Greetings OLSHF Trustees, Staff, and Friends:
On behalf of OLSHF Board leadership, I wanted to reach out to you with our organization’s stance as of today in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and outbreak here in the United States and in Oregon.
As of today there are 21 known cases of COVID-19 in eight counties in Oregon. Based on the number of COVID-19 tests available, it stands to reason that there are far more than this in actuality. The illness very likely is already in your community. Those exposed to the virus are directed to “Self Quarantine” to reduce exposure to others, to emergency responders, and to their families. Public health experts urge us not to panic, rather to be concerned and take precautions.
We believe that this is a legitimate danger to all of our well-being and that it is time to take the Corona Virus seriously. Our healthcare system does not have the capacity to provide care to the amount of patients that are projected to need hospitalization if steps are not taken to “Flatten the Curve” of hospital visits. It is time to take reasonable and rational steps to protect other Oregonians and ourselves.
We are in the process of determining exactly what steps will be implemented by OLSHF to support the effort of “Social Distancing” that is necessary to slow the spread of the virus and to “Flatten the Curve” of hospital visits. Social Distancing measures are taken to restrict when and where people can gather to stop or slow the spread of infectious diseases. Social distancing measures include limiting large groups of people coming together, closing buildings and canceling events.
These Social Distancing steps may include, but are not limited to:
It is strongly recommended that you take steps as well. We are early in the outbreak and health officials expect far more cases to be reported. It is expected to get much worse before it gets better.
We ask that we all follow the guidance of the medical professionals at the Oregon Health Authority: https://tinyurl.com/OHA-Website
More information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html
Immediate steps that we should all practice now:
Please understand that we believe that our actions are responsible and appropriate, given the nature of the crisis that we all face.
We trust that by taking these steps we will do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 here in Oregon and hasten the process of our lives returning to normal.
Please let us know of any questions, concerns, or suggestions you may have by OLSHF at firstname.lastname@example.org.