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Tourism discouraged; public lands closures; recreate at home options; Daily Digest March 27, 2020 - 03/27/20

City of Bend Discourages Recreational or Vacation Travel

The City of Bend announced an advisory temporarily discouraging recreational or vacation travel to Bend during the COVID-19 emergency. The advisory supports Governor Brown’s “Stay Home, Save Lives” orders to minimize non-essential travel to reduce exposure to and spread of COVID-19, novel coronavirus. The order remains in effect until April 28 unless extended by the City Manager. Here is a link to the order.

National Forest and Grassland Closures

To align with Governor Brown’s executive order, the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and the Crooked River National Grassland have temporarily closed all developed recreation sites, to include campgrounds, day-use sites, boat ramps, trailheads, Sno-Parks, fire lookouts, and OHV areas. Existing reservation holders will be notified via email and/or cell phone text messages if there are any changes affecting their reservation. Refunds will be issued for canceled reservations. For more information, visit the Deschutes National Forest website.

Recreation Opportunities at Home

With so much of Central Oregon’s parks and recreation system shut down due to precautions for COVID-19, there are still some options for active behavior.

While the Bend Park and Recreation District (BPRD) has temporarily closed facilities, playgrounds, skateparks, exercise equipment and sports courts, outdoor parks and trails are open for limited public use and provide a much-needed opportunity to get outside. Park users must take personal measures to maintain social distancing. BPRD is also offering Play at Home activities including fitness, arts and crafts, backyard nature and outdoor activities, sports drills and skills, cooking, games and more.

The Redmond Area Parks and Recreation District and Madras’ MAC Recreation District are closed but continue to offer open spaces with proper precautions. 

Local Libraries Offerings

Though area libraries are closed, they’re still offering free online access to many things — including online workshops, language lessons, movie streaming, music downloading and more. They’ve also extended due dates for materials already checked out.

Specific online offerings differ by county and include:

  • Deschutes Public Library: Storytime videos for kids, online crafting classes and workshops, online language lessons, movies, documentaries, television series, e-books, audio books and magazines. Visit https://bit.ly/DeschutesLibrary

  • Crook County Library: Animated e-books, technology tutorials, research and learning resources, e-books, audio books and more. Visit https://www.crooklib.org

  • Jefferson County Public Library: Movies, documentaries, music, audio books, and e-books. Visit https://jeffcolibrary.org

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.

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Helpful hotlines; Last day for PPE donations; When to call 9-1-1; Daily Updates March 26, 2020 (Photo) - 03/26/20

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.


 

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Reporting 'stay home' order violations; Campgrounds closing; Daily update 3.25.20 (Photo) - 03/25/20

COEIN PRESS CONFERENCE VIDEO AVAILABLE
COEIN’s virtual press conference with St. Charles CEO Joe Sluka and local leaders is available online now.

St. Charles CEO Joe Sluka was joined by local leaders who share that the Central Oregon region is at a critical turning point in the COVID-19 crisis and that the outcome will depend on whether the public heeds the directive to stay home.

“This is a fight in which we have to do everything in our power to win. As the leader of your local health care system, I am begging you. Stay home now. You can’t catch or spread this disease if you don’t come in contact with it,” said Sluka. “Our caregivers and first responders are putting themselves on the frontline and don’t have a choice. They will come to work so they can care for you and your loved ones. We need you to stay home so we will have the capacity – the hospital beds, ventilators and trained staff – to care for those who need it most.”

REPORTING VIOLATIONS OF ‘STAY HOME, SAVE LIVES’ EXECUTIVE ORDER
Individuals who have questions about Gov. Kate Brown’s executive order limiting business and increasing social distancing requirements can learn more online. Community members who witness a violation of the order can utilize the following resources (NOTE: Do not call 9-1-1 or law enforcement):

For Employees: Oregon OSHA is taking complaints from employees regarding apparent violations of the Governor’s COVID-19 executive order by their employer, in particular social distancing protocol in the workplace. Employees should contact Oregon OSHA if they feel their employer is violating the order: 503-378-3272 or 800-922-2689 (inside Oregon only); email tech.web@oregon.gov; or use the Online report form

For General Public: Deschutes County Health Services Environmental Health is responding to complaints of apparent violations of the Governor’s order related to restaurants, pools and hotels.  To report an apparent violation at one of the facilities listed above, Contact Environmental Health at 541-317-3114 or use the Online report form.

We are in the process of identifying additional reporting resources for apparent violations that fall outside of those listed above. Additional resources will be shared as they are available.

DESCHUTES NATIONAL FOREST CLOSES CAMPGROUNDS
Effective Wednesday, March 25, Deschutes National Forest campgrounds will be closed through at least May 8. According to Deschutes National Forest, 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.

ST. CHARLES CLINICS OFFERING VIRTUAL OPTIONS
Today, St. Charles Health System’s outpatient clinics announced new options to help protect patients and caregivers, preserve medical supplies and conserve space. The new services include e-visits for St. Charles Family Care patients and doctor visits by phone and video. The health system is also setting up surge tents at clinics to care for symptomatic patients. Read more about these new options and changes on the St. Charles website.

PRESCRIBED BURNS SUSPENDED
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, all burning will be suspended at this time. According to the Deschutes National Forest, 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, while reducing exposure for employees who might not otherwise need to travel, and creating social distancing for resources working on a fire.

DMV OFFICES CLOSE TO PUBLIC
Under the Governor’s “Stay Home, Save Lives” Executive Order, only six Oregon DMV offices will be open, by appointment only, for commercial driver knowledge tests and commercial driver license issuance beginning Wednesday, March 25. Many DMV services remain available through OregonDMV.com and through the mail. With the exception of commercial driver knowledge tests and commercial driver license issuance, no other services will be available at DMV offices.

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.

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UPDATED LINK: Central Oregonians Urged to Stay Home, Save Lives (Photo) - 03/24/20

UPDATE: Find the presentation, graphics and more - https://bit.ly/CentralOregonCares

Media invited to virtual press conference at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 24

During a virtual press conference today at 1:30 p.m., St. Charles CEO Joe Sluka will be joined by local leaders to share that the Central Oregon region is at a critical turning point in the COVID-19 crisis and that the outcome will depend on whether the public heeds the directive to stay home.

To view the press conference, media members are invited to register in advance for a limited number of spaces using this Zoom link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the press conference.

Community members can watch the conference live on the Central Oregon Emergency Information Network Facebook page

Bend Mayor Sally Russell, Oregon Rep. Cheri Helt, and Dr. George Conway, Health Services Director for Deschutes County, will join Sluka in calling for action on the part of Central Oregonians to stay home and save lives during this critical time.

Sluka will share projection models that demonstrate how COVID-19 will increase the need for hospital beds and supplies, how behavior will drive that demand, and how the actions that Central Oregonians take today can save lives. 

“To say that we are facing unprecedented times is putting it mildly,” said Sluka. “The time to act is right now.”

Sluka, Helt, Russell, and Conway will be available for questions from media at the conclusion of the press conference. Members of the media can use the chat function to ask questions.
 

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.

 

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Governor's Orders Affect Central Oregon; Daily Updates 3.23.20 (Photo) - 03/23/20

Today, 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.

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Stay Home, Stay Healthy (Photo) - 03/22/20

For Immediate Release               

March 22, 2020
 

Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson County Emergency Managers Urge: Take Action Now

Individual Response is Critical to Slowing COVID-19 Spread and to Protect Critical Resources

On the heels of Governor Kate Brown’s Friday night’s press conference, announcing her “stay home, stay healthy” policy to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson County Emergency Managers Michael Ryan, Nathan Garibay and Dave Pond are urging residents to take personal actions to slow the spread of COVID-19 - now. 

“This virus is spreading fast, there is no vaccine available, and our hospitals and emergency responders’ supply of masks and critical personal protective equipment is in dangerously short supply,” said Nathan Garibay, Deschutes County Emergency Manager. “We all need to do what we can, starting today. Social distancing is the best tool we now have – please stay home and slow the spread of this virus.” 

The Emergency Managers urge residents to stay home, unless for necessary medical care, food, supplies, outdoor exercise, or essential work functions where sanitation and social distancing can be assured. 

Additionally, they say, local hospitals are being inundated with people who are not sick arriving in emergency departments with requests to be tested for COVID-19, slowing the triage process for those in serious need of emergency and/or life-threatening care. 

“As a reminder, only those who meet specific clinical criteria will be tested,” said Lisa Goodman, St. Charles Health System spokesperson. “Most people who are mildly sick should plan to stay home and away from others for 14 days.”  Call your doctor or other primary care provider if you are ill and want direction about whether to stay home or to be seen by them.

“If each of us starts doing our part now, we can reduce the spread of COVID-19, to  protect our family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers, and could even save the lives of vulnerable people” said Dr. George Conway, Health Services Director, Deschutes County. “Our not taking the best actions now could mean  that our hospitals could be overwhelmed with many very ill people  in the weeks and months to come.”

“While we cannot stop the cases already underway, each one of us can slow the number of cases in the future and help to ensure that there will always be enough hospital  beds, ventilators and other life-saving equipment available to give critical life supports to those who need it. There is  not enough  capacity here, or anywhere, to take care of everyone at once, if and when this epidemic peaks, unless we take this seriously and act now to slow the spread of COVID-19.” Conway said.

Conway says the virus is indiscriminate, citing a recent Centers for Disease Control report that 40% of those hospitalized in the United States for COVID-19 are between ages 20 and 54, and many of the remaining people hospitalized are older and/or have chronic illnesses already, and may have a more serious course of illness.

Conway noted that Oregon has not yet issued mandatory shelter-in-place orders – but groups including the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, Oregon Academy of Family Physicians, which represents more than 1,700 physicians, family medicine residents and medical students, have urged the Governor to do so.  

"This is the best hope we have to keep our health care system from being overwhelmed,” said Ruth Chang, president of the physicians’ group.

Emergency Managers say that they have seen, and had reports, of large social gatherings continuing outside and in homes, even though the Governor has issued a ‘stay home, stay healthy’ order. 

Law enforcement asks that residents use a common-sense approach and cease such activities in the name of public safety, which allows us to respond to incidents in our communities, uphold laws, provide patrol, and investigate local crimes… and may perhaps delay a statewide Shelter-in-Place order.

David Pond, Jefferson County Emergency Manager, thanked public health and hospital personnel  for all of the work that they have been doing around the clock, away from their families for weeks - for our communities. 

“Now it is our time, as community members, to sacrifice,” he added.

Contact: JIC Media Line - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, 541-316-0087

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Enjoy Spring Break Smartly This Year (Photo) - 03/20/20

Spring Break in Central Oregon is typically a busy and festive time, but this is not a typical year. With the COVID outbreak spreading across Oregon, being smart about following CDC guidelines matters more than ever.  

Central Oregon Emergency Managers and the cities of Bend and Redmond, urge everyone to be smart and vigilant, in the effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, coronavirus. Public health is literally in your hands.

There are 114 confirmed cases in the state and eight in Deschutes County as of this writing. Testing for COVID-19 is limited. Some states have issued Shelter-in-Place orders. In Oregon, the Governor prohibited gatherings of more than 25 people, restricted bars and restaurants to take-out service only, and recommended avoiding gatherings of 10 people or more. The Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems are asking for more stringent restrictions. Traveling is discouraged. Our ski area is closed. 

Older adults and people with chronic medical conditions (such as heart disease, diabetes and lung disease) are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19 and should stay safe by staying at home and everyone needs to be very diligent about hygiene; washing hands, cleaning surfaces. Limit most “urban” activities that are not essential. When you must go out, practice social distancing – keep several feet of distance between people. 

The choices you make today will protect your community in the coming weeks. These necessary sacrifices help protect those on the front lines: first responders, nurses and doctors, grocery store clerks and public servants of all kinds. 

Getting outdoors is important and safe as long as you follow CDC guidelines and follow risks associated with your individual health conditions. Go for a walk or a hike with family, or the dog. Avoid playground equipment. Some wildlife areas in Central Oregon will be open over Spring Break for day-use such as fishing, wildlife viewing, hunting and hiking. (Normal hunting and fishing regulations are in effect.) Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has closed wildlife areas to overnight camping and state park overnight camping is suspended. Whatever you do, use caution knowing that our emergency responders are already very busy.

If we take individual responsibility while looking out for each other, we have a better chance of reducing the spread of COVID-19 seen in other cities and countries. 

 

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.

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Daily COVID-19 Update; March 20, 2020 (Photo) - 03/20/20

Caption: Community members donate Personal Protective Equipment to St. Charles Health System and Central Oregon’s Emergency Operation Center today. The drive continues March 23-27. Credit: Kimberly Teichrow Photography

PPE Donations Pouring in, Drive Continues March 23-27
Central Oregon community members have donated hundreds of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) items to share with St. Charles Health System and Central Oregon’s Emergency Operations Center. The drive will continue next week to help ensure that health care workers and emergency responders in our region have the resources they need, such as masks, gowns, and gloves, to stay safe in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Please consider donating if you’re able.

A box with signage will be available at each of these sites to accept more donations Monday, March 23 - Friday, March 27:

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Madras - Madras First Baptist Church (Drop-off located on 6th Street side entrance), 85 NE A Street, 12 - 1 p.m.

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION OFFERS GRACE PERIOD
Oregon is implementing a grace period for people whose driver license, ID card, vehicle registration or trip permit has or will expire during the COVID-19 emergency declared by Governor Kate Brown. Law enforcement agencies have partnered with the Oregon Department of Transportation’s Driver and Motor Vehicles Division to exercise flexibility and discretion during the grace period, which reduces the need for people to visit a DMV office during the public health emergency. The DMV offices are slated to remain open at this time and officials urge Oregonians to use DMV2U.Oregon.gov to renew registration.

HIGH LAKES HEALTH CARE OFFERS TELEMEDICINE OPTIONS
High Lakes Health Care and local Praxis Health specialty clinics are now offering expanded options for patients to make a telehealth appointment with providers in primary care, pediatrics and behavioral health. At the time of the appointment, the patient will receive a voice call from their provider and then a link to join the video chat. To schedule a telehealth appointment, please call 541-389-7741 and to learn more visit www.highlakeshealthcare.com

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.

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N E W S   R E L E A S E                   

For Immediate Release       

Tips for maintaining mental and emotional health during crisis

Health officials are urging residents to do their best to remain calm and address their mental health needs during the COVID-19 outbreak, while acknowledging that feelings of anxiety and stress are normal.

Social distancing is critical to physical health, both for individuals and to protect the health of our community and our frontline responders. But mental health professionals suggest that it’s important to continue to make safe social connections at this time. Safe connections might include: regular phone calls, group texts, FaceTime, email, going on walks with household family members, time with a family pet and more.

“We know that the psychological impact of social isolation during pandemics is wide-ranging and substantial and can include depression, misuse of drugs and alcohol, and other serious effects, especially for some at-risk populations” said Dr. Wil Berry, psychiatrist with Deschutes County. “There are, however, ways to mitigate these issues and opportunities for loved ones to offer support during these times.”

Individuals seeking help or connection to resources can reach out to the COVID-19 hotline - 541-699-5109 - Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Professionals from Deschutes County Behavioral Health offered the following tips for managing stress and anxiety:

  1. Take care of yourself: Get enough sleep, eat healthy, exercise.
  2. Talk to others: Feelings of anxiety are normal in a situation like this. Reach out and talk to people in your community who can provide support.  
  3. Avoid rumors and inaccurate information: Rely on official sources for information, including Deschutes County for countywide updates: www.deschutes.org/covid19; Oregon Health Authority for statewide updates: www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus; Centers for Disease Control for nationwide updates: www.cdc.gov/covid19.
  4. Do what you can: Even when some things are out of our control, there are always things that we as individuals and communities can control. 
  • Wash your hands often. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • 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.

5. Ask for help: Local residents can reach out 24-hours-a-day to area crisis lines: Deschutes County 800-875-7364; Crook County 541-323-5530; and Jefferson County 541-475-4822.

6. Seek help if you’re struggling with persistent inability to sleep, increasing drug or alcohol use, an overwhelming sense of depression or panic, urges to harm yourself or others, or an inability to take care of yourself or those who depend on you. Please do not call 911 unless you’re experiencing a medical emergency. Instead, call a crisis line or the nonemergency COVID-19 info line at 541-699-5109.

7. Reminder: Taking precautions is altruistic. When we remind ourselves that others are benefitting from our actions, it makes sacrifices easier to bear. By staying home and taking precautions, we are helping to keep vulnerable populations safe and supporting our frontline responders. 

 

Tips for parents

  1. Remain calm and reassuring: If true, emphasize to your children that they and your family are fine.

  2. Make yourself available: Let your children talk and give them plenty of time and attention.

  3. Talk to children in language they can understand: The CDC suggests telling children that, from what doctors have seen so far, most kids aren't getting very sick. In fact, most people who have gotten COVID-19 haven't gotten very sick. Only a small group have had serious problems. Keep the conversation going. Make time to check in regularly as the situation develops. Take cues from your child if they become afraid or overwhelmed offer comfort. If you need help, seek professional health.

  4. Avoid language that stigmatizes or assigns blame: Remind children that viruses can make anyone sick, regardless of a person's race, ethnicity or national origin.

  5. Monitor television viewing and social media: Try to limit children’s exposure to media and talk about what they’re seeing. Use only reliable sources of information.

  6. Maintain healthy behaviors and household routines: Serve nutritious meals, encourage adequate sleep and exercise, and maintain household routines to the extent possible.

  7. Teach strategies to prevent infection: Remind children to wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds (or the length of two “Happy Birthday” songs) when they come in from outside, before they eat, and after blowing their nose, coughing, sneezing or using the bathroom.

  8. Find more info: http://bit.ly/COVID19-TipsForParents 

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.


 

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Personal Protective Equipment Drive Set Friday; Daily COVID-19 Update, March 19, 2020 (Photo) - 03/19/20

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. Community members are encouraged to make donations during free meal programs happening at schools throughout the region on Friday, March 20. Learn more about this effort on St. Charles’ website.

A box with signage will be available at each of the school sites to accept donations March 20: 

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

“COVID-19 TESTING EXPANDING, NOT ENOUGH”
According to Oregon Health Authority, many Oregonians are seeking to be tested for COVID-19. The reality is that Oregon’s state public health laboratory has received limited testing supplies from the federal government. Oregon health officials have prioritized their limited testing resources for the sickest people and the people who are most at-risk.

Oregon health providers and OHA are doing what they can to open the testing pipeline. According to OHA, several urgent care clinics are testing people who are experiencing flu-like symptoms, including fever. (Reminder: Individuals should call ahead to health care providers before arriving.)

“It’s important for Oregonians to understand testing supplies remain limited due to federal decisions. While we’ve authorized outpatient clinicians to use their discretion, we know they cannot order a test for everyone who wants one. They will continue to exercise their clinical judgement, as commercial labs work hard to ramp up their capacity. We simply don’t have all the testing capability we want,” said Patrick Allen, Director of Oregon Health Authority.

CLOSURES, CHANGES

City of Redmond
The City of Redmond will extend existing public access restrictions to City-owned buildings thru April 28, 2010 or until further notice.  All City services will continue, and staff will be available by phone or email during normal business hours. The Redmond Police Department encourages residents to use their online reporting tool for non-emergency reports: www.ci.redmond.or.us/reportacrime, or call the non-emergency line at 541-693-6911. All emergencies should dial 9-1-1. For a complete list of changes to City procedures due to COVID-19,  please visit City of Redmond website at www.ci.redmond.or.us.

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.


 

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Central Oregon agencies are extending information to those in need regarding community resources ranging from food and energy assistance to housing options and mental health.

NeighborImpact, which serves residents in Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties, is encouraging those looking for food, rental, mortgage and energy assistance to navigate to its website and appropriate applications. Currently, NeighborImpact is out of funds for rental assistance, but it is always accepting applications regardless of fund status, and will keep them on file for 30 days. NeighborImpact offices in Prineville and La Pine will close through April, effective Friday, March 20. Residents can access services through neighboring offices in Redmond and Bend, and online.

The Family Access Network has an updated page dedicated to community assistance and resources, including meal information for students and childcare information, including support for Spanish speaking residents.

The Central Oregon Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COCOAD) group is made up of volunteers serving individuals and families in Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties. The multi-community organization combined effort provides resources such as volunteer labor, clothing, food, water, chaplaincy services, financial advice, etc. If you’re an organization that would like to offer help or resources to COCOAD, you can email aloregoncoad@gmail.com">centraloregoncoad@gmail.com or call 541-316-0087; and individuals who need assistance should go to centraloregoncoad.com and click the blue “Get Help” button.

The City of Bend now has a COVID-19 page on its website with more information about the City’s efforts and ongoing changes. Resources on payments, business impact, schedule changes and more can be found there. City staff is closely collaborating with local nonprofits serving vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 precautionary period and any subsequent outbreak in our community. The City is also in process of establishing contracts to support Family Kitchen (meals), REACH (case management and resources), and NeighborImpact (hotel/rental assistance for individuals experiencing homelessness and are at high medical risk OR have been exposed to/or have contracted COVID-19). 

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.

 

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Daily COVID-19 Update, March 17, 2020 (Photo) - 03/17/20

K-12 SCHOOL CLOSURE EXTENDED TO APRIL 28
Today, Governor Kate Brown extended the statewide school closure for Oregon students through April 28, via an executive order.

 

RESOURCES FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES
Many workers and employers are feeling the economic impact of COVID-19 through layoffs, work and hour reductions and perhaps even closures. Those with questions about individual benefits can learn more from the Oregon Employment Department. Oregon Employment Department (Worksource Oregon) is currently answering unemployment benefit questions due to the wide-spread economic impacts. As each situation is different, individuals may need to file a claim to learn if they qualify for benefits. As this situation may change, people interested in learning about their benefits should maintain contact with the Employment website.

The City of Bend is also providing resources for local businesses at City of Bend website: www.bendoregon.gov/bizresources. Individuals can sign up to receive email updates, as the situation is changing continually.

CHANGES FOR BARS, RESTAURANTS
Governor Kate Brown announced Monday that restaurants, bars and other establishments are to serve takeout or delivery food only beginning today, Tuesday, March 17. Those that offer food or beverages for sale are restricted with no on-site consumption permitted. The Governor also included an order that food service at health care facilities, workplaces, and other essential facilities will continue. This statewide action is to implement new orders and guidance on social distancing.

In Deschutes County, restaurants with questions may call 541-317-3114 regarding closure rules.

SUMMIT MEDICAL GROUP EXPANDS VIRTUAL VISITS
Summit Medical Group Oregon (SMGOR) has recently expanded its telemedicine and virtual triage services. The health provider now has the ability to offer video medical visits with an urgent care provider to any residents in Deschutes County experiencing flu-like symptoms or those who are concerned about COVID-19 exposure. Learn more here or call 541-706-2319. The telemedicine visits are approved by Medicare and many insurance companies in Oregon. Video visits are not for emergency services and patients experiencing life threatening emergencies still need to dial 9-1-1.

NEW PHONE LINE
St. Charles Health System and Deschutes County Health Services joined together 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, will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and will be staffed by caregivers and county health services professionals.

Phone line: 541-699-5109

REMINDER: WIPES CLOG PIPES
The City of Bend Utility Department offers a reminder to discard disposable wipes in the garbage and not into the toilet. Wipes, even those deemed “flushable wipes,” can cause infrastructure damage leading to sewer backups into homes and streets. All wipes, including cleaning and disinfectant wipes, cosmetic wipes, baby wipes, personal wipes and “flushable wipes” should be disposed of in the garbage sent to the landfill. 

For more information about what should and shouldn’t go down the toilet, visit www.bendoregon.gov/wipes
 

UPDATED COMMUNITY CLOSURES, CHANGES

City of Bend
All City of Bend facilities, excluding the main Police Department lobby, will be closed to the public beginning on Thursday, March 19. The City will continue to provide services through other remote means as much as possible. Call 541-388-5505 or visit www.bendoregon.gov.

The City of Bend Utility Department offices will be closed to the public beginning March 19. Customers are encouraged to interact with Utility Department staff remotely and make electronic payments if possible. Learn more and make online payments.

Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and City of Bend Police Department
Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Bend Police Department are now triaging access to the department lobbies for services needed. Both locations will continue to staff the front office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., however, they are asking community members to first consider calling the departments by phone prior to visiting. City of Bend Police Department 541-322-2960 and Deschutes county Sheriff’s Office - 541-388-6655.

City of Prineville
All City of Prineville facilities, including city hall and the Police Department lobby, will be closed to the public beginning Tuesday, March 17, through Sunday, April 12. All standing advisory committee meetings and activities are canceled during this time. City council meetings will continue; the in-person attendance is limited to 25 individuals. Call 541-447-5627 or visit www.cityofprineville.com for any government needs.

Jefferson County
Beginning Tuesday, March 17, all Jefferson County buildings, other than the Sheriff’s office and County Courthouse, will be restricted to employees and pre-arranged appointments. Residents may request an appointment for urgent business and county services will continue. Call 541-475-2449 or visit www.jeffco.net. While this restriction includes the Public Health building, preventive health services not related to COVID-19 will continue. Clients will check-in via phone from the parking lot, then be escorted into the building.

Deschutes County Courts
The Deschutes County Justice Court’s office in Redmond City Hall is closed to the public, but court sessions are still being held; the courtroom can be accessed through the south door at the back of Redmond City Hall and is only open during court sessions. There are multiple ways to contact the court: 541-617-4758 or justicecourt@deschutes.org. Visit www.deschutes.org/court to pay fines and get more information. The Justice Court is not accepting new small claims filings at this time.

Due to the closure of Sisters City Hall, Deschutes County Justice Court sessions scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, in Sisters, are canceled. Defendants cited into that court location for March 18 will receive a new arraignment date/location by mail.

Bend Municipal Court has canceled court for March 19. Anyone scheduled for arraignments that day should call 541-388-5572 and press “9” to speak with a court clerk in regards to options. Phones operate from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Updates will be posted on www.bendoregon.gov.

Ride Bend
Ride Bend ride-share services are suspended beginning on Wednesday, March 18, continuing through Friday, March 27.

High Desert Museum
The High Desert Museum will close today, and remain closed through Sunday, March 29. All museum programs are postponed or canceled through April 11. Kids’ Camp Spring Break is also canceled for the week of March 23-27. 

Central Oregon Community College
At this time, COCC remains open to students. However, the college has placed new restrictions on some operations and facilities that will go into effect through Sunday, April 5.

The Mazama Gymnasium, weight room and recreational drop-in facilities are closed, except as needed for finals week. The Barber Library is closed to the public; however, the tutoring and testing center and the office of services for students with disabilities remain open. All events scheduled by outside groups on any of the four COCC campuses have been canceled.

Food service is available only to students who live on campus. For more information, call 541-383-7700.

 


 

UPDATES ON NEW LOCAL CASES

Moving forward, COVID-19 case count updates will be provided by daily Oregon Health Authority news releases. Local public health departments will continue to update their websites, but will not issue news releases for new cases.

Residents can find current numbers on cases of COVID-19 in Oregon at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus or by dialing 2-1-1.

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.

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Starting today, St. Charles Health System and Deschutes County Health Services are joining together 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, will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and will be staffed by caregivers and county health services professionals.

“We are thrilled to partner with Deschutes County Health Services to offer this new service to our community to help address this evolving issue and provide up-to-date information and resources,” said Lisa Goodman, St. Charles Health System Public Information Officer.

Phone line: 541-699-5109
 


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.


 

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Daily COVID-19 Update, March 16, 2020


NEW SOCIAL DISTANCING EXECUTIVE ORDER
Today, March 16, Gov. Kate Brown released an executive order with new guidelines for social distancing that prohibits all gatherings of more than 25 people and will restrict restaurants and bars to offering only take out and delivery service for at least the next four weeks. The restriction is set to begin Tuesday, March 17 in Oregon. The Governor further suggested that individuals avoid any gathering with 10 or more individuals and urged all businesses to accommodate social distancing or consider closing.

Dr. Wil Berry, a psychiatrist with Deschutes County Health Services offered this advice, “If we wait to change daily habits until it feels like the problem is severe, it will be too late to have the biggest impact. As humans, we are used to worrying about all kinds of possible problems, and it is normal to delay getting stressed until the problems become real in our lives. We can protect each other, and save lives in this community, by working together to follow all of these recommendations right now.”

DESCHUTES COUNTY 9-1-1
Deschutes County 9-1-1 asks that those dialing 9-1-1 be sure to let dispatchers know if anyone at the location has flu-like symptoms. This information helps dispatchers ensure that first responders have all the information they need to bring appropriate equipment.

ST. CHARLES UPDATES
St. Charles Health System is taking a number of steps this week to increase safety for caregivers and patients, to preserve medical supplies and to prepare for a surge of patients.

Testing Protocols:
In response to a growing nationwide shortage of medical supplies, including personal protective gear like masks, as well as nasopharyngeal swabs, which are used to collect samples to test for COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses, St. Charles Health System has changed its criteria for testing. In order to be tested at a St. Charles outpatient facility, a patient must have a fever above 100.4 within the past 24 hours, a cough, shortness of breath AND one of the following: Age greater than 60 years, or, immunosuppressed or a chronic disease of one of the following: cardiovascular system, pulmonary system, or diabetes mellitus.

Caregiver and patients:
The Community Pharmacy at St. Charles Bend is now offering drive-up service. St. Charles Outpatient Rehabilitation has closed its services and canceled appointments for two weeks. Visitor restrictions are in effect. Caregivers are entering St. Charles Bend through access control points. All four hospital locations, Bend, Madras, Prineville and Redmond, are starting to use external triage tents.

Preparing for patients:
In anticipation of an influx of patients, St. Charles Health System is making some significant changes to how and where patients are cared for in our communities. The following will occur starting this week: High-acuity patients, as well as all pediatric patients, will be cared for at the Bend hospital. Lower-acuity patients will be cared for at the Madras, Prineville and Redmond hospitals.  Learn more about these changes on the St. Charles website.

COVID-19 TESTING
Due to issues with the national supply, availability for testing for COVID-19 in Oregon is not yet meeting demand. 

The Oregon State Public Health Lab (OSPHL) is conducting laboratory testing of prioritized samples sent, using guidance from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Oregon Health Authority to protect inventory for higher risk cases, public health investigations and safety net. The state lab can process up to 80 tests a day and is building surge capacity if needed.

Commercial labs can receive samples that may not meet the strict guidelines required by the OSPHL. There is currently a backlog at private labs throughout the state causing delays in test results.

UPDATES ON NEW LOCAL CASES
Moving forward, COVID-19 case count updates will be provided by daily Oregon Health Authority news releases. Local public health departments will continue to update their websites, but will not issue news releases for new cases.

Residents can find current numbers on cases of COVID-19 in Oregon at www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus or by dialing 2-1-1. Oregon and Deschutes County have cases that have no known link to someone who has COVID-19 or travel to an affected region. This is often referred to as community spread. State health officials expect to find more cases in the community. OHA and local public health authorities are working with people who had direct close contact with known cases, and travelers returning home to Oregon. Public health lets these contacts know what symptoms they need to watch for and how to seek medical care, should they need it, in a way that avoids exposing others.

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.


 

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Local Agencies Announce Changes, Closures (Photo) - 03/16/20

Many local agencies are making changes, closing facilities and canceling events related to the COVID-19 outbreak in Oregon. 

K-12 SCHOOLS
All local K-12 schools will be closed beginning Monday, March 16 through Tuesday, March 31, per the order issued by Governor Kate Brown. At this time, students are expected to return to school on Wednesday, April 1.

ST. CHARLES HEALTH SYSTEM
St. Charles Health System is adopting significant changes in both visitor restrictions and care guidelines at all of its hospitals to protect patients and caregivers and to preserve critical safety supplies. Starting March 14, visitation is not permitted, and that will continue for the foreseeable future. To see a list of exemptions, visit the St. Charles website. 

St. Charles caregivers are performing respiratory illness screenings at the entrances of all St. Charles hospitals and clinics. Caregivers and approved visitors will be subject to these screenings by answering a series of questions. Elective surgeries and other select non-urgent outpatient services will be postponed starting today for the next two weeks through March 28.

BEND PARKS AND RECREATION DISTRICT
Following an emergency board meeting, the Bend Park and Recreation District made the decision to close facilities from public use beginning at the conclusion of facility business hours on Sunday, March 15. The temporary closure is through Sunday, March 29. Facilities closed to the public include: Juniper Swim & Fitness Center, The Pavilion, Art Station, Bend Senior Center, District Office and Park Services. Registration programs are also canceled through March 29.

Parks, trails, athletic fields, and off-leash dog areas, remain open to the public. Additional details about the changes can be found on the district’s webpage.

DESCHUTES PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM
All Deschutes Public Library branches will close to the public starting at 7 p.m. Monday, March 16 with tentative plans to reopen on April 1. Staff will continue to answer the phones 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. To learn more about online and digital resources, visit the library’s webpage www.deschuteslibrary.org.

CITY OF BEND
Bend City Manager Eric King has declared a local state of emergency as a result of the COVID-19. According to city officials, the declaration allows more flexibility and authorization for the city manager to take actions to help protect the health and safety of the community. The City of Bend is canceling committee meetings, project-based meetings and open houses in Bend through April 8. These include:

  • Empire Corridor Improvements Open House on March 17 

  • Two public open houses on March 19 for the Newport Corridor Improvements Project. 

  • Bend Planning Commission meeting March 23.

At this time, scheduled City Council meetings will continue to occur, but with social distancing modifications. Learn more at www.bendoregon.gov

CITY OF BEND POLICE
The City of Bend Police Department will be evaluating calls for service to determine if they can be handled by phone, rather than in person. Members of the public are encouraged to utilize the department’s online reporting portal for appropriate non-emergency crimes or call 541-322-2960. Officers will continue to respond to emergency calls 24 hours a day and 7 days per week.

DESCHUTES COUNTY
The Board of County Commissioners issued an emergency declaration in response to COVID-19. This emergency declaration authorizes the county to implement emergency actions, access more resources, and take appropriate steps to recover some of the costs associated with the County’s response to this disease.

DESCHUTES COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
All public meetings, events, and tours at Sheriff’s Office facilities will be canceled for one month. Citizen ride-alongs, women’s self-defense course and new Concealed Handgun License classes and appointments will be rescheduled. 

The Sheriff’s Office has also implemented Phase 1 of the Jail Pandemic Plan to try to prevent COVID-19 from affecting Corrections staff and jail inmate population. Attorney and inmate social visits are not being affected by this change.

CROOK COUNTY
Crook County Emergency Management with the support of Crook County Court and the City of Prineville approved a County Emergency Health Declaration. This declaration will support the need for resources whether that is personnel or supplies. Learn more at https://co.crook.or.us/

CITY OF REDMOND
All city committee and commission meetings are canceled until April 13. City Council will meet on March 17 and postpone future meetings until April 14, 2020. This timeframe is subject to change as the situation evolves. Redmond Police Department has suspended public fingerprinting service and ride-alongs. Residents are encouraged to file non-emergency police reports online at https://www.ci.redmond.or.us/reportacrime.

Water utility clients should consider paying their bills by mail, online using the web portal, or by phone at 866-506-8162. A drive up drop box is available 24 hours a day in the parking lot behind the City Hall building at 411 SW 9th Street. 

CENTRAL OREGON COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Central Oregon Community College is hosting final exams for winter term during the week of March 16 and are expected to be delivered remotely for most classes. There will be no classes March 30 through April 3. Faculty will use this time to develop alternative instructional delivery methods and materials. Spring term classes will begin on Monday, April 6, one week later than originally scheduled, and will begin with remote instruction when possible. Additional details can be found at www.cocc.edu

OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY - CASCADES
Winter term finals week exams and activities will be delivered remotely where possible. Where remote teaching, coursework and testing is not possible, maximum social distancing measures will be utilized. All spring term courses, labs and exams will be delivered remotely, where possible. Where remote teaching, coursework and testing is not possible, maximum social distancing measures will be utilized. This will be evaluated bi-weekly.

OSU-Cascades has canceled or postponed all events, including non-OSU events held on campus. The status of these measures will be evaluated every two weeks.
 

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.

 

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Deschutes County Announces Two New COVID-19 Cases (Photo) - 03/13/20

Deschutes County has received notification of two adults in Deschutes County who have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the County's case count to three presumptive positive cases.

Deschutes County Public Health communicable disease nurses are conducting contact investigations to identify and isolate any individuals who may have been in close contact with the cases in the last 14 days. The individuals who tested positive are self-isolating and complying with public health recommendations.

Learn more at www.deschutes.org
 

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.

 

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Local Schools Offer Meal Support for Central Oregon Students - 03/13/20

Many schools around the region are offering free meals for students while schools are closed, per order from Governor Kate Brown. 

Bend-La Pine Schools
March 16-20; March 30-31
Bend-La Pine Schools will serve free “grab and go” meals for kids 18 and under at five locations throughout the district from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Meals will be served at: 

  • Ensworth Elementary School, 2150 NE Dagget Lane, Bend; 

  • Sky View Middle School, 63555 18th Street, Bend; 

  • Bend Senior High School, 230 NE 6th; 

  • Elk Meadow Elementary School, 60880 Brookswood Blvd., Bend; 

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

Meals will be served on dates that were scheduled school days prior to the statewide closure order. Visitors are asked to enter through designated doors, pick up a meal from the cafeteria and then take the meal to go. Gathering inside the school will be discouraged. Bend-La Pine Schools’ custodial staff will be cleaning before and after each meal. Adults can purchase a meal for $4. www.bend.k12.or.us

Crook County School District
March 16-20; March 30-31
Crook County School District will provide free lunch to children from noon to 1 p.m. in front of Pioneer South, 641 E First Street, Prineville. Food will be served as a curbside pickup or walk up in front of the school. Please follow the traffic patterns for a smooth delivery. Meals are going to be dispensed by nutrition staff through the car windows at the pickup site. One meal per child per day. http://crookcounty.k12.or.us/

Culver School District
March 16-20; March 30-31
Culver School District will provide a “brown bag” breakfast and lunch for students, delivered during normal morning bus routes. Students, parents or caretakers can meet the bus at the normally scheduled time at their bus stop to receive their meals. The student does not have to be a regular bus rider to go to the bus stop and grab a meal. Additionally, the Culver cafeteria on the school district campus will be open from 7:30 am to 9:30 am for students, parents and caregivers to pick up a brown bag to take home. https://www.culver.k12.or.us

Jefferson County School District 509J
March 16-20   
Student meals will be served at the district’s summer food service sites outside the cafeteria doors at the following locations: Madras High School; Bridges High School and Warm Springs K-8. Meal service times: Breakfast 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.; Lunch 11 to 11:45 a.m. https://www.jcsd.k12.or.us

Redmond School District
March 16-20; March 30-31
Redmond School District has established a food distribution program to provide a free, prepackaged breakfast and lunch to any child 18 years and under at Redmond High School. Food distribution will occur in the school visitor parking lot from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  No identification will be required to receive a meal. Attendees will receive one bag per child under the age of 18. http://redmond.k12.or.us/

Sisters School District
March 16-20
The district will serve breakfast from 8 to 8:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to noon at Sisters Elementary School, 611 E. Cascade Ave., Sisters. Seating is available outside or families may choose to take their food to go. Those eating on site should park in the parking lot; the bus lane is available for those taking their food to go. Additional details available at http://ssd6.org

Higher Education:

Central Oregon Community College
The college will continue to provide dining, particularly for those who reside on campus. www.cocc.edu

Oregon State University - Cascades
March 14-April 30
OSU-Cascades’ dining operations will remain operational and food service will be available throughout this time. Students, staff and faculty are advised to check visit https://osucascades.edu/dining for hours and service updates.

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.

 

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First presumptive positive COVID-19 case confirmed in Deschutes County (Photo) - 03/11/20

Bend, Ore. – (March 11, 2020) – Public health officials in Deschutes County announced a presumptive positive case of COVID-19, the first in the county. The case was announced at a local press conference today following announcement from Oregon Health Authority of four new cases statewide.

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. St. Charles has been preparing for how to best protect patients and staff, including making plans if required to treat additional cases and ensuring adequate supplies of personal protective equipment. Visiting restrictions to hospitals and clinics as well as screening at entries continue to be priorities.

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 at least 20 seconds.

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

  • Stay home if you feel ill.

Health officials continue to urge community members to take steps to protect those who are most vulnerable to complications from COVID-19. Those considered “high risk” include adults 60 and older, or anyone with a serious health condition, including lung or heart problems, kidney disease, or diabetes, or anyone who has a suppressed immune system.

People vulnerable to complications should follow federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations to stay home as much as possible and avoid gatherings.

Deschutes County Health Department recognizes community concern surrounding COVID-19 and is working with multiple health agencies and community partners to disseminate accurate and up-to-date information available at http://www.deschutes.org/covid19

Central Oregon public health officials recommend that individuals with concerns about COVID-19 and their health first call their local health care provider. The provider can determine if individuals need to be seen and let them know what their next steps should be. This allows local emergency rooms the capacity to care for those with critical health needs.  For general questions, call 2-1-1.

Oregon Health Authority recommends that physicians rule out influenza and other common respiratory pathogens prior to testing for COVID-19.

There is no specific treatment for COVID-19. The goal of medical care is to support the person who is ill, supply oxygen if needed, and help lessen the symptoms until the immune system kicks in and kills the virus. 

Calling ahead before seeking medical attention is an important step in protecting the health of the public and health care providers. Those who seek care at a clinic or hospital may be asked to:

  • Wash their hands or use hand sanitizer.

  • Put on a mask to limit spread of the virus.

  • Make sure to keep their distance from other individuals.

 

ABOUT COEIN
COIEN’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.

 

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Deschutes County Public Health to hold press conference on COVID-19 updates (Photo) - 03/11/20

Deschutes County Public Health will hold a press conference at 1 p.m. today, Wednesday, March 11, in the Barnes and Sawyer room at the Deschutes County Services Building, 1300 NW Wall Street, Bend.

The purpose of the press conference is to discuss COVID-19 updates. Media is encouraged to attend.

The press conference will be live streamed at http://deschutescountyor.iqm2.com/Citizens/Default.aspx.

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Health Officials Offer Updated Guidance for COVID-19 - 03/09/20

Public health officials are offering updated guidance for individuals with questions about testing for COVID-19.

Central Oregon public health officials recommend that individuals with concerns about COVID-19 and their health first call their local health care provider. The provider can determine if individuals need to be seen and let them know what their next steps should be. This allows local emergency rooms the capacity to care for those with critical health needs. 

Currently, Oregon Health Authority recommends that physicians rule out influenza and other common respiratory pathogens prior to testing for COVID-19.

Local public health officials recommend that, as with flu, most people with COVID-19 can recover at home without problems. Most people with COVID-19 appear to have mild symptoms that do not require a medical visit. Those with fever and cough who have trouble breathing, or feel faint, or parents of a child who gets bluish color of the skin around the mouth should dial 9-1-1.

There is no specific treatment for COVID-19. The goal of medical care is to support the person who is ill, supply oxygen if needed, and help lessen the symptoms until the immune system kicks in and kills the virus. 

Calling ahead before seeking medical attention is an important step in protecting the health of the public and health care providers. Those who seek care at a clinic or hospital may be asked to:

  • Wash their hands or use hand sanitizer.

  • Put on a mask to limit spread of the virus.

  • Make sure to keep their distance from other individuals.

GENERAL STATUS UPDATE
On Sunday, Gov. Kate Brown declared a state of emergency in Oregon, which she said would give Oregon Health Authority and the Office of Emergency Management “all the resources at our state’s disposal to stem the spread of this disease.”

The state of emergency will remain in effect for 60 days but can be extended as needed.

Local health officials and emergency managers continue to work closely with their counterparts at the Oregon Health Authority and Office of Emergency Management to monitor developments and statewide impacts.

CORONAVIRUS VS. COVID-19
For individuals with questions about the difference between coronavirus and COVID-19, public health officials have some clear distinctions. Some coronavirus strains are common throughout the world, most cause mild to moderate illness and are one cause of a common cold. COVID-19 is a new or novel coronavirus that can cause a more serious respiratory illness in people. Individuals can be diagnosed with a coronavirus that is not COVID-19. (See attached flyer for more information.)

PUBLIC OUTREACH EFFORTS
In addition to the COEIN joint efforts, many partners are also sharing supporting materials and messages with their clients, staff and members of the public. 

A few of these resources include:

ABOUT COEIN
COIEN’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.

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Public Gatherings, 2-1-1 hotline, 2 Weeks Ready, and More - 03/05/20

N E W S   R E L E A S E                        

March 5, 2020

At the time of this release, Central Oregon has no known cases of COVID-19.

Public Gatherings, 2-1-1 hotline, 2 Weeks Ready, and More
The Central Oregon Emergency Information Network’s Joint Information Center team continues to share daily community updates, based on current questions and trending national information.

Today’s trending community conversations include best practice for public gatherings, use of the 2-1-1 hotline for information, personal preparedness, and updates from St. Charles Health System and more.

Public Gatherings
Several local and state agencies, from Oregon Schools Athletic Association (OSAA) to Deschutes County Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are sharing tips to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 at public gatherings.

There is currently no guidance to cancel events, rather, experts recommend that attendees take extra precautions to promote safety and health of the community through:

  • Staying home if you have fever, chills, coughing and/or sneezing;

  • Spreading out a bit, if possible;

  • Avoiding shaking hands or other close physical contact; 

  • Washing hands frequently;

  • And cover your nose and mouth with your arm when coughing or sneezing. 

You can read more about OSAA guidelines at their website.

Those planning public events can find additional tips to promote health and safety at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Public Gatherings Poster
COEIN has developed a poster (attached and available at www.coemergencyinfo.blogspot.com) that event planners may use at public events to encourage positive behaviors.

Cold and Flu Season
Experts say that just because you’re sick doesn’t mean you have COVID-19:

  • It's cold and flu season, too. 

  • If you have a fever and cough, get plenty of rest, drink fluids, take over-the-counter medications to reduce fever and ease your symptoms.

  • If you feel sick, call ahead to your healthcare provider to discuss whether or not you need to be seen. You may not need to come in, reducing the chance of infecting others.

  • If you're having difficulty breathing that doesn't mean you have COVID-19 but you should dial 9-1-1.

  • If you feel ill, stay home until you are free of fever and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines.

Call 2-1-1
Community members with questions about COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) can dial 2-1-1 for general information about prevention, symptoms, and the situation in Oregon.

Masks
According to the Oregon Health Authority, there is little evidence that masks limit exposure or decrease risk of illness when used by the general public. In fact, experts warn that healthy people wearing masks often increase touching their face.

That said, people who are ill with fever and a cough are encouraged to wear a surgical mask and stay home to prevent the spread of infection to others.

Be Two Weeks Ready
As with earthquakes and other natural disasters, it’s important for all Oregonians to be prepared, according to Deschutes County Emergency Preparedness Coordinators. Have a two-week supply of food, water, prescription medications, pet food, sanitation supplies, and anything else you would need. Learn more about the 2 Week Ready effort

ABOUT COEIN
COIEN’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 Office, 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.

 

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Sign up for COVID-19 updates from Health Services (Photo) - 03/04/20

For Immediate Release               

Date:  March 4, 2020

Time: 3 p.m.                                   

Sign up for COVID-19 updates from Health Services

Today, Deschutes Health Services began offering a daily email update on COVID-19 for interested community members. Community members can sign up for updates on the COVID-19 situation locally, state-wide, nationally, and globally, as well as links to the most current resources at http://bit.ly/COVID19UPDATES. At the time of this release, more than 400 individuals have already subscribed.

 “We hope community members will use this resource to stay up-to-date with the latest developments on COVID-19,” said Dr. Jenny Faith, Central Oregon Pubic Heath epidemiologist. “We are in daily communication with our partners at Oregon Health Authority and CDC so we can best prepare our community.”

Central Oregon currently has no known cases of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). The counties, along with partners in the Central Oregon region, have been actively preparing, monitoring and communicating with healthcare providers, partner agencies, and residents for several weeks now.

Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson County public health professionals continue to work together to plan for and respond to emerging health issues and will continue working together to provide a coordinated and timely response to the emerging COVID-19 situation.

Central Oregon Emergency Information Network’s Joint Information Center (JIC) continues to operate and will keep members of the public and media updated about emerging issues related to COVID-19.  

Resources for more information
Community members with questions about COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) can dial 2-1-1 for general information about COVID-19, including information about prevention, symptoms, and the situation in Oregon.

COIEN’s website, www.coemergencyinfo.blogspot.com provides 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.

Public health officials regularly manage communicable disease outbreaks, and are prepared to investigate and respond if we have a COVID-19 case in Central Oregon. Central Oregon Public Health Departments coordinate to plan for and respond to emerging health threats and will continue working together to provide a coordinated and timely response to COVID-19.

About Central Oregon Emergency Information Network (COEIN)

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 Office, 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.

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COVID-19 preparation continues with new access process at St. Charles; reminders for personal health - 03/03/20

News release -- 12:30 p.m. March 3, 2020

The Central Oregon Emergency Information Network (COEIN) Joint Information Center (JIC) continues to encourage community members to take preventative steps to reduce the spread of germs and to plan ahead for the possibility of community impacts.

While it’s encouraged to be prepared, public officials reiterate that there are no cases of COVID-19 in Central Oregon at this time.

St. Charles process change begins March 4
In response to the emerging risk associated with the spread of COVID-19, St. Charles Health System will begin restricting the number of access points at each facility starting Wednesday morning, March 4.

The intent is to have patients, caregivers, providers and vendors enter facilities through a limited number of access points to keep the workforce safe and functioning as this public health issue continues to grow.

At each access point, St. Charles will be:

  • Requiring individuals to adequately sanitize their hands.
  • Requiring masking if a patient presents with a fever, cough or cold symptoms.
  • Controlling access for visitors, caregivers and providers who present with a fever, cough or cold symptoms (this means we may not allow people into the building if they could spread infection, but are not in need of medical attention).
  • The situation with COVID-19 continues to change rapidly and much is still unknown. We are taking these steps out of an abundance of caution and with the goal of being proactive in our protection of our patients, caregivers and providers.

Preventative behaviors encouraged

The Centers for Disease Control continues to stress the importance of hand washing. 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.

Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs in most situations. If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Hand washing instructions: https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html

Hand washing videos: https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/videos.html

Other advice includes:

• 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)

Workplace planning encouraged

Employees should consult employers about sick leave and/or remote work policies and practices if possible. Employers are encouraged to maintain flexible policies if the community situation progresses. More information for employers.

Resources for more information
Community members with questions about COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) can dial 2-1-1 for general information about COVID-19, including information about prevention, symptoms, and the situation in Oregon.

COIEN’s website, www.coemergencyinfo.blogspot.com provides 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.

Public health regularly manages communicable disease outbreaks, and is prepared to investigate and respond if we have a COVID-19 case in Central Oregon. Central Oregon Public Health Departments coordinate to plan for and respond to emerging health threats and will continue working together to provide a coordinated and timely response to COVID-19.

About Central Oregon Emergency Information Network (COEIN)

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 Office, 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.

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Attached Media Files: 3.3.20_JIC_media_release.doc
Central Oregon Convenes Joint Information Center for COVID-19 Awareness - 03/02/20

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.

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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 aloregoninfo@gmail.com" target="_blank">centraloregoninfo@gmail.com