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 Oregon, call 211. 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
How can you protect yourself?
The CDC recommends the following:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website
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.