In addition to washing your hands, covering your cough and maintaining physical distancing whenever possible, Josephine County Public Health recommends that you wear a mask or face covering in the following situations:
- You are in a public space where you may come within six feet of others
- You are sick and going to see your health care provider in person
- Someone in your home is sick and self-isolating
- If they can’t wear a mask because it makes their breathing worse, you should wear one when you enter their room
Never put a mask or face covering on an infant or an adult who cannot adjust or remove the mask themselves. Do not tie a mask around a small child’s head or neck such that it can become a strangling hazard.
People who think they might have been exposed to COVID-19 should call
their local healthcare provider or local hospital immediately.
On May 18, the Oregon Supreme Court stayed a lower court ruling that invalidated Gov. Kate Brown’s recent stay at home executive orders, which have prevented more than 70,000 COVID-19 infections across the state and averted approximately 1,500 hospitalizations. As a result, the governor’s executive orders remain in place until further consideration by the court. These orders impose certain requirements and limitations aimed at slowing the spread of the disease.
Earlier in the day, a Baker County circuit court judge blocked Brown’s “Stay Home, Save Lives” orders. In response to today’s earlier lower court ruling, Brown had issued a statement that said in part: “The science behind these executive orders hasn’t changed one bit. Ongoing physical distancing, staying home as much as possible and wearing face coverings will save lives across Oregon. Together Oregonians have turned the tide on the spread of COVID-19, allowing us to only now begin the process of gradually and safely reopening parts of our communities and our economies.”
The Baker County court ruling is now on hold and Brown’s emergency declaration and executive orders remain in place pending further arguments.
"Regardless of the status of the governor's Executive Orders, there is still an ongoing public health emergency as a result of COVID-19," said Mike Weber, Josephine County Public Health director. "We ask everyone to please take the appropriate actions to keep themselves and their loved ones safe, and we thank you for your patience."