OLSHF COVID-19 Message

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:

  • Cancelling and rescheduling all School Vision Screening events through April 17th
  • Cancelling/Rescheduling upcoming events such as Keep the Promise events in April
  • OLSHF Staff not participating in upcoming Lions Conventions in March
  • OLSHF Staff working remotely through the month of March

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:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and throw the tissue away after use. If a tissue isn’t available, cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve, not your hands.
  • 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.
  • Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.
  • Clean and disinfect doorknobs, switches, handles, computers, telephones, bedside tables, bathroom sinks, toilets, counters, toys and other surfaces that are commonly touched around the home or workplace.
  • To the extent possible, avoid touching commonly used surfaces in public places like elevator buttons, door handles and handrails and avoid handshaking with people.
  • Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something.

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 info@olshf.org.

Respectfully,

Doug Thompson
Executive Director

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