COVID-19 Oregon Update
On March 23rd, Governor Kate Brown implemented Executive Order 20-12: Stay Home, Save Lives. This executive order came about after heavy consideration for all Oregon communities facing down the COVID-19 outbreak. The mandate includes:
- All non-essential social and recreational gatherings are prohibited, regardless of size if a distance of minimum of 6 feet can’t be kept
- Closing & prohibits shopping at specific category of businesses
- Business’s not closed by the order need to implement social distancing policies/procedures
- Directs Oregonians to stay at home whenever possible
- Closes recreational facilities
- Outlines new guidelines for child care facilities
- Failure to comply will be considered an immediate danger to public health and subject to a Class C misdemeanor
For more information about this executive order click here.
The health and wellbeing of our staff and community is a top priority for Oregon Afterschool for Kids (OregonASK). The arrival of COVID-19 has caused us to take extra cautionary steps to keep everyone in Oregon safe and healthy. These steps include:
- Working with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to provide up-to-date and accurate information about the virus
- Providing continuous updates on the status of COVID-19 in Oregon through various media channels
- Providing resources to continue to inform communities about the virus
- Encouraging staff to stay home if they aren’t feeling well
With news of Governor Kate Brown closing all Oregon Schools until April 28th, we have decided to move all meetings to a virtual space to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and have all OregonASK staff work remotely. The OregonASK Team will continue to support statewide partners and can be reached via email. Here are some precautions youth serving organizations can take to stop the spread of COVID-19:
- Have students and staff wash their hands for at least 20 seconds as soon as they enter the facility and regularly throughout their day, if soap and water are not available use a minimum of 65% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Encourage students and staff to avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth with their hands.
- If you haven’t already, establish procedures for when staff and children are sick and a policy for staff to stay home when they’re sick.
- Help children understand what the coronavirus is, what the signs are, and how they can stay healthy.
- If your program is located in a school facility, establish procedures for when schools reopen.
- When reaching out to families and community members double check the information with the information on OHA’s website or on the CDC’s website to prevent miscommunications and cut down on rumors.
- If you think you or your family member have the COVID-19, contact your primary care doctor by phone to evaluate symptoms and develop a care plan that protects you, your family, and your community.
Here are some additional resources:
- How to talk to children about the coronavirus
- What you need to know about COVID-19
- FAQs on COVID-19
- Oregon Health Authority Updates Page on CORVID-19
- Full list of guidance for child care and youth-serving organizations from the CDC
- Reducing the spread of illness in childcare
Mental Health Resources
- CDC Manage Anxiety and Stress
- NAMI Mental Health Coping Strategies
- Stress Management for 1st Responders
- Parent/Caregiver Guide to Help Families Cope with COVID-19
At Home Virtual Learning
- Educational Apps that don’t require WIFI
- Search Institute’s Developmental Relationship Checklist
- Playworks Game Library
- PBS Kids Learn and Grow
- Scholastic Learn at Home
- Khan Academy Daily Schedules Grades Preschool-12th
- NASA STEM at Home
- Space Station Explorers Learn At Home Activities and Experiences!
- USDA Child Nutrition Waivers
- Oregon School Districts Serving Free Meals
- Oregon Food Bank Locations