More information and ongoing updates from public health officials are available online, including:
- Multnomah County Health Department:
- Oregon Health Authority (OHA): https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/DISEASESCONDITIONS/DISEASESAZ/Pages/emerging-respiratory-infections.aspx
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC):
- Oregon Department of Education (ODE) Communicable Disease Guidance:
Tri-County Exclusion Guidelines: https://www.co.washington.or.us/HHS/CommunicableDiseases/upload/Disease_Exclusion_Guide_Updated-July-2017-1.pdf
You can help yourself and your student(s) to reduce their risk for getting and spreading viral respiratory infections, including the flu and the common cold, by encouraging them to take simple steps which will also prevent COVID-19:
- Wash your hands often with warm water and soap.
- If you or someone in your household is sick, stay home and follow the guidance of your healthcare provider.
- Keep your immune system strong by eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep and regular exercise, and by taking care of underlying health conditions.
There are also basic steps every household should take to prepare for any unexpected event:
- Learn about your employer’s sick leave and telecommuting policies.
- Establish a childcare plan in the event your kids need to stay home from school.
- Make sure you have the kinds of foods, drinks, medications and pet supplies you would want if you needed to stay home and limit your contact with other people for a couple weeks.
- Get to know your neighbors, especially those who might need extra help like seniors or people living alone.
- In the face of rumors check https://multco.us/health-officer/novel-coronavirus-covid-19 for reliable information.