

Grant County COVID-19 Info
March 26, 2020 11:37 AM

From the Grant County Health Department: "Your Grant County Medical Team and EOC are meeting regularly with health care providers in the community to assess their supply needs and distribute the available supply appropriately. Today you will see a tent going up in the ED parking lot at Blue Mountain Hospital. The goal of the tent is to protect patients from potential exposure to COVID-19 while reducing the risk to healthcare workers. The tent is being used as an extension of the ED to triage patients who are having respiratory symptoms from those seeking other ED needs. On a lighter note, I hope you are all seeing the blooms on the trees and flowers. It is reassuring to know that even in the uncertain times we are in, the certainty of spring is reassuring."

Grant County COVID-19 Info
March 26, 2020 9:21 AM

EASTERN OR: Forest Service pauses prescribed burns

The USDA Forest Service is pausing all spring prescribed fire efforts on national forest lands across the states of Oregon and Washington.

“We care deeply about our communities across the region and didn’t want to risk introducing smoke from the prescribed fire into communities that may be affected by COVID-19,” said John Giller, Director of Fire and Aviation Management for the Pacific Northwest Region of the USDA Forest Service. “With this pause, we can better protect those who may also be in higher-risk groups for COVID-19, such as the elderly and those with underlying respiratory conditions.”

While the frequent, low-intensity fire is essential to the long-term health of many northwest forests and communities, employee and public safety remains the top priority.

Grant County COVID-19 Info
March 24, 2020 8:15 PM

The Grant County EOC has published an information page that will contain daily updated FAQs, ways to contribute to the effort, links to good sources of current information, and a contact page for questions for the EOC.

Grant County COVID-19 Info
March 19, 2020 8:37 PM

The Grant County Health Department is announcing the first positive case of COVID-19. The Health Department is working closely with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) on investigative protocols.