Join Rep. Karin Power and Sen. Kathleen Taylor at a Virtual Constituent Coffee at 9:30am on Saturday May 16th. Once again, pre-registration will be required by 9 am via this link.
They are hopeful that a representative from Governor Brown’s office will also be able to join them to discuss the re-opening criteria.
Rep. Karin Power (Democrat) HD-41
One of the processes that must be place before regions of Oregon can begin to relax business and gathering restrictions is a plan and resources for contact tracing. The CDC has a detailed explanation of the process here, but some of the main tenets are:
- In contact tracing, public health staff work with a patient to help them recall everyone with whom they have had close contact during the timeframe while they may have been infectious.
- Public health staff then warn these exposed individuals (contacts) of their potential exposure as rapidly and sensitively as possible.
- To protect patient privacy, contacts are only informed that they may have been exposed to a patient with the infection.
- Contacts are provided with education, information, and support to understand their risk, what they should do to separate themselves from others who are not exposed, monitor themselves for illness, and the possibility that they could spread the infection to others even if they themselves do not feel ill.
- Contacts are encouraged to stay home and maintain social distance from others (at least 6 feet) until 14 days after their last exposure, in case they also become ill.
Even as Oregon begins to re-open, social distancing will be required in most circumstances to reduce the spread to as few people as possible from one individual. In addition, the isolation part of the process means that a workplace may have to reduce staff if one employee becomes ill, as all their close contacts should also self-isolate.
Date(s) - 05/16/2020
9:30 am - 10:30 am