Wildfire Smoke & Multiple Workplace Outbreaks 8/14/2020

The Department of Environmental Quality has issued an air quality advisory for Hood River and The Dalles area due to the Mosier Creek Fire. This will be a Red Flag Warning weekend in the region with the active fire fight continuing in Wasco County. Wildfire smoke is a health threat that can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases. Those with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly, and children, are advised to stay indoors when the air quality is poor. Current information can be found at  Mosier  Creek Wildfire https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6955/.

Hood River County currently has fifteen active Workplace Outbreaks. The Facility types range from Agricultural processing, fruit packing, and restaurants, to office and retail facilities have been identified as having workplace outbreaks of COVID-19 cases. Once five or more cases are identified connected to one facility OHA will release this information in their weekly report. As  a community we must continue to follow guidance for proper social distancing and mask use both at work and during personal time outside of work. We have all worked hard to put safeguards into place for our employees. We all have control of our behavior outside of the workplace, and we ask that all those in our community use extra caution after hours so that we may continue to operate the essential businesses in our community.

The contact tracing efforts here at Hood River County Health Department are essential, as cases in our state and county continue to accelerate. We understand this is a confusing and challenging time, but we are grateful for our community’s collective response in supporting our local farms, packing houses, and essential workers to have a safe and successful harvest. We appreciate the risks and sacrifices they are taking to put local produce on our tables.

We appreciate and thank our partners who come together when cases have multijurisdictional impact.

“Unfortunately, we will see more incidences of virus spread in the coming weeks and months”, Christopher Van Tilburg, Health Officer for HRCHD states. Most importantly, everyone must stay home if they feel ill or have any symptoms, don’t go out call your doctor!