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!
Lane County COVID-19 Case Increases & Now on Governor’s County Watch List
On Sept. 24, Lane County Public Health officials increased the COVID-19 alert level to HIGH as a result of the record number of new COVID-19 cases. On Oct. 16, Lane County was added to the Watch List, which will bring increased OHA state resources to help with tracing outbreaks to slow the spread of the virus. Public Health Officials ask community members to take extra measures to limit contacts and modify daily activities to increase safety and reduce personal exposure.
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 will 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 Changes as of July 24:
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.
U-Pick Pumpkin Patches Precautions: One of the joys of living in Oregon is getting to visit local farms and pumpkin patches for Halloween activities. You may be wondering if these activities are safe this year. Here are some tips for staying safe at the pumpkin patch this autumn:
▪ Stay home if you’re sick or come into contact with someone who’s sick.
▪ Wear a mask if you can’t stay physically distant.
▪ Avoid crowded activities.
▪ Look for activities that you can do without being too close to others. Some farms may offer hayrides for one household at a time or a corn maze with large aisles that has clearly marked one-way traffic.
Halloween COVID-Style: The Oregon Health Authority recommends Oregonians avoid traditional door-to-door trick or treating and “Trunk or Treat” events because these are high risk activities for crowding among people outside your household. This recommendation aligns with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which also recommends families avoid traditional trick or treating. Some ideas for safer, low-risk activities include:
▪ Holding an online costume contest
▪ Watching a scary movie online
▪ Carving pumpkins with people in your household
▪ Decorating your house or apartment
▪ Touring the neighborhood to look at decorated houses with members of your household.
Costumes: “If you dress up in a costume, be careful to plan a costume that allows you to wear a face covering,” said State Health Officer Dr. Dean Sidelinger. “Halloween masks will not protect you or others from coronavirus. Wearing a cloth or disposable face mask that fits snugly and covers your mouth and nose is still required while wearing a costume, no matter how scary or silly your costume is.”
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.
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