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Bend woman who tested positive for COVID-19 issues plea: ‘Just stay home’

'Don't take your kid to the playground, don't go to friend's houses...'

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ)-- St. Charles Bend confirmed a Bend woman tested positive for COVID-19 Thursday evening, and she had a simple message Friday for fellow Central Oregonians: "Stay home."

The woman, who did not want to disclose her identity, told NewsChannel 21 Friday more people need to take this virus more seriously and follow the preventative measures implemented to keep it from spreading.

"Stay home," she said. "Just stay home -- just stay home. Don't take your kid to the playground, don't go to friend's houses -- just stay home."

The woman said she thought she had a common cold triggered by her allergies. But after experiencing symptoms of body aches, headaches, shortness of breathe and tiredness, she knew this was much more than just a cold.

"Then it feels like someone took a bat and beat the stuffing out of you," she said."

The woman said she did travel to Washington state, but medical professionals believe she caught the virus locally, here in Central Oregon. She said she currently is being quarantined at home, and has not been prescribed any medication.

"You may not have any real symptoms," she said. "You may think it's allergies, but you can be a carrier."

She also said there is still relatively little information about the virus, but a representative at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told her there are likely to be hundreds more cases in Deschutes County.

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Arielle Brumfield

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  1. “The woman said she did travel to Washington state, but medical professionals believe she caught the virus locally, here in Central Oregon.”

    Why’s that ? because there is so much more Wuhan Bat Flu Virus here in CO than in Washington State ???

    “She also said there is still relatively little information about the virus’

    Not really- we actually know a lot about this virus- but when people like you fail to disclose all the details of your trip to Washington- your age (probably not in the at risk group- cause you were sent home) and just show up here all anonymous like… well- that doesn’t really clear up the picture here in CO. All I’m hearin’ from this story is that there are no cases in Crook or in Jefferson- guess being one of the poorest counties in the state has it’s benefits !

  2. I guess having COVID-19 makes her someone that the rest of us should listen to. Sorry, but one person’s personal experience with illness is only one Insignificant fraction of the pandemic. I’ll continue to review the CDC’s info instead.

  3. This just in. Experts say 100% of ALL people who contract COVID19 will die. This just in. Experts say 100% of ALL people who do not contract COVID19 will die. We have lost all sense of perspective. Heck. It may as well be blamed on a massive conspiracy between Purell and Charmin to boost profits. But I will blame it on AOC and Al Gore to eliminate the human population to save the planet from global warming.

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