Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Central Oregonians Urged to Stay Home, Save Lives


News Release from Central Oregon Emergency Information Network
During a virtual press conference today at 1:30 p.m., St. Charles CEO Joe Sluka was 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 a video of the virtual press conference and photos of the PowerPoint slides, community members can visit 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, joined Sluka in calling for action on the part of Central Oregonians to stay home and save lives during this critical time.

Sluka shared projection models that demonstrated 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. Sluka, Helt, Russell, and Conway were also available for questions from media during the press conference.

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


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.