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UPDATE: January 15, 2022 – Multnomah County Juvenile Services Division has been notified that another employee has tested positive for COVID-19


January 15, 2022

UPDATE: Saturday January 15 Multnomah County Juvenile Services Division (JSD) was notified on January 15, 2022 that another employee had tested positive for COVID-19. No employee has been identified as having prolonged close contact, but one youth was exposed to the COVID-positive employee. The affected youth has been tested and is negative, and their parent/guardian is notified.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases reported to the Juvenile Services Division at 21 (18 employees and 3 non-employees) since mid-December — this includes cases where exposures occurred outside of the workplace.

The division continues to work side-by-side with public health infectious disease control experts and the Multnomah County Health Officer to take all recommended actions to best protect the health and safety of staff, youth , families and the community. This includes following guidelines established by the CDC, state, and local health partners to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace, including stay home if you are sick and continue to wear masks properly.

Get vaccinated. Be boosted.

Increases in COVID-19 cases and new variants are being seen locally and across the country. Public health officials stress the importance of minimizing transmission and taking steps that work: get stimulated, get vaccinated, stay home if exposed or sick, and upgrade your face mask to a mask better quality. Vaccination remains the most effective tool for preventing serious illnesses, which is why Multnomah County, acting as the local public health authority, is reallocating staff and other resources away from case investigations and contact tracing to increase vaccination and boosters among those at highest risk of severe disease.

what you can do

Be boosted. People 16 and older who got a full streak more than six months ago (or more than two months for J&J) should get their booster now. Do not wait. If you are older, have an underlying medical condition. This is especially important to avoid serious illness.

To get vaccinated. If you haven’t already, take your first dose now. Even a single dose begins to reduce your risk of serious illness and death, at least for a few weeks. Second doses and boosters add much more protection.

Stay home if you are sick or exposed. If you have symptoms – even if you are vaccinated and especially if you cannot take a test – we ask that you stay home and self-isolate to avoid spreading it to others. If you have been a close contact and cannot be tested, self-quarantine for five days from the date of exposure, then wear a mask for the next 5 days when out in the world.

Wear a quality mask. Wear a properly fitted mask indoors, outdoors in crowded spaces, and when near people at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19. People should wear the highest quality mask possible that is comfortable to wear.

For more information about COVID-19, including symptoms, visit County COVID-19 website, which contains tips and practical information about testing and other advice and Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 website or the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention COVID-19 websites.

Find vaccination clinics:

anyone can dial 2-1-1 to find the nearest clinic to them or consult the vaccine finder at Vaccines.gov