Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus – aka COVID-19 – continues to spread, local health officials have stressed that the risk to Oregonians remains low. Influenza continues to be a much more active threat to our community.

We are following the guidance of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and working closely with state, county officials and local health  organizations. North Bend Medical Center has a task-force with a plan approved by its leadership team to ensure an aligned and consistent approach if confronted with the virus.

Health officials urge good hand hygiene, covering coughs and staying home if you are sick.

For general information on novel coronavirus in Coos County, call 541-266-1650. If you are having a medical emergency, call 911.

If you are experiencing any related symptoms (Cough, Shortness of breath, or Fever) call 541-266-1650 and press 1

The CDC recommends the following:

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

Avoid close contact

Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
  • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

For information specific to health care, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Health Care Settings

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.