▶️ Locals still getting outdoors – but not getting too close

By ANYSSA BOHANAN
CENTRAL OREGON DAILY

It can be difficult, especially when the weather is as nice as it is right now, to stay inside.

Well the good news is, health officials are recommending that you do get outside, but that you get outside solo, or you keep your distance.

“I think everybody should try to get outside at least once a day,” said Bend resident Tina Russell. “A part of staying healthy is having fresh air, walking, exercising in some way.”

Regardless of the pandemic, getting outside is one of Central Oregon’s most popular activities.

“We’re sheltering in place, we go out for a walk everyday,” said resident Kathy. “We have determined not to see other people. We’re very conscious of the risks with the corona scare.”

Local Health officials say that while it is healthy to get outside, with COVID-19 cases on the rise, they’re also urging the public to keep their distance.

“People can definitely come out, go for walks, if you’re going for a walk with your household you can walk closely together but if you’re going on a walk and you run into someone else just staying six feet apart is the best way to do that,” said Deschutes County Public Health’s Morgan Emerson.

Emerson says the next few weeks will be critical in preventing the spread of the disease, and social distancing plays an important role. 

“What we want to do is make sure that COVID-19 spreads slowly enough that we can continue providing appropriate medical care to everyone in our community that needs it,” Emerson said.

That social distance recommendation is six feet all the way around you, a 6-foot radius, no matter if you’re out on a walk or a hike.

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