COVID Hospitalizations Surge

The Oregon Health Authority’s COVID-19 Weekly Report, released Wednesday, shows a fifth consecutive week of surging daily cases and surging hospitalizations from the previous week. OHA reported 5,729 new daily cases of COVID-19 during the week of Monday, April 19 through Sunday, April 27. That represents a 21% increase from the previous week and marks the fifth consecutive week of 20% or higher increases in daily cases.

New COVID-19 related hospitalizations nearly doubled from 171 to 333. St. Charles hospitals in Bend and Redmond report 34 COVID-19 patients Wednesday, four of whom are in the ICU, with two on ventilators.

OHA also reported 26 COVID-19 related deaths. There were 133,563 tests for COVID-19 for the week of April 18 through April 24. The percentage of positive tests was 6%. People 70 years of age and older have accounted for 39% of COVID-19 related hospitalizations and 76% of COVID-19 related deaths.

Today’s COVID-19 Weekly Outbreak Report shows 34 active COVID-19 outbreaks in senior living communities and congregate living settings, with three or more confirmed cases and one or more COVID-19 related deaths.

Living Well With Chronic Conditions

The Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson County health departments are offering a six-week, online class to support people living with chronic health conditions. Learn from trained volunteer leaders with their own health conditions about how to: * manage

Medicare Open Enrollment Underway

Open enrollment begins today for Medicare Advantage and Part D prescription drug plans. Open enrollment for the 2022 Medicare plan year is from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, 2021. Medicare plans and coverage for prescription drugs change each

Gas Prices Inch Up

“Skyrocketing crude prices are the major driver for the continued rise in gas prices this fall. Crude oil prices typically account for between 50% and 60% of the price at the pump,” says Marie Dodds, public affairs

Prescribed Burn Continues Near Fort Rock

If conditions remain favorable, fuels specialists on the Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District plan to conduct an 875-acre prescribed burn approximately 7 miles northwest of the Fort Rock community on National Forest lands on Thursday. Ignitions may last

Historical Haunts Returns To Downtown Bend

The Deschutes Historical Museum’s Historical Haunts of Downtown Bend walking tours return to in-person for two nights, October 15 & 16. Event organizers remind you to bring your flashlights, comfortable shoes, and plenty of nerve! Each night