COVID-19 Guide: After You Get Tested
Testing is the best way to find and slow the spread of this virus. It may take a few days to get the results of your test and to be contacted by public health if you do test positive. While you are waiting for the results of your COVID-19 test, you should stay home and away from others. Doing so will help keep you from giving the virus to others if you have it. The guide includes information on isolation and quarantine, what you can and can't do, how to tell close contacts you tested positive, telling your employer, ways to manage respiratory symptoms at home, how to stop the spread of germs, using a face covering properly and more. Details from WA County
Oregon allows bowling alleys, skating rinks to open with restrictions
The Oregon Health Authority issued new guidance to allow up to 50 people at bowling alleys and skating rinks in “Phase One” counties, which includes the metro-area counties of Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington. The businesses will have to abide by a number of restrictions, which OHA laid out in a five-page order.
OR Health Authority Revises Face Covering Guidance
(Monday, October 19, 2020)
- Face coverings are now required in all private and public workplaces (including classrooms, offices, meeting rooms and workspaces, unless someone is alone in an office or in a private workspace).
- Face coverings are required in outdoor and indoor markets, street fairs, private career schools and public and private colleges and universities.
- Face coverings are recommended in place of a face shield, except in limited situatins when a face shield is appropriate (such as when communicating with someone who is deaf or heaing impaired and needs to read lips).
Halloween Will Look Different This Year
The OHA recommends talking with your children about other fun Halloween activities besides the traditional trick-or-treating.
- State of Oregon: 5 Ways to keep it spooky and safe this Halloween
- CDC: Halloween
- Oregon Health Authority: Tips for a safe and spooky Halloween
Instead of Trick-or-Treating...
When making your Halloween plans, remember that your decisions play a major role in protecting the health of the community. Here are some options for a Halloween celebration.
- Complete the Pumpkin Scavenger Hunt! Use clues to help and find the hiding pumpkins at Cook Park in Tigard.
- Participate in NextDoor’s “Treat Map.” You can mark your house for haunted décor, pumpkin projects or costume wave parade. All safe and healthy activities to connect with your neighbors.
- Check out Halloween Downtown Tigard will go from Oct. 18 – Nov. 1. Pick up your scavenger hunt passport at one of the participating businesses to see each of the decorated storefronts! Complete it and vote for your favorite. Plus, get entered to win prizes!
- Get spooky with Governor Brown who wants to see your most creative, spooky, and safe costume (including face covering). Post now through October 30th using the hashtag #spookysafeoregon for the chance to be featured on Gov. Brown’s social media channels on Halloween.
- Decorate. Decorate. Decorate. Break out your spookiest decorations and send us a picture to email@example.com. We'll share them on social media throughout the month.
- StoryWalk®, Kids & Families, October 1-31. Enjoy reading and nature at the same time as you walk the Fanno Creek Trail behind the library. Pause along the way to read and view displays of each page from a specially-chosen picture book. The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.
- 123 Andrés Around the Americas, Kids & Families, October 1-31. Visit the Tigard Library's YouTube channel in October to meet musicians from Latin American countries with Andrés and Christina of 123 Andrés. Learn about different styles of music and then complete interactive challenges where you’ll practice a rhythm, learn a dance step, or create an instrument with household objects.
- Escape the Apocalypse, Teens & Adults, October 1-31. Feel like you’re caught in a time loop that’s spiraling towards imminent disaster? You are so not alone: The Hargreeves of the Umbrella Academy know exactly how you feel. Drop in to this virtual escape room and see if you can help them prevent the end of the world. (Again.) If you succeed, post a screenshot with #TPLUmbrellaAcademy so we can all share in your triumph!
- Día de los Muertos, All ages, October 19-31 · Mondays-Saturdays · noon-5 p.m. Stop by the library’s service desk during open hours and take home a bag of Dia de los Muertos crafts including a tiny skull to decorate, papel picado to cut, and a mini-book to color. While supplies last!
- Pasa por el escritorio de servicio durante el horario de atención y llévate a casa una bolsa de manualidades del Día de los Muertos, que incluye una calavera pequeña para decorar, papel picado para cortar y un mini libro para colorear. Mientras duren los suministros.
PRO TIP: Remember that the safest activities include celebrating with members of your own household. If you gather with people outside your own household, you can decrease the risk by being outside, maintaining at least six feet of distance, and wearing a face covering.
Things You Should Avoid
- Indoor and outdoor gatherings, events or parties with non-household members
- Festivals, live entertainment or haunted houses
- Trick or treating or “trunk” or treating
- Hayrides or tractor rides with non-household members
I Could Use Some Support
It’s easy to understand the concern residents feel as we try to find a sense of normalcy in our daily routine. The Oregon-based nonprofit Lines for Life and Oregon Health Authority have launched the Safe + Strong Helpline: 1-800-923-HELP (4357) to offer emotional support and resources to anyone who is struggling and seeking support. Callers do not need to be in a crisis to contact this line and the help is free and available 24/7. The Safe + Strong campaign includes a behavioral health landing page with mental and emotional support information and resources as well as guidance for how to have conversations with loved ones who may be struggling.
Should My Child Wear a Face Covering?
Children age 5 and older are recommended to wear a face covering while in the playground area. The Oregon Health Authority recommends that kids over 2 can wear a mask, as long as they’re able to remove it themselves.
Here are a few ideas to help your child feel comfortable if they feel unsure about wearing a mask or other face covering:
- Let your child choose and decorate their mask.
- Try different styles to see which is the most comfortable.
- Put a mask on a favorite stuffed toy, or draw one on a favorite book character.
- Introduce the mask when everyone is relaxed but not too sleepy
- Practice wearing the mask at home to help your child get used to it.
- Play some “let’s pretend” games with characters who wear masks.
- Point out other people wearing masks while you’re out.
- Mental Health Matters
Washington County has a COVID-19 supportive counseling program. Services are provided at no charge. Linguistically and culturally specific services are also available.
- Fact Check
World Health Organization hosts a myth-buster page.
- Back to College
If you’re a college student who has recently returned to campus, you may worry about keeping safe in shared living spaces, such as dorms or student apartments. Oregon schools maintain their own pages about COVID-19 safety regulations. You can find links to these pages on Oregon’s Higher Education Coordination Commission website.
How Do I...(Our Virtual Doors are Open)
We know that you have questions about accessing city services during COVID. Our virtual doors remain open and here's where you will learn about utility bill assistance, Library services, construction projects, and more.
Water Utilities CARE!
Check out the latest opportunity for relief from utility bills. The program pays for full delinquency incurred since March 1 and extended through December 30, 2020. Read on...
Your Help is Needed... Donate Plasma!
The American Red Cross announced an emergency shortage of Convalescent Plasma (CCP), as well as an urgent need for COVID-19 donors (those who have recovered from COVID-19), as they “have a unique ability to help up to three patients recover from the virus with each donation.”
When will Washington County apply for Phase 2?
September 23, 2020 Update
Reopening WA County
We know that many community members, organizations and businesses are anxious to move into Phase 2 reopening. Per Governor Kate Brown, we are still tied to Multnomah and Clackamas counties for moving into Phase 2. As a county and as a region, we have not met all of the metrics required to apply for Phase 2. In addition, we have yet to see the full impact of Labor Day gatherings on our numbers because many testing sites were not operating during the wildfire smoke event earlier this month. There is also some concern that the recent wildfire evacuations could lead to a spike in cases.
We are all connected, and our individual actions can make the difference for everyone. We’re asking people to continue to work to slow the spread. Please stay home when sick, keep social gatherings small and outside, maintain at least six feet from others, and wear face coverings. These measures will still be important when we reach Phase 2. Thank you.
|Services||City buildings remain closed.
City facilities open to the public in Phase 1: (social distancing required)
The following areas may reopen, while following health and safety guidelines:
Resource Guide - The Community Resource Guide includes food, utilities, internet, employment and other resources.
Tigard Essential Needs Hub - Food, household items and other necessities are available.
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- Open Hours: Tuesday-Wednesday 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
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