Wednesday, April 1, 2020

First Positive COVID-19 Case in Crook County



CROOK COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT 
“A Healthy and Safe Future for the People of Crook County” 
375 NW Beaver St., Suite 100 Prineville, OR 97754 
Telephone: (541) 447-5165 Fax (541) 447-3093 

Crook County Media Release – For Immediate Distribution 

****** First Positive COVID-19 Case in Crook County ****** 

The Crook County Health Department reports today the first presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in Crook County. The Health Department in partnership with the County and City will continue to respond to this declared emergency. For some time now it has been known the virus is present in the community, and now through the ability to do more relaxed testing it will be possible to identify positive cases. 

As of today, Crook County has 1 presumptive positive COVID-19 case. 
This does seem to be travel related. 
There is no hospitalization currently. 
This individual is fully cooperating with public health. 

As novel coronavirus – aka COVID-19 – continues to spread, local health officials stress that the health and wellbeing of our community is paramount. The safety of staff and community members are the highest priority and efforts will continue around releasing updates to the public with the most current information and guidelines available. 

The leadership of Crook County and the City of Prineville respects and values the privacy of community members and the confidentiality regarding medical information. Therefore, no identifiable information will be released about presumptive or confirmed cases in Crook County. 

Crook County Health Department Communicable Disease team has already started working diligently to identify and notify all known contacts of the presumptive positive case through case investigation. 

o Case investigation includes identifying all known contacts of the presumptive positive cases so proper notification and risk assessment can occur. This allows local public health to then apply monitoring requirements set-forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Oregon Health Authority. 
o The process is to identify how the patients were exposed and who else may have been exposed. That work is underway now and will be ongoing for this and any future cases identified in Crook County. 
o Status on investigation of known contacts is ongoing. Currently all persons under monitoring are cooperative and following the guidance. 
o Any persons under monitoring will be monitored by Crook County Health Department for a minimum of 14 days. 

Crook County Health Department has been part of a Tri-County response around COVID-19 since the first of March and will continue to work closely with neighboring counties along with our local city and county organizations. 

Local Public Health and the Oregon Health Authority continue to recommend people in Oregon take everyday precautions to prevent the spread of many respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19 and influenza - 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: 

If you feel sick, call ahead to your healthcare provider to discuss whether or not you need to be seen. 
Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash. 
Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. 
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. 
Clean and disinfect surfaces that are often touched. 
Take care of your health overall. Staying current on your vaccinations, including flu vaccine, eating well and exercising all help your body stay resilient. 
Consult CDC’s travel website for any travel advisories and steps to protect yourself if you plan to travel outside of the US. 
Stay home if you are sick and talk with your employer now about a plan if you do become ill and cannot show up for work. 
It is advised that anyone with compromised immune systems, chronic medical conditions and the elderly not attend large events and practice social distancing to protect yourselves. 

For more information or general questions contact: 
Crook County Health Department 
375 NW Beaver Street, Suite 100 
Prineville, OR 97754 
Office: 541-447-5165 

If you have questions about COVID-19, call 541-699-5109, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. 
The call center is set up to take your calls. You may also call 211 for general inquiries. 

New handwashing stations; Oregon Health Plan Expansion

NEW HANDWASHING STATIONS; OREGON HEALTH PLAN EXPANSION


News Release from Central Oregon Emergency Information Network

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NEW HANDWASHING STATIONS AVAILABLE IN BEND
New handwashing stations are being installed throughout the Bend area. These handwashing stations provide safe places for people experiencing homeless, delivery drivers, mail carriers, first responders and others to wash their hands throughout the day.
 
Cascade Disposal/Advanced Systems is donating the placement and servicing of portable handwashing stations throughout the Bend community for the month of April. Potential sites include the Downtown Bend Library, Hawthorne Station, Juniper Ridge and some grocery stores. Exact locations of the approx. 10-12 community handwashing stations are being finalized and will be shared when that information is available.

According to the CDC, cleaning your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds can help protect from COVID-19.

OREGON HEALTH PLAN EXPANDS ELIGIBILITY, ACCESS
New services and updated guidelines from Oregon Health Plan (OHP) are aimed to help Oregonians receive the care they need during these challenging times. Individuals whose income has shifted or those who didn’t previously meet enrollment criteria should visit OHP’s website to see about qualifying. Visitors to the site can also learn about newly phased-in telehealth options, such as online appointments for physical and behavioral health.
Federal stimulus payments and increased unemployment payments will not affect eligibility, according to new OHP rules. And individuals can apply for OHP without having to verify their income during the application process — even those who have been denied in the past. Learn more here or call 800-699-9075.

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.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Additional Reporting Resources

ADDITIONAL REPORTING RESOURCES


News Release from Central Oregon Emergency Information Network           
Date:  March 31, 2020
Additional resources for reporting “stay home” order violations; Supporting St. Charles; Reusable grocery bags; Daily update 3.31.20

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.)
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 (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.
Bend Park & Recreation District: Community members can call 541-389-7275 during business hours if they observe park use that is not allowed at this time. After hours and on weekends, call 541-388-5435 to report incidents in parks and trails. The district has limited staff resources and is asking for public compliance with park closures, signs and other markings on closed amenities.
Those who believe they see a violation of the “Stay Home, Save Lives” order that don’t fit into these descriptions can call Police non-emergency at 541-693-6911. The Governor’s order is enforceable by law enforcement.

GIVING TO ST. CHARLES FOUNDATION
St. Charles Health System does not have any active crowdfunding campaigns. Anyone who would like to support caregivers and St. Charles’ response to COVID-19 can give at https://foundation.stcharleshealthcare.org/Donate or call 541-706-6969. Each gift, no matter how large or small, is needed and appreciated, and will be used to support caregivers and patients, and allow the health system to meet the needs of our community during this epidemic.

CAN REUSABLE GROCERY BAGS SPREAD COVID-19?
¿Puede propagarse COVID-19 en las bolsas de supermercado reutilizables?
According to the CDC, touching a surface that may have the virus on it is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. Potential exposure to COVID-19 from handling reusable grocery bags is low, but the Oregon Department of Agriculture has the following recommendations to reduce risk even further:
  • Shopping bags should be washed after every use when carrying food just as you would launder a kitchen towel. Canvas or cloth bags can be laundered in the washer following manufacturer instructions. The inside of plastic-lined bags should be scrubbed using hot water and soap.
  • For all types of grocery shopping bags, remove any inserts (many are cardboard), turn each bag inside out before washing, and pay special attention to the nooks and crannies around the seams. Clean any inserts with a disinfecting spray cleaner and follow the disinfectant label instructions.
  • Find more info about food safety on ODA’s COVID-19 webpage: bit.ly/ODA-COVID19
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.
Nationwide, concerns surrounding COVID-19 have led to incidents of harassment and discrimination, particularly against Asian Americans. There is no place for discrimination — in Oregon, or anywhere. The Oregon Department of Justice urges Oregonians to report acts of hate or bias at 844-924-BIAS (2424).
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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Monday, March 30, 2020

New resource website launches; free meals for children; reporting discrimination; Daily Digest March 30, 2020

NEW RESOURCE WEBSITE LAUNCHES; FREE MEALS FOR CHILDREN; REPORTING DISCRIMINATION; DAILY DIGEST MARCH 30, 2020


News Release from Central Oregon Emergency Information Network

Downloadable file: Caption: Schools throughout Central Oregon are serving free meals to children. Credit: Kimberly Teichrow
As Central Oregon residents continue to seek information related to the COVID-19 response and impacts on individuals and businesses, new resources are becoming available.
The Central Oregon Health Council has a new Central Oregon Resource Directory available at https://www.centraloregonresources.org/ to provide centralized information. With featured resources like food and supplies, transportation and delivery, this new website includes resources for Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties. Information includes general services, community specific services and links to organizations providing services. The site is brand new and more resources are being added daily. If you know of a resource that is not listed there, please visit CentralOregonResources.org and click “Submit a Resource.”
The site also features a news feed where visitors can sign up for daily updates.

FREE MEALS AVAILABLE FOR CHILDREN
Central Oregon school districts are providing free, prepackaged meals to children 18 years and under during the COVID-19 school closures. Pickup locations and times for Bend-La Pine Schools, Crook County School District, Jefferson County School District, Redmond School District, and Sisters School District are below. Additional assistance may also be available from NeighborImpact and United Way.
  • Bend:
    • Amity Creek Magnet at Thompson School, 437 NW Wall St, 10:30 a.m. to noon
    • Bend Senior High School, 230 NE Sixth St., 10:30 a.m. to noon
    • Elk Meadow Elementary School, 60880 Brookswood Blvd., 10:30 a.m. to noon
    • Ensworth Elementary School, 2150 NE Dagget Lane, 10:30 a.m. to noon
    • Mountain View High School, 2755 NE 27th St., 10:30 a.m. to noon
    • Pilot Butte Middle School, 1501 NE Neff Rd, 10:30 a.m. to noon
    • R.E. Jewell Elementary School, 20550 Murphy Rd, 10:30 a.m. to noon
  • Crook County:
    • Powell Butte Area:
      • Powell Butte School, 11:20 to 11:30 a.m.
      • Juniper Acres, noon to 12:10 p.m.
    • Juniper Canyon Area:
      • Juniper Grove RV Park, noon to 12:10 p.m.
      • Cayuse at mailboxes, 12:20 to 12:30 p.m.
      • Remington at mailboxes, 12:40 to 12:50 p.m.
      • Hilltop Road at mailboxes, 1 to 1:10 p.m.
    • Prineville West
      • O’Neil Highway at Wetlands, 11:20 to 11:30 a.m.
      • End of SW Park Drive, 11:40 to 11:50 a.m.
      • Ochoco School Crossing, noon to 12:10 p.m.
      • NW 10th and NW Glenwood, 12:05 to 12:15 p.m.
      • Western Sky, 12:15 to 12:25 p.m.
      • Ochoco West, 12:40 to 12:50 p.m.
    • Prineville East
      • Ridgeview Commons, noon to 12:10
      • Crystal Corral RV Park, 12:20 to 12:30 p.m.
      • Lakshore RV Park, 12:40 to 12:50 p.m.
    • Prineville North
      • Mariposa and Larry Court, 12:25 to 12:35 p.m.
      • Yellowpine Park, 12:40 to 12:50 p.m.
      • 3050 N. Main Street, 1 to 1:10 p.m.
    • Prineville South
      • Los √Ārboles Trailer Park, 11:45 to 11:55 a.m.
  • La Pine High School, 51633 Coach Road, 10:30 a.m. to noon
  • Madras area:
    • Madras High School, 9:30– 10:30 a.m.
    • Bridges High School, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
    • Madras Catholic Church, 9:30 – 9:45 a.m.
    • Tops Trailer Park, 10:15 – 10:30 a.m.
    • Jefferson Street & 97-Mart, 10:45 – 11:00 a.m.
  • Metolius Elementary, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
  • Redmond High School, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
  • Sisters Elementary School, 8:00 – 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 – noon
  • Warm Springs area
    • Warm Springs K-8,  9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
    • West Hills at Poosh & West Hills Drive, 9:30 – 9:45 a.m.
    • Tenino Apartments, 10:00 – 10:15 a.m.
    • Trailer Court at Little Oitz & Kuckup Street, 10:30 – 10:45 a.m.
    • Seekseequa in the Firehall parking lot, 11:15 – 11:30 a.m.
    • Upper Dry Creek at Tommie Street at the North End, 9:30 – 9:45 a.m.
    • Sunnyside, at Crestview Drive & Sunnyside Drive, 10:00 – 10:15 a.m.
    • Wolfe Point Drive at first paved road on left, 10:30 – 10:45 a.m.
    • Kah-Nee-Ta at the Hamlets, 11:00 – 11:15 a.m.
    • Simnasho & Hwy 3 in the Longhouse parking lot, 11:30 – 11:45 a.m.
REMINDER: 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 8 a.m. to 6:30 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 175 calls per day and is open to all residents of Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties.

HOW TO REPORT INCIDENTS OF HARASSMENT, DISCRIMINATION
Nationwide, concerns surrounding COVID-19 have led to incidents of harassment and discrimination, particularly against Asian Americans. There is no place for discrimination — in Oregon, or anywhere. The Oregon Department of Justice urges Oregonians to report acts of hate or bias at 844-924-BIAS (2424).

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.

Friday, March 27, 2020

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

TOURISM DISCOURAGED; PUBLIC LANDS CLOSURES; RECREATE AT HOME OPTIONS; DAILY DIGEST MARCH 27, 2020


News Release from Central Oregon Emergency Information Network
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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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Helpful hotlines; Last day for PPE donations; When to call 9-1-1; Daily Updates March 26, 2020

HELPFUL HOTLINES; LAST DAY FOR PPE DONATIONS; WHEN TO CALL 9-1-1; DAILY UPDATES MARCH 26, 2020


News Release from Central Oregon Emergency Information Network
Posted on FlashAlert: March 26th, 2020 2:36 PM
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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 employers 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.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Reporting 'stay home' order violations; Campgrounds closing; Daily update 3.25.20

REPORTING 'STAY HOME' ORDER VIOLATIONS; CAMPGROUNDS CLOSING; DAILY UPDATE 3.25.20 


News Release from Central Oregon Emergency Information Network
Posted on FlashAlert: March 25th, 2020 3:09 PM
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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.
Contact Info:
Contact: JIC Media Line - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, 541-316-0087