This page provides the most recent COVID-19 information and resources for Central Oregon seniors and caregivers. Check back often for updates.

Vaccination Information: As of Apr 3

Pre-register today for your COVID-19 vaccine. Pre-registration is open to all residents, even those who are not currently eligible to receive a vaccine. Those who pre-register will be contacted by email and text with a link to schedule their vaccine appointment when they are eligible and a dose is available for them. Visit www.centraloregoncovidvaccine.com or call (541) 699-5109 for assistance.

After you pre-register, we’ll contact you to schedule an appointment when you are eligible and vaccine supply is available. Appointments will be scheduled based on Oregon Health Authority eligibility criteria.

How do I pre-register? Sign up online at www.centraloregoncovidvaccine.com or call (541) 699-5109 for assistance. Staff are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekends. Please be prepared to wait on hold or call back as this line is experiencing high call volumes.

What happens after I pre-register? If you pre-register online, you will be contacted by email or text with a link to schedule your vaccine appointment when you are eligible and a dose is available for you. The email will come from donotreply@scmc.org. Individuals who pre-register by phone will receive a call to schedule their vaccine appointment when a vaccine is available for them. Registration links cannot be shared and will expire after 48 hours.

How will appointments be scheduled? Scheduling will follow Oregon Health Authority eligibility criteria by group.

When will you start scheduling appointments for people who complete the pre-registration process? The first sets of invitations to book appointments are expected to go out on Monday, March 22.

What if I have already filled out the Deschutes County Vaccine Interest Form? Please complete the vaccine pre-registration form. The pre-registration form will allow us to send you a link for your appointment. Deschutes County will continue sharing vaccine updates with residents who have signed up for the Deschutes County Vaccine Interest Form.

Vaccines: Week of April 5

The Oregon Health Authority has allocated 7,780 first-dose COVID-19 vaccines to Deschutes County for next week. Vaccine appointments will be scheduled using Central Oregon’s vaccine pre-registration system. Invitations to schedule vaccine appointments will be sent to eligible residents who have pre-registered starting Friday, April 2. Additional appointment invitations will be sent on Sunday, April 4.

Today, the State announced that family members (who are age 16 or older) of frontline workers are now eligible for the vaccine. Family members of frontline workers will be able to pre-register for vaccine appointments (or submit a new pre-registration form) starting Monday, April 5. 

As a reminder, vaccine appointments are required at the Mass Vaccination Clinic.

More than 3,500 residents will receive second-dose vaccines at the Mass Vaccination Clinic during the week of April 5.

Residents who have not yet pre-registered are encouraged to pre-register today at www.centraloregoncovidvaccine.com. Pre-registration is open to all residents, even those who are not currently eligible to receive a vaccine. Those who pre-register will be contacted by email and text with a link to schedule their vaccine appointment when they are eligible and a dose is available for them. If you have already pre-registered, you do not need to pre-register again, unless your eligibility information has changed (new job, etc.).

Residents who are unable to pre-register online can call (541) 699-5109 for assistance. Staff are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekends. Please be prepared to wait on hold or call back as this line is experiencing high call volumes. Individuals who pre-register by phone will receive a call to schedule their vaccine appointment when a vaccine is available for them.

Eligible groups include:

To determine if you are eligible for a vaccine, visit getvaccinated.oregon.gov

Central Oregonians in Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties can pre-register for the vaccine by visiting www.centraloregoncovidvaccine.com.

Retail Pharmacy Vaccine Availability
Some retail pharmacies in Central Oregon are offering the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible groups through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program for COVID-19 Vaccination. There will not be enough vaccines to vaccinate all eligible Oregonians at these locations due to the limited supply. Appointment availability changes frequently. Appointments may be available by visiting https://vaccinefinder.org.

Veterans

With the passage of the SAVE LIVES Act, the VA can now offer vaccines to all veterans — even those not enrolled in VA health care — as well as to their spouses and caregivers. Local VA medical centers will be receiving additional vaccine doses in the coming weeks. If you’re a veteran, spouse, or caregiver, you should contact your local VA medical center to schedule your appointment.

New Facemask Guidelines: Feb 10, 2021.

CDC says double-masking offers more protection against the Coronavirus. The CDC conducted experiments to assess two ways of improving the fit of medical procedure masks: fitting a cloth mask over a medical procedure mask, and knotting the ear loops of a medical procedure mask and then tucking in and flattening the extra material close to the face. Each modification substantially improved source control and reduced wearer exposure.

Our Phone Support and Hours

As a critical service organization, we are open Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm to support seniors, caregivers and families over the phone. 

  • We continue to provide our information and referral services over the phone for the tri-county Monday – Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Call us at (541) 678-5483.
  • Effective July 1, wearing masks and sanitizing hands or wearing clean gloves will be required when entering our building for our volunteers or any delivery, construction or deliver workers, or you will be turned away.
  • If you have Medicare questions or need help signing up for Medicare at age 65 – call to set up an appointment at: (541) 678-5483 ext. 211
  • Follow us on Facebook for updates too.

Senior Center Updates

Information on senior center programs across the tri-county can be found below:

  1. Starting on March 17th, seniors over 60 can get a take-home meal at the La Pine Senior Center on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. 
    • Take-home will be available for pick up between 12 noon and 12:30 on a first come first serve basis each day until further notice.
  2. Meals on Wheels home-delivery will continue uninterrupted using a non-contact delivery method. 
    • Meals on Wheels home delivery is suspending hand-to-hand delivery and are asking volunteers and our clients to keep a six-foot distance from each other. 
  3. Check the La Pine Senior Center website for the latest updates
  1. March 12th is the last day of congregate lunches until further notice.
  2. All programming is cancelled as of March 12th.
  3. Please do NOT come to the Center, the doors are locked.
  4. Meals on Wheels home-delivery will continue uninterrupted using a non-contact delivery method. 
    1. Meals on Wheels home delivery is suspending hand-to-hand delivery and are asking volunteers and our clients to keep a six-foot distance from each other. 
  5. The Senior Center office will be open 9-2 for any questions or concerns. Call (541) 548-6325.
  1. Starting on April 7th, seniors over 60 can get a take-home meal to go at the Jefferson County Senior Center on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. 
    1. Take-home will be available for pick up between 12 noon and 12:30 on a first come first serve basis each day until further notice
  2. Meals on Wheels home-delivery will continue uninterrupted using a non-contact delivery method. Meals on Wheels home delivery is suspending hand-to-hand delivery and are requiring volunteers and clients to keep a 6-foot distance from each other. 
  3. The Senior Center is closed as of 12 noon, March 17th.
  4. Veteran’s Affairs service officers are doing appointments for clients by phone only at this time.
  1. Prineville Senior Center is currently closed for a major remodel. During this closure they are still continuing our Home Delivery program. M-F
  2. Meals on Wheels home-delivery will continue uninterrupted using a non-contact delivery method. 
    1. Meals on Wheels home delivery is suspending hand-to-hand delivery and are asking volunteers and our clients to keep a six-foot distance from each other.  Volunteers who have a cough or have symptoms of the flu are asked to stay at home rather than risk exposing homebound seniors.
  3. All other activities have been temporarily moved to other locations
  4. March 13th is the last day of congregate lunches until further notice.
  1. Bend Senior Center will close at 5:00 pm on March 13th until further notice
  2. Check the Bend Parks and Rec website for updates
  1. Starting on March 31st, seniors over 60, can get a take-home lunch at the Sisters Community Church each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. 
    1. Take-home will be available for pick up between 12 noon and 12:30 on a first come first serve basis each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday until further notice.
      1. Clients can drive through the main entrance of the Church and will be met with a meal to-go as they sit in their car.
  2. Meals on Wheels home-delivery is continuing uninterrupted using a non-contact delivery method. 
    1. For Meals on Wheels home delivery, we are suspending hand-to-hand delivery and are asking volunteers and our clients to keep a six-foot distance from each other. 

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

Call 2-1-1 any day of the week 8 am to 11 pm for answers to your COVID-19 questions. For questions about COVID-19 throughout Central Oregon (Crook, Deschutes, and Jefferson Counties), you can call (541) 699-5109 Mon-Fri, 8:00 am to 6:30 pm.

Oregon COVID-19 website – The official response effort from the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, addressing the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon.

Oregon COVID-19 Response – See how the state is responding, including updated case numbers.

Oregon Health Authority Coronavirus Updates – Find more detailed information on cases, plus resources for caregivers and seniors.

Oregon Health Authority Coronavirus Updates: Spanish – Find details on cases, plus resources for caregivers and seniors on this Facebook page.

Governor Brown’s Website – Check here for executive order details from the governor.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention Coronavirus information – The CDC offers tips for preventing the spread of COVID-19 and resources for those who are ill.

Safe and Strong Oregon – Caring for each other through COVID-19.

Central Oregon SOS – Support for Central Oregon employers, employees, and community resources.

City of Sisters Updates – Get COVID-19 updates and information from the City of Sisters.

City of Bend Updates – Get COVID-19 updates and information from the City of Bend.

How to Protect Seniors from Coronavirus – Learn ways to prevent, prepare and protect our seniors.

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Prevention – See how you can help to prevent COVID-19 from spreading.

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions – Learn about the virus, symptoms and prevention

Central Oregon Emergency Information Network one pager handout – Download a PDF document detailing prevention and treatment.

Coronavirus Tax Relief – Learn about tax relief and economic impact payments for Americans.