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AROUND OREGON: Central Oregon leaders urge elementary students’ return to classroom

Third grader Avery Brent works in class at Alameda Elementary School on Thursday, Nov. 5. The school last week returned about 65 students to classrooms for limited instruction. (The Enterprise/FILE)

BEND - On the day the state put 25 counties in the extreme-risk category for spreading COVID-19, a group of Central Oregon policymakers sent a letter urging Gov. Kate Brown to allow elementary students to return to in-person instruction.

Their request comes at a time when the county’s chief health officer admitted that Deschutes County was in the pandemic deeper than it had hoped to be, said Dr. George Conway, Deschutes County Health Services director.

“It’s continued to steepen really since not long after the Fourth of July. There was a slightest lull and we continue to steepen every day, particularly after . . .