Today Lake Oswego students returned to Forest Hills Elementary School after closure due to COVID-19.
On Friday, Feb. 28, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) announced Oregon’s first case of novel coronavirus, COVID-19. The patient is an adult resident of Washington County, and works at a Lake Oswego school (Forest Hills Elementary).
The individual does not have a history of travel to a country where the virus was circulating, nor is the individual known to have had close contact with another confirmed case. Public health officials are considering it a likely community-transmitted case, meaning that the source of the infection is unknown.
Out of an abundance of caution, the school has decided to suspend activities until 14 days after the case last worked there. The school will be closed through Wednesday, while it is cleaned and Public Health officials can further assess the situation. There is no need for any other schools to close at this time, and the public will be alerted if this changes. There is also no indication to avoid contact with students or staff of Forest Hills Elementary who are not ill.
We recommend that persons who think they might have been exposed:
- Stay home at the first sign of illness.
- Take care of mild symptoms at home. If you would not normally seek medical care for your symptoms, there is no reason to do so at this time.
- For symptoms like fever or cough that are severe or cannot be managed at home, please contact your health care provider. They can help to assess if you need to be seen or if it is safe to remain at home. Those with mild illness can continue home care. If you need medical care, your health care provider will coordinate the need for testing directly with public health officials.
- There is no need for COVID-19 testing if you are not experiencing symptoms.
Clackamas County Public Health has prepared an extensive FAQ regarding the coronavirus.
Please contact 2-1-1 with any additional questions.