Thursday, March 19, 2020

Personal Protective Equipment Drive Set Friday; Daily COVID-19 Update, March 19, 2020


News Release from Central Oregon Emergency Information Network
Posted on FlashAlert: March 19th, 2020 5:07 PM
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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
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
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.
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:, 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
COEIN’s website, 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.
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