Air quality is noticeably bad right now because of the massive wildfires burning along the West Coast. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is warning people throughout the Northwest to take respiratory precautions.
Here at the coast, our air quality has been classified as “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” which includes people with lung disease or heart disease, older adults, and children, all of whom are at a greater risk from exposure to ozone or particles in the air.
Stay healthy with these tips:
Everyone traveling east of the Coast Range should consider taking respiratory precautions, like those above. The air quality in much of Washington State and northern Oregon is considered “Unhealthy” for all people.
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:
Media Contact: Nancee Long, 503-338-4504
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