Now is a time to get creative as we rally together as a community to support one another, as residents, business owners, friends and neighbors. Have you seen a business or organization getting creative as they adapt to the changing environment? We’d love to hear about it! Drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to share with us! In the meantime, here are some things we’ve seen going on in the spirit of #CentralOregonStrong.
Making masks for medical workers
By now, many of us have heard about the shortage of personal protective equipment, or PPE, for front-line medical workers doing their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic. After donating their surplus PPE, a group of dental professionals in Bend joined together to further address the shortage by developing 3D printed masks and face shields to donate to local medical personnel in need. Learn more about the group’s efforts on their website or join their Facebook group here.
Distilleries turning alcohol into sanitizer
At a time when local stores are struggling to stock enough hand sanitizer to fulfill the needs of the community, the local sanitizer supply is getting a boost from distilleries, whose operators know their way around sanitizer’s main ingredient—alcohol. In Central Oregon, hand sanitizer is available from a handful of distilleries, including Crater Lake Spirits at the tasting room in Bend (one bottle free per person), Oregon Spirit Distillers (free with your own container, or containers available for sale) and New Basin Distilling Company in Madras (who was out of stock this week but aiming to make more as soon as they gathered all the supplies).
As businesses grapple with uncertainty and many have temporarily closed their doors or changed their operating model, Visit Central Oregon is working to shine a light on our local community through uplifting videos shared with #CentralOregonStrong on their social media channels. Head over to @visitcentraloregon on Instagram to see what businesses and organizations like Kids Center, Bos Taurus, The Center and others are doing to get creative and stay strong during the COVID-19 pandemic.