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Benton County COVID-19 cases are on the rise largely due to unvaccinated populations and the Delta variant’s increased transmissibility. Students are recommended to continue to wear masks as an effective preventative measure against COVID-19.

COVID-19 rates increase, Benton County officials urge residents to get vaccinated

Elijah Dodd, News Contributor
September 27, 2021

COVID-19 rates in Benton County had been dropping since January. After a period of decline, infection rates are on the rise again—in part due to the new Delta variant. As of the week of Sept....

Illustration of a hand picking a lottery ticket from a bowl, for the Benton County lottery winner. All of the tickets are labeled Benton County, and the bowl has a pattern of vaccination syringes around the edge. More monetary incentives have been used across the state this summer to encourage citizens to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Oregon continuing vaccine incentives after Benton County vaccine lottery winner announced

Cara Nixon, News Contributor
August 16, 2021

As the COVID-19 Delta variant spreads throughout the country, Oregon experts are continuing to turn to monetary incentive programs to boost vaccination rates. County winners for the “Take Your Shot,...

Scott Davis, a local Corvallis community member, browses through Corvallis-Benton County Public Library’s catalog of literature on Wednesday, July 28th. The CBCPL has now reopened to the public, and requires masks inside their buildings, except for patrons 5 and under.  

Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, ‘Heart of the community,’ remains prominent after reopening

Cara Nixon, News Contributor
August 15, 2021

Molly Larson Cook, a patron of the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, said she always tells people she was raised by librarians. Cook’s parents aren’t really librarians, but as someone who moved...

An illustration of the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus. Delta variant COVID-19 cases have been reported in Benton County, and the variant has been found to cause more severe illness in unvaccinated individuals and be more transmittable in both vaccinated and unvaccinated people.

Vaccinated individuals can spread COVID-19 Delta variant but at reduced risk

Kelsy Valentine, News Reporter
August 9, 2021

Correction: This story has been updated to say that there have been dozens of variants of COVID-19. A previous version of this story had said there were thousands.As COVID-19 cases start to rise in Benton...

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, signs requiring masks within Oregon State University buildings were posted up around campus; pictured here are signs in the Memorial Union on the OSU Corvallis, Ore. campus. With Delta variant cases of COVID-19 rising in Oregon, the university will be reinstating its face covering policies in indoor public spaces—which was initially lifted on June 30—effective immediately. 

OSU reinstates face covering policy for public indoor spaces

The Baro Staff
August 5, 2021

Oregon State University officials announced Thursday that masks will be required in all indoor public spaces on campus, effective immediately, due to rising COVID-19 Delta variant cases across the state...

Oregon State University fourth-year fine arts student Chloe Zinda, left, and Oregon Governor Kate Brown hold an oversize check for $1 million, the grand prize for the Take Your Shot, Oregon campaign. Zinda plans to pay off school loans and invest the money into buying a house or art studio of her own. 

OSU student plans to use $1 million COVID-19 vaccine prize to fund future

Cara Nixon, News Contributor
August 2, 2021

As the winner of Oregon’s $1 million COVID-19 vaccine prize, Oregon State University fourth-year art student Chloe Zinda said the money will help fund her future as an artist. Zinda plans to use her...

Teri OMalley, recreation coordinator and program planner at C-3 Corvallis Community Center, can be seen at the future site of the outdoor concert series in the Summer of 2021. With COVID-19 reaching an understood norm, OMalley continues to prioritize keeping community members safe during the outdoor concerts. 

Corvallis park hosts summer concerts in July and August, post-pandemic

Josie Carstensen, News Contributor
July 6, 2021

Through a series of free outdoor concerts, the 3C Summer Concert Series is bringing up-and-coming local artists and bands to Corvallis. On the nights of July 15 and Aug. 12, at Chintimini Park, the stage...

Oregonians everywhere are waiting to see what the summer time looks like for Covid-19 prevention. Recent updates to the plans for battling the Covid-19 pandemic are on the horizon.

Letter From the Editor: How to safely transition into a ‘new normal’ this summer

Adriana Gutierrez, Editor-in-Chief
July 6, 2021

Across the nation, Americans are outdoors, participating in all of the summer festivities that were shut down when the COVID-19 pandemic first began. Here in Corvallis, Ore., Oregon State University students...

Debra, a health corps volunteer, can be seen preparing to give vaccines at the Albany Fairground Emergency facility. Due to decrease in demand for vaccines, Benton County has transitioned to express vaccination clinics.

New express COVID-19 vaccination clinics to provide more opportunities

Kelsy Valentine, News Contributor
July 6, 2021

As the rate of COVID-19 vaccinations per day continues to decrease, Oregon is now distributing COVID-19 vaccines through express vaccination clinics in order to reach a wider variety of Oregon locations.Mass...

As outdoor seating has become more and more common in Corvallis, McMenamins on Monroe allows for a blend of social distancing with the feel of a restaurant that’s missed due to COVID-19 restrictions tightening in Benton County.

Benton County to stay in ‘high risk’ category; COVID-19 cases rising

Kelsy Valentine, News Contributor
May 10, 2021

Clarification: We have updated information in this article provided by Marion Ceraso to give more clarification.Positive COVID-19 cases are rising again in Benton County after declining for several months,...

Pictured is Terese Jones, a board director for the Corvallis School District. She is discussing the plans for the future of the Corvallis School District and their summer programs.

CSD to offer students programs and classes during the summer

Jeremiah Estrada, News Contributor
April 29, 2021

The Corvallis School District has programs planned for students of all grade levels that will take place this upcoming summer that will include academic and foundational skill recovery and credit recovery.The...

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OSU will not require students to get COVID-19 vaccine to return in fall

Adriana Gutierrez, City Editor
April 22, 2021

Correction: The original version of this story incorrectly stated that the University of Oregon would be requiring its students to receive a COVID-19 vaccine to return to its campus. This has been corrected...

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