Share Facts, Not Fear
Fear, anxiety and lack of accurate information can lead to social stigma — discrimination against a group of people, a place or a nation. Stigma makes our community less safe by allowing misinformation to spread. We can counter stigma by sharing accurate information from reliable sources.
Also, we want everyone to know that Washington County Public Health is here to protect the health of all community members. People who seek health care or contact Public Health about COVID-19 symptoms will not be asked about their immigration or citizenship status. More information.
Information to Reduce Stigma
A person’s ethnicity, language or association with a country or region are not risk factors for COVID-19.
Some residents have experienced acts of racism and prejudice, while some businesses have even reported fewer customers because of the myths surrounding COVID-19.
Health officials have emphasized that concern about COVID-19 is not a reason to deny care to a patient.
You can interrupt stigma by sharing accurate information and avoid spreading misinformation. Stay informed through reputable, trusted sources:
Speak up if you hear, see or read misinformation or harassment. Gently correct the false information and remind the speaker: Prejudiced language and actions make us all less safe.
Any discrimination incident that may be motivated by another person’s race, color, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity is considered a hate and bias incident. The act does not need to be a federal, state or local crime.
Whether it happened to you or someone else, we urge you to report the incident either online or by calling 1-844-924-2427 so the Oregon Department of Justice can track the incident. For emergency assistance, dial 911.
These incidents can cause fear and anxiety in all of us. Please call the 24/7 Crisis Line at 503-291-9111 for confidential help. Interpretation is available.
It is up to all of us to make sure that everyone feels welcome, supported and safe in our community. Thank you.