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Face Covering Distribution for Deschutes County 

Deschutes County to distribute over 130,000 masks, hoping to prevent a second wave of shutdowns

In light of the statewide face covering mandate, Deschutes County announced that they will begin distributing close to 130,000 masks to local nonprofits, chambers and cities.

The State of Oregon and Business Oregon provided the masks, and they are intended solely for public use. They're disposable and reusable (if they are clean); however, they are not washable. Distribution efforts begin Friday, and are geared towards preventing another round of business closures that could result from a significant spike in COVID-19 cases.

Deschutes County Commissioner Patti Adair commented, “Wearing face coverings is one of the easiest ways we can support local business and keep Central Oregon open. If we don’t stabilize COVID-19 cases in Deschutes County, we may have to take steps backward in our re-opening process. That’s the last thing any of us wants to see. Our local businesses want to stay open. Our kids want to go back to school in the fall. Let’s work together to make that happen.”

In the press release, Deschutes County Health Services reminded locals that wearing a face mask does not minimize the need to practice social distancing, avoid large crowds and wash hands regularly. DCHS also suggested wearing a face covering outdoors in areas where maintaining 6 feet of distance from others would prove difficult.

click to enlarge Enjoy the warm Bend sunshine, but remember to wear a face covering if you cannot maintain a safe distance from others - even outdoors, local health officials remind the public. - CAYLA CLARK
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  • Enjoy the warm Bend sunshine, but remember to wear a face covering if you cannot maintain a safe distance from others - even outdoors, local health officials remind the public.

Prevention efforts are becoming increasingly important. The Oregon Health Authority warned of a possible dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases if Oregonians continue ignoring guidelines. In a Friday statement, state health officials stated, “The bottom line is that the disease is spreading more rapidly than expected and that since reopening, Oregonians have not consistently modeled the behavior needed to contain the spread of COVID-19.”

OHA linked recent outbreaks to social gatherings like birthdays, graduation celebrations and fraternity parties, and to other gatherings where masks are not mandated, such as group fitness classes.

click to enlarge Deschutes County will be providing disposable masks to community partners beginning Friday. - UNSPLASH
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  • Deschutes County will be providing disposable masks to community partners beginning Friday.
Deschutes County Public Health Director Nahad Sadr-Azodi also weighed in on the subject. “Wearing face coverings is one of the best tools to protect ourselves and each other,” she said. “By wearing a face covering, we protect others, especially the vulnerable, in case we have COVID-19 but are not symptomatic yet. If we continue to wear face coverings in public, watch our distance, wash our hands frequently, we can help keep each other safe and our communities open.”


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Cayla Clark

Cayla graduated from UCLA with a degree in playwriting, soon after realizing that playwriting is not a viable career option. Fortunately, this led her to journalism, and she is thrilled to be part of such a unique and fun-loving team. Upcoming local events? Send them her way!
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