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St. Charles Redmond Tries to Alleviate Concerns Following Covid Outbreak

Health officials in Deschutes County are trying to alleviate public concerns among patients and their families after that alarming Covid news out of St. Charles Redmond last week.  St. Charles Health officials say they’re still investigating the source of the Covid outbreak that spread to more than 30 staffers at the facility.  Last week they said initial contract tracing had pointed to a Covid positive patient who had visited St. Charles Redmond as the source of the infection.  Health officials say St. Charles Redmond has vaccinated more than 60 percent of the staffers so far.  Stringent safety precautions have been put in place at the facility to help contain the outbreak.


Federal Wildfire Aid to Benefit Central Oregon

More than $3M from the feds is heading toward the Buttes to Basins All Lands Forest Resiliency Project in Deschutes and Jefferson counties.  State Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced the funding Friday, which will also go in part to Oregon’s Lake County All Lands Restoration Initiative.   The 3 mil is part of an over five million dollar federal pie, and will help to support much needed maintenance and restoration following the devastating wildfires last year. The portion devoted to wildfire risk and recovery will include weed treatment, brush management, and prescribed burns. 

 

 

 


Bend Robbery Suspect Faces Charges After Two Hits

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Department says they have a suspect in custody following a robbery and an attempted robbery at two locations in Bend on Saturday afternoon.  19 year old Levi Church faces charges in connection with an attempted robbery at Cash Connection at 1031 Northeast 5th Street.  Police say the cashier there didn’t have any money to give him, but provided them with enough of a description to go on to help them catch up with Church right after they say he robbed the Expressway Market & Gas Station at 1450 Southeast Reed Market. 

 


Bend Trader Joe's Reopens Following Weekend Fire

Bend fire officials say a fire at Trader Joe’s in Bend early Saturday morning resulted in about ten thousand dollars in damage but - fortunately - no injuries.  Investigators say it broke out in a display freezer and spread smoke and fumes throughout the store, forcing it to close for a day to clean up.  The fire had burned itself out by the time crews got to the scene just before 5 a.m., but the flammable refrigerant was continuing to leak out.  Lots of food was lost, but it was business as usual yesterday.
 

Redmond Schools Delay Re-Opening

A rise in Covid cases is pushing the reopening plans back for the 7,500 students in the Redmond School District.  School officials announced on Friday that they will wait another three weeks before returning to in-person learning, setting its new date of February 22 – 20 days after the original date set for reopening.  School officials say too many staffers are in quarantine, which would stretch staffing levels too thin. Teachers in Deschutes County started receiving vaccines last week.  

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