- Apr 05
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Streets & Operations men and women are critical to our ability to maintain safe streets #inBend: We are still filling potholes, striping, maintaining landscapes, sweeping and more -- but we are practicing social distancing by splitting up work shifts, working in smaller teams and equipping staff with protective equipment. For everyone’s safety, we ask the public not to approach Streets & Operations staff working in the field to help maintain a safe social distance. Federal guidelines list Public Works employees as first responders -- along with public safety and law enforcement. Obviously, assuring access to clean water, treating sewage, maintaining safe streets and safe buildings are essential during this crisis. Now more than ever it’s imperative for the City of Bend, Oregon Government to continue to keep making Bend work, as other sectors are shutting down. We’re in this together.
- Apr 02
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Can you help our local healthcare workers?
- Apr 01
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THANK YOU for staying home. Getting a little bored? Complete the 2020 United States Census online! If you haven't already; it's easy and quick -- complete the census today at www.2020CENSUS.gov Census data is always important for representation and budgeting. With #COVID19 relief on its way, it's important now more than ever to make sure you are counted. ❤️💙 ¡El Censo 2020 ya ha llegado! Puede completar su formulario por internet: https://www.2020census.gov/es.html
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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