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PORTLAND — New COVID-19 infection risk levels rose in Oregon according to the latest report from the County COVID-19 Community Transmission Report, released Monday.

SALEM -- The likely arrival of the new omicron variant and questions about its strength and speed are clouding an otherwise cautiously optimistic outlook of the course of COVID-19 in Oregon, according to a new state report.

SALEM — Oregon’s rebound from the delta variant spike in COVID-19 has slowed, with hospitalizations remaining high through February, a new state forecast reported Thursday.

DALLAS — The Dallas School District had to quarantine a total of 175 students and 22 staff members at some point between Oct. 1 and Oct. 11.

INDEPENDENCE — Two months into the new school year, the Central School District continues to shore up the gaps in its COVID mitigation measures amidst ever changing state mandates.

SALEM — Gov. Kate Brown has expanded a mandatory mask order to include large outdoor gatherings as well as indoor gatherings.

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POLK COUNTY — The Dallas and Perrydale girls basketball teams each opened with a win at home last week.

POLK COUNTY — West Salem won its opening boys basketball games last week, while Central got off to an 0-2 start and Dallas and Falls City went 0-3.

SALEM — The West Salem Titans dove successfully into their 2021-22 swim season last week.

POLK COUNTY — It could be only a matter of time. Another year or two, perhaps, until Oregon has a shot clock in high school basketball games.

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