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Help your household stay safe by creating a plan that includes these steps:
If you’re caring for someone at higher risk of getting very sick from
COVID-19 (such as an older adult or someone with existing medical conditions) there are steps you can take to keep you both healthy.
Contact tracing is new which means it can be confusing or bring up questions for all of us. Learn more about it from the Oregon Health Authority here.
The Oregon COVID-19 Contact Collaborative is a statewide effort among Oregon Health Authority, local and tribal public health authorities, and community-based organizations to stop the spread of COVID-19 through coordinated contact tracing. Working together, we provide guidance and support to more people who have been exposed to COVID-19.
Contact tracing means calling people who may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 to provide guidance and support. It’s a key tool for preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. In Oregon, local public health authorities use contact tracing to prevent the spread of many types of diseases, like measles.
Contact tracers help keep you healthy and slow the spread of COVID-19 by:
OHA understands how important it is to meet the diverse needs of all people in Oregon. The Oregon COVID-19 Contact Collaborative staff will be reflective of our diverse state in order to be culturally responsive to the needs of all Oregonians.
Community-based organizations (CBOs), including advocacy groups, and Community Health Workers (CHWs) are central to the success of our contact tracing efforts. They will help us reach and respond to the needs of people of color, tribal members, people with disabilities, immigrant and refugee communities, LGBTQIA+ communities, and migrant and seasonal farm workers.
We want everyone to feel safe answering the call from a COVID-19 Contact Collaborative team member. Your information is strictly confidential and will be treated as a confidential public health record. Your information will not be shared with other agencies, including immigration officials.
Local public health authorities and COVID-19 contact team members will never ask for your:
If anyone calls you requesting this information, hang up. This could be someone trying to use your information for a scam.
Local and tribal public health authorities and the Oregon COVID-19 Contact Collaborative will ask:
If you have a confirmed positive COVID-19 test:
If you have been identified as a contact of a person confirmed to have COVID-19:
COVID-19 symptoms include:
OHSU’s The Key to Oregon Study and OSU’s TRACE initiative are research studies to track the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon. They are not related to our local public health contact tracing efforts. However, if during their research activities, a person with a positive COVID-19 test is found, local public health authorities will follow up to provide support and to see if they may have exposed others to the virus.
The Oregon COVID-19 Contact Collaborative is a joint effort among the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), local and tribal health authorities, and community-based organizations, to reduce the spread of COVID-19 through coordinated, state-wide contact tracing.
This Collaborative will increase the number of contact tracers in the state, connect those affected with resources and help protect those who have been exposed to the virus. Together we can keep Oregonians healthy and to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our state.
Wearing a face covering, face shield or mask helps keep our communities safe. The latest guidance from the Oregon Health Authority require masks, face shields or face coverings be worn by all people ages 5 and over when:
In response to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases, Governor Kate Brown requires face coverings to be worn in indoor public spaces — such as grocery stores, doctor’s offices and other businesses — and public transportation and ride shares.
Children under the age of two and people with a medical condition or disability who cannot safely wear a face covering will not be required to do so. Businesses that require masks must make reasonable modifications to their face covering requirement for people who cannot safely wear them. That does not necessarily mean that a business must allow someone without a face covering entry.
Harassment, bias, exclusion or other harmful reactions when wearing face coverings may be against Oregon law. Learn more about your rights and answers to common questions about face coverings here.
COVID-19 has changed every part of our lives. While we figure out how to move through this new normal, it's okay to feel confused, stressed or scared — more importantly, it’s okay to ask for help.
We all can help stop the spread of COVID-19. Before you start your daily activities, ask yourself four questions to figure out how risky the situation is.
Remember, there’s statewide guidance on wearing a mask or face covering when you leave home for daily activities. Find more information about what type of face covering to wear here.
Your bubble includes everyone you live with and everyone you spend time with outside of your house. Keep your bubble small so you can keep track of everyone in it. If someone in your bubble gets sick, you’ll know if you or anyone else in your bubble has been exposed and needs to get care. By limiting your bubble to the same small number of people, you can lower your risk for COVID-19 and the risk of exposing others.
Getting outside is great for your health, just make sure to know the latest updates, local conditions and closures before you go.
For the most up-to-date information visit the links below:
Waves and smiles can’t replace hugs and handshakes, but there are other ways you can show you care.
Governor Kate Brown’s plan is to open Oregon’s communities in phases, county by county. Each county will have to meet health and safety guidelines to slow the spread of COVID-19. We all have a part to play in making sure this happens safely, such as wearing a facemask and maintaining a safe distance of six feet from others in reopened spaces during phase 1 and phase 2.
There are three phases of reopening. In Phase 1, counties that qualify can reopen restaurants, bars, gyms, malls and personal services like hair salons and barbershops — with limitations in place. Groups of up to 25 people are allowed to gather with limitations.
To be cleared for Phase 1 of reopening, counties must meet certain standards that include: fewer people getting sick, more people getting tested, shelters provided for those who do get sick as well as hospitals with a supply of safety equipment, such as masks, gloves and gowns. The county must have a contact tracing system. This team of people — called contact tracers — will call those who have tested positive and anyone they may have infected to help provide education, information and support.
After 21 days in Phase 1, counties that meet certain standards may be able to enter Phase 2.
During Phase 2 more businesses and services can reopen that meet guidelines to stay open. This includes: pools, movie theaters, arcades and some offices. In some situations, such as sport venues, personal services and recreation, groups of up to 50 can get together indoors, and up to 100 outdoors. In most other settings, up to 250 people will be allowed to gather as long as they are following physical distancing guidelines.
It is unknown at this time when counties can enter Phase 3. This phase will require reliable treatment or a vaccine, and will allow large gatherings such as concerts, conventions, festivals, or live audience sports.
Find out more about reopening here.
It’s important to remember that COVID-19 is still in our communities. Fortunately, there is health and safety advice that will help us protect ourselves and our communities. To reopen businesses and services, we need to be able to test people who have symptoms and get in touch with anyone who may have been exposed to the virus. That will look different depending on what area of the state you live or work in.
You can continue to help slow the spread of COVID-19:
- Stay six feet away from people who don’t live with you.
- Wash your hands throughout the day.
- Wear a face covering when you leave home.
COVID-19 may have changed the way we get health care. Since May 1, some routine health services like dental check-ups and well-child visits may be available again so you can get the services you need. Here are some tips if you’re thinking about scheduling care:
If you’re interested in COVID-19 testing, call your health care provider or clinic — they can help figure out if it's needed. If you have trouble breathing or feel very ill, contact your health care provider or 211 if you don’t have one. If it’s an emergency, call 911.
To test for COVID-19, your health care provider might take a sample on a swab through your nose. The results of this test are usually ready in 3-4 days.
If your test is positive, you’ll be asked to self-quarantine and you’ll receive information about how to take care of yourself and keep from spreading the virus to your family and friends.
The Oregon Health Authority has made testing available to a wide group of people most likely to be impacted by COVID-19. This includes people who speak languages other than English, Black, Indigenous and People of Color Communities, people with disabilities, migrants and seasonal farmworkers and close contacts of those who have tested positive for COVID-19.
If you belong to any of these communities, talk to your health care provider about getting tested. Make sure they know you are a member of a community that is prioritized for testing even if you aren’t showing symptoms.
These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
Not everyone who has COVID-19 shows symptoms. That’s why it’s important that you do these things every time you leave the house: wear a face covering, wash your hands frequently, and keep six feet apart from other people. This helps prevent the virus from spreading to people who are more at risk — like older adults, those who are pregnant, and anyone who has existing health issues.
It might be hard at first to find new ways to greet friends or people you run into at the store, but it will get easier. This is how we help protect each other.