BEND, OR -- A 63-year-old man has become the first COVID-19 victim to die in Deschutes county. County Health Services Director Doctor George Conway says the man’s case was identified through contact tracing. He says the man had underlying medical conditions and was admitted to Saint Charles on Monday and died yesterday morning. Conway says people need to know this virus will have to be dealt with for a long time. He urges everyone to wear a mask and social distance whether indoors or out, especially when around people you don’t live with.