June 25, 2020
State face-covering mandate in effect in Lincoln County
Chunhuei Chi, professor and coordinator at the International Health Program at Oregon State University, said recent studies indicated that wearing face coverings was more important than social distancing at preventing viral spread when indoors. Read full story at Newport News Times.
June 19, 2020
Portland restaurants and bars can reopen Friday: Here are 5 things you need to know
Health experts including Professor Chunhuei Chi have advised that it’s generally safer for Oregonians to eat out if they live in counties with a relatively low number of cases or no cases at all, and that “the general public should not have a false sense of security” when visiting restaurants and bars. Read full story at The Oregonian.
May 25, 2020
What you need to know about hair, nail salons: The Oregonian/OregonLive’s guide to reopening
But it’s not always practical for customers to wear masks while getting their hair cut and that could put employees and other patrons at risk. Read full story at The Oregonian.
May 16, 2020
So you really want to see your friends? Here's how to assess the risk
You’ve stayed at home long enough and want to socialize with your friends. Here’s how you can gather without putting your health -- or theirs -- in jeopardy. Read full story at Los Angeles Times.
May 15, 2020
Not out of the woods yet: Experts prepare for possible second wave
Though phase one of reopening feels like a victory to many, experts are reminding the public that there is still a long road ahead and possibly a second wave of the virus too. Watch video at KEZI.
May 15, 2020
Taiwan beat covid-19 and won friends. At the WHO, it’s still fighting for a seat at the table.
Taipei is winning new influence due to its pandemic response and diplomatic outreach, but its full participation in world health affairs remains stymied by politics. Read full story at The Washington Post.
May 13, 2020
Deschutes County health and medical metrics for reopening ready to go
Deschutes County has met the health and medical checkpoints for reopening, but still is awaiting the governor’s approval. Read full story at Bend Bulletin.
May 6, 2020
Public Health Experts Praise Gov. Kate Brown’s Approach to Reopening Oregon. They Also Think It Could Be Improved.
Any timetable—in Portland or elsewhere—will depend on whether that area meets benchmarks for testing and tracing people who might have the virus. Read full story at Willamette Week.
April 16, 2020
Oregonians weigh in about potential executive order requiring masks be worn in public
As you head out to places like the grocery store, you are probably seeing more and more people wearing masks. Watch video at KPTV.
April 15, 2020
Masks still voluntary in Oregon as other states increasingly require them to slow coronavirus spread
New York, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Los Angeles have all required masks to enter businesses. Oregon has not. Read full story at The Oregonian.
April 14, 2020
Oregon joins Washington, California in pledge to coordinate reopening from coronavirus shutdown
The three West Coast governors pushed back after President Trump said the decision would be his. Read full story at The Oregonian.