Update

Feeling patriotic? How to stay safe this holiday weekend

Our July 4th celebrations may look a little different this year. As of July 1st, face coverings are required state-wide in Oregon and social distancing measures are still in place. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), cloth face coverings may help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others. Wearing a cloth face covering will help protect people around you, including those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and workers who frequently come into close contact with other people (e.g., in stores and restaurants).

Feeling patriotic? Stay home to keep America safe.

But, we can still celebrate! Below are some ideas for this holiday weekend:

1. Watch Fireworks (Virtually)
– NBC is broadcasting Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks at 8-10 p.m. PT Saturday, July 4th.
– PBS is broadcasting “A Capitol Fourth” at 8-9:30 p.m. PT Saturday, July 4th.
2. Take a Virtual Tour
– The website Architect’s Virtual Capitol is an immersive look at the heart of federal government.
– Click through “The Struggle for African American Freedom,” an online exhibition on Google’s Arts and Culture platform.
3. Celebrate in the Kitchen
– Consider trying a special Fourth of July recipe, like gochujang barbecue ribs with peanuts and scallions or lemon potato salad with mint.
4. Practice Origami
– From the Portland Japanese Garden, try this Origami Demo by Yuki Martin.
Sources: NYTimes, Seattle Times, Portland Japanese Garden, Food Network, Centers for Disease Control (CDC)



 

 



Find a Facemask that Makes you Smile

From major retailers to crafty entrepreneurs to local dry cleaners, everyone seems to be making and selling masks. Whether you buy one or make it yourself, there’s no reason not to find and wear a facemask you love. Since they are now required in Oregon statewide (as of July 1st), stock up on a few.

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the CDC recommends people wear cloth face coverings in public settings when around people outside of their household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.


Key Metrics for COVID Suppression

The newly released “Key Metrics For COVID Suppression” framework provides clear, accessible information on the status of the COVID-19 outbreak across the nation.

 

The new framework brings clarity to metrics that help communities determine the severity of an outbreak, showing if a county or state is in the green, yellow, orange or red risk level, based on the number of new daily cases.


Upcoming Holiday Office Closures

 

Our office will be closed Friday July 3rd in observance of Independence Day. We will reopen Monday July 6th at 9am.



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