City Introduces New Safety Procedures to Protect Public From COVID-19
As businesses and government buildings reopen throughout Washington County, the City of Beaverton would like to emphasize the importance of keeping the public safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 is also known as “coronavirus disease” (coronavirus disease 2019). It is a new disease that can cause potentially severe respiratory illness. Symptoms include fever, coughing, and shortness of breath.
The City of Beaverton created a committee with representatives from all city departments and employee union representatives to ensure that the city is following regulations and guidelines set forth by the federal, state, and county governments and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
This core plan establishes basic requirements for providing city services in the current COVID environment. The reopening committee recognizes that “one size does not fit all”. Each department is responsible for developing specific details and actions for implementing and maintaining these requirements in their department areas. Similarly, building sub-committees have developed specific details and actions for implementing and maintaining these requirements in the common areas of the buildings including entry/access procedures.
Current actions are as follows:
- Continuing telework to the greatest extent possible.
- Continue providing as many city services as possible virtually.
- Open and frequent communication with all staff.
- When a return to City of Beaverton buildings is necessary: 1) Ensuring adequate separation between workstations, 6-foot spacing or vertical partitions installed. 2) Observing established protocols for employee health self-check and workplace hygiene. 3) Based on state guidance, face coverings are required in indoor public spaces throughout Washington County.
- Based on the guidance from Governor Kate Brown’s Executive Order 20-25, in person interactions between staff and the public should be by appointment, whenever possible.
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Looking toward the future
Elements of re-opening will be influenced by the re-opening phase that Washington County is in and the state’s compliance requirements for that phase, especially those that deal with sizes of crowds and events that can be held.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Measures to limit exposure to the virus involve frequent and effective hand washing, practicing sneeze and cough etiquette, physical distancing, wearing a face covering, and frequently disinfecting commonly-touched surfaces.
The COVID-19 pandemic may continue long term. A vaccine or effective treatment may not be available for months and the disease may re-emerge seasonally.
COVID-19 community transmission is still unpredictable. A significant increase in positive case counts or fatalities may require escalations of disease prevention and control measures or returning to previous levels of restrictions.
For more information about the city’s response to the pandemic and other city services, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/coronavirus.