Precautions You Can Take
On March 11, 2020, Governor Kate Brown stated:
As the number of positive cases increases across Oregon, public health resources will be directed toward implementing the guidelines and policies in this statewide mitigation plan, and reducing focus on aggressive contact follow-up on each individual positive case.
Nobody is immune to this virus, it can touch everyone. We can't let fear and anxiety stigmatize people. We are seeing cases across multiple counties and age groups, and in people exposed through different circumstances. It's time for us all to do what we can to slow its spread and take care of one another.
Without a vaccine and without medicine, our best bet as a community is to slow the spread of COVID-19 so those who do get seriously ill can get the care they need from our health system.
Help flatten the curve by protecting yourself and those most vulnerable
The COVID-19 virus spreads like the flu, when someone who is sick coughs or sneezes close to another person (close means about six feet). Health officials continue to urge all Oregonians to take steps to protect themselves and those who are most vulnerable to complications from COVID-19.
Those considered “high risk” include adults 60 and older, or anyone with a serious chronic medical condition, including heart disease, diabetes, lung disease or anyone who has a suppressed immune system.
People vulnerable to complications should follow federal CDC recommendations to stay home as much as possible and avoid gatherings.
Large gatherings: All large gatherings over 250 people will be canceled statewide effective immediately for four weeks. A gathering is defined as any event in a space in which appropriate social distancing of a minimum of three feet cannot be maintained.
Schools: In addition to previous guidance issued on March 8, 2020 to keep schools open, all non-essential school-associated gatherings and group activities should be canceled — such as group parent meetings, field trips, and competitions.
Workplace: Recommended implementation of distancing measures including an increased physical space between employees in offices and worksites, limited in-person meetings, limited travel, and staggered work schedules where possible.
Long-Term Care and Assisted Living: Strict limitations announced this week by the Oregon Health Authority and Department of Human Services remain in place.
Every resident should take these basic steps to protect themselves and those most at risk:
- Clean your hands often
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place.
- If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places – elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something.
- Wash your hands after touching surfaces in public places.
- Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, etc.
- Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs: practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks & cell phones)
- If you feel sick, stay home and call your health care provider. Calling helps reduce person-to-person contact and avoids unnecessarily inundating hospitals.
What you can do to support those who are most vulnerable
High risk individuals live in the community, and many depend on services and supports provided in their homes or in the community to maintain their health and independence.
Here are steps the CDC recommends to help your loved ones:
- Know what medications they're taking and help them have extra on hand.
- Monitor food and other medical supplies needed and create a back-up plan.
- Stock up on non-perishable food items to minimize trips to stores.
- If you care for a loved one living in a care facility, monitor the situation and know their protocol if there is an outbreak.
In addition, consider checking on neighbors that may need assistance.
The CDC has additional helpful tips and checklists to help you and your family prepare:
- Plan Ahead and Be Ready
- Checklist to Get Your Household Ready
- FAQs for Individuals and Families
- Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations
- What To Do If You Are Sick
The safety of the community and the continuation of essential City services are top priorities.
The City of Lake Oswego works directly with Clackamas County Public Health and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) on all health-related emergencies. OHA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with local health departments, are closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak - the City will continue to follow their guidance and will evaluate the situation as it evolves.