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Waldorf School of Bend deals with COVID-19 outbreak involving 5 students, staff

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BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- On Wednesday, the Oregon Health Authority reported 21 cases of COVID-19 at schools around the state. The largest single school outbreak in its weekly report was at the Waldorf School of Bend.

The school's interim director, Nate Brocious, told NewsChannel 21 on Thursday that the OHA report was inaccurate in its report of seven COVID-19 cases -- three students and four staff or volunteers -- and that the total has actually been five cases.

But Brocious said they are in fact still dealing with positive cases among students and staff members.

"We have five total cases, and again we know that for a fact because we worked very closely with Deschutes County health on all these cases," Brocious said. "So there is no doubt as to how many confirmed cases there are."

Out of the 62 students and 14 staff, two of the COVID-19 cases are students. The other three are faculty members.

Brocious said the school had to work with the Oregon Department of Education to create a blueprint for reopening.

Waldorf also operates as an emergency child care facility, which allows it to stay open, unlike many public schools, in accordance with the governor's Executive Order 20-12 and ODE's Early Learning Division.

Brocious said staff and students have used face masks or face shields, and in some cases both at the same time.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention currently recommends not to use face shields in place of masks.

When we asked Brocious if the school had any regrets, he replied, "I try not to live with a lot of regret. I think really, it's about saying, 'What can we learn from this?' Because we have to be learning. There is always something to be learned, from every case." 

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  1. Boy….you’re doing everything you can to hide the breaking Biden news aren’t ya. It’s hilarious!!! Even twitter and facebook full on nazi censored FACTUAL information. Why are you hiding it Barney? Is the station being told to suppress it if it comes across the autofeed?

      1. are you kidding? OMG – google hunter biden. joe lied and they are corrupt. like we all didn’t know. please do some digging on your own – free yourself from the censorship and lies of the dems.

    1. We’re supposed to believe Hunter Biden dropped off his personal laptop with sensitive material to a legally blind computer shop owner who says he is 99% positive it was Biden, who then gave a copy of the hard drive to Rudy Giuliani.

      Sure yeah OK whatever, dude. Your hate-posts of Gov Kate are much more entertaining.

      1. Don’t forget the part where the blind guy called the FBI and then made a copy bc he was afraid of being “Seth Rich’d” by that same FBI. I think Q consumption may be a factor.

                1. You literally believe that it’s all a lie, and TOTALLY believe what Ol’ Uncle Touchy has said….EVEN THO it’s been shown that he’s lying….you STILL believe it. And call me the idiot.

                  I have more horses….just sayin

      2. Of course you’re not gonna believe it. The FBI didn’t believe it enough that they open an investigation, right….? I mean….the pictures of Hunter passed out with a crack pipe in his mouth are fake as well….right? He didn’t introduce his dad to the chinese party members for 10 million a year either…did he?

        1. The fact is NOBODY CARES what you are peddling about Hunter B. EVERYBODY knows EVERYTHING out of a Republican mouth is a lie. Can’t trust conservatives as far as I can flush em. On the other hand, this might get some traction:

          U.S. intelligence agencies warned the White House last year that President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani was the target of an influence operation by Russian intelligence, according to four former officials familiar with the matter.

          The warnings were based on multiple sources, including intercepted communications, that showed Giuliani was interacting with people tied to Russian intelligence during a December 2019 trip to Ukraine, where he was gathering information that he thought would expose corrupt acts by former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

          The intelligence raised concerns that Giuliani was being used to feed Russian misinformation to the president, the former officials said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive information and conversations.
          So, Rudy is a traitor. No surprise there.

          1. LOLOLOL look at you spin out!!!! Your RUSSIA RUSSIA RUSSIA game has played itself out, and has been TOTALLY debunked. Biden on the other hand, has lied to the public REPEATEDLY about not being connected to the Ukraine dealings. NOW it comes out that hunter was selling his dad to the Chinese communist party members for 10 million a year.

            But yeah….you keep on supporting Biden. It looks good on ya

              1. Delusion? That’s factual information, and jack Dorsey got called out on the carpet in front of congress to answer for censoring it. Biden has taken Moscow money and its been proven, and now the 10 mil/year from China…. just for introducing Joe to the communist party members. Fact

              1. But. Her. Emails…. have shown that it was HER idea to SET TRUMP UP WITH A FAKE RUSSIA SCANDAL. Biden knew about it and was the go-between her and Obama and the Intel agencies…. when both in fact said they knew nothing about it and had nothing to do with it… liars… and you believed them

          2. ” The fact is NOBODY CARES what you are peddling about Hunter B. EVERYBODY knows EVERYTHING out of a Republican mouth is a lie. Can’t trust conservatives as far as I can flush em. ”

            Liberals lying isn’t a big secret, they wrote the book on it. The difference is,
            the liberal media tries to ignore it when liberals are caught lying, and they don’t give it any coverage. If a conservative lies, it is front page news for a week..
            Regarding Hunter Biden, he is just a worthless, habitual liar that likes coke and hookers, but the main reason people care about what he did is because his crooked dealings involved, and were obviously orchestrated by his equally worthless and crooked dad who just happened to be V.P at the time… It’s actually comical because these are the same people that say conservatives have no morals.
            So even though you and the rest of the loyal subjects in the flock are in denial,
            and in fear of the truth being exposed before the election, it doesn’t mean
            others don’t care and aren’t watching…

      3. Gee Tess- You believed that The Steele Dossier was legit- that President Trump had hookers wet all over beds while frolicking about in lingerie- That Russia-Russia-Russia was initiated by the Trump team- that Hillary was not only going to win in a landslide- but that she did indeed hand over “all’ her private e-mails. You believed that Brett Kavanaugh raped women- that Covington high School kids started riots- that Seattle and Portland have been engaged in four months of “Summer block parties” ! But the idea of someone “dumping” Hunter Bidens computer off and never going back to get it- with all those photos- e-mail copies- paper trails- a treasure trove of easily varifiable evidence is somehow not worth a second look- because why ??? Oh… because Bill said he never had relations with that women- that Monica Lewinski ???

    2. I’m really trying to understand why you’re posting this here. KTVZ is a LOCAL news outlet. If you want national political news, why are you expecting it to take precedent over anything and everything, to the detriment of local news? If you want to read a bunch of unhinged political garbage to support whatever beliefs you have, there are plenty of outlets that provide just that.

      If you don’t want to read local news, don’t. It’s that simple.

      1. Much like all of the t.v stations in other cities, Z21 isn’t strictly a local news outlet. In case you haven’t noticed, Bend and the surrounding towns aren’t very big, and there are only so many stories to write about. Even the stations in the large cities like Portland and Seattle, where there is actually a lot of local news, they still cover regional, national, and political news… That’s why they are called news channels.

        Z21 has separate Oregon/Northwest, as well as political and U.S/World news, so they
        aren’t just local news. Being a CNN affiliate, odds are that they will cover any
        big stories, especially if they are political because CNN is big on political news,
        although it is usually spun to some degree, and biased.
        I look at several stations from other areas daily, and one thing I have learned is
        that a lot of times Z21 is very slow to get stories on. There have been several times that I read stories that pertained to C.O on stations from other areas, and when I
        looked for the same story on here, it wasn’t even posted yet. Not real sure why
        that happens, but it seems a little odd…

        1. And I pride myself in being first to a lot of local news as well. But yes, we don’t like to follow other local media’s lead any more than they do us. Frequently we have stories a day or more before other outlets, but often the same day. Thank you for at least understanding that … well, again, we don’t write or edit the CNN content, like every other station that gets it, it’s automated (much as AP is, but we’ve had tech issues and how much of that we get – frustrating little one-line bulletins without the follow-ups.)

  2. This the typical result when a bunch of white liberal elitists do what they are famous for! Which is telling everyone else how to live! Remember if you like your Dr. you can keep your Dr.? Same deal here! They are so busy telling us how to deal with the flu they can’t keep their elitist high priced private schools safe!

  3. yahoo isnt covering the biden thing, but they have 4 articles on the kardashians like how long kendall jenner’s hair is and what influencer addison rae wore somewhere and how they know we need it ugh.

        1. I don’t write, edit or publish the national news here, as I’ve explained. I’m plenty busy with local news. But there are three recent town hall stories I see in the feed that I’m sure will get trounced by those who enjoy doing such things…

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