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Oregon Health Authority release - September 16, 2020

posted Sep 16, 2020, 3:15 PM by Angela Gorham   [ updated Sep 16, 2020, 3:18 PM ]

400 East Wm. E. Williams Ave. Ÿ P.O. Box 787 Ÿ Joseph, OR 97846

September 16, 2020


Parents and Community,


The Oregon Health Authority September 16th update, released at approximately 1:00 p.m. today, reports six (6) new cases of COVID-19 in Wallowa County.  You will find the information here:

Dr. Jeanne (OHA) has reviewed the information about the cases closely with Dr. Powers (Wallowa Co.) and at this time we have not identified any risk to the community or schools in Wallowa County.  Since Wallowa County schools reopened under the small-county exception, the districts would make any decision to transition to comprehensive distance learning based not on the county case rate (which will be much higher this week), but instead on an assessment of the spread within schools and the broader community.  OHA’s conclusion is that there is no indication of either at this time and thus a public health recommendation to shift to comprehensive distance learning is not warranted based on the information we have at this time.


Given the confidence of both our local health providers and staff from Oregon Health Authority, we are confident in our decision to keep our schools open.  We will continue to reevaluate our status and update our families and students as information becomes available. 


Thank you for your continued partnership in educating our students and keeping our community safe.





Lance Homan

Joseph School District Superintendent