The Deschutes County Commissioners and Deschutes County Sheriff L. Shane Nelson have allocated $500,000 in emergency response funding for immediate COVID-19-related needs in Deschutes County.

The funds will allow the County to purchase additional ventilators, personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies that will help expand regional capacity and help to keep first responders and the community safe.

“We’re working to do everything we can to control and contain the spread of COVID-19,” said Deschutes County Commissioner Phil Henderson. “The health and safety of our communities is our highest priority and we’re going to continue to work together to meet our region’s needs.”

Sheriff L. Shane Nelson added, “Critical equipment can be difficult to get and it is imperative we set this in motion so purchases could be made immediately in the interest of public safety. Working together is vital to success and I am proud of the partnership we have with our commissioners.”