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County sees largest single-day COVID case increase yet

Columbia County saw its largest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases earlier this week.

The Oregon Health Authority announced six new cases of COVID-19 in the county on Monday, July 13. As of Tuesday, July 14, there were 57 cases in the county and 13 were currently infectious. The county previously reported the number of 'recovered' cases, but switched to reporting the number that are still infectious. Individuals can have lasting health impacts even after they are no longer contagious, and contagious individuals may not have serious symptoms.

The increase in newly identified cases may be partly due to the increase in testing. From mid-April to mid-March, an average of just under 24 people received test results each day. Since June 8, an average of almost 46 people received test results each day.

CCET evaluating grant applications

Nearly 60 local businesses applied for grant funds from the state of Oregon and Columbia County in a program facilitated by Columbia County Economic Team and Col-Pac.

CCET Interim Director Paul Vogel said the grant requests totaled more than $200,000, but did not have an exact dollar amount as of Monday, July 13. Awards will be made this month to businesses adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Deadline approaches for the St. Helens youth art contest

The St. Helens Arts and Cultural Commission is presenting a youth art contest this month.

Young artists up to 5 years old can participate in a coloring contest and winners will receive $50 each. Kids ages 6 to 13 can create artwork that shows their favorite local activity. The winner will receive $100. For ages 14 to 18, the contest involves creating artwork "that represents community." The winner will receive $150.

Submissions are due by July 24 and the winners will be selected at the Arts and Cultural Commission's July 28 meeting. To participate, email a photo of the artwork, along with the artist's name, age, and contact information, to Dawn Richardson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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