We encourage you to check for regular updates & detailed information on the following websites…
▪ THE PRESIDENT’S GUIDELINES FOR AMERICA: www.whitehouse.gov
▪ CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov
▪ OREGON HEALTH AUTHORITY: www.healthoregon.org/coronavirus or call 2-1-1
▪ LANE COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH: Community Call Center 541-682-1380 or www.lanecountyor.gov/coronavirus
▪ For a snapshot of people affected worldwide: www.worldometers.info/coronavirus
Oregonians are urged to continue to take everyday precautions to prevent the spread COVID-19 and influenza!
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends people wear non-medical masks when they leave their homes.
▪ Practice Social Distancing: Don’t shake hands. Leave space. Maintain a 6-foot radius between yourself and others in public spaces
▪ Think it through: People over 60 & those with pre-existing conditions (respiratory, cardiac) & those who are immune-compromised should remain at home
▪ Make use of technology: (FaceTime, video calls, and other tools) stay connected with family and friends
▪ Is using cash and credit cards safe? Lane County Public Health says money & credit cards can spread the virus! After each use immediately wash hands with soap for 20 seconds or sanitize hands. Wipe down credit/debit cards with a bleach wipe
▪ Statewide Mandatory Face Covering Changes as of July 24:
Masks, face shields or face coverings are required statewide for indoor public spaces (Examples: grocery stores, pharmacies, public transit, personal services providers, restaurants, bars, retail stores, and more)
Face coverings are required in outdoor public spaces when physical distancing is not possible.
Children age 5 and up are required to wear a mask, face shield or face covering. Children who are three and four years old are recommended, but not required, to wear a mask, face shield or face covering as long as they’re able to remove it themselves.
Face coverings are now required when exercising indoors, plus outdoors when you can’t physically distance.
People with a disability or medical condition may request accommodation from the business if they cannot wear a mask, face shield or face covering.
▪ Other COVID-19 Changes: Restaurants and bars must close at 10 p.m. statewide. Face coverings are required when exercising indoors, plus outdoors when you can’t physically distance. The maximum indoor capacity limit is capped at 100 for all venues, such as larger restaurants, bars, community centers, churches or other houses of worship, movie theaters and gyms.
▪ Beware COVID-19 Contact Tracing Scam! Official contact tracers will identify themselves as from a local or tribal public health authority. It will not be an automated recording – contract tracer calls will always be a real person. A contact tracer will never ask for your: Social Security number, bank account, credit card number or immigration status.
▪ Free Face Covering Masks Available for Small Businesses: Lane County received 48,000 KN95 masks from the State Office of Emergency Management to support small businesses. The City of Cottage Grove has received 1,500 of the masks that are available for small businesses (50 or fewer employees). The masks will be available starting Monday morning, July 20th at City Hall, 400 E. Main Street, during office hours (8-Noon and 1-5 pm Monday – Friday). Businesses can have a representative come to City Hall to pick up masks for their employees.
▪ COVID-19 Business Loans Available from the City of Cottage Grove and Lane County. Call CG Chamber of Commerce Director Shauna Neigh for details at 541.942.2411.
HOW TO STAY SAFE WHEN TRAVELING
Although long-distance recreational travel is not recommended at this time, the Oregon Health Authority wants to help you stay safe if you do have to hit the road. Good planning and sanitizing can help protect you and others from COVID-19.
▪ Before you go
- Pack alcohol‐based hand sanitizer (containing 60-95% alcohol) and cleaning supplies.
- Bring a face covering to wear in public places (and pack a couple of extras).
- Prepare food and water for your trip to help limit having to go into stores along the way.
- When booking a room online, make sure you know what their COVID safety precautions are or call and ask.
▪ Along the way
- Make sure to wear your face covering when stopping for gas, food or bathroom breaks.
- Maintain physical distancing when making stops.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, after touching surfaces frequently touched by others, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, and before touching your face or eating. If soap and water aren’t available, use hand sanitizer.
▪ When you get there
- Stay at least 6 feet apart from other people.
- Avoid crowded places.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- If you’re staying in a hotel, consider limiting or opting out of daily housekeeping service to reduce the number of people entering your room.
▪ A few tips for flying
- Try to limit contact with frequently touched surfaces like kiosks, touchscreens and turnstiles, handrails, restroom surfaces and elevator buttons.
- Try to limit your exposure to others in the airport.
- Wear your mask in the airport and during the flight.
- Continue to practice good hand hygiene
Tourism restrictions: On July 22, Governor Brown announced her team, in coordination with the Oregon Health Authority, is looking into further restrictions on tourists coming from states that are currently considered hotspots, and is evaluating the counties on the state’s watch list. She said announcements could be out this week (July 27-31).
These changes are difficult and it takes the entire community and state working together to make a difference and stop the spread of COVID-19. It’s up to all of us to do our part to help protect ourselves and others.
Practice the 4 “W”s…
Wear a face covering – indoors and out, it’s a statewide requirement.
Watch your distance – stay 6 feet apart from those outside your household.
Wash your hands – often with soap and water for 20 seconds throughout the day.
Wait it out – stay home if you are sick.
Eviction Ban extended: During this pandemic, many Oregonians are having trouble paying rent. The legislature and Gov. Kate Brown extended the eviction ban through Oct. 1. They also extended the deadline to pay back rent to March 31, 2021. You can’t be evicted for not paying rent, fees or utilities that are due between April 1 and Sept. 30, 2020. Tell your landlord in writing as soon as you know you are unable to pay. You will still have to pay your past due rent, but you have until March 31, 2021, to do so. To see if you qualify for rent and utility assistance, call 211 or go to 211info.org
Talking about safety and boundaries when you’re dating during COVID-19
Managing risk during a pandemic is a delicate dance. It can be hard to tell friends and family that you can’t see them. It might feel awkward to set safety expectations ahead of get-togethers. Dating during COVID-19 can be even more complicated.
Here are some conversation-starters to help set boundaries during these discussions.
- Trying to navigate dating during coronavirus has been challenging. I care about you and want to see you, but I want to make sure that we are on the same page about how we keep each other healthy and safe right now.
- I like and want to spend time with you. Let’s talk about who we spend time with and the places we visit, so that we can decide if you want to risk seeing each other in person.
- Navigating dating during COVID has been challenging for me. For that reason, I would prefer that we continue to get to know each other over video chat until it is safer to meet in public again.