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A petition that the Oregon Nursing Association says has been signed by more than 160 healthcare providers in the Bend area has been presented to executives at St. Charles Bend.  It accuses the facility with neglecting to provide adequate staffing - forcing nurses to work to the point of burnout - and asking staffers to return to work early from Covid quarantine.  It also claims the facility has asked medical personnel to re-use single-use masks beyond safety recommendations.  KBND spoke to St. Charles Bend C-O-O Iman Simmons last week, and she said preparations at St. Charles for a surge in Covid have been ongoing for months, and told us they don’t have any issues tied to staffing.


Unemployment Rate Drops Again In Central Oregon

The unemployment rate continues to dip in Central Oregon. State Employment Department Economist Damon Runberg says Deschutes county dropped to 7-point-3-per cent from 8-per cent in September. He says Crook county fell a full percentage point to 8-per cent in October and Jefferson county dropped to 7-point-5-per cent from 8-point-4 per cent. Runberg says the October numbers don’t reflect the Governor’s two-week freeze on business activity. He says the November report is expected to see some changes in the unemployment rate because of the freeze.

 


St Charles CEO Urges Everyone To Help Fight Virus Spread

BEND, OR -- The CEO of Saint Charles Health System, Joe Sluka, is urging Central Oregon residents to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Central Oregon Daily reports Sluka released a YouTube video yesterday. He said this is not a hoax, this is not a scare tactics, this is the truth. Sluka noted there had been a low incidence of the virus in our area…he says those days are over and we now have more cases than ever before. He says in the coming weeks plans will be announced to distribute a vaccine to fight the virus. He urges everyone to wear a mask, social distance and wash hands.

 


Major Residential Drug Bust in La Pine

A significant cache of marijuana, cocaine, and firearms confiscated in a residential drug bust this week has a La Pine man facing multiple drug and firearms possession charges.  A SWAT team from the Dechutes County Sheriff’s Department raided the home of 27 year old Dylan Stronks in the 53-thousand block of Woodstock Drive in La Pine this week and found more than 500 pot plants and 55 pounds of dried marijuana, a butane hash oil lab, and 14 firearms including a sawed off shotgun.  The department had been watching Stronks since April after getting complaints from residents in the community who thought he was growing pot and operating a drug den at his home.


Covid Prompts Dechutes County Health Agency To Add Staffers

The recent surge in Covid cases in Dechutes County is prompting the county health agency to beef up staffing to meet the growing needs of the pandemic.  Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Morgan Emerson says it’s a pro-active step they’re taking to stay ahead of the need.  They’ll be adding add two public health nurses, two administrators, a health officer, a health educator, and a public information officer.  The goal is to get the new hires in place by the beginning of the new year.

 


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