BEND, OR -- Saint Charles Health reported 29 patients hospitalized with COVID-19…about twice as many as the previous week. Central Oregon Daily reports the hospital is delaying elective surgeries. Chief Physician Doctor Jeff Absalon says the numbers increased significantly in the last several weeks. He says It takes a few weeks after the numbers go up to see the numbers go up in the hospital and that is exactly what has happened here. Deschutes County last week reported 459 new COVID cases – nearly 200 more than the week before.