12/6/22 Vaccine Event
COVID19 vaccine event in Shady Cove (Jackson County) on December 6th. They will have COVID-19 and flu vaccines, as well as naloxone, harm reduction supplies, and food boxes. The COVID vaccines will be for ages 5 and older, including both the primary series and the updated boosters.
11/14/22 RSV Executive Order
On November 14, 2022, Governor Kate Brown issued an executive order in response to a surge of pediatric cases and hospitalizations of respiratory viruses across Oregon. Increases in respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), influenza virus, COVID-19, and other respiratory viruses are straining the healthcare system nationwide, including Oregon. The executive order will help ensure that Oregon’s hospitals are able to provide care for every child who needs it. Schools can also take steps to protect their school community from RSV and other respiratory viruses that are circulating in Oregon.
RSV is a common respiratory virus that is transmitted through respiratory droplets, direct contact and by touching contaminated surfaces. For most children, RSV produces mild illness, however children under 2 years old are especially susceptible to RSV and are at increased risk of severe illness and hospitalization. It is important to note that many school age children have siblings at home who may be younger and more susceptible to severe illness and hospitalization.
Schools can help reduce the spread of respiratory illnesses, including RSV, COVID-19, and influenza. The ways we can prevent the spread of RSV and other respiratory illnesses are familiar and include frequent and thorough handwashing, covering coughs and sneezes, masking, and disinfection of high-touch surfaces. We are encouraging schools to consider taking the following steps to protect their school community:
- Review and update (if needed) your school-level communicable disease management plan.
- Communicate the risk to families, asking them to keep children out of school when they are ill, and providing additional information about the signs of respiratory distress among young children that may require hospitalization.
- Share the benefits of staying up-to-date on your COVID-19 and flu vaccinations.
- Recommend or encourage students and staff to wear face coverings when indoors during the respiratory illness season.
- Make sure bathrooms and classrooms are equipped for thorough and frequent hand washing.
- Implement additional cleaning measures.