June 3, 2020

Racism in this country leads to poor health.

COVID-19 is still a threat to our community, and in a perfect world people would not see their only choice as taking to the streets.

Health Officer Dr. Jennifer Vines recommends demonstrators take precautions.

We recognize this is the form of protest many people understandably want to join. So for those who do participate, we urge them to be mindful of their own health, and their families and friends.

We must also emphasize that the use of chemicals that irritate the airways and cause coughing will increase the risk of virus transmission.

We recommend:

  • Wearing a face covering throughout the event

  • Wherever possible, maintain physical distance from other people.

  • Bring hand sanitizer and use it frequently

Once you return home, wash your hands, cloth face covering and clothing well. Wipe down faucets and other high-touch surfaces you share with others.

Protect your community by staying away from older adults and people with underlying conditions. Watch your own health for signs of fever, a dry cough, fatigue and other symptoms over the next few weeks. 

If you do develop symptoms, contact your primary care provider. 

For those Multnomah County residents who do not have a primary care provider, Multnomah County primary care clinics are accepting new patients and conducting COVID-19 tests, regardless of coverage or ability to pay, Just dial 503-988-5558.