Every layer matters. Keeping your hands clean is one of the simplest, most effective ways to prevent the spread of any contagious infection, including COVID-19.
Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Director Pat Allen and Oregon Department of Education (ODE) Director Colt Gill were joined by State Epidemiologist Dr. Dean Sidelinger today to announce two new developments in the course of the pandemic: lifting outdoor mask mandates and launching the Test to Stay program in public and private schools.
Every layer matters. By improving airflow and circulation with outside air, schools can make sure that COVID-19 virus droplets are dispersed and diluted by fresh air. Also, filtration of indoor air helps remove airborne particles than can contain the COVID-19 virus.
Every layer matters. Regular COVID-19 testing will help Oregon schools identify cases of COVID-19 infection early. Combined with cohorting, this will also help schools determine which students or staff need to isolate or quarantine to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others.
Every layer matters. Once a COVID-19 case is identified at school, isolation and quarantine are the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others.
Every layer matters. Cohorting is when your student is with the same group (cohort) of children for most of the school day. They go to the same activities and classes. This helps their teacher keep track of each student. If a student gets sick from COVID-19, the spread of COVID-19 will be less, because the student is only interacting with a smaller group of students. In addition, the number of people who need to quarantine will be less as well.
Every layer matters. The more distance there is between people, the less likely that virus-filled droplets will pass from one person to another.
On Wednesday, the Oregon Health Authority Senior Health Advisor Dr. Tom Jeanne and the Oregon Department of Education Director Colt Gill answered questions about COVID-19 in children and reminded us of the protections being taken in Oregon schools to ensure that students can safely continue in-person instruction. As Dr. Jeanne noted, “The Delta variant is an […]
Today, the Oregon Health Authority’s Dr. Dean Sidelinger shared promising news about COVID-19 hospitalization and case rates, but also warned that we still need to work together to help Oregon defeat the pandemic. As Dr. Sidelinger reminds us, “Our ability to sustain this hopeful progress and ultimately regain the upper hand over the coming weeks, […]
Today, Governor Kate Brown, Oregon Department of Education (ODE), Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) leadership urged Oregon families to take five important steps to make the 2021-2022 school year a safe one. Make a plan to vaccinate all eligible household members. Wear a face covering in public and in […]