COVID-19 Statement from PCDC*
Updated March 19, 2020
It’s time for us to do what we do best: take care of each other.
With the emergence and spread of coronavirus COVID-19, we all need to make adjustments in our actions and expectations. Listed below are current recommendations along with links to helpful information. The most important thing is for everyone to take care of each other, prepare for events being cancelled or postponed, and actively monitor WHO, CDC, Canadian Public Health, and State Health Department recommendations.
We encourage everyone to read this article, from The Dancing Grapevine.
Our dance, song, and music traditions will not go away if we need to hit the pause button for a while. Dancing and singing together will continue with gusto after the initial virus has run its course. Be kind and understanding with the dancers, singers, musicians, callers, and organizers around you.
Please refrain from attending social events if:
- You have any flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.
- You returned from travel in the last 3 weeks to an area with sustained local transmission (not just a travel ban/warning). Read the travel advisories from the CDC and Government of Canada.
- You have had close physical contact with a person currently under investigation for COVID-19, or who is a confirmed case of COVID-19.
Many people in our fold are at higher risk, by virtue of their age, their compromised immunity, or other issues. Even if you are not at risk yourself, diligently adhering to these preventative measures could save lives.
Article: Prevention of respiratory diseases, from the CDC.
For more latest local, regional and federal information on the COVID-19 outbreak:
- Oregon Health Authority
- Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley
- Clackamas County
- Multnomah County Health Department
- Washington County
- Washington State Department of Health
- King County Public Health Department
- Coronavirus Map from New York Times
- Live COVID-19 Infection Map from University of Washington
Be prepared for some events to be cancelled. Remember that having to cancel an event can be a financial hardship on us. If an event you care about is cancelled and you’re in a position to do so, a donation to PCDC will be appreciated.
* (modified from a similar statement by CDSS; thanks to Mike Richardson and Ric Goldman for local/regional information links)