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This guide will be updated as more information becomes available.

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, a virus in the coronavirus family. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) common symptoms include fever, cough, and tiredness. Symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually.

On March 23, Oregon governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order 20-12, directing everyone in Oregon to stay at home to the maximum extent possible to limit the spread of COVID-19. On April 8, Brown extended the order to physically close K-12 and post-secondary schools through the end of the school year.

Governor Kate Brown and the Oregon Health Authority have provided a phased approach to re-opening Oregon. Wearing a mask is required in many areas.

For information in Spanish, check out Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades Recursos para COVID-19.

What Can I Do?

The CDC recommends the following steps to protect yourself and others:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home if you're sick.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces. This includes doorknobs, handles, light switches, phones, and keyboards.
  • Practice social distancing.
  • Wear a cloth mask while out in public, even if you don't think you're sick.

Wearing a mask helps prevent transmission. This is especially true with asymptomatic individuals.

The information around the pandemic can cause stress, anxiety, and worry. Taking care of your mental health is also important. If you are experiencing increasing stress and anxiety and would like to talk to someone, please contact Counseling and Psychological Services at 541-737-2131.

If think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

The CDC has additional information on What To Do if You Are Sick.

Flatten the Curve

Preventative measures like washing your hands and social distancing help "flatten the curve." Slowing the rate of infection helps the healthcare system from being overloaded.

The Washington Post has an article with helpful visualizations on how diseases spread and how social distancing works.