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 Feb 25, Governor Kate Brown extended her declaration of a state of emergency regarding COVID-19 for an additional 60 days, until May 2. The previous executive order was set to expire on March 3. 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and re-evaluates each emergency order every 60 days to determine whether those orders should be continued, modified or rescinded.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. As of Feb. 26, Lane County is currently in the HIGH RISK category.
Here are our current restrictions in Lane County in the HIGH RISK category:
Social Get-Togethers: (indoors and outdoors) Limited to no more than six people, total, from no more than two households
Faith-based Organizations: (Includes funeral homes, mortuaries, and cemeteries) Limited to a maximum of 25% of capacity or 150 people indoors (whichever is smaller) or to 150 people outdoors (CDC recommendation not requirement)
Restaurants & Bars: In-person seating at 50% max capacity or 50 people (whichever is smaller). Indoor seating maximum 6 persons per table. Outdoor dining allowed up to 150 people in dining of no more than 8 people per table. Take-out is strongly encouraged. Table seating limited to no more than 2 households. Closing time: 11 pm
Gyms and Fitness Organizations: Maximum 25% occupancy or 50 people total whichever is smaller. Indoor full-contact sports prohibited. Indoor recreational facilities: Capacity: Maximum 25% occupancy or 50 people total, whichever is smaller. Closing time: 11:00 pm Outdoor recreational facilities: Maximum 75 people. Outdoor full-contact sports allowed for adult/club/youth sports with
guidance requirements. Outdoor full-contact sports allowed for K-12 with submitted plan Outdoor Entertainment Activities: Zoos, Gardens, & Aquariums Outdoor entertainment activities Outdoor Pools
Maximum 75 people Personal Services: Allowed Grocery Stores & Pharmacies Retail Stores & Malls: Limited to a maximum of 50% capacity Curbside pickup encouraged
Offices: Work from Home Required (to the greatest extent possible) Public-Facing Offices closed to the public
Long-Term Care Facilities: Indoor and Outdoor visitation permitted.
COVID-19 Vaccination Update
All COVID-19 vaccines that are in development or being distributed are being carefully evaluated in clinical trials and will be authorized or approved only if they make it substantially less likely you’ll get COVID-19.
Based on what we know about vaccines for other diseases and early data from clinical trials, experts believe that getting a COVID-19 vaccine may also help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19.
Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
Experts continue to conduct more studies about the effect of COVID-19 vaccination on severity of illness from COVID-19, as well as its ability to keep people from spreading the virus that causes COVID-19.
On Jan 25, Oregon’s 27-member COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Committee met for its fourth and final official meeting. They recommended four groups move forward concurrently once Oregon has vaccinated a critical mass of seniors.
Those groups would be:
People who live in multi-generational households would be next in line behind these groups, followed by the general population. As a next step, OHA staff will review the operational and legal dimensions of the recommendations before they are referred to Governor Kate Brown. The committee has an optional meeting on Feb. 2 to discuss implementation issues.
Public Health officials caution it will take until the summer or fall until the vaccines will have widespread use and allow the current state of emergency to end.
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: