COVID-19 is caused by a member of the coronavirus family that’s a close cousin to the SARS and MERS viruses that have caused outbreaks in the past. COVID is short for coronavirus disease. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.
The Oregon Public Health Division created this video to explain when to seek treatment, if you suspect you may have contracted COVID-19.
Oregon State of Emergency
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown declared a state of emergency on Sunday, March 8, due the growing number of cases of COVID-19 in Oregon. The governor’s declaration allows for further flexibility in healthcare regulations and allocations of state resources to all providers, which we will be exploring with our regional healthcare partners to assure we are doing all we can to keep our community healthy.
Preventing the Spread of Illness
Oregon Health Authority (OHA) continues to recommend that all people in Oregon take precautions to prevent the spread of illnesses, especially those in the most at-risk groups, including older adults and people with underlying health conditions. The recommendation precautions for COVID-19 and influenza are: