March 27 Conference Call
- King City | Closed basketball courts, playgrounds. Public didn’t adhere to rules, so they removed the basketball hoops. Planning a drive-in blood donation. Collecting PPE.Virtual socializing volunteer program with a telephone tree for residents who don’t have internet. Letter writing campaign with the senior Village because they can’t have visitors.
- Dr. Sue TTSD | Releasing latest update for next week re: supplemental resources and at-home guidance. Teachers will receive virtual guidance. Planning to deploy buses to apartment areas with hotspots so students can log on to internet. Waiting for ODE guidance re: graduating seniors; should have been today but will likely be next week. Anticipating school pushed into May. Continue to provide food to families who need it. Have halted hiring because not sure of budget impact of the shutdown and its effect on school district.
- Rep. Prusak | Modeling suggests that if we continue to stay at home, it appears we are flattening the curve and not experience the same vast hardships that hospital systems in other states are experiencing. OHSU has put together an ethics committee to talk about some of the questions about how you choose who gets care and who doesn’t.
- WLWV | Similar story to TTSD.
- Clackamas ESD | Incredible amount of collaboration happening among all the districts in the area.
- Bridget Tualatin | Called state of emergency officially. Pharmacy delivery program via the police department.
- Washington County | High amount of patients, but also the first County to have cases. Aggressive program to control it. Working with getting homeless population into shelters.
- Clackamas County | Ethical discussions re: management of limited resources in hospital settings, who gets a ventilator, what is the process to allocate resources. Ethical discussions about caring for homeless residents. Hard conversations to have, but they need to be had ahead of time and not in the moment of crisis.
Lake Oswego Pilot Program for Pharmacy Delivery
LAKE OSWEGO – With Oregonians now under Governor Brown’s executive order to stay home, the Lake Oswego Police Department is following the lead of the Forest Grove Police Department in piloting a prescription medication delivery program for Lake Oswego Residents.
Starting Monday, March 30, 2020, and continuing through the end of the emergency order, Lake Oswego Police Department employees will be providing a free prescription delivery service for Lake Oswego residents. Anyone who is 65-years-old or older, or who has any serious underlying medical condition that would put them at a higher risk of severe illness due to COVID-19, can call the Lake Oswego Police Department at (503) 635-0250 to arrange for prescription delivery from a local Lake Oswego pharmacy. This service will be available between 8:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M., Monday through Friday, for the duration of the emergency order.
Participants will also need to contact their pharmacy themselves to order and pay for the prescription(s), and to let them know that a Lake Oswego Police employee will be picking them up. At this point, the only pharmacies that are participating in this program are the Rite-Aid pharmacies at 90 B Avenue and 16390 Boones Ferry Road, in Lake Oswego. The participant will need to present valid identification to the Police employee when the prescription is delivered.
During deliveries, the Police employees will wear personal protective equipment and will follow social distancing guidelines to avoid spreading the virus. The employees will always be in official attire and will carry identification.
This is a pilot project, so we will monitor this program daily to ensure that it is still helpful and appropriate. If, at any point, we decide that it is no longer needed or workable, we will end this service.
Any media inquiries can be directed to Sergeant Tom Hamann at 503-635-0238.
March 23 Conference Call Updates
Update: Regan Molatore, WLWV school board
Some teachers returning to work, remotely on Monday.
The details of the new programming are still being formed. We have identified families who need computers and access to the internet. We can get devices to these students. Connection is still being worked out.
Supplemental learning is set up: https://www.wlwv.k12.or.
New | Exciting mental health resource for students, teachers and families everywhere! After receiving countless requests for resources on mental health and digital wellness, a group of nonprofit partners joined together to create and share valuable tools, lessons, and more. Work2BeWell was made possible due to a partnership between Providence, and Well Being Trust.
And actually a HD 37 West Linn Resident led the way. You’ll find resources and curriculum on everything mental health here. https://work2bewell.org
Governor Brown’s Executive Order:See EO for details: https://govsite-assets.s3.
- If you want to volunteer with COVID-19 response, please complete this survey: https://arcg.is/1amGqK
- If you have a business that might be able to help with COVID-19 response, please complete this survey: https://arcg.is/1zia4T
What does “stay at home” mean?
- Stay home as much as possible. Don’t have playdates for kids. Don’t gather in groups. Don’t get together with friends. Rely on video and phone chats.
- Playgrounds are closed.
- Go out only for essentials (groceries, medical care / supplies). Don’t make unnecessary trips.
- If you must go out stay at least 6 ft away from others any time you are out including for exercise
- Avoiding visits; even ones where social distance can be employed. Those still pose a chance of touching a contaminated surface or running across the virus in another capacity.
What additional precautions should we take if someone in our home becomes ill?
Have the person stay in one room, away from other people, as much as possible
Avoid sharing household items
Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
Every day clean all surfaces that are touched often
Wash laundry thoroughly
Monitor them for worsening symptoms:
Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
New confusion or inability to arouse
Is it true nurses have to work even if PPE is unavailable? Can you explain policy on PPE?
After speaking with OHA, ONA, and Oregon Board of Nursing (OSBN) the board updated their statement on PPE for clarification:
“The global spread of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) is a rapidly evolving situation. This event has also resulted in confusing and conflicting information regarding transmission, healthcare worker precautions, high-risk categorizations, etc.
Each medical facility/organization decides for itself and its personnel whether to follow Oregon Health Authority (OHA) recommendations or recommendations issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) or the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The Board of Nursing has no jurisdiction over individual employers.
The OSBN has received reports that nurses are refusing to accept patient assignments unless their hospital/facility follows WHO or CDC guidelines rather than OHA guidelines regarding personal protective equipment (PPE).
In the Governor’s Declared State of Emergency authorization, OHA was tasked to provide the state response to COVID-19. All nurses and nursing assistants are entitled to keep themselves safe through appropriate use of PPE.
Nurses cannot refuse an assignment solely because the employer is utilizing OHA guidelines rather than WHO or CDC guidelines.
The Board of Nursing does not expect nurses to work without PPE. The Nurse Practice Act will always support the ability of a nurse to refuse an assignment when they do not have the knowledge, skills, competencies, and abilities to safety acceptit. Having PPE, or not having PPE, comes under the “abilities” section of the practice act. “
March 22 | Message from Representative Prusak
March 20 | Elected Representative Conference Call
State Representative Rachel Prusak of HD37 invited Board Chair and Board Secretary to attend regular conference calls to provide updates that we can disseminate to our community. We are appreciative of the opportunity to be included in these calls so that we can help get information out.
The calls will take place a few times a week. Updates will be posted on this page. If you have a question about services that aren’t addressed above in the links, please contact us and we will try to connect you with the information. If you or a neighbor needs assistance, please contact us so that we can try to connect you with services.
Health & Medical
- Consider using the term “physical distancing” so it’s less confusing than “social distancing”. There should be 6 feet between you and any other person while you’re out. Time outside the house should be for essential trips only, unless you are deemed an ‘essential worker.’
- There is now no legal barrier to getting 90 days of prescriptions filled. You can call in your prescriptions and stock up.
- For the elderly and immune compromised residents of our area, many groceries have instituted “Elder Hours” where these folks can shop in relative isolation. Call your local store for information. One complaint that was discussed was that during Elder Hours the pharmacy wasn’t open. We have heard from the manager that Wal-Mart West Linn is having their pharmacy AND store open during their Tuesday Elder Hour (6am to 7am). This begins on Tuesday, March 24th.
- Helpful tip: create for yourself and family members a printed list of your medicines, dosages, and what you take them for. In addition, list any over the counter medicines you take and dosages/purpose. If you require medical assistance this will help your medical professional know what you are taking and will save valuable time.
- If you do not need emergency assistance, do not go to the Emergency Department of the hospital. You can use telemedicine or visit urgent care.
- Census forms have been mailed. Please complete them.
- There is no disruption in the quantity of goods being trucked into our area and restocking stores. So, there is no need to hoard goods. Please leave extra goods on the shelf for your neighbors, and take what you need. Likewise there is no issue with water supply or gasoline.
- Many services are providing grocery delivery (Instacart, Safeway, Amazon) so that you can stay at home.
- Our community’s businesses are suffering. If you are able to purchase food to go, or gift certificates, please do.
- Message from Metro: garbage service is still ongoing and functioning as it should. Many open spaces are still open and available as long as you keep 6’ or more between people.
- Social distancing can create stressors in families. If you or someone you know are experiencing domestic violence, please reach out in a safe way. Crisis hotline number is 503-654-2288.
Business Owner Support
- SBA Economic Disaster Loans are now available (see the link above for Business Owners).
- Updates from West Linn Wilsonville School District: there is a page on their website that will be updated frequently (link at the top of this page).
Finally, please check on your neighbors. Physical and social distancing is helpful to diminish the spread of the virus, but there are potential effects on the mental health of people who have never in their lives spent so much time alone. Clackamas County has a phone number for anyone who’d like to talk, vent, let off steam. 503-655-8585.
Reach out to your neighbors, especially elderly or immune compromised neighbors.
- Can I pick up groceries or toilet paper for you?
- Can I pick up a prescription for you?
- Are you feeling ok?
- Can I contact your family members for you?
- If you have children in the house, invite them to make art or poetry for them.
We are a community and we are here for each other.
March 18 | Clackamas County Closes Facilities
Effective Wednesday, March 18, Clackamas County is temporarily closing many of its buildings to the public. The action will be in effect until at least April 6.
This action has been taken by the Board of County Commissioners to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and best protect the health of the public and county employees.
During this time, Clackamas County will remain open for business to the greatest extent possible. The goal during this time is to provide services virtually to the public as much as possible.
Courts and law enforcement are remaining open on a limited basis. Many county employees have been instructed to telework from home.
The Board of County Commissioners Business Meeting this coming Thursday, March 19, is still scheduled for 10 a.m. Residents are encouraged to participate digitally.
Many departments and public-facing services continue to operate virtually, and will have staff available by phone during normal business hours.
The following is a list of how county departments/divisions can be reached during this time:
Assessment & Taxation (open virtually, 503-655-8671)
Business and Community Services (all divisions below open virtually)
— BCS Administration (503-742-4344)
— County Parks (503-742-4414)
— Economic Development (503-742-4BIZ)
— County Fair & Event Center (503-266-1136)
— Library Network (503-723-4888)
— North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District (503-742-4348)
— Oak Lodge/Gladstone Libraries (503-655-8570)
— Property Resources (503-742-4384)
County Administration (open virtually, 503-655-8581)
County Clerk (open virtually, 503-655-8510)
C-COM/911 (Building closed to public, but operating as normal. Call 911 for emergencies)
Disaster Management (open virtually but currently operating Emergency Operations Center, 503-655-8378)
District Attorney (State courts remain open, operating as normal. Call 503-655-8431)
Health, Housing and Human Services (H3S, see divisions below)
— All Health Clinics/Centers remain open.
— All other H3S Divisions (Behavioral Health; Children, Family and Community Connections; Housing Authority; Public Health; Social Services; Community Development) are operating virtually but can be reached to discuss client resident needs and take actions as appropriate. Check here for division contacts.
Human Resources (divisions below open virtually)
— Recruitment (503-655-8459)
— Benefits (503-655-8550)
— Leave Administration (503-655-8550)
— Workers Compensation (503-655-8252)
Justice Court (open virtually, 503-794-3800, Mon – Fri 8 a.m. to noon; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.)
Juvenile (contact 503-655-8342 for info)
Law Library (open virtually, 503-869-7428)
Public and Government Affairs (open virtually, 503-655-8751)
— Tim Heider, Coronavirus PIO (971-219-7271)
— Dylan Blaylock, Acting PIO for all other media issues (503-278-6841)
Resolution Services (open virtually, 503-655-8415)
Sheriff’s Office (law enforcement remain operating). Office closures include:
— Family Justice Center (operating virtually, Mon-Thur, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., 503-655-8600. After hours, contact Clackamas Women’s Services, 503-654-2288)
— Public Safety Training Center (closed to public, PSTCadmin@clackamas.us, questions regarding concealed handgun licensing: 503-794-8059)
— Transition Center (closed)
Technology Services GIS Storefront (closed entirely)
Tourism & Cultural Affairs (open virtually, 971-334-9479)
Transportation & Development (all offices and lobbies open virtually, see below)
— Main department number (503-742-4400)
— Building codes (503-742-4240)
— Code Enforcement (503-742-4452)
— Development Agency (503-742-4322)
— Dog Services (503-655-8628)
— Fleet Services (503-650-3300)
— Garbage & Recycling (503-557-6363)
— Motor Carrier Safety (503-742-4771)
— Planning & Zoning (503-742-4500)
— Septic & Onsite Wastewater (503-742-4740)
— Street Lighting District (503-742-4691)
— Surveyor (503-655-4475)
— Sustainability (503-557-6363)
— Transportation Engineering (503-742-4691)
— Transportation Maintenance (503-557-6391)
Treasurer (open virtually, 503-742-5990)
Water Environment Services (open virtually, contact 503-742-4567)
Residents are encouraged to check the county’s alert page for ongoing updates, at www.clackamas.us/alert.
For a full county department list, visit https://www.clackamas.us/departments