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Reports from Bend, Tumalo, Redmond, Terrebonne, Culver, Metolius and Madras tell a tale of destruction. Eyewitness accounts tell of trees down, power transmission lines across the road, transmission towers with the crossarms blown off the top, roofs damaged, fences blown down.  So far no reports of injuries. 



A loud disturbance in LaPine last night with several shots fired led to the arrest of a local man.  39-year-old Jonathan Taft allegedly trespassed onto a property on Jacinto Road and got into a dispute with a couple there.  The couple felt threatened by his actions and the woman fired several warning shots to ward him off. A nearby neighbor thought the action was headed his way so he stepped outside and fired more shots in the air to ward off any intruders. Multiple agencies respsonded and found Taft in the driveway. A K-9 was deployed who managed to subdue Taft who was taken into custody on multiple charges.



Oregon reports 49 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, 3 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed three more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 151, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 49 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 4,086. The cases reported today are in the following counties: Clackamas (4), Deschutes (1), Jefferson (1), Malheur (5), Marion (11), Multnomah (10), Umatilla (2), Wasco (1), Washington (12), Yamhill (2).

Seven of the new total cases are related to the Townsend Farms outbreak.

Note: Due to data reconciliation, the Lincoln County case count decreased by one. A confirmed case had been counted twice.

Oregon’s 149th COVID-19 death is a 73-year-old woman in Clackamas County, who tested positive on May 8 and died on May 16 at her residence. She had underlying medical conditions.

Oregon’s 150th COVID-19 death is a 73-year-old man in Multnomah County, who tested positive on May 6 and died on May 26 at Providence Portland Medical Center. He had underlying medical conditions.

Oregon’s 151st COVID-19 death is a 72-year-old man in Polk County, who tested positive on May 1. Additional information about his death is still pending. An update will be provided when we receive additional information.

The Oregon Health Authority is now including a link to the Oregon COVID-19 Daily Update in the daily news release. The Daily Update is a detailed look at COVID-19 in Oregon, including testing data, hospital capacity, and cases broken down by demographic information such as age groups, gender, race and ethnicity.

Public feedback sought on State Health Improvement Plan strategies

OHA, working with more than 100 community partners, is launching the 2020-2024 State Health Improvement Plan as a tool for Oregon’s recovery from COVID-19. The plan outlines strategies needed to address disparities made worse by the health crisis.

The prioritized disparities include:

  • Institutional bias
  • Adversity, trauma and toxic stress
  • Behavioral health
  • Equitable access to preventive care
  • Key economic drivers of public health such as housing, transportation and providing a living wage

The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the short- and long-term trajectory in each of these five priority areas, making implementation of the plan even more critical. OHA remains on track to launch the 2020-2024 SHIP this August.

The public is invited to help inform strategies through online surveys in English and Spanish or by providing written feedback. More information about the 2020-2024 State Health Improvement Plan can be found here.


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.



After a nearly 6-month investigation Deschutes County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested an 88-year-old man for encouraging Child Sex Abuse. Darwin Born, of Eagle Crest was originally interviewed in February when his residence was searched. Several electronic devices were seized and later analyzed.  A computer belonging to Born was found to have numerous photographs of child sex abuse.  Born was interviewed again yesterday and then charged and housed in the Deschutes County jail.



May 27, 2020

Media contact: OHA External Relations, 971-673-2097, orcovid19.media@dhsoha.state.or.us

Oregon reports 71 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, no new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — The state’s death toll from COVID-19 is unchanged from yesterday and remains at 148, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 71 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 4,038.

The new confirmed and presumptive cases reported today are in the following counties: Clackamas (4), Hood River (1), Jackson (5), Lake (2), Lincoln (2), Marion (6), Multnomah (41), Polk (2), Wasco (2), Washington (5), Yamhill (1).

OHA investigating COVID-19 increase

OHA and local county health authorities are investigating an increase in COVID-19 cases tied to an outbreak at specific locations of a business that operates in the Tri-county region and the Willamette Valley. At this time, there is no indication that the outbreak at these locations poses any significant risk to surrounding communities.

The situation remains under investigation as health officials gather more information. OHA expects more positive test results to be included in the state’s case totals over the next few days as test results are completed. More details about the outbreak, including location information, will be made available in coming days.

Weekly Report Notes Continued Increase in Testing, Decrease in Positive Cases

OHA’s COVID-19 Weekly Report was released today, showing that OHA recorded 289 new cases of COVID-19 infection last week, a 26 percent drop from the previous week, while tests reported rose by five percent to 17,214. The percentage of those tests which came back positive fell to 1.7 percent. Percentage positive is a key indicator that epidemiologists track in understanding the spread of the disease. The lower the percentage positive the better. Regrettably, deaths rose by 10 last week, to 148 people (0.3 deaths per 10,000 Oregonians) since the beginning of the outbreak.

New this week in the Weekly Report is a breakdown of where Oregonians are hospitalized with COVID-19. The data, which are based on voluntary hospital reporting, show hospitals with 10 or more cases with specific numbers while hospitals with fewer than 10 hospitalized COVID-19 patients are listed without specific numbers.

Also of note: The COVID-19 Weekly Report has changed the publication day from Tuesdays to Wednesdays, starting today.

Daily Update now included in the daily new cases releases

OHA is now including a link to the Oregon COVID-19 Daily Update in the daily new cases news release. The Daily Update is a detailed look at COVID-19 in Oregon, including testing data, hospital capacity, and cases broken down by demographic information such as age groups, gender, race and ethnicity.

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 -- Deschutes County Commissioners and the budget committee have started work on the budget but there are uncertainties. Commissioner Phil Henderson says the federal government sent the state 1-point-6-billion dollars to help cities and counties, but so far only the Portland metro area has been helped. He says Washington county received 100-million dollars while Portland got 75-million. Henderson says the governor is requiring all other counties to go through a complicated process to prove expenses related to the COVID-19 Pandemic before money is released.

 



SISTERS, OR -- A woman from Sisters who lost a job at a restaurant started making masks for co-workers after being hired part-time at a grocery store. Lorna Hewitt says workers paid her because masks were in short supply. Hewitt used some of her mask  money to buy an 8-spot KENO ticket that hit for just under 127-thousand dollars. Hewitt says after she went to Salem for the big check she bought more supplies for more masks and she plans to continue making them.

 



PRINEVILLE, OR -- The Crook County Sheriff’s office reports a woman was assaulted Sunday night in Prineville. Police found  90 year old Alvyne Leonard hiding in a bedroom suffering from a large cut to her head. Leonard was taken to Saint Charles for treatment. Investigators determined 40 year old Sarah Smith of Prineville had hit Leonard in the head with a wine bottle. She is Leonard’s granddaughter. Smith is jailed on charges including Domestic Violence Assault and Unlawful use of a weapon, bail set at 85-thousand dollars For more on this story go here. https://centraloregondaily.com/prineville-woman-jailed-allegedly-assaulted-her-90-year-old-grandma/

 



BEND, OR -- The City Club of Central Oregon will hold a Regional Managers Forum this afternoon. The event includes City Managers from La Pine, Madras, Prineville, Bend, Sisters and Redmond. The managers will offer perspectives on COVID-19 related issues. The forum is from 2-to-3:30 this afternoon and can be viewed on the City Club’s Facebook page or on their YouTube channel.



BEND, OR -- The COVID-19 pandemic is complicating the process of developing a new Deschutes county budget. Unemployment in Deschutes county is the third highest in the state. Commissioner Phil Henderson said the proposed operating budget is 7-per cent higher than the last one. But Commissioner Tony DeBone noted the area is still growing just like it did in the Great Recession. He says the economy will recover quickly once the governor’s executive orders are lifted.  

 



Oregon reports 18 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, 1 new presumptive case, 0 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — The state’s death toll from COVID-19 is unchanged from yesterday and remains at 148, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 18 new confirmed cases and one new presumptive case of COVID-19 as of 12:01 a.m. today bringing the state total to 3,967. The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Clackamas (2), Crook (1), Marion (5), Multnomah (7), Washington (3), Yamhill (1).

Notes:

  • Due to data reconciliation, one presumptive case in Josephine County had updated information and their case status was changed to not a case to reflect the new information.
  • Due to data reconciliation, one case originally reported in the 30-39 age group and one case originally reported in the 70-79 age group were determined not to be cases.

To see more case and county level data, please visit the Oregon Health Authority website, which OHA updates once a day: www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.

New Downloadable Data Tables and Visualizations Available Today

Today, the Oregon Health Authority is releasing two new tableau dashboards, which will be posted to Tableau Public alongside the original Oregon COVID-19 Case and Testing Counts Statewide dashboard.

One of these dashboards will present information on testing and case outcomes at the county level replicating in downloadable form data presently available on the OHA website. The other new dashboard will present statewide data on case demographics, hospitalizations and deaths, also replicating data available on the OHA website but including data that had been available only in the OHA COVID-19 Weekly Report previously.  

More specifically, the data visualizations will include the following information:

  • Statewide case count by day
  • Statewide deaths by day
  • Statewide recovered cases by day
  • Statewide positive tests by day
  • Statewide negative tests by day
  • Statewide total tests by day

Oregon COVID-19 Testing and Outcomes by County

  • Cumulative case count by county
  • Cumulative deaths by county
  • Cumulative recovered case count by county
  • Cumulative positive tests by county
  • Cumulative negative test results by county
  • Cumulative tests by county
  • Percentage of positive tests by county

Oregon COVID-19 Case Demographics and Disease Severity Statewide

  • Statewide cases by sex
  • Statewide cases by age group
  • Statewide cases by race and ethnicity
  • Statewide hospitalization status
  • Statewide hospitalization status within each demographic group
  • Statewide survival status within each demographic group
  • Length of hospital stay; cumulative, aggregated
  • ICU hospitalizations by day

Eventually, OHA we will phase out the pre-existing data elements in the Daily Update and the Weekly Report. And as always, the data posted on OHA’s data visualizations and dashboards, along with other data reporting products, are provisional and subject to revision.

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 -- Over fifteen-hundred students at COCC received a financial boost last week through the Economic Security CARES Act. The funds were allocated from the government and the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund to protect students during the pandemic. COCC was given the fourth largest pay out in the state’s community college network and awarded over three million dollars to students. Half of the money went direct to student support. This allowed the college to give funds ranging from five hundred and twenty-five dollars to one thousand and twenty-five dollars per student.

 



CENTRAL OREGON -- Cascades East Transit is launching a seasonal summer route that will connect La Pine and Sunriver. Route 31 will operate seven days a week from June 1st to September 7th. The new service will provide residents with greater access to jobs and essential services. Residents and community members are encouraged to use the service for essential trips like doctor appointments and grocery shopping. Weekend transit services will remain suspended until further notice. For more information about the CET’s efforts and route schedules, go to CascadeEastTransit.com.



MT HOOD, OR -- A 31-year-old Sunriver man was rescued on Mount Hood early Saturday afternoon. Nikolas David Larson became lost on Friday during a whiteout snowstorm. By the time rescuers reached Larson he had hypothermia. Rescue teams also helped a Colorado woman Saturday who injured her ankle in a small avalanche. By the time the woman was back at Timberline Lodge rescue crews had worked almost 23 hours straight to begin the holiday weekend.



MILLICAN VALLEY, OR -- A 20-year-old man from Bend spent Friday night in the desert east of Bend after crashing his motorcycle. Tavion Linett was dirt-biking in the Millican Valley with a group of friends. He left about 10 o'clock Friday night to head home. When he didn't show up for work the next day Deschutes County Search and Rescue, Bend Police, Bend Fire and Rescue along with friends and family started searching the area he was last seen.  A friend found him about 9:30 Saturday morning on Forest Service Road 23 south of Highway 20. Due to his injuries he was flown to St. Charles Bend. It's believed he didn't negotiate a dog-leg curve and went off the road in the dark. Linett sustained serious injuries and remained laying in the brush all night until he was found. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor.



BEND, OR -- This weekend OSU researchers will go door to door in neighborhoods in Bend to test people for COVID-19. Steve Clark at OSU says at the same time people in Bend neighborhoods are tested, OSU researchers will check the sewer lines in those neighborhoods. He says the virus can be detected in sewage, although the virus either dies or loses its infectious capability. Clark says people who are tested will get results back within 7 to 10 days.



BEND, OR -- The City of Bend has extended the COVID-19 local state of emergency and administrative order discouraging travel to Bend. City Manager Eric King updated an order discouraging tourist travel and related activities in Bend through the completion of Phase I. Under this order: Travel away from home for recreational or vacation purposes is strongly discouraged. All stays at temporary lodging facilities in Bend are highly discouraged, unless for reasons of health, safety or employment. Operators of temporary lodging in Bend are strongly requested to refrain from booking any new reservations for tourist or vacation travel.



BEND, OR -- A former Vice Principal of Redmond High, Michael Richard Tallman, has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for sexually abusing a student at Redmond Proficiency Academy. The Bulletin reports this is the third time Tallman has been convicted of sexually abusing a former student. Tallman has been lodged in the Deschutes County Jail since February 2019 after he was arrested in Kentucky.  Tallman apologized in court to the victims and admitted he had caused them incredible emotional pain.

 



Oregon reports 24 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, 0 new presumptive cases, 1 new death

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed one more life in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 145, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 8 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 24 new confirmed cases and no new presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 8 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 3,817. The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Coos (1), Deschutes (1), Jefferson (1), Malheur (3), Marion (4), Multnomah (8), Umatilla (3), Washington (3).

Oregon’s 145th COVID-19 death is a 93-year-old woman in Polk County, who tested positive on May 2 and died on May 20 in her residence. She had underlying medical conditions.

Note: Due to data reconciliation, two confirmed cases originally reported in Josephine County were determined not to be cases. They were subtracted from Wednesday’s state total, and the total number of cases in Josephine County went down to reflect this change.

Eight presumptive cases also were updated and their case status was changed to reflect the new information (five suspect, three confirmed).

Today, OHA will provide a Public Health Indicators Dashboard to enable communities across Oregon to monitor COVID-19 in the state.

The dashboard, which will be updated weekly on Thursdays, provides a transparent report that presents complex epidemiological data in an interactive, easy-to-understand way.

The dashboard displays three key indicators:

  • COVID-19 disease
  • Severe COVID-19 burden
  • Active Monitoring Capacity

All are key to monitoring the progress of the “stop, watch and redirect” process for determining progress in the phased reopening of the state. The indicators include emergency room visits, hospitalizations and active monitoring.

To see more case and county level data, please visit the Oregon Health Authority website, which OHA updates once a day: www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.

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 --       City Extends Local State of Emergency, Order Discouraging Tourist Travel

 

The City of Bend has extended the COVID-19 local state of emergency and administrative order discouraging travel to Bend.

“Extending the state of emergency and the travel order helps us support the health and safety of our community as we begin the phased process of reopening,” said City Manager Eric King. 

 

The declaration of a local state of emergency allows for temporary emergency policies related to procurement practices, facility closures, employee teleworking and public meeting protocols. It also says:

  • The City won’t shut off water for non-payment of unpaid water bills during Phase I of reopening, and potentially into Phase II.
  • Permitted special events are not allowed through Phase II, except for farmer’s markets on public property (exempt from the Governor’s order). 
  • The City has flexibility to allow additional space on sidewalks, parking areas or streets for eligible business operations to meet COVID-19 public health guidelines, provide a safer environment for customers and employees, and to stimulate the recovery and support of local businesses.

The extended declaration of a local state of emergency can be found here. It was extended through Phase II of the Governor’s Reopening Oregon plan (which explains phasing). The start and end dates of Phase II have not been established by the state yet. Phase II could begin as early as June 5, if Deschutes County is able to meet state criteria for entering Phase II

 

The City Manager has also updated an order discouraging tourist travel and related activities in Bend through the completion of Phase I. In Deschutes County, Phase I began May 15 and could end on June 5 at the earliest, if Deschutes County meets state criteria to begin Phase II of reopening. Under this order:

  • Travel away from home for recreational or vacation purposes is strongly discouraged and should be avoided.
  • All stays at temporary lodging facilities in Bend are highly discouraged, unless for reasons of health, safety or employment.
  • Operators of temporary lodging in Bend are strongly requested to refrain from booking any new reservations for tourist or vacation travel.

This order does not apply to reservations for stays longer than 30 days or residential stays of any length for people without permanent homes who are staying at a lodging facility through a voucher or other program. The extended administrative order on travel can be found here.



NEWPORT, OR -- Director of Marketing Julie Woodward of the Oregon Coast Aquarium talks with KBND about how they're functioning despite the pandemic. With over 15,000 animals residing in the aquarium, the nonprofit organization depends on the 400,000 visitors a year to finance their care and upkeep. So far, they’ve raised $180,000 but with one sea otter costing $18,000 a year to feed alone, the aquarium is asking the community for support. As one of the top 10 rated aquariums in the country, being closed due to the pandemic has had a major impact. However, they continue to keep spirits high by entertaining the animals and posting videos of their day-to-day activities. The public can view these videos by going to the bottom of the aquarium’s webpage and clicking on their YouTube link.



Governor Kate Brown, Oregon Mayors Call on Oregonians to Stay Local to Stay Safe this Memorial Day Weekend

Elected leaders call for supporting local communities and businesses

(Portland, OR) — Memorial Day weekend is traditionally a time for Oregonians to get outside, travel to their favorite vacation destinations, and welcome the return of summer. Today, Governor Kate Brown was joined by a bipartisan group of 26 mayors from across the state in urging all Oregonians, especially Portland metro area residents, to keep it local this Memorial Day weekend to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

After the sacrifices Oregonians have made to stay home to save lives, counties are just now beginning the process of gradually and safely reopening their communities and economies. Phase I counties worked hard to make sure they have the hospital capacity to treat COVID-19 patients from their communities, and the ability to test, trace, and isolate new cases. But those resources will be quickly overwhelmed if visitors flood Oregon’s reopened communities this weekend and unknowingly spark a COVID-19 outbreak.

Governor Kate Brown was joined by the bipartisan group of mayors from across the state today in urging Oregonians to stay close to home, and to support local businesses and communities this this Memorial Day weekend:

“Together we are asking all Oregonians to please keep it local this Memorial Day. Be good neighbors this weekend––stay local and stay safe.

“If you love the coast, stay home for now and plan your trip in the summer. If you love the Columbia Gorge, keep it local this weekend and visit later on. If you love Central Oregon, it’ll still be there in a few weeks.

“This Memorial Day weekend, a backyard barbecue or a small family gathering is the best way to stay healthy as we build a safe and strong Oregon. If you want to get outdoors, find a place to hike or bike or paddle close to home. And, please, wear a face covering when you are around others.”
Signed by:
Governor Kate Brown
Cannon Beach Mayor Sam Steidel
Seaside Mayor Jay Barber
Lincoln City Mayor Dick Anderson
Astoria Mayor Bruce Jones
Florence Mayor Joe Henry
Newport Mayor Dean Sawyer
Tillamook Mayor Suzanne Weber
Coos Bay Mayor Joe Benetti
Wheeler Mayor Stevie Burden
Gearhart Mayor Matt Brown
Bandon Mayor Mary Schamehorn
Yachats Mayor W. John Moore
Depoe Bay Mayor Robert Gambino
Garibaldi Mayor Judy Riggs
Warrenton Mayor Henry Balensifer
Ashland Mayor John Stromberg
Klamath Falls Mayor Carol Westfall
Redmond Mayor George Endicott
Bend Mayor Sally Russell
Willamina Mayor Ila Skyberg
Newberg Mayor Rick Rogers
McMinnville Mayor Scott Hill
Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis
Springfield Mayor Christine Lundberg
Cascade Locks Mayor Tom Cramblett
Hood River Mayor Kate McBride
 

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REDMOND, OR -- Responses are positive regarding Phase 1 of the re-openings of businesses. Mayor of Redmond George Endicott told KBND News Phase 1 can be accomplished both safely and respectfully for everybody. Since Phase 1 started last Friday, businesses of downtown Redmond report that they are happy and grateful to be open again. Endicott says that if things go well for the next 3 weeks then Phase 2 will be underway with more relaxed guidelines.

 



SISTERS, OR  -- A Sisters man arrived home yesterday afternoon to find a strange man in his bed. After confronting him, the man ran off. The homeowner reported the incident and said the stranger had taken some property from the house. A short time later Deschutes County Sheriff's Deputies found 34-year-old Thomas Bauer inside a restroom at the Village Green Park with the stolen property in his pockets. Bauer, a transient, was arrested on Burglary and Theft charges.

 



LA PINE, OR -- A LaPine man has been charged with vandalizing numerous local businesses with graffiti. 28-year-old Andrew Garrett of LaPine was confronted late Tuesday afternoon when he was caught in the act at a business in downtown LaPine. Deschutes County Sheriff's Deputies found him a few minutes later in a nearby gas station bathroom trying to wash the paint off his hands. When he was cited and told to leave, Garrett allegedly refused, spit at the Deputies, threw trash cans at them and challenged them to a fight. Garrett was subdued and taken to jail on multiple charges.  One of the Deputies received minor injuries during the scuffle with Garrett, who was not hurt.



Oregon reports 65 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, 10 new presumptive cases, 4 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed four more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 144, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 8 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 65 new confirmed cases and 10 new presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 8 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 3,801. The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Benton (1), Clatsop (4), Deschutes (9), Josephine (2), Lane (1), Linn (1), Marion (24), Multnomah (13), Polk (1), Umatilla (4), Washington (14), Yamhill (1).

Oregon’s 141st COVID-19 death is a 94-year-old woman in Washington County, who tested positive on May 10 and died May 19 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. She had underlying medical conditions.

Oregon’s 142nd COVID-19 death is a 90-year-old man in Washington County, who tested positive on April 4 and died May 14 at his residence. He had underlying medical conditions.

Oregon’s 143rd COVID-19 death is a 75-year-old woman in Multnomah County, who tested positive on May 9 and died May 18 at the Portland VA Medical Center. She had underlying medical conditions.

Oregon’s 144th COVID-19 death is a 58-year-old woman in Multnomah County, who tested positive on May 3 and died May 8 at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. She had underlying medical conditions.

COVID-19 modeling takes one-week hiatus

State public health officials will not produce a weekly update of COVID-19 infection and hospitalization rates this week. Health experts want to allow a week to gather additional data on coronavirus infections following the state’s approval of 31 counties to begin limited reopening. The next modeling update will be published late next week (the week of May 24). You can see the most recent COVID-19 projections under the "Additional Data and Projections" drop-down box on the OHA COVID-19 webpage.

To see more case and county level data, please visit the Oregon Health Authority website, which OHA updates once a day: www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.

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.



BEND, OR -- The Cascades East Transit Service is working to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The buses, transit stations and offices are undergoing enhanced cleanings multiple times a day.  Derek Hoffbauer at the agency says masks are required for riders and drivers alike. He says if a riders doesn’t have a mask they get a free one from the driver. Hoffbauer says new guidelines call for 3 feet social distancing between passengers and 6 feet between passengers and drivers. 

 



BEND, OR -- The Central Oregon Health Council continues to accept applications for COVID-19 related  mini grants of 5-thousand dollars or less, to non profits. Donna Mills at the health council says grants have been awarded for making masks, hand sanitizer and PPE’s and meal delivery for families in quarantine. Mills says the turnaround time from application to when the money is awarded can be as fast as five days. Applications for 5-thousand dollar mini grants can be found on the Central Oregon Health Council web page.

 



BEND, OR -- Earlier this year, Deschutes County and the City of Bend each appropriated 50-thousand dollars to offer bridge grants to child care providers during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Child Care Resources Director at Neighbor Impact, Karen Prow, says they’ve reached out to 40 child care providers. She says providers can’t serve enough children to make money to cover the cost of running the business.Prow says grants of up to 3-thousand dollars are available to registered and certified family providers and 6-thousand dollars for certified child care providers. She says child care providers need to be star-rated through the Spark quality rated and improvement system to qualify for a grant.



A tax levy in Black Butte Ranch for police services passed with more than three-quarters of voters in favor.  Property owners will be assessed 65 cents per 1,000 dollars of value. The new levy will enable police to maintain their current level of service.

The LaPine Park and Recreation District levy was voted down. 58% of voters there said no. The district has said this will mean some programs will shut down while others will see fee increases.

In Redmond voters approved money for Fire and Rescue. This means staffing levels will be maintained and aging equipment can be replaced. The levy passed with a two-thirds majority.

 

 

 



Republican voters selected former State Senator Cliff Bentz to be their nominee for the 2nd Congressional District. The incumbent, Greg Walden, is not running for reelection. Bentz won in a crowded field, picking up more than 31-per cent of the vote. Former gubernatorial candidate Knute Buehler trailed at 23 percent.

The Democrats don’t know who will be challenging Bentz yet.  Alex Spenser is leading Nik Huertz by less than a thousand votes.  The race is still on for the Democratic party nomination in the 2nd Congressional District.

Democrat Phil Chang will challenge Republican County Commissioner Phil Henderson come November.  Chang easily defeated his fellow Democrats, taking 84 percent of votes cast.



BEND, OR -- A new online payment system for utility bills has been launched by the City of Bend. It’s called Invoice Cloud. Stephanie Betteridge with the city says it replaces the Click-2-gov system. She says the new system allows people to view and pay bills from anywhere via the internet. The system allows people to get a text about their utility bill and to pay the bill via text. Betteridge says people who used the old system will need to register an account in the new Invoice Cloud system. She says this includes those who want to enroll in Auto-Pay or set up scheduled payments. The City of Bend’s website has more information.

 



bend, or -- The 10th Annual Spotlight on Homelessness event for the Bethlehem Inn will be a virtual fundraiser this year. Executive Director Gwenn Wysling says everyone can participate this evening at 7 o’clock, just log into Bethlehem Inn-dot-org. Wizeling says log onto their website for a virtual tour of Bethlehem Inn about 10 minutes before the 7pm virtual fundraiser event, to get a better idea of the scope of the work they do to help people escape homelessness. She expects the demand for services at the inn will continue through the end of the COVID-19 Pandemic. 



BEND, OR -- The Bend Heroes Foundation will observe Memorial Day on Monday, May 25th, installing 250 American flags in Brooks Park…on Veterans Memorial Bridge…and in downtown Bend. The Chair of Bend Heroes, Dick Tobiason is hoping for a huge turnout. The event starts at the Bend Heroes Memorial at 645 Monday morning followed by the flag installations. Included will be a reading of the names of Bend residents who died in wars from World War 1 to Iraq and Afghanistan. Tobiason is asking everyone who attends to wear a mask and social distance.



CENTRAL OREGON -- Oregon Housing And Community Services has awarded 8-and-a-half-million dollars to Community Action Agencies across the state. The money will help people impacted by COVID-19 to pay their rent. Kenny La Pointe at state housing says Neighbor Impact was among the agencies awarded money. He says they’ll receive almost 439-thousand dollars. LaPointe says people who need help with rent should contact Neighbor Impact to find out about the documentation they’ll need to access the program. He says after the renter files a claim, the landlord is paid directly with the state money set aside for the program. 

 



SALEM, OR -- Governor Kate Brown's executive orders on businesses and churches remain in effect. Last night (Monday), the Oregon Supreme Court issued a stay blocking a ruling by a judge in Baker County. Attorney Kevin Mannix represents a group of churches that sued the governor. Mannix argued the governor's order is based on a law that only allows her emergency order to remain in effect for 28 days and since that time has passed the order is no longer valid. The Supreme Court issued a stay which keeps the governor's order in effect until the case goes to trial.

 



Oregon reports 62 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, 2 new presumptive cases, 1 new death

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed one more life in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 138, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 8 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 62 new confirmed cases and two new presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 8 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 3,687. The new confirmed and presumptive cases are in the following counties: Benton (3), Clackamas (5), Clatsop (1), Deschutes (5), Jackson (1), Lane (1), Malheur (2), Marion (16), Multnomah (12), Umatilla (5), Union (1), Washington (10), Yamhill (2).

Oregon’s 138th COVID-19 death is a 69-year-old man in Marion County, who tested positive on May 16 and died the same day at Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center. He had underlying medical conditions.

To see more case and county level data, please visit the Oregon Health Authority website, which OHA updates once a day: www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.

OHA is now including the Oregon COVID-19 Daily Update in the daily news release. The Daily Update is a detailed look at COVID-19 in Oregon, including testing data, hospital capacity, and cases broken down by demographic information such as age groups, gender, race and ethnicity.

Note: A media release issued May 17, about the state’s first shipment of remdesivir, referred to clinical trials of the drug at Providence St. Vincent and Providence medical centers in Portland. More than 30 patients at those hospitals received remdesivir.


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.



An old scam targeting utility customers of Pacific Power has resurfaced during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Tom Gauntt at Pacific Power says scammers threaten to turn off the power and order the target victim to buy gift cards or bitcoins to pay the late bill. Gauntt says Pacific Power and Portland General Electric are not shutting off power for customers who can’t pay and they aren’t charging for late payments during the COVID 19 Pandemic. If you get one of these calls Gauntt says hang up.

 



REDMOND, OR -- The Redmond parks Department has reopened the Skate Park, Homestead Bike Pump Track and the Weigand Dog Park. Parks Manager Annie McVay urges everyone to social distance and bring your own water and hand sanitizer. She says if a park is crowded come back another time. McVay says all playgrounds, bathrooms and sports courts remain closed.



Senator Ron Wyden says the Attorney General William Barr wants to allow the FBI to track where you go on the internet without a warrant. Wyden says he and many other Democrats and Republicans came up one vote short of stopping the bill. They needed 60 votes, but got 59. Wyden says the battle will go to the House of representatives. Ten Democrats voted to allow the warrantless internet tracking. And Senators Patty Murray and Bernie Sanders were not in attendance when the vote was taken.



SISTERS, OR  -- The Sisters Recycling center reopens today with some restrictions. City Manager Cory Misley says 6 feet of social distancing is required while dropping off recyclables…and they will accommodate only four cars at a time.

Misley also says the free residential cleanup event has been rescheduled. Misley says residents are asked to put yard debris, various household waste and appliances out on their regular collection day, either June 2nd or June 3rd.

He says collection for the cleanup is only for residents within the city of Sisters



BEND, OR -- A couple of D-U-I-I crashes in Bend over the weekend.  The first was Saturday evening near 18th and Cooley Road.  47-year-old Allen Heinly of Bend was found running away from a black Lexus found on it's top. It appears the car hit a median causing it to flip. Several officers arrived and assisted in apprehending Heinly. The second incident was yesterday morning about 4 A.M. near Pappys Pizza.  Multiple callers reported a vehicle hit a power pole causing a loud explosion and knocking out electricity. The power pole was completely severed and hanging by wires. Power was restored about an hour later. 23-year-old Bhaylen Dale Hayes of Bend was charged with multiple offenses.



Oregon reports 63 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, 1 new presumptive case, no new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — The state’s death toll from COVID-19 is unchanged from yesterday and remains at 137, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 8 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 63 new confirmed cases and one new presumptive case of COVID-19 as of 8 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 3,541. The new confirmed and presumptive cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (2), Benton (1), Clackamas (6), Deschutes (3), Douglas (1), Lincoln (1), Linn (2), Malheur (1), Marion (18), Multnomah (17), Polk (1), Umatilla (3), Union (1), Wallowa (1), Washington (4).

Note: Due to positive lab reports, two cases are now considered confirmed. These cases are not reported as confirmed in the list of new cases by county.

Oregon’s 133rd COVID-19 death was previously reported as having died on May 12. The date of death was later determined to be May 11.

To see more case and county level data, please visit the Oregon Health Authority website, which OHA updates once a day: www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.

Modeling shows reduction in transmission rates

Revised modeling from the Institute for Disease Modeling, prepared for OHA, shows that measures taken by Oregonians have lowered transmission rates, with the number of new cases appearing to be at a steady, low number, rather than declining. Read the full report here.

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.



MADRAS, OR -- Wood products company Bright Wood has laid off 211 employees at factories in Redmond and Madras.  The company notified the state employment department last week of the job cuts that began in March and concluded May first. The Oregonian reports the Madras-based company makes components for windows and doors. The Bright Wood company has indicated it plans to recall the workers if the economy recovers.  



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



BEND, OR -- A Bend man has been arrested for stealing social distancing signs and removing caution tape from playground equipment at Quail Park. The thefts began in late April and included signs asking people to leash dogs. Neighbors told police about a man who they suspected of the thefts and who was letting his dog off leash. Police set up video cameras in the park, Last Sunday video showed a man using bolt cutters to remove signs. Police arrested 44-year-old Ricardo Cruz Orazetti on Tuesday and charged him with Theft, Criminal Mischief and other crimes. Orazetti is lodged in the county jail.  



BEND, OR -- Bend Police Chief Jim Porter said they have not seen spikes in domestic violence calls since the Stay-At-Home order went into effect. He says officers are prepared and well-staffed with a multifaceted team that includes a psychologist and technical support to help in a variety of situations. He is also introducing drones into the way law enforcement does business. Chief Porter says that while the technology is helpful, it is simply another tool. The key is having a well-trained team which enables them to respond immediately to the scene and begin helping quickly.



SALEM, OR -- Governor Kate Brown announced yesterday 31 of 33 counties that applied for a Phase One reopening were approved including Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties. The re-openings begin today including retail. The governor says many retailers did close but now can reopen by implementing physical distancing. She says reopening will include gyms but they must close pools and showers and keep people at least 6 feet apart, The governor also says gatherings will now be allowed for any reason for up to 25 people as long as social distancing is maintained. Brown says counties must remain in Phase One for three weeks before more restrictions are lifted. The re-openings today can include bars and restaurants. Those facilities must maintain 6 feet distance between groups…no groups of more than 10 people…have employees wear masks and stop serving at 10 p.m. Brown says re-openings also include barbershops and salons. They must screen clients…limit visits to scheduled appointments…keep client lists and wear a face mask while working with clients.  If COVID-19 cases spike, the governor says counties need to implement contract tracing and quarantine and if the spike continues, stay at home orders might be reissued. 

 

 



Oregon reports 67 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, no new presumptive cases, 3 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed three more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 137, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 8 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 67 new confirmed cases and no new presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 8 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 3,479. The new confirmed cases reported today are in the following counties: Deschutes (2), Linn (2), Malheur (1), Marion (33), Multnomah (19), Polk (1), Umatilla (2), Washington (2), Yamhill (5).

Oregon’s 135th COVID-19 death is a 66-year-old man in Multnomah County, who tested positive on April 11 and died on May 13 at Kaiser Permanente Westside Medical Center. He had underlying medical conditions.

Oregon’s 136th COVID-19 death is a 61-year-old man in Multnomah County, who tested positive on April 22 and died on May 12 at Oregon Health & Science University. He had underlying medical conditions.

Oregon’s 137th COVID-19 death is a 66-year-old man in Washington County, who tested positive on March 29 and died on May 4 at Providence St Vincent’s Medical Center. He had underlying medical conditions.

Note: During routine data reconciliation, the following changes were identified:

  • Due to positive tests, eight cases are now recategorized as confirmed cases.
  • It was determined that a new case reported in Josephine County on May 12 should have been reported on May 6.
  • A confirmed case originally reported as a Clackamas County case was later determined not to be a case. It was subtracted from Wednesday’s state total, and the total number of cases in Clackamas County was reduced by one to reflect this change.
  • A presumptive case originally reported as a Multnomah County case was later determined not to be a case. It was subtracted from Wednesday’s state total, and the total number of cases in Multnomah County was reduced by one to reflect this change.
  • A case that was recorded as transferred out of Coos County was indeed a Coos County case.

To see more case and county level data, please visit the Oregon Health Authority website, which OHA updates once a day: www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.


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.



SALEM, OR -- Governor Kate Brown announced this morning that Deschutes and Crook counties are among 28 of the state's 33 counties that will be allowed to enter a Phase One reopening tomorrow. The Deschutes County Commissioners will hold a virtual news conference at 1pm today to discuss the issue. The governor said two counties, Marion and Polk, were asked for more information while Jefferson, Umatilla and Morrow counties are under review. 

UPDATE #2...As of 1:30 p.m. Thursday. the state approved the reopening plan for Umatilla county.

UPDATE #2 As of 2:15pm Thursday, the state approved the reopening plan for Jefferson county.

Three counties in the metropolitan area of Portland, Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas did not apply for reopening. The counties allowed to reopen tomorrow  must remain in Phase One for three weeks before more restrictions are lifted. Brown warned that if there is a significant spike in COVID-19 cases and efforts to control and contain the outbreak with contract tracing and quarantine fails, the stay at home order may have to be reinstated. The order allows the reopening of bars, restaurants, barbershops and salons, gyms, retail stores, summer camps and transit services. The governor however is asking people who usually work in offices but are working at home to continue to work from home.   



OHA announces 1st case of COVID-19-linked pediatric condition

Experts say pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome is rare

PORTLAND, Ore.—Oregon Health Authority has learned of the state’s first case of pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome, a rare but emerging condition in children that is believed to be associated with COVID-19 infection.

The case is a girl who had confirmed COVID-19. She is being treated at Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel in Portland.

Little is known about the syndrome, although it’s believed to be rare. Boston Children’s Hospital, citing a recent health alert out of the United Kingdom, noted symptoms that include fever, inflammation, and poor function in one or more organs. It is reportedly similar to Kawasaki disease, which causes fever, rash, swelling of hands and feet, redness of the eyes, swollen lymph glands, inflammation of the mouth, lips and throat.

Treatment for the new condition is supportive. Immune globulin has been effective in treating Kawasaki Disease.

“We don’t believe this syndrome is very common, but several cases have been reported elsewhere in association with COVID-19,” said Paul Cieslak, M.D., medical director for infectious diseases and immunizations at the OHA Public Health Division. “This syndrome appears to be an uncommon but serious complication of COVID-19 in children.”

OHA is in the process of developing a case definition for pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome and expects the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to release one as well in the coming days. The agency also plans to require health care providers to report cases of the disorder so it can be tracked.

In addition, OHA plans to send a Health Alert Network advisory to Oregon health care providers to be on the lookout for the condition, and is informing the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems and pediatric hospitals around the state about its emergence.


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.



PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed four more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 134, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 8 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 55 new confirmed cases and 4 new presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 8 a.m. today bringing the state total to 3,416. The new confirmed and presumptive cases reported today are in the following counties: Clatsop (3), Columbia (1), Coos (1), Hood River (1), Linn (1), Malheur (1), Marion (23), Multnomah (13), Polk (1), Umatilla (1), Washington (13).

Note: During routine data reconciliation, a presumptive case originally reported as a Deschutes County case was later determined not to be a case. It was subtracted from Tuesday’s state total, and the number of cases in Deschutes County was reduced by one to reflect this change. 

To see more case and county level data, please visit the Oregon Health Authority website, which OHA updates once a day: www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.

Oregon’s 131st COVID-19 death is a 91-year-old man in Polk County, who tested positive on May 2 and died on May 8 at Salem Hospital. He had underlying medical conditions.

Oregon’s 132nd COVID-19 death is a 100-year-old woman in Polk County, who tested positive on May 2 and died on May 11 in her residence. She had underlying medical conditions.

Oregon’s 133rd COVID-19 death is a 90-year-old woman in Polk County, who tested positive on May 1 and died on May 12 at Salem Hospital. She had underlying medical conditions.

Oregon’s 134th COVID-19 death is a 91-year-old woman in Washington County, who tested positive on May 11 and died on May 12 at Legacy Meridian Park 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.



The Oregon Health Authority reports 4 new cases of COVID-19 in Deschutes county. No other new cases reported in Central Oregon. No new deaths were reported leaving the state total at 130. The OHA reports 61 new confirmed and 11 new presumptive cases of the virus for a statewide total of 3-thousand-358.

 



BEND, OR -- The COCC Board of Directors meets virtually this afternoon at 545. Ron Paradis at the college says they will release the results of a survey of students about how the college treats them and what can be done differently. He says the President of COCC, Doctor Laurie Chesley will also speak to the board about the impact of COVID-19.  Paradis says the COCC budget committee is also working to adopt a budget today. He says there are many unknowns such as how much state funding will be lost and the impact on tuition rates.



PRINEVILLE, OR -- The Crook County School District has refinanced some school bonds due to historically low interest rates. In 2013 voters okayed a 33-million dollar bond measure to build Barnes Butte Elementary and upgrade other schools. Jason Carr with the school district says with interest rates at historically low levels they decided to refinance about 28-million dollars of bonds. He says they will carry an interest rate of 1-point-27 to 2-point-9-per cent. The old interest rates were two-and-a-half-to 4-and-a-half per cent. Carr says over the next 18 years the refinance will save taxpayers 3-point-2-million dollars.



BEND, OR -- A Bend man has been arrested and charged with 36 counts of First Degree Encouraging Sex Abuse of a Child. Bend Police received information from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force that 42 year old Richard Alan Stalford had uploaded more than 2 dozen images of children engaged in sex acts. He was stopped by police yesterday morning and taken into custody. At the same time a search warrant was served at Stalford’s apartment and police say more evidence was seized. He is lodged in the county jail.  



SALEM, OR -- A man convicted of the double murder of a Terrebonne couple, Rod and Lois Houser, has been denied parole. 51 year old Mark Wilson had asked the board to release him this year, on grounds he was capable of rehabilitation. The Oregonian reports Wilson had supporters, including Deschutes County D-A John Hummel, who testified Wilson was capable of rehabilitation. Houser’s family fought the idea of early release arguing Wilson should serve the 40 year sentence he agreed to. In denying Wilson’s request, the parole board set a new release date of January 9th 2027.  



BEND, OR -- The COVID-19 Pandemic has changed the lives of Americans, creating problems in almost countless ways. But the problem of domestic violence has not gone away. District Attorney John Hummel says the problem continues. Hummel says people need to check on neighbors to see how they are doing. But he cautions against trying to overtly help domestic violence victims because if the perpetrator finds out, it could make matters worse. 

 



BEND, OR  -- Mid-Oregon’s VP of Marketing Kyle Frick, says they continue to help people get their payment protection loans. So far, they have helped out 185 companies in Central Oregon with a total of $14.3 million in funding. He says Mid-Oregon is supporting the bringing money from the treasury to Central Oregon and getting it out to businesses that need it. Frick says this has given more than 1,000 people the opportunity to not lose their paychecks.

 

 

 



CUKLVER, OR -- Jefferson County Firefighters had to work quickly after they arrived on scene of an outdoor burn Sunday afternoon in Culver. Deputy Fire Chief Kasey Skaar says firefighters arrived to find a 20-by-30 shop fully involved. He says the fire had spread to a grain silo and was heading toward a house but fire crews stopped it before there was much damage. Skaar says always stay with an outdoor burn effort…don’t just walk away….the fire may not be out. He says the total damage estimate is 33-thousand dollars.

 



BEND, OR -- The City of Bend is one of more than 330 cities across the nation participating in a study of wastewater for signs of COVID-19. Jeff Buystedt with the Bend Utility Department says the untreated sewage samples have been sent to a company called Biobot Analytics which is collaborating with Harvard and MIT. He says new studies show the virus that causes COVID-19 is shed in the stool of infected patients. Buystedt says Biobot Analytics can use the information to eventually help define the scope of an outbreak.

 



SUNRIVER, OR -- The Sunriver Fire, Police and Owners Association will be conducting a test of the emergency siren system tomorrow, Tuesday at Noon. Sunriver is outfitted with five siren towers that are strategically placed throughout the community. Sirens broadcast a high-low tone in the event of a catastrophic event – such as a wildfire. The siren system gives notice to those outdoors to stop what they are doing and check the sunriveremergencyinfo.com website to learn what is happening. Sunriver residents will be notified of the test via a text alert through Deschutes County 911 Everbridge system on the morning of May 12th.



CENTRAL OREGON -- The Mayors of Bend and Redmond were joined at Friday’s virtual news conference by Deschutes County Commissioner Tony DeBone. Much of the discussion was focused on getting things reopened. DeBone says there are 7 state prerequisite guidelines that have to be followed but he’s optimistic about Deschutes county’s plan. Among the requirements…a drop in COVID-19 cases…hospital capacity to handle any surge and…enough personal protection equipment for health care workers. Bend Mayor Sally Russell says consumer confidence will also be an important factor during reopening. The state could allow re-openings this Friday.

 



CENTRAL OREGON -- A Bend man was killed in a Motorcycle accident Friday evening.  43-year-old Eli Reed was riding with two friends on Forest Service road 950 near Wickiup Reservoir.  Witnesses said Reed had just passed both of his friends and lost control on the uneven terrain and was ejected from the motorcycle.  A witness began CPR until paramedics took over. Reed remained unresponsive and was pronounced dead at the scene. Reed was wearing his helmet.  The investigation continues.



BEND, OR -- Deschutes County Clerk Nancy Blankenship is urging voters to mail their ballots in no later than tomorrow, Tuesday for the May Primary. She says there is no postage needed on the ballot and urges people to stay home, cast their vote and stay safe. Blankenship says in Oregon postmarks do not count and ballots must be received by the county clerk no later than 8pm May 19th. She says they have opened additional drop sites for ballots throughout the county. She says the complete list is in the Voters Pamphlet and on the Deschutes County Clerk website.

 



REDMOND, OR -- A Redmond man was arrested on a charge of domestic violence Thursday night. Redmond Police Lieutenant Jesse Petersen says they responded to a report from a victim of being assaulted, choked and threatened to be killed with a knife. Police learned the suspect called a relative to say he was not at the house but they didn’t buy it.  Lieutenant Petersen says they brought in a K-9 from the sheriff’s department and used a hand-held thermal imaging device and a pole camera to spot the man in the attic. He says 36 year old Daylen Anderson was arrested without incident and is jailed with bail set at 55-thousand dollars..

 



Oregon reports 75 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, 5 new presumptive cases, 3 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed three more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 124, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 8 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 75 new confirmed cases and five new presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 8 a.m. today bringing the state total to 3,068. The new confirmed cases reported today are in the following counties: Clackamas (9), Clatsop (9), Deschutes (1), Lane (2), Linn (1), Marion (13), Morrow (1), Multnomah (30), Polk (2), Umatilla (3), Wasco (1), Washington (8).

Note: During routine data reconciliation, a presumptive case originally reported as a Benton County case was later determined not to be a case. It was subtracted from Thursday's state total, and the total number of cases in Benton County went down by one to reflect this change.

Also, the number of hospitalizations in the 10-19 age group dropped by one. During routine data reconciliation, a person was determined not to have been hospitalized during their COVID-19 illness.

To see more case and county level data, please visit the Oregon Health Authority website, which OHA updates once a day: www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.

Oregon’s 122nd COVID-19 death is a 51-year-old man in Marion County, who tested positive on May 3 and died May 6 at Salem Hospital. He had underlying medical conditions.

Oregon’s 123rd COVID-19 death is an 80-year-old woman in Marion County, who tested positive on April 21 and died May 6 at Santiam Memorial Hospital. She had underlying medical conditions.

Oregon’s 124th COVID-19 death is a 71-year-old woman in Multnomah County, who tested positive on April 23 and died May 5 at Providence Portland 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.



CENTRAL OREGON -- Back on April 1st the snowpack in the Upper Deschutes - Crooked Basins was 94-per cent of normal. Hydrologist Scott Oviatt at the federal Natural Resources Conservation Service says the snowpack fell to 58-per cent of normal on May 1st. He says this could mean tight water supplies in much of Central Oregon this summer. Oviatt says forecast models call for lower precipitation and higher temperatures throughout the region.

 



CENTRAL OREGON -- The Central Cascades Wilderness limited entry permit system that was supposed to start later this month, will be delayed for a year. The Three Sisters, Mount Jefferson and Mount Washington Wilderness were to have limited entry on 19 of 79 trailheads. Jean Nelson-Dean at the Deschutes National Forest says due to the COVID1-19 pandemic they decided to wait until 2021. Nelson-Dean says one new rule, a ban on campfires above 57-hundred feet, will be in effect this year.  

 



CENTRAL OREGON -- Oregon Air National Guard F-15 Eagle Jets will conduct flyovers this morning in Eastern and Central Oregon as part of Operation American Resolve. Senior Master Sergeant Jennifer Shirar says the flyovers are part of a tribute to health care workers. She says the jets will fly over Saint Charles Hospitals in Prineville at 11:10…Redmond at 11:15 and Bend at 11:-20.  Shirar says jets will be about 15-hundred feet high traveling at 400-miles an hour. She says everyone is asked to social distance and are asked NOT to go to local hospitals. Shirar says they plan to flyover every hospital or medical center in Oregon by the end of May.

 



REDMOND, OR -- A former coach at Redmond Gymnastics Academy has been arrested for multiple sex crimes involving one of the underage students. 25-year-old Kellee Johnson of Redmond had been under investigation for 5 months after the Academy made an initial report to police. Johnson was not the primary coach of the victim but did attend competitions the victim participated in. Anyone having knowledge of the current investigation or other possible crimes involving Johnson is encouraged to contact Redmond Police.



Deschutes County to open Cascade Lakes Highway, Paulina Lake Road

The Deschutes County Road Department will open Paulina Lake Road on Friday, May 8, at 6 a.m. and Cascade Lakes Highway on Tuesday, May 19, at 6 a.m.

 

Travelers should be advised that parking and access may be limited in higher elevation areas, as there is still a significant amount of snow on the side of the road. Travelers are also advised to contact individual resorts to verify the availability of services.

 

For additional information, please contact the Deschutes County Road Department at (541) 388-6581.



Oregon reports 70 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, 3 new presumptive cases, 6 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed six more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 121, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 8 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 70 new confirmed cases and three new presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 8 a.m. today bringing the state total to 2,989. The new confirmed and presumptive cases reported today are in the following counties: Benton (4), Clackamas (6), Clatsop (1), Coos (1), Deschutes (2), Jefferson (4), Marion (21), Morrow (1), Multnomah (16), Polk (3), Washington (11), Yamhill (3).

To see more case and county level data, please visit the Oregon Health Authority website, which OHA updates once a day: www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.

Oregon’s 116th COVID-19 death is an 84-year-old woman in Clackamas County, who tested positive on April 28 and died on May 6 at her residence. She had underlying medical conditions.

Oregon’s 117th COVID-19 death is a 62-year-old man in Marion County, who tested positive on April 16 and died on May 5 at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. He had underlying medical conditions.

Oregon’s 118th COVID-19 death is an 82-year-old woman in Marion County, who tested positive on April 22 and died on May 3 at Salem Hospital. She had underlying medical conditions.

Oregon’s 119th COVID-19 death is an 80-year-old man in Multnomah County, who tested positive on April 22 and died on May 5 at Portland VA Medical Center. He had underlying medical conditions.

Oregon’s 120th COVID-19 death is a 71-year-old woman in Multnomah County, who tested positive on April 23 and died on May 5 at Providence Portland Medical Center. She had underlying medical conditions.

Oregon’s 121st COVID-19 death is a 69-year-old woman in Polk County, who tested positive on May 2 and died on May 5 at her residence. She had underlying medical conditions.

Note: The number of hospitalizations in the 20-29, 30-39, and 40-49 age groups each dropped by one. During routine data reconciliation, these people were determined not to have been hospitalized during their COVID-19 illness.


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 -- Public Affairs Officer Jean Nelson-Dean of Deschutes National Forest warns the public of the dangers of blue-green algae and what to watch out for to make their own assessments of safe waters. The Oregon Health Authority says when in doubt, stay out. Dangerous water can look pea green, red-ish brown, foamy, scummy, and thick like paint. Many health problems can be caused by algae such as skin irritation, rash, diarrhea, and cramps. Blooms can also have dangerous health effects on pets. More information on closures of lakes due to algae can be found on the Ochoco and Deschutes Forest websites.

 



BEND, OR  -- An old phone scam popped up in Bend this week. Deschutes County Sheriff’s Captain Deron McMaster says the victim was called and told there was a warrant for his arrest for missing jury duty. The victim was told to buy an 800-dollar green dot card and call back with the numbers. The scammer also told the victim to go to the sheriff’s office. The victim did as he was told. Captain McMaster told the man he had been taken in a scam. At that moment the scammer called the victim back and the victim asked for his name and was told, Deron McMaster. Of course, the real Deron McMaster was standing right in front of the victim. Police will never call to tell you there is a warrant over the phone and will never demand any kind of money or gift card.



BEND, OR -- Deschutes County Commissioners got an update on some COVID-19 related medical issues yesterday. The head of Summit Medical Group, Justin Sivill, says with elective surgeries now allowed, they have established pre-operation screenings at Cascade and Bend Surgery Centers. He says they have also expanded rapid testing for the virus but the big challenge is the lack of supplies. State guidelines for Deschutes county call for more than 600 tests a week to reopen the county. Sivill told commissioners once they’re up and running with the rapid test they could provide 300-to-400 tests a week.

 



BEND, OR -- Deschutes County Commissioners continued the effort to finalize a reopening plan at their meeting yesterday. The county will now submit the plan to the governor. Commissioner Patti Adair will deliver the plan to Salem. Health Services Director Doctor George Conway says they are trying to help businesses reopen. He says there are best practices businesses need to follow. Those include face masks for employees and customers at all times…daily health assessments of employees…hand washing and physical distancing…and cleaning and sanitizing the workplace throughout the day. Conway says Health Services is ready to help area businesses at their request.



Troy Kenneth Dahl, 34, of LaPine is accused of assault and menacing in an incident that happened Tuesday.  Dahl and his unnamed friend were riding together in Dahl's Chevy Tahoe having a heated argument. Dahl drove the truck into a wooded area where he assaulted his victim with pepper spray and punching him.  He then tore off his friend's prosthetic leg and threw it into the woods.  Dahl then poured gasoline on the man and threatened to light him on fire. Dahl relented and instead threw the man and his prosthetic into the back of the Tahoe and dropped him off in the street in front of the victim's relative's house.  Deputies found Dahl's abandoned Tahoe later that day.  Yesterday, Dahl turned himself in and was placed under arrest.



Oregon reports 70 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, 7 new presumptive cases, 2 new deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed two more lives in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 115, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 8 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 70 new confirmed cases and seven new presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 8 a.m. today bringing the state total to 2,916. The new confirmed and presumptive cases reported today are in the following counties: Baker (1), Benton (1), Clackamas (4), Columbia (1), Deschutes (1), Jefferson (4), Lane (2), Lincoln (1), Linn (1), Marion (18), Multnomah (24), Polk (7), Umatilla (4), Wasco (1), Washington (6), Yamhill (1).

To see more case and county level data, please visit the Oregon Health Authority website, which OHA updates once a day: www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.

Oregon’s 114th COVID-19 death is an 88-year-old man in Multnomah County, who tested positive on April 30 and died on May 2 at Adventist Medical Center. He had underlying medical conditions.

Oregon’s 115th COVID-19 death is a 95-year-old man in Polk County, who tested positive on April 27 and died on May 4 at Salem Hospital. He had underlying medical conditions.

Note: The number of deaths in the 60-69 age group has dropped by one. During routine data reconciliation, the person’s date of birth was updated. This person has been re-categorized to be in the 80 and over age group.


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.



A video posted to Snapchat led Sheriff's Deputies to a home in Deschutes River Woods where the father and grandmother of a 4-month-old girl were cited in lieu of custody for endangering the child by allowing her to teethe on a large bag of marijuana. The Oregon Health Authority states marijuana and its packaging have many chemicals that may negatively impact babies and young children. The father, 18-year-old Ethan Burgess and grandmother, 37-year-old Raechel Gilland will have to appear in court at a later date. The infant and her 2-year-old brother were taken in by Child Protective Services.

 



BEND, OR -- A virtual meeting of the Bend City Council starts at 6-this evening. The city issued a declaration of a Local State of Emergency on March 13th. Communications Director Anne Aurand says they’ll revisit the issue again tonight and are expected to extend it beyond May 20th. She says the declaration means no water shutoffs due to the need to have everyone wash their hands. Aurand also says the declaration covers events and any permitted special event is canceled during the emergency. Tonight’s city council meeting will be live streamed on the City of Bend webpage.



WARM SPRINGS, OR  -- The F-B-I is investigating an officer-involved shooting on the Warm Springs reservation last Sunday. Central Oregon Daily reports police responded to a report of a man with a gun. Police found the man later identified as Macklin Kalama.  Police say Kalama told them several times to, “just shoot me.” Kalama then made a motion that police believed he was going to use deadly force. An officer shot Kalama who was taken to a Bend hospital and later transferred to a Portland  hospital. For the complete story click here https://centraloregondaily.com/fbi-to-investigate-warm-springs-officer-involved-shooting/ 



SALEM, OR -- Starting today there will be limited access to some state parks in Central Oregon. The boat ramp at Cove Palisades at Lake Billy Chinook and the boat ramp at Prineville Reservoir will be open. Also, pedestrians will be allowed at Pilot Butte, but not cars. Chris Havel at State Parks says not all restrooms will be open and urges visitors to stay close to home. He says if the park is crowded, go home. Havel says more state parks will be open to limited day use starting next week depending upon staffing, supplies and equipment. 



Dave Matthews Band
reschedules 2020 tour 
 

The Dave Matthews Band concert at the Les Schwab Amphitheater originally scheduled for Sept 9, 2020, is postponed until September 8, 2021.

Your existing 2020 tickets will be honored for the new date in 2021.

If you paid cash and would like a refund for your tickets, please call the Ticket Mill at 541-318-5457 to arrange to collect your refund. The Ticket Mill will be refunding on Friday of each week from 3-5pm. Please call ahead and be put on the list for the Friday that works best for you.

If you purchased tickets online through Etix and would like a refund, call them at 1-919-653-0443 or 1-800-514-3849.

Anyone wanting a refund needs to contact Etix or the Ticket Mill with your ticket order information within the next 30 days. Please note, if you do not request a refund within the 30-day window - the deadline is June 3, 2020 - your tickets will remain valid for the rescheduled date. After June 3, refunds will no longer be available.

For more information please call the Ticket Mill at 541-318-5457.

And thanks everyone for your patience and understanding as we navigate this unprecedented concert season.



BEND, OR -- The Central Oregon Association of Realtors has looked at the residential market this year and reports the first quarter was good. Kim Gammond at the association says April came and everything from new listings and pending sales dropped by double digits. The only bright spot was the median sales prices were up last month 4-per cent. She says unlike the Great Recession, homes here are not underwater. Gammond says anyone having trouble paying the mortgage should talk to their lender about programs that might be available to help.

 



The Central Oregon Housing Authority has been awarded a 210-thousand-520-dollar grant under the federal CARES act. Senator Ron Wyden says the money will be used to provide tenant-based rental assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of 21 public housing authorities in Oregon are receiving a total of 5-point-75 million dollars in grants to help renters.

 



BEND, OR -- Deschutes county Commissioners meet tomorrow for their weekly session. County administrator Tom Anderson says they’ll discuss guidelines for reopening Day Care Centers. Anderson told commissioners the guidelines for Day Care to reopen will be difficult as they call for added staff.  Anderson says a city-county partnership with help from Neighbor Impact to help Day Care centers reopen is also on the agenda. Also tomorrow commissioners will consider extending the short term rental ban.

 



JOHN DAY, OR -- Oregon State Police responded to a wreck Saturday afternoon on Highway 26 near Milepost 150 in Grant County. Police say 56-year-old Lawrence Goings of Sheridan was traveling east in a curve and entered the westbound lane, Goings vehicle collided with a semi, driven by 65 year old Mike Brown of Powell Butte. Goings died at the scene, Brown was not injured.



REDMOND, OR -- A man is jailed following an assault incident last Friday night on B-L-M land just east of Redmond. Police say 56-year-old Sheree Cecil of Redmond was hit with a metal bar or similar object. She sustained serious but non life-threatening injuries. Sheriff’s Sergeant William Bailey says Bend Police brought a K-9 and Redmond police used a drone to help locate 41 year old Jeremy Schnecker of Redmond. He was arrested and jailed on charges of assault and unlawful use of a weapon.



BEND, OR -- A Bend man ended up being pepper-sprayed and Tased several times last Friday evening following a series of incidents that brought multiple calls to 9-1-1. Lieutenant Juli McConkey at Bend P-D says 25 year old Russell Franklin Moscrip The Third, tried to get into an occupied car near Sage Creek Drive. The woman inside that car got out and ran away with her keys. McConkey says Moscrip then jumped into a pickup on Sage Creek Road and refused to get out. Moscrip  eventually got out but then attacked police who repeatedly Tased and pepper-sprayed him. Moscrip was taken to St Charles for injuries from the Taser probes. He is jailed and charged with14 crimes.

 



Oregon reports 65 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 14 presumptive cases, no deaths

PORTLAND, Ore. — The state’s death toll from COVID-19 remains unchanged from yesterday and remains at 109, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 8 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 65 new confirmed cases and 14 new presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 8 a.m. today bringing the state total to 2,759. The new COVID-19 confirmed and presumptive cases reported today are in the following counties: Benton (4), Clackamas (1), Clatsop (1), Coos (2), Deschutes (1), Hood River (1), Jefferson (1), Lane (1), Linn (10), Marion (17), Multnomah (15), Polk (8), Umatilla (6), Washington (10), Yamhill (1).

Note: The state is now including presumptive COVID-19 cases in its daily reports, consistent with recently amended guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

A presumptive case is someone who does not have a positive PCR test -- a “Polymerase Chain Reaction” that confirms if a person has COVID-19 -- but is showing symptoms and has had close contact with a confirmed case.  If they later test positive by PCR, those will be recategorized as confirmed cases.

To see more case and county level data, please visit the Oregon Health Authority website, which OHA updates once a day: www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.


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.



Prineville, or -- The 75th Annual Crooked River Roundup, scheduled for June 25-27, has been canceled because of the coronavirus. It is the first time, since the inaugural Crooked River Roundup in 1945, the rodeo has been canceled. The roundup is held every year in June and July at the Crook County Fairgrounds in Prineville. the Roundup Association puts on two separate events that includes the PRCA rodeo and the pari-mutuel horse races. An announcement regarding the Crooked River horse races is scheduled for May 15th Roundup President Jason Snider called it a heartbreaking decision for everyone involved,



BEND, OR -- Billboards start going up today near five High Schools to honor this year’s graduates. Katie Legacy at Bend La Pine Schools says all of the billboards will include pictures of this year’s graduating class. Legacy says they came up with the idea because of COVID-19 issues. She says there will be no high school, in-person graduation ceremonies this year. The billboards will be up through June.



BEND, OR  -- The pay it forward concept is being put to use tomorrow when a new website, SOS BEND, launches.  Founder Matt Abrams says the website is for small businesses that need money now. He says people can go to SOS BEND and spend money now with businesses that have registered on the site. Abrams says when the business reopens the person has gift cards or, a credit to use, at that business. He says the idea is stakeholder capitalism where we all become investors in the business.

 



CENTRAL OREGON -- The Deschutes National Forest is concerned this could be a tough fire season if recent events are any indication. Jean Nelson-Dean at the Deschutes says in the past two weeks firefighters have already responded to 16 wildfires. She says the snowpack…which wasn’t great to begin with…is rapidly diminishing and April was a pretty dry month. Nelson-Dean urges campers to build a fire ring and keep combustibles 15 feet from the ring.

 



May 1, 2020

Oregon reports 69 new COVID-19 cases, one new death

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 has claimed one more life in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 104, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 8 a.m. today.

Oregon Health Authority reported 69 new cases of COVID-19 as of 8 a.m. today, bringing the state total to 2,579. The new COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Benton (2), Clackamas (8), Clatsop (1), Coos (1), Douglas (1), Josephine (1), Klamath (1), Linn (1), Malheur (2), Marion (17), Morrow (2), Multnomah (13), Polk (3), Umatilla (7), Washington (9).

To see more case and county level data, please visit the Oregon Health Authority website, which OHA updates once a day: www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus.

Oregon’s 105th COVID-19 death is a 73-year-old man in Multnomah County, who tested positive on April 14 and died April 29 at his residence. He had underlying medical conditions.

Modeling shows reduced transmission of COIV-19

Today OHA released its statewide modeling update showing that our statewide mitigation efforts are working to flatten the curve.

This week’s report also modeled three scenarios from May 4 until June 4, assuming interventions with different levels of effectiveness in reducing transmission. The comparison shows this epidemic is clearly very sensitive to changes in policies or public adherence to community mitigation strategies.

The scenario modeling underscores the need to continue monitoring outcomes extremely carefully over time. It shows that in order to loosen the community mitigation strategies without causing a large increase in infections, changes need be made incrementally. And that any changes need to be accompanied by other interventions to keep transmission levels low. Other interventions include increased testing capacity, detailed contact tracing and likely the quarantining of infected individuals. Read the full weekly modeling update here.

Oregon to start tracking presumptive cases

Starting today, OHA will begin tracking presumptive COVID-19 cases in its daily reports, consistent with recently amended guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A presumptive case is someone who has not tested positive by means of a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, but is showing COVID-19 like symptoms and had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19. Any presumptive cases that later test positive by PCR will be recategorized as confirmed cases.

The first results of that revised tracking will be reflected in the daily report for Monday, May 4.

Absent a positive PCR test result, the case will remain a presumptive case. Local public health authorities investigate a presumptive case as they would a confirmed case. Presumptive cases are asked to follow the same self-isolation protocol as confirmed cases.

In rare instances, a presumptive case will later be diagnosed with another disease that better explains their illness. In those instances, the presumptive COVID-19 case will be recategorized and they will no longer be reported as a COVID-19 case.


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.



CENTRAL OREGON -- The Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC) has started an Emergency Loan Fund for small businesses in partnership with Community Lending Works. Economic Development Manager Scott Aycock says the maximum loan amount is 10-thousand dollars in Deschutes county and 20-thousand dollars in Crook and Jefferson counties. Aycock says businesses will also need to write a brief recovery plan explaining how they will survive. The loan application period runs next week, Monday through Friday. Applications can be made on the Community Lending Works web page.

 



BEND, OR -- On Wednesday, a 53-year-old COVID-019 patient, Liliana Locke had a convalescent plasma transfusion…the first in Central Oregon. Locke remains in the Intensive Care Unit at Saint Charles on a ventilator. Pathologist Doctor Anna Dolezal (DOE-leh-zahl) explains convalescent plasma comes from COVID-19 patients who have recovered. She says the hope is the antibodies will help patients better fight the virus. Dolezal cautions that plasma is not expected to be an instant cure. She says plasma has shown to be helpful in treating viral infections in the past and may helpful with COVID-19.

 



BEND - REDMOND OR -- The first virtual news conference led by the mayors of Bend and Redmond yesterday covered a wide range of COVID-19 questions. One question was “What if there’s a 2nd wave of Covid-19 cases after you reopen the economy?” Bend Mayor Sally Russell says she is concerned to have a reopening only to have to pull back. She says they must plan for the worst and hope for the best. Redmond Mayor George Endicott says they are trying to coordinate with the county and the state in the event of a Phase 2. There was general agreement that before the economy reopens the state must work to hire people to do the important contact tracing work of COVID-19 cases.



As KBND reported yesterday police were asking the public to help them locate a missing woman and her three children. 30-year-old Trisha Jepsen of La Pine and her three children hadn’t been seen since Monday. Sgt. William Bailey says deputies and detectives worked the case and Jepsen and the children were found yesterday in western Idaho. He says they were with 52-year-old Patrick Garcia of La Pine who was arrested for violating a restraining order that Jepsen had taken out on him. Bailey says Jepsen and her children are safe.


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