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How to stay safe

Staying safe indoors

When you’re spending time with people indoors, it’s important to take these steps to keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy:

  • If you are sick, stay home and try to stay in a separate room from family members who live with you.

  • Wear a face covering around older family members, people with chronic health issues, and anyone who you do not live with.

  • Wash or sanitize your hands frequently. 

  • Stay at least 6 feet away from older family members, people with serious health issues, and anyone who you don’t live with.

  • If it’s safe to do so, open windows and doors to increase air circulation as much as possible.

TRAVEL

It is still safest to stay home. If you don’t need to travel, please do not. While we know this is hard, it can help slow the spread of COVID-19.

If you must travel, it’s a good idea to get a COVID-19 test before you go. Some COVID-19 tests can give a false negative result, so even if you test negative, you still need to take every step you can to stay safe if you travel.

Lower risk activities

It’s hard to stay away from those we love, but right now, staying home is the safest way to slow the spread of COVID-19.

If you must travel, it’s safest to travel by car and only with people you live with.

Higher risk activities

Air travel exposes everyone to a higher risk of COVID-19. Crowded airports and flights make it hard to stay at least 6 feet apart from others and could mean you’re spending a long time with people who might be sick.

If you travel by car with friends or family you don’t live with, all passengers have a higher risk of getting COVID-19 because of how close you’ll all be and the length of time you’re traveling together.

Traveling long distances could put you at risk of catching COVID-19 during the trip or when you get to where you’re going. You may also have COVID-19 without symptoms and could accidentally spread it to others along the way or when you get to where you’re going.

Oregon Travel Guidelines Link

MEAL SAFETY  

Gathering around a table to share a meal is something we all miss, but it’s still important to keep your risk as low as possible.

Lower risk

It is safest to enjoy a meal with only people you live with.

Higher risk

If you gather with people you don’t live with, consider these steps to keep yourself and your loved ones safe and strong:

  • Do not share food or utensils with them. Instead of dining family style or serving buffet-style with people you don’t live with, prepare individual food plates to serve to each person.

  • While gathering, preparing and serving food, always wear your face mask or face covering.

  • Only remove your face covering to eat and put it back on as soon as you are finished eating.

  • Be sure everyone washes their hands for at least 20 seconds and dries them with paper towels before and after eating.  

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and dry them with paper towels after sneezing or blowing your nose.