COVID-19 Case Rate Decreasing in Wasco County

Wasco County has seen a steady drop in COVID-19 cases over the past three weeks, and recently went five days without a positive case.

“It looks very good to have in-person learning in some of the schools in Wasco County in September, and if we continue on this trend, in all of them by October,” said Dr. Mimi McDonell, health officer for North Central Public Health District.

The schools all having worked hard to develop their plans in accordance with the Oregon Department of Education’s Ready Schools Safe Learners Blueprints, and they will be implementing many policies and procedures related to those blueprints.

Local schools with less than 250 students have different criteria to meet to allow in-person learning than schools with more than 250 students.

Under-250 schools are the elementary and high school in Maupin, Mosier Community School, Dufur School and St. Mary’s Academy in The Dalles and Riverbend Community School (formerly Wahtonka Charter School). Dufur School can fully separate grade groups and is considered under 250.