Cases of COVID-19 are rising in both Oregon and Washington. The CDC has issued updated guidance regarding out of state travel during this time. Mid-Columbia Children’s Council takes this very seriously as we want to keep all of our families and staff safe.

Travel can increase your chance of spreading and getting COVID-19. Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others. If you do plan to travel out of state (with the exception of essential travel i.e. work):

• Consider getting tested with a viral test 3-5 days after your trip and plan on not being at your center for a full 7 days after travel, even if your test is negative. If you are not tested, plan to not be at your center for 10 days.

If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.

More information regarding travel can be found in this CDC article.

Public health officials say the history of this disease suggests few will need medical care. People without symptoms do not need to seek care or be tested. Those who become ill should call their health care provider. The doctor, in consultation with public health officials, will determine appropriate care and whether testing is necessary.

Our children depend on us to make sure they are safe. Follow the simple, everyday steps listed below to reduce your chances of exposure and protect others.

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue (or sleeve), and then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are often touched.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
  • Take care of your health overall. Stay current on your vaccinations, including the flu vaccine, eat well, and exercise to help your body stay resilient.

Here are some other helpful resources:

For general questions about COVID-19, call the state’s general information number 211, or visit the Oregon Health Authority’s website for the latest on the outbreak and investigation, and tips on ways to protect yourself.

The Early Learning Division has a Frequently Asked Questions page.

Visit the CDC website for the latest on the national and international developments, as well as additional resources for staying healthy.

Please do not hesitate to contact your center with additional questions.