OHA says stay home for Halloween

SALEM – The Oregon Health Authority is asking people to rethink Halloween plans this year due to the threat of COVID-19 as well as the flu. Senior Health Advisor Shimi Sharief says the safest thing to do is to stay home, but if that’s not possible frequent hand washing, wearing a mask and maintaining distance are important.

“When you travel from one location to another you can put the people that you’re seeing in your destination at a higher risk, especially if you come from a higher risk location,” she said.

Sharief stressed that anyone who doesn’t feel well should not venture out.

“Make sure you stay home if you’re feeling even the slightest bit sick,” she said. “Stay home and avoid your family and friends at that time.”