For regular updates more & 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
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.
Oregonians are urged to continue to take everyday precautions to prevent the spread COVID-19 and influenza!
STATE OF EMERGENCY EXTENDED: On December 17, Governor Kate Brown extended her declaration of a state of emergency regarding COVID-19 for an additional 60 days, until March 3, 2021. The previous executive order was set to expire on Jan. 2, 2021. The state of emergency declaration is the legal underpinning for the executive orders the governor has issued to keep Oregonians healthy and safe throughout this crisis, including orders regarding the risk level framework that establishes essential health and safety protections for Oregon and orders around childcare, schools, and higher education operations. Extending the state of emergency declaration allows those orders to stay in effect. The Governor reviews and re-evaluates each emergency order every 60 days to determine whether those orders should be continued, modified or rescinded. The findings are listed in the executive order.
The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) now has a new Risk Level Framework for determining COVID-19 risk by county and will be used until vaccines successfully end the pandemic. The system encourages counties to curtail the spread of the virus and the weekly results from each county will determine its risk category. Lane County is remains in the EXTREME RISK category.
COVID-19 Vaccination Update
As of Jan. 17, the Oregon Health Authority reports 11,951 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were added to the state immunization registry. Of this total, 8,409 vaccine doses were administered on Jan. 17. Oregon has now administered a cumulative total of 216,925 first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccines. All vaccinations occurred at Oregon hospitals, long-term care facilities, emergency medical service (EMS) agencies, urgent care facilities and Local Public Health Authorities (LPHAs). To date, 335,075 doses of vaccine have been delivered to sites across Oregon. Thess data are preliminary and subject to change.
Public Health officials caution it will take until next spring or early summer until the vaccines will have widespread use and allow the current state of emergency to end.
Reopening Oregon Guidelines
On June 5, Lane County entered Phase 2 of the Governor’s reopening process. Click on this link to view Governor Brown’s Framework for Reopening Oregon that outlines phases for safely restarting public life and business that are gradual, incremental and based on science and data. Throughout the reopening process, we must all do our best to protect ourselves and one another.
Phase 1: Allowed restaurants, bars, breweries, wine tasting rooms to provide sit-down service. It also allowed the following businesses to reopen: Shopping centers, malls, personal care and service businesses (hair, nail & tanning salons, barbershops & tattoo parlors) and gyms and fitness centers.
Phase 2: Allowed the following activities to resume with some restrictions:
▪ Indoor and outdoor venues, including theaters and churches, with 6 feet of physical distancing and other measures in place, can reach a COVID-19 occupancy limit of up to 100 (as of 7/24).
▪ Offices can reopen and employees can return to workplaces with physical distancing and other measures in place, though remote work is still strongly recommended whenever possible.
▪ Increased travel will be allowed throughout Oregon, though staying local is still recommended to prevent overloading county health systems.
▪ Restaurants and bars must close at 10 pm statewide.
▪ Pools and sports courts have reopened. Face coverings required at all times.
▪ Indoor and outdoor activities such as bowling, batting cages, and mini golf, will be allowed to reopen under new guidance. Face coverings must be worn at all times.
▪ Recreational sports can resume in a limited form, under strict physical distancing guidance.
The Governor announced that high risk large gatherings such as conventions, festivals, major concerts and live audience sporting events are canceled. Restarting events of this size will require a reliable treatment or prevention, like a vaccine. Further guidance on large events will be provided in the coming months.
Statewide Mandatory Face Covering Requirements
Masks, face shields or face coverings are required statewide for indoor public spaces.
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.
Face covering is recommended but not required for three and four-year-olds if they can 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.
Face Covering Guidance Change as of August 13:
Governor Kate Brown and OHA have issued revised guidance requiring face coverings or face shields for employees in private office spaces, in addition to public office spaces. The guidance requires face coverings in public and private building hallways, bathrooms, elevators, lobbies, break rooms, and other common spaces, unless employees are at individual workspaces or in meeting rooms where 6 feet of distance from other people can be maintained.
The revised guidance also provides an exception for face coverings, allowing for the brief removal of face coverings in situations where someone’s identity needs to be confirmed for visual comparison, such as interactions in banks, or with law enforcement.
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.
COVID-19 & CRISIS RESPONSE RESOURCES:
Lane County Rent Assistance (opened 10/16) Call 541.682.3371 or apply at www.lanecounty.org/rent
Low Income Energy Assistance (opens 11/4) For info go to: www.lanecounty.org/liheap
Lane County Mutual Aid COVID Response Request Line: 541.321.8749
Call 2-1-1 for additional resources and the most up to date information
White Bird Clinic Crisis Line: 541.687.4000
Youth Crisis Line: 541.689.3111
Veteran Crisis Line: 541.273.8255 x1
WomenSpace Crisis Line: 541.485.6513
Oregon Suicide Lifeline: 800.273.8255
Tips for Staying Safe at the Grocery Store
▪ Stay at least 6 feet away from others while shopping and waiting in lines
▪ Cover your mouth & nose with a cloth face covering when you have to go out and don’t touch your face.
▪ Go during hours when fewer people are shopping. If you’re at higher risk, shop at stores with special hours
for people who have underlying conditions.
▪ Disinfect the shopping cart using disinfecting wipes if available.
▪ If possible, use touch-less payment. If you must handle money, a card or use a keypad, use a hand sanitizer.
▪ Use hand sanitizer when you leave the store. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with regular soap and water
when you get home.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and the Pandemic
Dark winter days can make us feel down, unmotivated and sluggish. Those low, gray skies sap our energy and enthusiasm. In about one person in 20, these feelings can be symptoms of seasonal depression, called seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Many more people get the winter blues, a milder version of SAD. This winter, with many of us feeling added stress and anxiety from the pandemic, brighter days might seem very far away. If managing your mental and emotional health this winter feels like more of a challenge, you are not alone.
Try these suggestions to manage SAD this winter: