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BEND, OR -- Deschutes County Commissioners obviously pleased with the announcement the county can reopen today. Commissioner Phil Henderson says they want to help small business. He says the county has given money to Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council for small business loans. On Monday Henderson says the county will apply for 200-thousand dollars in loans from Business Oregon. And Henderson says sole proprietors and independent contractors should try to get unemployment from the state. He says Deschutes county and local state lawmakers will help them navigate the unemployment system to get their money. Deschutes County Commissioner Patti Adair says the approval for Deschutes county to reopen was based on testing for the COVID-19 virus. She says testing is now offered at 7 different locations and you don’t have to be over 60, with a temperature or feel ill.  Adair says if you are tested you might get a call from public health and please call them back. She says the county is required to contact 95-per cent of people who may have been in contact with someone who tested positive for the virus, within 24 hours. 

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