In Oregon as in other places, we expect to see more cases of novel coronavirus or COVID-19 in the community every day. The public health and healthcare community is starting to shift its focus toward highest risk cases and suspected cases of COVID-19. High risk groups include people age 60 and over, those who are pregnant, or people with medical conditions. Local health departments are asking members of the public to take extra responsibility in caring for their own health. This means learning more about the symptoms of COVID-19, one’s own risk, and what to do if you think you have been exposed or if you experience symptoms.
Students, families and school staff can find more information about COVID-19 at:
- The Oregon Health Authority’s COVID-19 web page
- Multnomah County Health Department
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- Oregon Department of Education (ODE) Communicable Disease Guidance
- What to do if you have confirmed or suspected coronavirus
- What to do if you have symptoms and are worried about coronavirus
- What to do if you were potentially exposed
- COVID-19 PIO Resources
- Multnomah County in partnership with the City of Portland posted language specific videos about COVID-19 and how to protect yourself and your community
- Culturally Responsive Teaching & the Brain conducting -COVID-19 Webinars.
- Masks and COVID-19: What you should know
Together we can “flatten the curve”, or slow the number of people who are ill at any given time to ensure that our hospitals and healthcare facilities can treat those who need it the most.