COVID-19 spreads in Canby
During a live community update on Wednesday, April 8, Canby Fire Division Chief Matt Dale confirmed what residents likely suspected: COVID-19 is spreading in Canby.
"The COVID-19 virus has become widespread throughout our nation, including inside our community of Canby," Dale said. "Canby Fire and our surrounding partner agencies are now experiencing increased 911 calls for symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Our surrounding hospitals and urgent care clinics are experiencing the same increase."
Other than the fire department confirming they've seen cases in Canby, there's no way to know exactly how many cases are in the city. Health agencies are not tracking COVID-19 cases by city, only by state and county, Clackamas County Public Health confirmed.
We do know there has been at least one confirmed case in neighboring Molalla as well, Molalla Fire confirmed on April 7, and it's likely that number is higher.
In Clackamas County, there has been a total of 125 cases and three deaths, according to the Oregon Health Authority, as of April 12.
In its daily report, OHA reported 80 new cases of COVID-19 in Oregon as of 8 a.m. on April 12, bringing the state total to 1,527. One more person died since OHA's report the day before, bringing the state's death toll to 52.
Dale said if the Canby area follows Oregon projections, then the peak of the virus will occur in late April before a decrease begins.
But he warned that downward trend is contingent on continued safe practices.
"This will only occur, this downward trend will only occur, if we remain vigilant with our social distancing and handwashing practices," Dale said.
He strongly urged Canby residents to stay home whenever possible.
"Every time you or someone you live with leaves home, you run risk of exposing yourself to the COVID-19 virus," Dale said. "Please continue to limit your trips outside your home, continue to maintain social distancing, continue spending time outside around your home and neighborhood while maintaining social distancing."
Following direction from the Centers for Disease Control, Dale recommended wearing a homemade mask when leaving the home and warned that used masks could contain the live virus and should be treated as contaminated.
Dale offered several other reminders to help contain the virus including to continue wiping down surfaces with disinfectant, to wash your hands and keep your hands away from your face.
"Together, we can limit the spread of COVID-19, maintain our hospital capacity, maintain our ambulance capacity and save lives," Dale said Wednesday. "Now is the time to reinforce our plan to stay home to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus."
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