- Apr 08
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NICER WEATHER AHEAD #INBEND, BUT SOME CLARIFICATIONS: As temperatures climb this week here on the High Desert, Central Oregonians need to be aware of outdoor recreation opportunities as well as closures. Several restrictions are in place to reduce personal exposure to #COVID19 and to protect First Responders. Mental health experts recommend fresh air and time in nature, but this must be balanced with the physical distancing mandated by the state-wide executive order to stay home. With different governments managing different lands, here’s a comprehensive look at all the options and current status. READ MORE on what’s OPEN & CLOSED as far as outdoor recreation goes: https://bit.ly/3c6dunw
- Apr 08
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YOUR VIDEO ENTRIES WANTED: Hey students! If you're spending a little more time at home and want to test out your video making skills, then we have a contest for you! The 2020 Clean Water Works Kid's Contest is LIVE. Entries are due May 1st! Check out more information about requirements, subject matter, and applications on the Clean Water Works homepage: https://bit.ly/2Vet4GA WATCH the 2018 Grand Prize Award Winner - Marvin Walder - Bend "Aqua-Culture" - on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRbZVDpTGX4 The grand prize winner of the contests receives the opportunity to work with local media professionals at Central Oregon Daily News/ Zolo Media to remake their student video into a full-fledged professional public service announcement (PSA) to be aired on area TV stations and at the BendFilm Festival. WATCH Marvin Walder's Final Product with some help with the pros at Zolo Media: https://www.bendoregon.gov/home/showdocument?id=43396
- Apr 07
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Keep washing those hands! A note about pet concerns regarding the novel coronavirus: There's very little data available on the human to pet transmission risk for COVID-19. Regardless, trying to keep everyone -- both two legged and four -- as safe as possibly is most important.
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Declaring a Local State of Emergency in the City of Bend
For Immediate Release
Date: March 13, 2020
DECLARING A LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY IN THE CITY OF BEND AS A RESULT OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC
Bend City Manager Eric King has declared a local state of emergency as a result of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), which was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization and has been confirmed in Deschutes County. Governor Kate Brown has declared a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 outbreak in Oregon.
The declaration allows more flexibility and authorization for the City Manager to take actions to help protect the health and safety of the community, through a number of means from limiting access to public places, to buying items or services related to health and safety without normal procurement procedures that can take additional time.
“We need to move fast and be nimble in our responses right now, as this is a rapidly evolving situation,” said Mayor Sally Russell. “This declaration should not inspire concern, but rather, should assure the public that the City is taking every precaution possible to prevent the spread of this virus in our community.”
“My primary focus is to restrict the spread of COVID-19 and to maintain the health of our workforce so employees can continue to provide crucial City services,” said City Manager Eric King. “I have and will continue to develop emergency policies regarding the use of sick leave, vacation leave, telecommuting, meeting protocols, and more, which will be in effect for the duration of the emergency.”
While this emergency is in place, the City will not send shut-off notices or shut off water for non-payment of unpaid water bills and will not allow any permitted special events of more than 250 people.
To eliminate exposure and spread of COVID-19, and in support of state and federal guidelines for social distancing, the City has cancelled all advisory committee meetings and public, project-specific outreach meetings or open houses. City employees are encouraged to telecommute and to conduct meetings through online conferencing tools when possible. Disinfecting and cleaning operations have increased significantly in City facilities.
Currently, scheduled City Council meetings are expected to continue, but with social distancing modifications including increased space between chairs. This results is a smaller capacity in Council Chambers. The City strongly encourages livestreaming the meeting from home through www.bendoregon.gov/councilagenda. Anyone who wishes to communicate with the Council is also welcome to email email@example.com.
FOR INFORMATION ON COVID-19:
- Deschutes County Health Services for countywide updates: deschutes.org/covid19
- Oregon Health Authority for statewide updates: healthoregon.org/coronavirus
- Centers for Disease Control for U.S. updates: cdc.gov/covid19
- Central Oregon Emergency Information Network (COEIN) for local updates: coemergencyinfo.blogspot.com/
- Community members can call 2-1-1 for general information and questions about COVID-19.
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