This message will provide you with news and updates regarding novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Oregon.
The best source of information is the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). Please CLICK HERE for a link to the OHA Novel Coronavirus Fact Sheet. Additional information is also available at Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, which also include links to other resources.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a healthcare facility).
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Additionally, if you have symptoms or your child has symptoms of acute respiratory illness, you are recommended to stay home and not come to school or work until free of fever and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines. Please be assured that we remain committed to the safety of our students, our staff, and our community.