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BEND, OR -- Deschutes County Commissioners have started putting together a plan outlining what it will take to open businesses and services. But before anything can open the county will have to show they have supplies and medical capacity to handle a surge in virus cases. The county will also have to conduct about 600 COVID-19 tests per week, which is double what is happening now. The county may also have to hire up to 27 people whose job it will be to trace the spread of the disease. As of now there are only six people doing tracing work in Deschutes county. Commissioners will hold another meeting Wednesday to hear from retail, restaurant, child care and personal care industries about what it will take to safely reopen.

 

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