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Access all our Central Oregon-related coverage of COVID-19, all from one place

The information about COVID-19 in Oregon, and in Central Oregon, is moving fast. Believe us when we say we're deploying all our resources to bring you the most up-to-date information that's relevant to Central Oregonians.

Part of that is helping you find our stories easily and quickly. You'll find our stories collected around our website, but we're rounding up our coverage here, too.

Connecting to Local Resources: Find Them All Here: From food to unemployment, tap these resources through the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Shannon Corey

(updated numbers as of 3/30, 5pm)

Oregon Total COVID-19 cases:

Total negative reported tests in Oregon:

Total people tested in Oregon:

Oregon deaths:

Deschutes County:
Total reported positive: 25
Total (reported) tested negative: 221

Jefferson County:
Total reported positive: 0
Total (reported) tested negative: 11

Crook County:
Total reported positive: 0
Total (reported) tested negative: 12

Here are the COVID-19 stories we've published, and the dates published.

This list will be updated as we continue to report on the situation.

Many Central Oregon School Meal Sites Re-Open Monday: After more limited locations during spring break, offerings increase this week 3/29

Bend is Awesome. Don't Come Here: In a city dominated by tourism, Bend's city manager makes an order aimed at keeping visitors away 3/29

-Counseling from the Comfort of Home: Central Oregon mental health providers mobilize to offer a range of services online or over the phone 3/28

The (Other) Unsung Heroes: A Bend grocery store employee weighs in on her personal experiences with the COVID-19 feeding frenzy 3/28

And the A-Hole Award Goes to... The Redmond man who (allegedly) spit at a cop and said he had coronavirus 3/27

SNAP Participants Can Now Buy Food Online: Pilot program launched in March goes live for all Oregonians on assistance—though options are limited in central and eastern Oregon. 3/26

Ripple Effect: How bad are things looking for the local economy? Central Oregon's economic expert weighs in 3/26

Help is on the Way: $2 federal stimulus will likely pass, including $1200 for everyone who filed taxes in '18 or '19 3/25

Asian in the Age of Coronavirus: Coronavirus affects local Asian Americans in more ways than one 3/25

Deschutes National Forest Closes Campgrounds 3/25

Point of No Return: Local leaders and hospital administrators beg the public to "stay home now" 3/24

Stay Home, Save Lives Order Hits Central Oregon: Gov's new order means cops have the power to enforce people staying home 3/23

New Order Shuts Down Oregon Retail; Other Businesses. Gyms, hair salons, arcades, other businesses ordered to close. To-go restaurants can stay open 3/23

Masking Together: Central Oregonians mobilize to make more personal protective equipment—with safety in mind, of course 3/22

Things are Getting Weird: An attack on a Bend Uber driver, a missing Arizona snowmobiler and an explosion near Bend: Is this what isolation does to us? 3/22

2020 Takeout: A Central Oregon Guide to Takeout and Delivery. Under construction now! 3/21

A Pivot to Telemedicine: COPA, Bend Vet among clinics moving care online 3/20

Nowhere to Go: The challenge of 'shelter in place,' with shelters full and public buildings shut 3/20

A Plea for PPE: St. Charles taps school lunch sites as drop spots for personal protective equipment 3/19

Oregon State Parks and Wildlife Areas Announce Closures: State lands put the kibosh on camping in campgrounds—but encourage outdoor activity for mental health 3/19

Updated: City Council Votes to Remove Transportation Bond: Volatile markets lead to vote updated 3/18

What Can Local Legislators Do? Helt, Knopp work on solutions to keep money flowing for Oregonians 3/18

The Bartenders' Blight: A restaurants and bars statewide are limited to delivery and take out only, servers and bartenders experience mass layoffs 3/18

Everything is Closed: As schools and restaurants close, and life as we know it comes to a grinding halt, connections to the community move online 3/18

At Least We Can Still... An ode to outdoor activities—one of the few sources of respite in these troubled times 3/18

We Got This. We'll Get Through This. A note from our editor and publisher on times of crisis 3/18

Going Viral: Tips for keeping yourself occupied, from our resident binge watcher 3/18

Rescheduled: A slow Central Oregon music scene as artists and venues cancel and postpone shows 3/18

The Local's Bin: A Central Oregon Music Playlist for Troubled Times. Listening to local music can soothe your soul right now—plus, it helps musicians stay afloat 3/18

Bars and Food Service Going to Carry-Out or Delivery Only: Governor, health officials announce new measures to slow spread, manage hospital load around coronavirus 3/16

...In addition to rotting in hell... Deschutes DA on the lookout for local price gouging 3/16

One More Case in Deschutes County: Oregon's total at 39 as of Sunday 3/15

Here's Where Kids Can Get Meals Starting Monday Grab-and-go locations offer free meals for kids; some offer adult meals for a low price 3/15

How Can I Help? From Facebook Groups to online donations, the coronavirus crisis can be a chance to volunteer and offer financial assistance 3/15

This is Not a Snow Day: Closure of Mt. Bachelor continues widespread closures around Central Oregon 3/15

Where, Oh Where Has the Toilet Paper Gone? A local therapist weighs in on how to reduce unnecessary panic while focusing on preparedness 3/14

Man Dies of Virus in Portland First COVID-19 death in Oregon happened Saturday 3/14

Deschutes Public Libraries to Close Doors will close Monday evening; Library expanding online offerings 3/14

Two New Cases in Deschutes County. The two adults are "self isolating," officials say. Plus: Updated state numbers as of Friday evening. 3/13

National Coronavirus Confusion: Trump declares a national emergency: Is the U.S. learning from the success and failure of other countries? 3/13

Oregon Legislators Meet Next Week: Sen. Tim Knopp will represent Central Oregon on the Special Joint Committee for Coronavirus Response 3/13

City of Bend and Deschutes County Declare State of Emergency: Links to livestream upcoming City Council meetings 3/13

Bend Park and Recreation Leading Toward a Full Closure: An emergency meeting highlights the potential for all facilities and programs to be shut down. 3/13

Record Store Day Pushed Back: The music lover's holiday will be held June 20. 3/13

Schools to Close Statewide: Schools to close Monday and through March 31 3/13

Parks Dept. Shuts Senior Center: With older populations among those at higher risk of coronavirus, BPRD closes classes, center for older adults 3/12

Event Cancellations in Central Oregon: A running list. 3/12

Big Events Out: Gov. Kate Brown Announces Orders to Slow Spread of Coronavirus: Keep schools open, but cancel events larger than 250 people, Brown says. Local schools cancel games, performances, field trips 3/12

City of Bend Cancels Some Meetings and Events:
Advisory committee meetings, project-based public meetings canceled (includes update on three more cases reported in Oregon Thursday) 3/12

Coronavirus in Deschutes County: First case in the local area is hospitalized at a St. Charles facility 3/11

Screening vs. Testing: Yes, testing labs are awaiting more kits. But the local health system says it has what it needs to screen patients for novel coronavirus 3/11

Coronavirus Comes to Oregon: Central Oregon agencies mobilize in anticipation of the arrival of COVID-19 in the region—and in hopes of preventing its spread 3/4

Don't Go to Work When You're Sick. Oregon Law Says You Can Stay Home. 3/4

Corona Cruise:
Oregon comedian finds himself onboard an un-dockable cruise ship, port countries fear coronavirus 2/19

Other things we're reading from around the innerwebs:

Key Missteps at the CDC Have Set Back Its Ability to Detect the Potential Spread of Coronavirus. ProPublica, 2/28

Flattening the Coronavirus Curve, NY Times, 3/11

Just How Bad Can a Coronavirus Recession Get? NY Times, 3/12

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention coronavirus page

Oregon Health Authority emerging respiratory infections page

Central Oregon Emergency Management Network site
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