COVID-19 Information and Updates

With coronavirus cases on the rise in Oregon, COIC and Cascades East Transit (CET) have posted information about how to reduce the spread of germs in all vehicles and facilities. Staff are performing enhanced cleaning procedures for COIC and CET facilities and buses on a daily basis, but please remember that these surfaces are only clean until someone touches or coughs/sneezes on them. 

Per Governor Brown’s order, everyone must stay home except for critical trips. You should only use transit for medical appointments, employment, or grocery shopping and you must have a destination to ride the bus. To avoid the spread of germs, the lobby inside Hawthorne Station is only open for customers to use the restroom and customers are asked to exit immediately after using the facilities to ensure social distancing practices. CET has ended ticket sales at Hawthorne Station until further notice for the safety of customers and staff. If you must use an intercity provider (such as Greyhound), please purchase your tickets through the provider’s website and print your tickets at home. 

CET continues to offer fareless boarding across all services (Bend Fixed-Route, Community Connector, Bend Dial-A-Ride, and Rural Dial-A-Ride) to reduce interactions between passengers and drivers and eliminate cash exchange. CET will continue to operate as time allows and provide transportation for those who absolutely depend on us. Stay safe everyone!

To minimize the spread of coronavirus, the CDC recommends the following preventative measures:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • We continue to follow the advice of the Oregon Health Authority which is recommending “social distancing” — that you maintain six feet of distance between yourself and other people to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

For posters and fact sheets about the coronavirus (in English and Spanish), visit this link.