We value your health and safety. Here at the Center, we are implementing guidelines by the Oregon Health Authority and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) to prevent spread of the novel coronavirus. We are closely following updates issued by our government and state officials and will comply with their recommendations.
While acknowledging Wholeness and our belief in the Oneness of all humankind, we are also doing everything in our power to keep our community safe and provide the spiritual support you depend on.
Here’s what we are doing:
- We will cancel our live services through April 8. In their place, we will offer internet-based alternatives such as our podcasts.
- Small group functions such as classes and connection circles will continue—but we ask that:
- Members cover their sneezes and coughs, wash hands and refrain from unnecessary touching.
- If you are sick, have been around people who are sick, or feel that you are at risk, please stay home.
- We have a variety of ways that you can engage with us online! You can listen to our podcasts, read Rev. Larry’s blog, engage in self study and more.
- Stay tuned as we are actively exploring more creative ways to connect online. We plan to support you spiritually—even at a distance.
- Don’t forget, prayer is always available.
Here are the latest communications from Governor Brown that instructs our decisions in this matter:
Recommendations for Events Hosting Vulnerable Populations
Governor Kate Brown has ordered the implementation of community social distancing measures recommending cancellation of events hosting more than 10 persons in high risk populations. High risk populations include older adults and those with underlying health conditions**, as well as individuals without stable housing. An event is defined as any gathering in a space in which a distance of at least three feet between individuals cannot be maintained. This recommendation applies to gatherings for social, spiritual and recreational activities. This does not apply to school attendance, businesses, grocery and retail stores.
You have an event coming up. What should you do?
Check with appropriate staff about planned training, conferences, and other gatherings happening in your buildings. Ask if persons in high risk populations are expected to attend and assist in preparation and decision-making for canceling events with 10 or more high risk attendees. Consider modifying, postponing, or cancelling your events through April 8.
** Underlying medical conditions that may increase the risk of serious COVID-19 for individuals of any age. Blood disorders (e.g., sickle cell disease or on blood thinners) Chronic kidney disease as defined by your doctor. Patient has been told to avoid or reduce the dose of medications because of kidney disease, or is under treatment for kidney disease, including receiving dialysis, Chronic liver disease as defined by your doctor. (e.g., cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis). Patient has been told to avoid or reduce the dose of medications because of liver disease or is under treatment for liver disease. Compromised immune system (immunosuppression) (e.g., seeing a doctor for cancer and treatment such as chemotherapy or radiation, received an organ or bone marrow transplant, taking high doses of corticosteroids or other immunosuppressant medications, HIV or AIDS) Current or recent pregnancy in the last two weeks. Endocrine disorders (e.g., diabetes mellitus) Metabolic disorders (such as inherited metabolic disorders and mitochondrial disorders) Heart disease (such as congenital heart disease, congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease) Lung disease including asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (chronic bronchitis or emphysema) or other chronic conditions associated with impaired lung function or that require home oxygen. Neurological and neurologic and neurodevelopment conditions [including disorders of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerve, and muscle such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy (seizure disorders), stroke, intellectual disability, moderate to severe developmental delay, muscular dystrophy, or spinal cord injury].
March 16, 2020
“My goal is to protect the health and safety of Oregon families. Every step we are taking is being made with community input and careful consideration of its impacts,” said Governor Brown. “Each action has ripple effects across our state, both on a personal and an economic level. But we can overcome these hurdles in an Oregon Way. By working together, we are stronger, even if it’s in ways we never thought possible.”
The new orders on social distancing measures, effective March 17 for at least four weeks, include:
– A statewide cancelation of all events and gatherings larger than 25 people — exempting essential locations like workplaces, grocery stores, pharmacies, and retail stores. It’s additionally recommended that Oregonians avoid gatherings of 10 people or more.
– Restaurants, bars, and other establishments that offer food or beverages for sale are restricted to carry-out and delivery only with no on-site consumption permitted.
– Food service at health care facilities, workplaces, and other essential facilities will continue.
– All other businesses are urged to assess their practices, implement strong social distancing measures, and close their doors temporarily if they cannot put the new guidance in place.
“I know that while these actions will impact Oregon businesses and employees, they will help decrease the rate of infection while bringing state and federal resources up to the same speed as the spread of the virus,” said Governor Brown.
The Governor’s Coronavirus Economic Advisory Council will convene tomorrow to examine ways to mitigate the impacts of new social distancing measures and anything else that adversely affects Oregon’s economy. The council will examine a variety of tools available, including requests to the State Legislature and the federal government.
Governor Brown also announced the formation of two command groups, one to manage our health care system’s resources and the other to manage our state resources. The metro regional COVID-19 hospital response plan will help the health care community to prepare for the expected surge of COVID-19 cases in the coming weeks — a model for a crisis care plan that can be implemented statewide. Working together, hospitals will treat COVID-19 testing resources and personal protective equipment, including gowns, masks, and gloves, as community resources, and work together to increase bed capacity.
The state’s Unified Command emergency response organizational structure, an incident management structure similar to what Oregon would activate during a major Cascadia earthquake, has also been activated. This will fully integrate the Oregon Health Authority’s public health response efforts with the Office of Emergency Management’s efforts to minimize any disruption to critical services in Oregon.
At the request of the Attorney General , Governor Brown declared an abnormal market disruption regarding essential items like hand sanitizer and toilet paper, to prevent price gouging during this public health crisis.