COVID-19 Information and Guidance
With the Coronavirus (COVID-19) hitting Oregon, we want to make sure that you have all the information you need to know. At Outside In, we are closely following the guidance for the Oregon Health Authority, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization. The links below will bring you to their COVID-19 websites, which are full of information and guidance for individuals and families.
- Oregon Health Authority
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- World Health Organization
COVID-19 Vaccination at Outside In
Outside In is hosting COVID-19 vaccine clinics downtown for patients and community members.
Oregon COVID-19 Resources
Here are some helpful links to available community resources.
- Street Roots Rose City Resource Guide
- Community Services Network
- A Home for Everyone
- COVID-19 Emergency Relief Resources, compiled by Congressman Earl Blumenauer’s Office
- Oregon Health Authority: Safe and Strong Oregon
- Oregon Health Authority: Community Resources
COVID-19 and Flu
Here are some helpful links from the CDC with information on similarities and differences between COVID-19 and Flu, as well as information on flu vaccines.
- Similarities between Flu and COVID-19
- How to Prevent Flu
- Key Facts about Seasonal Flu Vaccine
- Who Needs a Flu Vaccine and When
Evidence shows that COVID-19 can spread between people interacting in close proximity, even when they are not exhibiting symptoms. One of the best practices to avoid infection is social distancing, however we recognize that there are many situations that make this challenging.
The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g. grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
Here are Outside In, we have also adopted face covering guidelines. All of our on-site staff are wearing cloth face coverings and medical providers are wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when meeting with patients. In our clinic, we have taken measures to reduce traffic, including providing curb-side pick-up services for our pharmacy and giving face masks to symptomatic patients upon arrival for their appointments. Our Youth Department is also providing cloth face coverings to participants during the time when they access services in our building. We encourage all patients and participants to wear face coverings when visiting Outside In if they have supplies available.
- How to Make a Homemade Face Covering
- How to Select, Wear, and Clean Your Mask
- Scientific Brief: Community Use of Cloth Face Masks to Control the Spread of SARS-CoV-2
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have created a Coronavirus Self-Checker to help people make decisions about seeking appropriate medical care.
Prevent the spread of COVID-19
Steps you can take to prevent spread of flu and the common cold will also help prevent Coronavirus:
- Wash hands often with soap and water. If not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Cover your nose and mouth with a mask when you are around others.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick and put six feet of distance between yourself and those who don’t live in your household
- Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw it away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough into your elbow
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that you frequently touch
- Monitor your health daily and be alert for symptoms of COVID-19