Our county has seen an increase of more than ten cases in the past week and more cases are expected in the coming weeks as re-opening and holiday gatherings likely exposed more of us to the virus. We have seen several smaller outbreaks in workplaces throughout the county. As people return to work it is important to follow guidance, maintain physical distancing or wear masks in the workplace. In accordance with OHA we will only be reporting workplace outbreaks with five or more cases and only for workplaces where there are at least 30 employees. Case counts include all persons linked to the outbreak, which may include household members and other close contacts who are not employees.
Many people in our region (and all across the country) are not complying with masking and physical distancing measures, but it is certainly not any one specific group of people. We are asking that all visitors and community members, including children between 2 and 12 years of age, wear a face covering in settings where it is likely that physical distancing of at least six feet from other individuals outside their family or living unit cannot be maintained. If you are in public and cannot maintain a 6 foot physical distance from someone who is not a member of your own household you should be wearing a mask! There are no “exemptions” from the face covering requirements. An employer may be required to offer an accommodation to an employee or customer due to a medical condition, but they cannot accommodate them by allowing them to not wear a mask.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus and there are indications that it can be passed to others before symptoms appear making the use of face coverings very important to slowing the spread. Please if you are not feeling well, stay home, call your doctor and test for COVID if advised. DO NOT GO OUT IN PUBLIC. If you are well, protect yourself by continuing to maintain social distancing when you are in public and wearing a cloth face covering. Do not go out or to work if you have even mild cold or flu like symptoms. Stay home until your symptoms have fully resolved, and you have been without symptoms for 72 hours (3 days) without the use of medication. Practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks) with household cleaners and EPA-registered disinfectants that are appropriate for the surface, following label instructions. Most importantly wash your hands thoroughly and frequently!