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Oregon reports 2 new COVID-19 deaths, 84 new COVID-19 cases; OHA gains flexibility in its Medicaid program to better serve low-income Oregonians during COVID-19 pandemic

PORTLAND, Ore.— COVID-19 has claimed 2 more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll from 16 to 18, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 8 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority also reported 84 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 690, as of 8 a.m. today. The COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Benton (3), Clackamas (10), Douglas (1), Hood River (1), Jackson (1), Klamath (1), Lane (4), Lincoln (1), Linn (1), Malheur (1), Marion (18), Multnomah (16), Polk (3), Umatilla (1), Wallowa (1), Wasco (2), Washington (18), and Yamhill (2). Oregon Health Authority reports new cases once a day on its website: www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.

Oregon’s seventeenth COVID-19 death is a 90-year-old man in Yamhill County, who tested positive on March 25, 2020, and died on March 29, 2020 at Providence Newberg Medical Center. He had underlying medical conditions.

Oregon’s eighteenth COVID-19 death is an 88-year-old woman in Benton County, who tested positive on March 26, 2020, and died March 30, 2020 at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis. She had underlying medical conditions.

Update: The COVID-19 case data OHA publishes once a day on its website and shares once a day with the media are provisional and subject to change. A case reported yesterday as a Deschutes County case has been updated today to Washington County.

Oregon Health Authority gains flexibility in its Medicaid program to better serve low-income Oregonians during COVID-19 pandemic

The Oregon Health Authority has received flexibility from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to remove barriers for Oregonians to qualify for, enroll in, and stay enrolled in the Oregon Health Plan (OHP). Oregon has also received flexibility for providers to provide care to members as the state responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly one in four Oregonians currently receives health coverage through OHP.

“The COVID-19 pandemic requires us to act quickly to support the needs of our communities,” said Patrick Allen, director of the Oregon Health Authority. “This added flexibility in our Medicaid program is going to allow us to more quickly get people access to health care and expand our health system to meet the challenges of this public health emergency.”

The key areas of flexibility that Oregon will gain from this waiver include:

  • All members who are currently enrolled in the Oregon Health Plan will not lose coverage during this crisis. This includes coverage that is only state-funded (i.e. Cover all Kids).
  • Individuals can sign up for OHP without having to verify their income (submit a pay stub) with their application. They will be able to self-attest, which will help Oregonians get access to OHP coverage more quickly.
  • Federal stimulus payments and increased unemployment payments will not affect OHP eligibility. They will not be counted during the application process or when members report a change in their household.
  • Oregon will have additional flexibility to add to its healthcare workforce, provide treatment in temporary sites, and for paying providers during this public health emergency.

Additional information and guidance related to COVID-19 for coordinated care organizations (CCOs) and providers serving OHP members is available on the OHA website. A fact sheet for OHP members about their coverage and COVID-19 can be downloaded on the OHP website in English and in Spanish.



BEND, OR -- The COVID-19 Pandemic is creating hardship and problems for many people…and the stress can be difficult to deal with. The Medical Director for Deschutes Behavioral Health Doctor Will Berry, says people with anxiety, depression or substance abuse issues need to reach out to their support groups in these times of crisis. He also says  times of crisis are difficult for everyone but says, many people who have dealt with crisis discover strength within themselves, their families and their community. He says many people end up having proud memories about the crisis…even though the memories can also be painful...because they remember how they and their families and neighbors got through it together.



REDMOND, OR -- A Redmond man was arrested Friday after threatening people having a child’s birthday party. The party for the child followed all the rules. Everyone did social distancing. People drove by in cars singing Happy Birthday, honking their horns. But a neighbor, 45-year-old Gabreial Russell, allegedly came out of his house wearing a gas mask, carrying what looked like an assault rifle and threatened people. Police were called and Russell is now jailed on charges of Menacing and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. Photo credit Central Oregon Daily News



BEND, OR -- Deschutes County Commissioners were briefed on the COVID-19 virus yesterday. Sheriff Shane Nelson told commissioners people here are taking the governor’s order to stay home, seriously. He says social distancing continues to be critically important. Health Services Director Doctor George Conway said hospital bed capacity in Bend and Redmond is adequate while I-C-U beds are constrained but adequate in Bend. However, Dr. Conway says one problem is the turnaround for virus testing which now ranges from 2-to-14 days. He also says new test kits are expected soon. 



BEND, OR -- Deschutes County Sheriff Shane Nelson says his deputies are out to educate people about Governor Brown’s “Stay-At-Home” Order.  He said enforcement will be used as a last resort. As far as jail inmates fearful that the Corona virus will spread inside and infect the enclosed population, Sheriff Nelson said each case is handled individually to balance the needs of the inmate and the responsibility to the community.



As of Monday, the Oregon Health Authority reported 3 new deaths from the COVID-19 Virus, raising the death toll to 16. The OHA also reports 58 new cases of the virus, bringing the state total to 606. Deschutes county had two more cases that were reported by OHA yesterday bringing the total to 25. So far, no COVID-19 cases reported in Crook or Jefferson counties.



The Deschutes County Sheriff says there have been numerous instances of drivers getting stuck on snow-packed forest roads while hikers, snowshoers and snowmobilers have become lost. The sheriff says if someone needs help, the Search and Rescue volunteers may have to break social distancing requirements in order to make the rescue. Also the volunteers may have to be off the job if they end up in quarantine. The sheriff is asking people to not take part in high risk activities that could lead to the need to be rescued.  Also stay off snow packed forest roads as snow depths are sometimes hard to determine.

 



Oregon reports 3 new COVID-19 deaths, 58 new COVID-19 cases

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed three more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 16, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 8 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 58 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 606, as of 8 a.m. today. The new COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Benton (1), Clackamas (1), Deschutes (2), Douglas (4), Jackson (1), Josephine (4), Lane (2), Marion (14), Multnomah (9), Polk (2), Tillamook (1), Wasco (2), Washington (14), Yamhill (1).

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

Oregon’s 14th COVID-19 death is a 91-year-old male in Yamhill County, who tested positive on March 20, and died March 29 at Providence Newberg Medical Center. He had underlying medical conditions.

Oregon’s 15th COVID-19 death is an 80-year-old male in Clackamas County, who tested positive on March 22, and died March 29 at Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center. He had underlying medical conditions.

Oregon’s 16th COVID-19 death is a 91-year-old male in Linn County, who tested positive on March 15, and died March 29 at the Oregon Veterans’ Home in Lebanon. He 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.



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.



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.

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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:

 

PERSON CHARGED WITH ATTEMPT TO INFECT COP WITH COVID-19

 

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”

  

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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.

 



HOTLINES PROVIDING HELPFUL VOICES
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.
LAST DAY FOR DONATIONS
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.
WHEN TO CALL 9-1-1
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.
CONSTRUCTION CONTINUES
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.
WIC BENEFITS AVAILABLE TO NEW APPLICANTS
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.
ABOUT COEIN
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:.
https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/GettingStarted#crnt

 

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:

E-visits
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. 

 

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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. 



Crater Lake National Park Is Modifying Operations To  Implement Local Health Guidance

 

Crater Lake, OR – Crater Lake National Park, in response to Executive Order 20-12 issued by the Governor of the State of Oregon, iannouncing additional modifications to operations to support federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  As of Tuesday, March 24, 2020, Crater Lake National Park is closed to all park visitors until further notice.  This closure will be enforced 24-hours a day/7-days a week and there will be no access permitted to Crater Lake National Park.  The only exception is Oregon State Highway 62 through the southern end of the park which will remain open for travel.

 

The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners at Crater Lake National Park is our number one priority. The National Park Service (NPS) is working with federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor COVID-19. We will notify the public when we resume full operations and provide updates on our website and social media channels.  Park Rangers remain on duty protecting the parks, and normal rules and regulations continue to apply.

 

The NPS encourages people to take advantage of the many digital tools already available to explore Crater Lake National Park, including the park’s webcams at https://www.nps.gov/crla/learn/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm and Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Crater-Lake-National-Park-137127376328525/

Updates about NPS operations will be posted on www.nps.gov/coronavirus. Please check with individual parks for specific details about park operations.



Monday, Gov. Kate Brown issued an executive order in hopes of curtailing the spread of COVID-19 by keeping more Oregonians at home, further increasing restrictions on businesses and requirements for social distancing.

“Failure to comply with this order will be considered an immediate danger to public health,” said Brown through the order, which is effective immediately until further notice.

 

The order closes state parks, playgrounds, campgrounds, hair salons, theaters, gyms, yoga studios, retail complexes and social gatherings, among other items. See the order here.

 

This order expands upon the Governor’s previous orders, but does not go so far as a shelter-in-place order, which is in place in California.

 

On Friday, local emergency managers from Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties joined a statewide campaign urging Central Oregonians to stay home, unless for necessary medical care, food, supplies, outdoor exercise, or essential work functions where sanitation and social distancing can be assured.

 

Grocery stores, banks, pharmacies, hospitals, gas stations, pet stores and child care facilities can continue to operate under this order.

 

CLOSURES AFFECT LOCAL PARKS
The Bend Park and Recreation District and City of Redmond are closing playgrounds, sports courts, exercise equipment and skate parks beginning today. 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.

 

The City of Madras is closing the skate park, and playground equipment areas. Other areas are open as long as people maintain safe social distancing space.  The Madras Aquatic Center is also closed.

 

PILOT BUTTE, SMITH ROCK AMONG CLOSURES
The entire Oregon State Parks system is closed effective March 23. The closure includes all state parks, including all trails, viewpoints, and picnic areas and all other facilities. In Central Oregon, this includes: Pilot Butte State Park, Smith Rock State Park, Tumalo State Park, Cove Palisades State Park, La Pine State Park, Prineville Reservoir State Park, and a number of state scenic viewpoints. Click here for a map of all Oregon State Parks facilities.

 

Day-use state parks will close at the dusk on March 23 and will not reopen until further notice. This closure will last at least until May 8. All canceled nights will be refunded. If a stay has not started, the normally nonrefundable $8 reservation fee will be refunded.

 

PPE DRIVE CONTINUES
Central Oregon community members are donating hundreds of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) items to share with St. Charles Health System and Central Oregon’s Emergency Operations Center. Community members can donate through March 27 at one of the following locations:

 

  •   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.

CENTRAL OREGON PEDIATRIC ASSOCIATIONS OFFERING TELEMEDICINE
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 the main number 541-389-6313 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. 

 

ABOUT COEIN
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.



CENTRAL OREGON -- Deschutes County Sheriff’s deputies were contacted Saturday morning about a loud explosion in the 68-thousand block of Fryrear Road. Deputies found debris in the area and the frame of a couch hanging 20-to-30 feet above the ground from power lines. Police say an explosive device blew up a mattress and a couch. They say a full sized Chevy or GMC pickup was seen leaving the area. The pickup had large off-road tires and possibly out of state plates. It was driven by a white man and white woman with long hair and appeared to be in their 30’s. Anyone with information is asked to call the Deschutes County Sheriff. 

 



BEND, OR -- The Medical Affairs Director at St Charles, Doctor Robert Pfister wants Central Oregon residents to stay home and avoid contact with others. He says the hospital recently purchased 52 ventilators and the number of Intensive Care Unit beds is adequate for now. Pfister is concerned about the medical care providers. He is urging everyone to take COVID-19 seriously, including younger people who may be asymptomatic. He says everyone, young or old, needs to assume they may have the virus and, everyone they meet may also have the virus. 

 



SALEM,. OR --  

Governor Kate Brown Tightens Social Distancing Measures, Tells Oregonians to “Stay Home, Save Lives”

Updated orders for individuals, businesses, public organizations, and outdoor spaces to prevent COVID-19 spread 
 

(Portland, OR)—Governor Kate Brown today issued Executive Order 20-12, directing everyone in Oregon to stay at home to the maximum extent possible and adding to the list of businesses that will be temporarily closed to stem the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon. The order is effective immediately, and remains in effect until ended by the Governor.

“We are learning more about this virus and how people react to it every day. Not just from a medical standpoint, but from a social and behavioral standpoint.

“I started by asking Oregonians to stay home and practice social distancing. Then I urged the public to follow these recommendations. Instead, thousands crowded the beaches of our coastal communities, our trails, our parks, and our city streets, potentially spreading COVID-19 and endangering the lives of others across the state. Now, I’m ordering it. To save lives and protect our community.

“Today, I am issuing a new executive order further requiring social distancing measures because we know this is the most effective way to flatten the curve and slow the spread of this virus. I hope everyone in Oregon abides by its core message: stay home unless absolutely necessary.

“Staying home both keeps you safe from infection, and ensures you do not unknowingly infect others.

“We’ve already put a number of measures forward specifically aimed at increasing hospital capacity, such as cutting down on non-emergency care so we conserve masks, gloves, and gowns to save the lives of the health care workers who are working so hard to save others. All of these things add up, and by slowing the infection rate, we preserve hospital beds so that there will be one available if and when you need it.

“None of us have ever been through this before, and that means there is no way to know exactly what lies ahead. We don’t know yet when this outbreak will end, or what changes this will bring for our state and for our country. But I want to make sure that we’ve done all we can to end it as quickly as possible.”

About the order:

  • All non-essential social and recreational gatherings of individuals are prohibited immediately, regardless of size, if a distance of at least six feet between individuals cannot be maintained. Gatherings of members of the same residential household are permitted.
  • It closes and prohibits shopping at specific categories of retail businesses, for which close personal contact is difficult to avoid, such as arcades, barber shops, hair salons, gyms and fitness studios, skating rinks, theaters, and yoga studios.
  • It requires businesses not closed by the order to implement social distancing policies in order to remain open, and requires workplaces to implement teleworking and work-at-home options when possible.
  • It directs Oregonians to stay home whenever possible, while permitting activities outside the home when social distance is maintained.
  • It closes playgrounds, sports courts, and skate parks, among other types of outdoor recreation facilities. Those that remain open are required to strictly adhere to social distancing guidelines.
  • It outlines new guidelines for child care facilities, setting limits and rules on amounts of children allowed in care, and outlining that child care groups may not change participants.
  • Failure to comply with the order will be considered an immediate danger to public health and subject to a Class C misdemeanor.


Following this order will save lives, while still allowing businesses to function if they can protect employees and customers through social distancing. While many businesses and organizations that are heavily dependent on foot traffic and in-person interactions have already closed or will close under the expanded order, other businesses that make robust plans to meet social distancing requirements—and enforce those requirements—may remain in operation, preserving jobs while ensuring health.

This distinction from closing all businesses except for those categorized as essential as mandated in other states, aims to minimize unintended consequences and add clarity for businesses who can adjust their business models to accommodate vital social distancing measures.

“This order is designed to flatten the curve over the coming weeks, preserving scarce hospital space and equipment. It will also ensure that any place of business that remains operational does its part to enforce social distancing rules,” said Governor Brown. “It is designed to be more sustainable over time, to allow Oregonians to keep their jobs when their work does not add to the growth of COVID-19 in Oregon.”

Retail businesses closed by Executive Order 20-12 include:

  • Shopping: Outdoor and indoor malls and retail complexes, although individual types of businesses not subject to the measures may stay open.
  • Fitness: Gyms, sports and fitness centers, health clubs, and exercise studios
  • Grooming: Barbershops, beauty and nail salons, and non-medical wellness spas
  • Entertainment: Theaters, amusement parks, arcades, bowling alleys, and pool halls


Other retail businesses will not be able to continue to operate unless they can implement strict social distancing measures and designate an employee or officer charged with ensuring compliance. Retail businesses able to adapt to take-out style shopping experiences can also remain open. If businesses can have employees work from home, then they must do so. Many of the businesses outlined in the order have voluntarily closed their doors already, to do their part to protect Oregon’s communities. In addition, non-retail businesses like manufacturers and the construction industry must ensure that their employees are maintaining social distancing measures.

Please read the full details on all businesses listed in the executive order here.

In addition to businesses, Executive Order 20-12 also orders state executive branch offices and buildings to close to the public and provide public services by phone to the extent possible. When public services require in-person interactions, the order requires social distancing measures to be implemented and enforced. State agencies must also facilitate telework and work-at-home for state employees whenever possible. While the order does not apply to local, federal, or tribal governments, those governments are strongly encouraged to follow these directives.

The order also directs state agencies to close parks and other outdoor spaces where social distancing cannot be maintained––expanding on actions already taken by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

All coronavirus executive orders will be posted on the Oregon Coronavirus Information and Resources Page after they have been issued and signed.
 

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BEND, OR  -- The Oregon Health Authority says two more people in Deschutes county have contracted the COVID-19 Virus. There are now ten cases in Deschutes county. At this time there are no COVID-19 cases reported in Crook or Jefferson counties. The OHA also reported this weekend two more people died from COVID-19 in Oregon bringing the total number of deaths to five.

 



BEND, OR -- A Bend man was arrested late Saturday night after a driver for Uber reported being attacked. Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the Gateway Loop and Skyline Ranch Road area. The driver told police she picked up a man who was intoxicated. He wanted to go to a home on Skyline Road but didn’t give an exact address. While they were in route, the man began pulling her hair and assaulting her. The driver managed to pull over and the fight continued outside of the vehicle. She was able to use pepper spray, a handheld stun gun and a baton on her attacker who he ran off but was quickly located by police. 52-year-old Mark Mastalir is jailed on numerous charges including Kidnap and Assault.



BEND, OR -- From Ron Paradis at COCC

The Central Oregon Community College Board of Directors passed a resolution today declaring that emergency conditions exist and, therefore, granted authority to President Laurie Chesley to take “any and all necessary actions to prepare and respond effectively to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19),” now through April 28, 2020.

The resolution allows Chesley to “ensure the continuation of public education, and protect the health and safety of students and staff” at COCC. While no specific changes were discussed at the meeting, this clears the way for modification of personnel policies related to the situation, transferring of funds necessary to respond to the emergency, limiting the types and numbers at gatherings on the campuses, and updating college rules and policies based on directives from federal, state or local authorities, if necessary.

 

 



BEND, OR -- Les Schwab Amphitheater has announced the May 8th Chris Young concert has been canceled. Tickets will be fully refunded wherever the purchase was made. Please call 541-3123-8510 if you have questions  



BEND, OR -- The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reports that as of 8:30 a.m. this (Friday) morning Deschutes county has 2 new cases of COVID-19 Virus, bringing the total to 8 cases. There are no COVID-19 cases reported in Jefferson or Crook counties at this time. The OHA report states there were 26 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Oregon since yesterday, bringing the total in the state to 114. 



Today, local school districts are accepting donations of surplus Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including new masks, gowns and gloves to share with St. Charles Health System and Central Oregon’s Emergency Operations Center. If you have PPE you’d like to donate, go to a local school during free meal programs happening throughout the region today. Schools in Bend, Redmond, LaPine, Prineville and Sisters will be accepting donations today. For locations and times see our website, KBND-dot-com.

 

Bend Area 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

  • Ensworth Elementary School, 2150 NE Dagget Lane, Bend
  • Sky View Middle School, 63555 18th Street, Bend
  • Bend Senior High School, 230 NE 6th Street, Bend 
  • Elk Meadow Elementary School, 60880 Brookswood Blvd., Bend

La Pine Area 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

  • La Pine High School, 51633 Coach Road, La Pine 

Prineville Area Noon to 1 p.m.

  • Crook County School District, Pioneer South, 641 E First Street, Prineville

Redmond Area 10-noon

  • Redmond Fire Station, 341 NW Dogwood Ave, Redmond (also accepting donations March 23-27)

Sisters Area 8 to 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to noon

  • Sisters Elementary School, 611 E. Cascade Ave., Sisters

The following locations will also accept donations Monday, March 23 – Friday, March 27
•    Bend Senior High School, 230 NE 6th Street, Bend
•    La Pine High School, 51633 Coach Road, La Pine
•    Crook County School District, Pioneer South, 641 E First Street, Prineville. 
•    Redmond Fire Station, 341 NW Dogwood Ave, Redmond
 



In a nearly empty City Hall last night, the Bend City Council unanimously decided to pull the proposed $190 Million dollar Transportation Bond off the May ballot.  Supporters cited the present shaky economy saying this isn't the right time to ask voters for money. All agreed this is simply a postponement and that transportation needs remain a high priority in Bend. Following Redmond's example, the Mayor was the only person sitting at the dais last night. All the other counselors attended via video-conference.



Redmond Mayor George Endicott provided a real-life snapshot of how local businesses are faring right now. Endicott says the Original Pancake House is shut down for the time being, leaving employees jobless. He notes the usually-booming Redmond airport is seeing far fewer travelers, empty parking spaces and a vacant admin office. Endicott says the last council meeting was a party of one – himself. Everyone else attended via phone. The mayor’s next visit is to a local medical supply manufacturing company to make sure they’re ready to keep the healthcare community stocked up.



Peter Murphy with ODOT says road projects are affected by the pandemic, but that’s because in-person meetings just can’t happen… for now. Even before the governor’s restrictions, Murphy says ODOT was moving more towards online participation to serve people who couldn’t otherwise attend and comment. The Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan outlines the upcoming projects through 2024. Anyone who wants to provide input can log onto Oregon-dot gov-slash S-T-I-P.



Starting yesterday, St. Charles Health System and Deschutes County Health Services joined to open a new phone line to answer questions from the public about COVID-19. The free phone line, available to individuals in Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties, is open from 8 to 5 Monday thru Friday and is staffed by caregivers and county health services professionals.  This is different than the 2-1-1 information line in that you get a live person on the other end, most likely a local nurse who is glad to answer your questions. Phone line: 541-699-5109



Peter Murphy with ODOT says they met with the planning commission to propose two round-abouts along Highway 20 near Tumalo, including one at O-B Riley Road. Murphy says there was plenty of input such as overpasses or stoplights to alleviate congestion. In this particular area, he says, round-abouts demand slower speeds and make for safer roads compared to traffic lights. Murphy says the commission will make its recommendation to the county board which will have final say after another public hearing, to be determined.



The Better Business Bureau has a webpage dedicated to helping consumers navigate the effects of the Coronavirus. It’s called ‘Don’t Panic. Be Safe. And Avoid Scams.’ Danielle Kane with the BBB says watch for false advertising. She says face masks and promises of cures are most likely a scam. If you are considering traveling, the site has information on what to do you before you buy that plane ticket or engage a travel agent. Kane says it’s best to know if you can get a refund for flights ahead of time, and to always buy trip insurance. She adds that tickets for events are trickier and refunds for those are determined on a case-by-case basis.
 



Eric Sand, Executive Director of Redmond Chamber of Commerce weighed in on the impact of COVID-19 on the local economy. Sand says there is no doubt that local businesses are concerned…and event cancellations like the Sportsman’s Show hit particularly hard. Sand hopes consumers park their cars and grab their laptops and I-pads and start purchasing online. He says most companies have an online presence which alleviates the need to gather in groups. Sand says there is a page on the Chamber’s website that showcases businesses who are offering incentives and discounts.



Deschutes County is now up to 6 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Shortly before that was revealed Governor Kate Brown issued a new executive order: All Oregon events with more than 25 people are cancelled, and bars and restaurants in-person service is closed. The governor says if Oregonians stick to these new restrictions, it can help ease the burden on the state’s health care system and help keep the spread of Covid-19 as limited as possible. The governor says these measures stay in place for four weeks and violators could be charged with a class C misdemeanor.



Saint Charles Health System has tightened restrictions in response to COVID-19.  With few exceptions, all visitors are banned. They encourage family and friends to visit patients by phone. No one under 12 will be allowed on the premises and no visitors will be allowed for patients in isolation.  All elective surgeries and other select non-urgent outpatient services have been postponed through March 28th.  The swabs used to test for COVID-19 are in short supply throughout the state and it's unlikely the hospital will be getting more. Therefore, people who are worried but feel fine will not be tested.



Oregon Governor Kate Brown has signed an executive order that bans price gouging on essential items. Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum says when they find stores doing it they warn them they're breaking the law. If they don't stop they can face a lawsuit. Some reports have already been made to the attorney general's office of price gouging for hand sanitizer, toilet paper and rubbing alcohol.  If you see price gouging you can file a complaint on the Oregon attorney general's website or call the attorney general's Hotline. 



While the Bend bottle drop redemption center will remain operational, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission will not be taking action against retailers who choose to either restrict or end accepting cans and bottles through March 31st. The OLCC’s  Matthew Van Sickle says retailers are still allowed to offer can and bottle redemption but says the goal is to help short-staffed retailers focus on re-stocking shelves and other tasks.



Oregon faces a shortage of hospital beds for patients with Coronavirus.  Dr. Renee Edwards at O-H-S-U says, using the current trends, they will need one-thousand hospital beds and 400 I-C-U beds by April 11th  … with the number of patients expected to double every six days. Edwards says Portland hospitals have united to maximize the available number of beds – which helps. But, she says it shows how critical it is to reduce the spread of the virus as patient numbers could soon exceed the capacity of hospitals.



BEND, OR -- Central Oregon Community College is seeking individuals interested in serving on the college’s budget committee, Zone 6. Zone 6 includes northwest Deschutes County, including Sisters, Tumalo, Black Butte Ranch and the northern part of Bend. The deadline to apply for this position is March 25.  Budget committee members are board-appointed for three-year terms. The committee meets two to three times per year and recommends an annual operating budget to the board of directors.



BEND, OR -- Bend La Pine Schools Board of Directors have decided the name of the new high school is Caldera, Several people in the community had urged the board to name the new high school in honor of Congressional Medal of Honor winner. In fact Maxwell was the most favored name with 181 votes in an online survey, beating Deschutes or Deschutes River which attracted 85 votes. Chris Boyd is the principal for the new Caldera High School. He says the committee decided that because of Maxwell’s links to Bend High it would be best for the Maxwell name to be honored at Bend High. Caldera will be the first new high school to open in Bend in two decades.

 



BEND, OR -- Bend’s Police Chief Jim Porter says his department is ready to handle the Corona virus. Porter said he’s relying on the best practices outlined by the State of Oregon and communicating with local health providers like St. Charles to keep informed on the trajectory of the spread. Porter says he has a good supply of preventative gear to keep his officers on the job. He says that an emergency staffing plan is also in place that moves officers to longer shifts and may divert them from less critical calls.

 



BEND, OR -- Permits for popular wilderness spots will soon be available online. The Limited Entry System will require permits to access high-traffic trailheads within the Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington and Three Sisters Wilderness areas. Lisa Machnik with the Deschutes National Forest says 19 of 79 trailheads will require a use permit. She says you can access the online system starting April 7th at recreation-dot-gov. Fees are one dollar for day use and 6 dollars for overnight.



BEND, OR -- On March 9, Bend Police announced three officers involved in a traffic stop and attempted arrest that resulted in the use of deadly physical force. Bend Police is now providing the names of the three members present at the traffic stop and attempted arrest of Danielle Bower. The three are, Sergeant Thomas Russell, Officer Tim Williams and Officer Victor Umnitz. The three are currently on administrative leave. On March 9, Bend Police announced three officers involved in a traffic stop and attempted arrest that resulted in the use of deadly physical force. Bend Police is now providing the names of the three members present at the traffic stop and attempted arrest of Danielle Bower. The three are, Sergeant Thomas Russell, Officer Tim Williams and Officer Victor Umnitz. The three are currently on administrative leave. 



BEND, OR -- Public health officials in Deschutes County announced a presumptive positive case of COVID-19, the first in the county. Deschutes County Health Department has launched the contact investigation process to identify and notify anyone who may have had contact with this individual during the exposure period. The case is being treated at a St. Charles Health System facility in an isolation room. Every resident should take these basic steps to protect those most at risk: Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. Stay home if you feel ill.

 



BEND, OR -- Deschutes county health officials report first confirmed case COVID 19 in Deschutes county. This is a confirmed case. 



BEND, OR -- The COCC Board holds its monthly meeting this afternoon. Ron Paradis at the college says they’ll get an update on their Strategic Plan, a review of the just-ended legislative session and preparations for COVID-19.  He says they’ll look at the institutional continuity plan, making sure things are in place if the college has to make any moves to deal with COVID-19. The COCC Board of Directors meeting starts at 5-45 this afternoon.



SISTERS, OR -- The Deschutes County Sheriff has set up a Blue Line Safety Zone in Sisters. It’s modeled after the one setup in Bend. Sergeant William Bailey says online transactions come with some inherent risk. He says the safety zone is under 24 hour video surveillance and provides for everything from child custody transfers to the sale of products on the internet. Bailey says if there’s a question or issue after the transaction one or both parties can request a copy of the video. He says the sheriff's department wants to set up similar safety zones in La Pine and the Redmond area. 



CENTRAL OREGON -- The Deschutes county unemployment rate in January hit 3-point-6-per cent and Economist Damon Runberg says that rate is lower than at any time since records were kept. He says Crook county’s unemployment rate was at 5-point-1-per cent and Jefferson county’s unemployment rate was 4-point-6-per cent. But Runberg says job growth

numbers dropped last year. He says job growth was believed to be more than 4-per cent last year but it turns out, job growth was just over 2-per cent. Runberg says that means a lot of employers may be having trouble filling job openings.

 



BEND, OR -- Officer-involved shootings have made the news recently in Central Oregon. Police Chief Jim Porter told KBND News that major incidents such as these fall under the Deadly Force Protocol, something which every county – in some form or another - must have in place. Porter says, when deadly force is used, the Major Incident Team is activated to forward the investigation. Essentially, the team assigns leaders from independent agencies to oversee the process. Porter says use-of-force occurs very infrequently by his officers – about 100 times a year for every 100-thousand police related contacts.



BEND, OR -- Bend Police were called to Rocca Way early Tuesday after getting calls about vehicle break ins. Lieutenant Juli McConkey with Bend P-D says police were told to look for a dark colored BMW. They located the vehicle and arrested 21 year old Taylor James Guidry. Police then located three teenagers and police say each was in possession of stolen property which was recovered. McConkey also urges everyone to lock their car doors.

 



PORTLAND, OR  -- Scammers are taking advantage of Coronavirus fears.  Danielle Kane, with the Oregon Better Business Bureau, says there are fake online claims about products that will prevent or cure the virus. Ads for face masks are often fake – meaning it’s useless, or you may pay and never receive one. And, she says, if you receive a phone call about Coronavirus products, it's likely they're trying to get your financial information. Kane says use caution for any offers about products surrounding the Coronavirus. 



SALEM, OR -- Oregon’s State Health Officer says the number of COVID-19 cases in Oregon will continue to rise, as will the number of people being monitored for the virus. Dr. Dean Sidelinger says 226 people are currently under monitoring,165 have tested negative and 52 tests are pending. Sidelinger says they are considering putting restrictions on nursing home visits as the elderly are at greater risk for complications. He says the latest advice is still the same—wash your hands, cover your cough or sneeze and stay home if you are sick.

 



WASHINGTGON, D.C. -- The 55th Annual National League of Cities Congressional City Conference is happening in Washington D.C, and Redmond City Councilor Krisanna Clark-Endicott is there to advocate for Central Oregon. She says the number one priority is to lobby for renewal of the Federal Transportation (FAST) Act which expires later this year. Clark-Endicott says infrastructure is the economic driver for development and key to keeping the economy moving – both in Central Oregon and in cities across America. She joins over two-thousand city leaders, tackling a variety of issues including… creating a skilled workforce, homelessness and gun violence. The conference concludes on Wednesday.

 



BEND, OR -- A 29-year-old Bend woman is hospitalized this morning after being shot by Bend Police Officers, three of whom are on leave today.  According to police, Danielle Bower was in front of St. Charles Bend Emergency room at 3 in the morning yesterday (Monday). She was acting erratic and had blood on her.  When police approached, she took off in a white, Dodge van and headed east out of town.  Her vehicle ran off the highway 3 miles west of Brothers; that’s when officers fired their weapons trying to make contact with her. ODOT closed the highway most of the day while Oregon State Police conducted their investigation.



PRINEVILLE, OR -- The Central Oregon Regional Middle and High School Battle of the Books tournament will take place Saturday at Crook County Middle School. Teams from Crook, Deschutes, Harney, Jefferson and Wheeler counties in the sixth through eighth grade and high school divisions will compete. The top teams in each division will move on to compete at the state Battle of the Books finals, April 4th at Chemeketa Community College in Salem. At the tournament the teams will participate in a round robin, quiz bowl style competition.



REDMOND, OR -- The Board of Directors of the Redmond School District has announced four finalists for the position of Superintendent. Finalists include Dr. Charan Cline, Superintendent, Yamhill Carlton School District in Yamhill, Oregon…Dr. Lexi Cunningham, Superintendent of Salt Lake City School District in Salt Lake City, Utah…Lee Loving, Principal of Ridgeview High School in Redmond, Oregon…and Pablo Ortega, English Learners Program Director for Des Moines Public Schools in Des Moines, Iowa. The four finalists will be interviewed next week during Executive Sessions which are closed to the public.



BEND, OR -- Public Health Director Hillary Saraceno briefed county commissioners yesterday and reported as of now there are no COVID-19 virus cases in the area. Saraceno says the Central Oregon Emergency Information Network’s Joint Information Center has a goal of getting timely and accurate information to the public from a central location. She says the center has also developed a document with information from the Oregon Health Authority and the CDC to inform people about what the virus is, how to prevent it and the symptoms. Deschutes Health is also offering email updates about COVID-19 to citizens who sign up at their website.



PRINEVILLE, OR -- An Oregon State Police Trooper from Bend has been arrested and jailed on assault charges stemming from an incident last July in Powell Butte. 39-year-old Colin Tracy is accused of domestic violence towards a 39-year-old Bend woman known to him.  Detectives with the Bend Police Department have been investigating the charges for the past two weeks. When they contacted Tracy yesterday, he voluntarily turned himself in without incident. Tracy is lodged in the Crook County jail. The Crook County District Attorney’s Office will handle the case.



BEND, OR --There is a groundbreaking at 1-30 today for a new residential development on COCC owned land called Outcrop Subdivision. Ron Paradis says the college owns land on 3 of the corners of the roundabout at Mount Washington and Shevlin Park Road. He says Outcrop Subdivision will start with about a dozen homes which will be up for sale. However, he says homebuyers would not own – but instead would lease the land on a long-term contract from COCC. Paradis says this and other development projects in the area will provide COCC with long term reliable income.



MADRAS, OR -- Highway 97 was closed in Madras for about 90 minutes late yesterday morning. A construction crew broke a 4-inch gas line according to the Deputy Fire Chief in Madras, Casey Skaar. He says there was no fire from the gas line break and no injuries. It is unknown if the crew called 8-1-1 for gas line locator information before the break occurred. 



PORTLAND, OR -- The Oregon Health Authority has opened a command operations center in Portland to manage the state's response to Coronavirus. State Health Officer Dr. Dean Sidelinger says they're tracking the testing. Oregon currently has 3 confirmed cases, 17 people tested negative, 8 tests are pending and 101 people are being monitored for the virus. The operations center also collects new information about the outbreak and answers questions from the public



BEND, OR -- A roundtable discussion Monday evening was led by State Representative Cheri Helt regarding the COVID-19 virus. Helt says information about the spread of the virus needs to be accurate and up to date. At the same time she says each person also needs to know the precautions to take in the face of the virus to prevent it from spreading. Helt says lawmakers in Salem are getting daily updates from the Oregon Health Authority about COVID-19. She says it is critically important to make sure information gets to the public at the state and local levels quickly while making sure it is not misinformation.



BEND, OR -- As of this morning, Saint Charles Health System is restricting the number of entry points to each of its facilities because of the COVID-19 virus. Everyone entering any Saint Charles facility is required to sanitize hands before entering. If a person has a fever, cough or cold symptoms they will be required to wear a mask.  Visitors, care-givers and others who have symptoms but do not need medical attention may be turned away in order to limit the spread of infection. At this time no COVID-19 Coronavirus cases have been reported in Central Oregon. 



PRINEVILLE, OR -- Four Crook County Middle School math students are headed to a state Math Counts Competition after winning the regional contest last weekend. CCMS Math teacher Matt Fischer took 10 students to the regional contest, which was held at the OSU Cascades campus. Forty-six students from seven regional schools competed in the Sprint, Target and Team rounds. The CCMS team of Ashton, Jacob, River and Aspen took first place and will compete in Wilsonville on Saturday, March 7.



BEND REDMOND, OR -- The Great Recession years were tough for Deschutes county but obviously things have greatly improved. Bruce Barrett with Windermere Commercial Real Estate says he is often asked about how our area will do if we get hit with another economic downturn. He says we are better prepared for a downturn now than between 2008 and 2011. Barrett says the reason we are more economically resilient now is due to land and natural resources…labor…capital investment…and, entrepreneurship.  Barrett says Redmond  has 940 acres of land that was donated late last year and is suitable for industrial development, making the area attractive to large manufacturing companies.



A third case of Coronavirus has been diagnosed in Oregon. The person lives in Umatilla county and is hospitalized in Walla Walla. The person went to a youth basketball tournament in Weston, northeast of Pendleton – the gym is being disinfected. State Health Officer Dr. Dean Sidelinger says they're trying to identify all people who had close contact with the patient who also worked for the Wildhorse Casino in Pendleton. That facility has been completely closed including the casino, hotel, restaurants and all other facilities until the cleaning is complete. Sidelinger says all three cases in Oregon are likely the result of community transmission – meaning there will likely be additional cases.

 



BEND, OR -- The Central Oregon Emergency Information Network has been activated to address the need for accurate information on the progress of the COVID-19 (coronavirus).  The Joint Information Center is located at the Bend-Lapine Schools Education Center in down town Bend. Deschutes County Health Services, St. Charles Health System, Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson County Sheriff’s offices, Bend-LaPine Schools and others are coordinating to provide the latest on the virus and how it could impact Central Oregon. You can look them up online or follow them on Twitter at COEmergencyInfo.

 



BEND, OR -- Six Americorps members are being recruited to help Bend Redmond Habitat for Humanity build 18-to-20 new homes beginning in August. Robin Cooper-Engle at Habitat says the construction jobs are full-time, paid stipend positions. She says Americorps members who want to help Bend Redmond Habitat for Humanity should get a resume to her. The successful candidates will start work in August.

 



From Central Oregon Emergency Information Network

Central Oregon elected officials and media outlets are invited to a tour at the Central Oregon Emergency Information Network (COEIN) Joint Information Center (JIC) at 7 p.m. tonight at Bend-La Pine Schools’ Education Center, 520 NW Wall Street in downtown Bend.

COEIN, which includes Deschutes County Health Services, St. Charles Health System, the City of Bend, local law enforcement and fire, Bend-La Pine Schools, Deschutes County, Crook County and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Offices and others, opened the JIC to collect, coordinate and distribute timely and accurate information about COVID-19, a novel strain of the coronavirus, and how it could impact our region.

Elected officials and media members should meet at the west entrance of the building at 7 p.m. for a JIC tour tonight.

Deschutes County Health Services is expected to provide a brief situation update as well as updates from other local organizations about planning and coordination efforts. In addition, JIC leaders will explain how information will be updated and best sources of information about COVID-19.

COIEN’s website, www.coemergencyinfo.blogspot.com will provide a collective resource for up-to-date information. Community members can call 2-1-1 for general information and questions.

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.

***

The CDC is recommending non-pharmaceutical interventions to slow the spread of COVID-19, and other respiratory infections (including flu and pertussis) by taking everyday preventive actions, including:

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

• If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Stay home when you are sick.

• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

• Get your annual flu vaccine (to protect against flu)

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



From State Representastive Cheri Helt

Representative Helt (R-Bend) has asked local elected officials, county health officials and local health professionals to gather this evening, Monday, March 2nd, at 7PM at the Downtown Bend Library for a round table discussion about the local preparedness and current work being done to address the potential threat of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. “It is important that we efficiently and effectively communicate with our community to tell our neighbors about the work that is being done to prevent a public health crisis,” said Representative Helt. “I have asked our Deschutes County Commissioners, Deschutes County health officials, Bend City Council members and local health professionals to join me in a round table discussion regarding our preparedness for the COVID-19 Coronavirus,” concluded Helt.

 

 



SISTERS, OR -- Around 5 a.m. Saturday morning a vehicle crash was reported on Highway 20 a couple miles west of Sisters. State Police say a box truck driven by 37-year-old Wallace Cook Junior of Portland was eastbound when a pedestrian crossed the highway. 70-year-old Richard Vogt (vote) of Sisters was fatally struck. Cook called 911 and cooperated with police.



BEND- REDMOND, OR -- For the fourth year in a row the Bend Redmond Metro Area has been named one of the Best Performing Small Cities in America by the Milken Institute. The Los Angeles based institute used nine key indicators and Bend-Redmond made the top 30 out of 201 small metro areas in the nation. The report noted the growth and concentration of high tech as contributing to the area’s economic expansion. The report also said Bend-Redmond was in first place for five-year wage growth and second place for five year job growth.
 



BEND, OR -- The 2nd Annual One-Of-A-Kind Career Conference is being held at the Riverhouse in Bend today. The event is expected to attract about 2-thousand high school sophomores.  Bend-La Pine School Executive Director Katie Legace (Legacy) says a wide range of speakers will share career insights with a goal of inspiring students about the possibilities for their future. Today’s speakers include the co-founder of Humm Kombucha, a local pediatrician, an iron man participant and founder of Picky Bars, and a local band, Precious Bird, among others.

 



SALEM, OR -- A second positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed. The person is a Washington County resident who is an adult household contact of the first positive case. Oregon Governor Kate Brown has created a response team to handle the coronavirus outbreak in the state, as well as directed several state agencies to ramp up their response to the coronavirus. The governor says that the response team will make recommendations to her about the best ways to safeguard public health. Speaking at a Friday night news conference, Governor Brown says they are taking this very seriously. But she also urged Oregonians to stay calm and to go about their daily lives.

 



MT. BACHELOR, OR  -- The families of two young people who died on the same day in 2018 when they fell into tree wells have filed a 30-million-dollar lawsuit against Mount Bachelor. The Bend Bulletin reports the suit alleges there were 11 different failures to protect the skier and snowboarder who died. 19-year-old Nicole Panet-Raymond of Portland and 24 year old Alfonso Braun of Bend died in separate incidents when they both fell into tree wells. The suit claims the ski area failed to close parts of the mountain where tree wells were a hazard and failed to mark them as areas to avoid. The management of Mount Bachelor released a statement saying their hearts and condolences go out to family and friends of the two who died. It also listed a website for information about tree wells. 



Just before 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon a neighbor walking by a residence on Blakely Road in Bend reported smoke coming out the front door. The owner of the home was inside the house fighting the flames. Bend Police were first to arrive and successfully put out the fire with a portable fire extinguisher. The owner said he heard a loud noise from a bedroom and when he opened the door found the room full of smoke. The closed door prevented the spread of fire, gases and smoke. There were no smoke alarms in the home. Total damages estimated at $60,000 dollars.



BEND, OR -- St Charles Health System is asking visitors to take precautions when visiting hospitals and clinics. Anyone with a fever, cough or difficulty breathing should wear a mask and wash their hands. Anyone who has traveled outside the country within the last 2-weeks or, has been in close contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19, should notify a Saint Charles caregiver. They are also asking people who are sick and believe they’ve been exposed to COVID-19 to call their own health care provider before going to a hospital or clinic to minimize exposure.

 


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