▶️ Deschutes Co. discusses reopening plan; no dates set


Deschutes County Commissioners on Wednesday continued to discuss a plan to reopen the economy but offered no specifics on when planned phases would begin.

While the plan is still in the draft stage, commissioners said residents shouldn’t expect a complete reopen. Instead, it will be attempted in phases.

Phase I would include robust testing and contact tracing, healthcare system capacity and PPE supplies, as well as plans for health and safety.

As for businesses, Phase I would allow restaurants to offer dine-in options with strict measures in place, retail, childcare and personal services, such as salons, to open with caution.

Visit Bend also presented a reopening plan that would come in phases.

It would start with gatherings of family groups, to later including guests from outside the county (but still in-state), and lastly welcoming guests from outside the state while implementing social distancing whenever possible.

Wednesday’s meeting also included discussion on current PPE numbers.

As of Wednesday, health care professionals in Central Oregon had access to

  • 13,000 N95 masks
  • 22,350 KN95 masks
  • 1,636 gowns
  • 5,500 face shields
  • 71,790 gloves

Commissioners discussed how the supply chain of masks is not meeting demand. Even quantity of gowns should be around 30,000.

Central Oregon should be receiving a shipment of 10,000 N95 masks on Friday. County commissioners did not confirm a date for any of the re-open phases.


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