While School Is Out

The latest order from Governor Kate Brown closes schools through April 28. The Northwest Regional Education Service District is a good resource for school families and educators. Their website includes information on meal sites as well as resources for educators and service providers. Additional food resources are here. And you can find ideas for staying busy on our social distancing page.

Here's what you can do to prevent the spread of illness while school is out.

Illness from COVID-19 can be mild and seem like the common cold. For some people, illness can become more severe. Symptoms to watch for include cough, sore throat, fever or difficulty breathing. Fever is not always present. Some people do not feel sick enough to stay home and they go out into the community. This is how the illness will continue to spread and put high risk individuals in danger of becoming severely ill. 

Staying home at the first sign of illness is the MOST important step we can take to keep our community safe and healthy. Public Health is also urging you to take these steps to limit the spread of illness while school is out:

Staff, students and their families should not gather or socialize in groups larger than 10. Smaller is better.

  • Avoid parties, shopping malls, movie theaters and other crowded settings.
  • Don’t share food, drinks, utensils, smoking devices or other personal items.
  • Practice social distancing by increasing your space with others to about six feet.
  • Spend time outdoors doing activities that don’t require close contact such as walking, hiking or bike riding.

Spring break recommendations

  • Postpone your travel plans to limit risk for spreading or bringing back COVID-19.
  • Stay local so that if you or a family member becomes ill, you or they can get medical care or stay home to recover.
  • Avoid crowded settings.

Review hygiene habits with your household

  • Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

If someone gets sick in your house

Please review our home guidance for what to do if someone in your household becomes sick. It is important to keep the ill person separated from the rest of the household as much as possible, have one caregiver if needed, and alert your health care provider if symptoms are getting worse.

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