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Questions About Large Gatherings And Coronavirus

Rachael McDonald

The Oregon Health Authority is working on guidelines on large public gatherings to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

At a press briefing Monday. Doctor Jennifer Vines with the Multnomah County Health Department said she’s getting a lot of questions about large gatherings of people.
 “In general, we would emphasize what we know right now which is that the CDC has urged older adults and those with underlying medical conditions to avoid crowds and that anyone planning any kind of gathering should have a strong message about sick people not attending. They should have good handwashing available. And they should be prepared to politely ask someone to leave if they’re obviously unwell.” 
Vine says OHA and the state Department of Education recommend against school closures as it would not be an effective way to prevent the spread of coronavirus. It would also put a burden on health workers who have school age children.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. She also is the editor of the KLCC Extra, the daily digital newspaper. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000.
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