Coronavirus Updates

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Timeline


Two hours and 45 minutes into the third budget meeting last Thursday, budget committee members and city councilors unanimously approved the next fiscal year’s budget. Read more


Intimate cafe known for its Creole-Cajun flavor Read more

After the Seaside City Council passed a timetable for reopening hotels and lodging, the council looked at reopening city buildings, closed by emergency declaration since March due to the pandemic. Read more

Following the lead of Cannon Beach, Seaside rescinded restrictions on hotels and short-term rentals. The restrictions were lifted Tuesday. Read more

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The Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District will delay an immediate opening of fitness programs after the lifting of some coronavirus restrictions in Clatsop County. Read more

It will be a year of belt-tightening in Seaside. Read more

Seaside Beach Volleyball, one the city's largest summer events, is canceled due to coronavirus restrictions. Read more

After canceling the annual Memorial Day Fireman’s Ball early this month, Gearhart officials held out hope on the city’s annual Fourth of July parade. That hope was dashed Tuesday morning as staff announced the parade cancellation due. Read more

Waving American flags and signs like "Liberty Not Lockdown," more than two dozen people gathered Saturday afternoon at the Prom to criticize government restrictions over the coronavirus. Read more

Clatsop County was among 28 counties Gov. Kate Brown approved to start easing coronavirus restrictions starting Friday. Read more

2020 Miss Oregon, Miss Oregon Teen competitions are canceled Read more

Wait until next year. That is the message for a string of major events as cities throughout the region react to an extension of the state’s coronavirus state-of-emergency order through July 6. Read more

Clatsop County will close Sunset Beach and Del Rey Beach access points to vehicles from 10 p.m. Friday to noon on Sunday, the county announced Wednesday.  Read more

This year’s Hood to Coast Relay is the latest casualty of the coronavirus pandemic. Read more

This year’s Hood to Coast Relay is the latest casualty of the coronavirus pandemic. Read more

County to enter first phase of reopening. Read more

Almost 20 years ago I entered my first year of college at Western Oregon University. I arrived on campus before most other students to play football. The team was staying in temporary dorms and I woke up before my roommates early on a Tuesday morning. Read more

Visitors to Gearhart Post Office are invited to share their blessings during a time of pandemic.  Read more

This year’s Hood to Coast Relay is the latest casualty of the coronavirus pandemic. Read more

Organizers from Portland's seek to open Seaside's beaches. Read more

Seaside resident James W. Young photographed these F-15 Eagles as they flew over Broadway Park in Seaside at 9:30 a.m. Friday. The tribute, conducted by Oregon’s 173rd Fighter Wing, paid tribute to Oregonians on the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic, among them health care workers at Provid… Read more

Business leaders want Seaside reopened, with a “soft opening” of local beaches to begin Monday and full opening May 18. They delivered a nine-page proposal to the city’s reopening committee in advance of a City Council hearing on Monday. Read more

Gearhart’s annual fireman’s ball is another casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic in Clatsop County. The fundraiser, in its 59th year, is highlighted by gaming, live music and dancing. Read more

This will be the first Seaside High School graduation to start with the turn of an ignition key. Read more

Seaside High School’s Mason Miller turned his graduation gown to good cause. The 2020 graduate donated his gown to meet personal protective equipment shortages for health care workers. Read more

The Pacific Way Cafe at the southeast corner of Pacific Way and Cottage in Gearhart will close after serving as a gathering place and special occasion dining destination for 32 years. Read more

Clatsop County reported a seventh positive case of the coronavirus on Friday, the first reemergence of the disease locally in three weeks. Read more

Seaside Visitors Bureau shares a message, "Together we will be at #SeasideStrong." Read more

The Fourth of July fireworks show in Seaside is canceled because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. Read more

Some members of Seaside City Council want to take matters into the city’s hands and reopen the beaches — sooner rather than later. Read more

On April 6, Seaside City Council took action to deliver a relief package for local businesses and residents. Read more

The Fourth of July fireworks show in Seaside is canceled because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. Read more

Seaside kids participating in the backpack program will receive a special delivery this weekend, courtesy of Papa Murphy’s Pizza. Papa Murphy’s delivered 150 mini-pizzas to Warrenton students last week. Read more

Life for residents at senior living communities in Seaside and elsewhere has changed dramatically over the past couple weeks as facilities continue ramping up health and safety protocols and guidelines in response to COVID-19. Read more

Bookings through the end of May are all postponed or canceled, Seaside Civic and Convention Center General Manager Russ Vandenberg said last week. Read more

Seaside Fire is offering free yard debris drop-off for Seaside residents on Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Read more

When this year’s budget process started, Seaside School District business manager Justine Hill described the district’s financial outlook “favorable and stable.” Due to the coronavirus pandemic, economic impacts are uncertain. Read more

Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District's proposed $3 million budget for 2020-21 comes with many caveats.  Read more

In a normal year, Sunset Pool, Fitness Center, Youth Center, Bob Chisholm Community Center, Mary Blake Playhouse and Broadway Field would be busy with spring activities. But in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District’s pool is closed and events a… Read more

The opportunity to receive a one-time $4,000 grant from the city of Seaside’s 2020 Tourism Relief program brought 142 applications, the city’s director of tourism marketing, Joshua Heineman, said after the Monday application deadline. Read more

With schools across the state closed for the remainder of the school year, local elementary school teachers are adapting on-the-fly under unprecedented circumstances. Read more

Seaside’s Parker R. Conrad, a freshman majoring in general engineering with a straight-A average, was among local students named to the Oregon State University winter term honor roll. Read more

The Seaside Civic and Convention Center and Oregon Fine Foods have partnered to provide complimentary breakfast for people in need and emergency responders in Clatsop County. Read more

With school canceled through the end of the school year, construction at the Seaside School District campus in the Southeast Hills will see an acceleration in completion dates, especially at The Heights. Read more

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we view the world, adding masks and personal protective equipment to our daily lives. Hand-washing, stay-at-home orders, the beach is closed — here is a highly selective local list of ABCs, with some definitions at the top of mind. Read more

“There’s billions in relief coming, but you know what? Not one business in Clatsop County has received any money yet.” Read more

Cars lined up Saturday along Shore Terrace near Suzanne Elise Assisted Living in Seaside. Read more

“We are the heartbeat of Seaside,” the Chamber of Commerce proclaims on its welcome page. Read more

Since social life began changing drastically in mid-March, families in Clatsop County have worked on establishing new routines while respecting the current “Stay Home, Save Lives” order from Gov. Kate Brown. Read more

E is for Easter bunny. The bunny came bearing free masks on Sunday on the Prom near 11th Avenue. Read more

The beaches are closed from the north end of Seaside to the south end, with a temporary ban on all recreational activities. Read more

Seaside Fire Chief Joey Daniels issued a temporary burn ban April 10 on most outdoor burning due to potential health issues during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

Another 825 people in Clatsop County filed initial claims for unemployment insurance the week of April 4 as restrictions to prevent the spread of coronavirus put the economy on hold. Read more

Breakfast will be served to all first responders and health care workers on Tuesday, courtesy of the Seaside Civic Convention Center and caterer Oregon Fine Foods. Read more

Breakfast will be served to community members affected by the COVID-19 pandemic on Tuesday, courtesy of the Seaside Civic Convention Center and caterer Oregon Fine Foods.  Read more

A sixth positive case of the coronavirus was reported on April 9 in Clatsop County. Read more

“We love you!” is the message from the parade preparing to gather at 3 p.m. Saturday. Organizer Shirley Smith-Yates invites the community to bring their car, honk their horns, display signs and balloons to show support of health care workers and responders. Read more

Like other schools around the state, Seaside schools have transitioned to distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Seaside High School and Broadway Middle School principal Jeff Roberts shared implementation and goals for local schools. The Signal spoke with him April 1, at the launch … Read more

The Seaside City Council unanimously approved a $1 million relief package to help businesses and residents get through the coronavirus. Read more

The fifth positive case of the coronavirus was reported Monday in Clatsop County. Read more

Heavy equipment will continue to rumble along Holladay Drive this week and next, as utilities and paving move ahead in downtown Seaside. With lighter than normal traffic and many businesses closed due to COVID-19, crews see a window to expedite work on downtown projects. Read more

There was an excellent article in the March 29 Astorian newspaper about how Clatsop County and especially Astoria was affected by the 1918 flu pandemic, and recent articles in the Signal also chronicled those times in Seaside. Read more

The Seaside City Council will consider waiving the transit room tax for hotels, motels and short-term rentals for this year’s first quarter. Read more

Seaside City Council will hold a special electronic communication meeting Monday, April 6, in council chambers of City Hall, 989 Broadway. The purpose is to consider a local economic recovery plan for the city. Read more

Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Martha Walters has extended her order for courthouses statewide to postpone most trials, hearings and limit in-person court service until at least June. Read more

Work continues on new Seaside School District school buildings and renovations, with social distancing guidelines in place. Read more

Seaside went quiet the week of March 23 as the weight of state orders and public awareness of the coronavirus hit home. Read more

Clatsop County has extended an emergency order closing hotels, vacation rentals and campgrounds over the coronavirus through April. Read more

Along with most city business, Gearhart will extend the budget process due to COVID-19. Gearhart Mayor Matt Brown, city councilors and staff decided to extend the budget process for two reasons, City Administrator Chad Sweet said Monday. Read more

With a statewide ban on large gatherings in place through April 14, the Seaside Civic and Convention Center remained closed. The center will not host any events in April. Read more

Vacation rental property owners may get a second chance to see lowered permit fees in Seaside. Read more

Clatsop County parks are closed to the public due to the coronavirus. Read more

Stay 6 feet away from others. Wait outside when necessary. Read more

On Wednesday, March 25, Oregon’s congressional delegation — Reps. Suzanne Bonamici, Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer, Greg Walden, and Kurt Schrader, and Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley — described “serious shortages” of personal protective equipment, including respiratory masks, surgical gow… Read more

Norma Paulus would be proud. And she would be amazed. As secretary of state from 1977 until 1985, Paulus was the prime mover of Oregon’s voting by mail. Other states have been slow to follow Oregon’s lead. But — in the way that sudden events provoke unexpected change — the coronavirus makes voting by mail a timely solution. Read more

Clatsop County reported a third coronavirus case on Friday, a man in the southern part of the county who was in contact with another man who tested positive for the virus. Read more

Let’s imagine that it is March 25, 2025 and we are looking back to remember the Great Pandemic Coronavirus Epidemic. Read more

When Seaside author Honey Perkel began writing her novel “Malady and Grace” in September 2018, the thought of a pandemic happening in the future was the last thing on her mind. Read more

With a ban on large gatherings in place through April 14, the Seaside Civic and Convention Center will not host any events in April, general manager Russell Vanderberg said Friday. Read more

The supply of N95 masks for firefighters is critically low, Seaside Fire Chief Joey Daniels said at the March 23 City Council meeting. “We have nil to none.” Read more

Clatsop County has a COVID-19 informational phone line to answer questions about the virus. Read more

The Oregon Department of Revenue extended Oregon tax filing and payment deadlines for personal income taxes on Wednesday. Read more

Message from owner Michelle Wunderlich of Seaside Coffee House.  Read more

EO Media Group, the owner of The Astorian, Chinook Observer and Seaside Signal, announced the layoff of 18% of its workforce Wednesday, a result of coronavirus-related revenue losses due to canceled events and business closures impacting advertising. Read more