As of August 27, 2021: Due to a rise in COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations, everyone in Oregon is required to wear a mask in all indoor public spaces and most outdoor settings.

Caring for others

Support for caretakers

Stay healthy while taking care of loved ones at home

If you’re caring for someone at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19 (like an older adult or someone with a serious illness) you can take steps to keep you both healthy.

  • Ask their doctor for extra medicine. Keep extra supplies, over-the-counter medicine and non-perishable foods on hand.

  • Disinfect things you touch often, like doorknobs, light switches and countertops every day.

  • In case you get sick, have a back-up caregiver and make a list of emergency contacts.

  • Keep an eye on their health and pay extra attention for COVID-19 symptoms.

  • If they show signs of COVID-19, contact their doctor.

  • Make sure that shared spaces in the home have good airflow, like an opened window or an air conditioner.

  • Wear a mask and disposable gloves and stay as far away as possible while still giving care.