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Local Businesses and following the Governor's Orders, and COVID-19, WIC and clinic updates

HOLLY M. GILL/MADRAS PIONEER - Jefferson County Public Health Department's weekly update

COVID-19 Update:

Over the last week, the number of complaints for those choosing not to follow the Gov. Kate Brown's orders has increased substantially.  As Jefferson County remains on the "watch list" by Gov. Brown, we can't stress enough the importance of being mindful of those around you, who may be more susceptible to COVID-19 than yourself.  If you or your business are in need of face coverings and/or face shields, please contact Jefferson County Public Health, 541-475-4456.

Jefferson County Public Health will continue to educate our community on the general guidance for facial coverings.  Per the governor's press conference on Monday, July 13, it was noted that the OLCC had visited over 800 businesses in Oregon over the past week to ensure businesses and their patrons were following the most recent guidelines. OLCC will be enforcing these guidelines, and businesses could face citations, fines and ultimately the possibility of closing businesses that won't comply. Gov. Brown also released some new requirements for face coverings and limits on social get-togethers to slow the spread of COVID-19.  Effective July 15, face coverings are to be required outdoors (when 6-foot distancing cannot be met), and at social get-togethers indoors, over 10 people are prohibited. 

As of 1 p.m. Monday, July 13, Jefferson County reports 168 cases.

County cases by ZIP codes, as of 7/8/2020 (reported every Tuesday by OHA):   https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/DISEASESCONDITIONS/DISEASESAZ/Emerging%20Respitory%20Infections/COVID-19-Weekly-Report-2020-07-08-FINAL.pdf

Hospitalizations/St. Charles:  https://www.stcharleshealthcare.org/covid-19

As of 8:20 a.m. Monday, July 13, there are six COVID-19 patients at St. Charles Bend. Three of the patients are in the Intensive Care Unit, and all three are on a ventilator.

Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs:  https://warmsprings-nsn.gov/news/press-releases/covid-19-community-update-10-july/

Oregon General Guidance for Employers on COVID-19:  https://sharedsystems.dhsoha.state.or.us/DHSForms/Served/le2342C.pdf

Public Health officials continue to recommend that anyone who has tested positive or has come in contact with someone who has tested positive contact your primary care provider for guidance on testing and isolation.  

UPDATE ON OUR PROGRAMS: 

WIC (Women, Infants & Children): 

Jefferson County WIC staff are doing an amazing job of continuing to provide high-quality WIC services during the COVID-19 response. Remote appointments using approved technology has been critical to our success. As of today, we will continue to provide remote services through Sept. 30. Farmers Market checks are here! The Oregon Farm Direct Nutrition Program, or FDNP, is a state-administered, federal nutrition program serving families enrolled in the WIC program and income-eligible seniors. FDNP participants receive green $4 checks to spend on fresh, locally grown fruits, vegetables and cut edible herbs directly with authorized farmers.  To locate a farm stand or market, visit myoregonfarm.org.  If you're a WIC participant, please call us to schedule a time to pick up your checks, or maybe you're curious if WIC is for you and your family. If so, please call us today at 541-475-4456.  

CLINIC:

Our clinical staff is working hard with members of the community to limit the spread of disease by helping people to stay home who have tested positive and/or have been around the people who've tested positive.  While we are still here for birth control needs, we ask you to please call ahead to schedule appointments. As always, your primary care provider should be your first choice for all of your health care concerns.  

Tami Kepa'a is the public information officer for the Jefferson County Public Health Department.


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