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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
  • Shannon Corey

(updated as of 8/11, 4pm)

Oregon Total COVID-19 cases:
21,774

Total negative reported tests in Oregon:
435,314

Total reported people tested in Oregon:
455,957

Oregon deaths:
368

Deschutes County:
Total reported positive: 616
Total (reported) tested negative: 19,624
Total deaths: 10

Jefferson County:
Total reported positive: 377
Total (reported) tested negative: 3,572
Total deaths: 4

Crook County:
Total reported positive: 50
Total (reported) tested negative: 1,825
Total deaths: 1


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.

News Briefs: Man Dies at Bend's New High School, DA Charges Fred Meyer Employee with Harassment After Allegedly Shoving Trump Supporter & Two Bend First Responders Test Positive for COVID-19 8/5

Loss And Loneliness At Local Long-Term Care Facilities: A COVID-19 outbreak at a local nursing home was related to six recent deaths. As the pandemic frenzy wears on, are we leaving some of society’s most vulnerable behind? 8/4

Broken Pipes, Broken Promises: The tribes at Warm Springs deal with both a water shortage and a dramatic spike in COVID-19 cases 7/29

Five Central Oregon Deaths Reported In A Single Day: Oregon Health Authority reports five more deaths, bringing state total to 303 7/28

Three New COVID-19 Deaths In Central Oregon: The Oregon Health Authority reported the deaths early Friday, taking the total death toll in Central Oregon to five 7/24

Fines For The Unmasked: Bend City Council puts teeth to the governor's mask orders, with fines for those not in compliance 7/23

Burnout In The Time Of Coronavirus: Precaution exhaustion, fear of being judged and the claustrophobia of quarantine are part of the new normal 7/22

The Plague Rages On: New mask laws, first death, outbreak at nursing home, record-breaking case counts and more in the time of COVID-19 7/22 

It’s Not Over Yet: As COVID case numbers increase, Gov. Kate Brown announces a new set of guidelines 7/22

Compliance Complaints: In a recent sweep, Deschutes County bars win the “prize” for the most COVID-related health and safety complaints in the state 7/21

First COVID-19 Death; Outbreak At Local Nursing Home: Deschutes County reports first COVID-related death, 20 case outbreak at Mt. Bachelor Memory Care Center 7/15

The Virus And Bend's Sewage: With COVID-19 able to live on in sewage, does Bend's untreated wastewater pose a risk? 7/15

Get It Together, Oregon: Gov. Kate Brown limits group gatherings, extends mask requirements  7/13

Face Covering Distribution For Deschutes County: Deschutes County to distribute over 130,000 masks, hoping to prevent a second wave of shutdowns 7/10

Bend-La Pine Schools Plans To Go Hybrid This Fall: The district releases tentative plans for a mix of in-person and online learning 7/8

Mask And You Shall Receive: Local business owners share the ups and downs of the new statewide mask mandate 7/8

Bend Park & Recreation Camp Leader Tested Positive For COVID-19 In Late June; Seven Campers Self-Quarantined: Staff member was not hospitalized, and no campers tested positive, BPRD's executive director says 7/4

Hospitalizations Tick Up At St. Charles: To slow the spread, hospital system asks people to celebrate at home and mind health guidelines during the July 4 weekend  7/4

Local Mask Force: Local businesses and makers band together to bring masks (now mandatory in Oregon) to the people of Bend 7/3

Central Oregon Pride Goes Virtual: The Local Business Unity Project provides community members with a way to show support and celebrate inclusion 6/17

Pandemic School Year: The state just issued a long list of guidelines for Oregon schools. 2020-2021 may be the weirdest school year in Bend since 1918 6/16

Zero COVID-Positive Cases Found In OSU Study: Researchers conclude one in 1,000 people in Bend had an active case of COVID-19 during study 6/16

Winning: Holy Ship! Postal Connections has seen a 25% increase in revenue during the pandemic 5/26

Cases Spike Right After Reopening: After a spike in local coronavirus cases, Deschutes County gets an F from state health authorities 5/26

Coronavirus Study Coming To 30 Bend Neighborhoods: Researchers from Oregon State University may knock on your door this weekend and offer a free COVID-19 test 5/26

Green On Green On... Green: Quarantine has helped local garden centers boom and bloom 5/26

Everyone Needs A New Sign: Delivery options and other COVID-era announcements help buoy sign makers' bottom lines 5/26

The Glass Is Half Empty: Restaurants cannot survive on 50% of previous revenues for long. Demand for food delivery and the challenges of rehiring add insult to injury 5/26

Unmasked Questions: Exploring the great divide: to wear masks, or not to wear masks? A local disease ecologist weighs in 5/24

Gyms Are Open, Will People Go? Which fitness centers are open and how they are making it 5/15

We’re Open! But This Is Not Business As Usual: Deschutes County was among the 29 Oregon counties approved to reopen some businesses on Friday 5/14

Testing The Crap Out Of Bend: How big is Bend's COVID outbreak? Researchers test the sewer system to find out 5/11

Eat, Drink, Play... But Stay 6 Feet Away: (Now with video!) Local restaurant owners prepare to adapt to new dining restrictions, should Gov. Brown approve Phase One of reopening for Deschutes County 5/11

First Friday: Phase One Reopening In Central Oregon What reopening—which could happen Friday—really means for businesses in Central Oregon 5/11

Running Through COVID-19: FootZone's social media manager tells us what life has been like for runners during the pandemic and how he used running to raise over $15,000 for NeighborImpact 5/9

Are We Ready To Reopen? The governor will decide whether to approve Deschutes County’s proposal to open restaurants, salons and retail stores next Friday 5/7

Central Cascades Wilderness Limited Entry System Delayed: Visitors to popular trailheads in Central Oregon won't have to get permits this year after all, due to COVID-19 5/7

COVID-19 And Climate Change: Researchers are linking higher air pollution and COVID-19 death rates. So where will that put us during fire season? 5/6

COVID-19 Impacts On Central Oregon's Real Estate Market: Are homes selling, and at what price? 5/6

COVID-19 - Myth Vs. Fact:  Two Oregon epidemiologists weigh in on the circulation of COVID-19 misinformation 5/5

Some State Parks Open Back Up: Pilot Butte is back, baby! And so are some of its friends, as of Wednesday! 5/5

Bend's Stay Healthy Streets Could Use A Pick-Me-Up: With limited resources available to the City, how safe can Greenways be? And how long will the Stay Healthy Streets initiative last? 5/5

Cinco De Mayo, Social Distancing Style: Four local taco joints offer Cinco de Mayo food specials, DIY margarita mix and no-contact pick-up 5/4

Pandemic Drives Demand For Locally Grown Produce: Regional farmers markets will open in June, most local Community Supported Agriculture shares sold out 5/4

Restaurant Workers Encouraged To Wear Cloth Masks: Non-medical-grade masks help prevent the spread of COVID-19 from asymptomatic people, health officials say 5/3

Tourism Tensions: With tourism on hold, city and tourism agency budgets are going to be hit hard. With that, local leaders wrestle with when and how to invite tourists back 5/2

For Emergency Mask Makers Group, It’s Mission Accomplished: Central Oregon Emergency Mask Makers Facebook group puts operations on pause, after making 31,000+ masks 5/1

So Many Test Sites: Tight testing guidelines still apply, but many places now offer drive-thru testing in Bend, Redmond, Madras 4/27

Where To Donate Your Stimulus Check To Help Central Oregonians: If the economic impact payment is a "bonus" for you, here's where to give some to those who need it 4/24

Supporting Non-Native English Speakers During The COVID-19 Crisis: State and local agencies, TV stations among those offering more information in languages other than English 4/23

Oregon Health Care Centers Can Head Back To Work: Gov. Kate Brown lifts restrictions on non-emergency procedures and health care—after some urging from Bend's state rep. 4/23

Door-To-Door COVID-19 Testing Study Starts At OSU: Researchers from the university may expand the study to other communities in Oregon in the coming months 4/22

A Redmond Man's COVID-19 Story, And A Plea To Take Quarantine Seriously: As fellow townspeople demonstrate in favor of re-opening the economy, a healthy 38-year-old Redmond man shares his battle with the virus 4/21

Neighborhood Greenways Go Car-Free: City blocks off a few neighborhood streets to provide safe sites for walking and biking close to home 4/21

Getting Crafty: 'Drink Local' now means making homemade cocktails, using locally source spirits and ingredients 4/19

COVID-19 Comes to Oregon Prisons and Jails: Deschutes County Adult Jail reduced its population in hopes of staving off an outbreak 4/19

St. Charles Nurse Shares an Insider's Perspective on Caring for COVID-19 Patients: He's on the team intubating patients in Bend. This is what he wants you to know. 4/17

Mt. Bachelor Passholders Get Credit for Next Season: Pass holders can expect credits added automatically to next season's passes 4/17

New Restaurants, New Hurdles: A few local food spots had only just launched before being hit with the executive order banning dine-in. Here's what it's like for them. 4/16

Complaints About Safety Flood OSHA: More than 100 employers in Deschutes County were reported to the state's occupational health and safety board for allegedly failing to comply with COVID-19 precautions 4/15

From Drinks to Disinfectant: Liquor sales in March were at record levels—but local distilleries are still reserving part of their workload for hand sanitizer 4/15

Opening the State: When's the Date? Gov. Kate Brown discusses prerequisites for gradually lifting stay-at-home orders 4/14

What's Open in the Outdoors: A recap for those who've lost track 4/14

Drive-Thru Specimen Collection, Coming to a Hospital Near You: If your doctor thinks you need a test, you can get one from your car from St. Charles starting this week 4/14

Tenants and Landlords "In It Together" For Now: Gov. Brown banned evictions for nonpayment during the coronavirus crisis. Many local tenants still made rent April 1—but May's rent may be a challenge 4/13

Coastal States Create Path Forward Together: Governors of OR, WA, CA announce plan to reopen their economies together. When that is? Still up in the air. 4/13

Buying a House in a Pandemic: Low interest rates, less competition between buyers and a looming metropolitan exodus makes now a good time to buy a house, realtors say 4/10

When Will Central Oregon Reach Its Peak? Top regional experts provide a snapshot of hospital capacity, surge protections and testing 4/10

Bite of Bend Postponed til 2021: Summer festival season affected by coronavirus with The Bite, 4 Peaks and Cascade Cycling all canceled 4/10

Marble Racing Takes the Checkered Flag: Look out NASCAR, here comes... marble racing? 4/10

Jefferson County Reports First Coronavirus Case—Though the Person Isn't Actually in Jefferson County. Cases are reported by county of residence—meaning tourist locales like Bend could have more cases than we know 4/9

Pandemic Cancels Cascade Cycling Classic 4/9

Master Working from Home, from three Bend locals who do it all the time 4/9

Interning in a Pandemic: A conversation between our editor and our student intern, who's now interning in the world of social distancing 4/8

Are We Flattening the Curve? When will quarantine end? What's with the under-testing? And other questions for Deschutes County's health services director 3/7

For Seniors, Isolation and Health Risks Can Hit Hard: Hotlines, meal delivery and social support: How organizations in Central Oregon are reaching out to older people 4/7

We Asked Local Groceries About Their Mask Policies. Here's Each Store's Response. 4/7

Guest Commentary: This Too. A window on life in a pandemic world. 4/7

It's Official: Central Oregon Health Departments Recommend Wearing Masks in Public 4/6

Rapid Testing Could Ease Social Distancing. But Getting the Kits to Do It? Another Story. A Bend test kit distributor describes his challenges importing at-home test kits 4/6

Guest Commentary: Mental Health & COVID-19 4/5

Why Can't I Get Tested?: A Bend woman shares her saga of trying to get a coronavirus test in Central Oregon 4/3

Pole Pedal Paddle Canceled Multi-sport event is a highlight of Central Oregon spring... but it will have to wait til 2021  4/3

Bend Cultural Tourism Grants on Hold: With tourism revenues at an all-time low, Visit Bend cuts grants to cultural organizations and nonprofits 4/2

Crook County Sees Its First COVID-19 Case 4/1

St. Charles Puts out New Call: 10,000 Community-Made Masks 4/1

Make Masks Cool: Bend nurses dole out PPE for fellow workers, after an angel donation falls in their laps 3/31

Checking in with Sen. Ron Wyden: Wyden pushes for more unemployment benefits, money for hospitals and nationwide vote by mail 3/31

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 interwebs:


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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Nicole Vulcan has been editor of the Source since 2016. (Blame her for everything since then.) Favorite car: A Trek commuter bike. Favorite cat: An adopted dog who looks like a Jedi master. Favorite things, besides responding to your comments: Downton Abbey re-runs, Aretha Franklin albums, and pink wine.
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