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Oregon reports 13 COVID-19 death, 65 new COVID-19 cases

PORTLAND, Ore.— COVID-19 has claimed one more life in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll from 12 to 13, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 8:00 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority also reported 65 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 479, as of 8:00 a.m. today. The COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Benton (3), Clackamas (5), Clatsop (1), Deschutes (2), Jackson (2), Josephine (1), Linn (4), Marion (11), Multnomah (14), Polk (1), Umatilla (1), Washington (18), Yamhill (2).

Oregon Health Authority reports new cases once a day on its website: www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.

Oregon’s 13th COVID-19 death is a 93-year-old male in Yamhill County, who tested positive on 3/18/20, and died 03/27/2020 at Providence Newberg Medical Center. He had no known underlying medical conditions.

Oregon reports 1 COVID-19 death, 98 new COVID-19 cases

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed one more life in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 12, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 8 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority also reported 98 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 414, as of 8 a.m. today. The COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Clackamas (10), Columbia (1), Deschutes (3), Douglas (1), Jackson (2), Klamath (1), Lane (2), Linn (2), Marion (26), Morrow (1), Multnomah (22), Polk (4), Umatilla (1), Wasco (1), Washington (18), Yamhill (4). Oregon Health Authority reports new cases once a day on its website: www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.

Oregon’s 12th COVID-19 death is an 82-year-old woman in Marion County. She tested positive on March 20, and died March 25 at Salem Hospital. She had underlying medical conditions.

Video link: Dawn Mautner, senior health advisor at Oregon Health Authority, explains the increase in case numbers during an internal agency briefing today.

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.

From oregon State Marine Board

SALEM, OR -- In response to current public health concerns, many access sites have already been closed or will be closed soon on the Deschutes and John Day Rivers. To ensure the safety of boaters, the Marine Board will be temporarily closing stretches of these waters to all boating beginning on Saturday, March 28, 2020. These restrictions are scheduled to be in place through April 30 and will protect boaters from entering a river system where the availability of access and take-out points is uncertain.

All boating activities on the Deschutes River will be restricted from the Pelton Dam (River Mile 97) to its confluence with the Columbia River near Biggs Junction. The temporary closure on the John Day River extends from the mouth of the North Fork John Day River (River Mile 184) in Kimberly, downstream to Tumwater Falls, approximately 10 miles from the Columbia River. In both rivers, both motorized and non-motorized boats will be restricted.

The Marine Board will continue to work with its partners to safeguard boaters during these challenging times. We are also committed to ensuring consistency between boating regulations and other local restrictions necessitated to help slow the spread of COVID-19.


From the Bureau of Land Management

Portland, Oregon – The health and safety of our visitors and staff remains the number one priority of the Bureau of Land Management. In accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state of Oregon public health officials, the BLM will temporarily close many of its developed recreation facilities to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

This closure includes all campgrounds, and some day use sites, and restrooms. Trash pickup and sanitation services on most of these recreation facilities will also be temporarily suspended.

Despite the closure of these facilities, multiple opportunities remain for the public to enjoy the outdoors as long as visitors heed orders, guidance, and advice of local and state officials and the Centers for Disease Control. BLM-managed trails and open spaces remain open across Oregon.

“Local, state or federal, we’re all in this together. The BLM is doing what we can as part of the whole of America response to the coronavirus,” said Jose Linares, acting State Director BLM OR/WA. “Although we have vast open spaces we continue to want people to use, we can’t stress enough that everyone listen to local officials and practice safe social distancing.”

Visitors may continue to enjoy their BLM managed trails and open spaces in Oregon while following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Local and State public health authorities. Social distancing recommendations are extremely important to reducing the transmission of COVID-19 and may require that visitors avoid public lands during high-use times, such as weekends. Please limit any group activities to members of your household, and keep your total party to 10 or fewer participants. At all times, maintain a distance of six feet or more from other people.


The BLM encourages responsible, local recreation to avoid putting strain on other communities. To ensure public lands and waters remain intact for future generations, visitors are encouraged to utilize Leave No Trace practices, such as picking up all trash and human waste, while services at recreational facilities are suspended. Please bring your own sanitary products, including toilet paper and hand sanitizer, and pack out all trash.

Providing for recreation opportunities during this time is just one of the many activities BLM Oregon/Washington staff continues to perform each and every day remain because they are vitally important to the nation and our neighbors. Our work continues to support the nation’s energy and food security. We provide for sustainable timber harvests and provide protection from wildland fire. We are stewards of amazing landscapes and provide for enjoyment of all types of outdoor recreation.

If you’d like to do business with the BLM, please do so by email or phone whenever possible.  If you need to come into one of our offices, please contact us first so we can arrange an appointment to help you during normal business hours. Contact information is available on our website at www.blm.gov/oregon-washington.

Information on the affected BLM Oregon-Washington facilities will be posted on https://www.blm.gov/oregon-washington/covid-access-restrictions. Please check with individual field and district offices and visitor centers for specific details on operations in your area.

  • Burns District: 541-573-4400
  • Coos Bay District: 541-756-0100
  • Lakeview District: 541-947-2177
  • Medford District: 541-618-2200
  • Northwest Oregon District: 503-375-5646
  • Prineville District: 541-416-6700
  • Roseburg District: 541-440-4930
  • Vale District: 541-473-3144

These closures are pursuant to the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR): 43 CFR § 8364.1, 43 CFR § 9268.3(d)(1), and 43 CFR § 8365.1-4.

From Deschutes County D-A John Hummel

Previous media release stated Daniel Ray Stubblefield was a Bend resident. This is incorrect, Mr. Stubblefield is a Redmond resident:




Today, a Deschutes County grand jury returned an indictment charging 35-year-old Redmond resident Daniel Ray Stubblefield with charges related to his attempt to infect a Bend Police Officer with COVID-19.  Specifically, Stubblefield was charged with one count of aggravated harassment, two counts of attempted assault on a public safety officer, one count of menacing, and one count of recklessly endangering another person. 


On March 23, 2020, Bend Police responded to a call of an unwanted subject at a residence.  When the police arrived they determined that Stubblefield was the unwanted person and that he had warrants for his arrest.  He was arrested on the warrants and transported to the Deschutes County Jail.


On the drive to the jail, it is alleged that Stubblefield told the officer that he had COVID-19 and then began spitting and breathing on the officer.  The officer stopped the car, exited, and waited for back-up officers to arrive.  When the back-up officers arrived, they placed Stubblefield in a WRAP restraint device with a spit mask.


Once at the jail, jail staff determined that Stubblefield should be transported to St. Charles Hospital.  During the transport to the hospital, Mr. Stubblefield was not in a WRAP because he had calmed down.  However, it is alleged that Stubblefield again intentionally blew air on the officer, and that he also intentionally coughed on the officer.


Mr. Stubblefield is currently in the Deschutes County Jail and his next court hearing is March 30, 2020 at 1:30.

Statement from District Attorney Hummel:


“We’re not messing around.  Our first responders, medical professionals, and retail clerks are on the front lines of the battle to save lives and win the war against COVID-19.  If anyone in our community takes a shot at infecting, and thus potentially killing, one of our front line heroes, I will use the full authority granted to me by the people of Oregon to hold them accountable. 


Mr. Stubblefield is presumed innocent of these charges, and in fact is innocent, unless and until his guilt is proven beyond a reasonable doubt.  If his guilt is proven I will seek the maximum penalty authorized by law”



BEND, OR -- Deschutes County is limiting public access to most buildings while providing as many services as possible by phone and appointment. County Commissioner Phil Henderson says the goal is to serve the public in the least virus spreading way. Henderson says limited access will be in effect until April 10th at the earliest. Instructions will be printed on doors to direct people to help.

BEND, OR -- Economist Damon Runberg led a Webinar discussion yesterday about the economic fallout from the COVID-19 Pandemic in Deschutes county. He warned that the nation is not in an economic crisis, it is in a health crisis that must be addressed if the nation is to recover economically. Runberg says the federal stimulus package will help a great deal. He also warned however that one-third of the jobs in Oregon are susceptible to severe and immediate impacts and the ripple effect could destroy even more jobs. 

BEND, OR -- Saint Charles Physician Executive Doctor Jeff Absalon says he is concerned that public overconfidence is real and many people may be underestimating the health threat. He said projections indicate Central Oregon cases will continue to surge through mid-to-late April. Absalon was particularly concerned last weekend with many visitors to our area and other areas like the coast in very crowded situations.


For COVID-19 questions, mental wellness support or just to hear a reassuring voice, there are a number of call-in resources available to Central Oregonians. Help is just a hotline away.
Hours Expand for Local COVID-19 Hotline: 541-699-5109
Now with increased hours, Central Oregon's free COVID-19 nonemergency hotline is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday. Call to connect with a caregiver or county health professional. This partnership between St. Charles Health System and Deschutes County Health Services, which debuted on March 17, is currently averaging 275 calls per day and is open to all residents of Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties.
Crisis and Loneliness Lines Deliver Social Distancing Support
A range of services are standing by to assist individuals experiencing isolation or in need of a caring voice.
Crisis lines: Individuals can call these numbers if they, or a loved one, are experiencing a mental health crisis.  
  • Crook County: 541-323-5530 (press ‘2’ after 5 p.m. to reach the crisis team.)
  • Deschutes County Crisis Line: 541-322-7500, opt. 9 or 800-273-8255
  • Jefferson County: 541-475-6575
Senior Loneliness Line: For individuals throughout Central Oregon age 55 or older who might be feeling isolated or just want to have a friendly conversation, contact the Senior Loneliness Line at 503-200-1633
YouthLine: Individuals throughout Central Oregon age 21 or younger seeking support for any problem, call the YouthLine at 877-968-8491 or text "teen2teen" to 839863.
Friday, March 27 is the last day for community members to donate Personal Protective Equipment at one of the donation sites throughout Central Oregon. If you have unused PPE, be sure to get it to a donation spot Friday. 
  • Bend - Bend Senior High School, 230 NE 6th Street, and Ensworth Elementary School, 2150 NE Daggett Lane, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • La Pine - La Pine High School, 51633 Coach Road, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Madras - Madras First Baptist Church (Drop-off located on 6 th Street side entrance), 85 NE A Street, 12 - 1 p.m.
  • Prineville - Crook County School District, Pioneer South, 641 E First Street, 12 - 1 p.m.
  • Redmond - Redmond Fire Station, 341 NW Dogwood Ave, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Emergency medical providers are asking people to only call 911 if they’re experiencing an urgent medical emergency, such as severe difficulty breathing, chest pain, allergic reaction or a diabetic emergency. Most people with COVID-19 have mild to moderate flu-like symptoms, like a fever and cough, and usually don’t require emergency medical attention. People experiencing flu-like symptoms should call their doctor or the non-emergency COVID-19 info line at 541-699-5109 before calling 911.
Calling a non-emergency line first allows emergency responders to help people who are most in need of urgent medical assistance—and can help save lives.
Gov. Kate Brown’s March 23 executive order temporarily limits business operations and increases social distancing requirements. Oregon construction workers and contractors are permitted to continue working, as long as they follow new social distancing requirements.
Employers are responsible for ensuring the safety of construction workers and contractors. OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 is a resource for employees to help them create safe work environments.
Employees should contact Oregon OSHA if they feel their employer is violating the Governor’s order: Phone: 503-378-3272, 800-922-2689 (inside Oregon only) or use this Online report form.
Oregon Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is supporting the health and wellbeing of families throughout Oregon during this period of social distancing by providing services over the phone, text message and video chat. WIC offers healthy food, nutrition education, breastfeeding support and connections to community resources. Moms, dads, grandparents, foster parents or other guardians may apply for WIC for children under age 5. Applicants can fill out an online interest form any time of day or call 971-673-0040 during regular business hours.
COEIN’s website, www.coemergencyinfo.blogspot.com provides a collective resource for up-to-date information. Access to accurate, timely information both locally and nationally is encouraged. Our County Public Health experts point to the Oregon Health Authority and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as good sources of information.
Daily situation updates are available via email at http://bit.ly/COVID19UPDATES
Central Oregon Emergency Information Network (COEIN), includes Deschutes County Health Services, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, St. Charles Health System, Crook County Health Department, Crook County Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson County Health Department, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, tri-county public schools, City of Bend, Bend Police, Bend Fire & Rescue, and others. COEIN’s purpose is to collect, coordinate and distribute timely and accurate information.
Accommodation Information for People with Disabilities  
To obtain this information in an alternate format such as Braille, large print, electronic formats, etc. please contact the COEIN JIC at 541.316.0087 or centraloregoninfo@gmail.com.

SCAM ALERT                                  SCAM ALERT              SCAM ALERT

Many people this afternoon have received phone calls from a scammer claiming to be Lt. Ellis of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department warrant division. Our agency has no such person or division. The person calling does have some personal information of those he's calling and is seeking payment for fines and is calling to collect. Rest assured this is a SCAM.  If you call the number back it reaches a recording that attempts to sound legitimate but again its a SCAM. Deputies will NEVER attempt to seek payment over the phone for anything ever. This same scam has new releases from across the country. If you'd like to report the scammer follow this link:.


Undersheriff Marc Heckathorn


Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

Oregon reports 1 new COVID-19 death, 50 new COVID-19 cases

PORTLAND, Ore.— COVID-19 has claimed 1 more life in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll from 10 to 11, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 8:00 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority also reported 50 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 316, as of 8:00 a.m. today. The COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Clatsop (1), Deschutes (5), Josephine (2), Lane (2), Linn (1), Marion (14), Multnomah (12), Polk (3), Tillamook (1), Wasco (1), and Washington (8). Oregon Health Authority reports new cases once a day on its website and today new demographic information was added: : www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.

Oregon’s eleventh COVID-19 death is a 69-year-old woman in Washington County, who tested positive on 3/15/2020, and died 3/25/2020 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. She had underlying medical conditions.

The Oregon Health Authority is now releasing the daily situation status report, which is produced jointly with Oregon Office of Emergency Management. It details the overall picture of the COVID-19 outbreak and the response across government agencies. Read more here: https://govsite-assets.s3.amazonaws.com/SLdyToaAQ2i1P0EsaL7t_Oregon-COVID-19-SitStat-03-26-2020-FINAL.pdf

Stay informed about COVID-19:

Oregon response: The Oregon Health Authority leads 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.

BEND, OR -- Deschutes County Commissioners received an update on COVID-19 yesterday. County Health Services Director Doctor George Conway outlined challenges facing the health care system and providers including…no known effective treatment…not much testing and…the need to buy time so as to not overwhelm the health care system. Commissioner Patti Adair said she was on a conference call with eastern Oregon counties on Wednesday mornimng and said the lack of Personal Protection Equipment in those coubnties is "fightening." Emergency Manager Sergeant Nathan Garibay with the Deschutes County Sheriff told commissioners the state has brought in an Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team that handles large, complex wildfires to help with logistics and supplies.


BEND, OR -- The Deschutes National Forest has closed all campgrounds until May 8th or until the Stay-At-Home Order from the governor, is lifted. Day use areas including trailheads will remain open, however restrooms will not be serviced.

Deschutes National Forest offices are conducting public business by phone, E-mail or through the internet. In order to minimize person-to-person contact,  only critical business is being handled in-person and by appointment only.

BEND, OR -- St Charles has rolled out new services at their clinics to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak. Lisa Goodman at the hospital says they will have four surge tents set up at Bend Immediate Care…La Pine Immediate Care…Bend East Family Care and..Redmond Family Care. She says the tents will care for symptomatic patients…people with fever over 100-point-4…shortness of breath and…deep cough. However, tests will only be given to people over age 60…who are immune-compromised and have pulmonary or diabetes issues. For more about the new services, call St. Charles.


Oregon reports 2 new COVID-19 deaths, 57 new COVID-19 cases

PORTLAND, Ore.— COVID-19 has claimed 2 more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll from 8 to 10, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 8:00 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority also reported 57 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 266, as of 8:00 a.m. today. The COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Benton (2), Clackamas (4), Douglas (2), Jackson (1), Josephine (1), Lane (1), Lincoln (1), Linn (5), Marion (11), Multnomah (8), Washington (20), Yamhill (1). Oregon Health Authority reports new cases once a day on its website: www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.

Oregon’s ninth COVID-19 death is an 80-year-old woman in Clackamas County, who tested positive on 3/23/20, and died 3/24/2020 at Legacy Mt. Hood Medical Center. She had underlying medical conditions.

Oregon’s tenth COVID-19 death is a 73-year-old woman in Marion County, who tested positive on 3/22/20, and died 3/23/20 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.

BEND, OR -- St. Charles outpatient clinics roll out new services amid COVID-19 outbreak
Remote visits, surge tents, drive-up services designed to protect patients and caregivers.

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, St. Charles Health System’s outpatient clinics have transformed the way they care for patients.

Caregivers from the health system and its provider network, St. Charles Medical Group, have been working around the clock in recent days to implement the changes, which are designed to protect patients and caregivers, preserve critical medical supplies and conserve space in facilities in case of a surge of COVID-19 patients.

“Given the highly infectious nature of this virus, we are trying to limit any exposures and interactions between patients and providers by delivering services at curbside or remotely whenever possible,” said Dr. Robert Ross, medical director for St. Charles Medical Group. “That means registering, getting a history and updating information in advance over the phone, then determining what interaction is absolutely necessary.”

St. Charles will continue to provide both patients and providers with protection when necessary to prevent transmission of disease, Ross said. Following interactions, the clinics will minimize hand-to-hand contact by giving patients results and instructions verbally, sending prescriptions to the pharmacy electronically and providing other essential direction through the health system’s online care portal, MyChart.

“This workflow will keep patients and providers much safer and isolates the interaction from any other patients and clinic staff,” Ross said.

Patients without a MyChart account are strongly encouraged to sign up for one today at stcharleshealthcare.org. COVID-19 test results are sent to patients via MyChart as soon as they are available. These tests are sent to centralized labs and results can take up to seven to nine days due to nationwide shortages.

Here’s more detail on each of the new services:

St. Charles Family Care patients can now schedule e-visits with their provider through MyChart. E-visits allow patients to enter information about their symptoms. The provider then reviews that information and can reply via MyChart with advice, a referral or a prescription. E-visits are only for non-urgent medical conditions, as it may take up to two days to receive a response. If you need urgent medical care, please contact your clinic by phone or go to a nearby urgent care center. E-visits are free and available to established patients of St. Charles Family Care and Internal Medicine clinics. An active MyChart account is required.

Phone visits
Patients who want to speak with a doctor can choose to schedule a phone visit. Phone visits are exactly as they sound: The patient can speak with their doctor on the phone, ask questions and receive advice, all without making a trip to the clinic. To schedule a phone visit, call the clinic and request an appointment.

Video visits
For a face-to-face experience, patients can now schedule a video visit with a physician. Video visits offer the same convenience as phone visits, but with a video connection for the most personal remote experience possible. Video visits require the patient to download the Zoom app on their personal device. To schedule a video visit, call the clinic and request an appointment.

Surge tents going up 
In an effort to care for symptomatic patients while practicing social distancing, four St. Charles Medical Group clinics will soon have surge tents set up outside their facilities.

On Wednesday, March 25, tents will open at Bend South Immediate Care (61250 S.E. Coombs Place) and La Pine Immediate Care (51781 Huntington Road). Because they are set up at Immediate Care clinics, these two locations are open to all symptomatic patients.

St. Charles Medical Group is also ready to open tents at Bend East Family Care (2600 N.E. Neff Road) and Redmond Family Care (211 N.W. Larch Avenue) in response to a rise in patient volume. When opened, these two locations will care for any symptomatic patient who is established with a St. Charles primary care or specialty care provider.

Symptomatic patients with the following symptoms may be directed to a tent: 

  • Fever of 100.4 or greater within the last 24 hours
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

However, due to the nationwide shortage of testing supplies, patients will not be tested for COVID-19 unless the following criteria are also met:

  • Over the age of 60
  • Patient is immunocompromised
  • Chronic disease of one of the following:
    • Cardiovascular system
    • Pulmonary system
    • Diabetes mellitus

Anticoagulation Tents
There are also two tents set up outside Pilot Butte Medical Center (2275 N.E. Doctors Drive, Bend) and the Redmond Heart and Lung Center (244 N.W. Kingwood Avenue) to see patients beginning Wednesday, March 25. These tents are for high-risk patients, as identified by the anticoagulation care team, to receive International Normalized Ratio (INR) checks.

Pulmonary Clinic to offer drive-up appointments at St. Charles Bend

To continue to serve people with lung disease, lung injury, asthma and impaired pulmonary function, the Pulmonary Clinic at St. Charles Bend will open a drive-up clinic on Monday and Wednesday afternoons starting Wednesday, March 25.


The drive-up clinic will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. To schedule a drive-up appointment, call the Pulmonary Clinic at 541-706-7715.


BEND, OR -- The Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and Crooked River National Grassland have announced that all prescribed fire ignitions have been postponed until further notice. In consideration of the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic locally and in our region, all burning will be suspended at this time.  This decision to temporarily postpone ignitions will prevent any effects from smoke that might further worsen conditions for those who are at risk in our communities.

BEND, OR -- Volunteers in Medicine provides free medical care for low income, working people in Central Oregon who have no insurance. Nurse Manager Jenifer Fuller says they closed their physical office and are using the telephone to become a virtual clinic. She says they’re recommending to patients with symptoms to stay home and try over the counter drugs. However, if their patients have a temperature over 100-point-5…shortness of breath…and a cough…they must be examined by a medical provider. She says if symptoms are worse patient will go directly to the St Charles Emergency Room.

BEND, OR -- Central Oregon health officials held a briefing yesterday to update the public on the COVID-19 situation. The CEO of Saint Charles Joe Sluka says they have three objectives which is, protect caregivers, patients and the community. He says their strategies include prevention by everyone staying at home and containment by expanded testing. Doctor Jeff Absalon says testing is tightly restricted for the time being due to a shortage of test kits but he says they expect more tests to come on line within the next week.

Deschutes National Forest Temporarily Closing all Campgrounds

Closure to address Governor’s statewide COVID-19 “stay home” order

Bend, Ore.- To support state and local measures directing people to stay home to save lives, effective March 25, 2020, all Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed through May 8, or until such measures are lifted.

The campground closures are necessary to address the social distancing guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and to align with Governor Brown’s “Stay at Home” executive order.

Day use areas, including trailheads, will remain accessible, however restroom facilities will not be serviced. The Forest Service encourages the public to follow the Governor’s executive order for the State of Oregon. The executive order says to stay home and to not travel for recreational purposes.

Deschutes National Forest officials urge people to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and avoid putting undue pressure on medical and law enforcement personnel in our Central Oregon communities so we can all return to our outdoor adventures soon.

In addition, Deschutes National Forest offices are currently conducting public business by phone, email, or through web-based transactions; critical in-person business is being handled by appointment only to minimize person-to-person contact. 



BEND, OR -- The Bend Park and Recreation District is closing its playgrounds, sports courts, exercise equipment and skate parks beginning today, March 23. This is in response to Governor Kate Brown’s executive order for Oregonians to stay home to the maximum extent possible.


Signs will be posted in parks this week with the following information:


Playgrounds, sports courts, exercise equipment and skateparks are closed. This includes pickleball, tennis, basketball, horseshoes and bocce ball courts.

Walking, running, biking, skating or using a wheelchair or other mobility device while maintaining at least 6 feet between people is allowed.

Off-leash dog areas, picnic shelters and restrooms remain open.

Keep at least 6 feet from others for social distancing.

Wash hands before and after any visit to a park or trail.

If this is not possible or if you are sick, stay at home - do not visit a park or trail.

As a reminder, All BPRD facilities are closed to the public including:

Juniper Swim & Fitness Center

The Pavilion (Ice Season has concluded)

Art Station

District Office

Park Services

Bend Senior Center

The district's park stewards and contracted service from Bend Patrol will inform park users and seek compliance from community members to follow these closures and restrictions. Signs and other markings will be used to inform park users of the closures and restrictions. A shared sense of responsibility will be most effective as we weather this public health pandemic.

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed three more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to eight, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 8 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority also reported 18 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 209, as of 8 a.m. today. The COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Clackamas (3), Clatsop (1), Jackson (1), Marion (2), Multnomah (4), and Washington (7). Oregon Health Authority reports new cases once a day on its website: www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.

Oregon’s sixth COVID-19 death is a 78-year-old man in Clackamas County, who tested positive on March 15, and died March 22 at Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center. He had underlying medical conditions.

Oregon’s seventh COVID-19 death is a 63-year-old man in Multnomah County, who had underlying medical conditions and was not hospitalized at the time of death. He tested positive on March 16, and died March 23.

Oregon’s eighth COVID-19 death is a 90-year-old woman in Washington County, who tested positive on March 19, and died March 23 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. 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.

BEND, OR -- Central Oregon Pediatric Associates began offering telemedicine for most of their patients last week. COPA has three physicians dedicated to the video conferencing appointments, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parents can call and speak with a nurse who will determine if telemedicine is the best route for the patient. If telemedicine is recommended, the nurse will schedule the appointment and email the video conference link to the parent. COPA is looking at expanding the hours of telemedicine appointments as soon as next week. COPA is continuing to provide in-person appointments for visits that must be done in person, such as newborn, well child checks and immunizations. 


BEND, OR -- Some residents of the Putnam Pointe Apartments smelled gas Monday morning and called Bend Fire. Public Information Officer Trish Connolly says the gas came from a ground floor restaurant, the Jackalope Grill. She says the exhaust fan or a burner was left on overnight. She says Cascade Natural Gas helped secure the area and things were back to normal in about an hour. 


REDMOND, OR -- Governor Kate Brown’s Executive Order issued Monday requires Oregonians to stay at home as much as possible. Redmond Police Lieutenant Curtis Chambers says while people can go outside for a walk or hike they must stay at least 6-feet away from other people. He says as of now the Redmond Skate Park, Bicycle Pump Track, tennis and pickle ball courts and playground equipment at Redmond park locations are closed until further notice. Chambers says police will enforce the law and violators can be cited with a fine up to 12-hundred50-dollars and 30-days in jail. 


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