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CENTRAL OREGON -- MidOregon Credit Union announces their online banking app as a new frontline defense against account hackers. Kyle Frick says features on the new app are the reason why. The features include being able to compare numerous accounts on the app at a time and being able to take a picture of their check to deposit it. The picture and amount is posted in their account the next day which saves you a trip to the credit union and having to wait in line. Frick says they’re seeing impressive consumer behavior despite the pandemic. They continue to see strong growth in both loans and the opening of new accounts.

 



LA PINE -- Big changes this year for the La Pine 4th of July celebration. Ann Gawith, President of the La Pine Frontier Days Association says the 4-day 4th of July Celebration is cancelled. She says the fireworks show, which they are calling “Blast The Virus” will start Saturday night at 10 o’clock and will be at the same place it’s been for 22 years. Gawith says the fireworks show is visible from many areas along Highway 97. She says there are also places to park in La Pine at parking lots of closed businesses including the South County Services Building.



BEND, OR -- Directors of Chambers of Commerce from throughout Oregon had a conference call Tuesday night with Governor Kate Brown. Bend Chamber Director Katy Brooks says the conversation was about big jumps in COVID-19 cases, statewide. She says the governor could order a return to Phase One if COVID-19 continues to spike. She says even worse, if things get bad enough it could lead to another Stay At Home order. Brooks says if Central Oregon goes back to Phase One it means the re-closing of a lot of businesses and layoffs for many people who just got back to work. Brooks urges everyone to wear a mask when going to indoor public places and to social distance whenever possible. 



BEND, OR -- The City Club of Central Oregon is conducting a free livestream from Noon to 1-this afternoon, July 2nd on the topic of Racial Injustice. The event will feature Erika McAlpine and Zak Boone, co-chairs of the City Club’s Civility Project. They will facilitate a conversation with Marcus La Grand and Rob Garrott (guh-rot) about their personal experiences as Black men living in Central Oregon. The conversation will include Bend Police Chief Jim Porter. He will outline what his department is doing to ensure encounters with Black and Indigenous People of Color are safe. The livestream is available on the city club web page.

 



Oregon reports 281 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 1 new death

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed one more life in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 208, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 281 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 8,931. It is the highest daily case count since the beginning of the pandemic.

The new cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (3), Benton (2), Clackamas (20), Clatsop (1), Columbia (1), Deschutes (4), Douglas (2), Jackson (3), Jefferson (7), Klamath (4), Lake (2), Lane (12), Lincoln (12), Linn (7), Malheur (16), Marion (27), Morrow (2), Multnomah (38), Polk (8), Tillamook (2), Umatilla (42), Union (5), Wallowa (2), Wasco (4), Washington (48), and Yamhill (7).

Oregon’s 208th COVID-19 death is a 91-year-old woman in Marion County who tested positive on June 18 and died on June 29. Her place of death is being confirmed. She had underlying medical conditions.

More information is available about Oregon’s 192nd death, which was initially reported June 22. Oregon’s 192nd death is a 90-year-old woman in Marion County who tested positive on June 18 and died on June 21, in her residence. She had underlying medical conditions.

OHA to report outbreaks in child care facilities

Starting today, the COVID-19 Weekly Report will include names and case counts for child care facilities that enroll 30 or more children and have five or more cases. The Weekly Report also will include the total number of facilities statewide—no matter how many children they enroll—that have five or more cases.

Today’s Weekly Report covers data from June 22-28. In the report, most indicators point to a resurgence in COVID-19 transmission. OHA recorded 1,402 new cases of COVID-19 infection, an 11 percent increase from the previous week (1,263 new cases). In addition, 12 Oregonians were reported to have died, the same number as the preceding week.

The number of COVID-19 tests reported (28,359) decreased by 11 percent and the percentage of tests positive increased to 4.2 percent from 3.7 percent in the preceding week. Meanwhile, large outbreaks have contributed a diminishing proportion of recent cases, and sporadic cases have increased consistent with diffuse community spread.

Lastly, the report notes that about 75 percent of recent cases have been diagnosed in people younger than 50 years old. Since hospitalization is less common among younger people with COVID-19 infection, statewide hospital capacity remains sufficient for now.

Stay informed about COVID-19:

Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Office of Emergency Management lead the state response.

United States response: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response.

Global response: The World Health Organization guides the global response.



New dates for Luke Bryan shows! 
We’ve officially got new dates for our two Luke Bryan shows!
We’ll see you September 30 and October 1, 2021 at the Les Schwab Amphitheater.
Morgan Wallen and Runaway June are set to open both nights

If you had tickets to the Thursday show in 2020, you've got tickets to the Thursday show in 2021. Likewise, if you had tickets to the Friday show in 2020, you've got tickets to the Friday show in 2021.

If you can't make the new dates, you have until July 25 to request a refund.
If you paid cash and would like a refund for your tickets, please call the Ticket Mill at 541-318-5457 to arrange to collect your refund.

If you purchased tickets online through Etix, call them at 1-919-653-0443 or 1-800-514-3849 to arrange a refund.



There could be more neighborhood fireworks than usual this year, because most of the big commercial shows have been canceled. Tonya Roberts, with the Oregon Humane Society, says you need to be especially careful with your pet. Roberts says keep them leashed and have collars with name tags, in the event they get out and run. She says on the evening of the fourth, when fireworks will be at their peak, you can put your pet in a dark room and turn on the tv or radio to help drown out the sound.



BEND, OR -- The east side parking lot at Pilot Butte State Park will not be open the 4th of July. Park Manager Joe Wanamaker says the fireworks show is from the top of the butte and is visible from a long distance. He says they’re asking people not to park in nearby neighborhoods either because parking is extremely limited. Wanamaker says people who walk to the park for the fireworks are asked to wear a mask where social distancing may not be possible. He says no large gatherings outside of single-family groups.



PRINEVILLE, OR -- Jasper Point and Powder House Cove boat ramps at Prineville Reservoir State Park are closed. Park Manager Mike Simonsen says the closures are due to drought conditions. The Roberts Bay area, including boat ramp, remains closed due to reduced staffing and resources related to COVID. The drought conditions have also prompted a partial fire ban at the park.In addition cabins  are not being rented at the park due to COVID-19.



BEND, OR -- The  newest member of the L-C-D-C, the Land Conservation And Development Commission is Nick Lelak. He has served as Deschutes County Community  Development Director the past 8 years. Lelak says immediate priorities for the agency include increasing the housing supply to handle expected population growth in Oregon. The L-C-D-C is also tasked with managing and ordering the growth of cities to prevent urban sprawl….while at the same time protecting prime farm and timberlands from development.

 



Governor Kate Brown Extends COVID-19 State of Emergency for Sixty Days

“Oregon, you have a choice. What happens next is up to all of us.” 
 

(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today extended her declaration of a state of emergency regarding COVID-19 for an additional 60 days, until September 4, and issued the following statement:

“When I first declared a state of emergency due to the coronavirus, there were 14 cases of COVID-19 in Oregon. Today, there have been over 8,600 cases, with over a quarter of those cases identified in the previous two weeks of June. While hospitalizations remain relatively low, we have seen how rapidly those numbers can climb. And, sadly, 207 Oregonians have lost their lives to this disease. Without a doubt, COVID-19 continues to pose a real and present threat to Oregonians in communities across the state, from Malheur County to Umatilla to Lincoln.

“In the months since those first cases were discovered, we have shored up our supplies of personal protective equipment, worked with counties to hire contact tracers, and––despite the failures of the federal government to supply Oregon with an equitable amount of testing materials––we have expanded our statewide testing capability. And, thanks to the tremendous sacrifices Oregonians made by staying home in the spring, we prevented 1,500 hospitalizations and over 70,000 COVID-19 infections.

“Now, we again find ourselves at a crossroads as a state. The individual choices each of us makes will decide whether Oregon either flattens the curve of new COVID-19 infections, or sees a devastating spike in cases that overwhelms our hospital capacity in the next month.

“If we all follow the advice of doctors––if you wear a face covering in public, if you wash your hands, if you cover your mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze, if you stay home when you are sick––together, we can keep our friends and loved ones healthy and safe.

“If too many Oregonians continue to ignore these precautions, we could see an exponential growth in cases, and newly reopened communities and businesses could close again. We have a chance, now, before the Fourth of July weekend, to make sure that Oregon’s COVID-19 numbers don’t follow the same skyrocketing trajectory of states like Texas or Florida or Arizona.

“Oregon, you have a choice. You can help to save lives again. What happens next is up to all of us.”

The state of emergency declaration is the legal underpinning for the executive orders the Governor has issued to keep Oregonians healthy and safe throughout this crisis, including her orders on reopening Oregon while maintaining essential health and safety protections, as well as orders around childcare, schools, and higher education operations. Extending the state of emergency declaration allows those orders to stay in effect.

Moving forward, the Governor will review and reevaluate each of her emergency orders every 60 days, to determine whether those orders should be continued, modified, or rescinded.
 

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BEND, OR -- Ddeschutes County Deputies are at the scene of a fatal powered paraglider crash at the Bend Airport. Deputies will be supporting the FAA and NTSB in their investigation. We’re asking anyone that witnessed the crash, or may have video of it, call into dispatch at 541-693-6911.

 



Oregon reports 181 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 3 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed three more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 207, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

The Oregon Health Authority reported 181 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 8,656.

The new cases reported today are in the following counties: Clackamas (19), Coos (1), Deschutes (10), Jackson (5), Jefferson (12), Josephine (2), Klamath (3), Lake (2), Lane (7), Lincoln (3), Linn (4), Malheur (7), Marion (25), Multnomah (38), Polk (2), Umatilla (9), Union (10), Wasco (1), Washington (18), and Yamhill (3).

Oregon’s 205th COVID-19 death is a 74-year-old man in Marion County who tested positive on June 18 and died on June 29, in his residence. He had underlying medical conditions.

Oregon’s 206th COVID-19 death is a 93-year-old man in Marion County who tested positive on June 19 and died on June 29, at Salem Hospital. He had underlying medical conditions.  

Oregon’s 207th COVID-19 death is a 66-year-old woman in Marion County who tested positive on June 12 and died on June 27, at Salem Hospital. She had underlying medical conditions.

Stay informed about COVID-19:

Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Office of Emergency Management lead the state response.

United States response: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response.

Global response: The World Health Organization guides the global response.



CENTRAL OREGON -- Oregon Senator Ron Wyden held a virtual Town Hall for Central Oregon yesterday. He was asked by Bend businessman Craig Wilhelm why small businesses didn’t get much, if any, help from recent federal stimulus programs. Wyden says he and others have demanded answers from the administration as to where the money went and how much was given to large corporations. He says a newer bill he worked on would help businesses keep workers on the job through refundable tax credits. Wyden says the US House has actually improved his bill with more help and flexibility for small businesses.



CENTRAL OREGON -- The 4th of July holiday weekend is coming up and that means people will enjoy the outdoors, many of them on the water. Boaters are reminded federal; state and county police will be looking for boaters under the influence this holiday. This includes kayaks, paddleboats, and float toys. Ashley Massey at the Oregon State Marine Board says boating under the influence can lead to jail time, a fine of more than 62-hundred dollars, and suspension of the boater education card for up to three years. She says police will also enforce state law requiring children 12 and under to wear a life jacket. 

 



WARM SPRINGS, OR -- Highway 26 was closed for several hours yesterday due to a fatal crash on the Warm Springs Reservation.  73-year-old Kathy Rayborn of Welches was driving a white Mercedes SUV east when the vehicle crossed into the westbound lane and collided with a Vancouver couple in a motorhome. They were taken to St. Charles-Madras. Rayborn died of her injuries. 

 



Oregon Governor Kate Brown is expanding the face covering order statewide starting tomorrow. She says modeling shows that, if further action isn't taken, hospitals could be overwhelmed by increasing cases and she doesn't want to shut down businesses. The Governor says the only exceptions are for people who can't medically wear a mask and children younger than age 12. Oregon OSHA, along with state and local agencies, will enforce the requirement at businesses. Deschutes County Commissioner Patti Adair understands the order for masks in indoor public places. She says everyone must also social distance outdoors to keep things safe. Adair says the county has ordered thousands of masks that will be available soon to the public. Commissioner Tony DeBone says it’s all about public health at this point. Bend Mayor Sally Russell says with people from all over the state and nation coming here for the holiday it’s important to protect businesses, their employees and the general public.

 



PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed two more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 204, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 146 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 8,485.

The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Clackamas (18), Deschutes (2), Douglas (2), Jackson (3), Jefferson (3), Josephine (1), Klamath (5), Lake (2), Lane (6), Malheur (5), Marion (14), Multnomah (29), Tillamook (2), Umatilla (15), Union (5), Wasco (6), Washington (27), and Yamhill (1).

Oregon’s 203rd COVID-19 death is an 84-year-old woman in Marion County who tested positive on June 18 and died on June 27. Her place of death is being confirmed. She had underlying medical conditions.

Oregon’s 204th COVID-19 death is a 72-year-old man in Marion County who tested positive on June 17 and died on June 27. His place of death is being confirmed. He had underlying medical conditions.

Note: Starting today and moving forward, epidemiologists are using a new method for reporting daily cases. The new method assigns a date to each case when the case is first known to the state or to local health department as confirmed or presumptive. This is a better representation of the number of cases reported on any given day. 

Previously, the method was to subtract today’s case counts from the previous day’s count.

Today only, the daily numbers from the weekend press releases will not add-up. Weekend numbers were calculated using the previous method. Moving forward, every day will use the date each case is first known to the state or to local health departments.

OHA releases weekly testing summary

Today, OHA is releasing its Weekly Testing Summary, showing that 33,624 tests were reported through June 27. Oregon’s cumulative positive testing rate is 4.3 percent of tests conducted, which is considerably lower than the national average of 9 percent.

The number of tests performed has been steadily increasing, but the number of positive cases and the test positivity rate have increased significantly over the past two weeks.

This suggests increasing numbers of individuals with COVID-19, which is expected now that all counties are in Phase 1 or Phase 2 of reopening. Recent large outbreaks around the state also have contributed to these increases.

OHA will continue to monitor these trends. Additionally, as of early June, Oregon has reached the threshold of testing 2 percent of the Oregon population each month, a national benchmark set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Weekly Testing Summary was delayed Friday due to a technical glitch. As a result, today’s Weekly Testing Summary covers an 8-day period. OHA will continue to publish the report weekly.

Stay informed about COVID-19:

Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Office of Emergency Management lead the state response.

United States response: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leads the U.S. response.

Global response: The World Health Organization guides the global response.



 

 

Governor Kate Brown Extends Face Coverings Requirement Statewide

Face covering requirements apply to indoor public spaces, take effect on Wednesday, July 1 
 

(Portland, OR) — Governor Kate Brown announced today that Oregonians statewide will be required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces, beginning this Wednesday July 1. The guidance applies to businesses and members of the public visiting indoor public spaces. Face covering requirements are already mandated in eight counties.

“From the beginning of the reopening process, I have said that reopening comes with the risk of seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases beyond our health systems’ capacity to test, trace, and isolate them,” said Governor Kate Brown. “Over the last month, we have seen the disease spread at an alarming rate in both urban and rural counties. The upcoming July 4th holiday weekend is a critical point for Oregon in this pandemic, and we can all make a difference.

“Modeling from the Oregon Health Authority shows that if we don’t take further action to reduce the spread of the disease, our hospitals could be overwhelmed by new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations within weeks.

“The choices every single one of us make in the coming days matter.

“Face coverings that cover your nose and mouth play a critical role in reducing the spread of this disease because droplets from our breath can carry the virus to others without us realizing it. If we all wear face coverings, practice six feet of physical distancing in public, wash our hands regularly, and stay home when we are sick, then we can avoid the worst-case scenarios that are now playing out in other states.

“I do not want to have to close down businesses again like other states are now doing. If you want your local shops and restaurants to stay open, then wear a face covering when out in public.

“Please keep your Fourth of July celebrations small and local. We saw a lot of new COVD-19 cases following the Memorial Day holiday. Another spike in cases after the upcoming holiday weekend could put Oregon in a dangerous position.

“Oregonians have all made incredible sacrifices over the last several months that have saved thousands of lives. The actions we take now can protect our friends, neighbors, loved ones, and fellow Oregonians from this disease, and prevent the need for another statewide shutdown. We are truly all in this together.”

Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) will take the lead, along with other state and local agencies, in enforcing face covering requirements for all covered Oregon businesses.

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From Crook County Sheriff

Media Release

       

UPDATED INFO  Monday 06/29/2020

 

On Saturday morning and autopsy was performed at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Clackamas, Oregon. This is standard procedure in an infant death. We are currently awaiting the official report as to the cause of death from the State Medical Examiner. At this time the investigation is pending that notification.

End of update

 

Friday 06/26/2020

The Crook County Sheriff’s Office responded to the above location of a report of a 2 month old infant that had passed away during the night. The investigation has been ongoing throughout the day and is continuing at this time to determine the cause of death. The family is cooperating with law enforcement and no names will be released at this time due to respect for the family’s privacy at this time of great loss. The Crook County Sheriff’s Office request that you honor this.

No further information will be released at this time.

 



SALEM, OR -- Oregon is on track for a major COVID-19 outbreak. The latest model shows that, within a month, there could be 900 new cases a day with an increase in hospitalizations from 8 to 27. State health officer Dr. Dean Sidelinger says if the new cases are due more to transmission than an increase in testing, the number of new cases rises to 48-hundred a day with 82 hospitalizations, and that could overwhelm hospitals. Sidelinger says if enough people wear masks, maintain distancing, and stay out of large groups it is possible to avoid the worst-case scenario.



SANTIAM PASS, OR -- Starting tomorrow evening, ODOT crews will be working to finish a project on Highway 20 over Santiam Pass they started last summer. Lou Torres at ODOT says last summer bad weather stopped work on the 14-mile preservation project. Torres says the Santiam Pass work will be done at night from about 7pm to 8am. He says work that remains includes grinding, rumble strips, permanent striping, and guardrails. Torres says they’ll have flaggers on scene to direct two-way traffic. He says drivers should expect delays of up to 20 minutes.


 



BEND, OR -- Oregon State University-Cascades is hosting a virtual event this evening from 6-to-8pm on Facebook Live and You Tube to discuss racial unrest. OSU Communications Director Christine Coffin tells KBND, business instructor, Erika McAlpine will moderate a four-person panel, with an emphasis on open discussion. Coffin says they have almost 100 people signed up and they are asking others who want to join the discussion to pre-register.



CENTRAL OREGON -- Starting today, the Deschutes National Forest will again charge a fee at day-use areas. The fees are charged trailheads, boat ramps, staging areas and picnic sites. Jean Nelson-Dean at the Deschutes National forest says practice distancing on trails…and bury human waste. She says day use passes cost 5-dollars, however, If you will visit day-use areas 7 times this summer, consider the 35-dollar Northwest Forest Pass instead. That pass is good for one year.

 



REDMOND, OR -- On Sunday, shortly after 12 noon, a 3-vehicle crash closed Highway 97 just north of Redmond for about a half hour. According to the Sheriff's Office a Chevy Malibu, driven by 59-year-old Daniel Daughs of Bend, drifted into oncoming traffic. A car driven by 43-year-old Anthony Hedgecock of Madras swerved to avoid a collision and instead became wedged under a tractor-trailer rig. A passenger in the car, 32-year-old Heather Summers of Madras, was found lying on the ground with serious injuries. She was taken to St. Charles, Redmond. The Malibu continued north about 5 miles when State Police stopped it. Daughs was charged with DUII, Assualt, Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver, and Reckless Driving. He was taken to jail.

 


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