At Oregon PSR, we are doing our part to keep our communities safe from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Public health experts’ understanding of the situation is evolving rapidly and we encourage you to continually check with the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Oregon Health Authority, Multnomah County Health Department, and any other local county health department for the latest information.
Until further notice, subject to change, Oregon PSR is adopting the following organizational policies, which may affect meetings and events with which we are involved:
- As a default, staff will convene or attend virtual meetings. Oregon PSR volunteers are asked to do the same (please email us if you would like assistance setting up video conferencing).
- Staff may choose to meet with others in person only if the meeting is outdoors with at least six feet of physical distancing between people and with all participants wearing cloth masks, in accordance with current public health guidelines.
- We will not be sending staff or volunteers to meetings, conferences, or other Oregon PSR-related activities that require travel or involve being in close physical contact with others. This is both to protect our staff from contracting the virus as well as to protect others from transmission, as it appears that people with no symptoms can be carriers of the disease.
- Per current public health guidelines, we encourage everyone to wear a cloth mask, physically distance, wash hands regularly and thoroughly, refrain from shaking hands, and do not go out in public if you have a fever, cough or any other symptoms. If you are feeling ill, contact your healthcare provider.
- Remember that disease knows no nationality: Asian Americans have been experiencing discrimination during the outbreak. We urge all to resist baseless fear and xenophobia, support Asian communities, and if you are in the Portland area, please report hate incidents to Portland United Against Hate.
We will continue to assess the situation, track recommendations and best practices from multiple public health agencies, and update our policies accordingly. Should you have any questions about how this may impact upcoming Oregon PSR-supported events or meetings, please contact us.
Additional resources regarding the COVID-19 pandemic:
(Original policy dated 3/11/20; latest update 9/14/20)