PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — If you haven’t gotten COVID until now, or have friends who are first-timers, you have a lot of company.
“We are seeing that if you haven’t yet had COVID, you are now getting it,” said Dr. Katie Scharff, an epidemiologist with Kaiser Permanente. “
David Douglas School District and Gresham-Barlow School District are now requiring masking for anyone in school buildings.
The majority of counties in Oregon, including the metro area, have been in the high-risk category for the last week, according to the CDC’s community risk level data.
A local couple who came down with COVID this week for the first time after a Fourth of July camping trip with friends says they are trying to manage symptoms while taking care of their four and seven-year-old girls. The couple says they are all vaccinated and were outside during almost all of the trip.
“That was sort of a surprise, that I got it from mostly being outside,” said Christy Splitt.
Splitt also says she contacted the virus from an asymptomatic friend.
“That was definitely eye-opening as far as how contagious the new variants are,” Splitt said.
Staying away from crowded indoor spaces, wearing an N-95 mask and vaccination are still some of your best protections to help avoid serious illness and hospitalization.