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City staff work to make sure employees are healthy and vital city services run smoothly

The city of Lake Oswego has no plans to cancel any upcoming activities relating to the detection of COVID-19 — a disease caused by the novel coronavirus — at a local school.

All Parks and recreation activities are also operating as normal.

After Clackamas County commissioners declared a precautionary state of emergency Monday, March 2, in response to the coronavirus in order to be as prepared as possible, the city met to discuss how to keep employees healthy so they can continue to provide services and manage operations in a way that keeps the public safe, as well as making sure all staff is updated with knowledge pertaining to COVID-19.

"It's really important to remember the county health department has the lead on decisions on health issues," said City Manager Martha Bennett. "The city's actions are really about making sure we can continue to provide basic city services to the community."

Bennett said the city has expressed worries about whether there is enough basic supplies on hand for first responders and how to make sure the city has enough masks, gloves and cleaning supplies. City staff also updated the emergency plans relating to illnesses. They discussed who is essential and needs to show up for work, what work can be done remotely, among other similar topics.

Another concern is making sure that if an employee is ill or if a family member of an employee is ill, that they can go home and city services can still operate successfully.

"So employees that have a cough, employees that have a temperature, employees that have trouble breathing, we want to make sure they can stay home and get well," said Bennett, adding that at this time people in the community are at very low risk of contagions. "We are trying to be very thoughtful about the ways the city runs."

Any decisions about individual quarantine or how the health issue is being managed are made at the county level.

"We urge all Lake Oswego residents to pay attention to the news releases the county health department is sending out," Bennett said.

Visit the county's website for more information.


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