Covid-19 State of Emergency
Over the weekend Governor Kate Brown declared a state of emergency regarding the Coronavirus. Confirmed cases of the virus are at 14 in the state. Today lawmakers in the capital will consider a $5,000,000 package to fight the virus and provide more testing. Yesterday the Oregon Health Authority issued a best practices plan for educational institutions across the state. One of the issues that concerns officials is that school is often the only available health care and food source for many students. OHA’s best practices include reducing social interaction by reducing the amount and size of groups forming and maintaining vigilance in cleaning practices. Fortunately, according to OHA very few children have tested positive for the virus. At this time there is no recommendation from OHA to close schools.
Flu Still Mighty
Statewide the flu still is the most invasive event for health. This past week cases spiked after taking a downward turn the prior week. Over 4000 new cases have been reported with almost 800 of them testing positive for either influenza A or B resulting in an increase in the alert level from moderate to high. Most of the cases, though, are still concentrated in the Portland Metro area and southern Oregon.
Work continues this week on finishing up sections of the revision Florence project with work on the intersection of Highway 101 and 126 as well as the corner of Quince and Highway 126. As always, use caution in construction areas and allow plenty of space for workers and construction vehicles and obey all traffic signs.