Viruses are microscopic organisms that vary from simple to highly complex. Each has unique traits, including how it moves from one person to another, how it infects people, and who it infects.
Viruses cannot be treated with antibiotics. They can only be prevented through vaccines and healthy habits. The best way to prevent getting and spreading viruses is by building these healthy habits into your everyday life:
When you can’t use soap and water to wash your hands, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60- to 95-percent alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
Masks or cloth face coverings are required statewide when:
Wearing a mask prevents you from unknowingly spreading the novel coronavirus to others. We mask to protect each other.
It’s everyone’s responsibility to practice good hygiene. Together, we can slow or stop the spread of virus, including COVID-19, the flu and the common cold.
Clatsop County now offers drive-through COVID-19 testing by appointment.
Columbia Memorial Hospital and the CMH Medical Group now offer telehealth, or virtual medical visits, for some of our services.
A telehealth visit is similar to an in-person wellness appointment with your own doctor. During the visit, you’ll talk about your current health concerns and learn what to do. Look for the green telehealth banner Telehealth Enabled to find clinics, services and providers who are offering telehealth visits for established patients.
Due to the nationwide shortage in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplies due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Clatsop County Emergency Management is coordinating PPE donations for local clinics, long-term care facilities and first responders, and asks that local and regional businesses and non-health care industries consider donating PPE not currently in use.
Items accepted include any of the following items that are disposable and reusable, unopened and opened, expired and not expired:
All donated supplies will be redistributed to vulnerable healthcare partners who are on the front lines responding to the COVID-19 crisis. Donators will receive a donation letter that can be used for a tax deduction. If you require PPE for your own personal healthcare, please save those supplies for your use.
Starting Friday, March 27, donations will be accepted at the Emergency Management Office at Camp Rilea. These supplies will be coordinated by the Clatsop County Emergency Management and redistributed to local healthcare partners based on priority need. For questions and information: email@example.com or 503-325-8645.
Several communities have been providing donations to hospitals to help with COVID-19 response. The state has also been receiving a lot of requests for homemade PPE, RVs for COVID recovery, and land for tent hospitals. To help with this, the state has setup a website you can refer community members to for donations: https://oregon-coronavirus-geo.hub.arcgis.com/
Talk to a nurse on the CMH COVID-19 Community Hotline at 503-338-4699. This hotline is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For general information about coronavirus COVID-19:
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