COVID-19

Point of No Return: Local leaders and hospital administrators beg the public to "stay home now"

Local officials and hospital administrators say Central Oregon is at a turning point. People in the community can either obey orders and stay put, or patients suffering with severe symptoms of COVID-19 will soon overwhelm local hospitals.

During a virtual press conference on March 24 with nearly 50 attendees, local officials — joined by St. Charles Health System administrators — urged local media outlets to convey one simple message to the public:

DO NOT LEAVE YOUR HOUSE UNLESS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY.



The presenters repeated and expanded on the message multiple times. Do not make physical contact with anyone outside of your immediate household, and to remain at least six feet away from other people.